For many years now, GoDaddy has been the big player when it comes to domain names and web hosting. Their latest product is aimed at the growing website builder customer base. Promoted with the slogan, “Build a better website in less than an hour”, we decided to check out GoCentral to see how it stacks up against the other website builder options available on the market. Here is my GoDaddy GoCentral Review.
You can choose from four GoCentral Plans: Personal, Business, Business Plus, and Online Store. The cost ranges from $5.99 mo. to $19.99 mo.
GoCentral Industry Website Designs
Although GoCentral doesn’t have the most extensive selection of website theme or template designs, they do include websites for the following industries or categories:
- Real Estate
- Art and Design
- Home Services
- Personal Services
- Retail Online Stores
Building a website with GoCentral is incredibly simple and quick. To start with, you just have to answer two questions: What topic or business is your site about? And, what is the name of your site?
You can then choose your website’s design based on your industry. For example, for a photography site, your choices would be similar to these:
Creating Your Website
Editing and customizing your website is also very easy with GoCentral. Once you choose your site design, you can go to the site editor. You edit the various sections of your web page by clicking on the corresponding sections on the right side of the editor.
You can change and customize the text and images on your site. You can choose the supplied photos or upload your own images.
Before publishing your website, you can preview it to see how it looks on a full screen and on a smartphone.
Add More Functionality with GoCentral Sections
While GoCentral allows you to quickly build your basic website, you can also easily add more functionality to it using their GoCentral components or sections as they’re called. For example, here are just some of the functions you can add to your website:
- Password Protected Pages
- Email Marketing
- Social Media Integration
- Sync with Facebook
- Sync with Pinterest
- Accept Online Payments
- Abandoned Cart Recovery
- Calendar Syncing
- Text and Email Notifications
- Client Management Tools
- Custom Menus and Price Lists
Publishing Your Website
When publishing your site, you can choose to use a domain you own or you can use GoDaddy’s free URL, which looks something like “YourWebsiteName.godaddysites.com”.
Click the Publish Site button and your website is ready to go!
Advantages of GoDaddy GoCentral
- Very Easy to Use Site Creator and Editor
- Easy to Add Additional Functionality with Sections
- You Can Try GoCentral for Free (No Credit Card Needed)
- Can Combine GoCentral with GoDaddy’s Domain Name and other Services
- 24/7 Customer Support
Disadvantages of GoDaddy GoCentral
- Limited Selection of Website Designs
- Website Templates are More Basic Looking
GoDaddy advertises GoCentral with the slogan “build a better website in less than an hour”. And, you certainly can create your site very quickly within minutes. GoCentral is one of the easier website builders to use. The flip side of things is that you don’t have as many website theme or design options as some other site builders. If you’re looking for a more customized or advanced site, there are other website builders I would recommend. However, for a simple, quick, ready to go website, GoCentral is a viable alternative to Wix, SquareSpace, and the other website builders out there.