A promotional item was provided to me for today’s discussion. The host for this event is Still Blonde after all these Years.
Building a website seems so intimidating! Like a lot of bloggers I have a ton of ideas for website I’d like to create, but very little time to do it. So when I heard that GoDaddy says their website builder lets you create a website in less than an hour I was intrigued and knew I had to give it a try.
Free Trial Offer
Luckily GoDaddy makes it easy to test out this claim, since now through 8/11/17 they are offering a 1 month free trial of GoDaddy’s GoCentral Website Builder. This means you can create a website in an hour, publish it, and use it for a whole month before you decide if you want to commit to keeping it! I love the chance to try things out for free, and they don’t even make you put in a credit card like so many free trial offers.
*The Free Trial is an opportunity for you to use a GoDaddy Product free of charge for one (1) month, beginning on the date that you accept the Free Trial offer. The Free Trial will expire one (1) month from the date you accept the Free Trial offer, regardless of whether or not you use the Product during the Free Trial period. No credit card is necessary. The free trial is now available in all markets we sell the product.
So I decided to take advantage of this offer and create a website I had been thinking about for a while, a website to share educational printables. To start out all you do is log into GoDaddy, create an account if you don’t already have one, and pick the type of site that you’d like to create.
Designing the Site
I decided to create a Business site, since it seems to offer all the functions I would need at a very reasonable price. Then I was asked what category my website fit in, and what name I wanted to call it. I picked the education category and gave it the name Printables for Teachers and in less than a minute a sample layout with photos was created.
The layout is displayed both in desktop and mobile format, so that I can see how it will look on a wide variety of devices. The website builder picks a starter layout, but it is easy to rearrange things and change the design. I browsed through the layouts available and selected new fonts and new stock photos. There are so many choices are available for customizing the site look, and it is fast and easy to make changes. There were over 400 stock photos available for education, so it was easy to find one that looks great on my site.
Here is the final design I settled on.
Then I added pages to the site, with different pages for different types of printables. In the past one of the reasons I have hesitated to make a website that actually sells something is that it seems complicated. But GoDaddy website builder makes it easy to add eCommerce features, even on a basic business site. In just minutes I had added Paypal buttons and it was not complicated at all. And if I want to upgrade to a Business Plus or Online Store site at some point then even more features are available, like an integrated shopping cart.
Sure enough in less than an hour my website was up and running. Creating a website like this on my own would have taken me days, and it wouldn’t look this good either! There is no need to mess around with HTML and coding, and no need to even own my own domain. When it was time to publish I was given a choice to publish on a domain I already own, or on a free one that GoDaddy provides. It doesn’t get much easier than this.
There are also all kinds of behind the scenes features into the website builder for integrated marketing. You can quickly link up social media accounts, add subscribers, SEO optimization and more. Your website will be mobile responsive and you can even create and edit your website right on your phone. There is support built into the site so that you can consult if you have questions. I am amazed at how fast I was able to create a functional and professional looking site!