One of the really cool things about registering a domain with Go Daddy is that they throw in a free InstantPage one-page Web site with each new domain registration. This means that, with a minimum of effort, you can have a sweet single-page site up and running on your new domain in a matter of minutes.
You can use the InstantPage site as a placeholder while you figure out what you want to do with the domain, or while you’re building a full-scale Web site. You can also use the InstantPage to display your contact information and a few lines about yourself or your business and use it as a very cool virtual business card on the Web!
An InstantPage includes a background image – you can either upload your own or pick on of the many hi-res ones Go Daddy makes available at no cost –, your choice of template colors and theme, as well as contact and text widgets to tell the world about yourself and how to reach you. InstantPage even includes the tools you need to spread the word on your new site on Facebook, Twitter and other social media hangouts. As soon as you’re done, you can publish the site to the Web – any subsequent edits are immediately visible to your visitors.
One very cool thing is that, once you’re ready to step it up a notch and build a full-scale Web site for your domain, Go Daddy makes it extremely easy to upgrade your InstantPage to a WebSite Tonight account. WebSite Tonight is Go Daddy’s easy-to-use Web site builder, which will help you put together and awesome multi-page site in a few easy steps.
Pretty neat, huh?
Here’s a quick primer on how to set up your InstantPage:
Once you’ve bought your domain, simply activate your InstantPage account, pick your page layout; then choose your background image – they have some cool ones to choose from, but if you want your InstantPage to really stand out, go ahead and use one of your own. Next, use the available text and contact widgets to tell the world about yourself, your business, or whatever is on your mind. You can use up to four such widgets on your InstantPage.
And that’s all there is to it! Don’t forget to let the Twitter and Facebook crowds know that your site is up and running!