As the largest domain registrar and huge web hosting entity, GoDaddy has always offered one of the widest array of products and services. Now with GoCentral, they have their own entry into the website builder arena. The promo tag for GoCentral is “Build a better website in under an hour”. You can try out GoCentral for free or when you purchase a domain at GoDaddy, you are also given a free trail period for GoCentral.
Price: $5.99 mo. – $29.99 mo.
GoCentral Website Plans
For Personal Websites
Websites for New Businesses
Websites for Customer Acquisition
For Selling Products Online
Pros and Cons
- Easy to Follow Website Creation Process
- Very Fast Website Creation
- Easily Add Additional Functionality
- Free Trial When You Purchase a Domain at GoDaddy
- Websites are More Basic Looking
- Can’t Move Website to another Host
In order to streamline and speed up the website creation process, GoCentral automatically selects your website template based on the category you enter. While you can alter the appearance to some extent, you can’t change templates unless you specify a different website category. Most website builders allow you to choose a specific template of your choice. And although I would prefer to select my own template, I can see the reasoning behind the GoCentral template process—it does speed things up.
Add Functionality with GoCentral Sections
While GoDaddy’s GoCentral allows you to very quickly create your basic website, adding additional functionality is also very easy. GoCentral utilizes sections that you can slide into your website to add functionality beyond what your basic template allows.
For example, below is a list of sections you can add for more functionality:
- Photo Gallery
- Contact Form
- Menu/Price List
- Online Store
- Email Signup
- Social Media Integration
- Events Calendar
- Embedded Blog
- SoundCloud Playlist
- OpenTable Reservations
Previewing and Publishing Your Website
Perhaps my favorite feature in GoCentral is the website preview function. Unlike most other website builders, you can actually get a side-by-side preview of how your site will look on both a computer and a smartphone. Usually, you have to preview your site one way and then go back and select another device to see how your site looks there. It’s much more convenient to be able to see both versions together. And from there, you can easily and quickly publish your website.
- Real Estate Sites
- Photography Sites
- Fashion Bloggers
- Fitness Bloggers
- Enterprise Websites
- Startups and Business that Need a More Complete Website
Video: Create Your Website in Less Than an Hour with GoCentral
GoCentral is clearly aimed at providing competition to the more established website builders. Although GoCentral is ideal if you purchase your domain at GoDaddy, you might also want to check out other website builders for comparison. We would suggest Wix or DreamHost’s Remixer as alternatives for quick and easy websites. For blogs, you might want to consider a WordPress site builder such as BoldGrid.
Can you really build your site in under an hour?
Yes. In most cases, you should be able to create your website in less than an hour. However, remember that there is usually a trade-off between speed and customization. And, in order to speed things up when using GoCentral, you don’t have as much design flexibility as with other website builders.
Is it easy to add more functionality?
Yes. Using GoCentral’s components, or sections as they’re called, allows you to quickly add just about any additional functionality your website may need.
We were definitely impressed by the ease and speed of the site creation process in GoCentral. I found that indeed you can create your website in under an hour–usually much quicker. We also like that adding more functionality is also a simple process. While some of the templates could be a bit more aesthetically pleasing to me, the easiness and simplicity of GoCentral make up for that. If you plan to buy your domain at GoDaddy, you should consider trying out GoCentral as well.