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Go Daddy to Discontinue ColdFusion Support

Date Submitted: 9-2-2011 by leslie

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We emailed our customers on September 1, 2011 to let them know will discontinue ColdFusion support on November 29, 2011.

Please understand we decided to drop ColdFusion support only after seriously considering the impact on our customers. We recognize this change might disrupt some of your plans and could even put you in a situation where you have to find other solutions. To you and all our affected customers, we sincerely apologize. We hope the advanced notice gives you the time you need to make any necessary changes.

For those curious about our decision: It will let us make improvements in other areas. The truth is that only a small percentage of our customers use ColdFusion. We regret inconveniencing even a single customer but, in this case, we feel we can more efficiently and positively improve our customers’ experiences by assigning our resources elsewhere.

If you must find another solution that supports ColdFusion, we do offer dedicated and virtual dedicated servers that support it. It’s a more expensive service and might not be the right choice for everyone, but it is an option if you need it. We sincerely hope you continue to consider for any other hosting, domain, and SSL services you need in the future.

Of course, if you have any remaining questions or concerns about this change or how to manage your account, please don’t hesitate to contact our 24-hour support staff.

31 Comments on "Go Daddy to Discontinue ColdFusion Support"

  • by sailorkirk on September 3rd, 2011

    Ouch! That kind of hurts, but I understand. So, here is the deal. I only run CF to run some pretty simple queries from my DB. What other options at GD exist? I’d rather not leave the GD team.

  • by judithb on September 3rd, 2011

    I have ColdFusion hosting on several domains and received no email from GoDaddy that is was being discontinued. I found out by happenstance when other user posted a message in a different forum discussing it. It’s bad enough that you discontinued it, but to fail to notify those who are paying for it is unacceptable.

  • by paganil on September 5th, 2011

    That wasn’t much of an answer…

  • by sean on September 6th, 2011

    @SailorKirk It all depends on what kind of hosting account you have. PHP’s probably your best bet since it’s going to work on Windows and Linux accounts. You can get a more detailed list at Which components does my hosting support?.

    @JudithB We emailed all of our affected customers on Sept 1. It’s possible we have an out-dated email address on your account, or your email provider flagged it as spam.

  • by donc on September 6th, 2011

    Wow, this really hurts. When I first started using GoDaddy for hosting back in 2006, I was really into the fact that they supported ColdFusion. I have built my entire site using it and now they just pull the plug??? … and with only 3 months to find a new hosting solution. That hurts even more. I have sent a lot of business to GoDaddy over the years, but now I have to panic and worry over where to go. It would be nice if GoDaddy would recommend a few alternatives!

  • by kariwfc on September 6th, 2011

    I’m getting absolutely terrible support from GoDaddy as I try to convert from coldfusion to C#. I don’t need any coding help at all – I know both languages. I just need configuration help within the GoDaddy environment. But every question I ask they just tell me to go do an internet search or go to a Microsoft .net website.

    Does anybody have a list of common items I’ll need to change to get this up and running? I have a single mySQL database currently set up with a coldfusion dsn. My only option here is “uninstall.” Is that what I should do? And then under Content–>Programming Languages it shows “Installations=Coldfusion” and “Default Language=ColdFusion” but neither lets me change it to anything else.

    These are the types of configurations I need help with. Anybody have advice?

  • by sean on September 7th, 2011

    @KariWFC I’m going to see what kind of information I can find to help you out. Thanks for your patience!

    @DonC One alternative is to get a server with a ColdFusion license. That’s an expensive proposition, though, and we understand.

  • by dave_zssasqqsw on September 8th, 2011

    I have a fantasy football website that I have developed over the past 3 years written entirely in coldfusion. Last night I just read the email about discontinuing coldfusion support in November. I have written the web site to be as automated as possible since I work a lot, sometimes weekends too. I don’t have the time to reprogram the site, or the extra money to find additional hosting by November. I and all my subscribers thank you.

  • by dslackman on September 14th, 2011

    Stated above… “If you must find another solution that supports ColdFusion, we do offer dedicated and virtual dedicated servers that support it.”

    If we go with a dedicated and virtual dedicated server do we need to get our own copy of CF from Adobe and install it or how does that work?


  • by r_t_baker on September 17th, 2011

    There are alternative websites for the ColdFusion developer. There are web hosting services who will transfer your pages and data; many of these folks use New Atlanta’s Blue Dragon Cold Fusion that run on a Windows environment. As another alternative, there are hosting services who use Railo ColdFusion. There will be differences among these Cold Fusion Markup Language (CFML) engines. Tags known to Adobe ColdFusion such as cfreport will not be available with the other engines. In the case of Railo, they use a reporting tool called Jasper Report.

  • by jcacomm on September 21st, 2011

    I worked with CF for years and still do…but i mainly work with php now. CF developers who are complaining about this move by GoDaddy really should have seen it coming…CF has been slipping away for years. I was actually surprised that GD supported CF when i first started using them for hosting my php sites a few years ago.

  • by jesse_burton on October 2nd, 2011

    This is Extremely dissapointing, I have been using Godaddy for many years, and have refered a TON of people to them and now I am being forced within three months to find an alternative for all of these site that I maintain. Godaddy is quite possibly putting my out of business with this decision, and what I can’t understand is that once you install Coldfusion, there IS no maintenance if you do it correctly, so Why discontinue it? I can understand not doing future updates, leave Coldfusion 8 installed and forget about it!

    There solution is a Virtual server, well I can’t afford a 1500 dollar Coldfusion License so I think they should consider offering the licenses they have to dedicated customers!

    What a horrible decision on their part! They will be losing thousands of dollars in hosting through my company alone.


  • by rdd on October 2nd, 2011

    That’s what happens when investment bankers buy a company – customers are LAST – profit is first. Notice all the ads for extras, how it now takes an extra 5 steps to do anything because you have to keep pressing “NO” to all the extra useless addons? GoDaddy was #1 for me. Now they’re not even in the top 10. I no longer recommend them to anyone for hosting.

    I had TWO clients sigh up with GoDaddy two weeks ago for ColdFusion hosting. No mention of this at all – they actually pushed them into one year in advance! Is that bait and switch or false advertising? Plus GoDaddy still advertises coldfusion as an option!!! Come on!!!

  • by pdx1dlr on October 12th, 2011

    I have been using Cold Fusion with GoDaddy for years and have not received any emails, are you sure they are discontinuing?
    I don’t think I can convert 12 websites into some language I will have to learn in a month in a half – it took me years to develop the other sites.

  • by soniaaroraonli on October 21st, 2011

    As mentioned by others, this is Extremely disappointing. I am searching for a new host and the first question that I am asking if you have long term plans to support ColdFusion. Lol!

  • by drumcat on October 27th, 2011

    I’m off to CFDynamics. My domains will be exiting as well.

  • by tumnus on November 8th, 2011

    I, too, did not receive an email. I’ve received many other emails from GoDaddy, including (surprise surprise) monthly ColdFusion renewal bills/receipts. They have my correct email. Those messages are not in the trash or junk mail. GoDaddy messed up.

    Really, though, how much difference will there be now that they’re dropping support?… Felt like they never did in the first place.

    I’ll be leaving now.

  • by jjerdak on November 11th, 2011

    Something I never thought would happen and never thought to plan for this event. ColdFusion is the programming language I have used on 18 web sites with SQL. To change everything to PHP or would take forever and would be a large loss of time and money. I was just charged for COLDFUSION the other day for a month. If Godaddy is cancelling support on Nov 29 then why was I charged for a month of service on Nov 6? I will have to find another hosting company, domain, email and SQL server. This will not only hurt my small business but will probably put me out of business.

    Thanks Godaddy!


  • by jollygreenguy on November 14th, 2011

    Wow! I saw this when I first logged in today and I log in almost every day (with the exception of the last two weeks as I was out of town) I had alot to say but couldn’t say it all in under 250 words! I am not affected by this (I use C#) but it is highly unfair for the short notice (I am going by when the notice was placed on the website) Godaddy should have provided ample notice – 1 month, even 3 is not enough time, esp. if you have multiple sites and you don’t have an in house techie and may have to hire someone.

  • by kariwfc on November 15th, 2011

    Does anybody have an example they could provide of a connection string in C# to a mySQL database on godaddy’s server?

  • by acldevi on November 18th, 2011

    Now is coldfussion, then maybe SQL an then windows and go on. Are you sure godady wants to stay in this bussines or maybe will become a bakery of some kind. I will move not only my coldfussion websites, I will move the wordpress as well ASAP just in case.

  • by gio1004 on November 20th, 2011

    Oh my god… that was the only reason I went with GoDaddy….

  • by kilovoltaire on November 24th, 2011

    Sorry to see ColdFusion support get discontinued. I understand business decisions sometimes leave people behind. But now it’s time for my own business decision to leave GoDaddy behind.

    My only concern is that these posts seem to be censored when recommending other hosting services who will continue to support ColdFusion. Seems rather petty.

  • by jepp on December 6th, 2011

    What is going on with Go Daddy? Have they lost their idea of customer service?

    We have just found out TODAY Cold Fusion support has been terminated. We are running a mid size company and hundreds of clients log in and out of the site everyday. Not only do we have to respond to enquiries about the website now being down, we have to find a solution fast to transfer our site to with Cold fusion. The problem for our clients, our company having to monitor this and the loss of revenue is very big. At the end of the year its the worst thing that could have happened.
    We never received any email on this at all we have double checked. We dont log into our account with Go Daddy as there is no need to with their auto billing every month.

    Cold Fusion was charged in November and no notification was given then. This is a disaster for our company and will cost a lot of money to fix this problem. Go Daddy dont seem to be interested in helping us out on this problem only verbally we were told to find another solution! Im sure they would not like it if their website went down without warning!

  • by countart on December 10th, 2011

    As all the rest have said, this is extremely disappointing. I’ve been using CF since Allaire started offering it in 1995. I get you don’t want to support it – but honestly GD never did. Programmers were left fending for themselves. Railo is open source – just add it to your shared hosting GD! I have 30 websites using CF and I was charged for it as well. I called and was told notifications were sent out 6 months ago. I went through ALL my emails from GD while on the phone with them (dozens about renewals and upcoming due dates) and NOTHING about CF being discontinued. Bad call GD. I will be moving everything over to another hosting company as soon as possible!

    - Although, for some reason as of this afternoon, all my CF sites seem to be working again. Tell you what – keep that up for 3-6 months to give a little more time to learn and reprogram 30 sites in a brand new language, offer some better customer service and alternatives (other than spending thousands and leaving the entire process to me) like Railo, still offer me the deal you have listed and I MAY stay here.

    Been pushing GD for YEARS on everyone I know. This is just a shame.

  • by cms7 on December 10th, 2011

    I have a client that left me 2 years ago and switched her site to GoDaddy. Now she wants to sue me because I used ColdFusion to develop it and GoDaddy will not support her site. Legal fees will put me out of business.

    Not only has this decision hurt so many businesses websites, I fear it is also going to cause programmers to seek another language, thus the death of CF.

    Thanks GoDaddy. Another corporate company killing the small business.

    It’s bad enough that my clients see all the offers for a $49 website, free hosting and top placement in search engines for next to nothing. I spend most of my day managing client expectations and explaining why their custom website application costs $5000 and that Website Tonight can’t do their inventory tracking, send out automated email reminders to their customers, manage members areas, etc.

    I have my own dedicated server, but I WILL be moving all my domains to a different registrar and never use them again.

  • by vinyasa on December 12th, 2011

    @JEPP. Ditto. I never saw an email. And was that it? Just one email that maybe was actually sent? Not only are you no longer supporting ColdFusion, but you are clearly just throwing all of us CF customers away. So be it. Never again.

  • by adrianciocalau on December 13th, 2011

    I NEVER got such an email. Now, I am facing all my websites being offline and me looking for a quick solution to move them. Thanks GoDaddy…

  • by orchardgroup on December 14th, 2011

    i just spoke to a rep who really acted like he didnt give a @#$# about this issue. He said an email was sent out. NO EMAIL. There should be huge red letters when you sign in telling me this is going to happen. I am done with these ****. Does anyone know of a good hosting company that supports CF?

  • by avgroup on December 15th, 2011

    Godaddy never send me an email in regards to discontinuing CF hosting and our 3 CF accounts/ Applications. Clients are pissed off at our firm. 1 of the applications are revenue generators for the client. Poor business/ communication move on their behave and a move that an amateur mom/pop shop would pull, not a legit Corp.

  • by jamesfili on December 28th, 2011

    I understand business decisions. But now it’s time for my business decision and leave GoDaddy behind. Never got any emails either.

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