A website must be easy to develop, easy to secure, easy to scale, and at the same time it should provide interactive and convenient user experience. Be it an online sales platform, social networking website or just a static restaurant menu page, choosing a good developing platform is the most important and basic step in the success of the website. Two most famous website platforms are WordPress and Wix. Both platforms have interactive environment for the developers and both are famous website building tools. So, it becomes difficult to choose any one between the two of them for your desired website. Since both of them have their own pros and cons. In this article, we are going to discuss Which one is better: WordPress vs Wix so you can compare them and choose a suitable platform according to your website requirements.
1) Ease of Use
WIX: Wix has a visual, intuitive and user-friendly interface. Wix does not demand you a high command on a coding neither requires a prior website building experience. It is designed to be used by a common user.
The visual interface is quite simple. 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, it’s all possible in just few clicks.
WordPress: On the other hand, WordPress interface is simple but not as simple as that of Wix. 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.
With WordPress, at least a basic knowledge of HTML/CSS is required. Another advantage of over WordPress is that it is updated automatically and comes with included hosting, WordPress users must find a web host themselves and update their software manually.
WordPress: WordPress is an open source platform, this means that their codes are open to everybody to use and modify. Any programmers / coders can use WordPress to create their own themes or plugins for others to download for free, or to be purchased for a fee. This is the reason that there are overwhelming number of plugins and widgets available to do a simple task and it becomes sometimes an headache to choose a good and suitable tool to fulfill your requirement.
Wix: Wix is not an open source platform so their codes are not available for people to modify. Wix’s tools being fully integrated into their website builder, and will have a much lower chance of being “buggy”.
If you were to experience technical issues with Wix’s tools, they will fix it whereas with WordPress. A lot of plugin developers may or may not help you.
3) 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.
WordPress: You’ll have no trouble finding WordPress experts, even you have more WordPress advisors than Wix. There’s a huge community of webmasters specializing in WordPress too. But there’s no official support staff.
The amount of money to invest in your website is an important consideration, and this can vary widely depending if you use Wix or WordPress.
Wix offers a free plan and 5 paid plans as you wish to expand your website. Here is the overview of Wix plans:
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With WordPress, you will need to get your own hosting service which will be about $7 per month ($84 per year). Further, you will likely need to purchase a theme since WordPress doesn’t come with attractive free themes. A pre-made WordPress theme costs around $30 – $80 per theme, depending on how reputable the theme developer is (general rule of thumb is, the higher the price, the more reliable it is).
If you want to add more functionality to your WordPress site (such as fancy slideshows, widgets, etc), you can install some free or paid plugins which may cost around $15 – $50 per plugin, again depending on the reputation of the developer.
You’ll also need to purchase your own custom domain name when you are using WordPress, which will cost about $10 – $12 per year.
So the initial investment for a WordPress website could range from $139 to $200 or higher, depending on how many paid plugins you pick up or if at all.
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.