GoDaddy Website Builder Review

GoDaddy is best known for its inexpensive Web hosting services and cheap domain name register, but the hosting giant also offers online website builder. It offers a lot of storage and bandwidth, as well as no limitation on the number of pages on your website and also get a free domain registration.

Like most web builders, GoDaddy Website Builder offers three plan levels – Personal, Business, and Business Plus, but none of which include a full online store. The Website Builder allows you to add a PayPal Store, which is quite limited. GoDaddy also offers an ecommerce solution called Quick Shopping Cart, but to use it, you need to upgrade your GoDaddy plan.

Average score

  • Ease of Use 80%
  • Design Flexibility 88%
  • Themes Design 85%
  • e-Commerce 55%
  • Blogging 68%
  • SEO 91%
  • Support 85%

Introduction

GoDaddy is the largest domain name registrar in the world and offers one of the most comprehensive set of website building tools to its customers. GoDaddy manage over 60 million domain names, with more than 13 million paying customers (not free users, but people who actually pay), and has a very strong 24/7, 365 days customer support system.

GoDaddy’s Website Builder aims to help professionals create a small business website.

Is GoDaddy good for you?

If you are a small business owner, designer, restaurant keeper, doctor, musician, accounting, legal or etc., who want to build a website that’s simple and beautiful, GoDaddy should be able to help you.

GoDaddy’s Dashboard

The GoDaddy Dashboard is very intuitive, with a one-column floating toolbar showing page elements such as images, buttons, maps, videos, and shapes. A header along the top is where you control all the actions, such as: adding pages, undo, preview and publish.

From the Site Settings menu, you can add your favicon, turn on social-sharing buttons, choose whether you want the site to be responsive for mobile devices and set your SEO settings – the meta title and description of your pages.

GoDaddy Apps

All important apps are included /Facebook-Share, Google Maps, YouTube videos and many more/. There’s also a nice listing app that makes listing houses, prices, MP3 streaming player and etc.

GoDaddy Mobile

GoDaddy’s websites are not mobile responsive. But they do have a mobile display feature which is pretty basic.

Templates

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The numbers above are not strictly to GoDaddy Website Builder division since they have no public statistics.

Templates & Designs

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PROS

  • 300+ Business & Personal Themes with Business and Business Plus plans.
  • Templates have a modern look.
  • Templates for different industries in several categories, such as: business, finance, law, education, health & beauty, entertainment, charity, portfolio, family, wedding, real estate, restaurant, recreation and etc.
  • Templates come structured and pre-populated with content, which can save you a lot of time.
  • Templates are SEO friendly.
  • Plenty of other cool add-ons.
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CONS

  • Once you select a template, if you change it to another template – you will lose all your content.
  • GoDaddy do not allow you access to edit the HTML or CSS codes.
  • Compared to the desktop, the look and the feel of the mobile versions of their templates are very “rough”.

Easy to use

N

PROS

  • Took us about 10 minutes to get acquainted with how to use GoDaddy Website Builder.
  • The editor is simple and the basics are easy to understand.
  • To keep things simple and minimalistic, GoDaddy has only one toolbar on your left side.
  • A lot of different functions and tools makes GoDaddy really customizable.
  • GoDaddy has an extensive support library.
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CONS

Support

N

PROS

  • Video Tutorials
  • Rich Knowledge Base
  • Email Support
  • Phone Support
  • Live Chat Support
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CONS

  • It takes us about 30 min to start the live chat session.

Features

N

PROS

  • Social Media Integration.
  • All GoDaddy plans include a domain.
  • All important apps are included – Social Sharing, Google Maps, YouTube and more.
  • SEO Friendly.
  • GoDaddy offers an eCommerce solution.
  • You can add third-party apps and widgets.
  • Add banners, Google AdSense or affiliate links.
  • No integrated statistic tools. You need to add an external solution like Google Analytics.
  • Editor for Mobile version of your website.
  • The GoDaddy ad in the footer can be switched off.
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CONS

  • The cheapest plan only offers 50 themes.
  • You can’t switch to another template without losing your content.

SEO

N

PROS

  • SEO tools to improve your Google ranking, such as changing the title, headline tags and description for each web page.
  • GoDaddy also offers a paid SEO service.
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CONS

  • GoDaddy doesn’t allow Google to index pictures.

Pricing

PlanPERSONALBUSINESSBUSINESS PLUS
Suitable forPerfect for personal websitesIdeal for small businessesFor your growing business needs
Price£1.00/month£5.99/month£8.99/month
Price - renewal£4.99/month£6.99/month£10.99/month
DomainFree Domain with annual planFree Domain with annual planFree Domain with annual plan
Templates50 Personal Themes300 Business & Personal Themes300 Business & Personal Themes
PagesUnlimited PagesUnlimited PagesUnlimited Pages
Webspace1 GB Disk Space10 GB Disk Space50 GB Disk Space
Bandwidth150 GB Bandwidth500 GB Bandwidth1000 GB Bandwidth
EmailBusiness email from Office 365, free for 1st yearBusiness email from Office 365, free for 1st yearBusiness email from Office 365, free for 1st year
MobileNOYESYES
SEO ToolsNONOYES
One-Click Social Media ManagerNONOYES
SSL CertificateNONOFree for 1st year

GoDaddy Backend Review

Themes are grouped into 18 categories from Business to Music to Pets to Travel and World. Each category has several theme options and many of them could be adjusted to suit more than just one type of business.

The editor has three basic parts: the webpage in the middle, the toolbox at the left and the navigation bar at the top.

GoDaddy Website Builder Tutorials

Some Websites using GoDaddy Builder

Conclusion

We have mixed feelings about GoDaddy’s Website Builder. On one side:

GoDaddy website builder is simple to use, not the simplest we’ve tried, stylish builder, which can enable you to quickly build a good looking and professional website. They have over 300 design templates for you to choose from 18 different categories and many subcategories. With their 24/7/365 phone, live chat and email support, GoDaddy has one of the best support in the industry. But on the other side:

The GoDaddy website builder makes it hard to add a store or a blog. Both can be done, but you have to do some extra steps, pay more and you either have to replace your website with the online shop or create a new account.

Because of that, it’s hard to recommend GoDaddy for online stores or blogs.

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