GoDaddy Website Builder Review: Rudimentary, but Good for Some

You may know GoDaddy from the many controversial, and completely non-relevant commercials it has been known to air during Super Bowls. It’s a domain name company, and they’ve been doing pretty good business for quite some time now.

Which makes things interesting, because GoDaddy has expanded into quite a few other businesses, from website building to security, and if you’ve ever tried to walk through a domain name purchase on GoDaddy, you know that they try to upsell you on just about everything.

GoDaddy has always been painful to work with, but who cares? It was just a domain name company with super cheap domains.

But now, they’ve entered into a world where customer support is essential, and making high quality design tools is a must.

The GoDaddy website builder is nothing special. In fact, it’s downright rudimentary. However, the pricing is super low. Don’t let that get you too excited though, since it’s more of a bait and switch tactic.

Keep reading to learn more, because it may be worth it if you’re buying a domain through GoDaddy, but most other website builders are better.

How Many Sites Have Been Made With This Website Builder?

I couldn’t actually find this anywhere. Millions of sites are hosted on GoDaddy, but we’re more interested in the Website builder today.

GoDaddy Features

The GoDaddy web builder offers a few apps that are nice for connecting with customers and even collecting payments from people who would like to buy stuff from you. For example, the builder lets you connect with places like Facebook and Twitter, both of which come with nifty buttons. Yelp integrates just fine, and a PayPal button is available for selling items.

The platform web builder lets you add YouTube video directly onto your website, which is a nice feature, but most other systems allow this as well.

Some decent themes are included with the builder but nothing special at all. I like that a mobile site comes along with GoDaddy, but why is it that you must have the Business Plan for this functionality? You’d think they would give that to everyone, considering we’re in the middle of the mobile age.

GoDaddy Ease of Use

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The ease of use is the most promising thing about the GoDaddy interface, since it’s clearly built for beginners. No advanced or intermediate webmaster if going to look at this and not laugh. I don’t want to make beginners feel embarrassed about using GoDaddy, but other options are better, like Webs.com.

The main part they advertise is that the websites are prebuilt. That basically just means that GoDaddy is giving you some nice templates, which is a good thing, but no one gets blown away by templates anymore.

In terms of the user interface, it’s not the worst, but it certainly looks like they tried to cram a website building system into their already clunky domain distribution framework.

GoDaddy Pricing

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Pricing for GoDaddy is pretty intriguing, but you have to realize that this low, low pricing is setup to somewhat hook you into their regular pricing model. So, for example, the Personal plan (listed as $1 per month below) is actually going to be $5.99 per month after you renew.

Okay, that’s still a pretty good deal, but it just gives me a bad taste in my mouth. It’s so similar to how cable companies have screwed people over for years, making me want to write off GoDaddy from the entire web builder world.

Anyways, if you’d like to know the pricing, here’s what they have:

  • Personal – $1.00 per month and you receive a free domain, 50 personal themes, unlimited pages, 1 GB of disk space, 150 GB of bandwidth and business email through Office 365.
  • Business – $5.49 per month and you receive a free domain, 300 personal themes, unlimited pages, 10 GB of disk space, 500 GB of bandwidth, business email through Office 365 and a mobile site.
  • Business Plus – $7.99 per month and you receive a free domain, 300 personal themes, unlimited pages, 50 GB of disk space, 1000 GB of bandwidth, business email through Office 365, a mobile site, SEO, social media manager and an SSL certificate.

GoDaddy Templates and Design

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The GoDaddy web builder offers templates for anything from fitness to auto repair, and real estate to travel. Here’s the deal: These are only built for the simplest of informational business sites.

Some of them look really modern, while others are awful. Regardless, you aren’t going to find any cool apps outside of your standard YouTube and Facebook apps. Which is troubling because the prebuilt templates don’t have much to offer anyways.

GoDaddy Ecommerce

The extent of the ecommerce functionality is through a PayPal button. It lets you insert these buttons anywhere on your site, and you can collect payments for transactions or donations.

Other than that, you need to go with Shopify if you’re looking for a full fledged ecommerce website.

GoDaddy SEO and Marketing

For some reason SEO is only included with the Business Plus plan. This seems to expedite the process of getting your company listed high on the search engines. The most basic of SEO is implemented for the other plans, meaning that you’ll get your standard meta data and keyword settings.

There’s nothing wrong with this, but you’d think advanced SEO tools would be given to every customer.

GoDaddy Customer Support

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I wish I could say GoDaddy customer support saved this website builder, but that would be far from the truth. Basically, GoDaddy has long been tough to contact. 24/7 support is offered through phone, live chat and email. This sounds good, but many of the reps are running on scripts, making it hard to find a solution unless you actually go into their knowledge base or forum.

Conclusion

Let me make this simple for you. If you’re getting a domain name, GoDaddy is a wonderfully cheap option. If you need a small business website, consider something like Weebly or Webs.com. Finally, if the core functionality of your website builder needs to be for online commerce, go with Shopify. If you have any questions about this review, drop a line in the comments below.

Catalin Zorzini

I'm a web design blogger and started this project after spending a few weeks struggling to find out which is the best website builder for myself. Check out my current top 10 website builders.

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