How To Make a GoDaddy Website: A Step-by-Step Guide

Did you know it takes an average of 14 weeks for a website designer to build a website for you? Who has time for that?

This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of creating a simple, yet professional GoDaddy® website in just a few hours. By the end, you’ll have a four-page website that’ll suit nearly all service-based — and many local — small businesses.

Step 1: Sign up for GoDaddy
Step 2: Set up the Page Structure
Step 3: Upload Your Logo
Step 4: Update the Header Area
Step 5: Update the Homepage
Step 6: Update the “About,” “Services,” and “Contact” Pages
Step 7: Publish and Test Your Website
Step 8: Publish To Your Domain


Before You Begin

We know you’re ready to start creating your website immediately, but it’s a best practice to take some time to plan it out first. While you can certainly start the process without this step, a little planning will make it easier.

For help with planning, check out our How To Structure a Website article.

Now, let’s get started.

Step 1: Sign up for GoDaddy

The first step in building a new website for your small business involves creating a GoDaddy account. It’s free to sign up and build your website, but we recommend upgrading so you can use all of GoDaddy’s features.

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Ready to use GoDaddy? It’s free and easy to sign up! Just click the link below to get started.

Sign up

GoDaddy welcome screen.

Click on the “Start for Free” button to sign up.

Once you sign up, GoDaddy will ask you to choose the industry category that matches your business. Choose wisely because the industry you pick will influence the website theme GoDaddy assigns to you.

Choose a category for GoDaddy.

Because we’ll create an auto repair shop website for the purposes of this tutorial, we searched for that industry (and found it available). If your industry isn’t available, just choose the closest category.

Next, GoDaddy will ask for your business name to serve as the name of your new website. Enter your business name and then click the “Next” button.

Name your site on GoDaddy.

If you don’t know the name of your business yet, use our Business Name Generator to select one.

That’s all it takes to create a generic website in GoDaddy. But, you still need to customize the words and images to match your specific business.

Start a website on GoDaddy.

Upgrade Your Site

Ideally, you’ll upgrade now so you can access the premium features GoDaddy provides as you create your website.

For most businesses, we recommend the Standard plan. It provides everything most service-based businesses need, including the search engine optimization (SEO) tools vital to ensuring people find a business via online search.

If your business needs a website capable of supporting recurring appointment scheduling, then choose the Premium plan. If your site will include an online store, then you need the Ecommerce plan.

Select a plan and complete your purchase.

Change the Theme

The GoDaddy website builder automatically creates a site for you based on what it thinks works best for your industry. If you prefer a different look and feel, you can easily change the theme.

You’ll edit your website from the GoDaddy website builder dashboard.

Website dashboard on GoDaddy.

To change your site’s theme, click on the “Theme” tab and then click the “Try a New Look” button.

Themes on GoDaddy.

Scroll through the available themes, and then click the “Select” button when you find one you like. We chose the “Bright” theme for our example auto repair shop website because we like how the business name appears in the upper-left corner with the menu bar on the right.

Bright theme example on GoDaddy.

You can click on the “Color,” “Fonts,” or “Buttons” drop-down arrows if you want to further customize your theme. 

Step 2: Set up the Page Structure

In the GoDaddy website builder, each industry’s website template comes with its own set of pages. The next step in building a great website involves creating a page structure that best serves your specific business needs. Most small, service-based businesses need these four pages:

  • Homepage: As the first page people visit on your site, it should provide an overview of your business.
  • About Page: This page offers more information about you, your team, and/or your business.
  • Services Page: This page describes the services your business offers.
  • Contact Page: This page features your business contact information, such as your phone number, email address, physical address, hours of operation, and a contact form.

Note: Looking for a more in-depth discussion about how to set up your website structure? Check out our How To Structure a Website article.

Click on the “Website” tab to see your site’s existing page structure listed under “Site Navigation.”

Website navigation on GoDaddy.

For this tutorial, we want our Godaddy example website to include the following pages: “Home,” “About,” “Services,” and “Contact.” That means we need to delete the “Gallery” page and rearrange the order of the remaining pages.

To delete the “Gallery” page:

  1. Hover over “Gallery” in the right side bar. When the gear icon appears, click on it to open a submenu.

    Page menu on GoDaddy.

  2. Click on the “Delete Page” option and confirm you really want to delete this page.

To reorder the pages:

  1. To the right of the “Site Navigation” header, you’ll find an icon that looks like an equal (“=”) sign with an arrow above and below. Click on that icon to reorder the pages.

    Reordering pages on GoDaddy.

  2. Click on the “Contact Us” page, and then drag it to the bottom of the list. 
  3. Click on the “Done” button.

Step 3: Upload Your Logo

After creating a GoDaddy account, choosing a theme, and adding the pages you’ll need, it’s time to customize your site to match your business. Let’s start with your logo.

Add Your Business Logo

Your website’s navigation bar can either display your business name or your logo. Our chosen theme places our business name in the upper-left corner of our example website.

Note: If you don’t have a logo yet, use our free logo maker to create one.

To add your business logo:

  1. Click on your business name in the upper-left corner of your website. A sidebar with logo options will then appear on the right side of the screen.

    Add a logo on GoDaddy.

  2. Click on the “Upload a logo” button.
  3. Select your logo — preferably a transparent, portable network graphics (PNG) file — from your computer.
  4. Click on the “Insert” button. Your logo will then appear in the upper-left corner.

    Add a logo on GoDaddy.

  5. Click on the “Done” button.

Note: Some logos may appear too small in the navigation bar. In this case, don’t add your logo and instead use text.

Step 4: Update the Header Area

The header area represents the most important part of your website. Site visitors will make a quick judgment about your business based on what they see when they first arrive on your website. This judgment happens before visitors start to scroll down the page so they’ll leave your site if they don’t like what they see.

The main elements of the header area include:

  • A large image that covers the top of the homepage
  • A headline (and subhead if your theme allows)
  • A call-to-action (CTA) button

Read on to learn how to tailor each of these elements to your business.

Change the Header Image

The header image that appears at the top of your website is the most important image on your site. It should give readers a clear picture of your business’s purpose and offerings.

Good ideas for header images include:

  • An external view of your business
  • A picture of your business in action
  • Happy people using your product(s) or service(s)
  • A picture of your product(s) or service(s)

Pick a Header Image

Ideally, you’ll use one of your own high-quality photos of your business for your header image. But, many business owners don’t have such images when they first start out.

If you don’t have your own personal photo to use, GoDaddy offers free images specific to your industry or you can search a website like Unsplash.com and download a royalty-free image. Just make sure the image has a horizontal orientation.

Note: Always ensure you have the legal right to use whatever images you display on your website. Don’t just search for images via Google and use them. Make sure you have permission to use an image on a website.

Replace the Existing Header Image

Once you choose your preferred header image, it’s time to replace the image currently occupying that space with the new one.

To replace the existing header image:

  1. Click on the existing image, and then click on the “Cover Media” button to open the image menu on the right side of the screen.

    Add a cover image on GoDaddy.

  2. Click the “Change image” link.

    Add a cover image on GoDaddy.

  3. From here, you can either click the “Add images” button to upload your own image or scroll down to view stock images related to your industry.
  4. Follow the prompts to select a new image, and then click the “Insert” button.
  5. In the box below the “Describe this image” subhead within the menu, enter a description of the picture. Screen readers read this description for blind users when they visit your website.
  6. Click on the “Done” button.

Change the Headline

You want the headline to clearly convey what your business has to offer visitors. Be descriptive, but avoid anything that sounds too cute.

To change the headline, triple-click on the headline to highlight it and then type in your new headline.

Add a headline on GoDaddy.

Add a Subhead

The “Bright” theme we chose for our example website doesn’t have a subhead, but, if it did, changing it would follow the same process as changing the headline. Just triple-click on the existing text and type in a new subhead.

Update the CTA Button

The CTA button that appears in the header area of your website should take your visitors one step closer to becoming customers.

Some ideas for effective CTA buttons include:

  • Call ###-###-####
  • Contact Us
  • Schedule Now
  • Buy Now

To change the CTA button:

  1. In the menu on the right side of the screen, scroll down and click on the “Action Button” tab. This will open a submenu with several options you can edit.

    Add an action button on GoDaddy.

  2. In the text field under the “Action Button” subhead, change the text to whatever you want to appear on the button.
  3. Click on the “Link to” drop-down menu to reveal the four types of items to which you can link a CTA button: a page on your website, the website URL of a page not on your website, a phone number, or an email address.

    Choose what to link to on GoDaddy.

  4. Choose the type of item to which you want to link your CTA button, and then update the fields that appear based on your choice.
  5. Click on the “Done” button.

Step 5: Update the Homepage

The sections that appear on your website’s homepage will differ based on the industry you chose when you signed up with GoDaddy.

To get your website up and running quickly, we recommend you leave the sections GoDaddy provided and simply update the text and images to match your business.

Change the Text

To change the existing text on the homepage, click on that block of text.

You can then edit the text either directly on your website or in the right sidebar.

Edit text on GoDaddy.

When you finish making edits, click on the “Done” button to save your changes.

Replace the Images

A picture is worth a thousand words so make sure the images on your website show how your business helps customers.

Always verify that no one holds a copyright for the images you use on your site. The best way to ensure this is to use your own photos. You also can download royalty-free photos from Unsplash.com, Pexels.com, or Pixabay.com.

Note: Make sure your images are the same size and have the same orientation (e.g., landscape or portrait).

To replace an existing image:

  1. Click on the image you want to replace. This will open a sidebar on the right side of the screen with several image options.

    Change image on GoDaddy.

  2. In that sidebar, click the “Change image” link.

    Change image on GoDaddy.

  3. From here, you can either click the “Add images” button to upload your own image or scroll down to view stock images related to your industry.
  4. Follow the prompts to select a new image, and then click the “Insert” button.
  5. In the box below the “Describe this image” subhead within the menu, enter a description of the picture. Screen readers read this description for blind users when they visit your website.
  6. Click on the “Done” button.

Link to Customer Reviews

Most GoDaddy themes include a section that displays your business’s current reviews from Facebook®, Google My Business™, Yelp®, and/or Yotpo® on your website. For example, the Bright theme connects to Google My Business reviews.

How to connect Google My Business on GoDaddy.

To connect to external reviews:

  1. Click on the “Reviews” section of your website to open a sidebar on the right of the screen with reviews-related options.

    Reviews tab on GoDaddy.

  2. Change the colors, title, and background image, as desired.
  3. Under the “Connected Account” subhead, click one of these two options:
    1. Connect to external source (e.g., Google My Business)
    2. Add reviews manually

To connect to an external source:

  1. Select “Connect to external source.”
  2. Click on the drop-down menu and select the platform you use (e.g., Google My Business, Facebook, Yelp, or Yotpo).
  3. Click on the button that reads, “Connect to [your chosen platform].”
  4. Follow the prompts to connect to the platform.

To add reviews manually:

  1. Select “Add reviews manually.

    Add reviews on GoDaddy.

  2. The default setting includes three reviews, but you can have up to nine. Click on the first review, which appears as “reviewTitle 1.”

    Reviews menu on GoDaddy.

  3. Enter the review information in the sidebar on the right. This includes:
    1. Uploading a photo of the reviewer.
    2. Adding the title and body of the review.
    3. Picking a star rating.
    4. Entering the reviewer’s name and date they wrote the review.
    5. Including a link relevant to the review, if desired.
  4. Click on the “Done” button.

Set up the “Subscribe” Section

Most GoDaddy themes include a section that will allow your website to collect visitors’ email addresses so they can receive your newsletter or other marketing emails.

To set up the “Subscribe” section:

  1. Click on the “Subscribe” section of your website to open a sidebar on the right side of the screen with several editable options.

    Add subscribe option on GoDaddy.

  2. Click on the “Layout” box if you want to change the appearance of this section.
  3. Update the “Headline” and “Description” for the “Subscribe” section.
  4. Add a “Thank You Message” that’ll appear to any visitor who subscribes to your email distribution list.
  5. Leave “Email Address” under the email subhead in this sidebar. This tells visitors they need to enter their email address in the text field.
  6. Leave “Sign up” as the button label so visitors know they’re signing up to receive emails.
  7. Click on the “Done” button.

Update the Footer

The footer is one of the most important — yet often overlooked — parts of a website.

Visitors to your site expect to find certain information in the footer, including:

  • A copyright date
  • Links to your “Privacy Policy” and “Terms of Service” pages
  • Your business’s contact information
  • Social media icons linked to your business’s social media accounts

To update the footer:

  1. Click on the footer to open a sidebar on the right of the screen with several footer options.

    Add footer on GoDaddy.

  2. To change the footer’s background color, click on an “Accent” color box.
  3. Enter the relevant information for all the fields you want your site’s footer to display, such as your “Business Name,” “Address,” and/or “Phone Number.”
  4. Click on the “Social Accounts” tab, and then either enter the links for your business’s social media accounts or click on the link to connect your accounts.
  5. Click on the “Done” button.

Step 6: Update the “About,” “Services,” and “Contact” Pages

Now that you have a completed homepage, it’s time to finish your site’s “About,” “Services,” and “Contact” pages.

You already learned how to edit text and replace pictures on your site’s homepage, so follow those same steps on these three pages to update the existing content to match your business.

To edit a page, click on that page in the menu at the top of the screen and then replace the text and images.

Step 7: Publish and Test Your Website

After you finish updating your new website with text, images, and other information relevant to your business, it's time to publish and test the site. In the beginning, test it on your assigned subdomain so you can make sure your website looks just like you want before publishing it on your business’s domain.

Publish To a Subdomain

To publish your website, click on the “Publish” button at the top of the screen.

If you purchased a domain from GoDaddy, this screen will appear:

Publish your website on GoDaddy.

Keep the “Free GoDaddy URL” option selected, and then click on the “Save & Publish” button. Next, click on the “View Site” button to see your new website.

If you don’t have a GoDaddy domain, this screen will appear:

Confirmation that site is live on GoDaddy.

Click on the “View Site” button to see your website on the free subdomain. You could keep your website on the subdomain for free, but we encourage all businesses to use their own domain.

Test Your Website

Open your website on a variety of devices with varying screen sizes, such as an iPhone®, an Android™ phone, a laptop, and a large desktop computer. See how it looks on each device and open it using different internet browsers as well.

Click on every button to ensure they all work as expected. Ask a friend to read through and test every page on your website to look for typos and broken links.

If something doesn’t work as planned, return to the GoDaddy website builder to make the necessary changes. Then, publish and check your site once again.

Step 8: Publish To Your Domain

Congratulations! You’ve finished creating a website for your business using the GoDaddy website builder. Now you need to publish your website to your permanent domain.

If you need help choosing a domain for your business, check out our helpful Domain Name Generator.

It’s easiest to use a domain from GoDaddy, but you also can connect to a domain from another domain host.

Publish To an Existing Domain on GoDaddy

If you already purchased a domain on GoDaddy, connect your new website to that domain.

To use a GoDaddy domain you already own:

  1. Click on the “Publish” button.

    Publish your website on GoDaddy.

  2. Click on the “Choose a domain” link.
  3. Select the domain you want to use, and then follow the prompts to connect it to your site.

Purchase a Domain From GoDaddy

If you haven’t purchased a domain yet, GoDaddy makes this process very easy.

To purchase a domain on GoDaddy:

  1. Click on the “Publish” button.

    Confirmation that site is live on GoDaddy.

  2. GoDaddy will then suggest several domains.
    1. If you like one of them, click on the “Buy” button and complete the purchase process.
    2. If you don’t like the suggestions, click on the “Search for a Domain” button, search for a new domain, and then complete the purchase process.

Connect To a Domain Purchased Elsewhere

If you purchased your domain from another domain name registrar, you’ll need to connect your new website to that domain.

To connect to a domain purchased elsewhere:

  1. Click on the “Publish” button.

    Confirmation that site is live on GoDaddy.

  2. Click on the “I have a domain registered elsewhere” link.

    Choose a domain on GoDaddy.

  3. Enter the external domain name you want to use. GoDaddy will check to ensure it’s a valid domain, and then give you steps to make modifications to the “A record” at your current domain host. For instructions on how to modify the “A record,” check with the company that hosts your domain.

Final Thoughts

Now that you've successfully built and launched your GoDaddy website, you're ready to focus on growing your small business. Check out our other guides to take your website to the next level:

How To Drive Traffic To Your Website
How To Improve SEO
How To Use Google My Business