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GoDaddy WebBuilder Review

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Limitless editing options; online menu builder is handy for restaurants; easy-to-customize templates; ability to add or edit HTML coding

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GoDaddy is most popular for its web hosting abilities, but it also hosts an extremely user-friendly website building tool, WebBuilder, that allows you to create professional-looking websites for your personal or business use with ease.


Plans and Pricing

GoDaddy's WebBuilder feature has three different plans, all of which offer a free domain with an annual plan, unlimited pages and a free one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365, which also includes a business email.

Personal Plan
This plan costs $1/month annually or $5.99/month monthly and gives you 50 personal themes to choose from, 1 GB of disk space and 150 GB of bandwidth.

Business Plan
The Business plan, said to be its most popular plan, gives you 300 business and personal themes, 10 GB of disk space, 500 GB bandwidth and a mobile site to match your desktop site. This plan costs $5.99/month with a one-year subscription or $9.99/month if you pay month-to-month.

Business Plus Plan
The Business Plus plan is the only plan that includes SEO, and it costs $10.99/month annually or $14.99/month when you pay on a monthly basis. This plan includes everything the regular Business plan features, plus 50 GB of disk space, 1,000 GB bandwidth, one-click social media management and a one-year SSL certificate.

It's important to point out that if you want to lock in the annual subscription price, which is cheaper than paying month-to-month, you have the option to sign up for a one, two or three year commitment.

In addition, there are a few add-ons that you can tack onto the plans. If you select the Personal or Business plans, which do not include SEO or the SSL certificate, you can pay an additional fee to use these features. An SSL certificate keeps any transactions on your website encrypted and secure, and costs $69.99/year. Search engine visibility is $1.99/month. Additionally, you also have the option to get your business listed on popular sites, such as Google, Yelp and Foursquare, for $11.99/month. If you don't already have a domain registered for your website, GoDaddy also offers web hosting for registered users at an additional price.


Getting Started

Before you start using any of the services that GoDaddy offers, you must first register as a GoDaddy user. You will be asked to enter your name, email address and billing information as well as create a username, password and four-digit PIN, for extra security purposes. You then select your plan type and choose whether or not you'd like to sign up for additional services. After you review your order and confirm your payment information, you will receive a confirmation email with an invoice and your account information. To begin using the service, you can either use the getting started link in your confirmation email or log in directly on the confirmation web page.


Creating Your Website

Before you start building your website, you will be prompted to connect it to your domain or web address. GoDaddy gives you three ways to do this: select a domain registered with GoDaddy, enter a domain registered elsewhere or create a new domain with GoDaddy. You can change your domain at any time, but you are required to enter one before you start. Once it's connected, you are ready to start building your website. GoDaddy allows you to do so in three simple steps: select your theme, customize it and publish your website. The number and variety of themes you have access to depend on the plan type you selected at signup.


Since we selected the Business plan, we had the option to choose from 300 themes, both business and personal. We were pleased with the variety of themes GoDaddy offers. GoDaddy divides the themes into categories, such as business, finance, law, design, art, education, beauty, nonprofits, causes and restaurants, which even had particular themes (e.g. Cocina de Madrid, Casual Brewery and Japanese Cuisine). The personal themes include things like an About Me page and others for personal events, such as weddings. There were even pet themes for everything from veterinarians to horse stables. It gives you the option to view any of these themes as a desktop and a mobile version before you make your selection, which we thought was a really nice touch.


Editing Your Website

After you make your theme selection, which you can change at any time, you are ready to customize it and make it your own. You are required to enter your site or business name and email address, where contact forms will be sent. Adding a business category, phone number and physical address is optional. Once you confirm these details, a short how-to video pops up and gives you a quick overview of how to edit your website; you do have the option to click out of this video if you wish. Your main dashboard displays statistics for your visitors, top referrers (how your visitors got to your website) and top locations (where your visitors are from). You can filter these statistics by this month, last month or an average total.

Your pages are displayed under your statistics. The defaults are Home, Contact and Menu, but you can delete and add as many additional pages as you'd like. When editing your page, a collapsible toolbar of widgets will appear on the left-hand side. Depending on the theme you selected, your web page will already have text and images on it, which you can keep, edit or replace. Some of the widget features include things like adding a page, text, images or image slideshows and links. All of these tools also provide you with detailed editing options. For example, when adding text, you can change the background color, add a border and change the text color. Adding images allows you to choose from preloaded images GoDaddy has that match your theme or upload images from your computer, Facebook or Instagram. If you choose to upload images from Facebook or Instagram, you must first authorize WebBuilder to access your account by signing in and connecting.


You can edit and alter just about anything that you add to your website with very specific details. We really liked the auto-save feature and the option to undo or redo any action that we made while editing our pages. There's a drop-down menu at the top of the screen that allows you to toggle back and forth between all of the pages you have associated with your website. You can preview what your website will look like before you click publish, which shows you how it will look on a desktop and mobile device, if you have selected one of the Business plans. You also have the options to add or edit your own HTML coding if you wish to do so.


Other Features

GoDaddy is not lacking when it comes to additional features either; it gives you detailed editing options for things such as social media and even has tools that help you build menus and stores online.

Social Media
GoDaddy has a few different options for social media buttons. The Share widget will put "follow" or "like" buttons for your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts. There are also separate Facebook and Twitter widgets. The Facebook widget will display how many "likes" your page has and provide a small preview of its "likers," and the Twitter widget will post a real-time feed of the tweets from your Twitter account. To enable either of these widgets, you must sign into the respective accounts and grant WebBuilder authorization to connect.


Contact and Location
You can add your personal contact information, complete with Google Maps to display your location visually. Additionally, your contacts are accessible in list form on your main dashboard, but you must first have the subscribe widget added on your website. You can add this widget to your main home page or to any of your other pages. This will create a short form on your website for visitors to enter their name, email address, subject and a message. Once they submit a message, their email address will automatically be added to your contact list.

Menus and Pricing
A really nice feature that GoDaddy has included in its WebBuilder is an online menu builder. This feature allows you to build a menu and price list directly on GoDaddy within a few short minutes. You can also create multiple menus — for example, a drink menu, a dinner menu and a dessert menu.


Audio and Video
GoDaddy gives you the option to add an audio player and videos to your website, via YouTube. The audio player will create a playlist and you can add MP3 files that are no more than 30 MB per file. The YouTube widget will ask you to enter a working URL. For both of these, you can choose whether or not you want the audio/video to start automatically when visitors access your page.

Other Apps
In addition to the aforementioned tools, WebBuilder also gives you the option to add your email marketing campaign to your page with a subscribe button, add your recent Yelp ratings and reviews to your page as well as add a payment button with PayPal. When adding this button, you can select it to read as Buy Now, Add to Cart, Donate or Buy Gift Certificate. If you have signed up for the SSL certificate, GoDaddy says it will keep your customers' payment information secure with encryption.


Customer Support

GoDaddy has a help page with troubleshooting guides, how-to resources and a FAQ page. It also offers support via email, live chat and phone. Its phone support is available 24/7, and live chat can be accessed from 5 a.m. to midnight MT every day. The customer service representatives were friendly and knowledgeable and all of our questions were fully answered. The wait time on the phone and live chat averages about 10 minutes, but you are quoted with a wait time when your first connect, and we found this wait time to be exact.


Conclusion

GoDaddy's WebBuilder is a great option for website building with virtually unlimited options for editing and additional tools and features that you may not find with more basic web builders. However, we did find it odd that the Personal plan does not include a mobile version of your website, which is a necessity these days, as a lot of people use their smartphones to access websites.

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Service Details

Free Trial:None
Cheapest Plan:$5.99/mo or
$1/mo (w/annual plan)
Page Allowance:Unlimited
SEO:$1.99/mo
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Customer Service:Email, phone, live chat

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