When I think back to some of my proudest childhood accomplishments, it’s no surprise that riding a bike is one of the first images that comes to mind. I remember the frustration that came from figuring out how to balance and get back on the seat after falling again and again (and…again.) But mostly I remember the triumphant feeling and freedom of getting it right for the very first time. After that, there was no going back. Even though it took me a while to learn, I was thankful for the time my parents took to teach me proper learning techniques. This type of learning works for so many things in life. It can be frustrating to tackle something brand new, but after learning the proper techniques, we find that the patience was worth it. When I got to college, I experienced this firsthand when building a website, and I know I’m not the only one. There are so many tools to help people build the best websites, but which one makes it easy and painless? In this article, we’ll help you decide.
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We already wrote a post explaining why WordPress is better than Squarespace, so this article might sound familiar. But that fact of the matter is that there are many website builders and website-building tools (fun fact: they’re different!) for users to choose from, and we want you to find the one that works best for you. For every website goal, there is (probably) a website tool. But it can be hard to find the options that can get you closer to your goals. We hope that this Wix vs WordPress discussion helps you do that.
WordPress vs Wix for Beginners
Many users would say that Wix is the best option for beginners, because as an actual website builder, it offers presets, “drag and drop” features and more than 500 design templates you can choose from. Wix entices non-developers especially, because its visual editor helps them build functional, effective websites without needing to learn code. But even though Wix seems like the first choice for website-building beginners, WordPress actually has a lot going for it, too.
WordPress has great features for beginners, too. It’s true that WordPress doesn’t use the same visual editor that Wix does, which means users have to switch between editing mode and preview mode to see how their changes and edits actually look on their website. But this is because WordPress isn’t an actual “website builder.” It’s a website building tool that requires a little more coding knowledge to make the most of its many valuable features. Coding knowledge isn’t required to build an awesome site with WordPress (Don’t worry. You can still get the job done without it!), but the sooner you start navigating code and getting a feel for WordPress’ unique and customizable features, the sooner you can discover all the ways it can serve you and help you reach your goals. As you develop your personal professional goals, you also increase your ideas, needs and desires for your website. If you want to dream big, WordPress is the way to go.
Is Wix or WordPress Better for Design?
As I explained above, Wix’s “drag and drop” interface make it easy for you to see the changes you make to your site as you make them. With more than 500 templates to choose from, Wix can be a great way to get ideas for how you want your site to look. You can experiment with these options without having to get code, but there are a couple downsides to Wix’s easy design features. Once you choose a design template, you’re stuck with it. If you decide later on that the design template isn’t serving you and your goals in the best way, you won’t be able to change it. These templates also make it very difficult to make your site truly unique.
WordPress can help you make that happen. WordPress can require a bit more coding knowledge than Wix, especially if you’re looking for a completely unique site that doesn’t resemble any of your competitors’. But once you get the hang of it, you unleash endless possibilities. There are more than 55,000 plugins to choose from that will enhance your site in a way that’s completely unique. You can also install certain plugins that make styling your site even easier. No matter what you decide to do with your website, you can rest assured knowing that with WordPress, your themes, styles and brand will be completely unique to you or your business.
Wix vs WordPress for Blogging
Is WordPress or Wix better for blog purposes? That’s a question many beginning website builders ask themselves, and there’s plenty of information to help answer it. If you just want to write regular blog posts and get them to your audience quickly and efficiently, then you can definitely do that with Wix. You can choose a free template, drag and drop your images and content on the page, and click “publish.” It’s simple to implement a blog page on your website with Wix, but simple isn’t always better, especially if you think your personal and professional goals might change in the future.
WordPress is great for blogging because it actually started strictly as a blogging tool. This means that WordPress developers have had a lot of practice implementing and improving the features it offers for bloggers. One of the primary features bloggers look for when writing posts is the ability for their audience to leave comments. WordPress makes this easier than Wix because it allows “native” comments to be left on blog posts, while Wix just uses Facebook comments. With WordPress’ thousands of plugins available, bloggers have plenty of options to add and enhance their blog pages in whatever way they want. This means you can add features that Wix doesn’t allow, since Wix’s blogs are built from much more basic templates. Simply put, you just get more with WordPress.
Compare WordPress and Wix SEO
First, let’s talk about what SEO means. SEO stands for “search engine optimization,” which is the practice of “growing the quality and quantity of website traffic by increasing the visibility of a website or a web page to users of a web search engine.” When you optimize your website, you make it more likely that search engines will pick it up when users search for certain keywords and topics that are relevant to your message. SEO is important because it ensures that your site will be found by search engines and your audience without spending money on pay-per-click advertising. If you want your website to be ranked higher on your audience’s search pages, then you should implement SEO features on your website.
With WordPress’s plugins, SEO is a breeze. You can install plugins that allow you to check how your site is already performing in terms of SEO so you can determine what areas you might need to adjust or enhance. WordPress also allows more plugins to further enhance your site’s SEO. Since SEO also greatly relies on the HTML and coding features of a website, WordPress’ coding capabilities make it even easier to understand and enhance SEO from a coding perspective.
Wix has taken strides to offer more SEO features than they used to, which is good news for its users. If you’re maintaining a basic website that’s simple and functional, you can still set up SEO with Wix’s apps and editing features. But if you’re looking to base your marketing strategy off SEO techniques and hope to build on it in the future, WordPress is the tool you need.
Wix vs WordPress eCommerce
While both platforms allow users to implement eCommerce features on their websites, users lose freedom and functionality with Wix. If you’re trying to sell products, you want to be able to make the most of as many features as possible so you can serve your audience and customers in the best way possible. WordPress makes it much easier to do that since you can choose what plugin to use on your site that will help you increase revenue through product sales. Wix only offers eCommerce features with its paid plans, while WordPress gives users the choice to decide what eCommerce plugin works best for them and their business goals.
Understanding the Cost of Wix vs WordPress
For many people just starting out, this is one of the most important questions to answer. If you don’t know how much you have to give in terms of cost, it’s a good idea to understand the differences between the prices of so you know exactly what you’re getting with each platform.
Less won’t always get you more
If you don’t have the time, money or other resources to spend building a customizable site you can change later, then Wix might be a great place to start. If you don’t want to spend any money at all, then Wix offers a basic plan for free. But one downside to this option is that you don’t get to choose your own domain name. This means that your audience might have more trouble finding your website, since they’ll have to type something like yourname.wix.com/thenameofyourblog. If you want to pay for a domain name, Wix’s plans start at $13 per month for personal use. But if you want to engage in eCommerce or operate your site for business purposes, you’ll have to buy one of their business or eCommerce plans, which start at $23 for the basic plan. These prices don’t include apps and other extra features you might want to implement on your site
Decide how much to pay with WordPress
The great thing about WordPress is that its editor is absolutely free. However, WordPress doesn’t host your site for you, like Wix does. This means you’ll have to find a hosting company to do it for you, but lucky for you, it’s not as complicated or costly as it might sound. Good hosting companies make the hosting and migrating processes easy and affordable, but I’ll talk more about that later. With WordPress, you get to choose what plugins and extra features you want to implement on your site. Just like Wix, some of these extras might cost money, but unlike Wix, you get to choose exactly what you want to pay for with WordPress.
Where Should I Host My WordPress or Wix Website?
If you decide to build your website with Wix and choose a custom domain name, you’ll pay Wix to host your website for you. (Like I said above, you can also host it with Wix for free, but you’ll have to use a longer Wix subdomain.) However, with WordPress, you can choose from many hosting companies. Not all hosting companies put their customers first, which is why WP Super Host has decided to fly in and save the day.
With WP Super Host, you get 24/7 customer service, update and plugin monitoring, automated daily backups, site speed reports and so much more. Starting at $17.50 per month (paid annually), you can host one website that serves up to 30,000 users, but our premium plans get you even more. Plus, we offer easier than ever site migration, which allows you to switch from your old hosting provider with a few clicks. (And believe me, you’ll want to switch. 🙂 No matter what you want your website to do for you, WP Super Host is here to help you make it happen.
Like learning to ride a bike, learning to build a website can feel complicated and out of reach for a while. But with patience and the proper tools, it turns out to be a lot easier than we thought. No matter what you’re trying to do with your website, know that WordPress and WP Super Host are here to make your learning process as smooth and painless as possible. Let’s start saving the world today!