SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY), the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced WordPress Websites - the easiest way for those looking to build a WordPress website to get up and running quickly. The new offering features an exclusive WordPress Quick Start Wizard that simplifies the website creation process to get people started quickly, plus free, high-quality images for virtually any industry. It also includes professionally built premium themes, and a Visual Page Editor for easy drag and drop customization. Since it's built on WordPress, the world's most popular tool for creating websites, businesses have the ability to add new site features using the tens of thousands of free WordPress plugins that are available.
GoDaddy developed WordPress Websites for small business owners, and any looking to put their ideas online, who want a professional-looking WordPress website, but may not have experience with website development.
With the Quick Start Wizard, users can quickly get started with a choice of premium quality themes and layouts that include essential pages and features (e.g. blog, photo gallery, contact form, social integration with Facebook, Twitter and more) and access to a library of thousands of free images. From here, the Visual Page Editor allows you to edit text, drag and drop columns and rows, and insert images directly onto your page.
Faster Publishing with Scalable Solution
Small businesses are already seeing the benefits of this faster, more intuitive experience with new professionally designed themes. During the beta release, more than three times as many customers have been successful in publishing a website and the average time to publish a site has decreased by 73%. For additional data about how GoDaddy has made WordPress easier to use, see our blog post on the GoDaddy Garage.
As their business needs grow, a small business' GoDaddy WordPress website can also expand in functionality, via the installation of free feature plugins on Wordpress.org. 45,000+ feature plugins are available to extend website capabilities to include the likes of online reservations, ticket sales and discussion forums. In the past nine months alone, GoDaddy has seen website builder plugins grow in usage by 60% across millions of GoDaddy-hosted WordPress websites.
Expert Managed WordPress Hosting Support
Powered by an optimized WordPress hosting platform, technical hosting tasks are also taken care of by GoDaddy including WordPress installation, server-side site load optimization, a multi-clustered server platform so websites are ready to scale for high traffic, and secured with automated software updates and free daily site backups. Customers also have access to GoDaddy's free 24/7 expert support.
"WordPress is a massive ecosystem, powering over 25% of the top 10 million websites worldwide. At GoDaddy over 50% of our Hosting customers use WordPress. It's an incredibly popular platform, but it can be technically complex for business owners who want to create their own website," said Jeff King, senior vice president of Hosting at GoDaddy. "Adding WordPress Websites to our portfolio helps provide a full range of DIY site building solutions for our small business customers. With them in mind, WordPress Websites is designed to be the easiest way to create a powerful, scalable WordPress website."
Email signup form integrated with GoDaddy Email Marketing: Users can create mailing lists with a built-in email signup form, then send promotional campaigns and newsletters to drive sales and build influence. Additionally, GoDaddy provides the first 50 sends free, and on GoDaddy's Up & Running and GoDaddy Pro plans, users can directly convert WordPress blog posts into email newsletters.
SEO Wizard: GoDaddy's Search Engine Visibility is included with the Deluxe and Ultimate plans. This fully integrated, step-by-step SEO instruction prepares your site to get found on major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.
WP 101 Lessons: The videos allow users to learn the basics of WordPress website building.
Get Online Package: Includes a free Domain* and Microsoft Office 365 Business Class* email. (*First year free, renews at list price.)
Pricing & Availability
WordPress Websites is available today, and has three different user options:
$9.99 mo Business: 1 site, 25 GB storage, 100,000 monthly visitors, SEO wizard, a site to test changes before publishing
$14.99 Ultimate: Up to 2 sites, 30 GB storage, 400,000 monthly visitors, SEO wizard, a site to test changes before publishing, Malware removal, SSL certificate for secure communications and transactions
Includes free Domain*, Business Class* email powered by Managed WordPress hosting. (*first year free, renews at list price.)
GoDaddy powers the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 14 million customers worldwide and more than 63 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit www.GoDaddy.com.