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Overview

GoDaddy Website Tonight: Create Your Own Website Easily


Godaddy is first and foremost a domain registrar (the domain registrar…it’s the very largest, for good reason), but they also launched a website builder that they lovingly term “Website Tonight” because, well, you can make a website right now. Tonight. And it’ll probably look pretty sweet.  But there are some drawbacks.  First of all, unlike pretty much every other builder out there, there is no free package.  Second, the templates leave a lot to be desired.

Why Choose Godaddy.com?

  • Easy to use
  • Community and forum support
  • Make money with your website
  • Daily deals and discounts
  • Great price compared to competitors

Need more info? Yeah, I thought so. Read on…

Templates & Designs

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GoDaddy Has Tons Of Colorful Design Templates & Pre-Made Web Templates

Selection – Godaddy has about a million and a half templates, because each template option also comes in a range of different colors.
There are also 120 premade webistes, meaning that everything is already done, you just tweak a bit here or there so that your company name is onsite and your details are all accounted for.
Everything else is there, which is why your website is finished…you know…tonight. Bad news? Most of the templates are, shall we say, dated.  They just look kind of old and tacky to me.  But hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder right?

Customization – You can do a lot, but there are some irritating issues with HTML. As in, any HTML you try to play around with will only work if you’re really lucky.  They do have a fantastic range of images though.

Multimedia – Godaddy’s done pretty well here, there’s a built in photo album and video, audio, animations…all well done.

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Awesome Details To Make Your Site Succeed

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Social Media Integration
Facebook, Twitter & FlickR are easily integrated with your site, and GoDaddy even offers the awesome feature of helping you design your Facebook fan page.

Widgets
GoDaddy has a decent range of their own widgets (weather, maps, news, clocks, event planner…), plus you can add external ones.

SEO Friendly
There are basic SEO capabilities, but considering you’re paying for your site no matter what, I was somewhat disappointed with the SEO capabilities. GoDaddy doesn’t help you automatically optimize, also changing your tags is a bit difficult.

E-commerce/Online Stores
GoDaddy makes e-commerce super easy and comfortable, and especially with the deluxe version, you get a great package with strong tools. You get multiple payment options no matter what, and you can make a really nice online store.

Mobile
You gotta build on a .Mobi domain. It’s not automatic, and it’s a bit uncomfortable to work with.

Monetization
You can, in theory, use Google Adsense and Banners, but because you don’t have access to HTML for the whole site, you have to go to each individual content block. It’s difficult and there are a lot of reported technical issues with it.

Visitor Statistics
Use GoDaddy Visitor Statistics, or upgrade to Site Analytics.

Custom Domain/Email
Yes and yes.

Encryption
GoDaddy offers great security and encryption features. They offer strong phishing scam filtering and you can be rest assured your site is secured and protected from attacks.

Free Google Webmaster Tools
Help analyze your site’s performance and capability and improve keyword usage.


User Friendly

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Easy, Professional and No Special Skills Required

The Godaddy Website Tonight control panel has a lot of components which are not present in other website builder’s editors.
This may seem daunting at first, but once your choose your template or a pre-built website to modify it becomes smooth sailing.

The drag and drop functionality is easy to use and there are other tools like
the photo galleries and other web management tools make the job a lot more easier.
Godaddy offers a secure hosting platform with full back-up in case of disaster and if you’re a newbie you can use their hosting concierge to put you through the process and help with your website hosting.

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How Much Does It Cost?

Other than the fact that there is no free package, GoDaddy offers a motherload of “free” features (like Advertising).

Package Details
Economy
Deluxe
Premium

SSL Certificate

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Pages
5
10
Unlimited


Mobile Site
Basic
Customizable
Customizable


Free Stock Photos
8 700
8 700
28 000


Email Address
1
500
1 000


Disk Space
1 GB
10 GB
50 GB


Bandwith
150 GB
500 GB
1 000 GB




Summary


PRO’S

CON’S

  • Easy to use
  • E-mail, phone and Tech support
  • Page level password protection
  • Google Adword credit
  • Bing/Yahoo search credit
  • Facebook search credit
  • Video recorder
  • Quick shopping cart and E-commerce features
  • Limited features for low paying customers
  • Browser and operating system compatibility
  • Browser and operating system compatibility
  • Online file managers are not easy to use
  • Set up time delay
  • SEO tools and site submissions attract additional charges
Eliran

Author: Eliran Ouzan

Eliran Ouzan is the Co. Founder and designer of Website Planet and owns Ouzan Studio, a leading israeli based web design & development firm.
Eliran has been a Web designer since 2001 and designed over 1,000 Websites in his career.

Users Reviews (9)

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Godaddy Website Builder
Website builder ver 7.
1.6 10
I designed websites with ver. 6 which was limited but at least worked. With ver. 7 features have been removed and designing a usable site has become impossible. Avoid GoDaddy at all costs.
"Website builder ver 7."
March 08, 2014 | by Jon
1.5
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Pros
  • Cheap
Cons
  • NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT!
  • Slow response.
  • Won't publish HTML snippets.
  • Very few features- no anchors, limited linking, poor photo editor and much more.
  • Can't group objects.
Summary I designed websites with ver. 6 which was limited but at least worked. With ver. 7 features have been removed and designing a usable site has become impossible. Avoid GoDaddy at all costs.
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Is your life too good? - use godaddy
3.0 10
For fcuks sake!
I have started using website builder two days ago and i cant go past editing my first page. Today i have wasted 6 hours due to website builder not saving the changes.
What happened:
First time i saved changes and clicked exit. It warned me that saves have not been made. Ok, i cancelled and tried saving again with no luck. Also, website builder indicated that no recent changes have been made so nothing to save. I finally exited because i knew website builder is not responding once again. When i logged back in a few minutes later, i was shocked - all of my work disappeared.
After an hour of gathering my patience back, i rebuilt everything i lost and added a bit more content. This time i thought i am prepared for such sneaky things and created a backup and made sure changes were saved. I exited on purpose to see if it had worked. Guess what - NO! Ok, i thought, i have a backup so nothing to worry. I proudly restored the site and was shocked what i have seen. NO CHANGES WERE SAVED in backup and i again found myself at an empty website. Thats when my patience went out. You now are reading this review as i have just left the website builder to spread the word how horrible it is so others can be saved from this misery.
Prior to using godaddy i thought that these reports of godaddy being turned into one hellhole was exaggerated, but man i was wrong. Reports of their horrible service coming from all place are true.

Conclusion. AVOID GODDADY AT ALL COSTS!!! (unless you want to suffer).

PS.
How ironic, i was in a launch of one company which had their website hosted at godaddy a few days back and guess what. Their website crashed completely on the launch....What else do you need for proof?

Oh! When you Google something like best website builders, dont trust the reviews which say good things about godaddy - they are earning nice commissions from suckers like us.
"Is your life too good? - use godaddy"
February 04, 2014 | by Liudas
3
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Pros
  • Nice templates
Cons
  • Unresponsive
  • Does not save content
  • Crashes OFTEN
  • Hard to create forms, tables, input text etc
Summary For fcuks sake!
I have started using website builder two days ago and i cant go past editing my first page. Today i have wasted 6 hours due to website builder not saving the changes.
What happened:
First time i saved changes and clicked exit. It warned me that saves have not been made. Ok, i cancelled and tried saving again with no luck. Also, website builder indicated that no recent changes have been made so nothing to save. I finally exited because i knew website builder is not responding once again. When i logged back in a few minutes later, i was shocked - all of my work disappeared.
After an hour of gathering my patience back, i rebuilt everything i lost and added a bit more content. This time i thought i am prepared for such sneaky things and created a backup and made sure changes were saved. I exited on purpose to see if it had worked. Guess what - NO! Ok, i thought, i have a backup so nothing to worry. I proudly restored the site and was shocked what i have seen. NO CHANGES WERE SAVED in backup and i again found myself at an empty website. Thats when my patience went out. You now are reading this review as i have just left the website builder to spread the word how horrible it is so others can be saved from this misery.
Prior to using godaddy i thought that these reports of godaddy being turned into one hellhole was exaggerated, but man i was wrong. Reports of their horrible service coming from all place are true.

Conclusion. AVOID GODDADY AT ALL COSTS!!! (unless you want to suffer).

PS.
How ironic, i was in a launch of one company which had their website hosted at godaddy a few days back and guess what. Their website crashed completely on the launch....What else do you need for proof?

Oh! When you Google something like best website builders, dont trust the reviews which say good things about godaddy - they are earning nice commissions from suckers like us.
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Business owner
5.1 10
The functionality of Go Daddy's SeO optimization part of its site should be listed at 0-2. What good is a pretty site if you are lost in la la land and can't get page rank. In my book Go Daddy went from being one of the top web builder do it yourself programs to one of the worse on the market. When you call Go daddy for solutions they realize the problems but can't give you solutions because there aren't any. The problems I have seen so far in order of importance are as follows:
1) page web address HTML can't be changed without altering page title. This is huge as this is part of your page significance. You should never have a page called about us showing in your HTML as about-us.html. And they have no solution.
2) there is no way to enter key work meta tags even though google looks at this for significance of the page. You can enter these tags on each page, but this is not near as pertanent as actually being in your SeO and go daddy has no solution.
3) you can not add alt tags to photos. Without alt tags those pictures mean nothing to the search engines.
4) your mobile site is completely unoptimizable.
5) bbb, Angie's list, and other viable entities that record information on your business can not be added to page footer.
6) SeO tools are not optimized for current website tonight templates. They are outdated and for older web designs.
7) solutions to fix these problems including going back to an older web template design that go daddy is intending to shut down.
8) you ask go daddy what they are doing about these problems and many more and they have no answer. They say they don't know. Tech supports admits to know about all these problems, state they have no solution and won't know the changes took place until they have been made.
9) contact form is not alter able. It is in editable and they know this is an issue as well
"Business owner"
August 20, 2013 | by Nmdbb@yahoo.com
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Pros
  • Pretty website templates
Cons
  • Read my details below.more cons than pros
Summary The functionality of Go Daddy's SeO optimization part of its site should be listed at 0-2. What good is a pretty site if you are lost in la la land and can't get page rank. In my book Go Daddy went from being one of the top web builder do it yourself programs to one of the worse on the market. When you call Go daddy for solutions they realize the problems but can't give you solutions because there aren't any. The problems I have seen so far in order of importance are as follows:
1) page web address HTML can't be changed without altering page title. This is huge as this is part of your page significance. You should never have a page called about us showing in your HTML as about-us.html. And they have no solution.
2) there is no way to enter key work meta tags even though google looks at this for significance of the page. You can enter these tags on each page, but this is not near as pertanent as actually being in your SeO and go daddy has no solution.
3) you can not add alt tags to photos. Without alt tags those pictures mean nothing to the search engines.
4) your mobile site is completely unoptimizable.
5) bbb, Angie's list, and other viable entities that record information on your business can not be added to page footer.
6) SeO tools are not optimized for current website tonight templates. They are outdated and for older web designs.
7) solutions to fix these problems including going back to an older web template design that go daddy is intending to shut down.
8) you ask go daddy what they are doing about these problems and many more and they have no answer. They say they don't know. Tech supports admits to know about all these problems, state they have no solution and won't know the changes took place until they have been made.
9) contact form is not alter able. It is in editable and they know this is an issue as well
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Godaddy Website Builder
Meta Tags per Page missing - how stupid
2.4 10
Are they kidding - no meta tags for each page? Just site-wide? Google will drop the rankings of these sites like a rock in the ocean - and you'll be at the bottom of page 2,153,256...
"Meta Tags per Page missing - how stupid"
May 11, 2013 | by Tim Grady
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Pros
  • Easier to design pages
Cons
  • CSS doesn't carry from page to page
  • Meta tags for each page are not supported
Summary Are they kidding - no meta tags for each page? Just site-wide? Google will drop the rankings of these sites like a rock in the ocean - and you'll be at the bottom of page 2,153,256...
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Godaddy Website Builder
Video uploader is really bad
3.8 10
Some people want to go cheap. And that is fine however this website builder is really bad because customer services will blame you and your computer for certain items not working. Then they will blame your network, then after that they will blame the region you are in "SoCal" for their software not working. And it's not only with Website Tonight vertically any product that fails they will blame you for it.

As a WildWest Domains reseller I do admit that these products are garbage and outdated.
"Video uploader is really bad"
May 05, 2013 | by Max Factor
3.5
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Pros
  • cheap product
  • failry easy to use
  • ok designs
Cons
  • slow as hell
  • video uploader doesn't work
  • customer service is bad
Summary Some people want to go cheap. And that is fine however this website builder is really bad because customer services will blame you and your computer for certain items not working. Then they will blame your network, then after that they will blame the region you are in "SoCal" for their software not working. And it's not only with Website Tonight vertically any product that fails they will blame you for it.

As a WildWest Domains reseller I do admit that these products are garbage and outdated.
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