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GoDaddy Acquires Media Temple

October 15, 2013

GoDaddy buys Media Temple, customers unhappy

By Gilbert Falso :: 1:09 PM

Domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy today announced that it has acquired Media Temple, a high-end web hosting and services provider based in Los Angeles.

Media Temple’s customer base has mostly been web developers and professional content creators, and the purchase will help GoDaddy push into a premium level market that it currently isn’t reaching. Statistics from Media Temple show that the company currently hosts over 1.5 million websites, with nearly 90% of those sites classified as higher tier web and IT services based.

GoDaddy will operate Media Temple as a separate entity, and keep the company’s 225 existing employees to staff it, rather than integrating its services into existing business operations. GoDaddy currently serves about 12 million customers, and has 4,000 employees.

Initial Media Temple customer reaction on social media, however, has not been positive. Many web developers loathe GoDaddy as a webhost and service provider, and have actively avoided them by moving to services like Media Temple.

Below, a sampling of reactions from Twitter: