13 Key Things To Know Before You Use Wix.com | Wix Review 2017

Last updated on May 17, 2017
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Wix Review Highlights

Over 510 beautiful & professional templates for different industries – Wix has the best design collection amongst drag & drop website builders.

Innovative & up-to-date design features – Wix is always introducing advanced features that are code-free & easy to use – even for beginners.

Comprehensive support – email, phone, knowledgebase help center, forum support.

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If building a beautiful and interactive website is a priority for you (without having to know how to code), based on our Wix review, Wix is a good website builder candidate for you to consider.

If you have a look at some of the website examples that are created by Wix, they’re beautiful and professional.

It’s pleasantly surprising that these websites are created by non-professional web designers – which is why Wix is a builder that you may want to test.

Wix has designs and industry-specific tools that cover all niche markets you can imagine, such as for:

For example, they’ve built specific tools to help musicians and hotels / bed & breakfast grow their businesses, that is not offered by other website builders.

Wix is by far the most innovative website builder amongst its competitors. They have a history of adding new tools and designs on a regular basis.  What this means is that if they don’t have a specific feature right now, they will most likely add it if enough users request it. You can see their comprehensive list of tools / features additions here.

They’ve also introduced ADI – Artificial Design Intelligence – where you can almost have your entire website be built automatically by Wix’s own artificial intelligence (AI) program. Now, that’s pretty innovative and puts Wix on a completely different level versus its competitors. We have more details about ADI in a separate section below.

Their designs are also very up-to-date with the latest design trends. For example, you can build 1-pager parallax designs, insert background videos, create different background sections, all without touching any codes (just drag & drop).  You can see them in action here.

No other website builders even come close helping their users achieve this level of advanced design – and you don’t even need to know how to code.

Wix’s pro-activeness to innovate is a huge plus if you want a website builder that has a proven history of investing in continuous improvements.

This is an important consideration as you want a platform that can grow with you as your website needs grows (versus other website builders who tend to be more stagnant).

In our Wix review, we found that they offer you a lot of advanced functions and design flexibility that other web builders don’t offer. We’ve monitored (and used) Wix for many years and they are by far the most innovative website builder today – No questions about it.

Wix Review Summary Table – if you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

INTRODUCTION:
IS WIX A GOOD WEBSITE BUILDER? WHAT DO OTHERS THINK?

Before we get into more discussions below about how Wix can help you build your website (such as the pros & cons of using Wix, design tools, mobile display, how good is their support), let’s quickly get a sense of whether Wix is reputable or not.

A good way to quickly tell if a business (such as Wix) is good or not, is to see how many users they have and more importantly, how many paying customers they have.

As the saying goes, people vote with their wallets (meaning if others are willing to pay, and continue to pay over many years, this demonstrates that the service is good, reputable and legitimate).

Wix reported 103 million registered users with about 45,000 new users joining every day.  Amongst the users, Wix has over 2.67 million paying subscribers.

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Registered users grew 25% every year. Paying subscribers grew 38% every year.

The growth of Wix (for both free and paying users) has grown at a really fast pace over the years.  This is mainly due to Wix continually improving their website builder, making it easier for people (such as yourself) to build websites.

The graph shows that Wix users who started in early 2010 are still happily paying Wix to power their websites after 7 years (29 quarters, each quarter is 3 months).

Not only are Wix users growing at a very rapid pace (for good reasons), their paying subscribers are also staying with Wix to power their websites for over 7 years.  This demonstrates that Wix users are happy with the website builder and that they are happy to continually pay to use its website building services for many years.

Here are some stories of Wix users which shows you what they are able to do with this website builder.

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1.WIX REVIEW – TOP 3 PROS AND CONS

Pros About Wix
#1 Best collection of professional caliber design templates

Wix offers you over 510 professional templates that are all updated to match today’s design trends. Most of these templates are much more beautiful than what you get from other website builders.

If you’re not the creative type and need help in creating a beautiful design, Wix’s templates will help you get started. Also, their templates come pre-populated with example content, so you can just swap in your own content which makes the entire webpage creation process easier for you.

#2 The most innovative drag & drop website builder

As mentioned above, when it comes to staying on top of the website building industry, Wix is truly a leader in this respect. They are consistently introducing new and innovative features that are code-free and easy to use.

You can see their new features by month here, and you can also get an idea of what advanced design features they offer you here (including the ability for you to create 1-pager parallax designs, insert video backgrounds, creating multiple sections on your pages – all without touching any codes).

They even have an artificial intelligence system called “Wix ADI” (stands for Artificial Design Intelligence) that helps you build the first version of your website – automatically (more about this below).

Wix is really ahead of their competitors when it comes to innovation.

#3 Support and help available everywhere

One of the things that I really like about Wix is that they have help / support buttons everywhere, and they have phone support.  You can click on the main help button at the top of the page, or each element in the website has its own unique help button – this is very helpful as the support article directly addresses that specific component which I need help on, so I don’t have to search through their database.  This can save you a lot of time.

You also get access to phone support from 6am – 5pm PST, or you can schedule for a Wix specialist to call you back.  If you sign up to their VIP plan, you get access to their “VIP Team”.

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Cons About Wix
#1 Difficult to change templates

Although Wix has a lot of pre-made designer templates for you to choose from, one of the drawbacks is that once you’ve picked a template to use, you can’t switch to another template without re-inserting your content.  Once you change to another template, you will need to re-create your pages (or copy and paste your content into the new template). It’s a bit annoying, but not a “deal-killer”.

#2 Visible advertisements on the free platform

If you are using Wix’s free website builder, it includes advertisement logos on the side and at the bottom of the website after you publish. All free website builders have their own advertisement credits (understandable since they’re providing services for free) but Wix’s are really quite prominent.

To remove the advertisements, you will need to upgrade to at least their “Combo” premium package. But of course, you can still try Wix for free to see if you like it, before deciding to upgrade or not. [Note: If you want to use a free website builder with a very small advertisement, check out Weebly. We also compare Wix vs Weebly’s advertisement here]

#3 Not designed to manage complex e-commerce needs

If you want to build an online shop, Wix’s e-commerce tools are not advanced enough to help you fully manage your store.  But to be fair, they do have better e-commerce tools than most standard website builders, but the biggest piece that Wix is missing is the ability to automatically send confirmation emails out to your customers after they pay, configure taxes and shipping costs, and just general management of orders such as marking orders as shipped or paid.  These are manual labor intensive tasks which could be automated, but unfortunately, will still exist if you use Wix’s e-commerce functions.

[UPDATE: Wix has since introduced more advanced e-commerce tools (see our detailed discussion here).  These include allowing you to configure your own shipping & handling fees based on shipping destinations and the product price range.  You can even set shipping & handling fees based on which state you are shipping to, allowing you to have more granular control over this.  You can also set up tax rates based on your shipping destination (you can set up different tax rates for different countries and states).  Once you have shipped your products, you can also mark each order as “complete”, allowing you to track which orders are still open and needs to be fulfilled.]

Wix Review Summary Table – if you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

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3.IS WIX IDEAL FOR YOU?

“If you don’t know how to code, don’t have a lot of time or a big budget, Wix can help you build a professional looking website.”

Based on our Wix review, even if you are not technology savvy, don’t have a whole lot of time or a big budget to hire someone to build a website for you, Wix can be a great option for you.

They’re easy to use (drag & drop), affordable (no need to spend thousands – not even close) and you can literally get the first version of your website published in less than a day (no need to spend weeks or months). You can always keep improving afterward.

They key is that you no longer have to build a website the “old” way – hiring a designer / developer, pay hundreds or thousands of dollars of your hard earned money, and sit and wait for weeks or months.

With Wix, you can hit the ground running today, and have something published by the end of the day.

As mentioned above, Wix is by far the most innovative website builder today.  They’re continuously introducing advanced features, updated designs, to make website builder easy and fun for their users.

Wix’s pro-activeness in innovation and continuous improvements means that you won’t have to worry about their ability to keep up with you. If your website takes off and you need more sophisticated features or designs from them, they’re always keeping pace with the industry’s latest trends.

4.IS WIX EASY TO USE?

“Wix is a true drag & drop website builder as you can insert content pretty much anywhere on the website – without limitations.”

Wix is a pure WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) website builder, meaning whatever you insert into the website editor, will show up the same way once the website is published.

It took me about 20 minutes to get acquainted with how to use Wix – which is not a very long time commitment.  It can look slightly overwhelming at first because they give you a lot of different functions and tools, with all sorts of options available to configure. But once you get over that initial learning phase (which took me about 20 minutes), the rest is really quite intuitive.

So in terms of user friendliness, Wix has done a good job.

As I mentioned in the Wix review Pros and Cons overview above, one of the features that I really liked is that there are help buttons everywhere, even down to the individual element that I’m using.  So you get specific and targeted tutorials on the element that you are using and not just some generic help page.  This is a very nice touch from Wix.

Overall, even though Wix is not the most minimalistic website builder in the market, I think that their tools are quite comprehensive and useful.  Furthermore, their help / support buttons work really well.

5.Wix ADI – ARTIFICIAL DESIGN INTELLIGENCE

“Wix created an AI, design-assistant program where it can help you design and build most of your website – automatically.”

We talked about innovation above and how Wix is steps ahead of its competitors when it comes to introducing innovative tools to make it easier for you to build great websites.

ADI is an excellent example in demonstrating just this – that Wix continuously improves its service offerings to its users.

With Wix ADI, they pretty much build your website for you and actually make your website look professional.

Wix ADI effectively “solves” over 80% of your headaches – which includes the initial web design layout setup, insertion of content, and just making the first version of your website look good. They do all this for you – automatically. Think of it as a “Done-For-You” service.

If you have an existing website or social profiles (Facebook, etc), you can tell Wix ADI your website address and where to find your social profiles, and ADI will automatically extract information and content from these sources to automatically create the first version of your website for you.

Sounds like magic, right?  Well, that’s what artificial intelligence can do for you.

After Wix ADI introduces the initial version of your website to you, you can then make refinements and updates if you want to re-arrange your content, change the font style, add / remove content, select a different color scheme, etc.

So you retain creative freedom and flexibility – you’re not locked in at all.

Take a look at this video and you’ll see how it works:

Wix ADI is optional. So if you want to build your website “traditionally” by inserting your own content and drag and drop them around your pages, you can still do that outside of the Wix ADI function. It’s really up to you.

You can check out this dedicated page about Wix ADI here.

6.TEMPLATE DESIGN OPTIONS

“Wix gives you over 510 stylish templates to choose from. You’ll most likely find one that fits your needs.”

My initial reaction when I saw Wix’s available templates is “wow”.  They all look like designer templates and are available for free Wix users.

The designs are very updated with the latest trends and they can make your website look really good – even if you don’t how to design well (or at all!)

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Having said that, you can either use one of Wix’s pre-made templates as a basis to build your website, or you can start with a blank canvas.

I would suggest you start with their pre-made templates since they have all the web page layouts structured already, and you just need to insert your own images and text (just “plug and play“).

This saves you a lot of time (versus creating your own design) and it’s especially helpful if you are unsure of your design capabilities.

Another thing we really like about Wix is that they offer you a large library of free, professional looking images and videos that you can use on your website. They’re free for you to use and can save you a lot of time as you no longer have to find your own images.

Wix has effectively removed the need for you to have design skills. If you don’t have a clue on where to even start, how to combine colors properly, what looks nice and what doesn’t, Wix solves a lot of those problems for you with their templates.  You just need to pick a favorite design and plug in your own content.

As mentioned in the Wix Review Pros and Cons section above, one of the drawbacks of Wix templates is that once you select a template, you cannot change it to another template.  So it’s best to test out  a few templates first, before starting to insert your own content (such as text and pictures) as if you want to switch designs later, you will have to re-insert your content.

Another drawback is that Wix does not allow you access to edit the HTML or CSS codes.  So if you want to make very specific design tweaks through codes, this option is not available yet.  But if you are not comfortable with codes, this is irrelevant to you.

Click here to see our detailed review of Wix templates.

7.SUPPORT / TUTORIALS / COMMUNITY RESOURCES

“Wix offers you support through the phone, email, support center / knowledgebase or forum discussions – very comprehensive indeed.”

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If you need to have questions answered, you can post your questions in their forum and they will answer them within the forum.  This is actually surprisingly helpful as this will put public accountability on their support team to answer your question as soon as possible – which they do.

Wix also offers you email & phone support where you can call them anytime between 6am to 5pm PST, or schedule a time for a Wix specialist to call you back.  If you are a VIP plan user, you get direct access to their “VIP Team”.

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The feedback and satisfaction rating of Wix’s phone support has been very positive based on these statistics:

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Wix Tutorial Resources

Wix has a Support Center which walks you through all the steps in setting up a domain name, email, online store, Wix Mobile, stats and other basic Wix editor tools.

Overall, their Support Center is comprehensive and has a search bar so you can quickly find relevant help topics.

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One really helpful aspect of Wix’s support function is that they offer a lot of video tutorial walk-throughs, in addition to text-based tutorials.  So you have the option to read through the tutorials or watch them in video format.

As mentioned, Wix features a lot of help buttons directly on individual elements when you are building your website.  This is helpful as you don’t have to search through their library of support articles as the relevant help is just 1-click away.

Wix Community Forum

Based on our review, this is one of Wix’s best features – a comprehensive, helpful and active forum.  If you have questions, you can quickly search within the forum to see if their support staff has answered the same questions before.  You can save a lot of time using this approach.

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As mentioned above, posting your questions in the forum also applies accountability pressure on Wix’s support team to get back to you as soon as possible – since the questions will be made public for all to see.  If you have a look through their forum, you can see that their support team has been very responsive which is a good sign of a healthy community.

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Wix Review Summary Table – if you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

8.WHY IS WIX MOBILE SPECIAL?

“You can edit your Wix mobile site separately from the desktop site – allowing you to create a unique mobile experience.”

Wix offers you a unique mobile editor, as they allow you to edit the mobile version of your site separately from the desktop version of your site.

If you want to hide, or re-arrange certain content of your web page on your mobile display, Wix gives you the flexibility to do this.  This gives you control over your visitors’ mobile experiences, which most other website builders do not offer.

Wix also gives you a Mobile Action Bar feature, which is a small bar that appears at the bottom of your mobile site display which enables your visitors to email, call, locate your address on a map, or see your social network profiles with just a single tap.

For example, if they tap on the phone icon, they can call you directly.  If they tap on the email icon, this opens up their email interface to write you.

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Click image to see more about Wix’s unique mobile editor

This is especially helpful if you are a business, as you’re making it easy and convenient for your visitors to contact you (versus writing down your email, address, phone number, then contacting you).

We have a dedicated full review of Wix’s Mobile Editor here.  In the review, we’ll also compare it to the mobile editor of other website builders to see how Wix stands.

9.WIX APP MARKET – DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THIS

“Wix offers you an App Market that other drag & drop website builders don’t – giving you so much more advanced tools to grow your website.”

One of the key differentiation between Wix and other website builders is that they have an App Market with more than 260 Apps for you to integrate into your Wix website.

These Apps include tools and services that extend Wix’s functionality to help you build a better, more function website.  These apps are 1-click, hassle-free installation of tools provided by external services providers.

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These apps allow you to add functions / features to your website, such as newsletter / email marketing, live chat (for customer service), testimonials, contests, reservation / booking / scheduling tools, pricing tables, etc.

More impressively, Wix users are averaging more than 42,000 app installations per day – that’s 15 million app installations per year!  This just goes to show how helpful Wix’s Apps are to users!

Essentially, you can expand your website’s functionality and build in some really advanced features through these apps – all without you having to know how to code, or hire any coders.  They’re all 1-click installs.

Wix Review - App Installs Growth

Based on statistics, you can see that there is a rapid growth of the number of apps installed by Wix users over the past years.  This indicates that Wix users find the apps helpful in building their websites.

Most website builders do not offer app markets for their users, which is why this makes Wix even more interesting.

Click here to see our Wix App Market review.

10.WIX SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

“Wix covers all the basic SEO settings, is ‘Google-friendly’, and allows you to create custom web page addresses.”

There are a lot of (misinformed) claims that Wix websites are not SEO friendly, or that search engines such as Google doesn’t “like” or understand Wix websites.  This is just that – misinformed claims!

Wix is actually highlighted in Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, under the section titled “Help Google Understand Your Pages“:

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Source: Google Webmaster Guidelines

This shows that Google does recognize Wix as a “legitimate” website builder – right next to WordPress (probably the most popular website builder in the world).

Further, John Mueller of Google also addressed this in Google Webmaster Central Help Forum when someone posed a question asking if Google dislikes Wix and whether websites built with Wix rank poorly in Google search results.

Here is Google’s answer:

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Source: Google Webmaster Central Help Forum

To provide a bit more context to the question, person asking the question referenced WordPress which to me, suggests that the real question is whether WordPress is superior when it comes to SEO (as suggested by a lot of discussions on the internet). John’s response was “websites are websites for Google” – suggesting that Google is probably impartial to which platform you use.

To further add to this point, Gary Illyes of Google also confirmed that Google does not give preferential treatments to websites built by static HTML or AJAX (simplistically, different programming languages):

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Source: The SEM Post

Wix websites are built using HTML5 and AJAX technology. So based on Google’s statement above, the technology that Wix uses to help you build your website is fully recognized by Google.

One thing that we like about Wix is that they’re constantly trying to make things easier for their users.  SEO is not a very straight forward topic – no one is born knowing how to perform SEO. It can be confusing and technical when it’s the first time you’re trying to optimize your website for search results.

Thankfully, Wix created Wix SEO Wiz which is a comprehensive, intelligent system that will hold your hand and walk you through the setup process. Take a look at this Wix SEO Wiz page and make sure you watch the video on how it works.

In addition, Wix allows you to customize your web page address – a feature that most other website builders don’t have. For most other website builders, your web page’s name becomes your web page address.  The SEO benefit of being able to edit your web page address is that you can insert only words that you want search engines to focus on.

For instance, if your page is about dog training for German Shephard, you can edit your Wix web page address to be “www.example.com/german-shephard-dog-training

Not only does this help Google better understand what your page is about (SEO benefit), it also helps you create more memorable page address for your visitors.

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For more information about Wix’s SEO capabilities along with various tools to help you optimize your website’s SEO, click here to see Wix’s an overview of the SEO features that they offer you.

Website Builder SEO Guide – see our opinion about SEO with website builders such as Wix and how it compares to other website builders.

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11.HOSTING AND EXPORT OPTIONS

“Wix takes care of all your hosting & technical needs – so you can focus on building your site.”

Wix provides free hosting for all the websites for you, so you don’t have to pay extra for that, even if you are not using their premium packages.

This is helpful so you don’t have to worry about managing hosting services as it can be technical (and a bit scary!)  This way, you can focus on other more important things while Wix manages technical issues such as security upgrades, and ensuring that your website is always working properly.

One downside of Wix is that they don’t have an export or archive feature.  So basically, you can’t take the website out of Wix if you decide you want to leave them.

One of the main reasons is that they have unique website building technology that won’t function properly outside of their own environment.  So once you disconnect the website from Wix, some functions will no longer work and other hosts cannot adapt to those functions.

Our recommendation is that if you’re interested in Wix, try it for free to see if it fits your needs. This way, you can decide whether you would like to commit.

If the ability to export your site is important to you, Weebly does have a full export option, and Squarespace allows you to export your blog

12.WIX PRICING – IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT?

“Wix enables you to build a stylish & functional website even if you don’t know how to code. The price you pay for this is substantially cheaper than hiring a developer – which could cost you thousands of dollars.”

How much does Wix cost?  Wix is available for you to try for free, which is nice as it allows you to spend a little bit of time to test it out to see if it suits your needs, before committing. There is no time limit as to how long you can try them for, so there is no pressure to upgrade.

Wix has 5 different levels of pricing / premium packages.  As you move up the packages you get access to more features.

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Prices based on 1-year plan. Click image to see Wix pricing plans

The packages start from $7 per month to $30 per month – if you sign up on a month-to-month payment plan.

If you sign up for a 1-year or 2-years plan, you can save from 18% to 43% per year, depending on which package you select:

Wix Pricing Plans Monthly ($/month) 1-Year ($/month) Savings (%) 2-Years ($/month) Savings (%)
Connect Domain $7.00 $4.50 36% $4.00 43%
Combo $12.00 $8.50 29% $8.00 33%
Unlimited $16.00 $12.50 22% $11.50 28%
eCommerce $20.00 $16.50 18% $15.00 25%
VIP $3o.00 $24.50 18% $23.00 23%

(We also have a detailed review of Wix pricing plans here that goes over their plans in more depth)

Some people believe that Wix’s price points for their Premium Plans are towards the high end.  However, once you’ve had a chance to experience what Wix’s platform is capable of creating, this might change your opinion as the cost of Wix becomes quite reasonable.

Consider if you decide not to use Wix and get your own hosting services, this will cost you from $4 to 6 per month for basic shared services.  Further, you will need to purchase your own domain name which will cost you from $10 – $12 per year.

With the VIP, eCommerce, Unlimited and Combo plans, Wix gives you a free domain name of your choice.

But what’s more important is that you should consider how much time it will cost you to figure everything out.

If you were to build your own website (not use services provided by Wix), you will then have to deal with all the technical aspects of things, such as getting your website linked to your host, worry about security updates, designing your own website (you won’t get the professional Wix themes), learning how to populate your site with content as you won’t have access to Wix’s drag & drop tools.

Basically, you’ll need to figure out how to build a website from scratch and this can be quite challenging if you are not technical.  Wix includes all these services in their plans, which frees up your time for more important things.

All things considered, if you are serious about having an online presence and building a great looking and functional website, the cost of Wix is not extraordinarily expensive considering all the support (including phone and email) and website building functions you receive from them.

If you subscribe to their Premium Plans, Wix offers you a 14-day risk-free trial period to test out their premium platform – this completely removes the financial risk from you.

To get you started, here is an official Wix coupon to help you save more.  [This is only if you are ready to upgrade to Wix’s premium plans.  We still encourage you to sign up to test them for free, and to try out a few other website builders as well to get a balanced view of what works for you.]

13.WIX REVIEW – CONCLUSION / RECOMMENDATION

Based on our Wix review, this stylish website builder that enables you to easily create a designer-like website.  Their templates are gorgeous and when applied to your website, can give the impression that you paid thousands of dollars for a custom-built website.  A lot of other website builders just don’t have templates that are comparable to Wix’s yet.

Wix has a comprehensive support center, email & phone support,  and also a very active community forum so if you have questions, the solution isn’t too far away.

A drawback of Wix is if you are building an online store, their e-commerce functions could use a bit of improvement, especially in automating customer management processes (such as automatically emailing purchase confirmations, etc).

Another drawback is that once you are committed to a template, you can’t switch templates for the same website (whereas other website builders do give you this ability) – so pick your template carefully before committing.

A good approach is to start with a free website and familiarize yourself with their tools and see if Wix is for you or not.  There is a slight learning curve for Wix but it’s not a huge barrier as I was able to pick up the majority of its functions within 20 minutes (along with their helpful support features).

Once you’ve tried out Wix for free, you can then decide whether it is the best website builder for your individual needs.  Remember they have a 14-day risk-free trial / guarantee (if you decide to upgrade).

If used properly, Wix can really help you create a beautiful website with their designer templates (a lot of other website builders lack professional looking templates).

Keep in mind that there is no time limit to use their free services.

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Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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Jeremy Wong

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Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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539 Responses to 13 Key Things To Know Before You Use Wix.com | Wix Review 2017

  1. Claire J Noonan May 13, 2017 at 12:14 PM #

    Very helpful. Just have to decide to dig in.

  2. Cari May 9, 2017 at 11:24 AM #

    One more question I forgot to ask. If we already have a business gmail acct that has our site address how would I connect that to the wix site? I see that you can purchase the g suite and get an email for your site but if you already have one, how would you do that? I don’t see an answer to that in the support forums.

    Thanks again!

    Cari

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 10, 2017 at 1:59 PM #

      Hey Cari,

      You don’t actually need to connect your existing business Gmail to your website. You can operate them separately.

      If you want your website visitors to message you, you can insert your email address into the contact us box while you are setting up this feature, so when someone messages you, the message will be sent to your email address.

      Jeremy

  3. Cari May 9, 2017 at 11:11 AM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    Thanks so much for this article. Very helpful. I have been creating a website with Wix and love the choice of themes and the ease of functionality. The animate tool is particularly awesome. We have a domain and hosting plan with Godaddy currently. What are your thoughts on transferring your domain to Wix vs. connecting your domain and host and pointing to Wix. Wix recommends against pointing. I’m just wondering what the pros and cons are in terms of bandwidth and storage or in general. Is there a difference in speed or anything?

    Thanks again!

    Cari

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 10, 2017 at 1:57 PM #

      Hello Cari,

      For domain names, there are pros and cons of each method (connecting it to your Wix website from your domain name registrar, or transferring the domain to Wix). We have a guide on domain names that goes over these points.

      I think bandwidth and storage for Wix is fine. I don’t remember the last time someone told us that they went over the limits. I think under “normal” usage, you’ll be just fine. That is, unless you are planning on uploading thousands and thousands of very large files.

      Jeremy

  4. Kristian April 26, 2017 at 8:58 AM #

    Hello!

    I am considering using Wix for our organizations website. We are nonprofit and have a .org address currently with another provider. Would it be simple to switch to Wix? I have no clue as to how that aspect of websites work!

    Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 28, 2017 at 9:59 AM #

      Hey Kristian,

      If you are wondering if it is easy to connect your domain name (the .org address) to a Wix website, then the answer is “yes” you can, and it’s not challenging at all.

      Wix has tutorials in their support center on how to connect domain names from other service providers to a Wix website. Search for “connect domain” and the relevant help articles will show up.

      We also have a guide on domain names that goes over this as well.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  5. Adriana April 25, 2017 at 3:55 PM #

    Hello Jeremy,

    I am in the middle of creating my online store through Wix. I initially played around using their free trial and then took advantage of their 50% off sale on their upgrades…so committed to the premium pack (recommended for small businesses).

    I have a few questions for now;

    1. I have registered a domain with another host (crazy domains) are you aware of how simple or not it is to link?
    2. I have created my business emails using gmail. Again do you know if it is easy to link to Wix? Or would you recommend I use Wix’s emailing system…
    3. Does Wix allow you to have services available to customers such as Afterpay?

    Thank you!!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 26, 2017 at 8:31 AM #

      Hey Adriana,

      1) It should be relatively simple when it comes to connecting a domain name to a website. Wix should have tutorials if you visit their support center. We also have a guide on domain names here. You might find it helpful.

      2) You can keep your email separate from Wix. We use GSuites (the business version of Gmail) as well. You can keep your email function completely separate. Actually I recommend that approach as if one day you decide to leave Wix, you don’t have to worry about having all your emails “stuck” with Wix.

      3) I’m not familiar with Afterpay, so honestly I don’t know!

      Jeremy

  6. Dave April 22, 2017 at 4:21 AM #

    Hi Jermey,
    I have 7 restaurants Australia wide. With few outlets have different prices. Like Sydney outlet will have different prices to Melbourne outlets.
    Is wix can handle multiple outlet ordering. Like can I choose restaurant when ordering. Example if I am in Sydney I can select Sydney outlet and if I am in Melbourne I can select Melbourne outlet.
    Can you please advise if wix can handle this in Wix Restaurant template?
    If not can I choose outside online ordering company to amalgamate with wix website and template?
    Dave

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 24, 2017 at 9:34 AM #

      Hi Dave,

      That’s a good question. I’m not exactly sure, actually. Have you tried asking Wix directly to see if their restaurant tools can allow users to choose between multiple restaurants?

      I think the restaurant tool might be built specifically to cater to one single restaurant. If that was the case, one option is to build separate websites for each of your restaurants. This is assuming that all restaurants have unique brands and menus? This may help reinforce each restaurant’s unique brand and the segment of customers its targets.

      As for your last question, you can find an external widget to integrate with Wix but it depends if both platforms are compatible or not. Wix does allow you to embed HTML widget codes into a website. It’s a matter of testing them out to see if they work the way you want.

      Jeremy

  7. Les Clark April 16, 2017 at 10:19 PM #

    Hi Jeremy.
    Have read your review on Wix web site builder. Great. I’am about to start my first experience in this type of software. I live at a retirement village in Victoria, Australia. where I hope to setup a local information page for residents on current News, Activities, Protocols & Blogs. Can you offer any overview comments to set me on the correct track.
    Kind Regards.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 17, 2017 at 10:32 AM #

      Hello Les,

      Thanks for your comment. I really don’t have any great suggestions! With Wix, you can build your website the way you want it to look and feel.

      Perhaps you can start with reviewing other similar websites to see what you like or dislike about them. Take what you like or what inspires you and plan how you want your website to look.

      List out some important pages you want include and what content you want to share on those pages.

      So putting some thought into planning your website can be helpful!

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  8. Carmen April 13, 2017 at 7:54 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I just subscribed to your newsletters and I am amazed of the ton of great info you provide. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. I, too, have some questions for you.

    My current host is Bluehost and the platform I am using is WordPress. I have signed up with Bluehost for 3 years (I think I was enticed by the monthly premium which was so low) but now that I have a little experience with their customer service I’m not all that pleased. I have almost finished creating my website/blog on WP and I’m wondering how easy it would be to transfer from Bluehost to Wix or Square Space (provided Bluehost reimburses me for the remainder on my service with them).

    Also, I gather that Wix and Square Space have their own different platforms. Is that correct? And if you’re familiar with WordPress (where I have to install a lot of plug-ins), do I have to go through the same process on Wix and Square Space of installing plug-ins?

    Next question: I see people on Wix are not that pleased with their customer service. Is Square Space customer service any better?

    Another question: If I transfer to Wix I checked out the emailing alternative you recommend. Their pricing seems very good compared to Constant Contact. However, I don’t understand the difference between ShoutOuts and E-mails. For example, their business plan includes 20 ShoutOuts/month, 25,000 Contacts, 50,000 Emails/month. I’m lost on this. Would you be able to better explain?

    And my final question: my website would be more of a blog as I plan on writing often. I do aspire to monetize the blog by offering some affiliate products, and for now I don’t have a product of my own to sell. Do you recommend I try to build a subscriber’s list by getting people’s email addresses or should I just settle for people to just subscribe to my blog? I’m new at this and was wondering what are your thoughts on this. Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 14, 2017 at 11:12 AM #

      Hi Carmen,

      1) It’s possible to import certain WordPress content into a Squarespace website. These include posts, pages, images, comments, attachments, categories and tags. You can’t import WordPress content into Wix, yet.

      2) There are no plugins with Wix or Squarespace. All the tools available are built into their platforms already, and they are all managed by the website builders. So if something is not functioning, they will fix them. With WordPress, you can bolt on various plugins that are created by external developers and they will be responsible for fixing them (not WordPress). So make sure Wix / Squarespace offer the critical functions you are looking for.

      3) Both are good (in my experience). Wix is growing very fast and I think their support team will catch up soon as it is a big part of their service offerings. Perhaps you can sign up for trial / free accounts with both, test them out and see if their support is responsive.

      4) I think “Shoutout” is the number of campaigns you can run. “Emails” are the total number of emails you can sent out of all your campaigns.

      5) Either way works. Sending newsletters is more proactive I suppose, rather than relying on your website visitors to subscribe.

      Jeremy

  9. Robert Hastings April 5, 2017 at 9:23 PM #

    I have never used Wix. My experience is with XHTML. I must upgrade a simple website built with Wix. What is my best route to accomplish this task.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 7, 2017 at 11:08 AM #

      Hey Robert,

      I suppose the first thing you can do is sign up for a free plan with Wix. Take some time to use their platform to see if you are happy with the way their website builder works. Only then should you make a decision if you want to upgrade to a premium plan.

      You can also take a look at our Road Map and our FAQ page, as it shares some other helpful tips on what else you need in order to build a website!

      Jeremy

  10. ellika March 30, 2017 at 1:09 PM #

    Thank you for great help with this review! I have built a website with Wix and it was easy and works well. I am a musician and I like to have the home page as a page where I tell news about the band and new bookings.

    Now I saw the new possibility to have a blog.I wonder , would it be a good idea to have a blog on the site and move this news function to this instead of the home page? I am a little unsure of the difference between a blog and my news home page.

    Just thought that a blog page maybe is designed to be more easy to update with latest news and video clips and photos? But…I heard that you can not delete a blog that you have added to the site . So I hesitate. Can you explain the differences to me?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 31, 2017 at 9:04 AM #

      Hey Ellika,

      I think it really is up to you – whether you feel that your visitors will prefer to see your updates on your home page or on your blog – or both!

      One method you can consider is to create your updates / news using your blog, then share the headline of your blog posts on your home page. This way, your visitors can see if there is anything interesting.

      You can delete or hide your blog anytime you want to. No problem there!

      Jeremy

  11. Philip S. March 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM #

    Jeremy:

    Thank you for your article. I found it extremely helpful. I’ve just created a website using Wix and found it unbelievably easy to make a beautiful site. The apps make it very easy to add functionality.

    However, I am a complete novice to managing a more sophisticated website and was a little disappointed when I found out today (my bad for not knowing this but as an alert to others) that I also almost have to host the site on Wix. My experience with trying to get technical help from Wix has been terrible – even finding a call in number is not obvious. Other service providers have 24/7 direct contact via chat or phone prominently displayed to make it easy to find. Given my lack of technical knowledge, this is very important to me. All of the company’s efforts to funnel customers into the support article directories, have to wait for call backs, etc. are ultimately methods to reduce demand for direct support no matter how many claims that they are to help customers. My concerns are signifiant enough that I may have to forgo the ease of design for the reliability and confidence in support.

    But thank you again for your article and thoughtful responses to the comments people have offered.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 27, 2017 at 8:37 AM #

      Hi Philip,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback with us.

      I think what’s happening recently is that Wix has been experiencing a significant growth in customers (not a bad thing especially since their platform is really good), and so their customer support team needs to “bulk up”, so to speak. I’m pretty confident they’re aware of this and will act accordingly.

      What they’ve done is create a more comprehensive support directory so that people can find information / tutorials easier, without having to bog down their personal support team (email and phone support operators).

      Just for the sake of informing others reading this, Wix’s support portal now offers “Wix Quick Solutions” that guides you to specific help articles to address some of the most commonly asked questions.

      Once you’re signed into your Wix account and should you need a bit more hands on assistance, there is a link at the bottom of the pop up box that’s labelled “Contact Us”.

      Follow the link and you will reach phone support. Just insert your phone number and they will call you back.

      I just checked this phone callback service and the next help agent available is in 11 minutes, which is very reasonable.

      Their phone support is available from 6pm – 5pm PST time zone.

      I am sorry to hear that you’ve decided to consider other website builders. I suppose it’s something everyone has to consider on their own. Passing up on Wix, which you also think is really easy to use and is very functional, or experimenting another website builder.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion! Always good to hear what others think about Wix.

      Jeremy

  12. Frances March 23, 2017 at 9:46 AM #

    WIX has beautiful web templates but the builder for the free blog is non-functional. I had 2 live websites with WIX where the builder worked just fine. I was testing a new blog and just used the free template – nothing worked. Impossible to upload a video. App wouldn’t upload. And there’s no support to speak of. I don’t think they’ll be getting a lot of conversion from free usage if developers have the same experience. Very frustrating because I lost a lot of time.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 24, 2017 at 8:37 AM #

      Hi Frances,

      Glad to hear that Wix’s website builder is working well for you for the 2 live sites you have.

      As for the blogging function, you should be able to add multimedia (such as videos, images) to your blog posts.

      To insert a video, once you have the blog post editor open, click on “Video” and insert the link to whichever YouTube or Vimeo video you wan to insert and it should show up.

      I’m wondering if that function wasn’t working temporarily as I just tested it and it worked for me. Can you give it a try again and see?

      Jeremy

  13. Eric March 22, 2017 at 9:15 AM #

    First of all, thank you for the review. I am wondering if you have come across a way to use a 301 Redirect with wix? We have a .com wordpress site that we want to redirect to our new .net wix site without losing our SEO but the wix tutorial on 301 redirect does nothing trying to link these two sites nor does it redirect within the new wix site itself.

    Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 22, 2017 at 10:17 AM #

      Hi Eric,

      The Wix 301 Redirect tool only works if you are using the same domain name. So redirect from xyz.com/abc to xyz.com/efg

      This is the same for other drag and drop website builders.

      In your case, since you are trying to redirect a .com domain name to a .net domain name, this tool won’t work for you.

      The reason being that Wix can’t control the .com domain name since it is still attached to your WordPress site. It can only control / redirect URLs that is connected to your Wix site.

      What you’ll need to do is perform the 301 redirects inside your domain name registrar for your .com domain name. Registrars usually have tools where you can specify which URL you want to redirect.

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

      • Eric March 22, 2017 at 10:58 AM #

        Thank you Jeremy, I’ll give it a try.

  14. niko March 15, 2017 at 5:09 PM #

    Your review is very informative. Thank you.

    Question. I am starting a blog site to share reviews on food and recipes. I am hoping to get a few sponsors since I will be mentioning their good products, and it will be great if the cost of running the site could be paid off by the sponsorship income.

    Do you recommend Wix for this purpose? Thank you in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 16, 2017 at 5:28 PM #

      Hello Niko,

      Wix can definitely help you build a website where you can write about food / recipes. I think most of the website builders can get the job done, and so it’s important that you also enjoy using the website builder.

      Give Wix a shot and test them out. They have a free plan and there is no time limit to testing them out. If you like using Wix, then you can consider upgrading at that time.

      Jeremy

  15. ken March 13, 2017 at 5:50 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am intending to set up an online e-commerce store using WIX. I understand that for free user, the webpage will be loaded with wix advertising and it cannot be used for online payment. Will the most basic plan at $4.50 a month allows the paypal and credit payment or do i have to select the e-commerce plan?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 13, 2017 at 10:37 AM #

      Hey Ken,

      If you want to access Wix’s ecommerce tools, you’ll have to upgrade to at least their eCommerce or VIP plans. We have a discussion about their pricing plans here.

      Also keep in mind that they don’t charge you any transaction fees so you get to keep your profits. Other drag & drop website builders charge transaction fees unless you subscribe to some of their higher plans.

      Jeremy

  16. Judy Nelson March 7, 2017 at 1:40 PM #

    The number one thing you need to know about Wix is that there is no support. They have extensive help, but if you have a problem that doesn’t fit the pre-defined help, you are out of luck. Now, I’ll have to see if I can switch to something else!!!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 22, 2017 at 10:37 AM #

      Hi Judy,

      Sorry to hear about that. Is there a specific question that you have? Maybe I might be able to help.

      Wix is growing very fast right now and it’s a common pain for companies to start to have delayed support responses. It’s something they’ll have to address, for sure! But they’re a growth oriented company and I’m sure they understand their support team has to grow, as well. I’m hopeful that they will have this fixed soon!

      Keep us posted!

      Jeremy

  17. LCW March 6, 2017 at 4:50 AM #

    Hi There,

    This is seems very positive and I was ready to try until I read loads of reviews about not being able to contact wix if they had an issue with their website.

    What would you say the best customer service contact number for them should there be any problems? It’s really important to me that customer service is good.

    Thanks
    LW

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 22, 2017 at 10:47 AM #

      Hi LW,

      Wix’s support portal now offers what is called “Wix Quick Solutions” that guides you to specific help articles to address some of the most commonly asked questions.

      If those don’t help, there is a link at the bottom of the pop up box that says “Contact Us”. Click on that and it offers you a callback phone support. Just insert your phone number and they will call you back. You’ll have to be logged into your Wix account in order to see this.

      I just checked out this phone callback service and the next help agent available is in 10 minutes – not bad.

      Do note that their phone support is only available from 6pm – 5pm PST timezone.

      Jeremy

  18. Leslie February 19, 2017 at 5:07 PM #

    I have a small home based business and would need drop downs for color/design selections….possible?…have elementary computer skills…is this do-able for me?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 20, 2017 at 10:23 AM #

      Hello Leslie,

      Could you elaborate a bit more on what you mean by “drop downs”?

      Generally speaking, with Wix, they make it quite easy for you to change colors for backgrounds, fonts/ text, etc. Also, you can pick any one of their template designs.

      I know it’s hard to get a good feel of how Wix works just by reading our discussions here. Have you thought of signing up for a free account to play around with Wix? That’s probably the best way to get a good understanding of whether the platform works for you.

      You can create a free account for an unlimited amount of time, and upgrade only when you are ready.

      Jeremy

  19. Mike February 8, 2017 at 8:01 PM #

    Also, I am comfortable using WordPress to design our site. Is there a plugin that would allow me to setup our existing credit card processing account thus alleviating the need for an eCommerce company all together?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 10, 2017 at 12:17 AM #

      Hey Mike,

      At the very minimum, you’ll need to integrate a payment processor (such as PayPal, Stripe or Square) so you can process payments. eCommerce tool providers (such as WooCommerce for WordPress) provides the bridge between a WP site and money being deposited into your bank. So I’m not sure if you can remove the ecommerce services entirely unless you build your own tools.

      Jeremy

  20. FGW February 8, 2017 at 9:53 AM #

    If I wanted to grow a large scale email list to send out monthly or weekly newletters, are there options for larger scale email services integration on WIX, such as MailChimp? I didn’t see an integration for WIX on MailChimp like they have for WordPress.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 8, 2017 at 10:39 AM #

      Hey FGW,

      Integration with larger newsletter services (such as Mailchimp) is straightforward. Mailchimp should provide you with embed codes so you can embed a sign up form on your website. You just have to insert the codes into your Wix site using their “HTML Code” element and your sign up form should show up on your page.

      Alternatively, have you considered using Wix’s own newsletter service (Wix Shoutout)? It’s fully integrated into their platform and also uses their drag & drop technology.

      Jeremy

  21. Riley February 7, 2017 at 9:53 PM #

    I don’t think you have tried Wix lately. They used to be a great company with great customer service. Now it is impossible to get through to the customer service on the phone and they do not respond to emails or “support tickets.” I finally got through by complaining on Twitter twice. It seems like these days they care more about getting new customers than providing customer service.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 22, 2017 at 12:01 PM #

      Hello Riley,

      Thanks for your feedback. I think one of the common challenges of a fast growing company such as Wix is to catch up with their customer support. Wix has been growing really quickly over the past few months and I’m hopeful that they will staff up their support team very shortly.

      Similar to you, I’ve had good experiences with them before as well, so I’m going to keep my fingers crossed.

      Wix’s support portal now offers “Wix Quick Solutions” that guides you to specific help articles to address some of the most commonly asked questions.

      So they don’t publicly list their phone number anymore, but replaced it with a funnel to help you find solutions (if they could be found in their support center).

      If you still can’t find the answers in the support center, there is a link at the bottom of the pop up box that says “Contact Us”.

      Click on that and it offers you a callback phone support. Just insert your phone number and they will call you back.

      Make sure you are logged into your Wix account or else you won’t see this.

      I just checked out this phone callback service and the next help agent available is in 10 minutes – not too bad at all.

      Do note that their phone support is only available from 6pm – 5pm PST time zone.

      Jeremy

  22. Dan January 27, 2017 at 6:36 PM #

    Dear Jeremy,
    I emailed yesterday about the Wix pricing. CRAZY: today the price is $14, and there are five options instead of just three again. This is bizarre. I don’t know how that happened, but I checked my history, and it’s the same URL. Anyway, the pricing is almost the same as you list, so kindly disregard yesterday’s email from me. And thanks, again, for the informative post.
    Best,
    Dan.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 22, 2017 at 12:12 PM #

      Hi Dan,

      Bizarre indeed. Sometimes, I think Wix is testing various pricing plans. So perhaps you just happened to land on one of their test pages where they are showing 3 pricing options (instead of the normal 5 options).

      It’s a common way for businesses to show different layouts or pricing options to see which one work better for the business and the users.

      Jeremy

  23. KG January 19, 2017 at 10:03 PM #

    I’m looking for a web building site where I can insert excel documents/a spread sheet to list products available without selling the product on line.
    The customer wants to list…but not sell on line…have that ability.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 20, 2017 at 7:42 AM #

      Hi KG,

      Have you considered just listing out the products using text in bullet form format? Instead of uploading your spreadsheet? You can definitely just list out your products using the text function. You don’t have to sell them if you don’t set up the ecommerce part of your website.

      Jeremy

  24. Srijith January 12, 2017 at 10:10 PM #

    Jeremy,
    I am an academician and looking to create a site to put details of my work. But primarily, I would like to have a password protected section from where individuals can download some of my academic work.
    Based on my limited research, it seems like Wix can easily manage these requirements in the Free edition itself.
    Let me know if you think this would be a good idea or you would suggest something else.
    Regards,
    Srijith

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 13, 2017 at 9:02 AM #

      Hey Srijith,

      I think Wix might work. You can add a Membership App (free) to your website and so only visitors who sign up as a member can access membership protected pages to access your work.

      You can upload PDF documents into these protected pages so your members can download them.

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

  25. Paula January 9, 2017 at 5:09 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the great review. I have been recommended to use Wix to redesign my current website but has been sitting on the fence. Your article greatly helps.

    My current website has a contact us section so any queries come to our inbox.
    Does Wix has a similar setting or something along those lines?
    You also mentioned that Wix email service is not the best. What’s the limit for number of email addresses for database on Wix VIP package?

    Looking forward to your reply. Thanks again.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 11, 2017 at 8:26 AM #

      Hello Paula,

      Yes – you can insert a Wix “contact us” form and connect it to your email address. So when your visitor uses the form to send you a message, you’ll receive it at your email address.

      Wix has partnered with Google (through their G Suite product) to help you create your own custom email address.

      We use G Suite to power our own custom email addresses and it works very well. You get the reliability, stability, security and user interface of Gmail, except you can use your own email address instead of “gmail.com”. It’s only a few dollars per month and you’ll get a professional looking email address. I actually like the idea quite a bit and use it ourselves.

      You can create your custom email addresses directly within Wix’s platform as both platforms are fully integrated, making it easy for you get it setup.

      Jeremy

  26. polly bell January 1, 2017 at 8:40 PM #

    Is there support within Australia for Wix? Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 2, 2017 at 7:36 AM #

      Hey Polly,

      Yes. Wix’s customer service is global so you can reach out to them for support even if you are living in Australia.

      Jeremy

  27. Cheryl December 17, 2016 at 7:13 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Would like to know if it is possible to use Wix free website to earn money for my online business?

    Hope to receive your early favourable reply.

    Thank you & best regards,
    Cheryl

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 19, 2016 at 1:18 PM #

      Hey Cheryl,

      You can definitely earn income with Wix’s free program, though I do recommend that you build your business with one of their premium plans. You get to connect your own custom domain name (website address) to the website which will help you strengthen your brand. Plus, you’ll get access to more tools to help you build a better website.

      But you can certainly build a functional website even with Wix’s free plan.

      Jeremy

  28. Liz December 12, 2016 at 9:21 PM #

    Hi Jeremy
    Thanks so much for this article. It really helped me. I used to do our own website for around 8 years but then handed it over to a professionals to get a better job, as I felt I wasn’t up to date enough.(Mistake :-/)

    However, after reading your review, I thought I’d give wix a go and am delighted. They have so many ways to help me build a nice a website, but also, importantly, an effective website that gets found. I was even able to transfer the domain name myself. We had been warned by the experts not to go with wix or do it ourselves, or we would never be found online.

    But we are being found even more, and have more new clients finding us – more than we ever had while we were using ‘experts’ and forking out a lot of money for no return.

    I’ve been able to re-start our newsletters using the free app, and old clients are coming back as well. Thank you so much for the great review, and the confidence you gave me to have a go myself.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 14, 2016 at 6:56 AM #

      Hello Liz,

      Glad that it’s all working out for you! Wix does empower users to build functional and professional looking websites, for sure.

      So thrilled to hear that you’re website is being discovered more than ever before! Well done!

      Jeremy

  29. Graham Lyons December 3, 2016 at 4:06 PM #

    Jeremy, I will be using a starter package and building the site with a remote friend. Is there some way we can both see edit the site together ‘live’, as with some apps on Google Drive?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 5, 2016 at 8:38 AM #

      Hi Graham,

      I believe it is a requested feature so it’s not yet available. I actually haven’t used a website builder that enables this yet – where you can see other users make changes right in front of you.

      Jeremy

    • Anne King December 17, 2016 at 1:42 AM #

      Hi – administrators can be appointed but only one can be actively editing at a time. I help people build sites and after handover pop on sometimes to fix the odd problem.
      Hope this helps
      Anne

  30. Karen November 5, 2016 at 6:05 PM #

    question if I buy one package then want to up grade how would I do that?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 7, 2016 at 8:31 AM #

      Hey Karen,

      You can just log into your account admin panel and upgrade or downgrade there. You’re not locked into a plan at all!

      Jeremy

  31. TC November 4, 2016 at 10:05 AM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    Thank you so much! This article has been a huge help to me.

    Presently, we have a website through Vista print with a domain name from GoDaddy. We have had our website for about 4 years now and in a major need of an update. Wix looks like it would be a great match for our small business. We have built up our Google ranking over the years and don’t want to lose that.

    My question is: If we are still using the same domain name, but changing the website, will there be a “restart” on rankings, or will that part remain the same? Will it matter who hosts the domain name to not lose our credibility?

    Thanks for any advice you can offer with this.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 5, 2016 at 10:26 AM #

      Hello TC,

      Congrats on getting good rankings in search results! Changing website builders is always a worrisome task especially if you don’t want to lose search rankings.

      I’m not an expert in this aspect of web building, but I think keeping your domain name is a good start, and if possible, keep your webpage URLs the same as your current ones. Wix has a tool that allows you to customize your page URLs.

      I think the idea is that if you can keep your webpage addresses consistent, then it will help preserve your ranking though it is not a guarantee by any means. If you can’t use the same URL structure, then use 301 re-direct to tell Google that your page address have changed.

      There are a lot of good discussions about this topic around the web, so definitely do a bit more research.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  32. Malcolm Snelgrove November 3, 2016 at 6:06 PM #

    Great article and shows balance. I am comparing several web site builders review sites and yours it up there on quality and information.

  33. Gatie October 28, 2016 at 2:08 AM #

    Great article. I need to buy a co.nz website and since wix doesn’t offer that domain ( and also email is expensive at 5 dollar a month per user) , can you suggest what is the best option? Should I buy an domain name and email hosting with some other party( pls suggest options) and then just connect both to wix ? I understanding there are 2 ways to connect – name and pointing method, which is better ? I have very basic knowledge of this.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 28, 2016 at 3:06 PM #

      Hello Gatie,

      You can try checking if domain name registrars such as GoDaddy has co.nz domain names. You can also see our guide on domain names here.

      Once you purchase one, you can just connect it to your Wix website. Their support center has tutorials on how to do that.

      As for email services using your own custom domain name, about $4 – $5 per month is about the right price. Wix has partnered with Google so the email service is powered by the same interface as Gmail. We use that service ourselves too as it’s reliable, secure and the user-interface is pretty good.

      Jeremy

  34. Derick October 22, 2016 at 12:40 PM #

    how much does the domain cost after a year of being free

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 24, 2016 at 3:33 PM #

      Hey Derick,

      It’s $14.95 per year after the first year.

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

  35. Christos Roumanis October 19, 2016 at 2:59 PM #

    How many languages I can have on one Web?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 21, 2016 at 3:04 PM #

      Hello Christos,

      Take a look at our guide here.

      Here is a free app from Wix that enables you to create a multi-language website.

      Jeremy

  36. Justin October 16, 2016 at 4:32 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the review. I am a Realtor and just starting to open up my own little online brokerage. As a Realtor, we get Multiple Listing Service IDX feed of homes that are on the market either listed by me or by others as search option. This saves a huge amount of time having to manual update the site with pictures of the homes and properties descriptions, etc. I am wondering if WIX allow the IDX feed or is it currently manual?

    I also have my own URL from GoDaddy. If I link it, will I still have the Wix.com in my url?

    I am trying it and liking it so far, so thanks again for the quick user interface video, it’s very helpful to make my decision!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 17, 2016 at 9:47 AM #

      Hey Justin,

      Try using the “HTML element” to insert the codes from MLS IDX. See if that works.

      I personally haven’t seen a Wix site integrate MLS, but I’m sure there are a lot of realtors using Wix to power their websites.

      I have seen some MLS listings on websites that are powered by Weebly or Squarespace. If it doesn’t work out with Wix, maybe consider these two other website builders?

      Jeremy

  37. Monica October 12, 2016 at 6:18 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am a Graduate Student, looking to blog about the eco lodge business industry. Long story short, I will be looking at the lack of a standardized quality system to ensure service quality across countries, and I am wondering how to start all this. I am not well educated on the blogging issue, and I don’t know how to start. I made a first step, I signed up with WordPress.com (for which I actually payed for to have the domain) and then I somehow came across a youtube commercial about your website.

    Here are my questions for you:

    1. Is registering a domain on Wix, free?

    2. If I want to blog about ecolodge businesses and write about what’s going on in the industry right now (kind of like research/advising) with the possibility to turn this into a website where I put together a list of ecolodge standards so that people can refer to, and rate the lodges that they stay at based on those standards, what blog theme would be more appropriate? I wasn’t able to find anything on WordPress that would suit my needs, or maybe I just don’t know where to look.

    Your answer will be much appreciate it.

    Monica

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 14, 2016 at 5:39 PM #

      Hey Monica,

      If you want to use Wix with your own custom domain name, you’d have to purchase a domain name as well. But since you already have a domain name, you can just connect that domain name to your Wix website (if you decide to use them). Wix has tutorials on how you can connect it to your website.

      We have a guide on domain names here.

      In terms of blogging, WordPress is a really good platform than that, better than Wix.

      However, there are a lot of other benefits that Wix offer as well, such as a full time dedicated support team for you to email and call. Also, they’re constantly introducing new design templates and also features to help users improve their websites.

      At the end of the day, I’d suggest you test out WordPress and also Wix (sign up to their free account) and use their blogging tools to compare which you prefer to use.

      Jeremy

  38. Gigi October 10, 2016 at 12:44 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank for providing all of this great information! I’m still on the fence between Wix and Squarespace. I am a coach and I am looking to build a simple and fun site that allows me talk about my services, schedule consultations, and send out my newsletter. Which do you think is better for doing this? Also, if I get a free account or do a test trail, can I my domain name that is registered separately, if I decide to go with another web building service? Many thanks in advance for your help.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM #

      Hey Gigi,

      Based on what you’re looking for, Wix is a good choice.

      They have booking tools (Wix Booking) where you can accept bookings and have your customers pay after they book an appointment with you. The booking tool will notify and remind your customers of their upcoming appointments.

      You can also send out newsletters with Wix Shoutout.

      The key benefit is that these tools are fully integrated into Wix’s system so you don’t have to bolt on other “external” tools.

      With Squarespace, you will have to use external booking and newsletter tools. It’s achievable, but I usually prefer to have all the tools fully integrated and managed by one service provider, due to lower chances or errors.

      For instance, if the booking tool from Wix malfunctions, they will fix it for you while ensuring it works properly across your Wix website.

      If the external booking tool that you integrate with Squarespace breaks, then you have to get the tool provider and Squarepace to check if it’s a Squarepace issue, or if it’s the tool’s issue.

      Jeremy

  39. Dave October 9, 2016 at 6:01 AM #

    Thanks for your review, it is really useful. I am looking at redoing my existing website on WIX or Squarespace.

    Currently it is on a Go Daddy website builder template and I have never been happy with the appearance. I tried WordPress, but got really frustrated trying to figure it out, while trying to do actual paying work with my freelance business.

    Anyway, I am looking for a site that looks great using a pre-existing template. I also want it to look decent on mobile devices and have the ability to link to existing social media sites for the business. I also publish one blog post every week, but other than that rarely edit content. Simplicity is the big thing for me.

    I also like the ability to transfer my Domain from Go Daddy to the site that hosts my website, so I can manage it all with one company. Do you think WIX would meet my needs the best?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 10, 2016 at 12:37 PM #

      Hey Dave,

      I think both Wix and Squarespace will work for you.

      One thing you should consider is that Squarespace’s templates are all mobile responsive so once you create your content there isn’t much you need to do for the mobile version of your website.

      Wix has a dedicated mobile editor, which gives you a bit more flexibility as you can hide certain content to give your mobile interface a bit of a unique look. Obviously the drawback is that you need to spend a little bit more time for this added flexibility.

      We have more discussions about that in our mobile interface / editor guide.

      so it all comes down to which one you prefer. Have you considered signing up to free / trial accounts to get some hands on experience with using them? That’s the best way to know which website builder you prefer to work with.

      As for transferring your domain name, you can do that with both Wix and Squarespace. Or, you can keep your domain name at GoDaddy and just connect it to your website. Wix and Squarepace have tutorials on how to do that.

      There are pros and cons about keeping your domain name at the domain name registrar (GoDaddy) or transferring it to the website builder. We have a domain name guide here that goes over this discussion in detail.

      Jeremy

      • Debra Blecha January 6, 2017 at 1:46 PM #

        I work on a friend’s Squarespace site and have a WIX site of my own. I find WIX easier much easier with more options. Squarespace does allow you to try out and change templates very easily. But I think WIX has better templates.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong January 9, 2017 at 12:52 PM #

          Thanks for your feedback and adding to this discussion, Debra.

          Jeremy

  40. JHONALYN October 6, 2016 at 10:38 PM #

    Hi Jeremy. I am a teacher and I want to develop a website in WIX. I want to ask if what is the payment method in your website? Can I also do linking of documents from one department to another and for how many days trial period do you have?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 7, 2016 at 10:16 AM #

      Hey Jhonalyn,

      If you want to upgrade to one of Wix’s premium plans, they accept all major credit cards.

      They offer you a free plan and there is no time limit to how long you can use it for. So you can stay on their free plan for as long as you want to.

      Of course, you get more web building features and also the ability to connect your own website address domain name to your website, if you upgrade.

      You can definitely link your content on one page to other pages, or even to other websites.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      PS: just to clarify, we’re not Wix. So you’ll not be paying us if you want to upgrade. You’ll be paying Wix directly.

  41. Mama October 6, 2016 at 10:12 AM #

    How can you have Wix as the best rated website builder when your comparison indicates they don’t offer responsive templates – and over 50% of browsing is now done online using a mobile device.

    Who has the time to edit seperate mobile sites?

    i.e. responsive templates are no longer optional – they are ESSENTIAL !!!

    I spotted a few other smaller issues with the your Wix review (e.g. Wix has apps – so does Weebly!)

    Do you not think the time has come to review your Wix review?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 7, 2016 at 10:11 AM #

      Mama,

      The important part is that Wix’s sites are mobile friendly. In our own view, just because a website is not mobile responsive, doesn’t mean it’s not mobile friendly, and doesn’t mean it’s bad.

      If you prefer a website that is responsive, Weebly or Squarespace might work better for you. But having a separate mobile editor has its own advantages as discussed in our mobile editor guide here. For instance, with Wix, you can hide certain content on your mobile interface to create unique mobile experiences for visitors.

      Also, you can insert tabs where someone can click on say a phone tab and call the business. Mobile responsive sites don’t offer this, as they pretty much just re-align your content into a vertical column.

      So pros and cons, and in our own view, responsiveness doesn’t automatically equal better. It all depends on what one is looking for.

      As for Weebly apps, we did highlight those features in our Weebly review and throughout our discussions.

      Thanks,

      Jeremy

  42. tin October 1, 2016 at 2:57 AM #

    would you recommend buying domain name at wix or just go to godaddy or namecheap?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 3, 2016 at 11:18 AM #

      Hey Tin,

      Each method has its own pros and cons. We have a much more in-depth discussion about domain names in our guide here.

      Jeremy

    • Jim Smith December 2, 2016 at 11:54 AM #

      Wix does not support email forwarding, so we are using a domain registered with another inexpensive firm that does support email forwarding. That allows us to use email addresses like jsmith@mydomain. com instead of jsmith233@gmail. com. That protects us from revealing our real email addresses on the website.

      Also, Wix does not support privacy for domain registrations. The firm we use (NameSilo.com) does both privacy and free email forwarding for 100 email address for less than $11/year.

      • Jeremy Wong
        Jeremy Wong December 5, 2016 at 8:15 AM #

        Hey Jim,

        If you want to use Wix to hold your domain name, they do offer private registration for $9.90 per year – which is pretty average in terms of pricing.

        You’re right in that Wix doesn’t have the best email features, that’s why they partnered with Google Business Apps so users can create their own custom domain name email addresses. We use Google Business Apps email ourselves as we like the user interface and reliability (just like using Gmail), but it does cost about $4 per month per custom email address.

        Jeremy

  43. Jasmine Muniz October 1, 2016 at 1:30 AM #

    Hi Jeremy. I am interested in blogging. I have read numerous articles that blogging is great with wix. My questions is, if my blogging shoots off into this successful career will Wix still live up to it’s high star rating? I have seen what Wix can do and so far it’s super easy and I love it. I just want to make sure becoming a beauty blogger, It can take care of me!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 3, 2016 at 11:32 AM #

      Hello Jasmine,

      I suppose it really depends on what you mean by “success”. But generally speaking, I think if you want to build a career with blogging, I’d suggest you consider using something like WordPress – which is probably the best and most flexible blogging platform today.

      I’m not saying Wix is bad at creating blog posts, but it won’t be as comprehensive as WordPress.

      WordPress has a lot of superior blogging tools which are excellent. But the drawback is that WordPress is not the most user-friendly platform for beginners. The learning curve is much steeper and it’s most helpful if you know how to code a little bit.

      We have a discussion comparing Wix to WordPress here, which will give you a sense of “other things” you need to consider before using WordPress. It’s a fantastic platform if you have the time, patience or budget (for hiring help), and you can be the judge if it will work for you.

      If you decide that you can work with WordPress, we have a guide on how to hire freelancers to help you out on various aspects of using WordPress.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  44. CHRISTINE October 1, 2016 at 1:15 AM #

    hi i’m a newbie blogger and don’t have any idea at all in this world. so i would like to ask if i chose to change my platform and move my domain after a yr of using wix is that possible with wix? and then once i did can i start changing templates too? sorry if you find this question weird. (:

    -new blogger and has no idea at all in website making

    thank you

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 3, 2016 at 11:25 AM #

      Hello Christine,

      No problem at all.

      Yes you can disconnect your domain name from Wix and reconnect it to another website builder. If that’s the flexibility you want, I’d suggest you purchase your domain name from a domain name registrar such as GoDaddy. Wix has tutorials on how you can connect the domain name to your Wix site.

      We have a beginners guide to domain names here which I think you’ll find helpful.

      As for changing templates, to be honest Wix is not the best at that. If you want to change templates, your existing website content will not be automatically transferred into the new template. We discussed that as one of the drawbacks above.

      If you want this flexibility, I’d suggest taking a look at Weebly (see our review of Weebly here). They’re very user-friendly and should suit you well.

      Also, have a look at our Road Map and website building FAQ. I think you’ll find these helpful to at least answer some common questions you might have as you begin your website building journey!

      Jeremy

  45. Bruce September 23, 2016 at 3:11 PM #

    I’m a complete novice at web design. Making reasonable progress with WIX. But I’d like to have a completed, good design – which at my current rate of progress is far more time than I have to spend. Any sources for developers who are willing to work with WIX. The developers listed on the WIX site have yet to respond to a reasonably clear project description. Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 24, 2016 at 3:42 PM #

      Hi Bruce,

      I don’t know of any freelancers that works well with Wix. We have a guide here on how to hire freelancers and where to look for them. This might be helpful to you.

      Jeremy

    • Tündi December 3, 2016 at 7:35 AM #

      Hey there Bruce,

      I just stumbled upon your comment by accident and imagine you probably had your website built already, but in case you still need assistance, I’d be happy to help!

      I primarily design sites on Wix and love doing it, and I can also help you with setting up your basic SEO correctly. You can find me at ‘www.emagedesign.com ! Let’s chat!

    • Tündi December 3, 2016 at 8:03 AM #

      I primarily design sites on Wix, and I think it is a great, easy-to-use and very versatile tool.
      It upsets me though, how much bad rap Wix is still getting. It’s great to see a well-written, objective analysis!

      It feels like I’m swimming upstream when I have to go up against all those rumours.

      Thanks again for this great summary! *big-ass-digital-high-five*

  46. Darryl Brown September 7, 2016 at 7:56 PM #

    What if I already have a domain name? Can I use it?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 9, 2016 at 2:44 PM #

      Hi Darryl,

      Is – absolutely. You can connect your own domain name from your domain name registrar to your Wix website. Wix’s help center will have tutorials on how to do that.

      However, you will have to upgrade to at least one of their paid plans before you can connect your own domain name.

      Jeremy

  47. Oscar August 30, 2016 at 11:34 AM #

    Jeremy thank you for this amazing review.

    Do you have any codes for discounts, I’m about to register, if not I’ll make sure to use the link you provided.

    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 31, 2016 at 3:31 PM #

      Hi Oscar,

      We do! You can sign up to our Top 8 Tools Guide in the sign up box just above the commenting section. You’ll get a coupon in a few days sent to you.

      At the mean time, you can sign up to a new Wix account and just playing around with it, just to make sure you enjoy working with this website builder.

      Jeremy

  48. G Hyde August 26, 2016 at 2:26 AM #

    There is a lot about Wix that is not right, I have had a professional web designer try to verify my website in webmaster tools and was not able to. they tried metatag and dns for subdomains and were not able to verify the website you cannot issue a ticket unless you are paying for a plan with wix. Who is going to pay for a plan if they cannot verify there website.I have tried to contact wix but had no reply I am not impressed, what is said in reviews and what happens when you use them are two different things. There are a lot of people saying they cannot verify there websites I am not the only one.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 26, 2016 at 4:13 PM #

      Hi G,

      Thanks for your comment. While Wix allows you to build and publish your website for free, there are certain features that you won’t have access to unless you upgrade.

      At the end of the day, all these website builders are businesses and need to generate income in order to support their technology, infrastructure, and the people that work there.

      Having said that, I’m personally of the position that asking users to upgrade to a paid plan in order to have full access to their features, is a fair request.

      Other website builders, such as Weebly, also won’t allow your site to be indexed by search engines until you upgrade to a plan. With Squarespace, you have to upgrade after a 14 day trial period.

      So in a way, this is just an industry practice. As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” does hold true here.

      But once you upgrade to a paid plan, I’m confident that you’ll be quite pleased with their tools and services.

      Jeremy

  49. Marc August 23, 2016 at 7:25 AM #

    HI Jeremy.

    Thanks for your in depth analysis and for contributing to the Q&A. I’m intrigued with Wix but sitting on the fence. I’m not afraid to code, but I like the ease of getting a website up and running with Wix.

    One thing I want to ask about…is there any apps that would facilitate crowdfund through a Wix website? Limited, traditional payment options is a reason I’m not committing to Wix.

    Thanks, and keep up the great work!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 24, 2016 at 9:13 AM #

      Hi Marc,

      Wix’s App Market does offer an app called “Get Funding”, which is free for you to use. It enables you to collection donations from your website visitors who want to support your projects.

      Just visit their App Market, and search for “crowd funding” and it should should appear!

      I never knew Wix offered this option until I searched. Pretty awesome!

      Jeremy

  50. Sarah August 21, 2016 at 9:21 AM #

    Anyone wanting to build a mobile site with Wix, please be aware you cannot edit beyond resizing or hiding objects or texts. This means you are incredibly limited in what you have available to you to make a great looking mobile site. Also, what it looks like on your desktop (font etc.) doesn’t always look great on the mobile site. Sometimes it’s even unrecognizable. It’s very frustrating. We are going to get a developer to mirror exactly what we created and close our wix account before we go live. It’s been a very frustrating experience with the mobile site.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 22, 2016 at 12:13 PM #

      Hi Sarah,

      Most (if not all) drag and drop website builders don’t have a comprehensive mobile editor where you can customize your mobile site. If you want something customizable to reflect exactly what you have in mind, I think you’re on the right track to hire a developer to custom build your mobile site.

      The benefit of using Wix’s mobile editor is that you can do some minor customization to your mobile site, such as hiding certain content. Most other website builders such as Squarespace or Weebly don’t have this feature. Instead, they offer you a mobile responsive set up where all your website content will show up on your mobile interface without the ability to edit the mobile site separately.

      We have more discussion comparing various mobile readiness of website builders here.

      If you’re interested in website builders that offer mobile responsive sites, we have a guide here that will provide you with some options.

      Jeremy

  51. Kat August 11, 2016 at 8:24 PM #

    I want to put together a design portfolio in Wix for only showing to potential employers during job hunting. Can I make it so that the content will not be searchable, but only people that have the website address can find the site? If I want to, would I be able to delete the site from the Web after I find a job? Would I be able to put the Wix site back up again later if I wanted, without redoing it?

    Which plan would you recommend? The Unlimited Plan (unlimited bandwidth and 10GB storage) or the Combo plan (2GB bandwidth and 3GB storage)? The ad vouchers or apps from the unlimited plan don’t matter to me. I only want a professional simple site for occasional use.

    Regarding domains, would it be better to get the domain address through Wix or get it from someplace else and then connect it to my Wix site? Does it matter where you buy the domain?

    If I decide later that I want to design another site with a different web builder, or even learn to code my own site, could I delete my Wix site, and use the domain for a different site? Or would it be better to not have the domain with Wix if I’m thinking I may use a different host later?

    Thanks for any advice!!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 12, 2016 at 2:24 PM #

      Hello Kat,

      1) Yes – you can hide your website from search engines. This function is available in the SEO section within your Wix editor. People can still access your site, if they have your website address.

      2) You can’t unpublish and republish a Wix site. But what you can do, is password protect your website so even if someone happens to have your website address, they won’t be able to view it unless they have a password.

      3) You can always start with a lower plan, then work your way up. You can save some money this way.

      4) We have a more in-depth guide on domain names here which will go over the pros and cons.

      5) Yes, you can delete your Wix site any time you want to. You can re-connect your domain name to another website. Our domain names guide I referenced above will cover all these discussions!

      Jeremy

  52. Bobby July 3, 2016 at 9:56 PM #

    Hi,

    i want to get a template with an inquiry form. The inquiry form doesn’t have to be very advanced, just name, contact details and a box with the nature of the inquiry. Is there any templates you would recommend? This is for a translation company.

    Kind regards,
    Robert

  53. Marcel July 2, 2016 at 6:03 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    So I created a free webpage. I also bought the .com name for 1 year. Now how do I link the created free site to my (band name .com ) ???

    Do I have to upgrade that from the free created site in order to link it to my (band name.com) ?

    I thought that if I bought my domain name for 1 year that I would be able to use the . com.

    Help???

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 4, 2016 at 9:08 AM #

      Hello Marcel,

      To connect your own domain name to your Wix site, you’ll have to upgrade to at least their “Connect Domain” plan. It’s outlined on their pricing page here.

      Jeremy

  54. Koraz Boutique June 24, 2016 at 7:00 AM #

    Wix is amazing! It has helped me make my dreams a reality! With all the support, apps, and web page designs, they are helping entrepreneurs make it and today’s market. I would not choose any other site to make my dreams come true of owning my own family business.

    Thank you Wix!

    Koraz

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 26, 2016 at 8:03 PM #

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, Koraz! Glad Wix worked out for you.

      Jeremy

  55. andy June 23, 2016 at 2:04 PM #

    Can I have links to other sites and youtube with Wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 23, 2016 at 8:32 PM #

      Hi Andy,

      Yes for sure you can. With a Wix website, you can link out to other websites and also embed YouTube videos on any of your pages.

      Jeremy

  56. Ashwini Vijay June 20, 2016 at 10:24 PM #

    I need to create a website for my Granite Business. Is it possible to create an website, when i checked i dint got any design for the granite business. Can u help me out .

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 22, 2016 at 1:26 AM #

      Hey Ashwini,

      I haven’t seen a design template that caters specifically to a granite business yet. Perhaps try looking for a general business design, then replace the images and content with your own products and descriptions.

      I’d think that the web design you need can be inter-changeable with other businesses (such as furniture / home decor). You probably just need to insert the granite images you’d like to promote, with accompanying descriptions, contact page, etc.

      If you need a bit more tips on how to pick a design for your business, take a look at this article.

      Jeremy

  57. Daniella June 8, 2016 at 5:54 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    This is a great review! I don’t know how to code, so I really want to use Wix to create a business website for my mom’s practice.

    You mentioned that Wix is partnered with Google Apps….Well, she already has a domain (hosted with TriggerBox), and we used that domain to set up Google Apps for Business, because we needed several email addresses. We’ve been using Google Apps for a couple of months now. How do we go about creating our Wix website using our own domain?

    I saw in another reply you said that the domain has to be hosted by Wix…but what about existing domains being used in Google Apps? Since they’re partnered, surely there must be a way for existing Google Apps clients to use Wix…?

    Your advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Daniella

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 9, 2016 at 9:09 PM #

      Hi Daniella,

      It’s not necessary for your domain name to be hosted by Wix. You can keep it at your other domain name registrar if you want to, and just connect it from there to your Wix website.

      If you visit Wix’s support portal and type in “connecting domains”, you’ll see numerous help articles to show you how to connect your domain name from “outside” of Wix to your website.

      We also have a domain name guide that will explain this in a little bit more depth.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  58. Sarah May 31, 2016 at 12:12 PM #

    ‘ve been building websites at Wix for years and am happy with it, however, the owner of business of one of my sites wants e-commerce (not just Paypal) and Wix doesn’t support a secure check-out option at this time. Without rebuilding the site on a new platform just to have e-commerce, is there another alternative?
    I was told that although I can try dropping in an HTML code, there was no absolute that it would work and if something went wrong there’s be no one to help me.
    All I can think of is to (or have someone) build an e-commerce check-out site, including shipping and tax, that I can link from the current site.
    The product being sold is roughly 200 different loose teas to be sold in 4 oz. portions or more.
    Thank you for your advice.
    Sarah

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 31, 2016 at 9:07 PM #

      Hi Sarah,

      Wix offers the ability to integrate a variety of different payment processors in addition to PayPal (such as Stripe, Authorize.net, etc). All of them should be secure on the check out payment page.

      If you really don’t want to use them, you can consider adding a Shopify Buy Button into your Wix website. Basically, it’s a code that you can drop into your Wix site and you can take advantage of Shopify’s ecommerce capabilities. We have more details about that here.

      Shopify is probably one of the best hosted ecommerce website builders in the market today. So leveraging their Buy Button function will add more ecommerce focused capabilities to your website.

      Jeremy

  59. Imran May 29, 2016 at 3:07 PM #

    hi jeremy,
    Can we add Google Adsense and generate some money from websites created in wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 30, 2016 at 4:41 AM #

      Hello Imran,

      Yes. In their App Store, you can add a Google Adsense App to your Wix website. Just search for “Adsense”.

      Jeremy

  60. Kim April 25, 2016 at 10:57 AM #

    Would i actually be able to sell from my website? I haven’t seen any indo about that

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 26, 2016 at 11:26 PM #

      Hey Kim,

      Yes – you can definitely sell products from your Wix website. You do have to sign up to their ecommerce plan.

      Take a look at this detailed discussion about their ecommerce tools.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  61. Ron April 15, 2016 at 12:44 PM #

    Jeremy, thanks for sharing your expertise. Any idea on how easily interchangeable the templates are on WIX, and if there’s any workaround to implement a statistics feature? Thanks again.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 18, 2016 at 11:10 AM #

      Hi Ron,

      One of the drawbacks of using Wix is that you can’t change templates once you’ve picked your first one. The main reason, I think, is that they are a “pure” drag and drop website builder, so you can literally customize your design layout to your hearts content. The ability to do that, also means the template doesn’t have much / any limitations in terms of layout. As a result of a lack of structure, this means that you won’t be able to switch between different templates.

      The good thing is, if you want to make big changes to your design, Wix enables you to do that with their drag and drop interface.

      Jeremy

  62. Danielle April 9, 2016 at 6:16 PM #

    Such a great review! I am still a little torn between Wix and Weebly. I’ve been using Weebly for five years in my classroom but I am starting a tutoring company and am thinking about switching to Wix. What I really want to be able to do is have some unique features that dont cost me an arm and a leg to add. For example I want people to be able to purchase a tutoring package and make an appointment online. I also want them to be able to have their own login where content they have purchased from the website can be accessed. Can either of these do what I am describing?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 10, 2016 at 9:27 PM #

      Thanks Danielle!

      Wix can deliver what you’re looking for, but you might have to piece together a few functions.

      Wix Bookings can help you schedule tutorial appointments online, and take payment for those appointments.

      You can also set up a membership gateway on your Wix website. The appointment booking function isn’t integrated with the membership function – meaning when someone pays for an appointment with you, you’ll have to either manually add the person as a member of your website, or you have to provide them with details on how to join as a member.

      Since after they pay for the appointment, you’ll have your customers’ contact details, you can use Wix Shoutout to send them information on how to sign up as members to access certain “locked” pages that you reserve only for your members. That might work!

      Jeremy

  63. Abbie Goyette April 7, 2016 at 6:44 PM #

    Hi. I was wondering, if I sign up for a monthly plan on Wix will they give me my own domain or does that have to be purchased separately? Or is it only available with their yearly plans?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 7, 2016 at 7:54 PM #

      Hello Abbie,

      To get 1 year of free domain, you’ll need to sign up to Wix’s annual plan.

      If you sign up to their monthly plan, you can purchase the domain name separately, either through Wix or through another domain name registrar such as GoDaddy.

      There are pros and cons to purchasing a domain name directly through the website builder (such as Wix) or through a domain name registrar. We have more discussion about that in our domain name guide here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  64. Jackie Turbot March 20, 2016 at 7:03 AM #

    Jeremy–Great article (as always)!

    Now, please don’t cringe: I have an old but busy site hosted on Trellix with shopping cart code I created using eMals, but, it is very outdated in today’s Google-run world.

    I was looking at updating to their new Zeeblio sitebuilder, but, it appears to be DOA. SO, Wix seems like a great place to start. I am assuming all my old HTML code blocks can be copied into Wix’s sitebuilder–so the move won’t be so painful?
    Jackie of JackieSoap.com

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 20, 2016 at 7:02 PM #

      Hi Jackie,

      I’m not familiar with Zeeblio, so I won’t have any constructive insights to share.

      In regards to your question, Wix actually doesn’t allow you to edit the website’s HTML or CSS codes. I think that 99% of Wix users won’t know how to code anyway.

      But they do allow you to add HTML snippets in your Wix site, if you are adding external widgets. For example, if you found a non-Wix tool that you’d like to add, and the tool gives you HTML embed codes, then you can insert it into your Wix site.

      So there is a distinct difference here. You cannot edit the actual HTML / CSS codes of your Wix website. But you can add external HTML codes.

      But before adding codes from another tool, you should check out Wix’s App Market. This market has a lot of non-core Wix tools that you can bolt on to your website. The benefit of these Apps is that they are configured to work properly with Wix. If you use an external widget’s codes that are not configured to work directly with Wix, there is a risk that the codes may not work (perfectly).

      If you need access to edit the HTML and CSS codes of your website (assuming you want to just copy and paste codes from your current website), then take a look at Weebly (our review here).

      They do allow you to edit the website’s HTML / CSS codes. But you need to be a bit pretty comfortable with codes, as you will have to make modifications to “adapt” your current codes into Weebly’s code framework. But it is definitely possible.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      • Jackie March 23, 2016 at 7:04 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy! I am in the 99% who don’t know code, so, yes the ability to just add the code from my previous shopping cart (e-mals) if fantastic. I can use their “pretty” templates to update the look and feel of my site, but, I can still use e-mals for the buy buttons I have already “coded” and Square to process the order. That will work just fine. And, I have FIVE days to copy everything as my Trellix/Lycos site renews then. Got to get to work! Thanks again!

  65. roger March 12, 2016 at 11:16 AM #

    I just want to ask, how much bandwidth traffic could wix support in their unlit plan.
    Meaning, that it could handle million of visits at the same time without the website to stop ??

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 14, 2016 at 4:25 AM #

      Hello Roger,

      If you’re anticipating a lot of traffic and are concerned about bandwidth, Wix’s Unlimited Plan might be more appropriate for you.

      But generally speaking, if you are anticipating millions of visitors on your site all at the same time, you’ll probably need dedicated servers that can cost you thousands and thousands of dollars per month with a custom built site. I’m not even sure if New York Times get millions of visitors on their site all at the same time!

      Jeremy

  66. Ron March 12, 2016 at 10:48 AM #

    Fantastic article Jeremy. I have begun to play around with Wix to see if this is something I can actually do before upgrading to a premium account and so far so good.

    I do have one question for you. I have an account with Bluehost that expires at the end of March. I also have my personal domain name with them. I told them I wouldn’t be renewing with them(long,ugly story about an epic fail with WordPress). Can I move my personal domain name to Wix at the end of March or is there a waiting period?

    Thank you, and keep up the awesome work you do!

    Ron

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 14, 2016 at 4:21 AM #

      Hi Ron,

      Thanks for your feedback.

      Regarding your domain name, you can keep it with Bluehost and connect it directly to your Wix website. That would be the easiest way to proceed, and you really don’t have to deal with Bluehost at all after you have it connected (which is pretty straightforward and Wix’s support center has documentation on how to do that).

      If you really want to terminate your relationship with Bluehost, you have 2 options:

      1) You can migrate / transfer your domain name to Wix. In their support center, search for “transfer domain name” and you’ll find the documentation on how to do that.

      2) You can migrate / transfer your domain name to a domain name registrar such as GoDaddy, then connect it to your Wix site from there. There are certain benefits of this approach, which we’ve highlighted in our FAQ page here.

      One thing to be aware of, is that you need to own the domain name for more than 60 days before you can transfer it out of a domain name registrar (Bluehost in your case) into another registrar.

      So if you’ve owned your domain name for less than 60 days, then my first recommendation will work (keep using Bluehost and connect your domain name from Bluehost to Wix).

      Jeremy

  67. Sherry R. February 22, 2016 at 3:02 PM #

    I’ve had a website hosted on GoDaddy for years but have always designed it through iWeb. Now that that’s no longer an option, I’d like to find an alternative. Wix.com looks great – but wondering if if I would still leave my site hosted on GoDaddy and use Wix.com as a designer? Advantages of moving it when my email is also hosted by GoDaddy? Thoughts?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 24, 2016 at 12:48 AM #

      Hey Sherry,

      You won’t be able to do that. Wix is a fully hosted solution, meaning that they provide all the infrastructure to power your website.

      If you use Wix to build / design a website, it has to be hosted on Wix’s servers. They include this service for you as part of their packages.

      So if you want to use Wix, you no longer have to use GoDaddy’s hosting service, which will also save you some money.

      I haven’t used GoDaddy’s email services before, but if you like it, you can definitely keep using it.

      Wix has partnered up with Google Business App, which allows you to create a custom email address while manage your inbox using Google’s Gmail interface (which I quite like). It’s about $5 per month to use this email service from Google.

      One thing to think about, is if you move your email services from GoDaddy to Google, then you will lose your email history. So if you have a long email history and want to keep it, then you might want to consider staying with GoDaddy. But if you really prefer the Gmail user interface, then you have the option to change.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  68. Cody February 17, 2016 at 4:46 AM #

    Hi,

    I’m having a hard time deciding between Wix and Squarespace. From the SEO and back end perspective, it seems SS might be better…? Your review of SS indicates it offers automatic sitemapping and analytics, as well better URL customization. Does this mean Wix doesn’t offer these things/how do I go about doing these things with Wix and how much more time and cost will it take?

    Another question I have is the effect, if any, of Wix’s apparently better mobile builder. It looks like you can better get your phone number and location on a Wix Mobile site, whereas SS limits your mobile site to basically a shrunk-down version of your desktop site.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 18, 2016 at 9:54 PM #

      Hey Cody,

      Wix doesn’t have the ability for you to edit the URL structure, so if that’s important for you, Squarespace does offer this (as you know).

      But Wix has the other functions and is Google search engine friendly (we discuss more about this in the SEO section above).

      If you want more of our thoughts on SEO and website builders in general, take a look at our FAQ page for more.

      As for mobile builders, you’re right in that Wix offers a dedicated mobile editor so you can make customizations to your mobile user interface. This way, you can place your content strategically, whereas with Squarespace, you won’t have the luxury of modifying the placement of your content.

      The drawback of the Wix mobile editor is that it is a bit more work to edit your site for mobile devices. But if you want to have more control over this, Wix is the better way forward.

      We have more discussions about that on this page here.

      Jeremy

  69. Bob Kamp February 16, 2016 at 5:35 AM #

    Another Con:

    You can’t pay for your Premium Plan without the use of a creditcard or a debitcard.

    They don’t support the most common alternative payment methods, such as standard banktransfer or PayPal.
    It’s not that users don’t request other methods of payments (145.000 results on Google alone mention this request), but Wix simply will not bow.

    It is a great website builder, it really is, and it’s worth the money. But if you don’t have or want to use a creditcard, you’re stuck with the lousy free version.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 17, 2016 at 7:10 AM #

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for your comment. I suspect the main reason is that PayPal transaction fees are typically much higher than other payment processors. So when you are processing up to 1.8 million payments from paying customers (that’s about how many paid subscribers they have right now), the fees can really add up!

      I’m sure Wix has a logical business reasons for not accepting PayPal. Off the top of my head, I think only Weebly accepts PayPal payments.

      In any case, I also suspect that majority of people will have payment options other than PayPal. But of course, I do agree with you that having the option of paying via PayPal would be extra nice.

      Jeremy

  70. Sarah February 13, 2016 at 12:54 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for this very thorough review of Wix. I am building my first website and have started with bluehost and WordPress but have come up against some frustrating things. So I am considering switching to Wix because it looks way more user friendly. Thankfully I am still in the time period where I can get a refund from bluehost if I indeed do decide to switch.

    Thanks again!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 15, 2016 at 4:50 PM #

      Hey Sarah,

      Definitely give Wix a try. WordPress has a lot of flexibility but you definitely need to be pretty technical (such as knowing how to code) to become proficient with it.

      Perhaps Wix will be a good match for you, and you can sign up for a free account to give it a try at the mean time!

      Jeremy

  71. Kim February 9, 2016 at 7:13 PM #

    I had someone build me a Wix site and now I need to know how to optimize (SEO) and actually be found when key words for my industry are searched. I have been told that this is not an easy feat with Wix, please advise.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 10, 2016 at 3:43 PM #

      Hi Kim,

      This is a common question. Please refer to our FAQ page, and we do provide some of our thoughts on SEO there.

      Jeremy

  72. Paulette February 5, 2016 at 1:09 AM #

    Hi! Your reviews and Q&A’s are very helpful. I just wanted some clarification. Say I chose the unlimited or ecommerce plan on wix for a business would I have to pay the $18 per month for shoppify in addition to my monthly payment for wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 5, 2016 at 2:24 PM #

      Hello Paulette,

      Wix doesn’t use Shopify to power its ecommerce features. Shopify is a complete different platform and you can see more discussions about Shopify here.

      I’d suggest you test out both platforms to see which one you like best. But if you want a very advanced store builder, Shopify will be the better choice.

      But if you don’t plan on creating an advanced store, Wix has all the basic tools you need to create a good, functional store.

      You can also check out this short quiz to see which one is more suitable for you. It’ll give you a starting point and you can narrow things down after.

      Jeremy

  73. Mike Merlo January 29, 2016 at 10:15 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    So, I just became a Realtor and now am in need of a domain, website, CRM etc. I have not purchased a domain yet. I was going to get one from GoDaddy, but if I had WIX for my website, I can also get my domain from them. Is that a benefit. Also, how will my IXACT CRM work with WIX website, or is it totally different as far as marketing to my contacts?

    Thanks,

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 29, 2016 at 3:11 PM #

      Hi Mike,

      There are pros and cons with getting a domain name from Wix. We have a domain name guide that will discuss what to watch out for.

      If you end up getting one from GoDaddy, you can connect it to Wix – no problem at all.

      In terms of the real estate related software, I’m not entirely how to integrate that with Wix, as I’m not familiar with the software. You’ll probably have to ask the software provider as to how they recommend users integrate their tool with a website.

      Generally speaking, the HTML Code tool from Wix is how people insert external widgets into their Wix site. So perhaps that’s how IXACT will work too.

      Jeremy

  74. Dee-Chand January 29, 2016 at 8:53 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you for this article. I do have some questions though. I’ve been using blogspot.com for 5 years and I get bored with what they have (design, template, organizing the pictures, and stuff). I want to try to have a website or you know .. something with a real domain, not bla bla.blogspot.com or bla bla.wordspress.com, you know what I mean. LOL.
    Is Wix a good stuff for me to start? Also, I don’t want to pay a lot (for the domain or hosting, or stuff that I have no idea) since I’m not using it as a business. I do not own any business.
    And can I put AdSense on Wix?
    Please advise haha. I need your ideas. Lol : )

    Thanks a lot.
    Dee.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 29, 2016 at 3:07 PM #

      Hey Dee-Chand,

      Wix is a good website builder and it’s easy to use. Best way to see for yourself is to sign up for a free account and test them out.

      However, if you want to have your own domain name, you’ll need to upgrade to at least their Connect Domain plan. But just note that even with this (lowest) plan, they will still display an ad on your site. So if you want to be completely ad free, then subscribe to at least their Combo plan.

      Again, you don’t have a time limit to test them out, so only upgrade if you are happy with what you see.

      If you sign up to their annual Combo plan (or higher), they give you a free domain name for 1 year. Take a look at our Beginners Guide to Domain Names as we go over a lot of the basics, and what to watch out for in that guide.

      Yes – you can insert Google Adsense into a Wix site.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  75. mide January 26, 2016 at 9:33 PM #

    hi jeremy

    i’m looking to start an online handyman service in my city (in africa) but skeptical about using wix or any website builder because i dont know how well these platforms will be be able to manage the services- from online booking/customer request to payments etc. Basically i just need to know if wix can host an online handyman service ‘properly’, kind regards.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 28, 2016 at 3:53 PM #

      Hello Mide,

      Wix should work fine. You can always sign up and test them out yourself, before upgrading to a paid plan. There is no time limit on how long you can test them out for free, so upgrade when you feel comfortable.

      Wix has a “Wix Bookings” app in their App Market that can work well for you. So people can schedule an appointment and pay right away through your website.

      hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  76. Tommielu January 26, 2016 at 11:29 AM #

    Thank you for all this info. Are there any website builders that I can use with a iPad?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 28, 2016 at 3:35 PM #

      Yes. Check out Weebly or Jimdo. Both will allow you to build websites on your iPad.

      Jeremy

  77. karen January 21, 2016 at 4:42 PM #

    i have to say i am now happy with the wix support, they have redeemed themselves. In the beginning it was a roller coaster ride where i was unable to access my page editor. Once i finally connected with them the support was good. What was suppose to be a question mark of how long it would take to get my new editor,i was sent a new editor the next day and it works! if you are having serious issues my recommendation would be to open a ticket but schedule a phone support session

  78. karen January 21, 2016 at 6:16 AM #

    i have been with wix for approx. 3 years now and never had an issue with the service or the software to build the website. However with their implementation of the new editor i cannot edit my website , it just hangs at launching. i finally got an appointment with phone support after going in circles with the online support and it seems the new editor doesnt work with satellite users. the resolution i received was to find a place that had a lan line to edit my website…. huh??? they have nor could give me an estimate on when this issue would be fixed. Unfortunately i have not had access to my website for much of dec and january 2016. I like the website builder wix offers however why am i paying for a service i am not receiving. I believe this is a big deal and realistically i need to access my page so it looks like i will be forced to switch…i would prefer not to this is why i am waiting to see if they make progress on this issue. for all those who are satellite users before signing up make sure this issue has been dealt with .. thank you karen

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 23, 2016 at 6:29 PM #

      Hey Karen,

      Glad Wix resolved the issue quickly based on your other comment above.

      Also great to hear that you’ve been with Wix for over 3 years! They’ve really come a long way in adding more and more (easy to use) features to their editor. I quite enjoy watching them grow as a website builder!

      Jeremy

  79. lori January 14, 2016 at 12:39 PM #

    Your articles are so helpful! Thanks! I’ll be clicking on some of your links because of it.

    My question is this, can I put my own Google adsense code and Amazon affiliate links on Wix? And can I put a mail chimp email sign up box/code on Wix like I did on Weebly?

    Thinking of switching over to Wix (I’ve been using Weebly for 5 years now) because Weeblys templates are getting MORE boring and utilitarian looking and they are giving us less choice now for templates than they had in the past.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 16, 2016 at 5:54 PM #

      Hello Lori,

      Yes you can definitely insert those into your Wix website. Google Adsense and Mailchimp can be added to your Wix site by using their Apps (found in Wix’s App Market).

      For Amazon affiliate links, you just have to get the links from Amazon and embed them into your content in your website – so when people click on your text or images, the links will lead them to Amazon.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  80. Lisa January 13, 2016 at 5:17 AM #

    Thanks for your brilliant reviews and information they have really saved me a lot of time and headaches. Thanks to your advice I am trying out Wix to build my new site.

    QUESTION1: You mention it has an ability to build a HTML5 or Flash Website. I would prefer a HTML5 because I ‘believe’ that the SEO is better and that also some devices cannot handle flash based sites (although I may have misunderstood this!).

    How would I know which site I am building though? I have started with this “Curriculum Vitae” template, would this be HTML5? http://www.wix.com/website-template/view/html/796#
    Or is it not the template that determines this factor but the elements within it such as a slideshow style image?

    QUESTION2: One of the ‘cons’ mentioned against Wix is “No E-mail Integration”.
    I already have a domain name and email addresses setup. I understand I can point my domain name to this new website once I have set it up and upgraded my plan, but if I already have email addresses I presume these can function correctly with the forms etc and that the “No email integration” just means its not possible to setup new email addresses within their hosting option?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Lisa

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 13, 2016 at 2:45 PM #

      Hi Lisa,

      I actually don’t even think Wix has any more flash based templates. Many years ago, Wix used to be flash based, but they’ve since moved towards HTML5.

      If you already have a domain name and an email set up, you can just connect your domain name to your Wix site and your email will still work independently (as it is not hosted by Wix). When you set up your contact form, they will ask for you to insert your email address.

      Just curious, where did you see my comment about “no email integration”? Wix doesn’t provide you with email services, but they’ve partnered up with Google Business Apps, making it easier for Wix users to subscribe to Google email services (for about $5 per month).

      Jeremy

      • Lisa January 14, 2016 at 1:23 AM #

        Hi Jeremy

        Thanks so much for the fast reply, that sounds reassuring. I am not sure where I saw the bit about email integration to be honest, I have been reading through this review, all the Q&As, the comparisons with SquareSpace, the e-commerce link and ‘other expert opinions’.
        I’m really pleased with the way my Wix site is going so far (although I have not got too far yet!) it all seems really easy to use so far.

        Regards
        Lisa

  81. jinso December 16, 2015 at 5:24 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Hope you are doing well…!

    Wix website is Static or Dynamic?
    Any option to change wix hosting server to my own server?
    Any additional / hidden cost i may pay after i purchase any plan, ??

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 16, 2015 at 1:42 PM #

      Hello Jinso,

      Could you clarify what you mean by static or dynamic?

      If you’re wondering if the website is mobile responsive, then the answer is no. However, they do offer you a dedicated mobile editor so you can edit the mobile version of your Wix website. We have more discussion about that here.

      Wix provides all the hosting service for your website, so you don’t need your own servers. But if you’re asking if you have the option to build a site with Wix, then export it to your own server, then the answer is no.

      If that is very important to you, take a look at Weebly. You an export all the raw codes out of Weebly and into your own hosting service. However, you should be aware that once the codes are out of Weebly, you no longer can use their drag and drop platform. Any changes you make will have to be done in the codes.

      There are no hidden costs. You only pay a monthly fee!

      Hope this helps

      Jeremy

  82. Niklas December 8, 2015 at 5:33 AM #

    Hi
    I have a website already, designed in Dreamweaver. I am using a “walk on stage” video of myself as a welcome and the only videoformat that supports transparent background from a green screen is flash. I noticed that flash is a possible object in wix, but my question is, as mobile devices cant show flash content, is there a way to turn off this flashvideo when a mobile device is used in wix?

    Regards
    Niklas Elliot

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 9, 2015 at 2:06 PM #

      Hello Niklas,

      Wix’s mobile editor does allow you to customize the mobile layout. So you can choose to hide or display certain elements as you wish.

      We have a discussion article about their mobile editor here.

      Jeremy

  83. sharizat November 30, 2015 at 7:16 PM #

    Thank you for the article! Although I haven’t read it yet, I want to jump ahead and ask for an advise. As a graphic designer but a novice in web design I played around with WIX and it seems to be too good to be true : )

    well, what I’m skeptical about is that will a client pay for a web-site he/she can *technically* build himself? Has anyone have an opinion on that?
    Thank you in advance…

    Now off to read the article : )

    Sharizat

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 2, 2015 at 3:32 PM #

      Hello Sharizat,

      I think some clients will be willing to pay. Keep in mind that a lot of people are willing to pay for “time”. So if you can build something they like, they might pay for it because they don’t have to deal with it themselves.

      It’s the same as buying food outside as opposed to cooking at home. Cooking at home probably saves you a lot of money, but it does take time and is can be a pain especially if you’re busy with other things!

      Jeremy

  84. Leslie November 30, 2015 at 5:59 PM #

    I’m confused – I understand Wix is free to try for an unlimited time. But once you decide it’s for you then what are you paying for then? If I can customize it and publish it then aren’t I using it already for free? Is it that they will put it down at some point if you don’t sign up for a plan? or do you pay if you want certain features? It’s not clear in this article what you’re paying for ? What part of it is a “trial” if there’s no time limit to the trial??

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 2, 2015 at 3:28 PM #

      Leslie,

      If you visit their pricing page, you’ll see what additional features you get access to if you sign up to one of their premium plans.

      Also, another big item to consider is that with their free plan, you can’t connect your own domain name to the website. So your website address will have the term “wix” in it.

      If you are okay with continuing with their free plan, then you can do that and there is no time limit to it. You can use it for as long as you want to.

      Jeremy

  85. Charlie Osborn November 28, 2015 at 7:56 PM #

    I just finished building a website for a client. This was a rebuild of a site originally in hand-coded “old” HTML. WIX works well for what it is but it has two nasty problems for me. First, it doesn’t do text wraps. If you need to wrap text around photo or graphic elements, you have to do it all manually. It’s time consuming and clunky at best. The second big problem, so big that I’m going to have to move this site to another service, is that it doesn’t allow a mobile device to see the desktop version like some competing services do. I didn’t know this at the start. Had I known I would not have used WIX.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 30, 2015 at 11:51 AM #

      Hi Charlie,

      Sorry to hear that the ability to view the desktop version of your website is an important consideration. For most folks in my own observations, just being able to display the mobile version of a website on mobile device is sufficient. It sounds like your client has some specific requirements.

      Take a look at Weebly (we have more discussions about them here). They also have a mobile editor and at the bottom of the website when people visit it on their mobile device, there is a link where the visitors can switch to displaying the desktop version on their mobile devices.

      However, Weebly has migrated to creating only responsive templates over the past year or so. So only older templates will have the feature you want.

      Just something to consider.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  86. alyssa November 20, 2015 at 8:19 PM #

    thanks for the useful article! I’m thinking of using Wix for my website. would it be possible to subscribe to the Wix basic plan (without online store) + install shopify app (available on Wix app market)?

    I like wix’s user-friendly features but have concerns about its e-commerce capability.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM #

      Yes you can do that. Using Shopify can significant expand your online store’s ecommerce capabilities. We also have a discussion about Shopify here if you haven’t seen it yet.

      Jeremy

  87. diann cohen October 31, 2015 at 9:45 AM #

    Thanks for the review. Found it very helpful. Has Wix fitted the ecommerce issues you talked about?

    Thanks again. Really thought your video and written review was outstanding.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 2, 2015 at 3:53 PM #

      Hi Diann,

      Which ecommerce issues are you referring to? Wix’s ecommerce tools are pretty good for a drag and drop website builder. Of course, their tools are not as advanced as pure online store builders such as Shopify or Bigcommerce, but if you are not operating an advanced store, Wix’s features can help you build a functional store.

      We have a side-by-side ecommerce builder comparison chart here that you might find helpful.

      Jeremy

  88. Jodi October 8, 2015 at 4:24 PM #

    I purchased Wix in Feb 2015 for my online store which sells original art note cards, canvas bags and offers personalized pet portraits. Their support has been very quick with responses but I’m finding they don’t offer enough options for shipping. My issue is in my need to use USPS flat rate shipping boxes. I can fit two of one item in one box, but 2 of another item won’t fit in the same box. The item prices are almost identical so their price range option will not work for what I need and it’s too time consuming to have a weight range on the items when multiple combinations are ordered. I’m hoping they can resolve this issue before my year is up with them, or I fear I will have to find another option. I received feedback from a customer that I would probably receive orders for more items if the shipping weren’t doubled, or tripled with multiple items. I hope this makes sense.

    I love the way my site looks and functions otherwise, now that I’ve gotten past most of the learning curve.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 14, 2015 at 11:14 AM #

      Hi Jodi,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with Wix with us. I’m happy to hear that you’re finding their support responsive and that you’re enjoying the way your site looks!

      Regarding shipping options, it’s a common for drag and drop builders to provide really good basic functions. But if you want more advanced features, or more options, you might have to consider a more advanced ecommerce builder such as Shopify.

      Have you checked out Wix’s App Market yet? You might be able to find more shipping tools there.

      Jeremy

  89. H.D. GREAVES September 26, 2015 at 12:57 PM #

    Hello, Mr. Wong,

    I’ve put together a good looking website using WIX and it is now ready to be on the search engines.

    I’m told by WIX that it takes at least a month before it goes on search engines, possibly even longer. Is this truly the case or do the websites go on search engines sooner than one month? Or much later than that?

    I’ve also heard my friends (pessimists all, it seems) say that I’ll never be found on the internet, that my website will be so far down the pages that no one will ever hear about me and my work.

    I’m an author and I’ve the site set up so that my books, with the click of a button, are immediately linked to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, where they can be purchased. This site is a valid way for me to sell a lot of my books, but only if it is actually easily located on the internet via search engines (Google, Bing, etc).

    So, are my pessimistic friends correct, or is there a more positive response to getting found on the internet? And, if so, how do I go about doing that?

    I look forward to your response.

    Thanks!

    H.D. Greaves
    Port of Spain, Trinidad

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 28, 2015 at 7:24 PM #

      Hello HD,

      It’s very challenging to know exactly when your website will be discoverable. It’s even more challenging to know how your website will rank in search engine search queries, as search ranking depends on well over 200 different ranking factors. Google’s search algorithm is very complex, and is ever evolving.

      It takes a lot of work to rank well on the internet. So understanding what to do and being very persistent in working on improving your rankings are some of the keys to success. Most people quit way too early after not seeing solid results after a few months.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  90. Boikago September 19, 2015 at 6:51 AM #

    Hello,

    I would like to build a website for my family(personal website), but which can be viewed by anyone, were we can post pics, vids and some info of our annual family gathering.

    Now my questions are:
    Will I be able to edit it every year, although I published it, as I’ll be obliged to add pics, info and vids?

    How long will be allowed to use it b4 I can start paying and upgrading?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 19, 2015 at 1:38 PM #

      Hi Boikago,

      Yes you can continuously update / edit your Wix website, as often as you want to. So if you have new videos or pictures, you can add them to your website. if you want to remove old content, you can do that any time as well!

      You can use the free version of Wix as long as you want to – there is no time limit to that. But if you want access to more tools, or use your own custom domain name, then you’ll have to upgrade. We have a pricing discussion section above in our review!

      Jeremy

  91. caskab September 14, 2015 at 2:07 AM #

    i have my website that used to be hosted for free w/ my cable isp provider. the website has a domain name registered thru mydomain. can i continue to keep the mydomain domain name and still create a wix website with wix hosting?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 15, 2015 at 12:31 AM #

      Hey there,

      Yes you can. You just have to point your domain name from your current domain name registrar to your Wix website. You should be able to find out about how to do that in Wix’s support center. Search for “domain name”.

      Keep in mind that you have to upgrade to one of Wix’s premium plans before you can connect your own domain name to Wix website.

      Jeremy

  92. Anne September 12, 2015 at 4:15 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am in UK and have been looking at the Wix website setup. I’m looking to set up a craft page to sell products I have made and I have played around with some of the pages on Wix. Not yet published anything though.

    Wix does look very professional and even elegant in some areas. I am a bit green when it comes to the internet and setting this up (don’t even use facebook or twitter)

    Does the site provide me a website name, or do I have to set that up separately and what is a domain name. Are these the same thing? If not what is the difference?

    Kind regards Anne

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 15, 2015 at 12:26 AM #

      Hello Anne,

      A domain name is basically what people type into the website address bar on their website browser to get to a specific website. So for instance, the domain name of this website is http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com

      If you sign up to Wix’s annual plans (their Combo, Unlimited, eCommerce or VIP), they give you a free domain name for 1 year. After the first year, you will then have to pay to renew the domain name every single year. The cost is roughly about $20 or so per year.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  93. Jacqueline September 8, 2015 at 7:46 PM #

    Hello,
    I have a small store on Etsy but their fee’s are basically robbing me blind. Out of $10 I sell I am only getting about $4 which is crazy to me. So i have a made the free page on WIX and now am just wondering, if a customer comes to buy… do they need to create an account on there? Or is it just like any other online store where you just enter payment info and go on your way?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 9, 2015 at 12:23 PM #

      Hello Jacqueline,

      Wow that really hurts! We actually have a discussion article about Etsy and why building a separate online store is important as part of your strategy.

      If you are just selling products, you don’t need your customers to sign in at all. You can sign up to Wix’s ecommerce plan and create products where people can just add your product to the shopping cart, and check out that way – just like how most ecommerce sites work.

      You can also check out our discussion about Wix’s ecommerce tools here.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

      • brenda October 10, 2015 at 7:35 PM #

        I sell dry salsa and spices plus I sell gift baskets and I can only charge one rate for shipping. Who is going to pay the 10.00 to ship my 1.5 oz package of salsa. since I can only enter in one amount. so now Ive had to remove all my holiday baskets and just sell the salsa. Back to etsy I go!. nothing changes to add to your selling web page unless people vote on it. really. your supposed to be helping me make money not lose money! I cant change shipping charges on each individual item!. I cant give shipping discounts if a person buys more than one item from me and I was told to create a coupon for that. then ANYONE could use it for buying just one EZ salsa and I would lose money. this is not E commerce friendly. it is great for everything else. looking forward to taking my business somewhere else where since I am losing business on a daily basis with wix.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong October 14, 2015 at 11:28 AM #

          Hi Brenda,

          Wix does have some limitations when it comes to some ecommerce features (such as shipping as you pointed out).

          If you want a lot more flexibility for an online store, take a look at Shopify. They’re a pure ecommerce builder and so you get a lot more flexibility and features.

          Jeremy

  94. BlakelyPete September 3, 2015 at 2:08 PM #

    I’ve already paid GoDaddy to host my sites. Can I use Wix to build and then upload to GoDaddy or does Wix only upload to its own servers?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 4, 2015 at 2:26 PM #

      Hi BlakelyPete,

      Wix provides all the hosting services for you already, so you can’t export a Wix website and upload it into GoDaddy.

      One of the issues is that Wix’s own website building platform is proprietary, meaning that GoDaddy doesn’t have the same infrastructure to be able to host a website built by Wix.

      So if you want to keep building your website with Wix, see if you can cancel your GoDaddy hosting plan and get a full or partial refund.

      Good luck with your website!

      Jeremy

  95. Tomas September 2, 2015 at 3:52 AM #

    One thing I would like to add as a massive draw to be aware is mandatory image optimisation wix has . At the moment one cannot opt out of it and it ruins images to a bad point by sharpening . I am retoucher by trade so it was apparent pretty much from the start. Apart from that it is supper easy to build with some decent choice of templates , fonts galleries add-ons you name it. On that part I was very satisfied. I built up my web from a scratch in 3 days it was on and working.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 4, 2015 at 1:45 PM #

      Thanks for sharing Tomas. I guess you have a really well trained eye for image quality!

      Jeremy

  96. Mark September 1, 2015 at 7:32 PM #

    Hi guys… After I publish my website can I come back and update the content

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 4, 2015 at 1:28 PM #

      Yup. You can keep updating your content as much as you want to.

      Jeremy

  97. jose August 26, 2015 at 8:40 PM #

    hi, quick question, how do I receive payments from customers ?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 28, 2015 at 11:46 AM #

      Hi Jose,

      You can sell products using Wix’s ecommerce functions. So to collect money from your customers, you have to connect your shopping cart with payment transaction service providers such as PayPal. Wix allows you to connect its ecommerce function to various payment processors. From these payment processors, you can then transfer your money to your bank account.

      Have a look at our ecommerce discussion to see more details about their online store building capabilities.

      Jeremy

  98. Lilly August 16, 2015 at 11:16 AM #

    I just came across your review and hoping you can help with my question.

    I’m a novice when it comes to my company’s website, which is why I’ve been using Yahoo Small Business for the past 8 years. However, now that my business is doing well, I need to add more pictures for my portfolio which Yahoo is limited, unless I upgrade. I was thinking of doing this, but now Yahoo Small Business will be managed by a new company and I’m not sure if I want to remain with them.

    I purchased my domain name through YSB. Is it easily to transfer to Wix? Can I also transfer the content page or verbiage to Wix or do I need to do this manually, as in start over with the design of each page? I’d like to have the ability to add pictures and manage myself, which I hope Wix will allow me to do. Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 17, 2015 at 12:32 PM #

      Hi Lily,

      You should be able to transfer your domain name into Wix. Visit Wix’s support page here, and type in “Domain” into the search bar and you’ll see some help articles.

      There isn’t a way to “automatically” transfer your content into Wix. So the easiest way is to copy and paste the text directly into your newly set up Wix pages. For the images, you’ll have to re-insert them into Wix as well.

      To do those, just drag in the text and image elements on to your webpages, and insert your text, or upload your images.

      Once you have your content inserted into Wix, you can drag and drop them around to re-arrange your page formatting. It’s really easy to do since the entire user interface is drag and drop.

      The migration will take a bit of time (but not super challenging), and is a one time investment of your time. So it will be worth it.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  99. DJ August 15, 2015 at 8:24 AM #

    Awesome site! Thanks for the great info and actual, non-fake, non-spammy reviews 🙂 Truly very helpful and well thought out. I will be moving forward with a Wix or Weebly site for my wife (depending on what she likes) based on your excellent content. Keep it up!
    DJ

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 17, 2015 at 12:25 PM #

      Thanks DJ! Glad our discussions here have been helpful to you. Good luck with Wix (or Weebly)!

      Jeremy

  100. Debbie August 2, 2015 at 6:36 AM #

    I set up a lovely looking store in Wix – very easily, only to find that the shipping options are appalling and unusable. You can set one flat rate for each country. So no matter how much someone spends or how heavy or light the item they will all pay the same!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 3, 2015 at 10:02 AM #

      Hi Debbie,

      Yeah unfortunately it’s a feature that they haven’t introduced yet, which I agree will be very helpful to store owners.

      If it’s a key feature for you, and you want to be able to build a store easily, check out Squarespace or Weebly (click to see our discussions about their ecommerce tools). Both are also very easy to use drag and drop website builders.

      If you want a more advanced store, capable of helping you sell a very large amount of products, and with a lot of ecommerce flexibility, take a look at Shopify or Bigcommerce. Both are “pure” ecommerce builders.

      If you really want to keep using Wix (since you already built out your store), take a look at Shopify’s Buy Button, or Ecwid.

      While Shopify is a full ecommerce website builder, if you want to keep using your own website (such as Wix), while being able to convert it into an online store, Shopify’s Buy Button can do that.

      Ecwid is an independent ecommerce add-on that is also compatible with Wix. Ecwid adds a lot more advanced ecommerce related tools and options for you.

      Thanks for dropping your feedback here!

      Jeremy

      • Annie August 29, 2016 at 2:36 PM #

        Hey Jeremy I need some assistance. This is my first time designing a web page and using Wix. I am having issues with how to insert the BUY button from Shopify. If you can give me some instructions on how to do so I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks much
        Annie

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong August 31, 2016 at 3:20 PM #

          Hi Annie,

          Have you reached out to Shopify’s support team? They should have the proper tutorials and support for you.

          Jeremy

  101. Mark July 17, 2015 at 11:03 PM #

    A few of my concerns is i wanted to plug in some java script i wasnt sure if wix allows any other scripts besides its own? Php etc. I also was concerned about rankings …how does wix compare to a standard site built in dreamweaver?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 20, 2015 at 1:38 PM #

      Hi Mark,

      One of the drawbacks of using Wix is that you won’t have complete flexibility to alter / insert / delete codes.

      They do have a tool called the “HTML App” that you can try to use to insert your javascript. It might work, or it might not, depending on what you are trying to do.

      This is an inherent limitation for most drag and drop website builders. Specifically for Wix, you won’t have access to the HTML / CSS codes. But if that is important to you, and you want to continue using a drag and drop website builder, take a look at Weebly as they do grant you full access to the HTML / CSS codes, so you can test adding your javascript in there.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  102. Ion Ratiu July 17, 2015 at 5:39 AM #

    Dear Jeremy,
    Thank you for your outstanding analysis of website builders. I hope you can make a living out of it, it is invaluable: thoughtful, up-to-date, professional. I have some questions and would be happy to pay you a fee for a one-hour consultation on choosing a web site builder for our medical practice.

    I run our busy medical endocrinology practice, austinthyroid.com, and need to update our 10yr old stale and pitiful website. Still, after 10 years, we rank highly in Austin, Texas, and cannot afford to lose that ranking.

    Question 1: will I lose our Google ranking if I rebuild our old website using Wix? I read some negative comments on Wix SEO elsewhere that claim using Wix makes it almost invisible to Google. Your review calls Wix SEO “right on par” with the other webs site builders. Would I get much better SEO paying a local small firm here to do our web site? I have got burned with a few local web site design companies, so going to another one makes me shiver.

    Question 2: in practice, how many people really change templates once done with their design? How difficult would it be for a simple web site like ours to recast by hand to a new template every year?

    Please let me know what your think. Again, many thanks for your excellent reviews
    Best,

    Ion Ratiu, PhD
    Austin Thyroid & Endocrinology

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 17, 2015 at 12:38 PM #

      Hello Ion,

      Thanks for your comment and glad you find our discussions helpful!

      It sounds to be that your current ranking is a really important driver for your business / medical practice, and that losing the ranking may potentially be detrimental to your practice.

      Off the top of my head, I think you should consider the following:

      1) Hire a migration specialist / agency to help you manage the transition process. It can be a bit tricky when migrating sites as you will need to do 301 re-directs (so Google knows that the old page addresses are the same as the new page addresses), and also you want to ensure that all your content are still available for crawling / indexing. If you don’t have time or the expertise to deal with this, it’s definitely a good idea to hire a specialist to do this.

      I don’t have any specific recommendations, but I’m sure you can find some with a few Google searches, and interview them, get references, see case studies. I think they should give you a specific plan of attack, as planning is a significant of the process.

      You can also research how to do website migrations, just to top up your knowledge on how it roughly works, so when you do interview a few candidates, you won’t feel overwhelmed and can ask relatively informed questions.

      Good specialists are worth their fees, as I’m sure you know.

      2) Don’t move your site at all. It all depends on your risk tolerance. At the end of the day, nobody can guarantee that your website ranking will be preserved after a site migration. In my view, you should be very very skeptical if someone tells you that he/she can guarantee a 100% success rate.

      If your website traffic is a key part of your business, then keeping what isn’t “broken” is definitely an option. Maybe consider just updating your website design, while staying on the same web platform.

      I wish you all the best with your decision!

      Jeremy

  103. Susan Armbruster June 29, 2015 at 5:16 PM #

    I was going to use Wix to build a website for my husband’s company which is a start up relating to industrial clients with HVAC etc. I do not see many examples which look industrial. I am fine using any appealing template, but I am concerned about the pictures. Am I limited to Wix’s pictures or can I provide my own? I doubt you have pictures of the air conditioning units for large businesses.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 30, 2015 at 6:45 AM #

      Hi Susan,

      Yes you can definitely insert your own images. You can click into any image and change the images if you want to.

      As for design templates, you can take a look at their business templates and they do have some sub-categories, such as “maintenance services” that you can consider.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  104. Sukumar June 25, 2015 at 6:16 AM #

    I have already booked a domain. Shall I transfer it into your wix ? which I have created throught your free site , if yes how.

    what amount i have to pay.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 25, 2015 at 10:06 PM #

      Hi Sukumar,

      If you have a custom domain name already, you can see instructions from Wix here on how to connect it to your website.

      Jeremy

  105. Pete Brown May 29, 2015 at 7:11 AM #

    Hi Jeremy. I’ve been reading your very useful reviews and think that Wix, Squarespace and Weebly would all be easy enough for a novice like me to use, but I haven’t been able to find any information about accessibility. I would like my website to have features that are up to W3C standards. Do these web builders qualify?

    Thanks
    Pete

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 29, 2015 at 9:58 PM #

      Hi Pete,

      I think the code quality for drag and drop website builders are decent, but none of them will be “perfect”, unless you handcode each website yourself. One of the main reasons is that each website builder has its own code base to enable their platform to do what they do (such as drag and drop). Since each code base is somewhat proprietary, they won’t be completely W3C “perfect”.

      At the end of the day, I wouldn’t worry about that too much if you are concerned about search engines indexing your website. All the website builders such as Squarespace, Wix, or Weebly are all Google friendly.

      Jeremy

      • Pete Brown June 1, 2015 at 1:13 AM #

        Hi Jeremy

        I don’t think I can afford W3C perfect at the moment, but I would like to make sure that people using screenreader software etc. will be able to make sense of my site – working with disabled people, I know how frustrating it is to come across so many sites that are difficult to read if you have a visually impairment.

        Many thanks
        Pete

  106. Ian May 17, 2015 at 5:55 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for all your advice and insights!

    I’m setting up a website with Wix for a friends small business, and would like to do more of this in the future for other people, as an online business for myself!

    I’m just wondering if I can transfer ownership or usage to them somehow, as once I’ve finished doing the site, I’d like to leave any changes etc to them. Is this possible or do I always have to manage the sites as I am the one who has created them?

    They will be paying the WIX fees to upgrade and publish their site, and I’m often traveling and sometimes out of reach, hence if they want to make changes then they can do it themselves.

    OR, if I want to do this as an online business for myself, should I be doing all the management, handling payments etc and then just charge them accordingly?

    Cheers!

    Ian

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 18, 2015 at 2:18 AM #

      Hey Ian,

      It really depends on how you want to arrange your business. If you sign up customers first, you can then use their email addresses to get the Wix site set up for them.

      Or you can just create a few new email addresses and use them to sign up for Wix sites, then when you get a customer, you can just let them have the email addresses.

      Your last approach will also work, but then there will definitely be a bit more work on your part. However, you will be able to charge perhaps a monthly / ongoing fee for managing those sites for your customers.

      But it sounds to me that you want to offload all the administrative and editing work to your customers after you are done.

      Jeremy

      • Ian May 19, 2015 at 7:31 PM #

        Awesome – thanks for your help here Jeremy.

        Option 1 sounds like the go to me – sign them up first and use their email!

        I’m only just starting this as an idea but WiX seems to be fairly capable of doing the job without too much hassle or need for code etc.

        I’ve shared you guys on FB and again thanks for your help!

        regards

        Ian

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong May 23, 2015 at 9:36 PM #

          Thanks Ian! Glad we can be helpful here. And thank you for sharing us on Facebook!

          Best,

          Jeremy

  107. Ramon May 13, 2015 at 9:23 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Great review of Wix. I think I might give the free trial a try (as you suggested) and play around with it a bit.

    A question or two if you don’t mind: My present website (with Homestead), I have “unlimited pages.” Right now, my site has over 200 pages on it. Will WIX have this as well or is there a cut-off limit?

    Also, with my present site with Homestead, each individual page has an unlimited “length.” I mainly write and post a lot of articles. Some are quite lengthy and I can stay and write on the one page pretty much for as long as I want.

    That’s want I mean by “unlimited length.”

    The mouse or scroll button will not come to a stop. I can keep writing on the same page. Do you know if I can do this with a WIX website as well?

    Also, does WIX’s website builder have the ability for me to insert other HTML codes? (Like for example: A “Pinterest” button; an HTML code for a “printer friendly button”; codes for “specialty fonts, moving fonts, etc., etc.)

    Thanks again for your review and for the time in answering all of our questions.

    Ramon

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 14, 2015 at 12:39 AM #

      Hi Ramon,

      Wix doesn’t have any page limit restrictions. As for page length, I’ve never had any issues (within reasons I guess). They say that you can have a maximum of 60,000 pixels in height, but in practical terms, it’s hard to describe or know right away what that really means for you.

      So if you sign up for a free account, and just start inserting a ton of content, then you’ll be able to see what you can actually achieve there.

      As for embedding HTML codes – yes you can do that. They call that tool the “HTML App”. Just drag and drop it into your website and insert your widget codes there and it should work! Again, just give it a test run to see!

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

  108. PHilip May 13, 2015 at 8:37 AM #

    I want to use a website to profile past projects (100+), a bit like an e-commerce site does but without the price/quantity transation element, so that users can select, see detail and download a report related to the project. I realise its about the embedded database. I looked in detail at Weebly but I can’t remove the price stuff. Am I missing something or is there an alternative?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 14, 2015 at 12:16 AM #

      Hi Philip,

      For Wix and Weebly, there isn’t a way to remove the pricing structure from the ecommerce tools.

      So I think the only workaround you can have is to insert an image that relates to a specific project (you’d have to insert an image for a product anyway), then link it to a specific page that’s created and dedicated to that project.

      You can have more details, and insert a downloadable file on that page for that specific project.

      It’s going to take a bit of work, but achievable, and you only have to create the pages once.

      Jeremy

  109. Lisa May 11, 2015 at 8:05 PM #

    Can we get Google Analytics to work with our ecommerce site.? We have (now!) been told this unfortunate downside about using wix…

    “You can stay on Wix knowing that Google Analytics will not be able to report your ecommerce transactions.”

    Is that true??? We have GA set up to make our online shop meaningful, to track where traffic and sales come from etc. SURELY this is possible? We are devastated if setting up GA has been a completer waste of time
    thank you so much for your time

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 12, 2015 at 2:19 AM #

      Lisa,

      I’ve actually never really used the ecommerce tracking from Google Analytics before. I’ve always used their “Goals” tracking.

      So for instance, you can set up a “Thank You” page in Wix so that when someone purchases from you, they are directed to the Thank You Page. I think with WixStores, they automatically set that up for you.

      What you do is set up a “goal” in Google Analytics, and set it up so that when a visitor lands on the Thank You Page, the goal is achieved.

      So over time, when you check back to the goals data in Google Analytics, you can sort by traffic sources, new / repeat visitors, etc, as to how many goals were achieved, giving you an idea how many sales you’ve made.

      There are a lot of tutorials online / blog posts show you how to set up “Goals”.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  110. Isabella May 6, 2015 at 9:53 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Good article. Wix is a great website builder platform. Its designs are attractive and clean . I am planning to use this platform now for my new website.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 7, 2015 at 1:06 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Isabella! Good luck with your website!

      Jeremy

      • Isabella May 7, 2015 at 11:23 PM #

        Thanks for your kind words jeremy.

  111. Mark May 2, 2015 at 4:33 AM #

    After creating free site ,can website be indexed???
    I mean does robots. Txt fille allow search engines to crawl??

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 3, 2015 at 8:18 PM #

      Hi Mark,

      Yes, search engines will index your website if you build your site with Wix.

      Jeremy

  112. Tina April 30, 2015 at 12:20 PM #

    I am going to make a website for a ranch which will include selling grass fed beef (at some point), barnhouse to rent, and an event center for weddings. We also may include a farm to table dinner once a month with guest chefs and different area farmer’s products. Please help me to figure out which one would be the best for me. Thanks!

    PS I already us square to take payments but would like it to be on website so I don’t have to be the middle man.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 3, 2015 at 8:32 PM #

      Hi Tina,

      Wix isn’t compatible with Square at the moment. But what you can take a look is Weebly’s ecommerce platform.

      You can use Square to power the shopping cart, so that might be helpful for integrating your existing point of sale system.

      Jeremy

  113. Elena April 27, 2015 at 5:20 PM #

    Hi,
    I would like to create a very specific website that is only for a certain group of individuals. It would need to include schedules, people’s availabilities, their contact info, etc. I would need each individual to be able to see all info, and only add & adjust their own info for this using a log in name & password. Is this possible useing Wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 27, 2015 at 7:41 PM #

      Hey Elena,

      I think what you might be thinking of creating a membership based website? Take a look at Wix’s Apps Market and you’ll find a membership app there so that your visitors can become members.

      But if you want to enable the users to share schedules, I think you’ll need a more custom solution for that, which I don’t think any drag & drop website builders has the ability to do that.

      You might be able to find a solution with WordPress, but I’m not familiar with anything that relates to scheduling. You can also consult with a developer to custom build something for you.

      Jeremy

  114. Wanda April 21, 2015 at 7:25 AM #

    Thanks for your review. Unfortunately, I’m a total novice at using – let along creating – websites, but I can see that the review is excellent and very helpful.

    I hope you or some of your readers might be able to address some of my much simpler requests.

    I teach English in Rome and want to post a notice of my services. Specifically, I don’t want anything fancy: no interactive website, I don’t want a lot of pages, not even any pictures. I want a very simple announcement that I’m seeking new students to study English with me. My desire for simplicity in a website follows my approach in language learning: forget all of the nice, pretty, cutsie tricks and just start speaking English – everything will follow from that on its own. It’s a philosophical statement which works in language acquisition.

    Could anyone give me advice about how I might achieve my uncomplicated goals? I’d be very grateful for any advice you might be able to offer me.

    Thanks in advance. Wanda

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 21, 2015 at 5:18 PM #

      Hi Wanda,

      I think Wix can definitely do the job. It can enable you to build a pretty basic website (if that’s what you want), and their drag and drop tools allow you to insert content pretty much anywhere on the page, without knowing how to code at all.

      There are also plenty of templates for you to choose from. If you check out their templates, they have a “Community & Education” category, under “Business & Services”. You might find something you like there!

      Jeremy

      • Wanda April 22, 2015 at 1:04 AM #

        Dear Jeremy,

        Many. Many thanks for your helpful advice. I’m really slow at all of this – I’ve used computer and technology for a long time, but don’t take to doing new things very quickly. I’ll take a look at the templates in the categories you’ve suggested and see what they offer. On my first look at the templates, I was totally overwhelmed with the number of them and, well, essentially gave up.

        One other question: once I’ve constructed a (simple) website, how do I then get it on the internet?

        Many thanks again for reply to me. Wanda

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong April 23, 2015 at 1:06 PM #

          Hi Wanda,

          No problem. We also struggled with a lot when we first started! No one is born knowing how to build websites!

          As for how to get your site published on the internet, it’s quite straight forward. With Wix, once you have your site set up (dragging and dropping content into your site), just click on “Publish” and it will be published on the internet! It’s really that simple as Wix provides all the hosting services you need so that your website can be “live” on the internet.

          Jeremy

          • Wanda April 24, 2015 at 2:27 AM #

            Hello, Jeremy,

            Thanks for your advice. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who grapples with these kinds of things.

            Is there a cost for publishing (I understand that to be the correct term) a completed website, or does Wix provide that for free, too? And then once I’ve published it, how can I then go online, call it up and see how it looks?

            Once again, many thanks. Wanda

            • Jeremy Wong
              Jeremy Wong April 25, 2015 at 7:30 PM #

              You can publish your Wix site for free. However, if you want to have your own custom domain name for your website, and also to remove the Wix advertisement logo, then you will need to upgrade to one of their paid plans.

              I suppose that’s only fair as there’s no such thing as a full free lunch, right?

              If you choose to keep using the free plan, once you publish, they will tell you what is your domain name. If you upgrade to a paid plan, and connect your own domain name, then you just have to type in your website address into a website browser and you will be able to see your site.

              Jeremy

  115. Winston April 19, 2015 at 11:23 AM #

    Once created, can Wix site templates be transferred to and used by other Wix users? I ask because the goal is to create a standard R/C aircraft hobby website template for anyone who wants to to use it.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 21, 2015 at 3:31 PM #

      Hi Winston,

      You can’t export templates with Wix, so there isn’t a way to share your template with others at the moment.

      Jeremy

  116. A.R. Kruze April 16, 2015 at 7:14 PM #

    Great review! Would you recommend Wix or other website builder for a planned news aggregator website for pc/mobile? I would like to start simple but woulfd like to add features down the road. Is this possible with any of the web service providers? Fyi, I do not code.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 17, 2015 at 4:17 PM #

      Hi A.R.

      If you are planning on building a site that is similar in terms of functionality and appearance to news / magazine sites, then I think you’ll probably need a pretty customized website, on a more powerful platform such as WordPress.

      I think news / magazine sites generally have a lot of automated feed tools and formatting that drag and drop builders won’t have.

      But, if you’re okay with just listing out the current news / articles, then Wix can work, depending on what exactly you have in mind.

      Best way to find out is to sign up for a free account and play around with their platform!

      Jeremy

  117. Abe Froman April 11, 2015 at 8:27 AM #

    Does wix perform well for SEO on google or is a wordpress site going to get me better SEO results? I just need my website to be FOUND!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 11, 2015 at 3:59 PM #

      Hi Abe,

      See more discussions about SEO in the January 3 2015 comments below.

      Generally speaking, most people believe that WordPress is better, but it really depends on how you approach SEO, and how much consistent work you’re willing to put forth on working on building a helpful, content rich, website over the LONG term.

      If you just create a website (regardless of which website builder you use) and don’t work on the proper SEO aspects of your website, it will not be easily found on the internet – no matter if you use Wix or WordPress, or any other website builders.

      It’s a lot of persistence and hard work (unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you view things) but that’s how Google or other search engines determine if your site is worthy of being discovered on page 1 or 2 of the search results.

      A lot of people think that getting good search results come quite easily, or just by using the “right” website builder. But from my view, that’s not the right approach, as if it was that easy, then everybody should be on page 1 of search results, which obviously won’t be the case!

      Hope this gives you something helpful to consider!

      Jeremy

  118. Michael Leib April 4, 2015 at 6:21 PM #

    Does Wix offer a shopping cart? If so, how does the shipping mechanics work, how customizable is it, and does it cost extra…?

  119. Tiffany April 4, 2015 at 12:08 AM #

    Hi! I wanted to first start off by saying that this is a great article! I found a pretty nice template to use and will hopefully purchase the eCommerce if this is up my alley. I am looking to see if Wix can help me with the website that I am trying to create? I am looking to create a website like this ‘http://www.shopstyle.com/browse/womens-clothes where I will post pictures of the items, and when the customer comes to my page and click the image, instead of going to the product page, it redirects them to the retailer’s website.

    Many of the websites I will use will be affiliates, but I was just hoping that this will point me into the right direction. You would think that someone that studied fashion and business would’ve learned how create a website in school, but they didn’t teach us that. :/ Any help would be greatly appreciated! : )

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM #

      Hi Tiffany,

      If you want to insert images, then link them to other websites, then Wix can definitely do that. Just hyperlink the images to the website you want to refer to – this is a basic tool that Wix offers.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      • Tiffany April 7, 2015 at 7:29 PM #

        Thank you for responding! I was able to get it to work after trying different ways that day I was able to finish the website as well and I love it! Thank you for your thoughtful review and response! : )

  120. Moe Williams April 2, 2015 at 1:31 PM #

    I have a youth sports training business I just started and I am wondering if Wix is for me. I have no clue how to do a website. I want to be able to post pictures and videos for training and have a calendar and menu for services. If this is the route I should go what package would you recommend? I do not want to break the bank. Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 2, 2015 at 6:35 PM #

      Hi Moe,

      You can definitely post pictures, videos and a calendar with Wix (the calendar using one of their free apps in their App Market)

      Wix is pretty user friendly as you literally drag and drop content into your site to build your website.

      Wix is free to use and you can always upgrade only once you feel comfortable with them. Their lowest plan is about $4 per month.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  121. rick April 1, 2015 at 1:24 AM #

    I have a sight through godaddy, and I’m switching over from my coded website to a wix website, so it’s easier to make changes, my question is will I still have all my email names for all my employees such as info@pimpinwear. com sales@pimpinwear. com such n such or do I lose all those emails?
    Thanks for your help..

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 2, 2015 at 6:23 PM #

      Hi Rick,

      If your email platform is with GoDaddy, then to keep them you will have to at least keep your email services active with GoDaddy.

      But if you migrate to another email platform such as Google Apps (which has a partnership with Wix), then you can still keep all your custom email addresses. But a challenge is that you will no longer have all the email history with Google as those email history will be at GoDaddy’s database.

      But maybe you can ask GoDaddy if you can extract all the email history, so at least you have it on hand?

      Generally speaking, I think that switching email providers is not super challenging. But the really annoying part is what to do with all the email history you’ve had with the provider!

      Jeremy

  122. Andrea March 26, 2015 at 7:13 AM #

    Im a novice at building websites. I have two businesses that are related, but have two domain names. One is my business page where I post.articles, provide educational Content, may eventually want to learn to blog and do newsletters of some sort. Its multiple pages.

    The other business is product sales (roughly 200 products now But may eventually offer up to 500 or so). It also has.snippets of educational info that relates to the products I offer.

    I like all the options Shopify offers but may become a little overwhelmed. We DO sell at tradeshows and other events and I like the idea of not only being able to accept cards and paypal online, but also be able to use it as an”cash register” while were set up at events or even selling out of the small store at home. Can Wix do all that?

    I was thinking I would have to create the store in Shopify and design the other site somewhere else and figure out how to integrate or promote traffic moving from one to the other. Maybe Im overthinking it. Did I read that there is a bar at the.bottom of Wix for instant contact via FB, email, call, or map?

    THese reviews are awesome!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 13, 2015 at 11:25 AM #

      Hi Andrea,

      Wix does offer you an option to collect payments offline. So your customers can choose to make offline payments such as cash, check, bank transfer, etc.

      But if you are going to be setting up a store to sell hundreds of products, I’d definitely suggest you take a look at Shopify, as they are a pure ecommerce website builder and are configured to help you manage a lot of products.

      Regarding the Wix bar at the bottom, that only appears when people are viewing your site on their mobile devices. So it’s a mobile specific tool where people can tap on a button to call you directly (for example).

      Jeremy

  123. Anas March 26, 2015 at 12:40 AM #

    The thing I love about Wix is that u can change anything, its very flexible.
    And they have the analysis feature which lets u know how much traffic u have.
    It’s an Isreal site BTW.

    Recommended!!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 26, 2015 at 7:18 PM #

      Anas – Thanks for sharing your experience with Wix with us!

      Jeremy

  124. Davip February 17, 2015 at 7:16 AM #

    Heu there Jeremy, great review.

    As the new 5-page limit on Weebly now makes this a non-starter, can you make a recommendation for a simple cPanel-equipped free host option with an email facility for those who already own their own domain name? I was briefly with the truly-dreadful ‘000webhost’, but am finding Google searching for free web hosts impossible due to the amount of spam that contains these search terms. I don;t mind a bit of discrete advertising, but want something that is a stable web platform rather than a cynical cash-grab (like the aforementioned 000)…

    cheers

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 17, 2015 at 3:42 PM #

      Hi Davip,

      Most of the good drag and drop web builders don’t include email services, as I guess they don’t view that as a critical part of their “mission” which is to make website builder as easy as possible.

      So how it works with them (such as Wix or Squarespace) is that you can set up your own custom domain email address with Google Business Apps (it’s a few dollars a month) and it works quite well as we use Google Business Apps to power our email ourselves. You get the Gmail interface and it works quite reliably.

      You can find out a bit more information in our footnotes section in our comparison chart page here.

      Jimdo is another web builder that includes email services, providing that you upgrade to the appropriate plan. We cover this in our comparison chart I’ve referenced above as well.

      Jeremy

  125. Alexis February 16, 2015 at 10:07 AM #

    I’m, just getting started but things look to be great and the support very helpful. There are a lot of questions and this one may have been asked before but I have a specific design for how I want my website’s heading to look and have had a graphic designer develop the image. Will I be able to put this front page title design on the website? If so, do I put it on as an image? What are my options and how do I get it done?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 16, 2015 at 4:23 PM #

      Hi Alexis,

      I think insert it as an image will probably work. Wix is a pure drag and drop builder so you can pretty much place your banner anywhere on the page!

      Jeremy

  126. Hannah February 8, 2015 at 12:37 AM #

    Hi Jeremy
    In need of a website to launch a new business incl. a webshop – and completely new to any such technicalities! – I was grateful to stumble across your comprehensive guidance. I am inclined towards Wix with its many add-on opportunities although a little worried about not being able to export. Especially because we would like to incorporate several lines of business within the same site, having 2-3 domain names pointing to the same website, preferably with each having their own section of the site, and eventually having several sites linked so that visitors can jump easily from one to the other. Does this make sense? I haven’t found yet information to clarify if this is possible in the DIY website builder applications, or if one needs a more sophisticated website designer, web-hotels etc. Can you provide any tips, insights?
    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 8, 2015 at 8:27 PM #

      Hi Hannah,

      Do you mean you want to have several business lines within one single website? Then eventually build out individual websites for each business?

      If so, I think you can do so with Wix. Just think of building different product lines with Wix, but in this case it’s just different businesses. You can create variety of pages showcasing your businesses within a single Wix website.

      You can also eventually use Wix to create separate websites for your businesses.

      I think this answers your question?

      Jeremy

    • Danny April 14, 2015 at 5:28 PM #

      Yes mate you can . Its easy to do this.

  127. pat January 28, 2015 at 5:45 AM #

    that is very helpful, thanks. i am planning to use my wix site to promote my work at a voice actor, so want to include about 30 voice clips (between 30 secs and 1.5 mins each). will wix support this? or am i better with a different website builder?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 28, 2015 at 8:40 PM #

      Hi Pat,

      Yes you can definitely upload your own voice clips into your Wix website. Here is a tutorial on how you can upload your MP3 files into your Wix website and allow your visitors to click and listen.

      Jeremy

  128. Steve January 18, 2015 at 10:06 AM #

    Our business collects thousands of customer email addresses every year. Does Wix or any other tools make it easy to email those customers on a regular basis? Anyone know??

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 18, 2015 at 12:30 PM #

      Hi Steve,

      Wix does have a newsletter tool called WixShoutOut. But I’m not 100% sure if they are the best tool to help you send out thousands of newsletters on a frequent basis. I think it will work but you’ll have to experiment with it.

      But I know that there are very powerful newsletter software providers, such as Aweber (we use them) that can handle thousands of email addresses. I’ve read from other businesses that they use Aweber to manage tens of thousands of emails at a time.

      You can integrate Aweber with Wix. Once you set things up on Aweber, they will provide you with a snippet of code and you can insert it into your Wix site using their HTML App. The email sign up form should then appear on your site for people to sign up to your newsletter.

      You can then send out newsletter using Aweber as often as you want, to as many people as you want.

      Jeremy

  129. Stanley January 17, 2015 at 4:41 AM #

    Isn’t there a way for the first few posts of a Facebook feed to appear on the Wix website, in this case on the homepage?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 18, 2015 at 11:50 AM #

      Stanley – you might want to check out Facebook’s social plugins where you can get codes for various social interactions of your Facebook page. Once you find the right plugin, and configure it with Facebook’s tools, you can get the code and insert into your Wix site using their HTML App.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  130. Jim January 16, 2015 at 1:25 PM #

    I once worked at a company that had their site with a hosting company that went away, literally overnight without notice. The company did not have the current site backed up locally and was unable to quickly re-activate it at another hosting site.

    My question is if I build a site with Wix will it be portable if I wish to move it elsewhere for any reason?

    Thank you. Your commentary is informative and helpful.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 16, 2015 at 4:00 PM #

      Hi Jim,

      One of the challenges of using drag and drop website builders is that each platform is so unique in its program, that makes it hard to export the content and import it into another website builder, and have it work.

      A very simplistic illustration – Think of taking the shell of a Mercedes Benz and putting it on a Ford pick up truck. Both are cars, but quite different in terms of framework and technology.

      One of the drawbacks of Wix is that there isn’t a way to export your website. But I believe they take back ups of all websites very frequently, so you can ask them to restore your site if something happens.

      They are also a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ so at least that should give you a bit of confidence that they are more stable as a company than a lot of other smaller, private start up companies.

      But if this is a huge problem for you, you should check out Squarespace. They do allow yo to export content in a format that can be imported into WordPress. So definitely a bit more flexibility there.

      Jeremy

  131. Sally January 3, 2015 at 11:37 PM #

    HI Jeremy,

    Thanks for the WIX review. It’s very informative and helpful.

    I’m wondering if you know anything about WIX’s SEO settings and search rankings. I’ve heard conflicting reviews about WIX and that despite the SEO search wizard a search of the key search phrase still doesn’t list the website in a google search. Have you heard of any problems with WIX based websites not appearing in google, etc. searches even though the WIX SEO Wizard said the site was “great” and fully optimized for searches?

    Thanks for any feedback you can provide.

    Sally

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 4, 2015 at 5:59 AM #

      Hi Sally,

      That’s a really good question, and a rather difficult one to answer with certainty.

      I think that just by setting up a website, and not doing anything to “convince” Google that your website is worthy of showing in search results, then for sure a website’s chances of appearing in search results will be very low. It doesn’t matter which website builder you are using.

      Google’s intent is to display websites that they believe will be helpful in answering people’s search for information, and there are a lot of ways they “score” your website to determine where you should appear in their search results. For instance, how many other websites link to your site (suggesting that they endorse your website and content), how much social signals your website is creating (are people sharing your site with others), how much content you have on your site and how frequent do you generate that content, etc.

      All these “signals” just tells Google if you are worthy of being ranked high, and whether your content is helpful to people searching for information.

      So if you set up even a Wix website, and invest time and energy into creating helpful content, share them with people, ask your readers to share your website, asking others to link to your website, this sends appropriate signals to Google, then it’s really up to Google to see where you should be placed in search results.

      There are a lot of discussions about this topic on the internet. Some are good, some are not so good. But the more you study this, the more clarity you’ll have!

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      • Sally January 4, 2015 at 4:33 PM #

        Ahhhhh, thank you Jeremy. That is very helpful. I was on the google webmaster site which was a bit confusing to me, but your reply had made sense of it all. Thanks!! I guess it will take some time for my site to get action and exposure for google to include in search results. I’ll get working on having people visit and share my site, etc. Happy New Year!

  132. Fawkes December 24, 2014 at 7:03 AM #

    Thanks for the quick response.
    I was wondering whether the free domain names available from hosts belong to the user or host.
    I mean, if I decide to change hosts after an year, can the former host claim ownership of the domain name?

    Is there any benefit of buying a domain name separately rather than getting the free domain name with the yearly subscription?

    I am also curious about how personalised email addresses work on wix. I heard that some hosts can easily assign all emails to go to a single address.

    Gmail seems unnecessarily expensive as I intend to have just only one user. Another option is to go for zoho email with a wix website. Is this possible?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 25, 2014 at 7:08 PM #

      Hi Fawkes,

      Technically I believe you will own the domain name, as long as you keep paying for the annual registration fee after the 1 year free domain ends. With Wix, if you sign up for an annual plan, you only get the free domain name for one year (same for other website builders that offer you a free domain name).

      If you do decide to change hosts, you can transfer the domain name out of Wix and to a domain name registrar such as GoDaddy, so you can manage your domain name there afterwards, and connect it with another web builder if you want.

      Wix currently don’t offer email services, so using Google Business App’s email services is a good option. We use that service too and it works really well as we love the Gmail user interface and also that it’s very very reliable. It’s a few dollars a month, less than the price of a fancy coffee or an alcoholic beverage in most places! For us, the fact that we can brand our email address with a custom domain name and also have the entire function powered by Gmail is well worth it.

      Jeremy

  133. Tanya December 23, 2014 at 9:59 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Awesome review! Right now I’m trying Vistaprint for a free month trial and the site builder will not load so I’m not happy. My friend told me about Wix. After going over you reviews I have two questions.

    1. I have a domain name I picked now for Vistaprint. I’m going to cancel the free trail. Will the domain name be available once I cancel the trial so i can use the domain name with Wix?

    2. I was reviewing the prices with Wix and my question is: For unlimited package for $15.95/MO, I see where the domain is free for 1 year. What would be the total price I would pay a month? Are there hidden fees?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 25, 2014 at 3:07 AM #

      Hi Tanya,

      1) Yes you can, as long as you have control over the domain name so you can “point” or connect that domain name to your Wix site. If you visit Wix’s support page, and type in “domain” it will show you some tutorials on how to connect your domain name.

      If your domain name is managed within Vistaprint, you may need / want to transfer your domain name out of Vistaprint, and to a domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy). Then you can manage your domain name there, and connect it to your Wix site.

      2) You only get a free domain name if you sign up for their annual plan. There aren’t any hidden prices at all. You only pay the pricing plan that you pick!

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

  134. fawkes December 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM #

    I plan to make my website on wix, as wix is easy to use.

    However, as the apps do not include all the features I want, I would like to slowly make my own apps or hire a professional to tailor-make apps for my site. Is it possible to use my own codes with the templates on Wix (or my own templates) or other hosts?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM #

      Hi Fawkes,

      With Wix, you can embed HTML codes to your website by using their HTML App. But just be aware that this tool is intended for you to add more tools to your website and is not intended for you to completely change how the website works. So it’s great for simpler widgets such as inserting a newsletter sign up form, calendars, events, etc.

      But if you build a really good app, you can apply to have it be integrated into Wix’s App Store (see this)!

      Jeremy

  135. Neil December 10, 2014 at 12:34 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    With Wix, when you connect a domain, will the URL then convert to being ‘www.example.com or will the Wix name still be in the link? Can you choose your own website name or will the name that you first gave the site when editing be the one you end up with? Sorry about what may seem like silly questions. I’m a noob when it comes to web design and domains etc.

    Many thanks,
    N

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM #

      Hey Neil,

      No problem – I had the same question years ago!

      What ever your domain name is (either you get it from Wix or if you purchase it from a domain registrar such as GoDaddy), once you connect it to your Wix site, then that domain name is what people will type in to reach your site.

      The domain name will no longer display “Wix”.

      Jeremy

  136. Magnar December 7, 2014 at 2:43 AM #

    Wix looks impressive! I am currently running a company website on Yahoo! Small Business and would like to change to Wix. Is it easy to transfer domain and associated email addresses to Wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 7, 2014 at 6:29 PM #

      Magnar,

      Depending on where you are keeping your domain name, you can just point your domain name to your Wix website. Just visit Wix’s support center, search for “domain” and you’ll find some tutorials on how to connect your domain name to Wix.

      If your current email account is powered by Yahoo, once you leave them you won’t be able to use that email account any more. But you can use Google Business App (whom Wix is partnered with) to power a new email account.

      There are also a few other options if you type in “email” in Wix’s support center that you might find helpful.

      Jeremy

  137. Mike November 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM #

    Hey Jeremy!

    I love all your reviews. You are very concise and really know your stuff. Despite all the great info, I still can’t decide which builder to use. I’m tossed between Wix and Weebly. I’m a mobile dj and have been for a very long time. I work/subcontract for a big entertainment company, but want to have my own website. There won’t be a conflict of interest, it’s that I want to highlight myself more and possibly create a blog for others in the same industry as well. I would like to include my mixes, as well as recommended playlists or songs for certain occasions. When the time is ready, I would also be including video from events. In your expert opinion, which of these 2 is the better choice or should I being looking at another builder that I haven’t considered. Thanks for taking the time to read and respond in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 30, 2014 at 9:14 PM #

      Hi Mike,

      For your line of work, I’d probably go with Wix as they have much more creative / colorful templates for you to pick from, and you have a lot more flexibility when it comes to placement of content with their pure drag and drag tools.

      Weebly is really easy to use, but they also have less creative tools and their templates are a bit dry (so to speak).

      Hope this points you to the right direction!

      Jeremy

  138. M.Elbiali November 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM #

    Thanks for the Awesome Review.

    I’m planning to create an online store in a couple of months and I really like Wix and i find it easier to use …the range of flexibility in it for the dummies “like myself” makes it like a dream come true for something that i’d call a dilemma 10 years ago.

    Though I have few questions ..

    1-Can I add an option for “Pay on delivery” which will allow him to pay for it at the door?
    2-Does the payments processing systems support Egypt, I know Squarespace doesn’t for sure ?
    3-Regarding the bandwidth “Cause I don’t fully understand it” do u suggest VIP or just an e commerce plan .. what are the differences ..One thing for sure that no one wants his customers to suffer from slow website or laggy one .. how can i avoid that .. which plan suits me best and what happens if bandwidth consumed in the ecommerce plan ?

    Thanks in advance

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 30, 2014 at 8:50 PM #

      Hey there,

      1) Yes Wix does have an offline payment option. Take a look at this tutorial and you’ll see how it works!

      2) You can pick from a bunch of different payment processors. For instance, PayPal does work with merchants based in Egypt. So you can definitely use them.

      3) It’s hard to say as it depends on how much traffic you have and how big your store is (pages, images, etc). So perhaps start with eCommerce plan then upgrade to VIP is you need to. I know that Wix announced that they’re updating a lot of the platform codes so that when it relaunches (sometime in December this year) they claimed that websites built with Wix will be faster than 95% of the websites online (so they say!)

      If you haven’t seen our review on Wix’s ecommerce yet, take a look at our discussion here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  139. Man November 27, 2014 at 9:52 AM #

    I’m making a website for our student council..we’re looking for low cost, enables multiple editors and ease of use. Hope you can guide me through this.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 29, 2014 at 2:17 AM #

      Hi Man,

      Wix currently doesn’t allow for multiple editors for a single site. If this is really important to you, check out Squarespace or Weebly – both website builders will allow you to invite different editors and you can set each editor with different levels of access to your tools (such as one person can only access certain tools, and one person can access all tools).

      Jeremy

  140. Derek November 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM #

    Hi,

    We are a new nonprofit org and awaiting our 501c3 status from the IRS. In the meantime we need to start a website.

    Wix was recommended to us by a friend. Is Wix better than Zoho, GoDaddy, or Nonprofit website builder?

    There seems to be so many options.

    Thanks!

  141. Danea November 23, 2014 at 2:39 AM #

    what is local host? does wix requires local host?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 23, 2014 at 7:45 PM #

      Hi Danea,

      If you are using Wix to build your website, you don’t have to worry too much about hosting as Wix provides you with hosting services to power your website. So you don’t have to worry about all the technical side of things to build your site.

      Jeremy

  142. Alex November 20, 2014 at 3:21 AM #

    Thanks for the useful review. What is the best way to optimise a site built with Wix? I think there is no support for a/b testing at the moment, so just wondering how to work solve the optimisation part.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 20, 2014 at 5:56 PM #

      Hey Alex,

      You can consider a variety of external service / software providers to use to test your website. A few off the top of my head include Crazyegg (heat map and eyeball tracking), usability tests (usertesting.com), split testing software such as Optimizely, etc.

      I haven’t used them on Wix before but perhaps there is a way to make them work. I know with usability tests, you don’t need to implement any external software / codes to your site, as it’s basically paying someone to go to your site and critique it. You can get some pretty powerful insights into how others view your site.

      Jeremy

  143. Maarten verwiel November 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM #

    hello Jeremy,

    Thank you for the oustanding review you’ve made.
    Normaly i build my sites in muse but for one of my clients i’m thinking about letting them build there site in Wix.
    My question is; if i buy the premium version can i’m using a .nl domainname ( the Netherlands) in Wix our do they only support .com & .net domains?

    I’m looking to hear from you
    With kind regards

    Maarten

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM #

      Hi Maarten,

      That’s a great question. If you are thinking of getting a free domain name from Wix (you get a free domain if you sign up to their 1 year plans for Combo and higher plans), then I don’t think they offer you any .nl domain names. You can see which type of domain names they offer here.

      But if you already own a .nl domain name, I’m sure you can connect that domain name from your domain name registrar to a Wix site. See tutorials from Wix here on how to do this.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  144. Karl November 11, 2014 at 7:32 AM #

    Hi, does WIX allow you to access HTML or Metatags directly for the purpose of search engine optimization?

  145. Martyn November 11, 2014 at 7:18 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for the great reviews, you have no idea how much of a help it’s been.

    I’m currently considering between Squarespace and Wix, but have a couple of questions that relate to both.

    1. Is it possible to have multiple domain names pointing to a website? I want to include my name as part of the domain name, but people commonly mispell it as martin, not martyn. I am considering buying both spellings so if someone mispells it they will still reach my site.

    2. Are the free domains they provide restricted to .com and the like or do they include the newer versions such as .build .guru etc?

    Thanks again for your awesome reviews

    Martyn

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:48 PM #

      Hey Martyn,

      1) I don’t think you can point multiple domain names to a single website. But what you can do is 301 re-direct your domain names to a single domain name (you can do this inside the control panel with your domain name registrar).

      So for example, when someone types in a domain name (perhaps the mis-spelt version of the domain name), the domain name service provider will automatically re-route them to the proper domain name. This should be able to get you what you want!

      You can ask your domain name registrar on how to do this inside their control panel. Should be fairly quick to do.

      2) For the free domains provided by Squarespace (if you sign up to their paid plans), they only offer you .com .org .net .mobi .biz or .info

      For Wix, they do offer .build and support more variations. You can see an updated list here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  146. Bert Coules November 10, 2014 at 4:33 AM #

    Wix sounds excellent and playing around with the free version shows that it’s easy to use and gives good results. Is it only available to use online or is there an offline version which can be bought? I already have my own domain and would prefer to build and save a site on my own PC rather than online. Many thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM #

      Hi Bert,

      Wix is only accessible online, so you have to be connected to the internet if you want to build / edit your site.

      Jeremy

  147. Breno November 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM #

    Hi, I am wanting to start an online store and I’m wondering which site builder is better, Wix or Shopify? Is it easy to upload products and pictures to Wix?

  148. Jane November 7, 2014 at 12:49 AM #

    Hi. I just need a simple., one page website to advertise a T’ai Chi class I’m starting. If the class takes of then I would develop the site a bit more.
    Would Wix be suitable for this?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM #

      Hi Jane,

      Yes Wix will work just fine for your needs. They’re pretty easy to use with a lot of support documentation to help you.

      Wix has a free plan anyway so you can try them out to see if you like what they have to offer!

      Jeremy

  149. Nora November 4, 2014 at 3:21 AM #

    Hi, I’m planing on opening an online shop, would you recommend Wix for that, I really like their templates, I have read somewhere else that it’s a bit slow, is that true?
    Also which would you recommend Wix or Volution
    Thank you
    Nora

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 5, 2014 at 12:26 AM #

      Hi Nora,

      Wix does have some good ecommerce tools so they might be suitable for your needs.

      Wix can be slower from time to time, as you won’t have your own dedicated hosting services and each website built with Wix are sharing resources. You can have dedicated hosts so your site loads much faster if you were to build your own custom website, but then dedicated hosts can cost you hundreds of dollars (and more) per month.

      All drag & drop website builders offer you free hosting and all of them are shared hosting. But the loading speed also depends on other factors, such as the day of the week, time of the day, how many people are visiting your site all at once, etc.

      Regarding Volusion, I haven’t used them myself but I know they are a dedicated / focused ecommerce store builder that has a lot of advanced tools.

      If that’s something you want, you can also check out our online store comparison chart where Shopify and Bigcommerce are also very reputable and advanced store builder.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  150. chris October 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM #

    Does WIX allow form submission? For example say I wanted my users to fill out a form of information and submit it? Does wix allow this?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 1, 2014 at 4:22 PM #

      Hi Chris,

      Yes – you can insert a contact form in your Wix website by following these instructions here.

      If you are referring to a customized form so you can have your visitor fill in surveys, applications, event registrations, then Wix doesn’t have a built in function for that.

      However, they do have a few Apps in their App Market where you can use forms created by other vendors, and have them directly integrated into your Wix site.

      If you haven’t seen their App Market yet, we have a discussion page here. Their Apps are quite flexible and really add a lot more functions to your Wix site!

      – Jeremy

  151. Paul October 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM #

    hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for the fantastic review. I have a question that I can’t seem to find a clear, simple answer for. I notice that Wix has great blogging options now. I would like to start a blog there, using their free version. I see they have some storage limits… I guess I’m wondering: how long will I be able to use the free version before I have to upgrade? Is it possible to use it indefinitely? Or will I certainly run out of space fairly quickly?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM #

      Hi Paul,

      That’s really hard to say (sorry not the answer you’re looking for!)

      With their free plan, you get 500mb of storage space and 1gb in bandwidth. So it depends on how much content you insert into your site, how many images, the size of the images, how many visitors you get,etc.

      So there area lot of variables that impact storage space and bandwidth. But the good thing is that if you ever run out of space / bandwidth, you can always upgrade.

      It might not be a bad thing as it usually suggests that you are growing your website and getting more traffic!

      – Jeremy

  152. David October 24, 2014 at 9:33 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you for all your great information!
    A few questions about WIX please.

    1. Do Privacy Policy and other required Legal Pages come with WIX? Or training and links on how and where to get them?

    2. For Business Consulting template does it also have a Landing Page building feature?

    3.Can an AutoResponder be integrated with the site?

    4.If my company name was ABC Consulting Services, and I had the domain name ABCConsulting Servioces.Com, , would that show on the name of the site? It doesn’t look like the name is customizable.

    Thank you.
    Cheers,
    David

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 24, 2014 at 10:10 PM #

      Hi David,

      1) You can build that into your own site. As each business / jurisdiction is different, you will have to insert your own legal language that’s suitable for your website. I’m assuming you can just create a page, hide it, then create some sort of footer text and hyperlink the text to the page.

      2) You can just build the page yourself? Drag and drop content on it?

      3) You can get the autoresponder’s widget codes and insert it into a Wix site using the “HTML App”. Alternatively Wix also comes with apps for you to integrate into your site. Here is a list of email / newsletter apps you can consider.

      We also have a pretty good discussion on Wix’s App market here.

      4) I’m not entirely sure if I understand your question? Your domain name is what it is and you can’t customize how it shows up on a web browser. If it’s related to a Wix function, perhaps you can also ask their support team?

      Jeremy

  153. Shane October 9, 2014 at 3:52 AM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks for the informative review but hope that you can advise me on my query below.
    I have registered a .com.sg domain, i understand that there are 2 ways to connect my domain to wix site, either name server (which is recommended by Wix) and pointing.. Any idea which way should I do it? And it seems that the pointing method is only available to godaddy and a couple other domain hosts.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM #

      Hey Shane,

      We usually use the name server method ourselves. But I’m assuming both methods are the same?

      – Jeremy

  154. Stanley Roberts October 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM #

    Jeremy,

    Your reviews of the web builders has been very helpful. I’m currently using Wix and i’m very pleased with how it works. I’m going to try both Weebly and Squarespace as they offer the 1 option Wix doesn’t; exporting files if you want to change hosting companies.

    I have a client I’m building a site for and their concern is loosing their Google ranking when switching hosts. Is this possible? Does the SEO piece have to be redone?

    Stanley

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM #

      Hey Stanley,

      Yes that’s right. One of the drawbacks is that Wix doesn’t have an export function.

      But even for website builders that do, it’s not as simple as exporting and importing, as going forward you will no longer be able to use any of the drag and drop interface that made building websites super easy as before, mainly because the website will no longer be hosted within the drag and drop environment.

      As for Google ranking – it’s not as straight forward. But in general, if you keep your domain name, page URL and content unchanged, it shouldn’t affect rankings much. I wished I could tell you that with confidence, but at the end of the day, most people won’t know what Google’s going to do!

      – Jeremy

  155. Leah October 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM #

    Hello! I am trying to find a website builder that will encorporate both paypal and google checkout. Do you know if Wix will do that? Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM #

      Hi Leah,

      Actually, Google Checkout is not longer around as I think Google terminated it back in late 2011. But PayPal is still alive and well and will definitely work with Wix!

      – Jeremy

  156. Darren October 5, 2014 at 6:36 AM #

    Jeremy,
    Thanks for all the great info you provide. It’s an invaluable service for folks like me, who know enough to be dangerous, but just not very good. I need to build a new site for my voice over business, and am stuck in analysis.
    Looking to build a fairly simple site of no more than 5 pages, with no e-commerce. Sort of leaning toward Wix, Squarespace or GoDaddy. Like the email feature in GoD, but understand the workaround using Google Apps with the other sites.
    Of great importance, I am considering using a VO audio player from VoiceZam. They provide a few lines of code that I would need to insert into the site. Is that a problem with the builders, and are there any particular file or storage concerns I should know about?
    Darren

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM #

      Hey Darren,

      It’s hard to say, as some widget codes do potentially conflict with website builders, or need to make a few tweaks to make them integrate properly.

      The easiest way is to sign up for trial / free accounts with your website builders of choices, then insert the widget and see if it works. At least you’ll know up front to see which one will work out for you!

      – Jeremy

  157. Monica October 3, 2014 at 5:41 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Great blog, I have read a couple already. I am a real estate agent and for the first time would like to have a website, something clean and user friendly. From your experience, which direction would you go in terms of companies, WordPress, Wix, Squarespace. Do they make a difference depending on the industry you plan to build your website for?

    Thank you so much, and I look forward to you reply.

    Monica

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 4, 2014 at 4:15 PM #

      Hi Monica,

      I think all the website builders are fairly flexible so there isn’t a hard and fast rule regarding which builder is best for what industry.

      A big consideration is how much you like working with a website builder, as at the end of the day, you’re the one who has to deal with building the site, modifying it and growing it! I can be a huge pain sometimes (all part of the process), so you better pick the one you like!

      I know that Wix has an App that you add to a Wix website which allows you to list real estate. You can see the App here.

      Squarespace actually allows you to embed IDX / MLS listing directly into its site. You can see our feedback on Squarespace here and/or visit the tutorial directly.

      WordPress is very powerful and flexible, but it depends on your appetite to learn how to use it as it’s a fairly steep learning curve especially for beginners. You can check out our discussion about Wix versus WordPress here.

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  158. Dan September 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM #

    Can you post your own advertisements on Wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 29, 2014 at 1:06 PM #

      Hey Dan,

      Yes you can. You can insert advertisement images into your Wix site if you want to. Or you can also run Google Adsense on your Wix site as well.

      – Jeremy

  159. Hrafnhildr September 14, 2014 at 7:51 AM #

    I am concerned that visitors to Wix websites need to log on to Wix before the visitors can view the websites. Wouldn’t that prevent people from seeing my stuff?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 14, 2014 at 10:34 AM #

      Hi there,

      All visitors to your Wix website will not have to log in to see your website. In fact, if you are a Combo plan (or a higher plan) user, your visitors won’t even know that your website is built using Wix, as they remove the Wix advertisement from your site entirely!

      The only time you would need to log into Wix, is if you want to edit your website. Nobody else (especially your visitors) do not need to log in.

      Hope this clarifies things!

      – Jeremy

  160. Jamie September 4, 2014 at 12:59 PM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Your post was very helpful, but unfortunately, I am a complete novice when it comes to the terminology.

    Now I understand Wix is a place to “design” a webpage, but is it an actual website for me to use?

    I guess what I’m trying to ask is, would it be ‘www.blank.com?

    I don’t understand the whole “host” and “domain” thing.

    All I’m trying to do is a make a DIY blog and I want it to be legit, like my own site. Not ‘www.blank.wix.com, if that makes sense.

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 4, 2014 at 7:08 PM #

      Hi Jamie,

      Host is basically a place that holds and power your website. So all your content such as text, images, are stored in the host. Wix provides all the hosting needs for you – meaning that they store your website for you so you don’t have to.

      Domain name is the website address in which others type into their browser to get to your website. For instance, our domain name is http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com.

      So host and domain are separate, but they both work hand in hand.

      So if you want to build a website with Wix, and have your own domain name, you can sign up for their annual Combo Plan and they will give you a free domain name.

      Alternatively, you can also purchase your own domain name with a popular domain name registrar such as GoDaddy.

      But to make things less technical, it will be easier to get the free domain name through Wix and connect that domain name directly with your Wix website inside your control dashboard.

      – Jeremy

  161. Jim September 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM #

    I am totally overwhelmed! Obviously, I’m a newbie, but I am a writer and I sincerely need a website to display my writing. I also want to build a different website and hopefully turn it into a business website as I learn more about what I’m doing. It really sucks, I have a great idea, but lack the knowledge to get it off the ground. What do you suggest? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. Jim

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM #

      Hi Jim,

      Wix is a really easy website builder to use if you want to keep things simple. They also have a very broad range of tools to help you build a pretty comprehensive website, once you get the hang of using their basic tools.

      You can visit their Support Center and look for the Getting Started section to start from Step 1.

      Another option, if you want to find a very simple and easy to use website builder, is to use Weebly. They’re extremely easy to use as well, but they don’t have as many tools as Wix. But if you want to keep things really really simple, Weebly is also a great option to consider!

      Here is more discussion on Weebly.

      – Jeremy

  162. Vera August 27, 2014 at 9:03 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, I have my own domain name and hosting, can I still use WIX? can i remove the wix logo at the bottom of the page? thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 27, 2014 at 1:41 PM #

      Hi Vera,

      You can certainly connect your own domain name to your Wix site (as long as you subscribe to at least their “Connect Domain” plan). However, hosting is part of the package and for their drag and drop website builder to work, you must host your site with Wix.

      As for removing the Wix logo on your website, you have to be subscribed to at least their “Combo” plan in order to do so.

      – Jeremy

  163. Angela August 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM #

    I love this article too and your comparison chart. Jeremy they are lucky to have you – you rock! Thanks =)

  164. lexi August 4, 2014 at 6:54 AM #

    I signed up for Wix yeserday and so far love it. I had purchased a domain through godaddy.com. will I be able to transfer it to Wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 4, 2014 at 9:39 AM #

      Hi Lexi,

      You don’t have to “transfer” it to Wix, but you can definitely “point” or connect your domain name from GoDaddy to your Wix site. Just visit Wix’s support center, and type in “GoDaddy” in the search bar and it will show you how to connect your domain name!

      – Jeremy

  165. Ashley July 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM #

    one your feedback you said that the automated emailing purchase confirmations is a drawback why is that ?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM #

      Hi Ashley,

      If you are referring to the comment we have in our conclusion above, what we mean is that is a drawback that Wix currently does NOT have a mechanism to email your customers with some sort of purchase confirmation. Hopefully they will have this built in soon!

      Hope this clarifies things!

      – Jeremy

  166. Elaine July 27, 2014 at 7:19 PM #

    I’ve built sites for multiple clients using WIX, from entertainer’s sites to movie web sites, to non-profit sites, to retail brick and mortar stores, to robust online-only stores. No problems with any of them, no matter how complex they need to be. I would not use any other site building service. Wix has it all. It’s easy to learn your way around, allows total control of creative content, offers every feature needed for almost any business, and their customer service is extraordinary. You may have to wait on the phone for a few minutes, but once you are connected to a CSA, they will help you in any way you need, and for as long as you need- for free. Wix is awesome. Love it. (I attended one of the WIX gatherings at their digs in NYC. Was casual, friendly, and informative. Nice!)

  167. Lisa McGowan July 27, 2014 at 5:47 AM #

    Good Morning,

    We set up a new website yesterday and are pleased with the final result. We upgraded our package. When using google and bing search it doesn’t show up. Why?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM #

      Hi Lisa,

      Have you tried to submit your website to Google yet? Just search for that in Google and you can submit you site to be indexed by Google.

      Having your site rank very high in search results is quite challenging. If you can imagine how many hundreds of millions of sites there are on the internet, and the limited number of spots on top Google search pages.

      You will need to work on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and there are plenty of tutorials / discussions about SEO online that you can find. It generally takes a lot of work to make your site rank well in search engines, but it’s definitely possible if you are persistent with it!

      – Jeremy

  168. uche July 13, 2014 at 3:46 AM #

    thanks for sharing this platform.
    If after creating my website on your platform,who owns the content rights completely and how do i host it after and in subsequent times.

    least i forget am not a website programmer,just want to do it my way…Is there any simple way to make adjustments after publishing

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 13, 2014 at 7:42 PM #

      Hi Unche,

      Based on our understanding, you own your own content, but the best way to get assurance on that is to reach their terms of use found in the footer of their home page.

      One of the drawbacks of using Wix is that if you want to move to another website, they don’t have a mechanism for you to export your website content. We’ve discussed this as one of the “Cons” of using Wix.

      If being able to export your website is very important to you, I’d suggest you checkout Squarespace or Weebly. We have a comparison chart here that discusses the export / migration feature in a lot more details here.

      – Jeremy

  169. Abegail Labine June 23, 2014 at 5:36 PM #

    Stunning is stunning. However, part of good customer service should include a wonderful website that is easy to use and isn’t bad to look at. That should help your business a lot.

  170. Melba May 25, 2014 at 5:58 AM #

    Can I use the same website address for a mobile set up? I’m told I need to build a mobile(IPhone ) website… Thanks!

  171. Lauren May 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM #

    I’m a college student looking to create a personal website to put my advertising portfolio and resume into. Being a college student, I have to be very careful about where I spend my money and making sure it’s spent well. Can you talk more about what the free version of a Wix site gets you compared to the different levels of the premium sites? Once my site is developed, I’m not looking to drive a lot of traffic to it like a business might. It will be mostly used for me to give to prospective clients or to use in a job interview to showcase my work. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just has to look nice. What is your recommendation for which level I should pay for or if I even need to?
    Thanks for any help you can give me!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 12, 2014 at 1:56 PM #

      Hi Lauren,

      I think if you want to build a good portfolio, your website has to look professional and Wix can definitely enable you to do this as they have some good looking templates for you to use.

      However, if you use the free version of Wix, you won’t be able to connect you own custom domain name to your website, and so your website address will be using Wix’s main domain name. Further, there will also be a very obvious / prominent Wix advertisement on your website.

      Some people may consider this as a bit unprofessional. If you sign up to the “Connect Domain” plan, you can connect your own domain name to your Wix website, but there will still be an advertisement.

      If you sign up to the “Combo” plan, you get to connect your own domain and there will no longer be any Wix advertisement (so your website will look very clean – no ads).

      One way to save a bit of money if you’re conscious about budget is to sign up to the annual Combo plan, as Wix will give you a free domain name which is a $10 -$15 annual value. Just something to consider if you are investing in this for the long term (think of at least 1 year).

      – Jeremy

      • Lauren May 14, 2014 at 8:39 AM #

        Thanks for the reply! I’m really considering the Combo package on Wix. Two more questions if you don’t mind…1. what is the difference between the yearly plans and the monthly plans? If the yearly plan is cheaper why would you do the monthly one at all?
        And then 2. what is your opinion on the blank templates on Wix, and just starting from scratch? I want my website to be unique and the designed templates are really nice but i’m afraid my site will look too much like other people’s who are using that same template.

        thanks again for your help!

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong May 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM #

          Hi Lauren:

          1) The only difference is price (yearly plan is cheaper on a monthly basis) and also with the yearly plan they give you gift certificates (Google and Facebook advertising vouchers) and also include a free domain name for you (for Combo and higher plans). So definitely a better deal to get the yearly plan.

          2) Starting from scratch will definitely give you the ability to build something very unique. But it will definitely take a bit more effort. If you find a template that has some potential, you can use it, then customize it heavily with your own elements and colors to make it your own. That’s one way to save a bit of time too!

          – Jeremy

  172. Demetria Bates May 10, 2014 at 1:41 AM #

    You have a very helpful review and I’m glad I came across someone as responsive as yourself! My question is, I just created a link directory html file, but I can’t upload it because Wix does not offer FTP. Is there a work around for this?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM #

      Hi Demetria,

      Can you elaborate a bit more about what you mean by a “link directory html file” and how you intend to use it?

      But in general, your observation is right. Wix doesn’t offer FTP so there isn’t a way to upload any custom files / layouts into the website. If you would have to create pages through Wix’s own website building tools.

      It’s a limitation especially if you want to do a lot of heavy customizations to your website. If that’s something that’s very important to you (to do a lot of heavy code customizations), then Wix may not be the best option for you. Perhaps something like WordPress might be more suitable?

      But if you want to create a very functional and good looking site, without a lot of technical customizations, Wix is a good option.

      – Jeremy

  173. mr Palmer May 1, 2014 at 2:48 AM #

    hi guys i came across this site last week and it has been up since haha. Im still working my way around it its packed full of information and very intuitive so thanks again. right where was i well i need some advice for the last two years i was signed up with Yola which was ok. The templates where ok but what i found was the templates where a too rigid. It was hard to put things exactly where i wanted. Yola did give me the opportunity to put in my own website google email address. it was was £17 for the year for the website. Now I’m not sure if you have come across Yola or not. Now I’m not sure whether to go with them again or start with one of the others you have mentioned. My business is a football consultancy with around 5-6 pages. id like for the website builder to be able to look great on mobile too, so having mobile optimisation would be great. Please could you offer me some advice.

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong
      Jeremy & Connie Wong May 2, 2014 at 3:39 PM #

      Hi Mr Palmer,

      We haven’t used Yola before so we can’t really comment on whether they are good or not. But if you want a website builder that is very flexible in that you can drag and drop any content, Wix is a good place to start experimenting and you can sign up for a test account for free.

      Their mobile mode is pretty good, but if you want a fully responsive website that displays great across all browsers, I’d suggest you take a look at Squarespace. We also have an article comparing Squarespace and Wix that you might find helpful.

      – Jeremy

      • mr palmer May 4, 2014 at 2:36 AM #

        jeremy thank you for reply This website is great and its brilliant that you are in tune with your readers. Giving precise honest answers and the fact is you reply brilliant. It looks like i might have to pick squarespace heard a lot about it. A question..Do i get my domain name from Godaddy or do do Squarepspace provide one(without their name on it). I suppose what I am asking is where is the best place to get a domain name? Ive just ended up asking two questions apologies!

        • Jeremy & Connie Wong
          Jeremy & Connie Wong May 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM #

          Hey Mr. Palmer,

          No problem – glad we can be helpful.

          If you sign up for the yearly plan with Squarespace, they give you a free custom domain name so you won’t have any signs of “Squarespace” in your domain name. Or alternatively, you can always purchase your own domain name from the likes of GoDaddy (we use them ourselves), then connect that domain name to your Squarespace site.

          If you find our discussions helpful, do click on the social sharing buttons on the pages! You never know who else you can help by sharing these articles!

          – Jeremy

        • Leo May 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM #

          Mr Palmer,

          I suggest that you search for a host that provides free emails with your domain name, WIX.com Does not offer free emails with your domain name.

          • Jeremy Wong
            Jeremy Wong May 9, 2014 at 11:28 AM #

            To connect an email address with your own custom domain name, one way is to sign up for Google Business Apps. There are some website builders that do provide email services, but only for their upgraded plans. We covered some of this in our website builder comparison chart.

            – Jeremy

  174. Ross April 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM #

    Very informative article.
    Question I have is:
    I have a domain if I move to WIX, I am looking for email support. Google apps is listed, I have read that this service costs ~$5/mth including one business id email.
    I would like to get my email such as – ‘business@mydomain.com

    I have dug around the WIX premium web site and not found the costs in addition to the costs under the premium bundles.
    Any suggestions or feedback would be appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong
      Jeremy & Connie Wong April 29, 2014 at 2:26 PM #

      Hey Ross,

      If you decide to use Google Business Apps to run your custom domain email address (we use them as well, which works great), you don’t have to pay Wix as the arrangement is between you and Google (so you pay Google the monthly fee).

      If I remember correctly, what happens is that Google require you to insert a small snippet of code into your website, so that Google can verify that you actually own /control the website (for security reasons). Once that part is done, then you can get your custom email domain set up and running!

      – Jeremy

  175. Diane H April 17, 2014 at 9:09 AM #

    If we reserve a domain name on go daddy (.com) name can we use it on the Wix web site? and will we own it to move later if we want to.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie April 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM #

      Hi Dianne,

      Yes you can do this and i mentioned it in my response to another comment on April 2 2014 just a few comments below. Just visit Wix’s support center and search for “domain” and you can find out how to connect your GoDaddy domain name to your Wix website.

      If you decide to move on later on, you get to keep the domain name and take it with you.

      – Jeremy

  176. Julie April 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, I’m very green when it comes to this sort of stuff but I’m giving it a shot. I’ve gone as far as purchasing a domain name and creating a site from Wix and I know the next step is to purchase a premium package. As it stands at the moment, my site address is ‘myname.wix.com/thefreedombanduk, but I want it to read as ‘www.thefreedombanduk, I don’t want the ‘wix.com’ in there. How does one do this? I need my site to go live by 10th April 2014. HEEEELP!

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie April 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM #

      Hey Julie,

      Once you upgrade to any of Wix’s premium plan, you can connect your own domain name to your Wix site. If you don’t have your own domain name yet, if you upgrade to the “Combo” plan and above, Wix actually gives you a free domain name, as long as it hasn’t been taken yet.

      Hope this clarifies things!

      – Jeremy

  177. John April 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM #

    Hello,

    We have our own domain which is services by Network Solutions and want to keep that URL. Is it possible to do this with the Wix hosting service? Also, we use this URL in our email which runs through our MS Sever 2003. Is that going to be a problem?

    Thanks so much.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie April 2, 2014 at 4:21 PM #

      Hey John,

      Yes you can connect your own custom domain name to Wix if you want to. Visit Support Center and just search for “domain” and you will find tutorials on how to do this.

      Same for email as you can list out where the emails be sent to if someone messages you through the Wix contact form.

      – Jeremy

  178. Dana April 2, 2014 at 6:01 AM #

    Thank you for the review. I am currently using WIX and I found the review quite accurate.

    I am a jewelry designer and I belong to a community of business owners who are really against Wix. So much so that I don’t mention using it to them anymore. They seem to be under the impression that Wix takes ownership over your visual content and will use it for their own means. I have no idea where these designers are getting this information, as I can’t find it anywhere else.
    I kind of assumed that maybe this is the case only if you are using the builder for free and not if you upgrade, but again I am not able to find any information on this elsewhere.

    I’m wondering if you have heard about this issue.

    Thanks!
    Dana

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie April 2, 2014 at 4:16 PM #

      Hi Dana,

      Thanks for your comment and question.

      Wix is a publicly traded company (listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange) and so this establishes the fact that they are pretty unlikely to be doing anything against privacy or creative / intellectual properties as they are now under constant public and regulatory scrutiny.

      So if you upload content that belongs to you, the content should remain your own property. I personally haven’t seen any news or even lawsuits against Wix at all concerning any intellectual / creative property theft, even if users are using the free version of Wix.

      It’s a great question and certainly I can understand potential users are wary about this. But based on my understanding and observations, I really don’t think this is the case!

      – Jeremy

  179. Question March 25, 2014 at 12:47 AM #

    Hi, when I create my free site on WIX and I want to buy a domain , also via Wix, do I have to pay anything elese, or when I buy a domain, my site is connected to that domain Immidiately? Im sorry if my english isnt good enough. Im from Montenegro.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM #

      Hi there,

      If you upgrade to Wix’s Combo plan and higher, they include a free domain for you. To connect your the free domain name from Wix, just visit their Support Center, go to “Domains & Email” > “Setting Up a Domain Purchased from Wix” and it will walk you through the steps.

      – Jeremy

  180. Bob March 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM #

    Thank you so much for the review and all the comments….with answers.
    My questions are…
    1. If I want an open forum for discussions on a wix site is that possible?
    2. You mentioned that blogging is not possible….did I misunderstand that?
    3. Am I able to add content to the site later? How often can I update the info on the site?
    Thank You

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM #

      Hey Bob,

      1) Yes you can. You can add a forum function through Wix’s app market (see our review here).

      2) Wix does have a blog function now. Just click on “Add” then “Blog” when you are in Wix editor.

      3) Yes you can update your site as often as you want! There are no limitations here. Just make your updates and publish to make them live.

      – Jeremy

  181. Brad March 17, 2014 at 6:10 PM #

    If I already own a .ca ( Canada) address can I use this with Wix

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM #

      Hi Brad,

      Yes you can. You just have to follow Wix’s instructions on how to point your domain name to your Wix website and you will be able to connect your .ca domain name.

      – Jeremy

  182. Neil Kelly March 6, 2014 at 5:45 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Which payment system would you recommend ? authorize.net or skrill.

    Thank you

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM #

      Hi Neil,

      I haven’t used Skrill before so I can’t really comment on them. Perhaps you can search for some reviews / discussions on them to find out their pros and cons.

      I haven’t used Authorize.net either, but i do know that they are catered to larger businesses. I’ve browsed through their website before and found it a bit confusing for me, and I heard through a few different sources that their set up process is a bit long and drawn out.

      That’s why a lot of smaller businesses are moving towards using either PayPal directly, or Stripe which promises a very fast set up process.

      Sorry I can’t be more helpful here. If others have any opinions to add to this discussion, please do!

      – Jeremy

  183. Jefferson March 4, 2014 at 2:28 PM #

    So I am developing a site for a student organization. My advisors are asking the legitimacy of the site/company (that is Wix). Where do I find a simple answer for that? (if there is one)

    For buying an upgraded account, how do I know that I can trust that my money (of the organization) is going to a legit company and not for a vacation to the Bahamas.

    Also, could I have my site hosted somewhere else than Wix? (yes i know they offer the service).

    great review.

    Thank you!

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM #

      Hello Jefferson,

      Wix is a publicly traded company listed on the Nasdaq – so they are definitely a legitimate company as all publicly companies listed in the US are heavily scrutinized from regulatory, financial and legal perspectives. So the company is definitely “real”.

      For your latter question, all sites must be hosted with Wix, and so they cannot be hosted elsewhere. Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  184. Mariangel March 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Many thanks! Very helpful. I am afraid I have more questions:

    1. I have my old HTML website and Domain(.org) (I don’t want to change the domain). Want to create a new website with WIX templates. How can connect my old HTML website to a new WIX template?. – You are not if I can do this.. because it’s .ORG?

    2. If I don’t like the font in WIX template can I upload new ones?

    3. If I get the Unlimited package Can I delete any WIX ads? (I don’t want any ads of WIX in the .ORG website) Is it possible?.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM #

      Mariangel,

      1) You won’t be able to connect your old site to Wix. If you want to use Wix, you will have to build a new site using their templates. An easier way is to just copy the content you have on your old site (text for instance) and copy it directly into Wix. This can help speed up your transfer process.

      2) Wix allows you to choose from a variety of fonts. So if you don’t like the default one in the template, you can pick another one.

      3) With the Unlimited package, you can remove the Wix Ad.

      – Jeremy

  185. Mariangel March 3, 2014 at 4:18 AM #

    Hi!, Many thanks for the reviews. I have couple of questions:

    1. Can I link my org. website to WIX?
    2. Can I redirect my old static HTML website to my new flashy WIX website?

    Thanks very much!.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 3, 2014 at 11:22 AM #

      Hey Mariangel,

      1) I think so, especially if you own the domain name. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

      2) If you are keeping your existing domain name (so just pointing the domain name to the Wix site, and not using a new domain name), then you don’t need any re-directing. Re-directs are helpful if you are changing your domain name, or URL structure. So basically if you are using the same domain name, when someone types in the URL or finds your site on Google, they will arrive at your new Wix site.

      One thing to consider is to try to make your URL structure of your new Wix site to be the same as your old website. This helps speed up the process in that Google doesn’t have to re-index new pages.

      – Jeremy

  186. val March 1, 2014 at 10:45 AM #

    I’m pretty sure you’ve answered this query from other people.
    I really like Wix and everything it has to offer so my question is:
    Can I keep using the free domain or do I eventually have to upgrade to one of the premium plans once I publish?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

      Hi Val,

      Do you mean the free domain name they give you when you purchase a premium plan? If so, that domain name is for you to keep and you can take it with you if you leave Wix, just as long as you keep paying the domain name’s annual registration fee going forward.

      But if you are referring to the free sub-domain that you get even if you sign up for a free Wix plan, then you don’t have to upgrade if you don’t want to. You just have to keep using the subdomain name.

      – Jeremy

  187. jessica February 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM #

    Hi, this was a very useful review, and I appreciate the fact that you answer people’s questions! That’s rare, and a truly wonderful service that you offer. : )

    I saw a commercial for Wix on tv a few days ago, and it piqued my interest. I’ve been using a WordPress site for a few years now, and it’s time to “upgrade” to something more professional. I would prefer a “real” website for my small farm business, and Wix seems like a good place to start–or perhaps one of the others like Weebly or Squarespace (the e-commerce aspect interests me, as I already do that through another website). It would be great to have everything on one site!

    There are several things I’d like to do:
    1. Archive our newsletters and work with our Mailchimp service (old newsletters in pdf formats, others via mailchimp).
    2. Continue our recipe section. In WP, I use a “cloud” with tags for each of our farm crops. For example, if you would like recipes that utilize the leeks you just bought, you can click on the word “leeks” to bring up the supporting recipes.
    3. I would eventually like to offer a members’ only section if possible (we have a non-traditional Community Supported Agriculture program–basically a farm membership program).
    4. Eventually (maybe) abandon our current e-commerce system and incorporate it into our farm website (rather than have two different sites to work between).

    Are these things possible with Wix? Or would one of the other drag-and-drop website builders be better? From your reviews, it seems that different builders would be best for different aspects, but which would be best for handling ALL of these tasks?

    I need to be able to do it myself. I’m techy inclined, but don’t know code, and don’t have the time to learn it. Thank you for all the help you’ve given already!
    jess

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM #

      Hi Jess,

      In terms of blog functions, Wix probably isn’t the best candidate amongst website builders. As of today, they are still working on improving their blogging system, which I don’t think they allow you to tag posts yet.

      Squarespace has a “tag block” in which you can tag your blog posts or webpages. So I think this can be very helpful for you.

      Weebly does allow tagging of blog posts, so if all your recipes are in the form of blog posts, then this can work for you as well.

      As for Mailchimp, you can still use it while using any website builders as you can insert sign up forms by using the “HTML” elements that most website builders provide. Then you can manage your newsletters by logging into Mailchimp (I’m assuming you have an account with them already).

      As for membership, Wix has an App that you can use for free in their App Market to create a membership area.

      For Weebly and Squarespace, they don’t have any add-on’s to create a membership gate but Sentry Login, which is an independent membership services provider, can be used to make some of your pages password protected so that only members can log in to access those pages. You can even set it up so that your members have to pay you for access.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

      • Jess March 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM #

        Thank you very much!

    • Angelina March 6, 2014 at 6:18 PM #

      Wix does allow you to tag blog posts.

  188. Laura February 20, 2014 at 7:45 PM #

    I did not see anything in the article or questions below. I was wondering if WIX can create unique landing pages. I am thinking for things such as google adwords, you can have a different landing page for that. is this possible?

    Also, I am a graphic designer, and i do know some code but i am not comfortable selling that service to clients, because i am slow, and cannot do hard things. Do you think using a wix is okay to sell this service to a client?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM #

      Hi Laura,

      There are no “dedicated landing page” for Wix, but here’s a quick workaround for this. Create your own landing page in Wix, then hide the page using the “Page Settings” function for that page. You can then retrieve the URL of that page, and use it however you want (such as have your Google Ads go to that hidden page). Your other website visitors will not be able to see this page, unless they come through your ads.

      As for selling the website building service to clients, yes you can as I’ve read some comments from our readers who have been servicing clients with Wix (helping their clients build a site with Wix).

      Some designers / service provider prefer that their clients not know that they are using a drag and drop website builders, so they use white label platforms such as Weebly to help them accomplish this (where your client will not know you are using Weebly).

      But if you plan on using Wix, there is no way of hiding the fact that you are using Wix to build websites. So you will probably have to be transparent about this up front. But the simple answer to your question is “yes” you can help your clients build websites using Wix!

      – Jeremy

  189. Ronald Gordon February 20, 2014 at 6:53 AM #

    I belong to an organization that uses wix. We want to add downloadable audio mp3 files to a private section of the site. As far as I can tell that isn’t possible using wix. They seem to have an upload limit of 10mb and I don’t even see any information about storage limits. Would iPage or Fatcow be a better service to use. They both claim unlimited storage. Thanks.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 20, 2014 at 8:34 AM #

      Hi Ronald,

      I’d suggest checking out Weebly (our review here) as if you upgrade to their Pro plan, you can upload audio files up to 250mb in size for each mp3 file. There is also no limit on how many files you can upload (so no storage limits)!

      – Jeremy

  190. Alley February 19, 2014 at 2:48 PM #

    Hi, this all sounds too good to be true! I loved the reviews so detailed. The only parts I did not see was if wix is appropriate for an adult website. And if I wanted my domain name to be .com or .net is that possible and can I take my domain name with me if I wanted to ever leave wix? Some adult sites like Rare-Escorts does not allow you to take your domain name with you.

    Thank you for your help.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 19, 2014 at 6:33 PM #

      Hey Alley,

      I’m not 100% sure actually. Best to ready their Terms of Services carefully, as if you end up violating them, they do reserve the right to terminate their services to you.

      Yes – you can connect either a .com or .net domain name to Wix and if you ever leave them, you have full ownership of the domain name (as long as you make your yearly fee to your domain name registrar!)

      – Jeremy

  191. hanciong February 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM #

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for your post! It is very clear and helpful for a webber noob like me.

    I am planning to make my own website, but I don’t have any coding skill. So the existence of wix, weebly, etc, helps me a lot. I also want to use my own domain name, which can be achieved by Connect Domain plan. However, I want to earn money buy posting advertisements in my website. I hope to cover my webhosting cost from those advertisements. Is it possible with Connect Domain plan? If not, can you suggest me what platforms should I use? Thank you.

    Regards,
    hanciong

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 14, 2014 at 3:38 PM #

      Hi Hanciong,

      Yes you can insert advertisments in your Wix site. With Wix, you can insert Google Adsense by adding the Adsense App from Wix’s App market (see our review).

      – Jeremy

  192. Riki February 11, 2014 at 5:36 AM #

    Hi, I have a small ecommerce business and am looking for a web host. I’m currently with weebly , and althought its good for blogs, its not good for commerce. I’m thinking about godaddy but they are somewhat pricy. Any Recommendations?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 12, 2014 at 1:28 AM #

      Hi Riki,

      Weebly recently upgraded their e-commerce functions in a significant way so it’s not bad right now. But if you want to check out our e-commerce builders comparison chart, you’ll see our thoughts on them and also our comments. Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  193. Shaun February 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie! Thanks for your awesome post, I’m having trouble getting my comment to remain on the page however. Once I enter it, it’s disappears so apologies if you’ve read it already,
    I’m a real estate agent trying to build a nice clean, user friendly website for clients to come and browse for homes and be informed about what’s going on in the market, and be able to contact me any suggestions? Wix, squares pace, go daddy? And what about domain name, should I register that with go daddy?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 4, 2014 at 8:09 PM #

      Hi Shaun,

      I think the easiest website builders to use include Wix and Weebly. But if you want something that looks really good and have a responsive template so that it fits / displays very well on mobile devices, I’d suggest Squarespace.

      All those website builders include contact forms so that you can connect them directly to your email address.

      As for domain name, yes Godaddy works well. We have a post on how to build a website here which may provide you with a bit more info on domain names and custom email addresses.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

      • Shaun February 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM #

        Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it! You guys are awesome! I followed you on twitter!

        Shaun H

  194. Sharmeen February 2, 2014 at 11:49 PM #

    Hello,

    I am considering using Wix to build a website for my own small biz.. honestly I was thinking of wordpress but then I came across Wix… I would like to know what the website url would read as?
    wix.com/mywebsite
    or mywebsite.wix.com
    or what?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 3, 2014 at 8:43 AM #

      Hi Sharmeen,

      If you only use the free version of Wix, your domain name from Wix will be structured like this – username.wix.com/sitename

      But if you upgrade to at least their Connect Domain plan which is $4.08 per month (annual subscription), then you can connect your own custom domain name, remove any ads from Wix and also increase the amount of bandwidth and storage to your website.

      If you were to use WordPress.org you would have to pay for monthly hosting at around the same price or more.

      – Jeremy

      • Sharmeen February 3, 2014 at 10:27 PM #

        thanks very much Jeremy!!

  195. Sue January 21, 2014 at 5:11 AM #

    Hi, I am serious about using Wix to build my website, I have started working on it and have just realise Wix’s sites will not work with IE 8 or below, even some version of IE9?

    I love Wix’s templates and really looking forward to use them.

    Those feedback were mostly written in 2012, can you please advise if that’s still the case?
    If so, is Wix going to give us a version to work with IE8 at all?

    Also, if that’s the being the case, I will consider this being a “Con” of Wix, as about 24% of population are still using IE8.

    Thank you for your help, Kind regards, Sue.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 21, 2014 at 8:52 AM #

      Hi Sue,

      I left some comments in my responses on Dec 21 2013 and July 6 2013 below. In general, the website community is shifting away from the older versions of IE browser as technology has been advancing over the past couple of years. I understand the frustration as it’s something we deal with all the time! It’s just part of evolution of web browsing and the website builders community is looking forward and adopting newer technology.

      – Jeremy

  196. sage popovich January 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM #

    i waited a year and gave my “computer genius” $1000 to do a mickey mouse job and Wix gave me a platform i can use without any knowledge of programing, or site building….i am thrilled with the site…the editor…and i am being received with professional accolades….Wix Rules

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM #

      Hi Sage,

      Wix (and other drag and drop builders) does help to even out the playing ground a bit, so those without any / sufficient coding knowledge can also gain an online presence! Thanks for sharing your story.

      – Jeremy

  197. Ruben January 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

    Excellent review and information! I started using Wix a couple of weeks ago, and plan on finishing the site this week.
    Being honest, I am no programmer, code writer type, or anything designer-related.. and this Wix is amazing! I am personally very pleased with how the site is looking, very professional like and I have been able to put all the info, imaes, and what nots with little to no hassle.
    I do work with computers a lot, being an HP employee, but just not designer related at all, so I suppose being just avid with a PC in general is the key to that bit of steep learning curve Wix has; because it is steep, you have to take in a lot very quickly, but at the same time it is nowhere near impossible.
    A question though, regarding the site’s final address. I feel it is very unnecessarily long :s
    Any thoughts on what options I have to shorten it, or to make it just (example) ‘www.mysite.wix.com or something similiar? Because right now it is showing as ‘www.mywixusername.wix.com/mynew site….

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 16, 2014 at 4:06 PM #

      Hi Ruben,

      Unfortunately I don’t think you can change the default free Wix domain name at the moment. The only way to make any changes to the domain name is if you upgrade to at least their “Connect Domain” plan where you can connect your own custom domain name to your Wix site. You will however need to purchase your own domain name. You can purchase your own custon domain name at registrars such as GoDaddy for about $12 per year.

      Alternatively if you subscribe to Wix’s Combo plan or higher, Wix gives you a free domain name.

      Hope this helps and good luck on completing your website!

      – Jeremy

  198. Joyce January 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM #

    While I do have some antiquated programming knowledge, I am an independent small business owner that just doesn’t have the time to learn the ins and outs I need to do a great job on a website without drag & drop resources like Wix.

    I used Homestead awhile ago, used Microsoft’s free website when it was free and now have used Zoho for about 2 years … I’m looking to change again, and Wix caught my attention.

    I need to be able to customize, which Wix seems to allow. I also need something that will be useful on mobile devices and load pretty easily with images … also seems Wix fits the bill …

    I DO NOT want to use the “free” version for any period of time, so I maintain my professional presentation.

    Questions:

    1. Do you know if I bring my own domain name, once it is time to renew, if I can transfer my domain name to Wix (currently we are at Melbourne) for free?

    2. Most of the gripes I have heard about the ecommerce options don’t seem to be a problem, but I was unclear on some others. Right now we use one of the upgraded options on Freewebstore that links to our page. I don’t need many bells and whistles, because we are essentially selling class slots – so we don’t need to ship, tax, etc. However, I need to have 50+ products, discounting abilities (sales), coupon codes, inventory management (can’t oversell seats), etc. Given the limitations of Wix, can they meet this expectation?

    3. Can you cut and paste content from the text spaces and/or can you create “duplicate” pages?

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this resource you have created … so far it seems to be the best, most comprehensive and least biased resource out there.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM #

      Hi Joyce,

      To remove the Wix advertisement, you will have to upgrade to one of their premium plans. Here are my thoughts to your questions:

      1) You don’t have to transfer your domain name to Wix at all. You can keep your domain name with your current registrar, and point the DNS of the domain name to Wix and it will connect your domain name to your Wix site. Just go to Wix’s Support Center and search for “domain name” and it will lead you to how to connect your domain name to Wix.

      2) Wix’s “basic” e-commerce tools are a bit limited. But they have a App Market in which you can connect advanced e-commerce tools to your Wix site. You can choose from the likes of Shopify and Ecwid which are both very strong e-commerce tools providers, and bolt on their features to your Wix site so you can run a good e-commerce store using Wix.

      3) Yes you can create duplicate pages. Again go to Wix’s Support Center and search for “duplicate pages” and it will show you how!

      Hope this helps! Don’t forget to click on the social buttons at the top of the page or on the left hand side and share it with others! You never who else can benefit from our website!

      – Jeremy

  199. Mike January 8, 2014 at 1:05 PM #

    Do you have any idea how change control or versioning is handled by any of these? If I’m making site changes am i editing my production site or a DEV copy? Can I access the DEV copy to test it prior to making it production? If an issue is discovered that I missed in my testing cab I roll back to the previous version?

    These questions are not often addressed in reviews of this type but think the answers are important when choosing something you hope to be with for a long time.

    Thanks.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 8, 2014 at 5:39 PM #

      Hi Mike,

      I don’t believe Wix works that way. As far as I know, all the changes are made to the published website and so there isn’t a way to roll back changes, nor is there a development copy that you can work on.

      Have you asked Wix to see if they have something developers can use to work on? I haven’t heard of it or seen it before.

      If this is a critical feature for you, perhaps a more advanced CMS such as WordPress will better suit your needs.

      – Jeremy

  200. Lee January 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM #

    I own my own business as a car mechanic and marine engineer would you suggest wix for that purpose because there are so many choices and all i want is something simple and cheap but also don’t know if it will affect business so don’t really want to be paying for nothing.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 7, 2014 at 4:15 PM #

      Hi Lee,

      If you are looking for a website builder that provides you with basic website building blocks, Wix is a good candidate to test out. You can also check out Weebly and Squarespace. Both are also good website builders.

      – Jeremy

  201. Caroline January 7, 2014 at 7:01 AM #

    MAJOR con for Wix – Their domains are NOT capable of being verified by Pinterest. I’ve been a Wix user for three years now, and none of the images on my site are capable of being pinned via Pinterest. Customers complain and request for the feature daily via their message boards with zero reply from Wix. If you’re a photographer/designer and rely heavily on images and Pinterest for marketing purposes look elsewhere to host your site. I’m finally making the switch because of this.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 7, 2014 at 8:35 AM #

      Hi Caroline,

      Thanks for sharing and pointing that out! Hopefully it’s something Wix will update soon as Pinterest is a very helpful image sharing community.

      For photographers / designers, I’d also suggest checking out Squarespace (click here to see our review) as they have really beautiful and stunning themes which are suitable for your space.

      Thanks again for sharing Caroline.

      – Jeremy

  202. Anthony January 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM #

    Nice review guys. I’m wondering if you know what happens to the domain I obtain through Wix’s paid services if I decide to move it to a different website builder? Even if the domain is free when using the paid services option, does the domain become mine no matter where I take it (once I renew it yearly of course)?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM #

      Hey Anthony,

      You can transfer your domain name from Wix to another registrar (such as GoDaddy) if you want to. You just can’t do it within the first 60 days when you first get the domain name, which is a mandatory waiting period that’s regulated by ICANN (it’s an organization that oversees domain names – unrelated to Wix).

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

      • Anthony January 4, 2014 at 3:15 AM #

        Thank you for being so helpful, Jeremy. Much appreciated!

      • Lori January 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM #

        What if you already have a domain? Can you use it with six?

        • Jeremy & Connie
          Jeremy & Connie January 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM #

          Hi Lori – yes you can connect your own domain name with a Wix site.

          Just go to their support page and type in domain name and you should see help articles on how to do this. But just note that you need to upgrade to their premium plan in order to connect your own domain name.

          – Jeremy

  203. Kurt December 27, 2013 at 6:03 PM #

    Hi, I’m looking for an online website builder that can build site that can search other web sites. I want to set up a price comparison site, so people can word search eg. Laptop, and pricing and specs display form several stores at once, Eg eBay amazons etsy ect. do you know of any site that can build something like this.
    Thank

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie December 27, 2013 at 6:30 PM #

      Hi Kurt,

      Unfortunately the type of “search engine” you are trying to build is pretty complex and so is beyond the capability of drag and drop builders. You might need to hire a pretty advanced programmer to help you do this.

      – Jeremy

  204. Eileen December 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM #

    I am planning to start an ecommerce website and have been looking for the suitable provider. I am not familiar with HTML/CSS coding therefore I am very drawn to the drag and drop website builder. However, I read through your article and the comments to realise that Wix is not that strong with regards to their ecommerce platform.

    I have previously tried a trial on Shopify but as mentioned, not being able to have total control of my online store’s design was a set back, and I did not want to spend extra money on hiring someone to do it for me or pay for a theme.

    Please advise! Thank you.