Like the other best website builders, GoDaddy offers a number of pricing plans to suit the varying needs of website owners. Here we’ll take an in-depth look at GoDaddy’s various plans, and how you can choose which one is best for you.
GoDaddy Website Building Options
GoDaddy offers 3 broad website building options:
GoDaddy Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Website Builder: Comparable to Wix and Weebly website building, GoDaddy allows users to build their own sites using pre-existing templates, and is meant for users who don’t necessarily have technical or design experience. Within GoDaddy, there are 3 different pricing plans, which are explained below.
Wordpress Websites: This option directs you to pre-built Wordpress sites, but your payments are made to GoDaddy and you receive a host of other services from the company as well. This is recommended for developers or users with previous web design experience.
Professional Web Services: With this option, you can request a call from a GoDaddy representative and have a professional designer build your website for you. Needless to say, this is the easiest option, but it’s also the most expensive. Prices vary depending on your exact needs and specifications.
Pricing and Plans
All of GoDaddy’s plans come with a free trial, but once your free trial is over, you must start paying for website services, or stop using your site.
*Prices last updated June 2018
Below we’ll review GoDaddy’s 3 pricing plans: Personal, Business, and Business Plus.
This is GoDaddy’s most basic plan; it costs $5.99 per month for an annual subscription ($71.88 per year) and includes responsive mobile design, website hosting, rapid page-load performance, and 24/7 support. The Personal Plan is a good option for anyone who wants a website to promote their ideas, writing, or services; people that need selling options will do better with GoDaddy’s more-inclusive plans.
The Business Plan comes with everything that the Personal Plan has, with the addition of a PayPal Buy Now or Donate button, SSL security, and SEO. The Business Plan costs $9.99 per month for an annual subscription ($119.88 per year), and it’s a good option for small business owners who want to create an online presence for their business but not necessarily sell anything online.
Business Plus is the most popular GoCentral plan; it’s great for people who want to attract more customers and book appointments online. This plan builds on the regular Business option and offers additional features such as email marketing, social media integration, and sharing content to Facebook. Business Plus also offers the following online appointment features: accepting credit cards via Square, text & email notifications for you and your customers, two-way calendar syncing, and client management tools. Business Plus costs $14.99 per month for an annual subscription ($179.88 per year).
Which Plan Should You Choose?
The plan you choose depends on your individual needs. If you don’t have a business and simply want to build a website, the Personal Plan gives you everything you need. Note that GoDaddy does not offer a free plan.
If you’re a business owner, the next 3 options from GoDaddy are suitable. If you simply want an online presence for your business, the Business Plan should be sufficient. If you offer services and want clients to book appointments online, Business Plus is the better option. And if you want to go all out and sell your products online under your own domain, the Ecommerce options are your best choice.
Annual vs. Monthly Payments
As with most website builders, when you buy a yearly plan with GoDaddy, you end up paying less than if you opt for monthly billing. The only upside is that GoDaddy’s month-by-month fee is not significantly higher than the yearly fee.
With all pricing options, you can see that the yearly cost of buying an annual subscription is about $10-35 less than if you would pay month-by-month for 1 year. With other website builders, the difference between yearly subscriptions and monthly billing is much larger.
Should You Choose Monthly Billing or an Annual Subscription?
The benefit of ordering an annual subscription is clear: Better prices. The downside of ordering an annual subscription is that you are taking a risk; will your website remain operational for at least 1 year? If not, you can lose money. Of course, if you’re betting on yourself and on your business, 1 year is not that long of an investment.
Another downside to ordering an annual subscription is that, while you are saving in the long-run, in the short-run, you will be billed 1 large lump sum, as opposed to being billed a smaller monthly sum. For example, if you order an annual subscription for a Personal Plan, you will be billed $71.88 in one go, as opposed to being billed $6.99 each month.
The choice you make really depends on your personal preferences, the state of your finances, and how seriously you plan on taking your website.
Now let’s take a look how GoDaddy’s GoCentral pricing plans compare to similar plans of top competitors: Weebly, Wix, and SiteBuilder. Weebly and Wix offer free plans, but they don’t come along with many features. For our purposes, we’ll compare the paid plans that each of these website builders offer.
GoDaddy vs. Weebly
Weebly offers 4 plans that are similar to GoDaddy’s options: Starter, Pro, Business, and Performance. Weebly is significantly more expensive than GoDaddy, both in terms of annual subscriptions and month-to-month billing. Also, Weebly’s monthly billing cost is significantly higher than its annual subscription.
GoDaddy vs. Wix
In addition to its free plan, Wix has 5 paid plans: Connect Domain, Combo, Unlimited, Ecommerce, and VIP. Connect Domain is a truly basic plan, so we’ll take a look at the 4 plans that are most comparable to GoDaddy’s plans.
Not only are Wix’s plans more expensive than GoDaddy’s, but Wix also surprises you at checkout with an additional VAT payment.
SiteBuilder offers 3 paid plans: Pro, Premium, and Ecommerce. The plans are comparable to GoDaddy’s Personal, Business, and Online Store (no Business Plus comparable plan). The only SiteBuilder plan that is less expensive than GoDaddy is Online Store Ecommerce—but GoDaddy’s package offers more comprehensive services.
SiteBuilder’s price are also excluding VAT, which is tacked on only when you are ready to complete your payment.
GoDaddy offers great value for its GoCentral website building plans; in fact, GoDaddy’s prices beat out many of its top competitors that offer similar plans, both in terms of annual subscriptions and monthly billing. At the same time that GoDaddy offers competitive pricing, its website building plans come with comprehensive features and services, all of which are backed by 24/7 support and GoDaddy’s reputation for excellence.