March 2019: What’s new in GoCentral

Digital products | Houzz | Online Store updates | Blog videos

The GoCentral Website Builder product team is marching right along, creating exciting new tools to help you thrive online. Among this month’s releases are some highly anticipated features, including the ability to sell digital products and several new ways to use images and videos on your website. Here’s what’s new.

Website Builder

Blog improvements

Did you know? It’s easy to add an informative, entertaining and SEO-boosting blog to your GoCentral Website Builder site. With our March updates, you can now:

  • Include videos in your posts via a URL (e.g., a YouTube link).

example of adding a video to a blog post in GoDaddy Website Builder

  • Optimize your posts for search engines like Google. (If you like traffic, SEO is worth doing.)

screenshot for how to do SEO for blog posts in GoCentral Website Builder

To add a blog to your site:

  1. From your GoCentral Editor, navigate to the Page where you’d like to display your blog.
  2. Click the plus sign icon (+) to add a new section and select Blog from the list of section types.
  3. Choose a layout and click Add.
  4. Click Start Writing to create some content.
  5. To add a video to the post, click the plus sign icon (+) and select Video. You’ll have the chance to add your video URL here.
  6. To optimize your post for search engines, go to the Website Builder Marketing menu and select SEO. Check Optimize Blog Posts and Start.

To learn more about blogging with GoCentral, check out “Standout tools: GoDaddy GoCentral blog feature.

Houzz social icon

Houzz is a social network for homeowners and home professionals to share images, ideas and inspiration. If your business offers home services such as building or painting, Houzz is a great place to post photos of your work. Get discovered, get reviews and ultimately, get more business.

If you’re on Houzz, be sure to include the Houzz logo (and a link to your Houzz pro account) on your website.

screenshot of a GoDaddy Website Builder website with Houzz icon

Here’s how:

  1. From your GoCentral Editor, navigate to the Page where you’d like to include social icons.
  2. Click the plus sign icon (+) to add a new section and select Social from the list of section types.
  3. Click Add. 
  4. In the Houzz section, add your Houzz URL. (If you don’t have a Houzz presence yet, it’s easy to create a Houzz pro account.)

Spring and summer promo banner decorations

Last year, we rolled out the option to add seasonal decorations to your website’s promotional banner. Here’s a short demo video:

This month, we released the spring and summer decorations.

screenshot of GoDaddy Website Builder website with spring decoration on the promotional banner

Here’s how to add or update your promo banner:

  1. From your GoCentral Editor, select Pages > Home > Header.
  2. Click Promotional Banner.
  3. Toggle Show promotion on.
  4. Customize your message.
  5. If you want your promo banner to be clickable, toggle Add Link on and choose your destination.
  6. If you want a Seasonal Decoration on your banner, select one from the drop-down menu.
  7. Finish your edits and Re-publish your website.

Online Appointments improvements

When potential clients check out your services online, how do you want them to feel? You can now add images to your service listings to help convey what you really offer, whether that’s relaxation, convenience or peace of mind.

screenshot of a GoCentral Website Builder site that offers appointments and includes images

When you’re adding or editing a service, simply click Add Image, and you can upload your own image or browse stock images.

screenshot of editing appointment service in GoDaddy GoCentral Website Builder

For more information about getting started with Online Appointments, please see this GoDaddy Help article: “Add Online Appointments section.

Online Store

Digital products

Not all good things arrive on your doorstep. Sometimes, they arrive digitally. And in fact, what’s better than that? Instant gratification, less hassle for seller and buyer and no bubble wrap required. With GoCentral Online Store, you can now sell digital products such as music, ebooks and more — anything that can be downloaded.

screenshot of UI to add a digital product in GoDaddy GoCentral Online Store

Here’s how:

  1. From your GoCentral Store menu, navigate to Products and Add Product.
  2. Select Digital product type.
  3. Add your product details.
  4. Click the Files tab to upload your digital product files(s).
  5. Click Save.

Video on product detail pages

It’s now possible to include videos on the product detail pages of your GoCentral Online Store website. People love to watch videos, right? Shoot a quick video, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and add it to your product detail page. And remember to include a link to your website in the video description.

screenshot with an Online Store product details page with video

Here’s how:

  1. From your GoCentral Store menu, navigate to Products and Add Product.
  2. Select Physical or Digital product type.
  3. Add your product details.
  4. Click Add Video to add your video URL.
  5. Finish adding the Description and other information below.
  6. Click Save.

Tax calculation for shipping costs

Tax laws vary greatly by locale. If you’re selling products online, it’s a good idea to consult with a tax professional. Rest assured that GoCentral Online Store makes it easy to set up your tax rules as needed. If applicable, you can now charge tax on shipping costs.

image of UI to set tax rules in GoDaddy GoCentral Online Store

Here’s how:

  1. From your GoCentral Store menu, navigate to Settings and Tax.
  2. Click Add to open the “Add Tax Rule” view shown above.
  3. Set your tax rules based on recommendations from your tax professional.
  4. Click Save.

GoCentral Help Resources

If you have questions, check out these GoCentral resources. And remember — we offer 24/7 phone support. Call us!

Note: If you don’t already have a GoCentral account, you can start a free trial today.

Need help with social media? The GoDaddy Social team can help with that.

Header image features Matt Bell, The Shop.