How To Use GoDaddy Website Builder (Updated for 2021)

GoDaddy® offers one of the best website builders for small business owners and entrepreneurs. In fact, the GoDaddy website builder ranks first in our Best Website Builders of 2021 guide.

We gave GoDaddy our highest rating based on its ease of use. (For more details, read our full GoDaddy Website Builder Review.) But, even extremely intuitive tools can sometimes seem a bit tricky in certain areas. That’s why we created this tutorial to walk you through some of the GoDaddy website builder’s most common tasks plus several that may feel slightly more complicated.

The GoDaddy website builder often provides multiple ways to complete certain tasks. If this guide doesn’t cover a specific task you need to complete, you can always consult GoDaddy’s excellent customer service team. That said, we’ve made this guide as thorough as possible to help you get your website up and running quickly.

If you haven’t started building your business website and want a simple, step-by-step tutorial to help you get one up and running within a day, check out our How To Make a GoDaddy Website guide.


Signing up With GoDaddy

If you haven’t already started your site using the GoDaddy website builder, you’ll need to sign up with GoDaddy, select your industry, and name your website. You can find detailed instructions for this in our How To Make a GoDaddy Website guide. We also recommend you upgrade now so you can take full advantage of GoDaddy’s premium features.

Using GoDaddy Themes

When you signed up with the GoDaddy website builder, GoDaddy asked you to select your business’s industry. Based on that, the tool chose a template for your website with generic content tailored to that industry. You can’t change this template without starting a new website in a different industry.

You can, however, change the appearance of your website by changing its theme. Each industry-specific template includes a set of themes from which you can choose to help you achieve the look you want for your site. Importantly, you can experiment with different themes until you find one you like without losing any of your content.

Changing a GoDaddy Theme

The GoDaddy website builder offers more than 20 themes for each industry-specific template. Different themes will alter the overall look and feel of your website, including the location of your business logo and the navigation bar.

To change a GoDaddy theme:

  1. Starting on the main dashboard, click on the “Theme” tab.

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  2. Click on the “Try a new look” button.

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  3. The available themes will then appear, featuring your content. Scroll through them and click on the theme you want to try. Your new theme will then appear with your website information.

Changing a Theme’s Accent Color

At the theme level, you can change the accent color for your website. The accent color appears in headings, buttons, backgrounds, and other website elements. The GoDaddy website builder allows you to use one accent color along with black and white.

To change a theme’s accent color:

  1. From the “Theme” tab, click on the “Color” drop-down arrow to open this submenu.

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  2. You’ll then have three options for picking your accent color:
    • Select a color that matches your logo from the options provided.
    • Enter your preferred color’s six-digit hex code.
    • Use the slider to pick a custom color.
  3. Use the “Paint Your Site” slider to change how the GoDaddy website builder applies color to your site. You can choose from “Light,” “Colorful,” and “Dark” with some in-between options.
  4. After you select your accent color, click on the “Color” drop-down arrow again to close the submenu.

Changing the Fonts

GoDaddy simplifies the font selection process by providing recommended font pairings from which you can choose. You can, of course, pick your own font pair if you prefer. Either way, your website can only use two different fonts.

To change the fonts:

  1. From the “Theme” tab, click on the “Fonts” drop-down arrow to open this submenu.
  2. Scroll through the suggested font pairings and choose the one you like.
  3. If you want to select your own font pair, click on the “Advanced” link and pick a “primary” font (used for headings) and a “secondary” font (used for body text).
  4. Click on the “Fonts” drop-down arrow again to close the submenu.

Changing the Buttons

The GoDaddy website builder uses two types of buttons: “Primary” for the main calls-to-action and “Secondary” for supporting actions like “Learn More.” But, not all themes feature both button types.

To change the buttons:

  1. From the “Theme” tab, click on the “Buttons” drop-down arrow to open this submenu.

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  2. Click on the button type you want to change — either “Primary” for the main buttons or “Secondary” for the supporting buttons. 
  3. Unselect the “Use theme color” toggle if you want to use black or white for your button color instead of this default option.
  4. Under the “Choose a button style” section, select your preferred button shape and color. 
  5. Click on the “Done” button when you’re finished. 
  6. Click on the “Buttons” drop-down arrow again to close the submenu.

Customizing the Homepage Header in GoDaddy

Your chosen theme will determine the look and feel of your site’s homepage header area. But, you can customize the background to better suit your business and help achieve your website’s objective.

Most themes enable you to use images, videos, or slideshows in the background of your homepage header. You also can usually adjust the text placement and the appearance of the navigation menu.

To customize the homepage header:

  1. Ensure the header image already appears in your preferred location. If not, follow the instructions in the “Changing a GoDaddy Theme” section above to select the type of header with your desired image position.

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  2. Next, click on the “Update” button in the lower-right corner of the image to open the “Cover Media” options menu.

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  3. Follow the directions below for using an image, video, or slideshow as your homepage header background.

Changing a Header Image

Headers can feature a static image or a slideshow of images. These directions focus on updating a static image. You also can skip to the “Adding a Slideshow to the Header” section below.

To change a header image:

  1. If your chosen theme already has a default image, the “Image” radio button at the top of this menu should already appear as selected. If it isn’t, select “Image.”
  2. Click on the “Change image” link, select your new image, and then click on the “Insert” button.
  3. Click on “Fill,” “Fit,” “Inset,” or “Blur” to choose how the header will display the image.
  4. To make the image darker so the overlaid text will appear brighter, adjust the “Overlay” percentage by using the slider.
  5. Select the “Black & White” option if you want your image to appear in black and white.
  6. In the “Describe this image” section, enter a brief description of the image that screen readers will read to low-vision visitors.
  7. Click on the “Done” button.

Adding a Video To the Header

Using a video in your homepage header can help your site quickly grab a visitor's attention. Importantly, videos used in headers shouldn’t have sound.

To add a video to the header:

  1. Select the “Video” radio button at the top of the menu.

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  2. To upload your own video or select a stock video, click on the “Upload or select a video” radio button and then on the “Change video” link. 
  3. Upload your own video or select a stock video, and then click on the “Insert” button. 
  4. In the “Describe this video” section, enter a brief description of the video that screen readers will read to low-vision visitors. 
  5. Leave the “Play video on mobile devices” toggle unselected so a still image will appear instead of your video on smartphones. This best practice will help your site load faster. 
  6. Click on the “Done” button.

Adding a Slideshow To the Header

A slideshow header also can help your website grab visitors’ interest. But, opinions vary on whether people find slideshows distracting or engaging. If you opt to use a slideshow, ensure the slides don’t change too quickly so visitors have time to fully experience each one before the next appears.

To add a slideshow to the header:

  1. Select the “Slideshow” radio button at the top of the menu.

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  2. Click on the plus (“+”) symbol in the “Slides” section.
  3. Select the images you want to use, and then click on the “Add to Header” button. Thumbnails of the images will then appear in that section of the menu.

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  4. To adjust the images, click on each thumbnail to open a panel of options for that image.

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  5. Adjust the “Overlay” slider or select the “Black & White” option, and then click on the “Done” button. 
  6. If you want different text to appear on each slide, select the “Text changes with each slide” radio button and then click on an image. 
  7. Enter the “Headline” and “Paragraph” text you want to appear on that slide. If you want a slide to have a button, select “Action Button” to set that up. Click on the “Done” button. 
  8. Next, click on the “Advanced Options” link.

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  9. A panel will then appear where you can decide if you want to show dots to indicate the total number of slides and/or display arrows that enable visitors to advance the slideshow.
    Here, you also can choose if you want the slideshow to play automatically and, if so, how many seconds you want between slides as well as the type of transition from slide to slide.
    Once you finish adjusting these options, click on the “Done” button.

Making Other Header Adjustments

The GoDaddy website builder provides a few more options to change the appearance of your homepage header. For example, you can change the color of the header image overlay, adjust the text alignment, or add shading to the navigation bar to make it stand out.

To make other header adjustments:

  1. Click on the header image to open the header options menu on the right.

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  2. To change the image overlay color, click on the “Accent” color you want to use.
  3. Click on an “Alignment” option to change where the text appears on the header.
  4. Select “Navigation Background” to create a shaded area for the navigation menu. Your chosen “Accent” color will determine the color of that shading.
  5. Click on the “Done” button.

Setting up Pages and Site Navigation In GoDaddy

Because your website most likely will have multiple pages, its navigation menu allows visitors to easily find and move between those pages. Try to limit your main, top-level navigation menu to just five or six items.

The first task in setting up your website’s navigation involves ensuring you have all the pages you want displayed in your menu. If your chosen template didn’t come with all the pages you want, you’ll need to add pages to your website.

Your main navigation menu also can include drop-down menus for subpages or links to external websites.

Adding a Page in GoDaddy

When you add a standard page to your GoDaddy website, you must decide if you want it to appear in the navigation menu. If not, you could instead list it in the footer or allow visitors to access it from links or buttons on other pages.

To add a page:

  1. From the “Website” tab, click on the plus (“+”) symbol to the right of “Site Navigation.” The “Add Page” menu will then appear.

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  2. Enter the title of your new page in the “Page Title” field. This will display in the navigation menu, like “About Us” or “Services.”
  3. If you don’t want the page to appear in the navigation menu, deselect “Show in Navigation.”
  4. If you want the page to appear in the footer, select “Show in Footer.”
  5. If you want this to be a private page accessible only to members or people you designate, select “Private Page.”
  6. Click on the “Create Page” button. The GoDaddy website builder will then create your page and list it under the “Site Navigation” section.

Reordering the Navigation Menu

On the “Website” tab under the “Site Navigation” section, you’ll find a list of your site’s pages in the order they appear in the navigation menu. When you add a page, it automatically shows up at the bottom of the list. If you want to move that page within the navigation menu, simply drag it to your preferred location.

To reorder navigation menu items:

  1. From the “Website” tab, click on the icon to the right of “Site Navigation” that looks like an equal (“=”) sign with arrows above and below. This will open the “Reorder Pages” options.

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  2. While the homepage must remain in the top position, you can reorder the rest of the pages by clicking on a page and dragging it to the desired location. This changes the page order in the navigation menu. 
  3. When you have your pages in the correct order, click on the “Done” button.

Adding Pages To a Drop-Down Menu

To keep the number of menu items in your site’s top-level navigation at no more than five or six, you may need to create drop-down menus with subpages. To do this, first create the pages using the instructions above. You can then add a drop-down menu and select which pages it’ll include.

To add a drop-down menu:

  1. From the “Website” tab, click on the plus (“+”) symbol to the right of “Site Navigation.” The “Add Page” menu will then appear.
  2. Click on the “Dropdown menu” radio button to open the drop-down menu options.

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  3. In the “Menu Title” field, type the words you want to appear in the menu.
  4. Click on “Select dropdown pages” and check the boxes next to the pages you want to appear under your new drop-down menu.
  5. Click on the “Create Menu” button. Your new drop-down menu will then appear within your website’s main navigation menu.

Deleting Pages

You can hide a page from your main navigation menu or you can delete it completely from your website.

To delete a page:

  1. From the “Website” tab, hover over the page you want to delete and then click on the gear icon that appears on the far right.

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  2. To completely delete a page, click on the “Delete Page” option and confirm you want to delete the page.

To remove a page from the navigation menu:

  1. Click on the “Page Settings” option instead of the “Delete Page” option.

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  2. Deselect “Show in Navigation,” and then click on the “Done” button. A small crossed-out eye icon will then appear next to the page name to indicate its hidden status.

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Working With GoDaddy Sections

When you add a new page to your GoDaddy website, it won’t come with any content. To add content to those pages, you must add sections. GoDaddy offers multiple options for sections that vary based on the industry template you chose when you started to build your website.

We’ll start by sharing general instructions that apply to all types of sections. We’ll then provide more detailed instructions tailored to individual sections.

Adding a Section

The GoDaddy website builder offers a staggering number of sections. It also recommends sections to you based on your specific industry. Each section contains prefilled content you can customize to suit your business.

To add a section:

  1. There are two ways to add a section, depending on if you’re starting from a blank page or one that already has content.
    1. From a blank page, click on the “Add Section” button.
    2. From a page with existing content, hover over the plus (“+”) symbol above or below an existing section and click on the “Add Section” button that will then appear:

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  2. You’ll then see a long list of available sections with multiple options for each type.

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  3. Scroll through the available sections and click the “Add” button when you find one you like.

Using the “Sections” Menu

You can move, duplicate, or delete sections with the “Sections” menu. It enables you to move a section up or down on the current page using tools that appear at the top of that section or move whole sections to a new page.

To move, duplicate, or delete a section:

  1. Hover over the top area of the section you want to move. A toolbar will then appear. Click on the ellipsis (“…”) to open the “Sections” menu.

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  2. You can take three actions from this menu:
    1. Click “Duplicate Section” to make a copy of the section.
    2. Click “Move Section” to move the section to a new page.
    3. Click “Delete Section” to permanently delete the section.

Make your selection, and then provide any additional details requested by the GoDaddy website builder.

To move a section on the current page:

  1. Hover over the top area of the section you want to move. A toolbar will then appear. Click on the “up” or “down” arrows to move that section to a new location on the page.

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Changing a Section’s Background

Some sections have solid backgrounds while others can use images in their backgrounds. Varying the backgrounds of different sections on a page can not only create visual interest, but also indicate when the content switches to another topic.

To change a section’s background color:

  1. Click on the section you want to change. An options menu will then appear on the right.

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  2. Click on the “Accent” color you want to use for the background. Review “Changing a Theme’s Accent Color” if you want to change the accent color used on your website.

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  3. Click on the “Done” button.

To change a section’s background image:

  1. Click on a section that uses a background image. An options menu will then appear on the right.

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  2. Click on “Cover Photo,” and then click on the “Change image” link.
  3. Upload your own image or select a stock photo, and then click on the “Insert” button.

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  4. Adjust the “Overlay” percentage with the slider to ensure the text displays clearly over the image or select “Black & White” if you want the image to appear in black and white.
  5. Enter a brief description of the image in the “Describe this image” section, and then click on the “Done” button.

Customizing a Content Section in GoDaddy

You’ll create your website’s main content, including the main portions of text and images to illustrate that text, using content sections. Each section has different options, but, for most of them, you can change the layout, background color, alignment, text, and image as well as add action buttons.

You can find content sections in the following section categories:

  • Content
  • Introduction
  • About

To access the “Section” tab:

  1. Click on the section you want to edit. The “Section” tab will then appear on the right.

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To choose a different layout:

  1. From the “Section” tab, click on the “Layout” option.
  2. Scroll through the available layouts, select the one you want, and then click on the “Done” button.

To change the background color and alignment:

  1. From the “Section” tab:
    1. Click on one of the three “Accent” colors to change the background color.
    2. Click on one of the three “Alignment” options to change the text alignment.
  2. Click on the “Done” button to save your changes.

To edit the content:

  1. From the “Section” tab, edit the “Title,” “Headline,” and “Description” fields as desired.

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  2. If you don’t want a piece of existing text, delete the text in that field.
  3. Click on the “Done” button.

To change an image:

  1. Click on the image you want to change to open the image options menu.

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  2. Click on the “Change Image” link, select or upload an image, and then click on the “Insert” button. 
  3. Enter a brief description of the image in the “Describe this image” section, and then click on the “Done” button. 
  4. To use a video instead of an image, click on the “Video” radio button, upload a video or enter the URL to use a YouTube™ or Vimeo® video, and then click on the “Done” button.

To add or edit an action button:

  1. From the “Section” tab, scroll down and click on “Action Button.” 
  2. If the section doesn’t already have an action button, move the “Show Action Button” toggle into the “on” position. A set of action button options will then appear.

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  3. In the “Button Label” field, enter the text you want the button to display.
  4. Under the “Link to” section, select the type of action that should happen when someone clicks the button (e.g., connecting to a “Page” or “Website URL,” calling a “Phone” number, or sending an “Email”).
  5. Depending on the action you chose in the previous step, select the appropriate page or enter the website URL, phone number, or email address.
  6. Click on the “Done” button.

Managing Section Groups

Many content sections have section groups that combine batches of content. Here’s one example:

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The GoDaddy website builder doesn’t let you use more than two or three columns on a page, depending on the section layout. To change from two to three columns (or vice versa), just add or delete a section group. Most layouts let you have up to 12 section groups.

When a section includes section groups, you’ll edit each group individually. It’s a similar process to how you edit other content, as outlined above.

To add a section group:

  1. Click on one of the section groups. The “Section Groups” panel will then appear in the menu on the right.

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  2. Click on the “Add” link to the right of the “Section Groups” subhead.

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  3. Edit the content as described in the “Customizing a Content Section” instructions above, and then click on the “Done” button.

To delete a section group:

  1. Click on the section group you want to delete. A small toolbar will then appear at the top of that section group.

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  2. Click on the trash can icon.
  3. Confirm you want to delete the section group by clicking on the “Delete” button. The GoDaddy website builder will then delete that group.

To edit a section group:

  1. Click on one of the section groups. The “Section Groups” panel will then appear in the menu on the right.
  2. To edit a section group, click on that group under the “Section Groups” subhead. This will open the group options menu:

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  3. Edit the content as described in the “Customizing a Content Section” instructions above, and then click on the “Done” button.

Working With Images and Other Media in GoDaddy

The GoDaddy website builder allows you to add a variety of media to your website, including:

  • Images (e.g., .jpg, .jpeg, and .png files up to 30 megabytes, but not .gif files or animated images)
  • Video (e.g., .mp4 files or embedded videos from Vimeo and YouTube)
  • Audio (e.g., embedded tracks or playlists from SoundCloud)

Adjusting Images

You can change, add, or delete images using the GoDaddy website builder. It has a huge collection of royalty-free, stock images you can use for free on your website.

You can work with images in multiple ways, depending on the section and layout you use. This guide covers the basics, but you can always contact GoDaddy’s customer service team if you need additional help.

Here’s where you’ll find images when creating your GoDaddy website:

  • As “Cover Media” in headers
  • As a “Background Image” in various sections
  • As individual images in “Content” sections
  • In “Section Groups”
  • In “Photo Galleries”
  • In “Logos and Badges”

The section layout will determine the number and placement of images.

To add an image:

The best way to add an image is by adding a section and layout with a placeholder where you want an image to appear. Then, follow the directions on how to change an image to replace the default image with the image of your choice.

But, if you have a section and layout with a space for an image (indicated by “Media” in the options on the right-hand panel) that doesn’t display a default image, you can add an image using these steps:

  1. Click on the area where you want to add an image. Check the right-hand panel for an option called “Media.” If it’s there, click on “Media.” If not, you’ll need to change the layout or section type and begin again.

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  2. Click on the “Add image” link.
  3. Select or upload an image, and then click on the “Insert” button.
  4. Enter a brief description of the image in the “Describe this image” section. Screen readers will read this text to low-vision visitors so they know what the image looks like.
  5. Click on the “Done” button.

To change an image:

  1. Click on the image you want to change to open the image options menu. (Depending on the type of section you use, you may then have to click “Cover Image,” “Media,” or “Background Image,” but, once you do, you’ll follow the same process to make your change.)
  2. Click on the “Change Image” link.

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  3. Select or upload an image, and then click on the “Insert” button.
  4. Enter a brief description of the image in the “Describe this image” section. Screen readers will read this text to low-vision visitors so they know what the image looks like.
  5. Click on the “Done” button.

To delete an image:

  1. For most sections and section groups, click on the image you want to delete. An options menu will then appear on the right.

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  2. Click on the trash can icon that appears to the right of the “Current Image” subhead. (Note: If you want to delete an image in a section group, make sure you don’t click on the trash can icon above the section group. Why? That’ll delete the entire section group.)
  3. The GoDaddy website builder will then remove the image from your website. (There’s no “undo” option, so delete carefully.)

Adding a Photo Gallery

A photo gallery features a collection of images. Artists, photographers, and graphic designers often use photo galleries to show off their portfolio of work. Other businesses use photo galleries to highlight different products or aspects of their business.

To add a photo gallery:

  1. Click on the plus (“+”) symbol between two sections then click on the “Add Section” button, and, finally, select “Photo Gallery” from the list of options. (For detailed instructions, revisit the “Adding a Section” overview above.)

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  2. Review the various layouts and click on the “Add” button below the one you want to use.

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  3. Within the menu on the right side of your screen, scroll down until you see the “Gallery Images” section.
  4. Because you probably don’t want to use the images GoDaddy automatically inserts, click on the “Remove all images” link, and then confirm you want to delete them.

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  5. To add images, click on the plus (“+”) symbol under “Gallery Images.”
    1. To add your own images, click on the “Add images” button and select the images you want to upload.
    2. To add stock photos, scroll down to view the available stock images.
  6. Select the images you want in your gallery, and then click the “Add to Gallery” button.

Uploading Videos

The GoDaddy website builder allows you to upload your own videos or link to existing videos in Vimeo or YouTube.

To add a video:

  1. Click on the plus (“+”) symbol between two sections then click on the “Add Section” button, and, finally, select “Video” from the list of options. (For detailed instructions, revisit the “Adding a Section” overview above.)
  2. Review the different section layouts and click the “Add” button below the section you want to use.

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  3. To upload a video or use a royalty-free, stock video:
    1. Click on the “Upload or select a video” radio button.

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    2. Click on the “Change video” link.
    3. Click on the “Add videos” button to upload your own video or choose a video from the “Stock Videos” section, and then click on the “Insert” button.
    4. In the “Describe this video” section, enter a brief description of the video that screen readers will read to low-vision visitors.
    5. Click on the “Done” button.
  4. To use a video from YouTube or Vimeo:
    1. Click on the “Import from URL” radio button.
    2. Highlight the existing URL in the “Video URL” field, delete it, and then paste in the URL for the YouTube or Vimeo video you want to use.

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    3. Scroll down to enter the video’s “Title” and a “Video Description.” The video description in this example is the text that’ll appear to the right of the video.
    4. Click on the “Done” button.

Connecting With Website Visitors Using GoDaddy

The GoDaddy website builder provides multiple ways for you to connect with your website visitors. Specifically, you can:

  • Add social media icons that direct people to your business’s social media channels
  • Embed a social media feed from Instagram®
  • Add an email subscription form
  • Add a contact form

Adding Social Media Icons

GoDaddy provides premade icons for the following social media platforms:

  • Facebook®
  • Twitter®
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest®
  • LinkedIn®
  • YouTube
  • Yelp®
  • Houzz®

These icons enable you to link your website to your business’s social media pages. For Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Yelp, you can connect your social media account directly to your GoDaddy account. This connection supports integration of various features, such as automatically updating your business address, hours, or reviews.

To add social media icons:

  1. Click on the plus (“+”) symbol between two sections then click on the “Add Section” button, and, finally, select “Social” from the list of options. (For detailed instructions, revisit the “Adding a Section” overview above.)

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  2. Click on the “Add” button to add the social media section.

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  3. Paste the link to your business’s social media account in the field below the corresponding platform name.
  4. To connect your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Yelp accounts to your GoDaddy account, click on the “Connect...” link and follow the prompts.
  5. Click on the “Done” button.

Embedding an Instagram Feed

The GoDaddy website builder has a cool feature that enables you to automatically embed your Instagram feed in your website. Whenever you publish a post on Instagram, it’ll then automatically appear on your website.

To embed your Instagram feed:

  1. Click on the plus (“+”) symbol between two sections then click on the “Add Section” button. Next, select “Social Feed” from the list of options, choose the layout you want to use, and then click on the “Add” button. (For detailed instructions, revisit the “Adding a Section” overview above.)

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  2. Click on the “Connect Now” button.
  3. Log into your Facebook account (Facebook owns Instagram).
  4. Confirm which Instagram account you want to connect.

Your Instagram feed will then appear as connected to your website in the GoDaddy website builder.

Adding an Email Subscription Form

Many businesses collect email addresses from their website visitors so they can send them news and updates in the future. Most GoDaddy templates already include a “Subscribe” section, but here are directions for how to set it up as well as how to add a “Subscribe” section if your chosen template doesn’t have one already.

To add a “Subscribe” section:

Click on the plus (“+”) symbol between two sections then click on the “Add Section” button. Next, select “Subscribe” from the list of options, choose the layout you want to use, and then click on the “Add” button. (For detailed instructions, revisit the “Adding a Section” overview above.)

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The “Subscribe” section will then appear alongside an options menu on the right.

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The “Subscribe” menu includes the following options:

  • Layout: Use this to change the overall layout of this section.
  • Accent: This allows you to adjust the background color.
  • Manage all subscribers: You can access and manage your subscribers through this link once you have some.
  • Headline: Use this field to adjust the large text that appears at the top of the form.
  • Description: Enter text here about why visitors may want to subscribe and what that subscription will provide.
  • Thank You Message: This is where you can edit the text that appears after someone subscribes.
  • Email: This is the text that appears in the email field so people know what to enter (it’s best to keep it as “Email”).
  • Button Label: Use this to edit the text that appears on the button a visitor must click to subscribe. Make sure the text clearly communicates that this action will sign them up for something.

Adding a Contact Form

Contact forms provide yet another great way to connect with your website visitors. Usually found on a website’s “Contact” page, these forms can appear on any page.

To add a contact form:

  1. Click on the plus (“+”) symbol between two sections then click on the “Add Section” button. Next, select “Contact Us” from the list of options, choose the layout you want to use, and then click on the “Add” button. (For detailed instructions, revisit the “Adding a Section” overview above.)

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  2. The “Contact Us” menu will then appear on the right with a range of potential fields. Complete the fields you want to include on your contact form and delete any information from those you want to exclude.
  3. Click the on the “Done” button.

Adding Reviews or Testimonials in GoDaddy

One of the GoDaddy website builder’s best features is how it pulls in business reviews from Facebook, Google My Business™, Yelp, or Yopto® when you connect your social media account to your GoDaddy account.

You also can add reviews and testimonials manually. We’ll show you how to do this both ways.

Connecting To External Reviews

By connecting your GoDaddy website to your Facebook, Google My Business, Yelp, or Yopto accounts, the reviews people leave on those external platforms will then automatically appear on your GoDaddy website.

To connect external reviews to your site:

  1. If your website’s template doesn’t already include a “Reviews” section, click on the plus (“+”) symbol between two sections then click on the “Add Section” button. Next, select “Reviews” from the list of options, choose the layout you want to use, and then click on the “Add” button. (For detailed instructions, revisit the “Adding a Section” overview above.)
  2. Click in the “Reviews” section to open the options menu on the right side of your screen.

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  3. Click on “Background Image” to change the image that appears behind the reviews.
  4. Make sure to select the “Connect to external source” radio button, and then use the drop-down submenu below that to select Facebook, Google My Business, Yelp, or Yopto.
  5. Click on the “Connect to [desired platform]” button that appears on the website preview on the left side of the screen, and then follow the prompts to connect your account.

Adding Reviews Manually

If customers send reviews directly to you or you receive them on another platform, you can manually add them to your website.

To add reviews manually:

  1. If your website’s template doesn’t already include a “Reviews” section, click on the plus (“+”) symbol between two sections then click on the “Add Section” button. Next, select “Reviews” from the list of options, choose the layout you want to use, and then click on the “Add” button. (For detailed instructions, revisit the “Adding a Section” overview above.)
  2. Click in the “Reviews” section to open the options menu on the right side of your screen.
  3. Click on “Background Image” to change the image that appears behind the reviews.
  4. Select the “Add reviews manually” radio button.

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  5. Reviews work like section groups. Click on each review, edit the fields to match your review, and then click on the “Done” button. (Revisit the “Managing Section Groups” overview above if you need more information.)

Adding a Favicon to a GoDaddy Website

Have you noticed the little picture that appears on the left side of a browser tab? Called favicons, these tiny images help internet users quickly identify the website they’re on.

Most favicons appear as a miniature version of a company’s logo or other graphic that aligns with its branding. Small and square, favicons typically measure about 16 by 16 pixels.

Here’s an example of a browser tab with and without a favicon:

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If you don’t yet have a favicon, you can create one with a tool like Favicon.io. This tool gives you a zip file to download. From that file, use the favicon.ico file as your favicon.

It’s easy to add a favicon to a GoDaddy website.

To add a favicon:

  1. Click on the “Settings” tab.
  2. Click on “Favicon.”

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  3. Click on the “Upload” button and then upload your favicon file.
  4. Click on the “Done” button. Your favicon will then appear after you publish your website.

Editing the Footer in GoDaddy

One drawback of using the GoDaddy website builder is that it doesn’t allow you to fully customize your footer. It does, however, allow you to:

  • Choose a background color
  • Include a copyright notice, if desired
  • Adjust the footer note from the default, which appears as “Powered by GoDaddy”
  • Display your business’s address and phone number (available on one layout)
  • Add icons linked to your social media accounts
  • Include site navigation links to other pages on your website

To edit the footer:

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of your website, and then click in the footer area to open the footer options menu on the right.

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  2. To change the layout, click on “Layout,” select your preferred layout option, and then click on the “Done” button.
  3. To change the background color, select another color in the “Accent” section, and then click on the “Done” button. 
  4. Enter your business’s information in the available fields, if desired. 
  5. Click on “Social Accounts,” enter the URL for each of your business’s social media accounts for which you want to display an icon, and then click on the “Done” button. 
  6. To add page links in the footer, click on “Site Navigation” to open the “Site Navigation” menu.

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  7. For each page you want to appear in the footer, click on the gear icon to the right of the page name. Next, select “Page Settings” then “Show in Footer,” and then click on the “Done” button. Repeat for each page you want to appear in your footer.

Publishing Your Website Using GoDaddy

Once you finish building and customizing your GoDaddy website, it’s time to go live on the internet.

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

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this guide proved helpful as you built your GoDaddy website. For additional support, visit GoDaddy’s Customer Support page — or check out these related articles:

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