CONS of GoDaddy Website Builder
- Emails can get pretty expensive – $9.99/mo for each. And they don’t integrate with Google but with Microsoft Office – not the best option for beginners.
- We tried to quickly get some questions answered on their live chat. We logged on, and the estimated wait time was 35 minutes! Really? For “live” chat? By this point in time, we had already been able to research everything on their site to be able to answer our questions. But we didn’t want to give up just yet. When a rep finally connected, they immediately said, “To access your account we will need your 4 digit support PIN. Please provide your PIN with this secure form I am sending you.” But… what if I didn’t have an account? What if I was just looking to buy and had a few simple questions?
- GoDaddy has multiple upsells making navigating very difficult. They offer 1-year free domain name, but this renews at $17.99/mo.
PROS of GoDaddy Website Builder
- GoDaddy offers 1500+ design and template options, all broken down into categories based on the site you want to create and if you don’t like it you can just switch to another one.
- All of the templates feature the same drag-and-drop interface that most website builders now offer. GoDaddy’s isn’t quite as intuitive as Wix, but it’s still decent.
- Ecommerce is fully supported, as is a handy scheduling feature. This might be perfect for coaches who want to bill for their time and help clients schedule themselves into their calendar.
- GoDaddy might be one of the only site builders that offers a free month trial. That’s a good deal which allows you to test things out and refund before getting locked into a much bigger annual commitment.
- We’ve been pleasantly blown away by how solid the performance for each site builder has been. GoDaddy offers another 99.99% uptime, only going down once for two minutes.
- GoDaddy is slightly more expensive than the other alternatives we’ve seen so far. We paid $143.86 for the year. The domain cost another $14.60. including tax.
Yes and no.
GoDaddy’s website builder isn’t terrible. But it’s not great, either.
We found others on this list, like Wix, and Constant Contact, to be much stronger overall.
In addition, the eCommerce plans were expensive and we can’t overlook the half-hour “live” chat session, either.
Here’s our 5-minute test site.