GoDaddy Website Builder makes it simple for small South African businesses to build a website

Get up and running in one hour or less

GoDaddy’s Website Builder is a fully-integrated marketing and e-commerce tool which enables you to build a website and get it up-and-running in as little as an hour.

Many small South African businesses have already used this powerful, professional solution to establish their digital presence in no time at all.

Website Builder is for small business owners, dreamers and schemers who want to connect online with people who will benefit from their products, services and ideas. As your business or idea grows, Website Builder grows with you. Start with a simple site now and add new capabilities – like e-mail marketing, social media integration or an online store – when you’re ready.

Build a professional website, no technical skills required

At GoDaddy, our vision is to enable the growth of South Africa’s vibrant side hustles, home businesses and owner-managed small enterprises. We understand that local entrepreneurs are high on energy but short on time. Website Builder is specifically designed for people who want to build a website.

Designs tailored to your idea or industry

Tell us the name of your site and the nature of your idea or business, and we’ll suggest relevant site features, content and images. Then make it your own by customising the site features and adding your own photos and content.

Thousands of professional images

With a free library of professional photography, your website will always reflect your expertise and passion. Have your own photos? You can upload those too, even from your mobile phone.

With the Website Builder editor, you can change the layout of your site with a single swipe, allowing you to experiment with a variety of intuitive website designs.

And if you prefer to drag and drop individual sections to customise your design, you have the creative licence to do so.

Mix-and-match sections

Customise each of your website’s pages by mixing and matching content sections to suit your needs. Your design is guaranteed to look good no matter which sections you choose. And as your needs change, you can always add new features. When you’re ready to add an e-mail signup form, a calendar of events, or a video, it’s easy to update your Website Builder site.

Fool-proof colours and fonts

Create a professional website – no design skills required. Our design professionals have selected styles, colours and fonts that co-ordinate beautifully, so you’ll look good no matter which you choose.

Domain flexibility

Release your new website into the world with a memorable web address that reflects your brand or personality (e.g. mycoolsite.co.za). Not ready? Publish with your own sub-domain on godaddysites.com (e.g. mycoolsite.godaddysites.com) now and add a custom domain later.

Publish website updates to Google, Facebook, e-mail & more

If you’re going to invest in building a website, you need to put some marketing power behind it. With Website Builder, you get integrated marketing features that help you show up in search results, connect with people on social media and drive repeat traffic. When you make changes to your website, this will save you time by automatically updating your online marketing presence for you.

Google rankings

Help more people find you when they search online. Website Builder automatically optimises your website for search engines like Google and Bing.

Facebook page

Having a well-maintained business Facebook page is critical to building your online presence. Website Builder makes it easy to update an existing Facebook page or create a new one with the information and photos on your website.

E-mail marketing

Start building an e-mail list by adding a Subscribe Now section to your website. Then use our built-in e-mail marketing tool to send e-mail campaigns that drive repeat traffic and help you build a following. You can manage multiple lists, track campaign results, and more.

Update your site anytime from your phone, tablet and computer

Keep your website up to date from your local coffee shop or your couch. With our mobile editor, you can update your website at any time, any place. Customise your site design, upload new photos, and change content from your mobile phone or tablet – no app required.

Sell online with a mobile shopping cart and fast checkout

Whether you’re ready to start selling online now or think you might want to later, it’s easy to build a mobile-friendly online store using Website Builder. Your online store will offer a seamless shopping and checkout experience – even on a mobile device.

Get help 24/7 via phone, chat, or e-mail

Our award-winning customer support representatives are always ready to help you bring your idea online. If inspiration strikes at two in the morning, we’re here. Call or connect with us online anytime.

This article has been adapted from an original piece by Lauren Antonoff. 

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Selina Bieber
Based in Istanbul, Selina is part of the GoDaddy EMEA team managing the Turkey and MENA regions to help grow the GoDaddy brand and business. With a background in marketing communications, Selina is passionate about small businesses, the entrepreneurial eco-system and leveraging digital technologies to get ahead of the game. Prior to joining GoDaddy, Selina led the PR activities of Facebook, VeriSign and Euler Hermes in Turkey, and was based in Amsterdam to head up regional media relations across Europe for a natural gas project. Selina is a self-professed foodie and travel addict.