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GoDaddy Website Builder Review

GoDaddy Website Builder


GoDaddy is a free-hosted web-based website builder that is easy to use. However, it has its cons as well as its pros. Read below our full review.
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This is a quick & simple review of the free hosted web-based website builder GoDaddy as used to build the website - GoDaddy - A Review.

GoDaddy is a very popular and easy to use free hosted web-based (non-drag-n-drop) website builder that uses templates and premade layouts based on theme / section content. Below is an account of my personal experience with the GoDaddy web-based website builder when making a simple example website.

GoDaddy is a popular and fairly simple-to-use free hosted web-based website builder. However, like any theme (as well as the web-based website builder), there is a learning curve to figuring out how to make what you want fit inside the template box as well as learning what templated layout options are available. IE - there is a learning curve to the quirks of the builder as well as the theme chosen (page layouts, change images, etc.).

Themes - In this case the theme was chosen based on layout. Using the simple design of a full-screen image and text and button overtop, it is clean, simple, elegant - typical of what is to be expected of a website today. For each section, a pre-defined layout was chose based on the content I wanted to add. Sadly, other than swapping out images and text, the layout is not customizable. However, there are many quality themes available to get you started.

SEO - Page specific titles, descriptions and keywords are available to customize. H specific paragraph tags are available to choose. Canonical, social media and schema tags are auto generated as is robots.txt file and htaccess file for server optimization. However, the htaccess file is not customizable. And of course one can add Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools via settings.

The
downside to using a free hosted web-based website builder (in addition to needing to use a theme) is that from an optimization standpoint for page speed, capabilities are limited. Custom server optimization is not possible via htaccess file. In addition, if you ever become dissatisfied with the host from a support or customer service standpoint, or if they go out of business, you're stuck as it cannot be moved to another without rebuilding it from scratch.

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upside is it is free hosted, and can be managed via the web. Another plus is that GoDaddy can double as a blogging platform, it is easy to make blog posts, which is good for seo, that can be shared with Facebook, which is also good for seo. For an added fee, you can connect your GoDaddy website to a custom domain name or add other available bells and whistles. Support is always available. Resources: First Steps & Learn to use GoDaddy.

If you are going to build a website, why not build one that is more than just pretty? Why not build one that is worthy of being found via solid on-page seo techniques? Depending on your needs (including maintenance) as well as budget, I can most likely build for you a custom website that can look almost exactly like your favorite GoDaddy template but is more technically sound in terms of on-page seo and html errors. Either I can maintain the website for you or show you how to via my affordable desktop software. You can read the full review here for more info on this tool. Contact me for more information.

Rob Shurtleff
The Website Guy
We offer quality, affordable, brochure style website design services for local small businesses in
Lino Lakes, Hugo, Centerville, Forest Lake, White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights, Blaine,
North St Paul, and the surrounding Twin Cities Minnesota area.