Creating a website can be very challenging sometimes, not because of the technicalities, but mostly due to the large selection of web services that are available out there. From website building to hosting, there is always more than one vendor who’s eager to sell you their services.
If you haven’t heard, one of the big names out there is GoDaddy. Are they good for website building and hosting? Let’s find out.
What Is GoDaddy?
GoDaddy is a privately held company that was founded in 1997 and was primarily a domain registration company. Today, it has extended its services to web hosting, web building as well as marketing tools. As the largest domain registrar, GoDaddy currently has 14 facilities that support over 12 million customers worldwide.
How Do the Services Work?
Regardless of the services that you use, you’ll need 3 basic things to create a website; a domain name, a hosting service and a website publishing platform. All three of these can be found within GoDaddy itself.
Selecting a domain name is a fairly simple task. You just have to type in the name, check for its availability and make your purchase. Next, you can choose to include web hosting with or without the website builder.
The hosted website builder is recommended by GoDaddy for personal and small business websites. It is easy to use and offers plenty of modern-looking mobile-friendly templates to choose from.
Besides, different widgets such as social sharing and YouTube videos can be added to make your website more functional. You can also implement some on-page SEO features such as meta title and meta descriptions which are important factors for website ranking.
As easy as it might seem, you need to be aware of some features that aren’t offered through this builder. For example;
- You have very little access to code editing.
- Once you have selected a template and build your content, you are pretty much stuck with it. If you are thinking of changing into a different template, you’ll lose your website content altogether.
- As far as running an e-commerce site is concerned, the options and tools are quite limited (unless you upgrade your plan)
- For some reasons, the built-in SEO feature doesn’t allow Google to index pictures on the website.
- You can’t blog on the site without integrating externally, which means, you’ll send traffic away from your main site.
How Much Does It Cost?
Now, let’s do some math and see how much you need to spend to get a decent website up and running on GoDaddy. Here’s a fee structure summary to help you understand better what is essential and what is optional.
|SERVICES||PRICING PER MONTH|
|(1) Domain name (Essential)||Starts from $12.99|
|(2) Privacy protection (Optional)||Starts from $7.99 to $14.99|
|(3) Hosting and Website (Essential) *|
|a) Website builder + hosting||$1.00 (Personal), $5.99 (Business) and $10.99 (Business plus)|
|b) Web hosting only (and use other web building platforms)||$3.99 (Economy), $4.49 (Deluxe), $7.49 (Ultimate)|
|c) Web hosting for WordPress site||$1.00 (Starter), $9.99 (Business), $29.99 (Pro)|
|(4) Email to Domain (Optional)||Starts from $3.99 to $7.49|
|(5) Search Engine Visibility (Optional) **||$2.99|
*The higher pricing, the more features will be added to your website function. For more detailed pricing information, please visit Godaddy.com
**I personally think that SEO feature should be included within the essential website building feature, instead of being a separate service.
So, assuming that you want to have a functional website which is mobile-friendly, search engine friendly and easy to set up, the estimated cost of operation will come up to be;
Domain ($12.99) + Web builder & hosting ($5.99) + Search Engine Visibility ($2.99) x 12 months = $263.60/year. That works out to be an average of $22/month.
Let’s Hear What Other People Say…
Does the cost reflect the quality of service that you are getting from GoDaddy in terms of reliability and effectiveness in running a website? Let’s hear what some users have to say about the website builder;
And for the web hosting service…
Honestly, wherever I look, there seems to be more negative reviews than positive ones. It’s actually quite shocking to learn that a big company like GoDaddy could garner so much bad reputation online to the point that even Forbes wrote an article about it.
So, Is Godaddy Worthy of Your Time?
Well, my research on this topic taught me 3 things about website owners;
- We are not as competent as we thought when it comes to web technicalities so, we tend to believe what most experts say.
- We are easily attracted to discounts without investigating the products or services that we are actually buying.
- As a result of not understanding the basic, we make regrettable decisions that cost us to waste more time and money.
GoDaddy has indeed a lot to offer, but everything is so segmented (especially with the fee structure), they totally confuse beginners. So, what is the better option?
Well, there’s a better platform called SiteRubix and it uses the flexible WordPress publisher. For only one type of fee, you get access to high quality cloud hosting service AND online entrepreneurship training program provided by Wealthy Affiliate University.
Here is what makes them different from other companies.
Now, that will be much more worthy of your time and money. If you interested to learn about this awesome training, simply follow the link above and I’ll show you how to get started from scratch.
“Customers don’t expect you to be perfect. They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong.” – Donald Porter
Do you have any thoughts or questions about this topic? Please leave your comment below and I’ll get back to you.
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