How to Safely Delegate GoDaddy Access

GoDaddy offers some of the best hosting and website domain services on the market. Do you need to delegate access to your GoDaddy account and are wondering how to do it? You are on the right page! In this article I will explain:

  • Is it safe to delegate access to GoDaddy? What are the risks involved?
  • How to delegate GoDaddy access 
  • The Dos and Don’ts when delegating GoDaddy Access
  • What are the alternatives to delegating access?
  • How to revoke access to your website hosted on GoDaddy

Is it safe to delegate access to GoDaddy? What are the risks involved?

Before explaining how to delegate access to GoDaddy, it is fundamental to understand what risks are involved. Delegating access means allowing somebody to access and possibly modify your website on GoDaddy. You can even choose to allow the delegate to use your saved credit card to purchase GoDaddy services. If you delegate somebody with bad intentions from access, they could potentially damage your website or even insert unwanted or illegal content. Delegating GoDaddy access is only safe if you really trust the delegate. If you cannot completely trust somebody, I would not recommend delegating access to them. Fortunately, there are safer alternatives that you can use, and I will explain them later in this article.

How to delegate access to Godaddy

Delegating access to GoDaddy is quite simple. You just need to follow these steps

  1. Login to your GoDaddy account
  2. Click on your name on the top right of the screen and select “account settings”.

  1.  Click “delegate access”.

  1. On the right side of the screen, you will see the list of delegates that can currently access your account. Hopefully there will be no surprises and only people you have chosen in the past will have access to it. If somebody unexpected has access to your account, you can always remove them. I will explain how to do this later.
  1. Click “Invite to Access”.

  1. Type the name and the email of the person you want to delegate access to.
  2. Choose the access level you want to give to the delegate. You can choose to delegate certain domains or products only, or even allow the delegate to make purchases with your credit card. 

  1. Click “invite” and the delegate will have access to your account!

The Dos and Don’ts when delegating GoDaddy Access

Do delegate GoDaddy access to your domains to trusted employees and collaborators. Don’t delegate access to collaborators that you do not know very well. They can add content to your website without your consent.

Do delegate GoDaddy access to purchases, but only to people that will need to purchase products. Don’t delegate purchase access unless it is strictly needed! 

Don’t delegate access to your GoDaddy email unless really needed. It is best to create different emails for different users.

Do use alternatives to delegation if you are not 100% sure about delegating access. I will now explain what good alternatives there are to delegating access to your GoDaddy account.

Consider giving control to your screen instead of delegating GoDaddy access

If you do not feel comfortable delegating access to your website to somebody, it probably means you should not do it. Fortunately, there are much safer alternatives to allow somebody to modify your website. You can login to GoDaddy from your computer, share your screen and give somebody control to allow them to modify your website. This way you will see what the other person is doing with your website, and you can stop them at any moment! Another advantage of this method is that you are not giving any login details to people.

How to give somebody control to your screen and monitor them while using GoDaddy

You should always login to GoDaddy before sharing your screen. This will avoid the other person seeing you log in and possibly trying to steal your credentials. After you are logged in, you can start sharing your screen and give control. There is a lot of different software that allow this. For example, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype, Chrome Remote Desktop and Meet are just a few available!

If you have Microsoft Teams installed, I really recommend you use it to share your screen and give access. I have already explained how to share screens and give access using Microsoft Teams in this article

If you do not have Microsoft Teams installed, I recommend using Chrome Remote Desktop. Sharing your screen and giving control is really easy with Chrome Remote Desktop. First open Chrome Remote Desktop, and then click “Remote Support”.

After that, you click on “+ Generate Code”. This will create a unique code that you can send to the other person which will allow them to take control of your screen. 

Send the person the link and ask them to insert the access code in the “Connect to another computer” field. After doing that, you will get a request. When you confirm it, the other person will have access to your computer.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:

Make sure to monitor what the other person is doing with your computer when they have control. Stop their access immediately if you suspect something is amiss. Only give remote access to your computer to people that you really trust!