Our Pick for Best Website Builder: GoDaddy
Although Weebly has its strengths, GoDaddy’s new website builder ranks at the top of our website builder rankings.
GoDaddy makes it easy to build a simple website quickly.
Weebly’s drag-and-drop editor allows for more customization than GoDaddy, but that flexibility comes at the cost of simplicity.
GoDaddy vs. Weebly: Ease of Use
Website builders in general are created for non-technical people who don’t know how to code a website from scratch and don’t want to learn. Therefore website builder platforms all say that they are easy to use. We have found, however, that some website builders are more intuitive and easier to use than others.
Ease of Use: GoDaddy
With GoDaddy, you can have a website ready in 5 minutes! You can’t get easier than that. That website will have images and text you need to replace with your own business’s information, but that is also easy.
The GoDaddy website builder is based on a large variety of predesigned sections that you combine to build your website. While you can’t change the placement of the various elements, you can easily change out the text and images.
Overall, GoDaddy is an extremely easy-to-use website builder and we think it is easier to use than Weebly.
Ease of Use: Weebly
Weebly is a drag-and-drop editor, which has its benefits and drawbacks. On the positive side, you can place elements on your website wherever you want them. This allows for greater flexibility than GoDaddy offers.
On the downside, the Weebly editor can be temperamental. Sometimes you can’t get an element to drop exactly where you want it to go.
And one of the benefits of Weebly for website designers that have a little coding knowledge is that they can edit the HTML and CSS code and therefore further customize their website. However, that is not easy for non-technical users.
Overall, for ease of use, GoDaddy is the clear winner.
GoDaddy vs. Weebly: Templates and Themes
Most (and probably all) website builders have a library of themes or templates that you can customize instead of starting with a blank page.
Templates and Themes: GoDaddy
When you first start a GoDaddy website, it will ask what industry your business is in and assign a template based on that. This template has pre-filled words and images relevant to your industry.
While you can’t change the template for your website, you can change the theme. The theme determines the overall look and feel of your website. Most templates have about 20 theme options. With these themes, you can choose between different placements of the logo, menu, header text, and more.
Templates and Themes: Weebly
When you start your website with Weebly, it will give you the option of over 40 themes that you can use. Unlike GoDaddy, these themes aren’t closely tied to your industry and won’t have much pre-filled content.
Like GoDaddy, you can change the theme to change the look and feel of your website.
Overall, GoDaddy wins for templates and themes because of its huge selection of pre-filled templates based on hundreds of industries.
GoDaddy vs. Weebly: Apps and Plug-ins
Many website builders have third-party apps that add functionality to your website.
Apps and Plug-ins: GoDaddy
At the time of this writing, GoDaddy does not have an app store, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of customizable functionality you can add to a GoDaddy website.
With GoDaddy, you add functionality to your website using sections rather than apps. There are sections that offer:
- Calendars that link to an online calendar
- Livestream video from Twitch and YouTube
- Embedded tracks or playlists from SoundCloud
- PDFs displayed on your website
- Reservations through OpenTable
- Searchable real estate listings with MLS
- Online restaurant ordering through ChowNow
- Embedded reviews from Google Business or Facebook
The limitation is that third parties are unable to create apps to be used with GoDaddy.
Apps and Plug-ins: Weebly
Weebly has 360+ apps in its App store.
The highest-rated apps include:
- PaidMembersApp for creating recurring membership programs for your website
- Printful for selling products made with your own designs, but Printful prints and ships them for you
- SalesPop adds social proof to your ecommerce store by telling visitors that someone just purchased a product
Many apps have either a one-time or monthly fee, though most have a free trial period. The apps made by Weebly are usually free. Weebly only supports its own apps, so if you have problems with an app, you have to contact the app maker for support.
Overall, Weebly wins for apps since it allows third parties to create apps to increase the functionality on websites.
GoDaddy vs. Weebly: Ecommerce
Whether you want a full-fledged store or just plan to sell a couple of items, a website builder needs to have ecommerce functionality. ShopifyⓇ and WooCommerceⓇ are platforms specifically created for ecommerce. (Want to know which one we think is best? Check out our comparison between Shopify and WooCommerce.) Most other website builders come with enough ecommerce capabilities for small online stores. Let’s see which one works best for your business.
With GoDaddy’s Ecommerce plan ($24.99 per month) you get some great ecommerce functionality, including:
- No per-transaction fees
- PayPalⓇ, SquareⓇ, or Stripe ™ payments
- Social and marketplace selling
- Integrated inventory tracking between the website and social platforms
- Flexible shipping options
- Coupons and other sales promotions
With GoDaddy, you can sell both physical and digital products. If you already have a list of products in a comma-separated values (CSV) file, you can import the file and GoDaddy will add the products for you.
Weebly’s Performance ecommerce plan is $26 per month, though you can sell an unlimited number of physical products on any of its plans, including the free plan. You have to have a paid plan to sell digital products.
Since Weebly is owned by Square, it prefers that you use the Square payment platform. However, it will let you use PayPal if you have the Performance ecommerce plan.
Overall, ecommerce is a tie between GoDaddy and Weebly. Both are fine for small stores, but for larger stores, we recommend Shopify.
GoDaddy vs. Weebly: Pricing
Both GoDaddy and Weebly have free and paid plans. For both builders, if you pay annually, the price per month is less. Free plans come with GoDaddy or Weebly branding, so we always recommend purchasing a plan that removes the branding and provides all the features you need.
GoDaddy’s paid plans range from $9.99/month (paid annually) to $24.99/month (paid annually).
For most small businesses, we recommend the Standard plan at $14.99/month (paid annually).
Learn more about GoDaddy and its pricing plans to figure out which plan is best for your business.
Weebly’s paid plans cost between $6/month (paid annually) and $26/months (paid annually). We don’t recommend the $6/month Personal plan because that still includes Weebly branding.
For most small businesses, we recommend Weebly’s Professional plan at $12/month (paid annually).
Learn more about Weebly and its pricing plans to figure out which plan is best for your business.
GoDaddy Pros and Cons
- GoDaddy is simple and easy to use
- You can have a working website in five minutes
- GoDaddy integrates nicely with Facebook, Instagram, and Google My Business
- The SEO wizard helps you set up your website so you can be found through search engines
- You are quite limited in website customization
- They don’t have third-party apps to increase functionality
Weebly Pros and Cons
- Weebly is a true drag-and-drop builder
- Weebly allows for more customization than other website builders
- You can change your theme to change the look and feel of your website
- Hundreds of apps can be used to increase the functionality of your website
- Weebly can be glitchy, making dropping an element exactly where you want it challenging at times
- No SEO wizard. You have to do your own SEO.
- Limited blogging features
The Bottom Line: GoDaddy vs. Weebly
We recommend GoDaddy over Weebly for most small businesses. Why? It’s much easier to use than Weebly. While you can’t customize in GoDaddy like you can in Weebly, GoDaddy produces an attractive website that will serve most small businesses well.
Are you ready to build a GoDaddy website for your business? Read our how-to guide and start building your GoDaddy website today!
If you decide to build your website with Weebly instead, check out our step-by-step guide to creating a Weebly website for small businesses.