GoDaddy Latest Website Builder Review

GoDaddy Latest Website Builder Review

Godaddy Pricing

GoDaddy has revamped and simplified its subscription offerings. Where once there was staggered pricing (a cheap first year with the regular price kicking in afterward), monthly charges varying by subscription length, and free-for-the-first-year Office 365 subscriptions, there are now four plans with straightforward pricing. All plans are free for the first 30 days, after which you’ll have to buy a subscription.

Personal 

  • $5.99/month
  • Responsive design
  • Website hosting
  • 24/7 support
  • Blogging tool

Business

  • $9.99/month
  • All of the above PLUS:
  • PayPal integration
  • SSL security
  • Search engine optimization

Business Plus

  • $14.99/month
  • All of the above PLUS:
  • Email marketing
  • Social media integration
  • Globally-optimized speed
  • Google My Business
  • Share content to Facebook
  • New Online Appointment features:
    • Accept credit cards via Square and PayPal for appointment bookings
    • Text and email notifications for you and your customers
    • Two-way calendar syncing with Google, O365, Outlook and iCal
    • Client management tools for contact info, appointment and payment history and more

Online Store

  • $19.99/month
  • All of the above PLUS:
  • Full featured online store w/ fast checkout
  • Accept PayPal, credit cards, Apple Pay & more
  • Manage products, inventory, and orders
  • Configure shipping and tax rates
  • Offer discounts and promotions
  • Product reviews and social referrals
  • Abandoned cart recovery
  • Text notifications when orders are placed

Most website builders include a year’s worth of free domain service with a website builder subscription. Despite their status as the world’s largest domain registrar, GoDaddy doesn’t. If you want a custom domain (one that isn’t [yoursite].godaddysites.com), you’ll need to buy one, either from GoDaddy or from elsewhere. With GoDaddy, domains run upwards of $12 per year.

For payment, GoDaddy accepts all major credit/debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, Diner’s Club, UCB). They also accept payment through PayPal, gift cards, and directly from your checking account.

Web-Hosted Or Licensed

GoDaddy’s website builder is entirely web-hosted.

Hardware & Software Requirements

There are no hardware requirements per se. Software-wise, GoDaddy is compatible with all the major browsers.

Business Types Supported

With GoCentral, the latest iteration of GoDaddy’s site builder, you aren’t given a list of templates to choose from based on your field or industry. In fact, there are no templates at all. Instead, GoCentral has joined other new-school responsive builders and given us an editor based on modules. In the site creation process, you’re prompted to enter the sort of business you’re in, and GoCentral then generates a site for you, complete with images relating to your field and content sections that fit your industry.

Once you’ve seen the site created for you, you can then change up the layouts, fonts, and colors by choosing another “theme,” meaning another page arrangement. Several different “themes” are available depending on which industry you entered during the site creation process.

Beyond that, you can swap out the images for ones of your own, rearrange the section modules to your liking, and create new content modules. The editor’s appeal is universal and can be used to support any business under the sun. Given the new mobile-oriented focus, however, restaurant/event sites will have particular reason to appreciate the new editing system, given the demographics of their clientele.

Godaddy Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Mobile responsive
  • 1-month free trial
  • Good eCommerce for Online Store subscribers

Cons

  • Limited template customization
  • No free plan
  • No free year of domain service
  • No true blogging tool
  • No image editing

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