Website builders are only getting better. The longer we’ve been relying on them, the more they’ve improved. Today, professional designers and amateurs alike can create basic to quite complex websites without ever learning a single HTML tag.
In this article we’re going to compare two of the best web services in this industry: Adobe Muse and Wix. Frequent readers of our lovely website definitely know how these builders work, as we’ve already covered them in our Adobe Muse and Wix reviews. So today we’ll attempt to define the key differences between these products, rather than provide their in-depth descriptions.
#1 Ease of Use
Wix. Because Wix is targeting those of us who aren’t technical, it’s really easy-to-use. Whether you need to add a widget to your website, change the background or attach a domain name, everything is done via a user-friendly interface that requires no coding at all.
Adobe Muse. Professional designers will find Adobe Muse convenient and easy, as it’s built in the tradition of the other Adobe’s products meant for designers. But if you have no experience of working in Photoshop or InDesign, it will take you some time to get used to the system.
Adobe Muse vs Wix. Both Wix and Adobe Muse are easy, if used by their target customers. Adobe Muse is ideal for those who are familiar with Adobe’s ecosystem, while Wix is geared more towards the regular user.
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
Wix. Wix has a lot to offer. Their devs are always adding new features to make it better and easier to use to their consumers. In a nutshell, Wix is good for creating simple webstores, blogs, portfolios and business websites. Take a look at real Wix-based websites.
Adobe Muse. Muse is very much a design-based site builder, so its feature set is mainly built around design features. It lacks those interactive features found in Wix, Weebly and other all-in-one site builders. Thankfully, there’s a marketplace where you can browse free and paid widgets exclusively developed for Adobe Muse.
Wix vs Adobe Muse. Wix operates as an all-in-one website builder where you can get everything you need for a website under the same roof. Adobe Muse doesn’t provide that streamlined workflow, and operates more as a separate web design studio.
Wix. Wix offers hundreds of ready templates. There are both themed and blank ones. All templates are fully customizable. The only downside is that you can’t change the theme midway through the editing process.
Adobe Muse. The builder itself has no theme library, but you can find many online resources that are fully dedicated to creating Adobe Muse themes. The most reliable ones are featured on the official website.
Adobe Muse vs Wix. Again, because Wix is a one-stop-shop product, it has an integrated theme library. Muse doesn’t offer ready themes, as professional designers doesn’t work that way – they prefer creating websites from a blank canvas.
#4 Customer Support
Wix. Nearly every button in the control panel comes with a help icon. That’s really handy. If you can’t find the answer in the editor, you can go to the official forum or support center. Wix also has a great collection of video tutorials and email support.
Adobe Muse. There’s a huge community of designers built around Adobe Muse, though it’s a comparatively new product. Other support options include chat, forum, webinars, video walkthroughs and also phone support, depending on your plan.
Wix vs Adobe Muse. In our opinion, both site builders offer enough support resources. When we were testing these products we also went to their support centers. We were impressed at how many people participated in their forums.
#5 Pricing Policy
Wix. Wix has a free, never-expiring version and four paid plans that range from $4.50 to $24.50/month. Please note that the cheapest plan – Connect Domain – displays Wix advertisement.
Adobe Muse vs Wix. Adobe Muse comes as part of Creative Cloud at $14.99/month. You can also try it free during a 30-day trial. When your website is ready, you can host it anywhere on the web.
Adobe Muse vs Wix. In our opinion and compared to the competition, these site builders are reasonably priced. The advantage of Wix is that its plans cover hosting. At the same time, absence of hosting is a disadvantage of Muse.
Adobe Muse vs Wix: Conclusion
Adobe Muse and Wix are very different products despite the shared goal. While Wix is designed for the regular customer who has nothing to do with web developement, Adobe Muse is an advanced tool that caters to the needs of professional designers who want to create websites for their clients without having to rely on developers.
In our opinion, if you’re not a web or design studio, Wix will be a smarter solution for creating a personal site, portfolio, blog or business website.