Pros and Cons of WordPress & Wix
Pros and Cons of WordPress & Wix
Real Avenue Design uses the CMS platform WordPress (WordPress.org, not WordPress.com) for all website designs. I had used Wix early in my career but I realized how limiting that platform was for designing and capability. Plus it costs way more to use them. WordPress and Wix are very different from each other but share the common purpose of making it easy for anyone to create a website without the need for writing code
If you are unfamiliar with the platforms, this little write-up should help you form a clearer picture of the differences between the two options. They both have their pros and cons, so it all comes down to your personal preference and budget.
In a short, general description, Wix is best for beginners that want to drag and drop their whole design without using any real web design principles or concepts, while WordPress will be more technical for a beginner. WordPress is ideal for creating complex sites but has a steep learning curve at first. On the other hand, Wix is much easier to use but doesn’t have the same level of flexibility and scalability that WordPress offers.

Wix

Pros:

  1. Simpler to maintain in the long run.
  2. No updates to apply.
  3. Can get a new site up faster from scratch.
  4. Your hosting fee is included in the price.
  5. Easy to update content.
  6. Easier to build sites and change out design features but has limited design options compared to WordPress.

Cons:

  1. One site per pricing package. If you plan on having more than one site, it’ll be way more expensive than WordPress.
  2. You cannot change the template/theme after the site goes live. You can only edit what you have. So no major changes once it’s live.
  3. You pay for what you get. The cheapest plan sounds like it will work but once you add features such as shopping or a blog or email or signup forms or mailing lists, you will have to upgrade to the higher-priced packages to get these extras.
  4. Some of the “included” options such as the use of a Captcha field are limited for you to use only a few times before they ask you to pay more.
  5. They give you a free domain name when signing up but they don’t mention how much the renewal fee is. Plus you are stuck with them having your domain name. Transferring the name away from them costs money if you decide to switch platforms.
  6. With Wix, you can only accept payments using PayPal or Authorize.net. This requires a higher-priced business package.
  7. Sometimes the design layout of the site will shift without you knowing it. You have to keep an eye on your design so it doesn’t look off for long periods of time.
  8. Wix sites do not look good on phones and tablets. They are not responsive and you have to design within their screen width parameters. The desktop and tablet versions of the site are based on the same design, even though their screen sizes are completely different (portrait vs landscape) and the mobile design gets translated to the mobile-sized modules. You cannot add new modules to your design for mobile, you can only remove modules.

 

WordPress

 

Pros:

  1. WordPress is free to use. The site owner only needs to pay for a hosting plan.
  2. Can use more than one site on the same hosting plan. No need to pay a subscription for only one site at a time, such as Wix.
  3. Allows for more design options, and more creativity on features. WordPress offers far more plugins and themes than Wix offers in its app store.
  4. More flexibility for features. You can find plugins for just about anything. Some are free and some are premium.
  5. I offer a premium front-end builder for one year for free. This plugin makes updating the site as easy as Wix but with more features. ($90 a year)
  6. A lot of options are free to add and set up but they will require a developer like myself to charge more for setting it up at first. (Shopping buttons, blog, appointments, calendars, subscribe lists, mailing lists, etc)

Cons:

  1. Need to buy hosting separately. Good hosting usually costs $130 and up per year. There are cheap hosting deals everywhere but do not fall for them. They are known as bargain basement hosting companies for a reason. You don’t want to be stuck with a cheap host because your site will be very slow and your site will be on the same shared server as thousands of other sites, sharing the same resources. Most hosting companies raise their price after the first term is up (by a lot), so it’s best to buy more than one year upfront. Still cheaper than Wix, just more setup.
  2. Requires more upkeep for maintenance to keep up with such as security updates for plugins, themes, etc. It is best practice to do this after backing up your whole site and then verifying to see if everything looks normal after the updates.
  3. Not quite as easy as Wix for content updates but still not bad. The learning curve is a tad bit steeper but offers more flexibility. Using my Divi Theme will make updates as easy as Wix.
  4. The site takes longer to get up and running from scratch. The reason behind this is you’ll have to add plugins to suit your site’s needs and functionality. There are tens of thousands to choose from so having knowledge of what to install comes with experience or a lot of Google searching.

 

Conclusion

There is no right or wrong answer. It totally depends on your budget, technical knowledge, spare time to learn, and content needs. For a few people, I might recommend Wix but in almost every other case I would go with WordPress.

If you are wanting to build a WordPress website, contact me to see if we are a good fit. I’d be happy to chat with you.

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