The pro of using a GoDaddy web-based website builder is the ability to quickly put a website together via a ready-made theme and page layout options. Each section comes with a premade layout - all you have to do is swap out text and images. All layouts are of course mobile friendly and beautiful.
As with everything, our greatest strength is our greatest weakness. The GoDaddy web-based website builder lacks flexibility outside of what is already provided in terms of ready-made layout options.
But, I do like it as an alternative to WordPress if you must maintain control of your own website.
The cons of using GoDaddy website-builder are that at the end of the day, it is not so much template based or even difficult to learn but that it is still a web-based website builder.
You are relying on GoDaddy, as a host, to be a powerful fast secure host with customer service that is second to none. In addition, as easy as it is to use, it still has a learning curve to maximize its potential. You have better things to do.
Last, as a web-based website builder, if you ever choose to change hosts due to dissatisfaction, you have to start over and rebuild the site from scratch.
If you are sure GODADDY is for you, and I have no reason to think otherwise - yet, then read on...
In your GoDaddy account, after you’ve created a domain name, sign up for a GoDaddy website via this link: https://www.godaddy.com/websites/website-builder
- Click Start for FREE
- Choose Category for your website (you will be shown appropriate themes)
- Name you site
- Choose plan (can continue for free)
From your website editor, you can choose a new theme, add / edit pages, and choose settings. But before we get into editing of the website, let’s look at the “dashboard”.
The pro to this website builder is the back-end marketing platform it is attached to. From the dashboard, the user can set up a store, set up events, appointments, blog posts, Marketing (SEO, social media, ads, coupons, email etc.), manage connections, and other settings. It is your business management dashboard. From the dashboard, simply follow the suggested “next steps” and “other ways to grow” to be successful online.
Now, onto the website editor.. 3 main tabs: Website, Theme, and Settings.
The first step is to make sure the theme is what you like. Choose wisely, even though you can change it at any time. Under this tab, you can also change the color scheme, fonts, and button styles. Depending on the theme, The GoDaddy Website Builder uses pre-made page layouts (as opposed to the drag and drop of objects anywhere on the page available in other site builders). When building out your page, simply add a section, and then choose the layout for that section - depending on the type of content you are wanting to add.
Under the settings tab, you can manage the sites basic information, social media links, favicon, SEO (get found on google - page title / description), google analytics, Facebook pixel / meta tag, cookie banner, Google ads, backups, and more. Be sure to click on "get found on Google" under this settings tab for every page you are working on to make the page title / description unique.
Under the website tab, these items changes depending on what was last clicked on. For instance, if you click on the navigation, those items choices to change / modify will show. If you click on the hero image, the same and so on. From here you can also choose the page to edit and add sections. When adding a section, simply choose the type of content you want to add and optimized layout choices will appear. Each page also has a separate settings button under the "website" tab (not be confused with the "settings" tab) for the page name in navigation, to show in navigation, or make it a private page.
The one thing to remember is, as you're putting together your website to make it pretty (as well as informative, relevant & compelling), be sure to put it together with SEO in mind. That is to say, choose the correct tag on your paragraph titles heading type (H1 / H2 etc) as well as image alt tags and descriptions etc. Be sure the search engines understand your page as well as the user does.
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