Nowadays, Self Hosted WordPress.org is the most popular website builder but is not the only option. Wix is another popular platform that allows you to easily create a website. Both Wix and WordPress allow you to create websites without learning to code. In this article, we will review and compare the pros and cons between Wix vs WordPress. Hopefully that you will be able to decide which platform meet all your needs.
|Cost||Wix offers a basic website builder for free. However, there are 3 major downsides to it.
1. It adds Wix branded advertisements on the top and bottom of your website.
2. You cannot use a custom domain name for your site, so your site address will be: username.wix.com/sitename
3. To remove ads and get additional add-ons (Google Analytics, Favicons, eCommerce, etc.), you’ll have to upgrade to one of the premium plans they offer. Apart from that, Each Wix premium plan has different storage and bandwidth limitations. You can pay monthly or choose a yearly plan.
|The WordPress software is available for free for anyone to use.
1. There are flexible plans available from a variety of web hosting companies. The cost depends on how much resources you use, and you are free to use your WordPress site in any way you want. You can start with a basic plan with a WordPress hosting provider like Bluehost that will cost you $2.75 per month and includes a free custom domain name.
2. There are thousands of free WordPress themes and plugins available that you can use to reduce costs.
3. You can add any feature to your WordPress site using a plugin without upgrading your hosting plan.
|Ease of Use||Wix is powerful and easy to use tools to build your own website. It offers a simple drag and drop interface where you can select any element on your site and rearrange things on your pages, write content, and add media without dealing with any line of code.
Users don’t need to spend much time to learn the platform or install any plugins before they can start building their website.
|WordPress comes with a visual editor to write your content and theme customizer which allows you to edit your theme properties in a WYSIWYG environment. However, by default WordPress does not come with a built-in drag and drop page builder.
Users need to understand WordPress basics and may need to install plugins to build their site.
|Deisgn and Layout||Wix comes with more than 500+ pre-made templates that are fully responsive and written in HTML5. Using the built-in tools, you can further customize your site design, change the layout, and rearrange items as you see fit.
Available templates are divided into categories like business, eCommerce, hobbies, arts & crafts, personal, etc., to choose from.
However once you have selected a template, you can only modify it and customize it as much as you want using only the built-in tools, but you cannot switch to another template.
|There are thousands of free and paid themes available for WordPress. Most themes come with built-in customization options of their own. You are also free to further customize them using your own child themes and plugins. Furthermore, you can hire a developer or learn to create a completely custom theme for your company.|
Plugins and Apps
(third-party extensions that you can use with your platform to add more features)
|Wix comes with nearly 200+ apps that you can add to your site. These apps offer a wide range of features like adding contact forms, gallery, comments, email list and so on.
Most apps are free or have a lite version. Other apps require monthly payments and vary in prices. Even though there is a limited collection of apps, they cover most commonly requested features by site owners.
|At the time of writing this article, there are more than 55,000+ free plugins available in the WordPress.org plugin directory alone. Not to mention, premium plugins available on other marketplaces.
You can do just about anything you like with WordPress. There are plenty of plugins both free and paid which you can utilize on your site immediately.
Well, hopefully this article is helpful enough to helps you know how to compare the pros and cons between Wix vs WordPress and choose the right one for you. If you have any further questions for us, don’t hesitate to put it up in the comments.
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