I recently started an online literary magazine and wanted to use a blog as my website’s format. I have used GoDaddy.com in the past to create a blog and decided to try the website again. Below are the pros and cons I experienced setting up my WordPress blog through GoDaddy’s hosting.
WordPress is a popular blog site that offers free websites and blogs to millions of people. For my online magazine, I knew I wanted a blog format that allowed posts I could archive and sort by categories. I’ve even done research and wrote about how to attract loyal readers to my WordPress blog. However, for a professional look I wanted my URL to be my company’s name. This required buying a domain. Because I’ve worked with GoDaddy in the past, I looked at their domain prices first.
GoDaddy is Inexpensive
The best thing about GoDaddy is that it is cheap. You can purchase a domain name for $12.99. Just type in the name you are looking for and GoDaddy will tell you if the name is available and for what price (some of the names are as low as $9.99).
However, GoDaddy also hosts websites and blogs which include a free domain name! I signed up for the starter WordPress package for $1.00 a month. For $12.18 (less than the price of the domain name I wanted) I purchased a year’s worth of WordPress blog and got my domain name for free. Be prepared to pay for the full year up front. GoDaddy does not allow you to pay monthly.
Difficult to Navigate
However, that was the only good thing about my WordPress experience with GoDaddy. I found their setup very difficult to manage. Perhaps it was because I only had the starter package (and only paid $12.00 a month), but I had very limited options when it came to styles, themes, and graphics. I was very disappointed with the few choices I had and had difficulty coming up with a design that looked professional. Thankfully, I ended up downloading a free template from the Internet that gave me the design I was looking for.
WordPress Knowledge Needed
GoDaddy’s starter plan dumped me into a WordPress world not meant for beginners. Newbies to WordPress would have difficulty jumping straight into the starter plan. It is almost as if they assume that you want a WordPress blog because you had a free version and this is an upgrade. There are no steps taken for anyone who is bypassing the free version but doesn’t quite have a solid grasp of WordPress yet. I had to search the Internet for many of my “how do I” questions that I could not figure out on my own through GoDaddy or WordPress.
Building a WordPress blog through GoDaddy is very cost effective, especially for starting a business or building an online presence or platform. However, having a working knowledge of WordPress will benefit the website creator. Although it was difficult for me to manage, I am the proud owner of a blog with the exact website address I wanted for less than $15.00 for one entire year. For me, that cancels out any frustrations I had during my website’s creation.