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Wix vs WordPress

There are dozens of web publishing solutions out there, but from a simplicity standpoint Wix and WordPress are some of the best in the market.

Ever since the launch of Wix there have been many debates on whether the site builder is better than WordPress. There are camps on both sides of the fence, each trying to prove that their choice is the best. Here at SWB, we believe that there are no clear winners and losers, because without specifying the user market and intended purposes, recommending anything is simply pointless.

In our Wix versus WordPress review we’re going to cover the benefits and downsides of each platform in simple terms, so that you can see that both Wix and WordPress are favorable options, but for different purposes. We’ll try to keep technicalities to a minimum and focus on unique features of each platform.

Important note: we’re going to discuss WordPress.org (not .com), which is a self-hosted CMS.

So let’s see which one is right for you, Wix or WordPress:

1. Ease of Use

  • Wix. Wix has a visual, intuitive and user-friendly interface where you’ll be doing a lot of dragging, dropping and clicking. Wix makes it quick and painless to design and publish your site, even if you have no idea about how websites are being made.

    Wix Editor - Wix Website Builder

    Futhermore, in Summer 2016 Wix announced new revolutionary solution – Wix ADI (Wix Artificial Design intelligence), which is now available for the most part of website templates. Among them are Business, Blog, Portfolio&CV. From now you can choose between classic Wix Editor or ADI.

    Wix ADI

    The forte of Wix is that it keeps things extremely easy regardless of the website creation stage you are in: whether you’re creating an account, adding a new blog post, changing the background on the homepage or connecting a custom domain – everything can be done with just a few clicks, thanks to the visual interface of Wix.

  • WordPress. Despite being the easiest open source CMS available, WordPress isn’t the easiest web publishing solution. It’s much more difficult to use than Wix, mainly because it doesn’t provide that streamlined workflow: with Wix you get everything (templates, hosting, widgets and more) with a single online account, and with WordPress you only get a CMS, so there’s definitely a steep learning curve for a beginner.

    WordPress doesn’t take the visual approach, so coding may be required if any customization has to be made.

    WordPress CMS

Wix vs WordPress. If you know how to use a mouse, you can certainly build a site with Wix: it’s easy, intuitive, fun and requires no training. With WordPress, at least a basic knowledge of HTML/CSS is required.

While Wix is updated automatically and comes with included hosting, WordPress users must find a web host themselves and update their software manually.

2. Feature Set and Flexibility

  • Wix. Wix is a versatile site builder that supports blogging (see our collection of Wix-based blogs) and eCommerce (check out our examples).

    There are also many extensions that you can integrate into your website – Wix has a collection of various free and paid add-ons called App Market. Here are some examples: Holiday badges (free), Comments (free/premium), Events Calendar (free/premium), Live Chat Room (free/premium), Customer reviews (free/premium) and more.

    Wix Apps Market - Wix Website Builder

    These applications are as easy to install and manage as the builder itself. Some are developed by Wix, others are provided by third-party developers. et’s take a closer look at Wix’s in-house features:

    eCommerce: multiple payment options, the ability to generate coupon codes, tax management, product options etc. Wix’s Commerce engine is designed for smaller shops.

    Blogging: scheduled posts, featured posts, Facebook comments, blog archive and tag clouds.

    Forum: from now you can create a simple forum (you can install it from Wix App Market) within your Wix website. Wisely managing it, you wiil receive your own website community, that sounds pretty nice.

    Wix ShoutOut and Smart Actions. Your Wix website lets you easily gather information from your visitors as they interact with your site. All their info is automatically saved to the Contacts section in the dashboard.

    You can use this info later to create Smart Actions by choosing triggers and assigning actions. For instance, you can set Smart Actions to invite new shoppers to redeem a coupon when a new user signs up to your newsletter.

    Wix ShoutOut - Wix Website Builder

    Wix doesn’t open up the codes. They do have a ‘custom HTML’ widget, but they don’t provide full access to the site’s source code.

  • WordPress. WordPress started as a blogging platform, but quickly developed from this single purpose and became a versatile program for creating various websites, from portfolios to webstores. This is possible thanks to numerous plug-ins which can add any kind of functionality to your site. There are social plugins, commenting systems, SEO packs, safety plugins and much more.

    WordPress plugins

WordPress vs Wix. Balancing ease of use with complexity is difficult, so usually, the easier the tool, the less flexible it is. But this rule doesn’t apply to Wix. Today Wix gives you near-perfect combination of flexibility and ease-of-use that is harder to reach with using WordPress CMS.

3. Designs

Design Comparison Chart

WixWordPress
Number of Themes:HundredsThousands
Theme Cost:FreeFree/$25-$299
Visual Editor: YES YES
Theme Change: NO YES
Mobile Optimized: YES YES
CSS Code Editing: NO YES
Pre-built Effects: YES NO
  • Wix. You can choose from hundreds of beautiful, fully-customizable templates in over 70 industry categories.

    There are also one-page templates (landing pages) and blank templates that define your future site’s structure but have no content in them.

    Wix’s templates are undoubtedly beautiful, but there’s a significant drawback – users can’t switch templates midway through the editing process.

    All Wix templates are mobile-ready, and you can alter the mobile look of your site using Wix’s Mobile Editor.

  • WordPress. There are two places to find WordPress themes: the WordPress.org theme directory, which is the biggest and most official place to get a theme, and independent marketplaces and theme shops. There are free and paid themes.

    Unlike Wix, WordPress doesn’t support WYSIWYG editing, so before attempting to edit a WordPress theme, you’ll have to learn to read code. You can switch WordPress themes anytime.

Wix vs WordPress. You can customize Wix’s themes in a WYSIWYG editing environment, but with WordPress, what you see is often not what you get – without having at least a basic knowledge of HTML/CSS, it will be almost impossible to get the desired look.

4. Customer Support

  • Wix. Wix has a massive support center. There are over 262,000 topics posted in the official support forum, hundreds of video tutorials and walkthroughs, email support and also an entire education program – WixEd.

    There are many prompts in the editor itself – nearly every editable element in the control panel comes with a help icon – just click it for more information.

  • WordPress. You’ll have no trouble finding WordPress experts – there’s a huge community of webmasters specializing in WordPress. But there’s no official support staff.

WordPress vs Wix. WordPress is widely used; you’ll find hundreds of blogs, communities and YouTube channels dedicated to this CMS, but there’s no direct email to call for help. Wix provides direct help and runs an extensive knowledgebase.

5. Pricing Policy

  • Wix. Wix is a freemium site builder. You can create and publish an ad-supported website with a free account and it will remain so until you decide to upgrade your site. There are five paid versions: Connect domain ($4.50/mo), Combo ($8.50), Unlimited ($12.50), eCommerce ($16.50) and VIP ($24.50). These are discounted if you choose to pay annually.

    WixWordPress
    Pricing Options:✓ Connect Domain ($4.50/mo);
    ✓ Combo ($8.50/mo);
    ✓ Unlimited ($12.50/mo);
    ✓ eCommerce ($16.50/mo);
    ✓ VIP ($24.50/mo).
    ✓ CMS (free);
    ✓ Hosting (from $5-15/mo);
    ✓ Plugins (from $10/mo);
    ✓ Pro Themes (from $25).
    Features:✓ Free Plan;
    ✓ Hundreds of Free Themes;
    ✓ Online Store;
    ✓ Unlimited Bandwidth.
    ✓ Free of Use;
    ✓ Over 10k of Themes;
    ✓ All-Purpose Plugins;
    ✓ Active Community.
  • WordPress. The CMS itself is free. But in order to get published you’ll need to purchase a hosting plan. Let’s do some math to help you estimate the cost of your WordPress site: hosting ($7-$12/mo) + theme (free/$20-$100, one time payment) + plugins (free/$20-$200, one time payment).

Wix vs WordPress. Wix plans cover hosting, themes and free extensions. But the price can go up if you need to install a paid application from the Wix app market. WordPress is free, and the cost will depend on how many plugins you need, your hosting provider, whether you need a premium theme and more.

You may also need to hire a developer if deep customization has to be made. So the total cost of your WordPress website may reach hundreds of dollars.

Conclusion

While WordPress seems to be more powerful than Wix, you’re still need to learn a lot of HTML/CSS to succeed with this CMS. If you’re willing to spend your time and make an effort, then WordPress is a smart decision. Note that WordPress requires constant maintenance, and things can get very technical, very quickly.

Wix, on the contrary, does all the heavy lifting for you, and all that’s required from your side is uploading your content and slight customizations. It’s easy, fun and effective.

Even if you need not a simple five-page blog or a landing page, but a powerful website or e-store, Wix will certainly handle it.

Overview Comparison Chart

WixWordPress
Ease of Use:
Features:
Designs:
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Pricing:
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  • Nataliya Bogdanets

    Sometime ago I felt limited with Wix’s possibilities and have chosen WordPress as a platform for my further blogging. For those willing to deploy their inline presence professionally – WordPress is an optimal solution I guess. I found a lot of answers https://goo.gl/gsyTNz. Hope it can help somebody.

    • Hi Nataliya,
      Thanks for your comment!
      What exactly made you move from Wix?

  • Pamela Parsons Dupuy

    So I wanted to put together a quick website for a friend. Started in WordPress with a theme and was pulling my hair out. Tried out Wix and was hooked. It was FUN and got it down easily over the weekend. Everything worked really well – except the video plugin was buggy. But I’m used to drupal and wordpress being far buggier in their editors, and unbounce and….Wix had the best editor I’ve ever used. Wow. Did I mention FUN? So now I want to move my main business site there but the lack of code access, not being able to view & test javascript, etc mean I’ll have to go elsewhere. But I will keep looking back at Wix wishing I could play there. : )

  • Daniel

    I’m the owner of a web design company atxwebdesigns.com and I create 90% of my websites on Wix and 10% on WordPress. I also use wix for more than a 5 page site or simple drag and drop. If that’s what you’re limited to, then you haven’t used it enough. The reason I use Wix more is that I have lots of small business owners that like to have a form of control themselves and WordPress is too much of a learning curve. I use WordPress for larger company clientele because I may need a database (which wix doesn’t have). But other than that I can do almost everything on wix that I can on WordPress. I think many coders feel offended by drag and drop because they’re thinking it insults their expertise. I see many people look at Wix as a DIY only builder, but many DIY sites are also on WordPress as well. I have plenty of redesigns that were created in WordPress. I think it’s about how knowledgeable your are on each platform.

    • Eva

      Hw do you install the wix into the FTP? in the www folder?

    • Nick

      How do you deal the the expensivness of using wix with your clients?? I feel like wordpress would be better if you are running a freelance business because you have less overhead with WP

      • BubbaAl

        Wix has specials all of the time –once you’ve joined. A low-use option with you own outside host costs less than $170/year.

    • I have devloped some sites in wix, squarespace, built my own using bootstrap and used wordpress extensively. If you are concerned about ranking or competing in the internet space – all things being equal, word press or custom built will win every time – by a large margin. Also wix loading issues can be a concern – you cant optimize their hosting environment. There are pros and cons to any platform

    • Roy Antony

      Hello daniel
      Is it possible to add the push notify code into the website?
      Does that have anything to do with css editing which wix doesnt allow us to do

    • TNS

      I find WordPress way more time-consuming than Wix. Yes, Wix is better for smaller businesses.

    • Amina Shehab

      I want to keep wix, but i need a sales affiliate commission tracker. Wix says they do not support this?????

  • Jed La Rosa

    Indeed, I prefer wordpress than wix. I met a lot of clients moving from wix to wordpress because of low flexibility in wix like integrating google analytics and many more. Especially in terms of seo.

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  • Estefania

    well I know building a website can be a overwhelming. In fact, like everything in this life, you can do a quick/crappy job or a quality website that can bring thousands of visitors everyday. Think about it, google it is just a “Website” but they have thousands of engineers behind it. In any case, I recommend first thinking of which framework you want:

    i) You can use build it yourself drag and drop web builder, such as wix.com or squarespace. This is a great way to make a website fast, but really simple. If you are serious about building a website, this has a lot of limitations. Wix, does not have a mobile friendly design, so you need to create ANOTHER website. Squarespace takes about 3% of commission of every sale you have. This is on top of the 4% paypal takes. So you can be loosing some money by using them. In addition these web builders cannot be that customized in terms of functionalities. Let’s say you have a cool idea for a social network. Well forget it, these web builders won’t cut it.

    ii) WordPress. This is much more powerful/robust than a web builder like wix. However, it requires more tech skills. You need to set up a server, using a hosting company such as BlueHost. Then you need to install WordPress, and import a theme (from themeforest). Then you can start adding plugins, and start building your website. If you are not technical you can hire a web developer, but sometimes it makes sense to hire someone. Especially if this website is for your business.

    iii) MVC Framework. Examples: Ruby on Rails, CakePHP, Laravel, etc. These MVC Frameworks are very very scalable. Twitter used Ruby on Rails for a while! So you can get an idea of what you can build with them. For this, I totally recommend you to hire a web development company, such as http://www.geekbears.com , a web development company based in San Francisco.

    Conclusion: If you just want a simple website, use wix or a web builder. If you are building a website for your business, then build something with WordPress or an MVC Framework!

  • Tomasas

    I have tried both and I think wix is better, but now I made my personal page very easy, quickly and for free with site.pro
    I realy enjoyed creating my website and recomend to try it.

  • raybees

    If you know what your doing Wix cant even compare with wordpress. There are so many advantages to wordpress and by simply using visual composer there is no longer the simplicity excuse The wordpress drag and drop build interface (using visual composer) is far superior to wix. Show me a wix site and i can build it in wordpress and better – with more functionality, unlimited pages, high performance hosting, self contained shopping cart, unlimited undo/revisions, and virtually unlimited applications that can run on it. And guess what? I actually own it, i am not just renting a dated application owned by some one else. And for those of you who think wix is so great, show me a medium to large company that is actively using wix for an internet based business. I doubt you could count them on one hand. Then look at the statistics re wordpress. There are too many reasons to list why wix is way more inferior to wordpress. But if you know nothing about websites and need to build something to represent your business and it doesnt matter that your using a template then wix has its place. You will still put in lots of effort however if you want it to represent your business properly. A good website is more than just framework – thats only one important part of it. Everything is important when building websites. Graphics, the content, framework, ownership, maintenance, extensibility, hosting, seo and yes it can be hard to put a descent site together but the results can yield many times greater profit for the owner.

    • A. Moscovch

      I think you missed the point here, which is various people have different needs. WP is powerful and fully customizable but requires more technical knowledge that you probably have but I do not. For code dummies like myself WP would be difficult. As for you point about large established companies, of course non of them use Wix, they can afford hiring a technical resource to create (and maintain) a fully owned, customized and powerful WP site.

      • If you have no competition and your website is not that important then use the cheap option. And if you think that you can build a great site on wix then please do it – i would love to see it. There are MANY reasons why wp and other platforms are superior and it goes into levels that most people who use wix cannot understand because they have believed the hype rather than take the harder option and learn the difference. If you think your wix site is going to dominate the internet landscape – and you can build it in 5 minutes then you would be the first i have heard of – but many wix ads make you believe this is possible. But again some businesses – like perhaps yours – may not need to display well in all devices, load fast, have revision control, backups, the ability to be moved, advanced seo guides, practically unlimited functionality and intergration into multiple platforms….. how many things do you want me to list? Think why bigger companies use something other than wix. Quite often they are bigger because they are doing things right.

        • Mark T

          Hello Raybees!

          I’ve been doing a lot of research comparisons of Wix, Weebly, Ukit, etc. versus WordPress and I’ve come to the conclusion that I would rather spend a little more time learning WordPress than the simply “drag and drop” platforms like weebly, wix, and others. Where is a good place to start learning the ‘ins and outs” of wordpress so that someone like me can learn at their own pace and build their own site? Thanks

          • Are you experienced with any type of web development? If not then you should ask a host to install and set up the platform for you. If you use something like visual composer plugin with impreza theme you will be pleasantly surprised. Its not wix (much faster!) but once you get your head around it its quicker than wix to put a descent site together. Note that in reality most of the website work is not the framework – its how you want your info presented – keywords – getting your content right – your photos (use REAL photos where possible – not stock but make sure they are quality). So get some hosting – get the host to install the framework if you dont know how and login/play around. Use visual composer tutorials on youtube. Stick to just visualcomposer at the moment untill you understand what plugins do dont install any!!!. You should be able to create something 1/2 descent with trial and error. You can even load in demo content to get you started.

            If you look at how a typical wix site looks to search engines and compare that to wordpress – you will see very quickly why businesses want wordpress. Search engines dont give a tinkers cuss about how a website looks. Its how the site can be crawled and indexed – its responsiveness – over 200 things actually. But there is a caveat here. Web development on any platform is not easy regardless of all the crap hype. To do it right takes proficiency in a multitude of areas – content writing, graphic design, UX – look and feel. This applies to any platform – even Wix. With wix however many people take a premade design and change some words – thats it. You might even use their images. Thats not really building a site and it never looks right. You might as well just buy a wp site of ebay or something – or buy a wp theme with 300+layouts and pick one. Search engines will penalize for duplicate words – using cheesy images and generic descriptions for your services (ie from a template) NEVER looks right. You might think it does at the time but it NEVER does. Its always best to truly represent what you do and structure your site accordingly.

            By using wordpress you are using what many pros use. So there is much more to learn. But its not wasted knowledge (ie you cant use wix procedures on wordpress – but wordpress applies to many non-wizard websites – html is everywhere.

          • Mark T

            Thanks for your response Raybees!

            Since I don’t know jack about web development, much less coding, I’ll be honest and say I’ll need help, but I don’t want to resort to those Wix, Weebly, and other “drag and drop” packages. I realize its going to take some time to get the site I want but I really think it would be worth it.

            I’m currently researching hosting services and trying to decide on which one to utilize but once I got that decision made, I want to focus on designing my site to look as professional as possible with as little “widgets” as possible.

            I’ll keep a copy of your response for future reference so that I can look back on it as I go along. Appreciate your help!

    • Geeta Srivastava

      do you make websites?
      i need some help move my wix to wordpress

    • jeffrey

      hey raybees is not a war between wordpress and wix. its just a comparison to help people judge for themselves which option better satisfy their needs. there’s no overall winner here as different people have various reasons for having an online presence. there are some that wix will be just perfect and others that will find wordpress as the holy grill. thanks for ur knowledge tho. efforts much appreciated

      • Rob Seven

        no, its not a war, but if you read this article carefully, it reads like a wix ad, and maybe you are mr. wix…

  • Karinakar

    I personally really enjoy Site.pro http://site.pro/. Like the way it is organized and had no problems using it, ever. So, I strongly encourage you to check it out

  • Meg

    Hi, I am looking to create a blog. I have absolutely 0 knowledge of web design. I already have a site with wix, however I don’t know if WordPress is the better choice. Any suggestions??

    • Hi, Meg,

      while WordPress is more powerful system, website creation with it requires some design and coding skills. However, if you’re already have a Wix-powered website, you can create your blog with that platform and at the same time you may start learning web-design and coding basics and then try to create your blog with WordPress if Wix won’t satisfy you. And the blog success depends on the blogger, the platform where it created is secondary.

  • William3780

    Cool review 🙂

    Disclaimer: I am a WordPress developer!

    In my opinion:

    The advantages of using WIX are:

    – It’s easier to use, less of a learning curve.
    – The support is better and there is no maintenance.

    The advantages of using WordPress are:

    – Better Designs
    – Better Functionality
    – Better SEO performance
    – You own your website and can host anywhere

    I wrote extensive article on the topic, perhaps you would like to get different perspective:
    http://www.fromwixtowordpress.com/wix-or-wordpress-solution-right/

  • Howard Milstein

    Hi
    Will wix search engine optimization be ideal or do I need yoast for ideal Google optimization? Also, can I put up print(banner?) ads for a company that may want to advertise with me?
    Thanks

    • Hi, Howard,
      Thanks for your question, it may be useful for many other users.

      1) As Google’s experts say, the main thing that makes your site Google-friendly is the presence of helpful content. So even if you will optimize your website with all
      ‘standards’ (and it doesn’t matter whether it would be with Yoast, other WordPress SEO-plugin or Wix-based SEO tools) but you content and UI/UX are poor, the user once clicked at your site in SERP will never come back and the time he’ll spend at your page will also be too short. So, the main idea is to work upon your content and site interface. If you haven’t perfect coding skills, then Wix is more favorable to you – it allows to create good-looking site interface in a short time.
      2) Yes, you can add your ad banner within your Wix website.

      Thanks.

  • Alison Hardy

    I prefer WordPress. It is more convenient and good looking. I can recommend you to read the blog from http://www.templatemonster.com/help/how-to-create-a-tap-to-sms-link.html There are tons of nice tips which can help you in building websites

  • Cindy Barberes

    What about integrating an e-mail provider? I use Wix and they only have Shout Out? That’s not the same as a real e-mail vendor that collects e-mails, sends out material automatically, allows you to have segmented lists? Isn’t that critical for most small to medium sized business owners?

    • Rozalynne Ellerbee

      Hello,

      If you go to Wix and Manage your website page you can purchase an email like anna@smiths.com from gmail. It is $5.00 a month per email address. It comes with an interface. You can add a team, use it for Shot Out, receive your email subscriptions, build a list for newsletters and handle everything that gmail already provides.

      Roz~

      • Cindy Barberes

        Interesting. I have a gmail like that now. I don’t want to use Shout Out. I just want the subscriptions that are collected to be directed to an e-mail vendor. Then they can send out the material I have stored there, thank you’s, etc. Does gmail do all that? House and handle autoresponders for different segments of an e-mail list?

        • Josh

          I’m on this website because of this very problem! I’m looking to use an email vendor and after some research I landed on Convertkit as the best option. It seems like they do everything, and it’s quite intuitive to use. However, when I tried to put a popup on my Wix site, it wouldn’t show. I contacted support from both companies, and it looks like it’s due to how Wix is set up, and I was more-or-less told the problem wasn’t reparable. However, after reading a few articles, it seems like switching from Wix to WordPress to solve this one small issue would be an absolute disaster. So I may just create a landing page or have a bar on the side (as those functions seemed to work fine in Convertkit). Anyway, long-winded, but maybe this will help you decide.

          • CaioBella

            I integrate mailerlite with Wix. Works like a charm!

  • Tirth

    Greate article!
    You must also look at this infographic difference between Wix vs WordPress!

    https://store.multidots.com/go/Wix-vs-Wordpress-other

  • LegendaryNinja _A

    Since when did wordpress need coding?

  • Chris Niemeijer

    I’m absolutely new to building websites and have no tech skills and no really clue how to read test in WebPagetestOrg. What I only can understand from WebPagetestOrg is that my site is loading much faster when testing from the US than when testing from Europe. Could it be that because Wix sites are hosted in the US they are slower loading in Europe? Can somebody in general say something about the loading speed of Wix versus WordPress. I have read a lot on the internet but no real speed test between the two platforms?

    • Nancy Jin

      I met the same problem. I am living in Budapest, and the loading speed of Wix sucks. I hope someone can tell me why.

    • Chris Wix use shared hosting. When times are peak their sites will load slow – slower than most sites. Wix is incredibly slow compared to a site run on dedicated hosting. Put it this way… If i cant make a website site load in under one second in the country of origin – then its not good enough. In other countries – if i want to reduce the load time i will use a cdn and typically around 2 seconds. Without a cdn around 3seconds. You can make wordpress load as FAST as you want. It will cost more depending on your host – but it will load lighting fast

  • Demos Antoniou

    I am using WIX to build my clients websites with great results. I prefer using my time to build a beautiful and attractive site than spend even a minute in coding… “What you see is what you get” is very important if you have several sites to design and working with WIX is like I am having another 2 persons working in my office helping out…. check out these site we have built for our clients and let me know what you think… http://www.auditchart.com, http://www.dna-consultants.com, http://www.mrlocksmithcy.com

    • Hi, Demos,
      Thanks for sharing your Wix experience!

  • anthony watkins

    i need some help doing something i do every month when i update my poetry magazine. it is always a bit non intuitive, and i really should write it down, but when i do it, it is so simple i think i will know the next time. my editors and i compose on a free wix site, and then i duplicate the site, rename it and connect it to my premium site. only i cant remember how and the wix instructions keep ignoring that i already have a premium wix site any help? i am supposed to go live in an hour and i am completely unable.

  • jsherry

    Considering the calls to action and the fact that the Wix VIP price is 3x what you state here ($79/mo vs. $24.50??) this review seems rather dubious. Can you explain this? Have you received compensation for this review?

  • Yash Shukla

    people… they forgot to mention that with wix you can not export your website… which is not the case with wordpress

    • Terra Viva

      What does that mean exactly and how is it applicable?

      • Yash Shukla

        1) You can not save your website offline.

        2) Even on the Design Front you have a lot of limitations on wix which you wouldn’t have if you were on wordpress with a great builder plugin among thousands, Elementor for one, which is way better than wix and even light weight.

        3) with wordpress Your Yoast SEO plugin is way better than wix SEO.

        4) You can not move your site off the wix server which means you are limited with wix server demographic locations.

        so far i have created 5 websites for my clients on wix and one on wordpress…

        you can not do serious and large complex organisational projects on wix. you just can not in any corcumstances.

        i promise i wont lie, thank god i switched to wordpress.

        tried a one hour course on Udemy.com and ima pro now.

        • Terra Viva

          You can not move your site off the wix server which means you are limited with wix server demographic locations.

          Do you mean I am stuck with Wix once I publish on them? Is that not true for Word Press and others? What do you mean by demographic locations?

          You can not save your website offline.

          Does that mean I cannot create a backup?

          I am totally new to this and just to read your post need to do at least 5 google searches to undersatnd what you are talking about

          • Yash Shukla

            Thats absolutely correct, Once you publish your website on wix you can only move your website from One wix account/Server(lets say in us) to another wix account/server( server in uk), now the problem with that is in future you might want to move your website to a new server(in asia) which is very close to ur target audience(lets say India, & this you might want to do for fast website access and good SEO score for google in india) but you can only do it if wix have their server set up in your target country(india) not otherwise.Which is not the case with wordpress, almost all the hosting providers provide you wordpress(90% or maybe even more wordwide presence) environment but wix provides its own kind of environment which can not be created with that ease and can not be launched anywhere else except on wix server environment itself which does not has that kind of wordwide presence and ooportunities like wordpress do. With wordpress you have the choices like which Hosting provider you think suits your needs as well as pocket and even the customization opportunities are beyond imagination with wordpress.wix still have a lot of limitations.

            you can have the backup with wix but with that being said you can’t have it offline.which is not the case with wordpress you, wordpress gives you authority to create website offline(even the drag & drop plugins for content once installed will work offline for wordpress)

          • Terra Viva

            Sorry for being extrmely slow. When I prepare the website I am naturally offline, right? Then I upload it or publish it , right? So where is the version I can edit and change if it does not exist off-line as well?

          • Yash Shukla

            If i’m understanding you correctly you are asking me to present you an offline version of Content Management System( i.e. wix & wordpress). Sure !!
            i will give you shortcut summary. Rest You Can Google or Contact me on facebook(cyberkyd.link)

            Summary :-

            In order to build a website in an offline environment you need to have a virtual server software running prefferrably updated version of Apache, Php, MySql. an open source software called Xampp will do the job for all of three, Secondly you need to download wordpress from its website.Let me know as if you need further assistance.

          • Giorgi Bigvava

            Hello mate.
            There are a lot of people with your name in facebook.com, Can you add me ?
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          • Hi, Terra Viva,

            Wix and WP are great platforms for website creation but they are differ in their main mission.

            Wix allows you create a website with a professional web-design in a short time. If you need a business website, portfolio, small or mid-sized e-store, you can develop it with Wix within a week, maybe even quicker.

            While if you choose WordPress, it will take your time on learning the system itself, dealing with numerous plugins, you’ll have to install, checking the source website code (many free WordPress themes contain hidden links to their developers etc). The time you’ll have to spend – at least one month. In fact – 2-6 months.

            P.S.
            – Wix has a cloud hosted servers and they aren’t geographically positioned as it was five years ago. This means that your website will be available at any time and from any location with the same high speed. That couldn’t be the same with hosting providers, who can offer servers in some geo locations, not more.
            – Concerning to the offline editing – this looks like a stone age today. The procedure of creating a website offline and then uploading it on hosting is unnecessary for the most part of users (even for those who use WordPress).
            – As to the SEO – today the system your site’s built doesn’t play any real matter. It all depends on the website quality and its usefulness for the visitor.

            And finally: Wix and WordPress are just instruments, they both allows creating a beautiful website, but the final result only depends on you.
            Regards,
            Howard

          • Terra Viva

            Thanks for your elaborate answer. By this time I had a friend help me install WordPress and put it “under construction'” so the question of working off-line, I hope, is answered. I still need to do major editing, so the only thing to do is work off the public eye.
            He’s busy now though and sent me on my own to search for a theme, which I find exceedingly difficult. I want to put on my site three sections: one is a travel story with many chapters (about 15) and sub chapters (3-4 each) and an option to add more travel stories in the future, a section for poetry which will be divided by head topics and perhaps an opinion blog on current events and general topics. Do you have any recommendations? I am totally lost in the maze of options as Richard Quest puts it…

      • Cedric Tan

        This conversation is exactly why saas products like Wix are created.

        • Terra Viva

          Cedric, I am on WordPress now, it’s a done deal. I really need help with choosing a good theme that will be easy enough to manage, and will allow for an opinon blog with ongoing posts, a poetry section , and most importantly for my journey journal with a lot of chapters, text and pictures (ewven videos perhaps). I am “lost in the maze of choices”.
          Thank you.

  • Jay

    Well, for what it’s worth …. Please don’t get mad at me. I am a retired computer scientist and software executive. While I haven’t been hands on in around 20 years, before that, I designed, developed, and managed the development of very large and complex systems (flight software for NASA, Real-time telemetry processing systems, large 3-dimensional atmospheric models, the Air Force standard Command and Control System for Tactical and Reconnaissance fighter wings, the code generator for the first Ada Compiler, War Gaming Systems, and two stand-alone operating systems in machine code, plus many others). I know this sounds like bragging and I’m sorry, but I’m old and, WTF it’s relevant. My point is, the stuff I’m doing now, almost as a hobby, like creating websites for small businesses (WIX) and making promotional videos (I like PowToons) and Multimedia Videos (iMovie) is fun, and frankly, a piece of cake. I like WIX. I started designing and developing a 7 page site for a friend who owns a bar/restaurant that also has live music on a Friday Afternoon having never laid eyes on WIX or any such website design and development platform, and I was DONE and LIVE by Monday morning! I mean, it has a full menu with photos, online ordering, reservation interface, full schedule of events, and even a blog. This morning, I decided to start getting smart on WordPress just for the hell of it, and because I might choose to use it sometime, and quit the moment I started seeing HTML code in the tutorial video. Okay, so WIX doesn’t have a scrollable box right now but will eventually have one, big deal. I can work around that and I don’t have a problem with using Lightboxes to display video. Of course there needs to be people who write HTML, just as there still needs to be people who write assembly code, but for MOST people, who wants to deal with a lower level of abstraction? It’s 2017! I ran professional services, at one point in my career, for the market leader in CASE Software, where we designed large, scalable, enterprise-wide systems using diagrams … no traditional coding necessary. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone (“The HTML is strong with him!”). Don’t get me wrong. I admire the skills and knowledge involved, and respect those who’ve taken the time to learn the programming constructs and protocols. I just have no desire to work at that level, and neither do most people. I wanna design a button, place it on the screen, set its characteristics, admire it, and move on. I don’t wanna actually program a friggin’ button on a webpage any more than I want to edit 24 individual images in order to create a single second of video (though I understand that SOME people do that in order to get the best effects, and again, appreciate their skills).

  • Luis Forgiarini

    Hi, you have done a fairly complete analysis. In which I see that you lean more for Wix. From there my query: If you think Wix better because you have mounted your blog in WordPress.org ??.

    • Hi, Luis,
      You are not the first one asking me about that. But the answer is on the top – SuperbWebsiteBuilders built with WordPress as I have a tech experience and can deal with WordPress as easily as with any other website builder. But the most part of non-techie users should spend a lot of time learning all the nuances of WordPress, while they need a website to be created immediately. I review website building platforms exactly from that point of view – i.e. for those people who are newbies in website development and want to make their own website without any headache.
      Regards,
      Howard.

  • Renee Lucero Ramirez

    Most of the reason I’m looking into this Is because my blog is in spanish and wordpress seems to be mostly for people who speak english, Wix seems to be more versatile tho, in that sense.

  • TNS

    WordPress wins when it comes to site stability on all platforms and devices, as well as for its translation-ready plugin.

    • With other things being equal, Wix is more stable as it has cloud hosting which guarantees 100% website uptime, while WordPress-powered website is closely-connected with the hosting provider you choose.
      Wix as well also has a multilingual app and it allows to create a multilingual website much quicker.

  • Johan Piquet

    Hi everyone,

    I think a lot of people are missing the point of this article. You can’t say Wix is better than WordPress, everything depends of what you need and want to do with your websites.

    There are many different tools to build websites nowadays, I am very aware because I am a full time web designer.

    The following example illustrates this issue very well.
    Let say you want to cook a Bolognaise sauce, and you need to choose between using fresh tomatoes (html, css, javascript, jquery, php… ), canned tomatoes (WordPress) or already made sauce (Wix).
    If you are a Michelin chef and looking for the best product quality you will choose the fresh Tomatoes.
    If you are a good home cook, with decent cooking skills you will probably choose the can tomatoes.
    if you can not cook at all you will take the already made sauce.

    What Howad tries try to explain is that Wix is a quicker, easier, and reliable solution for many users that are looking for a VERY SIMPLE website (nice looking but with few functionalities). If you just want a simple site with a few pages, a photo gallery and a contact form, go ahead wix is for you.

    WordPress is a more expandable tool, with more functionalities, that can grow as much as you business need. You can do WAY WAY MORE with WordPress. But please keep in mind that WordPress has its own limitation too, it is why neither WordPress nor wix is used by the top world companies (Michelin Chef).

    • Hi, Johan and thanks for so deep comment, your comparison with cooking is awesome!
      All you’ve written is a true except the simplicity of websites created with website builders.
      Modern and popular website builders (Wix, uKit, Weebly – no matter) allow to create a website almost of any complexity. And, as you’ve mentioned – you shouldn’t waste your time to cook the sauce when there’s a ready-made one by the chef’s recipe.
      As the most part of Internet users aren’t top world companies, and their goals are less then world expansion, the use of website builders is the best way to present themselves over the Web.
      Regards,
      Howard Steele

  • I am totally agrees with Daniel. Same thing .. I use Wix for single entrepreneurs and use WordPress for small business companies.

  • Stewart L

    I set up a 2.0 version of a website for our local business in about a day. Made the first one through a very painful process on Dreamweaver. Wix was the opposite, very painless and had all the features we needed and MORE. Got a 50% discount for their reservation management feature for the first year AND I managed to jump on it again for the 2nd year when I forgot to renew my Wix subscription for a day and they offered me 50% discount to come back (hehehe). Been using for 2 years now, haven’t had any problem ranking at the top of Google for searches and did zero SEO optimization. Just copied and pasted all the info from the first website, dragged and dropped everything, and now we have a mobile version of our site because Wix automatically does that for you. Thank goodness because 9/10 people find us through tablets or phones so that is very convenient. I looked into wordpress/drupal/etc before but I didn’t need to relive the nightmares of figuring out the first version of the website. Now I’m using Wix to test the market for some other small business ideas. After you have all the pictures and writing prepared, you can have a slick Wix site up and running in an hour after you get everything the way you want it to look. If the business idea has good traction I’ll keep it, if it doesn’t go anywhere after 3-6 months I’ll just swap out the URL and design on the subscription and test another idea. Once I actually need something to be more under my control, then I’ll jump to a CMS like drupal, wordpress, or whatever.

    • Hi, Stewart,
      Thanks for so detailed comment! Your Wix experience will be in use for those entrepreneurs who are still in doubts of choosing Wix or WP. Speaking about Wix features, I’d also like to add that it has a pretty good visual photo editor, where you can customize your photos or other images not only by widthheight but apply to them lots of interesting filters that make your pictures and entire website completely unique.

  • Muhd Radzi

    Hello. I’m trying to create my own site and I do not know what the best platform I should use. I hope you can help!

    • If you want to start online store go with Wix and If you are looking for serious blogging then go with WordPress with hosting company purchased form Bluehost ot hostgator etc

  • AllensCrazy

    It seems a little dishonest to not mention whether you are a paid Wix affiliate…

  • Jason

    Hmm, my previous comment pointing out the wild inaccuracies in your post is still languishing in your comment inbox. How about this? How can this be an objective review when the link your reader clicks on has the words paid_referral in there. Does this mean that you receive money from Wix as a referral fee?

  • JK

    There’s one area that I recently discovered in which WordPress beats Wix – control over load time of page (particularly mobile). If you run a speed test tool on your website you will get recommendations for optimising certain behind the scenes elements – you can’t get access to these in Wix but seem to be able to in WordPress. Correct me if I’m wrong. Otherwise I haven’t found any issues with Wix

  • David Kershaw

    I am re-designing my companies website. We only need it to build awareness and do not sell anything from it or require fancy tools. We currently have WordPress but the original designer was paid a long time ago and needed a redesign and although I have a very tiny bit of HTML experience, I have not got enough experience or skill to create the redesign for the website that was designed. The company is also a small charity and funds are very limited, I have since made a draft website on Wix but no premiums have been spent and has not been published. Currently all board members and the CEO have positive reviews of the Wix draft I have created and it is easy to use for colleagues that have no web development experience to use and make changes. I attempted using the current WordPress but was pulling my hair out as the design I wanted to create was not applicable to any themes and there is no or if there is they are expensive, WYSIWYG themes. I was hoping to get some clarity on whether it is a good decision to use Wix as previous experience has found Wix so much more easier to use, and other staff members may need to use it, and that we are just using it to raise awareness of our company and directing it to another company website so that the user can ask for our service.

    • Hi, David,
      If your boad members and CEO are of good thought about your draft made with Wix than why not to try to make it live. Definitely, Wix website will look more attractive if you don’t cope with coding, that is a must for the best WP usage.
      All te best,
      Howard.

  • Brenna Hamilton

    With WordPress you need a lot of knowledge of HTML? So untrue! I made a website, and changed the entire look of it 3 times between the ages of 13 and 14. I didn’t take a coding class until I was 15 so I can testify that you do not need html coding knowledge in the slightest to make a website easily.