Go Daddy WebsiteBuilder: the right choice for your business?
WebsiteBuilder (formerly known as Website Tonight) prides itself as a tool for small businesses. They support this claim with industry-specific templates, very similar to 1&1 MyWebsite. The only difference: Go Daddy features less than 20 industries while 1&1 boasts more than 100.
Looking at their pricing page we can find three packages: Economy, Deluxe and Premium. Unfortunately there is no free trial available, which is very unusual. To see what WebsiteBuilder looks like from the inside, lay back a few moments and check out our video review.
See it in action here
GoDaddy in Detail
|Ease of use||
||Most parts are clearly structured and the basics are easy to understand. However, a few things are not intuitive at all (e.g. making changes to your navigation).|
|Choice and flexibility of design (templates)||
||Their templates have a modern look and there is also a smartphone friendly version that can be customized. Pro's can edit the CSS code.|
|Advertisement-free||yes||The Go Daddy ad in the footer can be switched off.|
||The interface is available in English and Spanish while the editor supports any language. Apart from Google Translate there is no special feature for multi-lingual sites.|
|Your own domain name (e.g. .com or .net)||yes||You can register a new domain name or transfer an existing one to Go Daddy. It's also possible to leave it at your current registrar and point it to Go Daddy.|
|Depth of navigation||
||Only two levels, the main navigation and a sub-level that can be accessed through a drop down menu. Managing the navigation is much more complicated than it should be.|
|Widgets (small tools to add extra functionality)||
||Some apps are useful such as the video player and the Facebook page app; others seem a bit too specialized. Example: the loan application form app.|
|Monetization||yes||You can add banners, Google AdSense or affiliate links.|
||A simple Paypal button can be integrated. For more options you would have to add a Quick Shopping cart at additional charges.|
|Search Engine Optimization (SEO)||
||It let's you edit all SEO relevant areas like page title, description, headline tags etc.|
|Blog||All it offers is integration to an external blog feed such as Wordpress.|
||Offers basic stats. For more detailed statistics you can use Google Analytics.|
|Contact form||yes||The form editor is quite clunky but it's fully customizable.|
|Password protection||yes||Assign usernames and passwords for selected pages on your website.|
|Newsletter tool||yes||Go Daddy offers a solution called Express Email Marketing. Not reviewed.|
|Add HTML code||yes||To add third party apps and widgets.|
|Storage space||25 MB+||No need to worry about storage space: Economy: 1 GB, Deluxe: 10 GB, Premium: 50 GB. They also have bandwidth limits between 150-1000 GB, which regular site owners will never even come close to.|
|Forum||no||...but you can integrate an external tool like Tal.ki.|
|Support||yes||Email, phone and knowledge base. Expect fast but scripted answers that will not always help to resolve your issue. Finding answers in their support section is difficult as it will return results for all their different hosting products.|
||This product can be quite frustrating.|
|Website Builder is well-intentioned, but not very well done. Modern layouts blend in with a slow and clunky website editor.|
All in all we have mixed feelings about Go Daddy WebsiteBuilder. Yes, there is the mobile site designer that is pretty neat and the free stock photos they offer can come in handy, but that still doesn’t give it any particular edge. Their support, albeit ‘award-winning’, is actually their weakest point. All they do is put together long templated texts that may or may not have something to do with your question.
But what if you already have your domain name at Go Daddy? Should you use their site builder to have it all under one roof? You could, but make sure you check out at least one competing offer. It could very well be that you’ll find a provider that is both better and cheaper.
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FAQ about GoDaddy
Can I only register my domain name through Go Daddy but use a different website builder?
Yes, that’s possible.
Is there a free trial?
No, unfortunately there isn’t.
18 Feb 2013 - Video review added
11-15 Feb 2013 - Initial tests
Last updated: 18 Feb 2013 | Robert Brandl