2.8 / 5
Building my first website with GoDaddy
My aim was to build a simple website for my clinical trials freelance consulting business and that under time pressure due to upcoming conference; I really wanted to have the site gone live before the conference partnering tool is opened. I watched tutorials, webinars, solutions that don’t require an IT professional, pricing, security, domain protection, etc. As my friend, a professional website developer, was not available, I decided to do it myself. Finally, I went for GoDaddy, especially after watching a tutorial showing the features. Regrettably, not all of them were available when I started. However, their customer support was good, the builder intuitive and the outcome good enough. Of course, I will make some improvements in near future but I achieved my goal – a reasonably good website in almost no time.
- Ease of use
- Limited customisation options
You should avoid GoDaddy Website Builder altogether
I’ve built WordPress sites and a Jimdo site, but am far short of being an expert. However, I am most familiar with the GoDaddy program, and believe me, it is degrading as we speak.
The GoDaddy builder (v.7) is terrible, a degradation of the earlier v.6, which was pretty terrible itself. Beware, as even the most basic features one would expect to find are absent. There is a spell checker, for example, but no suggested correct spelling or insertion, i.e. one needs to use a Web dictionary, then go back and correct the error. There are no precision alignment options, other than a spotty grid tool that works sometimes. You cannot cut and paste without using the Ctrl X Ctrl V keyboard commands. You cannot modify a theme without constant repetition of your preferences (text color for H1, H2 etc. as an example), so you will have to manually fix each headline, color change, font choice and nearly every other facet of a site one at a time, incredibly time consuming and frustrating. And if you choose the change themes, you lose all work on the previous theme and must start over. (Incredible!) Also, and unless every page of your site is the same height, you’ll have to manually do each page, and even then, sometimes you will get a page of infinite height without any way of shortening it (the slide tool to determine height works spotty at best). So even if your content ends, say at 1400 pixels, the page may go on down to 4000 pixels or more, a long empty space, with no way to correct it. Very strange. As mentioned in the review which evoked my comment, the lack of photo indexing, along with that clunky “SEO Wizard” is a major disappointment. The Wizard suggests, for example, using the same keyword phrase on EVERY page header. How weird is that? Worthless.
Oh, this is just the beginning of woes. I could go on at book length, like for example, there being no digital goods sales app or option, no way to permanently group elements to keep them together on a page, very limited typography options, no flexibility in menu options so that one could create separate menus for various pages, no background form for PayPal or other buttons and thus you have to fill in payment info on every PayPal button in order to receive your payment. Further, GoDaddy advertises that your site will automatically be responsive on any device. That is simply not true, and just a few weeks ago a customer service representative admitted that the company has failed in its promise. He said the company hopes to have responsive sites by the Fall of 2016. A lot of good that does if you plan to publish a site before then!
.. it’s exhausting to go on. But this gives you an idea of just how poor this program is. It is as if there was no oversight of it while it was being developed. A skeleton program at best, with several bones missing.
I made the mistake of starting with the company many years ago and am trapped in a long term contract. So take it from experience, this is a new low for GoDaddy, which seems intent on lowering the bar any time it can while focusing on maximum profit. (The company forced its v6 customers to go to v7, by the way.)
In short, I would recommend ANY other choice than GoDaddy.
- I suppose it could be more terrible than it is, but that would be saying something
- Can't modify a theme without constant repetition
- Clunky "SEO Wizard"
- Can't change themes without losing previous work
Godaddy SEO wizard
I just renewed Godaddy. I will need to pay $ 14.99 US per month for business plus, $ 17.25 US annual for domain name and $90.99 for SSL. The search optimization wizard will only optimize 5 pages. If you have more than 5 pages it will auto default to the first 5 pages that were developed, and this can not be changed so it is critical that the user builds the site in order of priority. Build the pages you want optimized first. As the optimization feature is a main selling feature of this plan it falls short of expectations. I think your rating of middle of the road for Godaddy is good. The cell phone optimization feature may not line up photo’s with narrative box assigned to the photo depending on the page layout. If this is a feature added on later, after the page has been built, it could mean some reconstruction of the site. This has been a real pain and may mean a complete rebuild
- Support was available.
- Pricing is high, consider price beyond initial year.