Wix Review 2014 – Create Your Stunning Website

Last updated on April 11, 2014

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If building a beautiful and interactive website is a priority for you, 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.

Specifically, Wix will work well for photographers, designers, restaurant & hospitality related websites, musicians or small businesses.  As a general rule of thumb, if you like to have a lot of pictures in your website, you may want to test out Wix (for free) – just to see it works for your individual needs.

In our Wix review, we found that they offer you a lot of different functions, which results in a slightly steeper learning curve.  But it’s not bad at all, as it only took me about 20 minutes to get a really good handle on its functions, as their “Help” function is well thought out and works really well (more below).

Wix currently has over 44 million registered users, with about 45,000 new users joining everyday. That’s an incredible feat and there are good reasons for this.

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

[If you try out Wix and you like it, we also have an upgrade coupon for you later in this article]

Wix is already a powerful design and promotional tool that users worldwide are using to build successful and marketable websites. Building a website should be as effortless as everything else the web now offers, and Wix is about giving you the freedom to design the website you want with great looking results. It’s your personality, with a professional quality. – Avishai Abrahami, Wix CEO & Founder

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WIX REVIEW - TOP 3 PROS AND CONS

  1. Professional looking templates – Wix offers over 280 professional looking templates or you could create your own custom design.  Some of these pre-made templates are much more beautiful than what you get from other website builders.  If you’re not the creative type and need help in building a beautiful design, Wix’s pre-made templates will really help you get started.
  2. Intuitive Drag & Drop interface – The way to create your website with Wix is based on a drag & drop interface. Pick what you need (image, slideshows, text, etc) and position them wherever you want without any restrictions. Although there are easier website builders in the market, overall, I found Wix pretty simple to pick up as the interface is quite intuitive.
  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 where you can schedule for a Wix specialist to call you back.  If you sign up to their VIP plan, you get first priority call backs.

  1. 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]
  2. Can’t 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.  One way to reduce this risk is try out a few templates before committing to one. It’s a bit annoying, but not a “deal-killer”.
  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.  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.]

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WIX IS IDEAL FOR….

Based on our Wix review, if you are a photographer, designer, musician,  in the restaurant & hospitality industry, or a small business owner who want to build a website that’s creative, Wix may meet your needs.

Most website builders only allow you to build static pages, but Wix allows you to transition between web pages interactively (such as shifting the pages across the screen from one page to the next). This in combination with visually impressive images can really set your website apart from others.

Having an interactive website is a definite advantage when it comes to impressing your visitors and keeping them on your website longer. We all like good looking websites (in addition to good content of course) – it’s vain, but true.

EASE OF USE

Wix is a true drag and drop website builder as you can insert elements pretty much anywhere on the website.

It is a 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 over-whelming at first because they give you a lot of different functions, 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 and that it took me a few more minutes to get a good handle on things, I thought that their tools are comprehensive and useful.  Furthermore, their help / support buttons works really well.

TEMPLATE DESIGN OPTIONS

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.

Wix has over 280 HTML5-based templates and a handful of flash-based templates available for use.  Historically, Wix was known to be a flash-based website builder. They have now shifted heavily to HTML5-based templates which is the right direction since HTML5 templates are more SEO friendly and they are also compatible with Apple mobile devices (such as iPhones, iPads and iPods).

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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.  But I would suggest you start with their pre-made templates since they have all the webpage layouts structured already, and you just need to insert your own images and text.  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.

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 the 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 do 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.

Overall, Wix offers a broad range of very stylish designs, and they are particularly helpful to those who need a starting point to build a beautiful website, or for those who don’t want to create a design from scratch.

Click here to see our detailed review of Wix templates.

SUPPORT / TUTORIALS / COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Wix Customer Support

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 schedule a time for a Wix specialist to call you back.  If you are a VIP plan user, you get first priority.

Wix review forum

We have more detailed discussion on Wix’s forum below.

Wix Tutorial Resources

Wix has a Support Center which walks you through all the steps in setting up 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.

Wix Review support center

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.

Wix review forum

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 MOBILE DISPLAY

Wix offers you a very unique mobile editor, as they allow you to build a completely separate, dedicated mobile site that has the flexibility to be completely different from your desktop site.  This allows you to control your visitors’ mobile experiences, which most other website builders do not offer.

You can also insert your phone number in which you visitors can “touch” it and it will automatically call you.  This is especially helpful if you are a business, as you’re making it easy for your visitors to contact 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.

WIX APP MARKET

One of the key differentiation between Wix and other website builders is that they have an App Market with more than 80 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.

Wix Review - app market

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.

WIX SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

Wix is a bit unique when it comes to SEO since they allow you to build either a HTML5-based website or a flash-based website.

Basically, HTML based websites are better for SEO as search engine crawlers can crawl through the codes to understand what your website is about and rank you accordingly.

Search engines cannot rank flash-based websites and as such, historically, flash-based websites do perform poorly in search engine rankings.  This is one of the key reasons why Wix has progressed so much in enhancing their HTML5-based websites.

Wix allows you to optimize all the basic SEO functions, such as descriptions, titles and keywords for each web page.  This is no different from other website builders in the market, so it’s right on par.

Wix review SEO

You can also insert Google Analytics to start tracking your website visitor statistics as well.

HOSTING AND EXPORT OPTIONS

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

PRICING – IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT?

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 premium packages.  As you move up the packages you get access to more features.  The packages start from $6.90 per month to $29.90 per month.  If you sign up for an annual plan, you can save from 17% to 41% per year, depending on which package you select.  [We also have an official coupon code for you below to save more]

Wix Review Pricing

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.

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.

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 and 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, Wix’s premium packages is not extraordinarily expensive considering all the support 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.]

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 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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153 Responses to Wix Review 2014 – Create Your Stunning Website

  1. 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 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

  2. 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 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

  3. 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 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

  4. 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 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

  5. 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 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

  6. 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 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

  7. Brad March 17, 2014 at 6:10 PM #

    If I already own a .ca ( Canada) address can I use this with Wix

    • 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

  8. 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 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

  9. 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 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

  10. 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 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

  11. 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 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

  12. 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 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

  13. 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 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.

  14. 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 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

  15. 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 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

  16. 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 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

  17. 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 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

  18. 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 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

  19. 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 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

  20. 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 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!!

  21. 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 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

  22. 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 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

  23. 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 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

  24. 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 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

  25. 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 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

  26. 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 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

  27. 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 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

  28. 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 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 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

  29. 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 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

  30. 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.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM #

      Hi Eileen,

      I would suggest you have a look at Squarespace, Weebly or Jimdo which are all drag and drop builders and all provide you with solid e-commerce features. We included them in our “ecommerce website builder” group here.

      These website builders include templates for you, so make sure you check them out if design is very important to you. Overall, I’d say that Squarespace has the best themes available, but Weebly is really catching up as well though their themes are not responsive like Squarespace’s.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

      • Eileen December 25, 2013 at 9:16 PM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        Thank you for the prompt reply. I currently reside in Singapore, I would not be able to use Squarespace right?

        • Jeremy & Connie December 25, 2013 at 9:54 PM #

          Hey Eileen,

          Squarespace uses Stripe to help its e-commerce users process transactions, and as far as I know Stripe isn’t available in Singapore yet. Have a look at Weebly and Jimdo, you can use PayPal for both of them to help you process transactions and so these options will work for you.

          - Jeremy

      • William February 17, 2014 at 9:26 PM #

        Man, maybe I’ve just been spoiled by using WIX – that when I went to check out squarespace – I thought it was a joke…. their templates are so boring and bland. I didn’t dive into customizing them too much – but was really disappointed! I’m almost tempted to just keep my WIX site and deal with the lack of shopping cart options because it just looks SO much better.

  31. Tanya December 22, 2013 at 7:04 PM #

    Very useful article!

    I was reading your post relating to the comparison of 4 web builders – probably the most useful comparison that i can find. Thank you for that!

    If I am to build an easy-to-use blog/forum type of website with the POSSIBLE plan to turn it into a property listing site in multiple language (Eng and Chi) in a year or so.

    Is Jimdo the answer in your view?

    Appreciate your feedback!

    • Jeremy & Connie December 24, 2013 at 2:55 AM #

      Hi Tanya,

      You can create a blog with Jimdo but I dont’ think they have a forum function. Also, with the drag and drop website builders that we have used and reviewed, they don’t include any dedicated property listing tools. If you would like to list properties, you can certainly create pages and use image and text elements to showcase the properties and provide descriptions.

      With this, you can almost use any of the website builders to do that. But the first ones that jump into my head would be (in no particular order) Weebly, Jimdo and Wix.

      - Jeremy

  32. Mayor Adam West December 19, 2013 at 6:36 AM #

    Wix WOULD be awesome if their pages loaded in Internet Explorer, but the fact that they won’t makes it not even useful.

    IE loads blank white page, all other browsers load the site perfectly. The majority of people unfortunately still use IE as their main browser so this is a big problem. There is no fix either, I’ve spent hours googling only to find WIX support people telling others to upgrade their IE which isn’t the problem.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM #

      Hi Mayor,

      I touched upon the Internet Explorer issue on my comment on July 6 2013 (see below). The progression of the website community is towards to using HTML5 and so this technology isn’t adapted by IE 8 or below. So I suppose Wix is looking forward in its development, as no doubt there are still a lot of people using IE 8, but that will change in the coming years. It’s just the nature of progressing in the fast changing internet environment.

      - Jeremy

  33. Ashley December 16, 2013 at 4:02 PM #

    I was looking into wix to create a dog training Web site. I have absolutely no idea where to start with building a Web site and was looking for reviews. So my questions: a) do you think this is a good site for me to start building a Web site? b) I am not selling any products. This site will just be for advertisement of my packages and what I do. No online purchases. Is this where I need to be?

    • Jeremy & Connie December 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM #

      Hi Ashley,

      I think Wix is going to be a good candidate for you to test out if you’re not going to be selling any products online (since Wix doesn’t have the best e-commerce features). They do have a really easy to use drag and drop editor, and so you can pick from one of their professional templates and get started really quickly.

      That said, Weebly is also a good candidate to consider, but I would say that Wix’s templates are better at this time. So if you find a template that you like on Wix, I’d say go for it and give it a test!

      - Jeremy

  34. Joe M November 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM #

    Looking to make a more attractive website and Wix doesn’t seem like it will cut it. Limited to only 2 product options doesn’t work for me. Our products are personalized and need a lot more options than that. Plus no confirmation email and very limited shopping cart/checkout options. Can’t do live rates for shipping at all. Currently using Volusion, but wanted more control over design(easily), so still looking for alternatives. I’d say Wix is only good for very small specialized stores with no customization or options needed for products. I’m sure it is great for regular websites not selling anything though.

    • Jeremy & Connie November 5, 2013 at 3:11 PM #

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for your comment. I would agree with your assessment as well. Wix wasn’t designed to include many powerful e-commerce related tools. I think they are great for business, portfolio / photography, personal and very small, specialized online stores (as you mentioned as well).

      One suggestion – have you tried looking through Wix’s app market? We have a review article about it here. You can bolt on a lot of different e-commerce tools and this might actually be helpful for what you’re looking for.

      But if you are looking for a “full” e-commerce builder that has flexible designs, I’d suggest you explore Shopify (see our review here). They have beautiful themes and if you need to hire a freelancer to help make edits, they have a very big marketplace for that as well.

      HOpe this helps!

      - Jeremy

  35. Chari October 21, 2013 at 2:44 PM #

    Hello,
    I am even more confused now. I am opening an online boutique and had decided to go with wix. After reading your review and checking out Squarespace and Jimdo, I noticed a few problems.
    1) do all 3 only process payments through PayPal or Stripe at such a costly %?
    2) Will any of the 3 allow me to take my domain name with me should I decide to cancel their service?
    3) which one will offer the most automated service such as payment confirmations, automatic shipping & tax calculation?
    4)will I still need a program like Quikbooks?

    • Jeremy & Connie October 21, 2013 at 8:21 PM #

      Hi Chari,

      1) These web builders do offer limited choices when it comes to shopping carts, mainly because they are not built specifically to cater to online stores. If you want a web builder that’s sole purpose is to help you build an online store, check out Shopify (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/shopify-reviews/) as they have over 70 shopping carts that can be integrated.

      As for payment processing fees, there is really no way around this. Every time you use your credit card to purchase anything, the vendor that you are purchasing from is charged a % of their sales for credit card processing. It’s just a standard industry practice (Visa, Mastercard, etc need to make money too!)

      2) Yes I believe so. Once you purchase a domain name, you own it as long as you keep paying your annual fees. This is the same as getting a domain name through GoDaddy.

      3) Squarespace and Jimdo do provide you with auto payment confirmations and email notifications. However, you will need to configure your shopping rates manually. However, for Shopify, I believe they just launched a system where they can help you with estimating the weight of the products to be shipped, and therefore help you calculate shipping fees.

      4) It’s up to you really. Many people choose to do bookkeeping in different ways.

      - Jeremy

  36. Jason Ayala October 17, 2013 at 5:02 PM #

    Wix is definitely a step above the likes of Homestead.com for sure, but it’s still got a ways to go. Wix sites still load slow, the SEO is minimal, the software is choppy, etc. I still think you’re way better off with SquareSpace.com or SetMySite.com. Squarespace is roughly the same price, but you actually get unlimited storage in their unlimited plan unlike Wix. The software is also a lot smoother as well. Then there’s SetMySite which is a little more on the monthly side, but they do everything and manage your site for you – not a bad deal. Don’t get me wrong, Wix is nice for beginners, but I tried them and it only took me a couple months before I put the nix on Wix and started looking elsewhere. The sucky thing was thta I already paid for a full year. It’s gotten better since the flash days, but it continues to lag behind the competition.

  37. Cindy October 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM #

    Now available on Wix a great presentation tool called EWC Presenter.
    it Makes things much easier to create a nice homepage animated which can display on any device.

  38. kevin October 10, 2013 at 5:38 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    i have the question to ask about this page

    its possible after you design your own website but not showing people you make by this page?

    cause as i know ,after you did and post the link ,when they attend your page they will know that you made by “wix”

    it’s possible to make advertising disappear?

    anyway thank you for this share and answer.

    kevin

    • Jeremy & Connie October 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM #

      Hi Kevin,

      The only way to remove the Wix advertisement is to upgrade to one of their premium plans. Having the advertisement on your website is a trade off of being able to build your website on Wix for free!

      - Jeremy

  39. Bardur October 9, 2013 at 2:17 AM #

    First of, thanks for many great reviews.

    Secondly, I have a question about how do those sites like Wix, Jimdo and alike ear money, besides a monthly fee. Do they charge a fee, or a percentage of each sale?
    How much, and what do others take?

    • Jeremy & Connie October 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM #

      Hi Bardur,

      Thanks! For Wix and Jimdo (or Weebly, Squarespace, Webs, etc), they don’t charge you a percentage of your sales.

      However, just bear in mind that if you are using transaction service providers (such as PayPal, Google Checkout who process money for your sales), they do charge you a standard fee per transaction. These will have to be paid regardless of which financial transaction services provider you use, to process credit cards / payments.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  40. Tim Brady October 6, 2013 at 8:47 AM #

    Hello there,

    It has been informative to read the questions and replies. I plan on starting a website that has a monthly newsletter. I would like to have those newsletters archived so viewers can have access to all the newsletters.

    In a few years, we hope to have funding for a site developed and maintained by professionals. Who would you recommend?

    Thanks
    Tim

    • Jeremy & Connie October 6, 2013 at 11:02 AM #

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for browsing through our website. I think if you want the newsletters to be public, you can just post them on any website built with your website builder. But if you want to have some sort of membership login before being able to access your newsletters, I would recommend Webs (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/webs-review/) as they have a membership gateway as part of their builder.

      Alternatively, I’m aware of Sentry Login which is an external plugin that works with Weebly (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-review/) that allows you to hide content before a membership wall.

      I’m not sure if Sentry Login works with Wix or not, but they do say that they work with a variety of website builders. Maybe you can ask them and let us all know if they are indeed compatible!

      - Jeremy

  41. eaglesofdeathmetal.com September 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM #

    Wonderful website you have here but I was curious if you knew of any message
    boards that cover the same topics talked about in this article?
    I’d really love to be a part of online community where
    I can get opinions from other knowledgeable people that
    share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie September 28, 2013 at 10:24 AM #

      Hey there,

      I think there are a few other websites that also discusses Wix and other website builders. They’re easily located if you just Google for the website builders’ names!

      - Jeremy

  42. m September 25, 2013 at 6:05 AM #

    That was a very useful article thank you. I just have one question, having used them to build a website (which i agree is the most user friendly i’ve found) how are they at hosting? I’m new to this game, but the reviews say they are rather poor, with particular regard to customer services…please advise me
    regards

    • Jeremy & Connie September 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM #

      Hi there,

      I think Wix is average at hosting. One thing users of WYSIWYG website builders should try to understand is that the website builders only provide shared hosting, meaning that it will not be as fast as dedicated hosting in which some web masters pay upward of $100 or more in hosting per month. I suppose the saying “you pay for what you get” holds true here.

      But this is not to say that Wix is “snail speed” as I personally found it average which is very decent for what you pay for (especially if one was using Wix for free).

      As for customer services, we didn’t have any issues with them. We didn’t need to email them very much as we found their support center full of helpful information and we were able to resolve any questions very quickly by using their helpful guides. I think a lot of times, users are trying to ask Wix’s support team about how to customize certain areas design of the site, which to be honest, may be beyond the scope of their services. I think that if you have questions about how to use their tools, the Support Center is very sufficient. That’s just our opinion :)

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  43. sakis September 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM #

    hi can you please aswer this to me :if i upload something original painting which i own on weebly or wix this painting will still be mine 100%?

    • Jeremy & Connie September 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM #

      Hi Sakis,

      I’m not a copyright / intellectual property expert, but I “believe” you would still own the rights to the painting if you created it. You are just uploading it to the internet.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  44. Rogelio August 29, 2013 at 8:58 PM #

    I was curious if you ever considered changing the structure of
    your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content
    so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text
    for only having 1 or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

    • Jeremy & Connie August 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM #

      Hi Rogelio,

      Thanks for your feedback. You’re right, there are more text than images but I think that is because we really focus on providing insights and sharing our experiences with our readers. So inevitably there will be more text discussions than images :)

      - Jeremy

  45. Milagro August 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM #

    I savor, cause I found just what I used to be having a look for.

    You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless
    you man. Have a great day. Bye

    • Jeremy & Connie August 27, 2013 at 2:17 PM #

      Thanks Milagro! Do click on the social buttons on the floating bar on left side of the article to share this article with others! :)

      - Jeremy

  46. neil henderson August 27, 2013 at 8:15 AM #

    hi
    great review and made very interesting reading. Out of interest, and in your experience, which template site is the best for seo flexibility (so clean urls without numbers £ etc), custom meta data for each page and ideally urls that can be customised and arent pre-defined by nav?

    any feedback would be much appreciated
    neil

    • Jeremy & Connie August 27, 2013 at 10:26 AM #

      Hi Neil,

      Thanks for your feedback. I think most website builders will give you clean URLs without any numbers of symbols. I’ve seen some WordPress sites that have these numbers / symbols in their URL but you can configure them away in their settings.

      But for most drag and drop builders, I “believe” however you name your page, is how the builder automatically names the page URL. I can’t recall off the top of my head if there is a builder out there that allows you to manually overwrite this (aside from WordPress or other custom built websites).

      If any readers has any suggestions, please do let us know!

      - Jeremy

  47. Lisa August 27, 2013 at 6:28 AM #

    Hi,

    Could you tell me if you are able to add a twitter feed on the homepage of a pre-existing template? Also is there an ability to add a youtube feed to either the homepage or another page relevant of a pre-existing template? And any news feeds (I belive you can add this on via their add on features even on pre-existing templates) I am concerned as the twitter feed will be crucial for my site on the home page not just for SEO purposes and this will be quite a big factor in my choice of site builder.

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie August 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM #

      Hi Lisa,

      I think Wix provides instructions in their Support Center on how to add a Twitter Feed into your Wix site. Basically you just have to insert some codes into the “HTML Code” widget to get it working.

      In terms of YouTube feed, I haven’t seen that before on websites. I think most people manually post their videos on websites so I haven’t seen any “feeds”. But if you see something that’s working, please do share it with all of us!

      - Jeremy

      • lisa August 29, 2013 at 6:26 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy, really helpful.

        I’m going to go with Wix, i’ll keep an eye on this website as its got so much useful information. Great resource!

  48. Susanna August 23, 2013 at 7:20 AM #

    Excellent website. Lots of helpful info here. I am sending it to
    some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks on
    your effort!

  49. Sunaiz August 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM #

    Hello ,

    If i have a domain registered already , can i design the website with wix.com and then use the same domain name ? without having to use the http:// ….. …. .wix.com /domain name ?? if yes, how is it done ?

    • Jeremy & Connie August 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM #

      Hi Sunaiz,

      Yes you certainly can if you are using one of Wix’s premium plans (at least their “Connect Domain” plan). The instructions on how to connect your domain name can be found in their Support Center. Just type in “connect domain” in their search bar.

      If you need help getting started with a premium plan, check out this official coupon code here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/official-wix-coupon/

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  50. Lynda August 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM #

    I like the valuable information you provide in your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here!
    Best of luck for the next!

  51. tonim August 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM #

    Hi! Thanks for the info. I’ve created a website with WIX and it looks great. But I’m not sure what the next steps would be. I’m familiar with the CMS of WordPress. Can you tell me more about the hosting my website through WIX? I already own a domain. Can I use that? And also, what CMS does wix use? THANK YOU so much. I really need a comprehensive response.

    • Jeremy & Connie August 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM #

      Hi Tonim – you can use your own custom domain name but you need to first upgrade to at least the lowest premium package that Wix offers before you can connect the domain name. You can find more details on how to do that on Wix’s support center.

      Wix provides all the hosting services for you so you don’t have to worry about that. Since you’ve already created a website with Wix, you can see that it works as your site is already hosted on their servers.

      Once you upgrade to at least their lowest premium plans, you can connect your own domain name and you’ll be ready to show others your site! Hope this helps.

      - Jeremy

  52. D August 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM #

    Thank YOU, Thank YOU! You and Connie Rock! Your knowledge and comments are greatly appreciated and have mad respect for you and wish you both much more success.

    I created a site using WIX and found it easy to work with, however, it’s just a basic site.

    Their Support staff was quick to help me and feel bad for those who did not have a good experience with them.

    I do have one hurdle though. I didn’t realize that I have to include a diagram that is coded in javascript and probably won’t be able to duplicate in WIX. I guess I have to contact Support about it.

    As for the blog, the person I’m designing the site for wants his existing tumblr blog incorporated in his site. The support rep told me there is a tumblr app I can embed that will include the entire blog. I haven’t tried it yet, but will this weekend.

    After reading your review about Weebly I checked out their site…the templates are not that great compared to WIX.

    I tested the site in Chrome, Firefox and I.E. and had to make a few adjustments, however, checking on older version of I.E. the background was black and not white. With time everyone will have to move into the future and update their computers and browsers.

    Thanks again for all your valuable information you’ve shared.

    D

    • Jeremy & Connie August 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM #

      Thanks D! Sounds like you’re on your way to creating an awesome website :)

      Best of luck on that!

      - Jeremy

  53. Patti July 19, 2013 at 2:50 PM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie-

    I love your site and reviews. Thank you for doing all that you do.

    I built a WIX site but really need a good blog. Wix keeps saying they have a blog app coming but can’t promise a date. I tried the Easy SEO Blog app that is offered and it was really, really bad.

    Did I tell you that it was bad? :)

    Do you have any recommendations?

    Thank you!

    Patti

    • Jeremy & Connie July 20, 2013 at 12:25 PM #

      Hi Patti,

      I’m not sure when the blog app will be available, but I agree, a solid blogging tool is needed for ALL website builders!

      If you really need a blog platform with a comprehensive set of tools, have you considered using Wix as your main site, then connecting it to a WordPress website which can be your blog? Creating a blog with WordPress isn’t too difficult. It only gets hairy when you want to start customizing it.

      [UPDATE - Wix now has a blog function built into its editor. Just click on "Add" on your side toolbar, then choose "Blog"]

      - Jeremy

      • Lily October 2, 2013 at 3:21 PM #

        Hello,
        Thanks for the great article.

        I have a website w/ wix and I created a blog through wordpress.com.
        What do you mean by connecting my blog to my website?
        Adding the wordpress html code to my wix site or a seamless transfer to my wordpress blog when clicking the “Blog” tab on my wix site? What is best for SEO?

        Thank you!
        Lily

        • Jeremy & Connie October 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

          Hi Lily,

          I think you can just hyperlink a button to your blog address (which will be a WordPress website).

          I think from SEO perspective it should be okay. A lot of your content will be SEO’d on your WordPress blog and so your content should be searchable, which will lead your visitors to your blog and ultimately your website.

          [UPDATE - Wix now has a blog function built into its editor. Just click on "Add" on your side toolbar, then choose "Blog"]

          - Jeremy

  54. Mary July 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM #

    Hi,

    We are trying out wix free templates and they are stunning. I was reading the comments and got airtime concerned. I don’t have any coding experience and so I want a website builder like wix which is easy to use and gives stunning results at the same time. Can you please answer a few questions please:

    1. If I choose a template and publish it (buy the domain etc), will I be able to add pages or change images? I understand from the comments that I can’t change the template but it will be silly if I won’t be able to update the existing template.

    2. Will it be better to buy the whole package (personal combo) that gives you domain name, hosting etc all in one or buying a domain name from godaddy and then rest from wix?

    3. What other website builders would you suggest? Keeping in mind the ease of website building and issues encountered afterwards.

    4. I have hear horrible reviews about their customer support. What will you say about that?

    • Jeremy & Connie July 20, 2013 at 12:22 PM #

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for asking. Here are my thoughts:

      1) Yes you can update the templates with your own images, content, etc.

      2) I think Wix if you go with the lowest plan “Connect Domain”, you won’t get a free domain name, and the more important part is that the Wix advertisement will not be removed. So it might be worth it to go with the Combo plan (or higher). One benefit to note is that you can take the domain name out of Wix and into your own domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy) if you want to, but you will have to wait 60 days first before being able to do this. Check out some discussion on our Squarespace Review page starting from July 14 with “TN” (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-review/).

      3) I would also suggest checking out Weebly. They are probably one of the easiest drag and drop builders to use, and you can change templates and you won’t have to re-build any content. However, their design templates could be a bit lacking. See our Wix vs Weebly review here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-vs-weebly-which-website-builder-is-better/

      Another candidate is Squarespace which produces gorgeous templates and designs. They are also drag and drop. I provided our Squarespace review link above.

      4) I’ve also heard some stories about that. However, when we were using Wix we didn’t have any issues. We found the majority of our answers through their support forum and help buttons, and when we did email them, they were pretty good in answering.

      One thing is that they have almost 40 million sites built, and that’s probably not by accident or fluke. Indeed it’s hard to cater to millions upon millions of users, but in my own personal experience, they’ve served me well. I can’t speak of other people’s experience either, but I suppose as in most situations, unhappy customers will speak the loudest, even if they may be a minority group.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  55. Admin July 7, 2013 at 5:26 AM #

    We already have an account with you but cannot find a search bar add on for our web site. Where do we find this feature?

    • Jeremy & Connie July 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM #

      I don’t think Wix has their own search bar in their template yet. But what you can do is insert your own search bar widget (such as Custom Search Bar from Google) and embed that into your Wix website using the Add HTML function (just search for HTML in Support Center).

      Hope this helps.

      - Jeremy

  56. Zack July 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM #

    Hi,

    First, thanks for all of this highly useful information. I’m still a bit on the fence between WP and Wix. Given my 100% lack of coding experience I am inclined to use Wix. However, my site is hosted by Godaddy, so I couldn’t use the drag and drop functionality of Wix. Additionally, I am looking for a very, very simple and streamlined site, so am thinking that I might be able to get by on WP even with no coding experience – but am not sure. I am planning on using the free version of either site, and with WP I do not want to have to rely on paying a coding professional / consultant at any point. If you have any thoughts I would be greatly appreciative!

    • Jeremy & Connie July 4, 2013 at 7:22 PM #

      Hi Zack,

      If you haven’t checked out our article about Wix vs WP, here it is – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-vs-wordpress/

      With WP, it is definitely much more difficult to achieve what you want your site to look without a bit of coding knowledge. Even though there are WP themes that you can purchase, if you want to achieve a certain look, you will still need to modify codes. With Wix, this issue mostly goes away. But of course, there are some cons with using Wix, which I do go over in the article I’ve suggested above.

      - Jeremy

  57. Shona July 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM #

    Hi

    I don’t think you have covered this issue [sorry if I have overlooked it].

    I have spent hours creating a Wix website [there were some strange issues that Wix struggled to address]. I love the Wix Editor but I was not aware that Wix websites only show correctly in Chrome, Firefox and newer version IE, so since publishing my website I have had many people contact me to say my website is not showing correctly [text is misplaced, boxes are showing in a strange way etc], as they are either using older IE or Opera …so there are a lot of people out there who are viewing a very badly presented website from me – which is not a good advert for my business or for the reputation of Wix.

    Wix support seem to think this is acceptable, and suggest I tell people to use Chrome etc, and I can’t get them to understand that there is no way that I can do this without adding a large box to my website containing such instructions, which in itself will look very unprofessional.

    Because I have spent so long on this website, I don’t have the time/energy at the moment to research and create a new website, so I am just waiting to see if they remedy this issue. Can you advise – are you aware of whether they are getting this issue sorted [i have asked many times, and have not received an answer from them], or if not whether there is another web builder that has an editor that is as good/simple to use as Wix.

    Many thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie July 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM #

      Hi Shona – thanks for sharing this issue. I think the way website building is progressing towards HTML5, it’s only a matter of time when all website builders stop all support for older browsers.

      For Wix, I think they’ve been using HTML5 templates for a while already (they used to have flash-based templates – talk about old school!), so I can understand why they don’t support older browsers. But in reality, a lot of people are still using older version of IE (for example) which puts you in a bit of a difficult situation.

      Unfortunately, it’s something Wix has to be willing to fix, or unless if someone else in this community has found a way around it.

      Alternatively, you can check out Weebly (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-review/). Their platform just upgraded to HTML5, but their templates are still not there yet. So if you were to use one of their default templates, people with older browsers can view your site properly.

      Just be aware that I think it’s only a matter of time, that all website builders will stop servicing outdated browser issues.

      - Jeremy

  58. Larry Layton June 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM #

    Excellent review. I just built a website with Wix and I am pleased with the results. I found it very easy to use throughout the developmental process and will be using it for my next website cliens. No sense reinventing the wheel, the templates save time and my clients money.

    • Jeremy & Connie July 3, 2013 at 7:45 AM #

      Larry – I think you can use different blogging platforms via the Wix App Market. You can us either Tumblr or Blogger. We have a review on the Wix App Market (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-app-market-review/) but it doesn’t go in to the exact details about blogging platforms. But if you search Wix’s support center, it will discuss this in more details.

      [UPDATE - Wix now has a blog function built into its editor. Just click on "Add" on your side toolbar, then choose "Blog"]

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  59. Mag June 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM #

    Hi! im just starting to use wix as my personal blog, i’m a writer and i plan to put my pieces and my art on the web page, i am wondering about ownership uses, are they going to own the stuff i write in the web page?

    This is really important to me, i dont want them to own my writting and my art, does this happen in every blog creating page? how can i avoid this issue?

    Thank you very much!

    • Jeremy & Connie June 28, 2013 at 1:09 AM #

      Hey Mag,

      I think that you will retain ownership as the content that you upload originated from you (just note that I’m not a copyright lawyer!) Generally, I would think that anything originally created by you is owned by you, unless you are employed by Wix so anything you create while underemployment will be for them.

      - Jeremy

  60. Jennifer June 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM #

    Very helpful. Thank you so much.

  61. Lauretta Zucchetti June 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

    Hi–
    Thank you for your time and your in-depth reviews of these topics. I am an author and a speaker (and also have a non-profit as my site–above–indicates) and am getting ready to create my most important and final website for my business (books and speaking engagements).
    I am being told left and right that hiring a professional AND switch to WordPress is the way to go, particularly for the long-term capabilities (of WP) and the Blogging features which WIX doesn’t possess. While I agree with what they are saying (thanks also to YOUR reviews and my experience in developing ‘www.africahopealliance.org all on my own), I still would love to use WIX because of the stunning templates and the ease of use. I am, however, afraid that as my business grows and I need to add features/capabilities, that it won’t be able to handle it. What would your take be on this? Should I try WIX first and then if it becomes to cumbersome switch to WIX or Weebly? My intuition tells me that WIX is moving in the right direction and IS the wave of the future.

    Thank you so much for all your help,

    Lauretta

    • Jeremy & Connie June 8, 2013 at 2:17 PM #

      Hi Lauretta,

      It’s really a tough decision, and there are pros and cons to each (see our Wix vs WP article here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-vs-wordpress/).

      It will probably depend on what content / tools you are trying to incorporate into your website. WP has a lot of plugins / add-ons that you can insert into a WP site that adds a lot more functionality. However, it will take a bit of learning, including potentially hiring someone to customize functions / design for you which can potentially cost quite a bit.

      With Wix, it’s much easier to use and you can have a site up and running in a very short period of time. However, the truth is that they do have less functions when compared to WP. The article I referenced above will go through the pros and cons of each.

      At the end of the day, if you have a lot of time to commit to learning WP, and /or financial resources to hire someone to customize / build it for you, WP is the more powerful platform over the long run. But that doesn’t mean you can’t build a solid website with Wix first, to get the ball rolling, then hire someone to help you later on if it’s justifiable then.

      This was exactly how we got started as well. We built websites using Wix, Weebly, Jimdo and a few other website builders, and when some of the websites outgrew the capabilities of these drag and drop builders, we migrated them to WP. It was a pretty smooth transition, but I have to say, getting the WP sites up and running at the beginning wasn’t as easy – the learning curve was a lot higher.

      [UPDATE - Wix now has a blog function built into its editor. Just click on "Add" on your side toolbar, then choose "Blog"]

      Hope this helps.

      - Jeremy

      • Christy June 11, 2013 at 9:09 PM #

        Hi, Jeremy!

        Your reviews are fabulous — easy to follow and comprehensive. Can you tell me if you have any experience in importing a WordPress blog into a WIX site? I think I’d like to transition over to WIX, but I would like to import my current blog. Thoughts?
        Thanks,
        Christy

        • Jeremy & Connie June 12, 2013 at 12:27 AM #

          Hi Christy – no worries! Glad you found it helpful. I don’t think you can actually import a WP blog into Wix (I’m happy to be shown how to do this if anyone has done it successfully!)

          What Wix suggests is to create a WP blog on the side, and link to it using a subdomain (for example – blog.example.com). You can see this discussion if you go to Wix’s help page, and type in “WordPress”.

          So I don’t think there’s a way to import an existing blog into Wix at the moment.

          [UPDATE - Wix now has a blog function built into its editor. Just click on "Add" on your side toolbar, then choose "Blog"]

          - Jeremy

          • Carl June 13, 2013 at 1:48 AM #

            Hello all,

            I am looking to build my first ever website for a new business I am setting up. I know very little about how these website builders work so have a few questions I’d really appreciate clear and brief answers to:

            1. How do you choose your domain name and does it contain Wix in it?

            2. How can you check if the domain you want is already taken before putting all the time into creating a website?

            3. Can you set up a email matching the site that can be linked to a outlook email account, if so how?

            Thanks all!

            • Jeremy & Connie June 13, 2013 at 2:27 AM #

              Hey Carl,

              1) You can find domain names through sites like GoDaddy, which is a large domain name vender. If you use the free version of Wix, you have to have “wix” in the domain name. But if you upgrade, you have the option of using a custom domain name without “wix”. If you upgrade to their “Combo” plan or above, Wix gives you a free domain name.

              2) You check for this through GoDaddy. On their home page, you should be able to type in your custom domain name and see if it’s available.

              3) You can use Google Apps which gives you a custom domain email address, and hook it up to your Outlook. If you go to Wix’s support center and type in “email” it will show you how to do that. There are also a lot of tutorials in YouTube.

              - Jeremy

      • Char July 3, 2013 at 6:34 AM #

        So, are you saying there is no aspect of WIX which would allow a blog? Not even an added app? I’m interested in building a website with a blog piece.

        Your review has been very helpful! Concise, articulate and informative. I now (quickly) know the limitations of WIX, as well as understand some of the aspects such as the mobile piece.

        WIX, as you’ve said, has a much shorter learning curve than WordPress.

        Sorry if this is a duplicate comment. My PC went haywire when I tried to submit previously.

  62. claire May 25, 2013 at 1:28 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie

    I’m looking to build an online store… which online builder would YOU choose to do this. I value your opinion. I do use weebly quite a bit and love it, but the ecommerce side is a bit thin. I have been looking into Wix and Actinic at the moment. I’m finding this a difficult decision! :-) hope you can help guys c

    • Jeremy & Connie May 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM #

      Hi Claire,

      If you are comfortable with using Weebly, there are some 3rd party shopping carts that are compatible with Weebly. You can Google “Weebly Shopping Carts” and you’ll see a few names there (Shopintegrator, Wazala, Ecwid). Those shopping carts can provide you with more options.

      However, one of the downsides of using a 3rd party shopping cart plugin is that they are not fully integrated. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but you should just be aware of it.

      If you prefer to have the e-commerce tools to be fully integrated into the website builder, I would suggest Squarespace or Jimdo.

      Here is a review on Squarespace’s e-commerce tools – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      Here’s our review on Jimdo – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/jimdo-review/

      Hope this helps

      - Jeremy

      • Alex June 6, 2013 at 8:23 PM #

        I’d like to add that Wix does not allow the addition of an SSL Certificate.

  63. Jaun May 24, 2013 at 2:14 AM #

    As i have a new IT company in SA youre review made it so eazy to start building my own website.
    Tanks for the help.

    Regards Jaun P Meyer
    JP IT Sulotion

    • Jeremy & Connie May 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM #

      Thanks Juan! Best of luck in building your website! Glad we can help :)

      - Jeremy

  64. Karen May 10, 2013 at 1:35 AM #

    I have experimented on Wix to create a professional website. I found Wix to be rather limiting. Certain functions come with the templates themselves. So meaning, if you decide to embark on another template, certain functions would then be inapplicable. It gets really frustrating sometimes. After experimented on it, I would not recommend users who are intending to design your website tweaked more towards your own preferences.

    Updating the website in time to come (for long period of time) would also be a chore.

    • Jeremy & Connie May 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM #

      Hi Karen – thanks for sharing your experience. One thing I pointed out under the “Cons” section above, is that one can’t change Wix templates after building out the website which is really quite inconvenient – so I agree entirely with you. This is why if a Wix user were to pick a template with Wix, he/she will have to make sure to stick with it! This is definitely a drawback with Wix.

      If you want more flexibility and freedom to switch templates and remain all functionality, Weebly and Jimdo are good builders that give you that flexibility. Check out our full reviews on them:

      Weebly – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-review/

      Jimdo – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/jimdo-review/

      Thanks for contributing :)

      - Jeremy

  65. Rodney Clark May 9, 2013 at 3:56 PM #

    The reviewer forgot to mention a key detail about Wix.
    You can only host the content on Wix servers and you have no access to
    the HTML source that make up the result (well in a perfect world why would you ;)
    So you have to trust that Wix will be around to host what you created.

    • Jeremy & Connie May 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM #

      Hi Rodney – thanks for contributing to the discussion. You are absolutely correct about both your points. I think I mentioned the point about HTML access under the “Template Design” section, and the hosting point under “Hosting & Export Options” section. They might be buried amongst the sea of text so I’m sorry if they didn’t stand out.

      Both your points are really drawbacks, but they apply to most website builders on a universal basis. I can understand the hosting issue as a lot of users don’t want to mess around with the technical aspect of building a website, so these hosted solutions are great for them.

      I do agree that it’s a drawback not having access to the HTML / CSS codes of Wix. Weebly and Jimdo allows access, which is a plus and gives them a lot more flexibility.

      - Jeremy

  66. Jools April 26, 2013 at 5:44 AM #

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I’ll be sure to give wix a try.

    I’d be interested in your experiences as to how the sites built in wix come out on mobile devices? Do the pages look equally nice or become messy?

    Best, j.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM #

      Hey Jools,

      With Wix, they have a dedicated mobile editor so you can actually construct your mobile site using that tool. You can choose your own mobile template, and all your pages will be imported into the mobile template. You can edit the background, colors, etc.

      So it’s a pretty helpful tool so you can build a dedicated mobile site for yourself. In a way, we think this is arguably a better way vs a responsive theme, as you can have control over your visitor experiences since you can edit the mobile site.

      Visit their Support Center and type in “Mobile” and you’ll see an over view there.

      [UPDATE: We just wrote a review on Wix's mobile function! Here it is - http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/mobile-editor-review-wix-weebly-squarespace-jimdo/ - hope you find this helpful!]

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  67. Tony M April 24, 2013 at 6:28 AM #

    Thanks for the comparison. If I wasn’t already using Wix, this would have been very helpful. Though, now that I’m using Wix, I would find it more beneficial to know what all they can/can’t do beyond basic editing.

    1. Drop down menus (+Wix)
    2. RSS feeds (+weebly?)
    3. Restore previous pages (+Wix)
    4. User profiles w/Page access restrictions (+Google Sites)
    5. Customize HTML (+Wix)
    6. Website search (+Wix)
    7. Ease of use to do weekly maintenance by non-tech people. Update photos, food menus, update newsletters, audio files, other documents. (neither Wix or Weebly)
    8. Ability to test “paid” features without being able to publish them. (+Weebly).

  68. Fname April 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM #

    I haven’t created a website since the early days of Dreamweaver. I found Wix somewhat easy to use but at the same time rather limiting. I was able to build a rather nice site which I showed to my oldest son who is a whiz at building them for some of the largest firms in the country. He was not overly thrilled about the old man’s ability I could tell. I didn’t tell him I didn’t teach everything I know either!

    Anyhow as I was getting ready to transfer my test site to a permanent one I decided to look at a paying plan even though I was not really ready to publish. I am glad I did. Wix does not have an everything all on one page, here is what it will cost you to play instead they take your financial information and of course none of the coupons work and the rest is fuzzy math so I decided to cancel. I paid my 10.95 first month bill and then I get a 2 year cost and somewhere I am asked to reserve my domain name, and somewhere the word connect your site comes in, not really sure what that meant and I finally get to a page that says for just another 30 dollars I can privately register my domain so no one can see my domain personal information.

    It was all fuzzy speak to me. I was not clear to me that at some point my personal information from my credit card had been transferred/connected to my domain name and it was available for all to see. Nor was it made clear that if I decided against registering it privately and cancel payment that it going to remove my personal information from a domain name I did not own and was not “hidden” from the world by one of their internal processes. I felt if I did not pay for the private I was being held hostage and my personal information was going to be left in the wind.

    It was a bit too scary for me. It seems to me that all of that should be explained up front before they collect credit card information. I now have personal information on a site I do not play on and while it does appear that I cancelled the next month payment, the original 10.95 first month payment was not refunded. So will ask the credit card company to cancel that one as it was not made clear what other costs would be incurred by signing up for a monthly plan. What is the old line if it sounds too good then it probably isnt’t?

    If this all sounds confusing I am.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 12, 2013 at 9:28 PM #

      Hey Fname – thanks for your sharing your thoughts and experiences.

      I think what the “connect your site” refers to is if you are registering a new domain name through Wix, you need to go through a process where you connect the domain name that you register to your Wix website. So that when someone types in your website domain name, your website will show up.

      As for private registration, the reason why this is offered is that domain name owners’ information (such as full name and address) are actually public information. For example, if you go to http://www.whois.com/whois/ and type in a website address, it will actually tell you the name of the person who owns it and his/her address. So the private registration allows you to protect that information. I don’t think it will reveal any more information more than name and address.

      In any case, if you are not comfortable and need more information, I suppose it’s safer to reach out to Wix’s support team to clarify things. We use GoDaddy to register our domain names and we also use the private registration ourselves to protect our information from other people.

      Hope this helps clarify things a bit :)

  69. Paul Lima March 27, 2013 at 7:29 AM #

    A little know fact about Wix. If your thinking of giving your old web site a face lift be warned. Guess what happens to all those links connected to your site in bookmarks and on Google? They die. Look under Deep Links and 301′s on their Support page for more information before you commit. I am very surprised this problem was not included in the review.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 27, 2013 at 8:29 AM #

      Hey Paul – thanks for your input. For other readers who are not familiar with 301 re-directs, simplistically, it’s when you migrate from an old site to a new one, and you want to automatically “point” all your old traffic on your old website pages to the new website pages, for 2 main reasons:

      1) So all your old visitors that bookmarked your webpages, or all the links that are linked to the old pages, when someone clicks on them, will automatically lead you to the new website pages.

      2) Search engines (such as google) will know that the old site is being “de-commissioned” and a new site is there to replace it. So search engines will slowly remove all the webpages from the old website from search results, and replace it with the new pages (this is why 301 re-direct is handy so search engines know what to replace old pages with)

      If a person has an existing “old” website (built outside of Wix) and want to build a new one on Wix, most hosts will allow 301 re-directs from the old website pages to the new Wix pages. However, when I say “host” I don’t mean website builders such as Weebly, Squarespace, Jimdo or Wix. I’m referring to paid hosts that are not website builders.

      In general, I don’t think website builders (such as Squarespace or Wix) are incentivized to allow people to “leave” their website so they don’t provide 301 re-directs.

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