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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.

Features

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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.

Pricing

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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


Bandwidth
150 GB
500 GB
1000 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

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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 (30)

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WBv7 is horrible
4.3 10
"WBv7 is horrible"
August 15, 2014 | by beth
4
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Pros
  • easy to use for the most part
Cons
  • cant edit mobile site
  • cant embed media, only youtube
  • cant change colors of theme
  • cant switch theme without losing everything
  • cant align content blocks
  • some content will look great in edit mode but like crap when you publish it, like it will move and be off
  • pictures do not publish at the zoom you set it at, it publishes at its regular size
  • i can keep going...v7 is crap v6 was soooo much better
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Godaddy Website Builder
WBv7 is horrible
4.3 10
"WBv7 is horrible"
August 15, 2014 | by beth
4
4.3 More Details
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Pros
  • easy to use for the most part
Cons
  • cant edit mobile site
  • cant embed media, only youtube
  • cant change colors of theme
  • cant switch theme without losing everything
  • cant align content blocks
  • some content will look great in edit mode but like crap when you publish it, like it will move and be off
  • pictures do not publish at the zoom you set it at, it publishes at its regular size
  • i can keep going...v7 is crap v6 was soooo much better
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Godaddy Website Builder
The worst website builder I have ever experienced
0.9 10
V7 is by far are the worst website builder I have ever experienced. I want to puke whenever I'd have to go in and use it. if they force and migration from v6 to v7, I'm moving to another company. I may go with square space, or 1 and 1. I think that we should all get together and sign a petition to let us keep v6.
"The worst website builder I have ever experienced"
July 25, 2014 | by Lida shatte
0.5
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Pros
  • cheap
Cons
  • can't align content blocks
  • can't wrap text around images
  • can't edit html
  • no favicon
  • slow
  • content looks OK in edit mode but jumbled in publish
Summary V7 is by far are the worst website builder I have ever experienced. I want to puke whenever I'd have to go in and use it. if they force and migration from v6 to v7, I'm moving to another company. I may go with square space, or 1 and 1. I think that we should all get together and sign a petition to let us keep v6.
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Godaddy Website Builder
The worst website builder I have ever experienced
0.9 10
V7 is by far are the worst website builder I have ever experienced. I want to puke whenever I'd have to go in and use it. if they force and migration from v6 to v7, I'm moving to another company. I may go with square space, or 1 and 1. I think that we should all get together and sign a petition to let us keep v6.
"The worst website builder I have ever experienced"
July 25, 2014 | by Lida shatte
0.5
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Pros
  • cheap
Cons
  • can't align content blocks
  • can't wrap text around images
  • can't edit html
  • no favicon
  • slow
  • content looks OK in edit mode but jumbled in publish
Summary V7 is by far are the worst website builder I have ever experienced. I want to puke whenever I'd have to go in and use it. if they force and migration from v6 to v7, I'm moving to another company. I may go with square space, or 1 and 1. I think that we should all get together and sign a petition to let us keep v6.
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Godaddy Website Builder
Don't use GoDaddy if you need password protection!
4.7 10
This review incorrectly states GoDaddy has page level password protection, but as of July 2014 that is incorrect. Website Builder v.6 had this feature, but it was lost when they "upgraded" to v.7. This was a necessary feature for me building a website for a high school athlete to share with college coaches. Their tech support tried to help, but the problem is the poor software. Now I have to use Word Press, SquareSpace or Weebly. No wonder GoDaddy had hosting on sale for $1/month. :(
"Don't use GoDaddy if you need password protection!"
July 13, 2014 | by Mr. Kay
4.5
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Pros
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • Can't Password Protect Pages
  • No Page Counter
  • Can't Change HTML link colors
Summary This review incorrectly states GoDaddy has page level password protection, but as of July 2014 that is incorrect. Website Builder v.6 had this feature, but it was lost when they "upgraded" to v.7. This was a necessary feature for me building a website for a high school athlete to share with college coaches. Their tech support tried to help, but the problem is the poor software. Now I have to use Word Press, SquareSpace or Weebly. No wonder GoDaddy had hosting on sale for $1/month. :(
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