Whether you want to start blogging or are a business looking to grow, you must have a website. As a graphic designer, I’m comfortable coding building websites and using Content Management Systems (CMSs) like WordPress. For someone who isn’t technical or someone who just wants to get a website up quickly, then coding and plug-in libraries aren’t the answer. Fortunately GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder makes it easy for anyone to design and create a website in minutes so you can start building your online presence.
GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder is an easy-to-use service from GoDaddy that lets you choose and customize a design for a new website. The monthly price includes website hosting and 24/7 support. GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder offers 4 monthly plans – Personal, Business, Business Plus, and Online Store. The Personal plan is great for starting a new blog without having to learn about hosting or installation. The business plans support businesses that are just starting out to businesses that want to sell products online. Monthly prices range from $5.99-$29.99/month. Now through 4/10 GoDaddy is offering a Free Trial where you can try any GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder Plan free for one month.
I signed up for the GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder Business Free Trial to create a website for a new business. Starting off was easy. Just plug-in the name of your business and then select the type of business you run. GoDaddy provides a variety of categories to choose from. Each category offers several pre-made website designs suited to your type of business. From the list, you can preview each design to see how it would look on Desktop and Mobile devices. All of the GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder designs are responsive mobile designs.
Once you select the design you want to customize, you are taken to a layout editor that allows you to change the different sections of the website. You can easily make changes just by clicking on the section you want to edit. In addition, there are 6 pre-made themes you can select from that control the design’s colors and fonts. Once a theme is selected, you can tweak both the font-type and design color. GoDaddy also gives access to a library of stock photos you can use for your website. You’re able to upload your own images from your computer as well. Users can also add new pages to their site.
Users can quickly add new sections to their website using GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder. A green + arrow displays between different sections of the website. Click the + will display a list of pre-made modules you can select from to add to your site. There are a lot of options here including social media follows, newsletter sign-ups, testimonials, and calendars. Each section allows you to customize it for display, layout and content. I was really surprised at how easy it was to add, edit and move sections for the site. They’ve really made the interface easy to use, which is great for people who don’t know how or don’t want to code or use HTML.
You can preview the design (both desktop and mobile versions) as you make changes along the way. Once you have a design you like, just hit the “Publish” button. You can choose the apply the site design to one of the domain names you already own with GoDaddy, or use it to create a free GoDaddy Sites website. I love the clean, easy to navigate website I was able to create with GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder.
One feature that isn’t specific to designing a website, but I think is worth noting, is the integrated email marketing options. One of the sections you can add to your website is a newsletter sign-up box. With GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder, you can create your own email marketing campaign to your email subscribers. That means you don’t need a 3rd party newsletter service to send out updates. Just like the Website Builder, the Email Composer offers lots of templates and make it easy to create a professional looking newsletter. There are also tons of 3rd party features and add-ons you can use – from automatically sending out daily updates to syncing with your Etsy store.
Serious bloggers and businesses will also want to take advantage of GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder’s SEO option. With the click of the button, GoDaddy walks you through several easy-to-follow steps to ensure your website is optimized for search engines.
From start to finish, it took me less than 30 minutes to design and publish a new website. And that’s with me poking around each of the sections and playing around with fonts and colors for several minutes. If you know what you’re looking for in a website design, you could probably publish a website in under 5 minutes (not kidding) and end up with a clean, SEO-optimized, professional website. The level of detail GoDaddy allowed you to customize using the GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder is impressive. I especially like that you can put your own branding and flare on the website. If need an easy way to create a website in minutes, definitely take advantage of the GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder Free Trial. Sign-up today to give it a try for 30 days free.
A promotional item was provided to me for today’s discussion. The host for this event is Still Blonde after all these Years.
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