Websites + Marketing: Create a free website to take your small business or side hustle online amid COVID-19

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Small business owners are navigating unprecedented challenges and uncertainty as a result of COVID-19. In an effort to keep customers, employees and their communities safe, some have even temporarily closed their doors.

While your physical presence is restricted, your website offers opportunities to continue engaging with customers in new, creative ways.

GoDaddy is helping entrepreneurs get online

GoDaddy’s response to COVID-19 includes tools to help minimize the economic impact to small businesses everywhere. As part of that response, we launched a free website builder with GoDaddy Websites + Marketing.

We’re providing a free website, plus marketing tools, with no expiration.*

*Subject to the GoDaddy Universal Terms of Service, Websites + Marketing Services Agreement and Privacy Policy.

Reach customers with an online presence

Just like a physical store, customers won’t know how to find you without a sign. Help customers reach your online business with a website that showcases your brand.

Choose from professionally designed templates, customized for your industry.

Add as many pages as you’d like plus content to keep customers engaged — whether that’s a blog, photo gallery, or something unique to you.

Don’t worry about security. Your Websites + Marketing websites include an SSL certificate to protect both you and your customers.

Related: Get to Know Websites + Marketing with how-to courses and videos

Stay present with marketing tools

Creating a website is only part of the equation. Being where your customers are also means being active on social media.

With your free website, you can manage your social profiles across Facebook, Google, Yelp and Instagram. Post to social and monitor online reviews from your Websites + Marketing dashboard, which saves you time instead of checking multiple platforms.

Related: Using social media to engage with customers in a crisis

Keep your business active

Closing your doors doesn’t have to mean cutting off your income.

Promote gift card sales on your website, giving your customers an option to support your website.

You can also add a PayPal button to raise donations for your cause, or to sell a single item from your website.

Need to move from in-person sales to a full blown online store? Build your free website and get your store ready to go, then when you’re ready to start selling, upgrade to the Websites + Marketing Ecommerce plan to take online orders. You won’t lose any of your content or have to start over.

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Related: 3 ways to use Websites+Marketing to keep your business healthy during COVID-19

Expert support from GoDaddy Guides

Whether you have a free website, another GoDaddy product, or even if you’re not a customer yet — you’ll always get 24/7, award-winning support from our GoDaddy Guides.

Empowering the everyday entrepreneur

COVID-19 has changed the way we all live and do business. People are now working from home, shopping from home, and looking for new forms of entertainment while at home.

As customers increasingly go online to look for products and services, it’s more important than ever to be accessible with a website and social media presence.

That’s why we’re offering a free, professional and secure website.


You’ll have the necessary tools to manage your social media, email marketing and online reviews all from the same platform. Plus get the support you need from our GoDaddy Guides, day or night.

At GoDaddy, we’re here to empower the everyday entrepreneur with the tools needed to be successful. We recognize that these are difficult times for small business owners, and we want to help. Learn more about our pledge to do more for small businesses at #OpenWeStand.

Related: Take your small business online: A step-by-step guide

You can do this!

If you need a helping hand, we’re here for you.

Above all, have faith in yourself. We have faith in you.


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