WordPress vs Wix. Which one is right for you?
Both Wix and WordPress are both good website builders. However the differences between Wix and WordPress are significant. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of each.
1) WordPress vs Wix – Flexibility
WordPress is open source software. This means their code is open to everybody to use and modify. This is one of the main reasons why WordPress is so popular and powers approximately 23% of all websites on the internet as of 2015. The community and support available to Wordress users online is huge.
With Wix you have less flexibility as you are restricted by the Wix system. If you use Wix as your website builder, you have to use Wix as your web host. This means your website won’t be hosted in Australia.
The web builder software used by Wix is only used by Wix. If anything happens to Wix, or for whatever reason you need to leave Wix, your website can’t be loaded onto another host. It won’t work.
Both systems use templates/themes, however with Wix once you’ve selected your template you can’t change to a different template. This is major! With WordPress you can change themes at any time, without affecting your content.
With Wix you cannot access the HTML or CSS.
WordPress is very flexible and can grow with your business. Wix isn’t flexible at all.
2) WordPress vs Wix – Ease of Use
WordPress can be a little tricky at first for novices. However, due to the amount of quality free support and tutorials on offer, the learning curve is quick and easy.
Wix is slightly easier to get started. Unfortunately this is also the reason why so many Wix sites look like Wix sites. ie unprofessional, amateurish, ugly.
Having said that, badly designed WordPress sites can also look below average.
3) WordPress vs Wix – SEO
WordPress is search engine friendly and Google loves it.
Wix is not as SEO friendly. It has less options for configuring SEO.
For this reason alone, we don’t recommend that Wix be used for a small business website.
4) WordPress vs Wix – Cost
Wix may initially appear cheap. Whether Wix will be cheaper for you than WordPress depends on many factors. Once you consider the costs of a Wix plan to support your own domain name, removal of ads and possibly monthly recurring fees for “premium” modules, Wix can start adding up and cost more.
The cheapest option is a combination of WordPress and a reliable, cheap Australian web host.
In conclusion, both Wix and WordPress are great web builders. Wix can be suitable for quick and simple projects with a short life. For all other cases, WordPress is the correct choice.