Go Daddy is known as the "world's largest domain name registrar," but it is only average when it comes to web content management systems. Go Daddy Website Tonight gives you an excellent start on creating a website and it has numerous tools to help manage content, but it doesn't offer much in the way of search engine optimization, which is essential when you're trying to get your website noticed.
Website Tonight offers a large gallery of over 8,000 images for you to use on your site. Having professional-quality photos at your fingertips is a great way to help your site look its best. You can also upload your own images one at a time or in large groups, using Go Daddy's multiple file uploader.
We were unable to find a built-in spell check; however, most internet browsers have an automatic spell check and you can always compose your text in a separate word processor before adding it to the page. This is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, so as you make changes to your text or images, you'll see how it will look to visitors.
The SEO capabilities of this web content management service were a little vague. They do offer customizable URLs and site statistics, but there didn't seem to be much in the way of SEO analysis or suggestions. Also, we were unable to manipulate the metadata or figure out how to incorporate Google Analytics into our site. We live in a time where search engine optimization is the key to success for any new site, so we were disappointed to see the lack of attention Go Daddy has given it.
While many other web CMS services offer unlimited plans, Go Daddy Website Tonight is, in fact, limited. They offer 1000GB bandwidth, 50GB disk space, a 999-page limit, 1000 email accounts and a maximum upload size of 10MB. In all honesty, this should be more than enough for most small business websites, but it pales in comparison to the unlimited amounts offered by some other web content management services.
Website Tonight allows you to manually backup your site periodically. You have a limited amount of space and once that limit is reached you'll have to delete some backup files. No automated backups are offered. They also don't seem to offer the ability to assign various user roles so that you can limit how many changes different users can make. But they do have a staging mode where you can test changes and they also offer an SSL certificate.
You can contact Go Daddy customer support 24/7 by email or by phone. They responded very quickly to our email inquiries, though instead of answering our questions directly they sent us a 17-page PDF file to review. Their FAQs page is searchable and you can view the "Product Tour" to learn how to use Website Tonight effectively. Overall we were pleased with the customer support that this web content management service offers.
A web content management system needs to allow users to easily add content to a site and then maintain that content. They also need to give the creators of those sites tools to help get their site noticed. Go Daddy Website Tonight does a good job of enabling people to create interesting sites, but they need to work on their search engine optimization tips and techniques.
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