GoDaddy Website Builder: the right choice for your business?

Thanks to their commercials, GoDaddy is not only widely known, but also one of the companies that you either love or hate.

All feelings aside, we are here to help you find out if this company can do any good for your business. Their Website Builder aims to help professionals create a small business website. They support this claim with hundreds of customizable designs divided into industry-specific templates, very similar to 1&1 MyWebsite.

Looking at their pricing page, we can find three packages: Personal, Business, and Business Plus. Unfortunately, there is no free trial available, but the product seems to be constantly on sale.

If you have ever used the Wix editor (created by one of GoDaddy’s competitors), you’ll most certainly experience some déjà vu. Every aspect of it is very similar and, surprisingly, even some of Wix’s weaker characteristics have made it into GoDaddy’s Website Builder. So is it just a blatant rip-off or worth your time? Watch our video to learn more (video update coming soon!):

See it in action here

GoDaddy in Detail

Criterion Rating Comment
Ease of use
The editor is simple and the basics are easy to understand. However, the dashboard could be better structured as it is divided in two different pages.
Choice and flexibility of design (templates)
Their templates have a modern look and there is also a smartphone friendly version that can be customized. If you consider switching your theme, you’ll lose all your content. Unlike in version 6, it’s no longer possible to edit the CSS/HTML. A drawback is the missing style feature: there is no easy way to do sitewide font changes.
Advertisement-free yes The GoDaddy ad in the footer can be switched off.
Languages
The dashboard and editor are available in English, Spanish, French, Italian and many more languages. Apart from Google Translate, there is no special feature for multi-lingual sites.
Your own domain name (e.g. .com or .net) yes All GoDaddy plans include a domain. It is also possible to transfer an existing one or leave it at the current registrar and point it to GoDaddy.
Depth of navigation
It is possible to create a navigation with three levels (e.g. Images > Cars > Oldtimers). This should be enough for most pages. However, we found the menu to edit the navigational hierarchy rather confusing as there are too many places that do similar (but not exactly the same) things.
Widgets (small tools to add extra functionality)
All important apps are included (Facebook-Share, Google Maps, YouTube videos, etc.) There’s also a nice listing app that makes listing houses, prices, etc., really easy. Furthermore, we liked the MP3 streaming player (max. 15 MB per file).
Monetization yes You can add banners, Google AdSense or affiliate links.
E-Commerce
The Website Builder allows you to add a PayPal Store, which is quite limited. GoDaddy also offers an ecommerce solution called Quick Shopping Cart (that we haven’t tested yet). But to use it, you need to upgrade your GoDaddy plan.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
The SEO Wizard takes you by the hand and lets you edit all SEO relevant areas, like page title, description, headline tags, etc. A major flaw is the fact that GoDaddy doesn't allow Google to index pictures. 
Blog
All the Website Builder offers is integration to an external blog feed, such as Blogger or WordPress.
Visitor statistics
No integrated statistic tools. You need to add an external solution like Google Analytics.
Contact form yes The form editor comes with some presets and is fully customizable.
Password protection no This is a big step back into the stone age of the internet. For some reason, GoDaddy abandoned the option of password protection for your whole website or even selected pages. It’s not possible to offer exclusive content.
Newsletter tool yes Go Daddy offers a solution called Express Email Marketing. Not reviewed.
Add HTML code yes You can add third party apps and widgets. You can also add site-wide code, such as JavaScript.
Storage space 1 GB+ No need to worry about storage space: Personal: 1 GB, Business: 10 GB, Business Plus: 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 Phone, live chat and a knowledge base. There’s no email support. In our test, we had to wait more than 40 minutes to start the live chat session. Telephone support needs at least 10 minutes. Plan your time accordingly!
Fun Factor
Decent product that works in the end like Wix. Definitely an improvement to the previous version. We liked the fact that you can create back-ups.
Overall Rating
2.7/5
Website Builder is well-intentioned, but still has some work to do. Depending on their current promotions, it can be very affordable, but there are definitely better alternatives out there.

Conclusion

All in all, we have mixed feelings about GoDaddy’s Website Builder. Yes, there is the beginner-friendly SEO Wizard and fresh designs which are all pretty neat. But that still doesn’t give it any particular edge as there are some essentials missing, like password protected pages or a proper blogging function. Furthermore, there is no integrated online shop solution. You either have to replace your website with the online shop or create a new account.
Regarding designs and user interface, it looks like GoDaddy’s product developers found their muse in Wix’s website builder, which probably had to pose as a model for the Website Builder product. All in all, we find the original much more convincing.

To our surprise, GoDaddy doesn’t offer email support. Live chat and telephone support sound great, but it’s not as fast and flexible as you may think. You’ll have to wait at least 10 minutes to be helped; in the case of live chat, it took 40 minutes until it was our turn.

But what if you already have your domain name at GoDaddy? Should you use their site builder to have it all under one roof? You could, but don’t forget that you can also connect your GoDaddy domain name to a different website builder quite easily.

Give Go Daddy WebsiteBuilder a try yourself

GoDaddy Example Sites

Alternatives to GoDaddy

Weebly
See review
Squarespace
See review

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.

Review Updates

10 Jun 2014 – Review update GoDaddy V7
18 Feb 2013
 – Video review added
11-15 Feb 2013 – Initial tests

Last updated: 10 Jun 2014 | Armin Pinggera

Your opinion and user reviews:

 
  • chopsueyguigui

    This review is seven months old. A lot has changed. You should check it out now.

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Thank you for your comment. You’re right and we try to update this review as soon as possible, but we gladly invite you to share your experiences here. More interesting comments about GoDaddy can be found on our YouTube Channel.

  • Palmer

    Thank you guys for your reviews. I’ve found them very helpful.

    I know your team isn’t responsible for GoDaddy and so this next paragraph is more a warning to others but I do have a question after this…

    I built my company’s site with GoDaddy and I’m trying to figure out which website builder to switch to because GoDaddy’s site builder has been one of the worst products I’ve ever used. I have had so many issues with it. I thought it would be quick but it took a long time solely because of the bugs I had to deal with. Primarily, when I drag and drop an element, it automatically jumps about 10 to 20 pixels away from where I dropped it so dealing with that is always fun. When I finally published my site there were huge spaces between paragraphs that are not there in the site builder program and text boxes moved positions from where they are shown in the builder. The phone tech support said it was the browser’s plug-in and if I installed another “clean” browser it would fix it (so what about all the people that didn’t install their browsers yesterday?). I installed three different fresh installs of browsers I didn’t have before and they all rendered exactly the same as my old browser with the positioning errors. If you have created a link in a text box, another text box’s periphery outline cannot overlap the link or the link won’t work which forces you to have large spacing between text boxes/headings. The first phone tech support said, “oh your in the nudging things around stage, just move it a 1/4 inch and it’ll fix it.” That did indeed fix it, but I’m forced to have unnaturally large spaces between adjacent text boxes now. The text boxes themselves will get code errors in them where you’ll get random carriage returns in the middle of a sentence or word.

    For example, you could have a sent
    ence or paragraph do someth
    ing like this. Very
    annoyin
    g, right? Their solution after 3 different people looked into it was to copy the text box’s content into notepad and paste it back which would clear out any hidden code. It worked but still pretty annoying. And the most frustrating thing I’ve experienced is every single time tech support has tried to “go in” to fix a problem, they move things around. You have things set in place and when you log back in and they messed with your stuff, so incredibly frustrating.

    Sorry for the rant (I know you get a lot of that), now for the question…

    I wanted to use something quick and easy to set up with a easy learning curve. I was thinking of either Wix or Weebly but some of the comments here have made me nervous about both. My website is basically text (English needed only), pictures, a blog, and a few videos (no eCommerce) so nothing terribly special needed. I need really good SEO capabilities (including the blog) because that is the primary way my customers find me. I’m truly not even really concerned about price at this point, +/-$100 a year is not a big deal if the solution is a good one.

    Here are my concerns, if you could help me with them:
    Wix:
    1) you compared Wix’s sitebuilder to GoDaddy’s, is it buggy?
    2) Wix’s AJAX induced hashbang URLs obviously are not good for marketing materials and just look odd. No fix in sight on this issue and it’s funny their site’s URLs don’t have hashbangs.

    Weebly:
    1) Not hearing great things about their SEO (all headings are H2 unless done manually) (file management renames pics?)
    2) Overly simple Blog (from what I’ve read…??)
    3) Limited color changes on the templates (again, from what I’ve read…??). I suppose a custom template is the only solution there?

    Your recommendation is very much appreciated!

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Hi Palmer,
      Thank you for this huge feedback. GoDaddy still has to fix a lot of issues. The Wix website builder works like the GoDaddy website builder, but is more sophisticated. However, I wouldn’t you recommend Wix due to the poor blog and bad URLs.
      Weebly is by far better for that project as it has a decent blog, own video player, etc. A good alternative would be Squarespace. The website editor is not so easy to use like Weebly or Wix, but it has the best blog among our tested website builders.

      • Palmer

        Thank you Armin!

  • Adam Barger

    Can you do a review of WebStarts?

  • Megan Corse

    Thank you for the review. I was just about the enter my credit card information, when I decided to look up some reviews. You’ve changed my mind! I used Wix once before and liked it – I think I’ll go back to that. Thanks again!

  • Casper

    I have used website builder for the last 3-4 years, but this is my last. Switching from 6 to 7 was basically making a new site, nothing could be transferred. In the beginning I loved the ease of the design but i lacks a lot of features, like some basic html as anchors for making links within the same page. The reason for that is so they can sell more pages my supporter told me. No possibility to add password to a page, and a lot of other stuff. I’m about to find something else. Any good ideas?

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Thank you for your feedback, Casper. The GoDaddy website builder is strongly inspired by the Wix website builder. However, it lacks the features you mentioned. Recently, Wix introduced the anchor tags and also offers password security. You can check the features side by side with our comparison tool.

    • AlisaC

      I just posted this: Hi everyone. I want you to all know that if you hate Godaddy
      version 7, the answer is to go to ActNowDomains. I used to have 6 sites
      with GD and 6 with ActNow. Guess what? ActNowDomains uses VERSION 6!
      And has NO plans of “so-called upgrading” to the horrible version
      7!(they know it sucks). Prices are almost the same (about $2 more/ month
      but well worth it) AND they will help you bring your stuff from GoDaddy
      to them WITHOUT LOSING anything! They have excellent cust. service, but
      best of all Version 6! Templates are fresh and updated. You can do Duda
      mobile for free. PERFECT solution and alternative.

  • Christopher Knight

    Overall I’m pretty satisfied with Godaddy’s website builder and SEO optimization tools, but there are some serious changes that need to be done. I linked my website to my google plus page and set up authorship for the site. I noticed after severall months that google was still not displaying my authorship information in search results. I also noticed that while my pages were being indexed in google, none of my pictures were being indexed. So I looked at the robot.txt tester tool on google and noticed that my robot.txt file was blocking certain elements such as images, flash, scripts, plugins, etc from being crawled. I then went to Godaddy’s SEO wizard page to try and change this and there is no way to change it. I even set my meta tags to allow google to crawl everything on the website, but the robot.txt file was still blocking images and other important elements from my site. This is simply unacceptable, I have hundreds of photos on my website that need to appear in google images search results. The file names of the images would also help drive my traffic up and boost ratings on google searches, but after a long talk with a representative they said that there is no way to change your robot.txt file. This is absurd because all I would have to do to fix the problem is open the robot.txt file, highlight everything, and push delete and the problem would be solved. Dear godaddy staff, you need to fix this problem immediately or I will have to find a different webhosting company. I would give the website builder and SEO tools a 5 star rating but this is such an important problem that I could only give you 2.5 stars as a result. The representative I spoke to on the phone said that there were currently around 1,000 individual complaints about this issue, so hopefully you address it soon before we stop being happy customers. If you fix this issue quickly I will consider Godaddy’s website builder a 5-star tool again and would definitely recommend it to friends.

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Hi Christopher,
      That’s interesting to know. We checked it and you are right. Therefore, we’ve added this important information and did a new evaluation. Let’s hope that GoDaddy will fix this soon.

      • http://www.Blackthorn-USA.com/ Blackthorn-USA

        If this issue isn’t resolved soon I’m going to have to take my sites elsewhere. Any good word on solutions yet?

    • dviladybug

      My website with godaddy is another interesting story like yours, I didnt create robot file so nothi, sitemap is good (I think godaddy build the sitemap automatically), competition for the keyword is very low.. yet my website does not appear in few first google page. Whereas, I use just a free website with free domain with webs.com, and bravo that website is always on the first page of google search. Both of them use the same keyword to search.

    • asilvas

      Hello Chris,

      The robots file is a bit deceptive. Even though all of those folders are blocked from Robots on your domain, all of your images are served up from a content delivery network outside of your domain. Robots most certainly do index your images as expected. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Richard Watson

    My experience over the last couple of years was and is that the service with Go Daddy is worthless and aggravating. The customer service personnel will provide conflicting information, inadequate information and inconsistent information. My story has gone on for years and I am going to leave Go Daddy in the not to distant future and take my business elsewhere. My advice to anyone listening – go anywhere else because you obviously have a great idea – don’t waste it with Go Daddy. After my experience If you are thinking of a website I could not refer them for any product or service. As Jerry House always said “That’s my opinion outta be yours”.

  • AlisaC

    Hi everyone. I want you to all know that if you hate Godaddy
    version 7, the answer is to go to ActNowDomains. I used to have 6 sites
    with GD and 6 with ActNow. Guess what? ActNowDomains uses VERSION 6!
    And has NO plans of “so-called upgrading” to the horrible version
    7!(they know it sucks). Prices are almost the same (about $2 more/ month
    but well worth it) AND they will help you bring your stuff from GoDaddy
    to them WITHOUT LOSING anything! They have excellent cust. service, but
    best of all Version 6! Templates are fresh and updated. You can do Duda
    mobile for free. PERFECT solution and alternative.

    • http://www.tooltester.net/ Robert (Tooltester Network)

      We had also reviewed Go Daddy version 6 but in our opinion it was also a pretty outdated website builder. Lots of issues like the very clunky user interface, especially for the navigation. There are site builders like Jimdo and Weebly that are way better. You can compare their features here: http://www.websitetooltester.com/en/website-builder-comparison/

      P.S. Our old review video of V6 is still online in case anyone is interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKIvIuB1M38

  • Adam Smith

    Change CSS in version 7: use Konami: Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A

    • DoesItBuild?

      Totally thought you were full of it. You are indeed telling the truth. Thanks for the tip!

  • jeanpeac

    Go daddy would not even help me create a new database; was on the line with a girl who started to help me but I said I would call her back after my files finished loading. Called back with a young man who would help but got disconnected, called back and “Billy” said he wouldn’t help me, “That’s not what we do.” The site was done anyway. Need to get site up today for a specific event but godaddy is down, “limited access” they said.

    • http://www.tooltester.net/ Robert (Tooltester Network)

      Thanks for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that but it looks like that you are using a different product than the one we’ve reviewed here. With Go Daddy Website Builder it’s not possible to create databases. Sorry I can’t do more for you in this case.

  • Steven

    I ONLY used the godaddy website builder because it was included with my email. I have been using godaddy for years but I do not prefer or really like them. They are snaky in their seductive but misleading advertised prices for domain names, etc. Their email page really sucks in that at least half the real estate is wasted and you can only see the bottom half of the page and it’s a waste; it’s difficult to write or read emails.

    The website builder was tricky and often nonresponsive. It is unnecessarily difficult to accomplish the simplest of tasks, because the option boxes are mysterious and unclear. I don’t remember exactly the problems or how to explain them now, as it’s been a few months, but, again, I do not like godaddy. The only reason I’m still using them is because I haven’t chosen a new email provider and theirs was included free with my domain purchase years ago. You get what you pay for. It’s not unusable, it’s just archaic. Godaddy has zero sense of asthetics. They need an graphic artist who has a sense of design and flow.

    Godaddy is simply another example of a dominant internet company that rose to the top because they did whatever they needed to, and consumers somehow succumb to their advertising or whatever. Virtually every friend or associate I know who had godaddy left them for other hosts, etc.

    That being said, for free, the website looks pretty nice. It’s only 5 pages. Their font options are limited, and pretty ugly, with few choices, and their free photos are extremely dated (which I found with EVERY website builder when I researched them) and unattractive, although I managed to find a couple of basic photos that I could use. I simply made the absolute best of what I was offered.

    I do NOT recommend godaddy for all the reasons stated above. Plus, now, they do not offer the free website builder. They offer an introductory price that’s about a dollar a month I think, for the first year. I think after that they raise the prices. BEWARE godaddy’s automatic renewals of ALL their products – domain names, storage, etc., because they automatically renew unless you disable the renewal option. They are a slippery company.

    They have good support at times, but you sometimes reach support techs who are mostly interested in selling products – they almost always make a pitch, no matter what you call for – and I often (but not always, depending on the particular person) felt like that was their sole motive. I have even been made to feel somewhat guilty for “wasting their time” and not buying products. And once they know you are not interested, they often just want to get off the phone immediately.

    So, for all those reasons, I dislike godaddy. But I’m grandfathered in for free email with my domain, so I’ll probably stay until I choose to purchase something of significance elsewhere.

    Those are solely my experiences. I have also reached really nice tech support people. My suggestion is this: if you feel you are speaking to a support tech or sales person with a bad attitude, just say goodbye and call back and speak to someone else. They have many on staff and there’s a mix of each.

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Thank you for your detailed opinion! Indeed, it’s a pitty that GoDaddy doesn’t offer a free plan. The plans have an attractive pricing, but we always recommend to test the website builder extensively. Their telephone support told us that they have a return policiy with a 45-days refund. In case you shouldn’t like it, you find many alternative website builders in our Top 10.

  • Melanie Sawyer

    thank you website tool tester!!! you just saved me a whooollee lot of time and also some money! much appreciated.. BIG thumbs up :)

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Thank you, Melanie. Maybe you’ll find a good alternative in our Top 10.

  • howie

    is there anyway for me to copy my text from notepad and paste into the godaddy website builder text box?

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Hi Howie! Yes, that’s no problem.

  • James Vech

    Is there a way to put a customer review feature on a site so our products can be reviewed?

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      The only way I think this is possible would be including something like a comment box with the HTML-Widget. However, this a very basic approach. For instance, Shopify has an app called “Product Reviews” that allows to integrate SEO-friendly user feedback. Here you find more information about Shopify.

  • Suzanne Fogleman

    I am VERY disappointed with the new version 7 of Website builder. I’m especially disappointed about the lack of password protection. While I was trying to find this feature, I had to call GoDaddy support (which is usually first rate) and instead of just telling me it was no longer available, he tried to sell me unrelated services to protect my information… and he tried multiple times. For the first time ever, I had to hang up on the guy because he would not stop his sales pitch. What happened to the old godaddy???

    • websitetooltester

      Hi Suzanne, our experience with Go Daddy’s support hasn’t exactly been great although they never tried to upsell us on anything. Sad to hear that, too many companies confuse support with sales these days.

  • Sean Cleveland

    If I already have a godaddy web hosting account with my domain name I like AND a Wix page already created, do I have to pay for both? Would it be any cheaper any other way than connecting them?

    • http://www.tooltester.net/ Robert (Tooltester Network)

      Hi Sean, you can downgrade your Go Daddy hosting plan to the cheapest option without web space and then connect it to your new Wix site. You need to have at least the Wix Connect Domain plan. Alternatively you can also transfer your domain name to Wix entirely. Here you’ll find further information: http://www.websitetooltester.com/en/reviews/wix-review/ (under “Your own domain name”)

      • Sean Cleveland

        Thank you, Robert!
        Another question about payment, right now I am spending for Hosting and .COM Domain Name Transfer. If I started using website builder, would I be spending the 5.99/month plus whatever I am spending now?

        • http://www.tooltester.net/ Robert (Tooltester Network)

          You are now referring to Go Daddy’s website builder, right? You’d be spending $5.99 per month but you should be able to transfer your domain name into the Website Builder package so that it should be all that you need to pay. Please ask Go Daddy for confirmation on that. But please note that the price will rise after the promotional period is over.

  • D Owens

    Just use Prime Blue Web – they are better than Wix & Go Daddy, and you can always reach them on the phone for anything you need. US company with US support.

  • Greg

    Great service!

    As a small business owner I can say with tremendous confidence that the most difficult part about getting any business off the ground beyond developing an effective business concept is developing an effective website.

    In my personal opinion, the web design industry is a jungle full of people willing to take your money with little given in return. My experiences range over roughly 15 years and roughly 20 grand$ worth of bad, incompetent, out right service provision based ripoffs. This industry as a whole is in desperate need of federal regulation or something???

    But until then, I’ll rely on sites like this one to by way of hands-on industry intelligence help guide people like me through the present on going financial attrition based battlefield of web design service providers.

    Yeah.. as you can no doubt tell, i’m jaded.

    Keep up the great work websitetooltester!

    • http://www.tooltester.net/ Robert (Tooltester Network)

      Thank you Greg, I appreciate your feedback!

  • James

    Thanks for the review, and just one question regarding the GoDaddy website builder. Say I pay for a 12-month service of the Business Website Builder and create my website, what will happen if I discontinue the BWB service? Will my website be erased?

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Normally the domain name should belong to you, but I guess you’ll need to transfer it to another domain hosting company. The rest of your website won’t be accessible. More general information about this issue can be found in our blog article.

  • anna

    The WORST customer service ever!!! Moving to the another host. Can’t take it anymore!!

    • Josep Garcia

      Thanks for letting us know. we are sorry to hear about your bad experience with GoDaddy. If you are looking for a new website builder, you could check our detailed comparison table and read our reviews. Among other things we examine and compare the support that each tool offers.

  • medic1509

    The OLD GoDaddy WebsiteTonight was a great product and easy to use. The successor is a nightmare. I’m sorry to say that I’ll be leaving GoDaddy as soon as I find another alternative.

  • Beth

    I am so glad I stumbled upon your review site! I have an account through GoDaddy, and my website builder subscription is expiring next week, so I am researching alternatives. I wish we could renew at the introductory rate.

    I was new to building websites when I joined GoDaddy, and I have spent a lot of time fumbling around with their website builder (I have nothing else to compare it to, as I have never used anything besides theirs). I do wish they offered customer service via e-mail rather than just phone. There are times I have had crappy customer service, but most of their techs have been patient with me and helped me with my questions (which were plentiful when I first began with them).

    Is the website builder a host in itself? Aside from the domain, it is the only product I have paid for so I’m thinking it must function as a host in addition to a website building tool.

    The 3 page website I built is very basic, it is all pictures, and I have an audio track playing on each page. I had wanted to have multiple audio items cycle but this isn’t possible using their website builder (I asked).

    Is it is possible to export from GoDaddy the sequel behind the website I built? I did print the website to PDF (so I have the content if I do choose to let the builder expire), but I’d be nice to have the script, too. I wish I was able to save it to my computer, I put a lot of time in to it. But, I can definitely rebuild it through another host.

    If I switch to GoDaddy’s economy hosting, with no website builder, am I still able to add on to my website? If I am just adding pictures, I could probably use what I have built as a template and add content that way. Or does that all go away if I don’t purchase their website builder again?

    Is if there is a web builder you would recommend for my website? Which again, consists entirely of pictures except for the page headings.

    Thank you for your help, and thank you for your awesome review site! I already added it to my favorites!

    • Josep Garcia

      Hello Beth. Unfortunately you will not be able to export your code, website builders are separate tools that are not compatible among them. Without a CMS or a website builder, the only way to add your current webpage to whichever hosting space would be to code it manually. If you don’t renew your website builder account make sure you have a copy of the content somewhere else (your computer). You can learn more about domain names, CMS and hosting here.

      There are better and easier alternatives to use than GoDaddy. I would recommend reading our Weebly review, you’d be able to add your images and and customize your headings. Also Jimdo is an easy to use tool, they offer e-mail and domain name integrated with their plans.

      • Beth

        Thank you for the info, I will definitely check out Weebly!

  • Perfectjake

    The Website builder is all well and good until you want to add meta tags and other stuff before the on an individual page. They give you site wide code which goes before on all pages…its annoying as some things IE claiming ownership on WOT needs a meta tag on Home page only.

    • Josep Garcia

      Hello, we are sorry to hear about your issues with GoDaddy. It is not a perfect tool. If you are thinking on changing providers, you could have a look at our comparison table

      • Perfectjake

        I decided to pick up dream weaver and remake my website pages using that.
        Now I’ve made my pages I have to learn how hosting works.
        Thanks for replying.

        • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

          Maybe this article will help you a little bit. The website builders that we test don’t require any hosting or technical knowledge. 😉

  • Pwa

    Ad’s sucked me in, pricing at renewal time is pushing me out. What I was told at the beginning is not what I was priced at renewal. Either unknowledgable sales staff or deliberate bait and switch on pricing. Either way , I’m probably not renewing. Extremely unhappy with pricing structure- better, cheaper competitors

    • Josep Garcia

      Hi there, we are sorry to hear you had issues with GoDaddy. If you are looking for a new tool, you can compare the best website builders with our comparison tool and pick what’s better for your project.

  • Shaun

    I am an end user and not one of Godaddy’s paid trolls. Godaddy’s web builder is probably one of the last product you should go for.

    The one reason-

    The tool creates a microsite inside godaddy’s hosting. Lets say you created http://www.mysite.com using web builder. Try typing in http://www.mysite.godaddysites.com. Ta da! you have your site. Effectively your site’s address is actually http://www.mysite.godaddysites.com a micro site inside Godaddy. The greatest challenge in a scenario such as this is Search Engine Optimization. Google, Bing, Yahoo!.. none of the search engines will ever bring it up in searches. If your goal is for people to find your site, you are screwed.

    I am not going to recommend another tool for you. You have to find out what works for you best. But I can tell you anything is better than the product from a company which focusses more on titillating their customers with supermodel than giving them a decent product.

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Hi Shaun! Actually, this doesn’t affect your SEO at all. GoDaddy just creates a subdomain (what you call “Microsite”), but they redirect it with a 301 to the proper domain. All hosting companies run their websites this way. 😉

  • Dave M

    My Godaddy website is coming up for renewal. While updating it has become quite easy I’m not sure a website alone is my best option for selling my novels through POD online sellers (Amazon etc). I want to set up a blog and have already purchased the new domain name through Godaddy but I’m confused about hosting the blog. Any advice would be appreciated.

  • http://www.warlockbook.com/ Практическая Магия

    I don’t trust them anymore!!!

    Before they are told me will be free to transfer domain names to my reseller account now they are charge $8 for each I have 44 domains.

    I will cancel all my services and domains soon…..

    Good luck !

  • Craig80

    I have used godaddy for over a year and now that my hosting is up for renewal I have picked to go with another company based on thier customer service. I have found most to be polite and to enter that live chat for support well adn use teh standard Godaddy introduction, but my last experiance was the worst. The operator failed to acknowledge me and when I typed to see if anyone was there all the operator typed back was “hello” not even how may I help you.

    The sales staff were quick to find me a good price to host with them but once with them the customer support is what lets the company down.

  • Kolton crane

    What about Godaddy’s online store? Their online store seems to have it all a startup needs. You can even buy protection. I have no idea how to start an online store; although, I have tried wix and other free website makers. How do you create an online store for free and then get the necessary hosting and protection? Godaddy for me sounds simpler because I don’t have to learn about all of the MIS or IT stuff and just focus on production and work. Thanks, any advice will be appreciated.

    • Josep Garcia

      Hi there, we haven’t tested GoDaddy’s online store platform so we can’t really give an opinion. There are many eCommerce tools you can see here a comparison of the ones we tested.

  • Favian

    I don’t like GoDaddy at all anymore. Im a Photographer and there is no support for photos in your gallery, prior to uploading onto your site… Since they moved to the new web builder version, trying to manage your photos is awful. All you can do is just upload all your photos to one ‘folder’ without any type of organization. It sucks. Plus, the thumbnails of the photos aren’t even good at all, so you’re having to either re-upload the same photo or search and search for the one you want. Ridiculous. They should have stayed with the previous web builder version. There is no support for flash or even have video directly uploaded. You have to use YouTube. Come on… My term ends in a few months and I will not be renewing.

  • Kristen Hammers

    I wonder if someone here could help. I reached out to GoDaddy customer support and they told me there was nothing they could do…
    Long story short – I purchased one domain name with the website builder (LG Photo). Then I realized that didn’t include web hosting. So I purchased a web hosting plan which included one free domain name (LG Design). I tried to set up my web hosting with the first domain name (LG Photo) but it would only let me use LG Design. So I purchased an additional web hosting plan for LG Photo, went to set it up and LG Photo STILL isn’t showing up as an option for web hosting. It says it is already hosted. Is this because it is set up to use the Website Builder? If I cancel my website builder account will it free up my LG Photo domain so that I can host it?
    Please, any tips will be helpful! I have wasted so much money on GoDaddy trying to navigate their site. Needless to say, I will be transferring everything to a company with better customer support once my year is up.

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Hi Kristen, you are the owner of both domain names. In theory you can point your domain to any website that you own. You should contact GoDaddy again and explain them the situation. Sorry that we can’t do more for you.

  • Gregory Toole

    As someone who has used Godaddy’s website builder for two years now, I cannot recommend it, and in fact I highly discourage anyone from using it. The builder is full of bugs and features that don’t work as they ought to. When you call tech support they will often try to convince you that all is well despite the fact that your site is no longer working. Oddly enough, features that were working on your site one day may not be working the next day. Tech support will often go in and fix it for you without any explanation as to why it stopped working. Obviously, if one is running a business, a website based on this kind of inconsistency is not good for business. Godaddy’s tech support seem more intent on getting you off the phone than they do in resolving your issue. They often try to convince you that you just don’t know what you’re doing, so you first have to demonstrate that you do know what you’re doing, and then you are often left with them telling you they don’t know how to fix the problem. With persistence you can often get them to fix the problem, but calls to tech support are far too often and for reasons that confound. Over and over again, aspects of the site that have been working for a while suddenly stop working. Website builder is an inconsistent, buggy, and shoddy product.

    • Josep Garcia

      Hi Gregory, we are sorry to hear about your issues with GoDaddy. Thanks for your feedback. I am sure it will be helpful for other users. If you are looking for another website builder, you could check our comparison tool.

  • Salim Ramjauny

    Godaddy, stay away from them. They will charge your card without authorization and will not refund you. Their service is mediocre. When you buy mail hosting facility from them you will get a lot of spam because their mail server will not protect you. They will charge you a exorbitant fee for a calender facility that you do not need. Godaddy will rip you off if you host with them. They do not need customers so do not bother they are not worth a click.

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Sorry to hear about your issues. However, this review is about their website builder and not their mail hosting service. All the best for the future!

  • Chandrashekhar

    My site was scraped, with an email from Networkvoilation team of GoDaddy stating my site is having phising contents. GoDaddy please note that my site was hacked twice under your very weak security purview. While calling and writing to Support Team, the response comes doesn’t come and when you call them the call goes for 30-40 mins with no fruitful output and fake promisses. It’s been likely a month the issue is still not resolved. Service is going pathetic day by day… No response on emails and not a single call back from support team. Fake promises. Agents not clear on the issue. One should be lucky to get connected to well trained agent. Overall very dissatified. GoDaddy support team has lost all creditibility in my view and opionion. Thank You.

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      It’d be interesting to know how they hacked your website. However, if you can’t get the issue under control, I’d recommend to try another solution. There are lot of website builders that you can test for free and before you decide to pick a paid plan, you can even contact their support and test them. Hopefully, this will avoid any further bad surprises.

  • Daniel

    I have a domain and hosting plan registered with godaddy. Is there any free website builder available?

    • Josep Garcia

      Hi Daniel, there are free website builders available. However, they come with some limitations. Please read more in our detailed article.

  • Venditto consulting

    I would not recommend this to anyone, after using it for over a year I finally contacted go daddy for a refund. I suggest using their hosted wordpress service. It is only a few extra bucks a month and is worth the time you will save. Their website builder is great if you are looking for a generic templated builder but customizing is a terrible experience that is extremely time consuming. I would strongly advise against using this tool.

    • Josep Garcia

      We agree, GoDaddy does not provide the best website builder. If you are looking for an alternative, you can compare the best website builders here

    • Amit

      Did you have to rebuild your whole website?

      • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

        Yes, because WordPress and the GoDaddy Website Builder are two different systems.

  • Amit

    I have build a website using website builder but I really hate the website builder functionality. The site is not optimized for mobile, I can’t change theme (without erasing all data), can’t add link for people to register on the website, have to pay extra for SEO, section for user comments etc etc. How can I switch to a different service keeping the data on my site intact. IS it possible to keep the site as it is and migrate to other platform?

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      This is not possible for technical reasons. Best way is to copy/paste your content. Here you can compare all website builders we have tested.

  • Daniel Brady

    They let somebody steal my domain and they won’t help at all. Horrible!

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Hey Daniel! This review is about the GoDaddy website builder. Maybe you could explain what happened?

  • Andrew Rothman

    GoDaddy and Wix are fine for personal sites, but I wouldn’t recommend either of them for business use. I recommend people seek something template-based and non-proprietary, so that you can modify it as needed and take it with you if you decide you need to change hosts. Any site creation tool that lets you drag items around and scale them by hand should be avoided – you’re making a site based on the size of your particular web browser and it won’t scale nicely to smaller/larger screens, nor accommodate any dynamically sized content.

    If you’re starting a business and not willing to put at least a small amount of money into professional help, or at least a professionally designed off-the-shelf template, for your website, then you’re likely undermining your business. Having the tools to design a website does not make one a good web designer any more than having a nice camera makes one a good photographer.

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Hi! We agree and disagree. 😉 Unlike GoDaddy’s website builder, Wix provides a nice mobile view. So drag ‘n drop doesn’t mean you can’t create a mobile optimized website. And yes, a tool can’t replace a web designer, but as templates and features are getting better, it’s a nice option for many startups. Since the costs are relatively low for a website builder, you can switch easily to another platform in case you need some professional help.

      • Andrew Rothman

        My particular issues with Wix are ugly page URLs, javascript rather than HTML (ever view-source on one of those sites?) and inability to customize with your own script or CSS. It’s a fine tool for throwing up a little static web brochure, but not a good choice if you plan to do anything more dynamic than just showing a few pictures and text. I’m always wary of services that market themselves as “free” – if you’re enticed by that sales pitch, you probably aren’t serious about your website.

        • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

          In the end it really depends on what you need. I’d always give it a try first since it’s free and when you realize that’s just not the thing you’re looking for then you can still hire an expert.

    • http://uploadinternational.com Mark

      Couldn’t agree more Andrew. I had one of my website clients ask me about GoDaddy today and I just asked ‘how much do you value your business and online customers?’ enough said!

  • Tundira

    hows hostgator worth?

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Hi! This review is about the GoDaddy website builder and not their general hosting service.

  • Roman

    Hello there, I had a shocking experience with godaddy website and I’m really really sad and angry. few days ago, I searched for a domain name to check if it is available or not so I can use it when I’m ready to start my website and it said I can use the domain name and it is available. yesterday I checked that domain name again just for fun and for my surprise it says the domain name is already taken! and I have to join an auction if i want to have it! I would really appreciate if any of you have any idea if they are allowed to do that. I could not believe my eyes so i went further and checked who owned it, it says it is a person from Nevada and they owned it in 2013! I’m just confused and frustrated guys because why would the website tell me two different things? few days ago, it told me I can use the domain name and no one has it and now it is already taken. I would understand if it was taken between those days after I checked it for the first time and yesterday but this does not make sense. I feel like they are cheating me and making business out of the domain name I typed in. I looked up the phone number of the person they said owns the website and I found many website names under that number including mine (like a scam phone number that people use to convince somebody has it). do you have any insights on what I shall do? this is so sad that I can’t stop thinking about it. If they are allowed to do this or they have the legal right, it is okay, it will be my fault to type in my domain name in their website before Im ready to register it and start using it right away. your comments will really help me if you had this kind of experience and how you solved it. I’m not going pay a single cent for a domain name that I was told I could use for free few days ago and now they become the owners since they saved it in their website and want me to pay if I want to have it!! It is such a sick jock!