2. Domain Name & Business Website

GoDaddy Comparison and Review

GoDaddy Review


  • Highly customizable website builder
  • Offers 24/7 phone customer support
  • Easy email setup for your domain
  • Includes domain registration
  • Very inexpensive introductory rate


  • Free trial not available


GoDaddy’s Starter package is a very simple way to get a domain, website and a business email address all at once. Although no free trial is offered, for $12, you can get all that for one year. This is only an introductory rate, so it will renew after the first year at the "then-current" rate. Today, the rate for this bundled package is $11.99/ month. GoDaddy's customizable themes, unlimited pages, large image gallery combined with a low price point make this  a very good offer.

Ease of Use

GoDaddy’s Starter plan received 4 out of 5 stars for Ease of Use.  We found that GoDaddy offers a rather low level of guidance with their software. While they do provide you with an initial setup wizard that will gather preliminary information to include on your site, navigating through the builder can be somewhat difficult. GoDaddy’s website builder lets you directly edit content blocks and drag and drop content blocks, which makes building your web pages easy. Adding a block of content or an image takes only a few clicks and the system is rather intuitive. GoDaddy provides an image library of 8,700 stock photos that you can use free of charge while building your site, or you can choose to upload your own images.

GoDaddy offers over 100 website templates from which you can select and customize.  For further site customization, GoDaddy allows you to edit the HTML of individual content blocks. We found the overall flexibility of the builder to be very high. GoDaddy lets you edit minute details, and you can even completely change the look of the pre-built templates to meed your needs. GoDaddy also provides a metatag editor for the purpose of optimizing your sites for search engines. You can also add different types of content to your GoDaddy site, including photo albums, music and video players, Flash modules, and customer feedback forms.

Customer Support

GoDaddy received 4 out of 5 stars for Customer Support. Phone support is offered 24/7 so that you can contact a representative about your account, no matter the time of day. During testing, we found GoDaddy’s phone support to be high quality and their support techs to be very knowledgeable. GoDaddy does not offer live chat support, but they do provide email support. Overall, customer support is high quality, thanks to resources such as FAQs and user forums. They also offer helpful tutorials, but they are not as easy to find those of their competitors’, as tutorials are buried within the FAQs and not displayed separately. We found their searchable knowledgebase to be very helpful and much easier to navigate than the rest of their site.

Account Features

GoDaddy provides one email address associated with your domain (i.e. yourname@yourdomain.com) with the Starter plan. Privacy Protection from the WHOIS database, a publicly searchable database containing information such as a registrant’s name, address, telephone number, and email address, is available for an extra $9.99 per year. GoDaddy will replace your information in the WHOIS database with their own, which can help  protect from unwanted marketing, spam, or identity theft.


The Starter plan costs $12 for the first year then $11.99 per month (or the then-current rate) thereafter.  One registration is not included for free with your monthly hosting charge. GoDaddy does not offer a free trial, money-back guarantee, or a free account to test their services like many of their competitors do.


GoDaddy offers their Online Store account for $120 for the first year then $35.99 per month (or the then-current rate) thereafter. These accounts include everything in the Starter Package plus an online store, Paypal checkout, customer ratings and reviews, mobile friendly web store, a Facebook store and more.

GoDaddy's Features

Name of Plan

Starter Plan

Price Per Month (including hosting)

11.99 $1.00

Domain Registration Cost


Payment Terms


Free Trial


Number of Templates


Setup Wizard


E Commerce Tools

No, but

SEO Tools

No, but

Hosting Space

1 GB

Number of Email Accounts


Image Library


Customer Support

4 stars for GoDaddy's Customer Support

Ease of Use

4 stars for GoDaddy's Ease of Use