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GoDaddy is one of the top hosting websites globally, with over 18 million customers. It’s the largest domain registrar in the world, famous for clever commercials featuring celebrity spokespeople such as Danica Patrick.
What some may not know is that GoDaddy has a separate website builder program known as GoCentral. It offers dynamic editing along with a wide variety of pre-installed tools that will allow you to build any kind of website, whether personal or e-commerce.
GoCentral’s ease of use comes with a price, however. The number of templates provided is less than that offered from other builders. However, it does offer you the ability to edit your website from mobile devices dynamically. Overall, the builder is very simple to use, allowing webmasters of all skill levels to build a fully functional website easily.
- Dynamic editing from both PC and mobile devices
- E-commerce tools and all website tools pre-configured in builder
- SEO optimization and Google Business features available
- Free domain name and SSL certificates on all plans
Note that depending on what country you’re in, the term “GoCentral” may not be used to describe the website builder. Don’t worry, as it’s still the website builder mentioned in this review, just without the GoCentral name.
Template Options Are Limited, But Dynamically Editable
GoCentral doesn’t offer much to the builder in terms of template designs. Once you tell the builder what type of website you want, it pulls together a group of design elements and presents you with 16 themes you can use to design your website.
These themes are essentially minor variations of the same base template. The primary differences in themes are their font styles and color schemes. There are some very basic layout changes, but the changes are minor using the same layout blocks on each variation.
The good news about these themes is that you can edit them dynamically, meaning you can change your website on the fly and see how it will look before you publish. Just click on the element you wish to change, and you’ll see which options are available for customization. In most cases, you can change the images of the themes using images from either the image library or your computer.
You can also add a variety of elements to your webpages, including social media links, contact forms, and online store elements. Just click on Add to this page and select the element you wish to change. You’ll then be presented with options for items you can add.
Themes also offer multiple multimedia options. You can embed your own audio or embed audio from SoundCloud. You can also post your own video or use videos from YouTube and Vimeo. Moreover, you can embed downloadable files and incorporate logos and badges into your website.
One great thing about these templates is that they’re mobile-optimized for most devices due to their simple block design. Once you create your website, it will be ready for mobile.
The primary downside to these themes is that they’re very simplistic. They incorporate a basic stacked-block design that makes your website look a bit plain. You’ll want to customize as many options as you can to improve its appearance, but your website is still going to have a basic look to it.
All-Inclusive Builder, with E-commerce and SEO Functionality
GoCentral allows you to create a wide variety of websites, ranging from personal websites and blogs to robust business and e-commerce websites. The builder comes with all of the standard features you’d expect from a website builder, such as image and video galleries, contact forms, and the ability to add blog content. It also offers several value-added features that are not always available on standard website builders.
If you’re looking to sell products online, GoCentral will give you the ability to do so without you having to become a coding genius. The website builder includes all the tools you need to build a store, including shopping cart software, inventory management, and more. You can accept a wide variety of payment methods using both Square and Stripe for back-end payment processing, along with PayPal and Apple Pay.
With your online store, you can add from 1,500 to 5,000 products with up to ten images for each product. Your website allows for multiple shipping options for customers, along with shipping and tax calculation. You can even set up your website to send text notifications when your customers place orders.
Get Found on Google
If you need a little help with SEO, then GoCentral is an excellent choice. SEO tools come standard with the website builder. The builder also automatically inserts tags and webpage titles to help boost your SEO.
Also, GoCentral regularly monitors your website and automatically adds relevant and high-value keywords and phrases to help improve your rankings on Google, Bing, and Yahoo. If you have a business website, GoCentral will help you get onto Google My Business, allowing your business to show up in the business listings and Google Maps when someone searches for companies similar to yours, especially those in your general area.
Edit Your Website on Any Device
GoCentral’s website builder allows you to make dynamic changes to your website from anywhere and from any device. For example, if you decide to offer an unannounced sale on your store while traveling, you can set up the sale directly from your tablet or laptop. You can even make changes to your website directly from your smartphone. Best of all, due to dynamic editing, you can see how the changes will look directly from your device.
Free SSL Certificates
One feature you don’t see on many website builders is free SSL certificates. With GoCentral, SSL certificates are built into your website automatically. No need to sign up and renew, and the website does this for you.
SSL certificates are an important security feature that encrypts data from end to end whenever a customer visits your website. They’re required if you plan to operate an online store; so if you go with GoCentral, that’s one less worry.
Ease of use
Simple Dynamic Editing But With Limitations
GoCentral is designed to give beginners a fast and easy way to create almost any kind of website from any computer or mobile device.The dynamic website builder incorporates point-and-click functionality in a simple menu-driven editor that helps you create website elements, fast.
The builder starts by collecting a couple quick details about your website and then automatically picks a template and layout for you. Then you select from one of 16 themes that allow you to change all designs. You can use images provided by GoCentral or add your own to craft your perfect, unique look.
The one downside to this builder is that the elements are block-style rather than genuinely dynamic. You arrange items with the block elements, but you can’t resize the block elements themselves. However, their templates are both responsive and dynamic, and whatever changes you make, you will be able to see how it looks on both desktop AND mobile.
- Simple design with user-friendly point-and-click tools
- Ability to edit your website from PC, laptop, and mobile devices
- Dynamic editing, allowing you to see changes without updating your website
- Primary e-commerce and web development tools included in the editor
- Limited layout customization available, with only 16 themes
- No photo-editing tools included in the website builder
- Block elements not resizeable, and themes somewhat basic
Excellent Self Help Tools and 24/7 Phone Support
GoDaddy offers multiple support options for its various products. If you like to find their own answers, you have two choices. You can start by going to the Product Support webpage, which lists help sections by category.
The GoCentral section offers a wealth of information, ranging from information on plans to the basics of using the website builder. It’s fairly comprehensive, with step-by-step instructions for each section.
Next, you have the GoDaddy Community forums at your disposal. Like the Product Support page, GoCentral has its own forum category, with nearly 1,200 different topics available. You can search for an answer, or post a new thread and get help from contributors and other GoDaddy customers.
If you want to speak with a person directly, you have multiple options for that as well. First, you can speak with GoDaddy through their 24/7 support line. If you’re not in the U.S., no problem! There are dozens of contact numbers available around the world for your convenience. In addition, they offer live chat support. Note that some agents may not be native English speakers, but for me, they were still more than helpful.
With multi-lingual 24/7 live chat, phone support, and robust self-help tools, GoCentral has you covered for whatever problems may arise with your new website and hosting.
Solid Pricing With Free Domain and SSL Certificates
Godaddy GoCentral has four plans, offering both monthly and annual billing. The Personal plan is the most basic, but if you want to sell products, you need to upgrade to Business or higher.
All plans come with core features such as dynamic editing. Check out the chart below to see what features you get when upgrading to a bigger plan.
|Personal||Business||Business Plus||Online Store|
|Free year of O365 email||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Free year of Smartline business phone line||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Get found online||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Social media integration||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Accept credit cards, Apple Pay, PayPal||No||No||No||Yes|
|Configure products, taxes, shipping||No||No||No||Yes|
Pay close attention to pricing, as it defaults to annual pricing. Monthly pricing is higher across the board. You can save up to 33% when you go with yearly pricing. Even with the “savings,” pricing is about average compared with similar website builders. You do get a free domain for your first year regardless of which plan you pick, and that’s something you don’t get with all website builders. You’ll also enjoy free SSL certificates, saving you even more money.
GoCentral offers a 30-day free trial, but your website will be hosting as a Godaddysites.com subdomain. After 30-days, your website is deleted if you don’t upgrade.
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Great for Blog Websites
GoDaddy's website builder is very useful - it's simple to navigate and you don't need any prior website building knowledge to use it. There's a decent template selection and a number of features to add to your site. The only downside I see is that it isn't the best option if you want to build a site to sell stuff. If that's the case, it is better to look elsewhere. But if you are looking to create a blog or informative website, it is a great option.
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