WordPress is used by 26.9 percent of all the websites in the world, and GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY) just announced a new service called WordPress Website that will make launching more of those websites on WordPress even easier.
The New GoDaddy WordPress Website Wizard
GoDaddy said this will be the easiest way for small businesses to build their own WordPress website. And according to the company, the new exclusive WordPress Quick Start Wizard is what is going to make it possible.
With so many websites being created using the WordPress content management system (CMS) every day, GoDaddy has made an effort to make the integration even easier. That’s not surprising considering more than 50 percent of the platform’s hosting customers use WordPress. GoDaddy’s newest feature began with the acquisition of ManageWP, a WordPress site management tool, last month. The combined technologies has made the company a single destination for WordPress site creation, management and hosting.
The WordPress Quick Start Wizard builds on GoDaddy’s existing solution for this CMS so small business owners can create professional websites. It includes free high-quality images for every industry imaginable, professionally built premium themes and a Visual Page Editor for easy drag and drop customization.
Everything your small business needs is readily available to quickly create a blog, photo gallery, contact form or other integrations with the most popular social media sites, the company says. During the tool’s beta release, the average time to publish a site was reduced by 73 percent. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, the number of customers that successfully published a site increased three fold.
Other features include an email signup form integrated with GoDaddy Email Marketing, an SEO Wizard and more.
The WordPress Websites is available now with three different tiers, starting at $7.99 per month for Basic, $9.99 per month for Business, and $14.99 per month for Ultimate.
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Creating a WordPress site wasn’t hard before, so I’m curious how much of this is marketing spin versus actually simplifying the experience.
For someone that has never created a website, it can be challenging, even with WordPress. But every new solution designed to simplify the process is a good thing, especially for people that find it intimidating.
As far as GoDaddy, it has made an effort to improve its WordPress offerings with key acquisitions and new services, which wasn’t that great not that long ago.
Not to be negative or anything but I have tried Godaddy hosting and I don’t like that the customer service team cannot be contacted. It has to be by phone so if you only have Internet access, then it would be impossible to contact them.
If GoDaddy is doing this you can expect that BlueHost will follow. BlueHost is a real value compared to GoDaddy.
GoDaddy is trying to move ahead of other hosting companies when it comes to WordPress. The acquisitions it has made will help, but it also has to improve service delivery and customer service along with new offerings.
There’s many options which *can* make it easier to build your own website, but as installing WordPress famously only takes 5 minutes and in some cases happens with one click, this isn’t the difficult part. Creating content, marketing your website, getting visitors and conversions should be the main focus.