Wix vs WordPress – Our Detailed Comparison

Last updated on October 20, 2016

wix vs wordpressWix vs WordPress is not an easy decision, especially if you are starting off with building websites.

The last thing you want to do is commit a lot of time and energy to building a website, then finding out that you have to re-build it again because you picked the wrong website builder.

Both Wix and WordPress are good website builders (see our detailed review of Wix here), and the differences between Wix and WordPress is fairly significant.

Each has its own pros and cons and being able to identify these pros and cons is important in understanding which one of them will be better  for you.

In this review, we’ll compare Wix vs WordPress in the following 5 categories, plus a final conclusion at the bottom.

1. Wix vs WordPress – Flexibility

WordPress is an open source platform, this means that their codes are open to everybody to use and modify. Any programmers / coders can use WordPress to create their own themes or plugins for others to download for free, or to be purchased for a fee.

This is exactly one of the main reasons why the WordPress community has expanded to more than 60 million websites as of 2012 (and most recently powering about 23% of all websites on the internet as of 2015).  As more people / businesses build websites online, WordPress is expected to continue to grow.

At the time of this review, there are over 44,000+ WordPress plugins that are downloaded more than 1.2 billion times – this shows you how extensive the WordPress community is.

Wix vs WordPress - WP Plugins

But before you conclude that WordPress is better, the fact that WordPress is so large is also a potential problem.

You can imagine, anyone with a little bit of coding knowledge can build a theme or plugin for WordPress – which is dangerous. The quality of these tools could be fantastic, or could be junk. Based on our experiences, there are more junk than fantastic plugins.

As you can imagine, since the WordPress community is so large it’s almost impossible to have good quality control.

So from this perspective, while WordPress gives you tons of flexibility with tools, a lot of them are mediocre or worst. This is not to say there aren’t any good WordPress plugins available – in fact, there are lots, but you will need to sift through a lot of them to see which ones are good.

Securi – a leading WordPress security firm – conducted a study of over 11,000 hacked websites.  In their report, they suggested two findings that you should be aware of:

  1. The growth of the internet and websites introduced a lot of unskilled webmasters and service providers who have contributed to a lot of websites being hacked.
  2. They studied 11,000 hacked websites, and found that 75% of them were built with WordPress. (Note: to be fair, WordPress is the most popular website builder so this contributes to the higher percentage).

Here is an excerpt from their study:

wix vs wordpress - outdated software securi

Source: Securi

“This user adoption however brings about serious challenges to the internet as a whole as it introduces a large influx of unskilled webmasters and service providers responsible for the deployment and administrations of these sites. This assessment is amplified in our analysis, which shows that out of the 11,000 + infected websites analyzed, 75% of them were on the WordPress platform and over 50% of those websites were out of date. Compare that to other similar platforms that placed less emphasis on backwards compatibility, like Joomla! and Drupal, the percentage of out-of-date software was above 80%.”

Here is another article from WooThemes – a leading WordPress theme developer – on the dangers of too many faulty plugins in WordPress.  

Wix is not an open source platform so their codes are not available for people to modify. This means that only their private development team can produce website building tools – this results in Wix’s tools being fully integrated into their website builder, and will have a much lower chance of being “buggy”.

Wix is also expanding their Apps Market so you can add a lot more functions to a Wix website (these Apps are fully integrated so you don’t have to worry about installation – See our full Wix App Market review here)

If you were to experience technical issues with Wix’s tools, they will fix it whereas with WordPress, a lot of plugin developers may or may not help you (unless you pay to purchase their plugins).


The primary concern with WordPress is that a lot of tools / plugins may not be built by good developers. Using a poorly built plugin may slow down your website performance, cause conflicts or worst, crash your website.

When this does happen, you won’t have a central location to go look for help and the plugin developer may not help you (especially if the plugin was for free).

With Wix, everything is tested and controlled by their private development team to ensure quality, and they also have good, centralized support functions (more below).

Summary Wix WordPress
Flexibility Limited customizability, but all their features and functions are closely controlled, monitored and tested to ensure they are working properly. Very flexible & customizable but could be very problematic if your custom tools or plugins breakdown.
Wix vs WordPress Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

2. Wix vs WordPress – Ease of Use

When it comes to Wix vs WordPress in terms of ease of use, the learning curve for WordPress is definitely a lot steeper. As mentioned above, a lot of people choose WordPress for its flexibility, but with this flexibility comes complexity.

If you know how to modify codes, you can potentially do a lot of customizations with WordPress that you can’t do with Wix.

But are you a skilled developer? If not, you can still customize WordPress but you will need to hire a skilled WordPress developer which can cost quite a bit.

While there are customization limits to using Wix, Wix is designed and built specifically so it is easy for non-developers to use with ease. You can definitely learn how to use Wix a lot faster (and with a lot less headaches).

Wix is a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) website builder, so you can drag and drop paragraphs, pictures, slideshows, shopping cart buttons, etc directly into to the website builder to start building your website. How you place these content in the website builder is how it will look when the site is published.

As for WordPress, the downside is that whatever content you insert into the editor, you won’t see what it looks like “live” until you preview or publish the page.

Wix vs WordPress - not drag drop

With Wix, you just drag and drop any content into the screen, and you don’t need to know how to code or need any special external tools to enable you to do this.

Whereas for WordPress, if you want to make what seems to be quick adjustments such as the spacing of where the images or slideshows are positioned, this can get tricky and technical. You’ll need to modify codes to do this or spend time looking and testing for the right plugin to help you do what seems to be a simple task. In addition, you won’t know if the plugin you found would cause conflicts with your website.


Wix makes it easy for all levels of users to build websites quickly as it enables you to drag and drop content wherever you want. With WordPress, you’ll need to be prepared to spend a lot of time to learn how to use it.

WordPress is indeed the more powerful platform, but it comes with complexity. Of course, you can always hire developers to help you, but this takes time to hire and manage the person, and will cost money. If this seems like too much of a burden, I’d suggest you give Wix a test run to get started quickly.

Summary Wix WordPress
Ease of Use A very user-friendly, drag & drop website builder. You don’t need to know how to code as Wix is catered to non-technical users. Steep learning curve (not beginner friendly). It is best if you know how to code and that you are technically savvy, or hire someone who is.
Website Builder (Wix) vs WordPress SEO Guide – see our opinion about SEO with website builders such as Wix and how it compares to WordPress.

3. Wix vs WordPress – Support

If we were to describe WordPress’ support, the words would be “information overload”. WordPress has an enormous community of users and an overwhelming amount of tutorials to help you, so it’s a challenge to figure out which help articles are good, and which are bad.

WIx vs WordPress - WP support

One option is to hire a skilled WordPress developer to help you set up, configure or modify your website but this gets expensive very quickly (even if you were to outsource this work to developing countries where prices are cheaper).

With Wix, they have a focused support team to help their users troubleshoot. They’ve also created a lot of help articles and videos, and forums to support you to build your website.  Wix also offers email and scheduled phone support as well.

Wix Vs WordPress - Help Center

Wix’s support team will save you precious time since everything used in their website builder is built by Wix itself, so the chances of your website running into serious issues will be minimal.


You can find helpful WordPress tutorials but you will need the patience to search and it will take a bit of time as help is scattered everywhere.

Hiring a WordPress developer to help you works, but you need to consider the time it takes to hire the right developer (searching, interviewing, evaluating), and the cost of hiring. It might feel like going to a car mechanic to fix something but you not knowing the first thing about cars. It’s not an easy process.

With Wix, if you can’t find help in their library of tutorials, you can post your question in their support forum for their dedicated support team to help.  They also offer email and scheduled phone support.  If you sign up to their VIP plan, you also get VIP one-on-one support and priority phone support.

In conclusion, as powerful as WordPress is, it’s more difficult to find relevant and good help. But on the other side of the coin, WordPress does allow you to create amazing websites with the right resources.

With Wix, you can always get good help by reaching out to their dedicated support team, get your website up and move on to doing other important things.

Summary Wix WordPress
User Support A dedicated support team with organized tutorials. You can also get help through the phone or email. A large community forum full of discussions, but not well organized and getting a timely response is inconsistent. Most users end up paying developers for help.
Wix vs WordPress Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

4. Wix vs WordPress – Ongoing Maintenance

From a maintenance perspective, WordPress is always updating its platform to improve security and to fix bugs. When this happens (a few times a year), you will also need to update your WordPress website.

The challenge appears when you are using a custom theme and/or using a few different plugins. Some larger / reputable theme and plugin developers will update their products for you, but not all of them will do so.

wix vs WordPress - plugin update

If the theme and plugins that you are using are not updated by the WordPress developer, you may risk these tools conflicting and potentially hurting the performance of your website.

Wix vs WordPress - plugin outdated

(Here is an article from WP Engine, one of the best / premier WordPress hosting service about replacing a security plugin with their own in-house built security system.  This security plugin is quite commonly used by WordPress sites, has not been updated for over 2 years and so security risks have increased significantly.)

In Securi’s report (which we mentioned above above), they highlighted that even though majority of the hacked websites were built with WordPress, this does not mean that all WordPress sites are doomed to be hacked.

The reason the websites were hacked had to do with improper deployment, configuration, and overall maintenance by the webmasters and their hosts.

WIx vs wordpress - improper maintenance

Source: Securi

While WordPress is a good website building platform, if you are not monitoring it all the time, your website could become vulnerable to attacks. You have to take charge of your own website maintenance, which is another layer of work (unless you pay someone else to do it).

Further, when WordPress updates its platform, you should do so as soon as possible as outdated versions of WordPress may present security hazards (just as this website has been hacked to display spam messages).  Keep in mind that when you update the version of your WordPress, this may potentially conflict with your other existing website tools / features.

With Wix, all updates are carried out by their technical team and automatically deployed to your site – you don’t have to lift a finger (and you probably won’t even know the updates took place). This is a real benefit especially if you are not technically savvy and prefer to work on other important things.


Despite WordPress being more powerful versus Wix, WordPress does require quite a bit of maintenance work to keep your WordPress website in an up-to-date condition. If you don’t update your theme or plugins, you run the risk of harming the performance of your website, or even crashing it (rare, but does happen).

With Wix, they manage all the updates so you don’t have to do anything. This is a real benefit especially if you work in a very small team (or even just by yourself), without the benefit of a dedicated website team to support you.

Summary Wix WordPress
Ongoing Maintenance Since Wix doesn’t open its platform to external developers, they control all aspects of the platform so they manage all the updates and maintenance work for you. Requires frequent maintenance and monitoring especially if there are updates to the platform, theme or plugins. You are responsible for maintaining your website.
Wix vs WordPress Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

5. Wix vs WordPress – Pricing / Ongoing Commitments

The amount of money to invest in your website is an important consideration, and this can vary widely depending if you use Wix or WordPress.

Wix offers 5 premium pricing plans and 1 free plan. As you move up the packages you get access to more features.

Wix vs WordPress - Wix Pricing

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

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

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

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

So the ongoing annual cost for Wix could ranges from free to $48 per year (2-year Connect Domain plan), to $360 per year for the month-to-month VIP plan.

For the Combo, Unlimited, eCommerce and VIP plans, Wix gives you a free domain name ($10 – $12 value every year) and $300 in advertisement vouchers (Google Adwords and Facebook Ads) for the Unlimited, eCommerce, and VIP plans. So if you use the vouchers, you can make your annual fee back very quickly.

For more information and analysis about Wix’s pricing plans, see our full Wix review here.

With WordPress, you will need to get your own hosting service which will be about $7 per month ($84 per year). Further, you will likely need to purchase a theme since WordPress doesn’t come with attractive free themes. A pre-made WordPress theme costs around $30 – $80 per theme, depending on how reputable the theme developer is (general rule of thumb is, the higher the price, the more reliable it is).

If you want to add more functionality to your WordPress site (such as fancy slideshows, widgets, etc), you can install some free or paid plugins which may cost around $15 – $50 per plugin, again depending on the reputation of the developer.

You’ll also need to purchase your own custom domain name when you are using WordPress, which will cost about $10 – $12 per year.

So the initial investment for a WordPress website could range from $139 to $200 or higher, depending on how many paid plugins you pick up or if at all.

This does not factor in the cost of hiring a WordPress developer if you want to make customizations to your site, which can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars.

Cost of Building a Website – we share our own experiences here

See our video guide on how to set up a WordPress site with your own hosting.

Based on some other leading experts, one can argue that our cost estimates are a bit on the lower side.

Elegant Themes (one of the leading WordPress theme developers) estimated that to get your WordPress website setup (without even hiring someone for help, which assumes you are a bit more technically oriented and somewhat comfortable with codes), may range from $200 – $1,000+.

Wix vs WordPress - Elegant estimates

Source: Elegant Themes

Keep in mind that this does not include any ongoing expenses if you hire someone to help you make code changes to your WordPress site or to help troubleshoot.

They also suggested that a custom WordPress theme will cost you about $3,000  – $6,000 (for design & development), and a custom WordPress site will be around $6,000 – $15,000 (for design & development, with custom plugins).  You can see their estimates here.


Based on our experiences, while WordPress does cost more to set up, another huge issue that is less discussed is how difficult it is to find good help.

As mentioned, there is way too much information about WordPress, and the quality of the information can be good, or terrible.

When we were starting to learn WordPress, at times it took hours to research just to fix one issue. Imagine if you have a lot of issues to fix.

Hiring WordPress developers can definitely help, but the hiring process can be a hit and miss. We’ve hired some WordPress contractors before and we’ve had good ones, and really terrible ones (the terrible ones charge just as much as the good ones too!). It’s very difficult to tell if a contractor is good or bad until you actually pay them.

This is a real cost of using WordPress as hiring the wrong contractor will cost you money and time.

On the other hand, if you have the time and money to invest into learning WordPress, you can do a lot more with WordPress than with Wix.

So at the end of the day, choosing Wix or WordPress is a very personal decision. If you prefer to invest your time on other things outside of website building, Wix is the better solution for you.

Summary Wix WordPress
Pricing 5 premium plans, ranging from $4.50 per month to $24.50 per month (based on annual plans). You can also use Wix for free, but with certain limitations. Could range from $200 – $15,000, depending on various factors (hosting, themes, plugins, hiring help, etc.)
Wix vs WordPress Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.


As a recap, here is a summary table of our comparison above. We’ll have some final thoughts below the table:

Category Wix.com WordPress
Flexibility Limited customizability, but all their features and functions are closely controlled, monitored and tested to ensure they are working properly. Very flexible & customizable but could be very problematic if your custom tools or plugins breakdown.
Ease of Use A very user-friendly, drag & drop website builder. You don’t need to know how to code as Wix is catered to non-technical users. Steep learning curve (not beginner friendly). It is best if you know how to code and that you are technically savvy, or hire someone who is.
User Support A dedicated support team with organized tutorials. You can also get help through the phone or email. A large community forum full of discussions, but not well organized and getting a timely response is inconsistent. Most users end up paying developers for help.
Ongoing Maintenance Since Wix doesn’t open its platform to external developers, they control all aspects of the platform so they manage all the updates and maintenance work for you. Requires frequent maintenance and monitoring especially if there are updates to the platform, theme or plugins. You are responsible for maintaining your website.
Pricing 5 premium plans, ranging from $4.50 per month to $24.50 per month (based on annual plans). You can also use Wix for free, but with certain limitations. Could range from $200 – $15,000, depending on various factors (hosting, themes, plugins, hiring help, etc.)

Picking Wix vs WordPress is a very personal choice – WordPress is powerful and flexible, but it also takes time to sort through all the tutorials and plugins to find the right tools to help you build a good website.

Hiring a WordPress developer for help is also very common, but the cost can really add up over a few years. The hiring process can be stressful and tedious, and a lot of times you’re not going to know what you get until the developer starts work (after collecting upfront money / down payment from you). Moreover, when WordPress updates its platform, you may need to hire the contractor again to make sure the custom work remains compatible.

With Wix, they help you manage all the updates and support. Despite not being as flexible as WordPress, Wix makes the whole website building experience easier and more pleasant (especially for non-techies).

So in conclusion, our opinion is that if you are a one person team or don’t have dedicated technical resources to help you build, maintain or troubleshoot a website, we recommend using Wix.

If you are technical or have someone that’s technical on your team, and you want to create a website that goes beyond what Wix has to offer, then using WordPress is the more flexible way go.

Just be aware that time and resources are the key considerations here:

  • Wix – less maintenance and lower cost over the long term
  • WordPress – more flexibility, but more maintenance, higher learning curve, and costs more over the long run

For us, we built this site using WordPress because it fits our purpose better (writing articles and blog posts), and also we’ve already spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars in hiring WordPress contractors and learning from them in our other projects. So for us, using WordPress is not very difficult, after paying the price to learn.

For you, this might not be realistic. So choose according to your available resources.

We hope that this discussion about the difference between Wix and WordPress have been helpful to you!

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Jeremy Wong

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


Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

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


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297 Responses to Wix vs WordPress – Our Detailed Comparison

  1. Omo October 21, 2016 at 5:25 AM #

    Thanks for this Jeremy. Can i use wix to design a marketing website? Where my clients have the ability to enlist their businesses and info making it automatically appear on the search.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 21, 2016 at 3:18 PM #

      Hey Omo,

      I’m not entirely sure if I fully understand your question? In general, you can create a website and insert your clients’ business information on your website.

      If you want your website to appear higher in search rankings, you’ll have to focus on SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and we have a discussion about that here.


  2. cynthia October 6, 2016 at 9:31 AM #

    Heya Jeremy, Thanks for the concise comparison, now i was on blogspot and i got paid by the adds on my blog by adsense now my big question for WIX is do you get paid by wix or by companies that wan’t to place adds on your blog?? or you dont see any revenue at all? i hope my question makes sense.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 7, 2016 at 9:59 AM #


      You can certainly put Google Adsense into a Wix website and earn advertising revenues. It won’t be any different than your current site on Blogspot.


  3. Dawn September 29, 2016 at 5:44 PM #

    I want to use Wix for a new website for my business. Once developed, I’ll need to update content and images myself fairly regularly and from playing around with it, it’s very user-friendly. However, in searching for web designers, it seems that many only work in WordPress and tell me that Wix is not good for SEO. I’m not fully convinced. My understanding from alot of independent articles, is that this was true in years past but with updates and improvements Wix has made, I needn’t be worred about SEO so long as we focus on keyword choices. Can anyone speak to this as it relates to the current state of Wix sites?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 30, 2016 at 2:58 PM #

      Hi Dawn,

      This is a good debate and I’ve written more thoroughly about it here.

      I think with WordPress, it’s so flexible that you could optimize it for SEO to your heart’s content. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you will achieve good search rankings at all.

      Getting good search rankings is SO much beyond that. Our guide (linked above) will discuss this in more depth.

      Hope it will provide some insights!


  4. matt story September 23, 2016 at 5:12 AM #

    This info was immensely helpful and spot on. Brilliant and balanced and even unbiased. I hesitate to comment because the others have said it all but had to express my thanks.

    I have a very successful wix site and just implemented a small store to supplement my original art sales with higher volume direct print sales (‘www.mattstory.com). But I’ve struggled for years to stay with wix because of the limitations and sense that it was too remedial. I constantly wanted to cut over to wordpress for the almost infinite added functionality.

    But staying focused on your core competency (when its not web programming) is critical and I’ve probably saved hundreds of hours of my time and thousands of dollars by staying with wix. And here I was, yet again, twisting in agony in the middle of the night thinking I should again over complicate things…and your article clarified it for me (again) like a lightning bolt. THANK YOU!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, Matt. I think you’re spot on in that if you’re not a web programmer, and if you don’t have an interest in becoming one (or hiring one), just stick with what you’re good at!


  5. Lisa September 19, 2016 at 5:26 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for this wonderful article. I am starting a blog and am debating about which platform I want to use…WP or Wix. I’m not as familiar with Wix, so can you tell me if they allow ads to pop up (other than Wix ads)? I have friends who blog and tell me that in order to make money with advertisers, you want to allow ads on your blog but I haven’t seen ads w/wix other than their own ads.

    Thank you, Lisa

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 23, 2016 at 8:26 AM #

      Hello Lisa,

      You can certainly insert banner ads into your Wix website. It can be as simple as inserting an image and linking it to your advertisers, or inserting some sort of code snippet that your advertisers provide you.

      At the end of the day, you should consider what you want to get out of your blog. WordPress is hands down a much more advanced and flexible blogging platform. However, you should also consider the complexities of using WordPress, as compared to Wix.


  6. Yonas September 19, 2016 at 1:58 PM #

    I know wix is very user-friendly and anyone can drag and drop to put things together, but from the way I see it web development is not only about putting together. It is also about knowing what to put and where. You have to be able to understand your customers experience and convenience to digital marketing. So I believe it is always a good idea to see it in this form and try to consider everything altogether or hire a professional who understands all this.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 19, 2016 at 2:39 PM #

      Hi Yonas,

      I totally agree with what you’re saying.

      One thing to consider is that people new to building websites need to start somewhere. So the fact that Wix enables you to get your website setup in a matter of days, where you can place your content however you want to – just to get started – is invaluable compared to spending an excessive amount of time just trying to figure out WordPress (or other technically challenging platforms).

      I’ve always believed in launching and modifying as quickly as possible. Put something out there quickly, get feedback, and improve. This is entirely possible (and easier) with Wix.

      I’ve seen so many people stop dead in their tracks due to technological hurdles. In such cases, I always suggest taking the “path with the least resistance” – use a website builder that works well with you, and start building a business (e.g. sales, marketing, product development, managing, etc).

      But you make a good point though, and thanks for adding to this discussion!


  7. Roger Rowe September 18, 2016 at 7:43 PM #

    I currently am using Yahoo site builder and host. I assume this would be called a ‘hosted website builder’, and they also supply a free domain name. I wish to quit Yahoo. If I rebuild my site on WIX, how can I get the Yahoo domain name linked to WIX. This is important in that I do not want to loose my audience with a new domain name.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 19, 2016 at 2:24 PM #

      Hi Roger,

      What you’ll have to do, is transfer your domain name out of Yahoo, and into either Wix or another domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy).

      If you transfer it to a domain name registrar, you can then connect it to your Wix website. Wix’s support center will have tutorials on how to do that.

      But the easiest, most direct route is to transfer your domain name from Yahoo to Wix (their support center will also have tutorials on how to do this).

      We have a guide to domain names that will go over some other important concepts and basics about domain names. You just might find it helpful.


      • Roger Rowe September 20, 2016 at 9:04 AM #

        Thank you Jeremy. I have been trying to get an answer on that for some time and you have solved my issue. We are a local neighborhood club, with no commercial interest. Can I use a “Combo” account, or because it is club oriented and not ‘personal’, would I be required to get an ‘Unlimited’ account? Since we post a lot of photos, I suppose we may run out of space on a Combo account anyway. I appreciate your advice.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong September 23, 2016 at 8:32 AM #

          Hey Roger,

          You can always start off with the “Combo” plan and go from there. If you run out of space, you can always upgrade later.


  8. Lee Kelso September 17, 2016 at 4:05 PM #

    Great article!

    Personally, I would like the greater flexibility in WordPress, however I am not so technical these days and will trade flexibility for ease of use.

    Actually I had a WP site (blogging) that a friend set-up for me but I couldn’t keep it going. Nobodies fault but my own of course.

    My brain has changed in the past few years and less technical is better for me. When cashflow might support/necessitate for greater flexibility, then I will consider reassessing.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 19, 2016 at 2:19 PM #

      Thanks Lee, and thank you for comment.

      WordPress is a really powerful and flexible website builder, but it’s not for everybody. I’m glad to hear that you gave both platforms a try, so sounds like you’re making an informed decisions.


  9. Peter Tong September 8, 2016 at 12:46 AM #

    Excellent, just what I wanted to know. Thanks. Peter Tong, author/screenwriter

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 9, 2016 at 2:58 PM #

      Thanks, Peter.

      Please do share this comparison with people you think can benefit from our discussions here. Just click on the sharing buttons to the left!



  10. Teresa September 4, 2016 at 4:25 PM #

    Surely it’s about offering your customer the best service? I’m a non-technie & have been using wix & am happy with the creative templates (cheating I know). I focus on small sites, but have had issues with using certain website extensions ie .co.za That’s why I’m looking at various options???

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 5, 2016 at 2:11 PM #

      Hi Teresa,

      Using their pre-made templates is not cheating at all! It’s just a shortcut to building a great looking website!

      I just visited Wix’s support center, and looks like you can connect a .za domain name to a Wix site. You just can’t purchase a .za domain name through Wix, but you can certainly purchase one through other domain name registrars (such as GoDaddy).

      Have you tried actually connecting the domain name to your Wix site?

      We have a domain name guide here which will answer more questions about this topic. Hope you find it helpful!


  11. TANYA September 4, 2016 at 8:17 AM #

    I am a student and I want to start a fashion blog. I have started the blog on Wix and i am thinking to upgrade to remove the Wix ad. Should I upgrade to the Combo?

    Is Wix upgrade worth it or should I use another site?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 5, 2016 at 2:06 PM #

      Hey Tanya,

      It’s really up to you if you want to upgrade. Do you feel comfortable working with Wix? Does their blogging and website building tools suit your needs?

      If you want other options to test out, consider Squarespace or Weebly – if you want a drag & drop website builder. You can see how they compare to Wix here.

      If you don’t mind learning how to use WordPress (steeper learning curve, and best if you know some code), it is a fantastic blogging platform.


  12. Rob Dnford August 31, 2016 at 10:30 AM #

    It appears from this post, you are much in favour of Wix over WordPress yet you have used WordPress for your site if the reader is a DIY type.

    Do your answers change if the question is, Which is better for business when the business has a marketing budget and measures ROI for their investment?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM #

      Hey Rob,

      We favor Wix for beginners to even intermediate users. If you asked me to use WordPress from day one (which I did, way back in the days), I’d struggle quite a bit (which I did, in fact).

      We’re using WordPress to build this website as this is a “blog” and WordPress is the best tool to use to build this type of website. Further, we’ve been building websites for more than 5 years, so we’ve invested a lot of our time into learning about different website builders, how to code, amongst other things!

      As for your situation, it really “depends”. If you are technically savvy, and have a budget to hire help, then WordPress can be a good option. WordPress is a lot more powerful and flexible than Wix, but it also has a much higher learning curve and to use it proficiently to exploit the best parts of what WordPress can offer, you have to be good at coding.

      Having a healthy budget to hire people to resolve technical issues is definitely a good option. But a lot of people who visit our website are in the beginner category, which I’d recommend using Wix to get started.

      One can always graduate to a more advanced platform down the road, just like how we did.

      Thanks for commenting!


  13. Namit August 24, 2016 at 2:58 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I want to start a content side. The interlinking of content, commenting and social sharing is quite critical to its functioning. Just wondering which platform would be better suited for that?


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 24, 2016 at 9:28 AM #

      Hey Namit,

      I think either platform will be fine from a functions perspective. It really comes down to which website builder you prefer working with.

      If you’re technically inclined, don’t mind learning how to code a little bit, can some financial resources to hire someone to help, or have the time to invest into learning WordPress, WordPress is a great option.

      Wix is also a good choice if you want to get a website up and running very quickly, and without touching any codes.

      So perhaps you should test out both platforms to see which one better suits your working style?


  14. Nabeelah August 20, 2016 at 11:12 AM #


    Great article! I would like to set up an ecommerce soon, I feel like I might choose Wix. What are your thoughts on this?? Will it be able to handle a high traffic? Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 22, 2016 at 11:47 AM #

      Hi Nabeelah,

      Wix certainly has the basic ecommerce features to help you set up a basic store. It depends what you mean by “high traffic”. Are you anticipating getting thousands of visitors? Or hundreds of thousands and above?

      Wix shouldn’t have an issue handling a few thousand visitors per day. But anything beyond that, I’d suggest you take a look at larger ecommerce builders such as Shopify or BigCommerce. Those are hosted ecommerce builders so they’re a bit similar to Wix.

      If you don’t mind managing the technical aspects of your online store, then WordPress is worth considering as well but just make sure you get a premium hosting service such as WP Engine to help handle the high number of visitors.


  15. Rafael Lopez August 17, 2016 at 11:37 AM #

    Hello there,

    Do any of the website services (Wix, Squarespace or Weebly) allow you to have a production and development site?


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 19, 2016 at 8:28 PM #

      Hi Rafael,

      Do you mean if any of the website builders provide you with a separate website so you can experiment with and make changes without affecting the “live” site?

      If so, then unfortunately none of the website builders that you highlighted provides you with this function. All changes you make to the site, once published, will be made live. So you won’t have a separate development website to experiment with.

      I know some WordPress hosting services (such as WP Engine) provide this feature.


  16. Kate August 12, 2016 at 11:51 AM #

    I was a complete novice and technophobe but when it came to taking over the running of my Wix website from an initial website ‘designer’ a year ago I’ve really enjoyed re-designing it and find it pretty easy/straightforward. Plus, Wix are very helpful and professional.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 12, 2016 at 2:26 PM #

      Hey Kate,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

      Wix is really easy to use and empowers those who are not technical to design beautiful websites. I’m glad you’re having a lot of fun using them!


  17. Paul Sainato July 28, 2016 at 12:30 AM #

    So so helpful, the exact article I’ve been looking for, thanks for breaking it down. Saves me a lot of time and head aches 🙂
    Thanks heaps!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 30, 2016 at 1:14 AM #

      Thanks for your comment Paul. Glad you found this discussion helpful!


  18. Jef July 21, 2016 at 4:36 PM #

    Probably a really dumb question. Not to tech savvy here. I have a domain name hooked up with a company in Australia. my website hasn’t been working for months, so I am most likely building a site and changing my domain over to wix. My question is my current email which is with Office 365. If i disconnect my domian with the australian company which i think was originally hosted thru office 365, will it affect my email which includes my domain name, or is that an entire separate issue.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 22, 2016 at 6:36 PM #

      Hi Jef,

      I think it should be okay, as long as you keep your email plan with your existing service provider. But just to be sure, you might want to consult with your email service provider.


  19. rahul chandran July 14, 2016 at 7:23 AM #

    Sir,i have a question,Does google adsense support the free wordpress.com ?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 15, 2016 at 9:54 AM #

      Hey Rahul,

      Yes, you can insert Adsense on WordPress.com websites.


  20. Camila July 7, 2016 at 3:27 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for the article!
    I am new in this, so I have a question, maybe too basic… Once you get your domain, and you have chosen the website to develope it, it is posible to change the website for another one (like going from wix to wordpress)? or your domain stays linked to that website anyway?
    Thanks for you answer!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 8, 2016 at 10:16 AM #

      Hello Camila,

      You can definitely disconnect your domain name from your Wix website, and reconnect it to your new website builder (such as WordPress).

      However, you won’t be able to export your content from a Wix website and into a newly created WordPress website. If that’s important to you, I’d suggest you take a look at Squarespace (see our review of Squarespace here). You can export certain items from a Squarespace site and into a WordPress site.

      Hope this helps!


  21. Logan July 2, 2016 at 10:21 AM #

    This is a very cool write up. Thank you. I especially liked the applicable links to other pages at the bottom. I am hiring a website developer from another country that speaks english well very inexpensively from upworks.com. I am actually using freelancers I have found through them for software development as well. I lost touch with a good web developer that I knew in my city and look forward to trying these freelancers out. If anyone knows of good ecommerce developers in the US; which I am also open to, please let me know in a reply. I am going with Wix because you mentioned they are easier to maintain.

  22. Paul Wright June 30, 2016 at 2:03 AM #

    I used wix and found it a breeze. My only concern is that if I search what m website is called it doesnt show up on google. That concerns me. Not hugely, as I don’t get work through it, but If someone googled to try and find me, it might be an issue. ‘www.paulwrightdirector.com is the site.

    Overall though, I’m hapy with Wix.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 30, 2016 at 11:19 PM #

      Hi Paul,

      Glad to hear that you’re happy with Wix.

      I just searched “paul wright director” in Google and found a lot of sources about you – such as IMDB, YouTube, Twitter, and a few other major media sources. That’s fantastic.

      Sometimes your own website might not rank at the very top, as these other major media sources have a lot more weight in search rankings (from Google’s perspective).

      The key thing, at least in my mind, is that you direct people back to your website. For instance, your Twitter account comes up on page one (pretty high on the page) and so when people click through to your Twitter account, they will be able to find your website listed there.


      • Paul Wright July 7, 2016 at 6:36 AM #

        Yeah, the twitter stuff is good. Unfortunatley the imdb page and stuff isn’t me. There is some other cad who makes films with the same name. Swine… 🙂

  23. Abdulla Alnaama June 21, 2016 at 4:05 AM #

    I have just started working on my online personal training website using Wix and was thinking to learn about WordPress. After coming across your article I now believe that I made the right choice to oick wix over wordpress. Wix truly is easier and gets the job done oretty quick, specially that I’m working on it all alone.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 22, 2016 at 1:28 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Abdulla. Wix is indeed really easy to use so you don’t need to hire help. Best of luck going forward!


  24. Rich Vincent June 7, 2016 at 3:47 AM #

    Thank you so much for this review, it has been extremely helpful. I have a Wix website at the moment which I have found very easy to set up but I’m not a web designer. The design does need revamping and I have been unsure whether to stick with Wix or get a WordPress designer to start from scratch. After reading this I’m going to stay with Wix and have a Wix design professional revamp it for me and then I can continue to maintain it easily thereafter.

    Thanks again.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 8, 2016 at 2:08 AM #

      Hey Rich,

      Thanks for your input. If you’re not technical, and want to be able to manage a lot of the design and content creation process by yourself, Wix is probably a better option for you. So I agree with your assessment!


  25. Farid Hossain May 19, 2016 at 11:50 AM #

    Hi. Thanks for the post! It answered many questions I had.

    I want to make a travel blog and do you think that Wix is a good option for me? I like their templates. The fact that they give you the option of selecting mobile and desktop website is very helpful.
    And in terms of posting articles which one is more reliable?


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 19, 2016 at 8:20 PM #

      Hello Farid

      Thanks for your comment.

      WordPress is a much stronger blogging platform than Wix. Having said that, they are not as easy to use, as described in my discussion above.

      As for reliability overall, Wix is pretty solid, and for WordPress it depends on which hosting service you use. There are some really good ones, and some crumby ones.

      If you want to pursue using WordPress with your own hosting services, take a look at Bluehost which is one of the better hosting services. But this also means you will have to manage the technical aspects of running your website.


  26. Chester Hall May 16, 2016 at 5:03 AM #

    Wow! This cleared up any questions I had in my mind concerning the shift I was about to make. I have been speaking with many coders and developers and they all swear by WordPress, but they were coming at it from a coder’s perspective, not a small business owner (an army of one, specifically!)

    I agree with Stacie though…blogging isn’t the greatest, and sending ShoutOuts is an additional fee after the three free ones per month. I haven’t delved too far into ShoutOuts, so it may be untapped potential for now. I agree that Wix has always addressed any concerns I’ve had, and they are constantly updating their wares. The most recent feature is Parallax Scrolling, which given the right design can make a killer looking site!

    I’m glad I ran across this article. I’ve had my Wix site for about two years and was considering moving to WP, but I think I’ll stay where I am for now…it’s served me well so far.

    Thanks for the write up!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 16, 2016 at 6:25 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us, Chester.

      Both Wix and WordPress have their place in the world of websites. It really depends on what you are trying to achieve given your goals and resources.

      And I agree that Wix is always coming up with relevant design and tools. That’s one thing I do admire about Wix, is that they are on top of the current trend, while other website builders haven’t really innovated much over the past year or two.

      FYI, here is a summary list of new features they’ve released, categorized by month and year.

      Sounds like you’re on the right track!


  27. Stacie Haas April 7, 2016 at 3:36 PM #

    Really appreciate your site and this recommendation helped me to choose Wix. I love Wix–my site was beautiful in less than day and live in that same timeframe. The huge disappointment with Wix, however, was the blog itself. It doesn’t have a real subscription option–you can only get people onto an email list to then sent out your blog as a “Shout Out.” Your “followers” don’t get real-time updates. That is a huge drawback and it’s very frustrating as someone who loves every other part of Wix. When you go to Wix support, they are fast to respond and sincere, but the answer is that they don’t have that functionality–yet. They allow you to “vote” for this feature, but as of now, there is no timeframe that they have publicized.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 7, 2016 at 7:51 PM #

      Hey Stacie,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback on Wix. Glad you’re enjoying using them!

      In regards to sharing your new posts, I personally prefer website owners to email me when they release a new post. That way, I will know and have something in my inbox to remind me to read the post.

      Other ways that I stay on top of updates, is if I follow the website owner on Twitter or Facebook. When they release a new post, they usually share it on social media so that’s another way I get notified as well.

      Maybe that will also work for you and your followers?


  28. Allan Nxy March 17, 2016 at 4:26 PM #

    Woah, really nice article! It killed my doubts for good.
    Thank You

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 17, 2016 at 8:27 PM #

      Thanks Allan!

      Please do click on the social sharing buttons on the left side of the article, if you think it will benefit others. I’d really appreciate it!


  29. Jay Wilder March 6, 2016 at 8:41 AM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Great Article ! I’m a One man army looking to start an Entertainment/Lifestyle Review Blog & monetize it ASAP. (looking for a source of passive income). I’m just too anxious to invest even a dime at all until I see that My work has value & can bring in people(never done this before).

    I’ve heard WordPress.com is the best there is, but being skeptic(as always), decided see what else we got (which brought me to you !)

    Is there way to start free & then pay when you know you gonna make helluva more than that.

    I’ll take your word as gospel. I want to start my online business blog journey. Guide me Sensei

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 6, 2016 at 7:20 PM #

      Hello Jay,

      Thanks for your comment – and please don’t take my opinion as gospel! It’s worthwhile to invest time into testing out different platforms to determine which one works best for you. There are no “absolute” rights or wrongs, so definitely spend some time and get some hands on experiences with some of these website builders. Even if one particular website builder works well for you needs, if you hate working with the tool, then it might be worthwhile to explore other options. So try a few different options – that’s the only way you’ll know!

      In terms of blogging, Wix does have a blogging tool, but it’s not going to be as sophisticated as what WordPress offers you. WordPress is one of the best blogging tools out there and will have a lot more advanced options than what Wix has to offer you.

      Having said that, to use WordPress proficiently, you’ll have to be handy with codes or hire someone who is comfortable with codes. If you want to change the design of your website, such as moving your content around, WordPress is not as flexible with that unless you modify the codes to the template design. With Wix, it’s as simple as drag & drop.

      So generally speaking, WordPress has a lot of blogging friendly tools – much more than what Wix has to offer. But when it comes to ease of use, Wix is a lot better.

      Give both a try! You’ll get a much deeper sense of what I’m talking about in a couple of hours of “playing” with both platforms.


  30. Wesley February 11, 2016 at 11:38 AM #

    Helpfull article! Congratulations and thank you for!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 12, 2016 at 1:50 PM #

      Thanks Wesley! Glad you found this discussion helpful to you.


  31. Juju G February 6, 2016 at 6:40 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you so much for the article. I want to start a monetized blog but read in a website that you can do a lot more in wordpress than you can on wix. Is that true or will I still be able to make money off my blog with six.

    Thanks again!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 9, 2016 at 2:23 PM #

      Hello Juju,

      I think you can create businesses with both WordPress and Wix. Of course, WordPress has a lot more flexibility as you can customize the codes to pretty much anything you want.

      But if you are not code savvy, it can be a challenge, in which case I’d suggest you use Wix.

      Keep in mind that a website is only a tool for your business. Just because you create a website does not mean you will make money. It’s what you do with your website, how you grow your business, your strategy, that ultimately determines how well you do!


  32. Heidi January 27, 2016 at 3:06 AM #


    What is your opinion of 2 site with regards to ad-words tracking and also search engine results
    ( Wix sites vs WrodPress sites.)
    We are currently using WIX and have been advised to migrate to WordPress due to the 2 above points.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 28, 2016 at 3:59 PM #

      Hi Heidi,

      In terms of SEO, take a look at our FAQ page here (look under the section about SEO).

      As for Adwords tracking, it really depends on what you want to do? Generally speaking, WordPress does have more flexibility in terms of customization. But having said that, there are trade offs with using WordPress (such as the learning curve, as well as having to be more hands on with the technical aspects of managing a website).

      Also take a look at our cost guide here if you’re considering WordPress. WordPress is a great platform (very customizable and flexible), but it does come with drawbacks. So best be prepared and consider all angles before diving in!

      Hope this helps.


  33. Ayza ali December 28, 2015 at 3:29 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for a brilliant article. I’ve been super confused about using WordPress or wix or go daddy to build my website. I am a home based baker looking to showcase the range of cakes I offer and have a contact page there and an about page on my website. That’s about it. It has been suggested by a friend that I buy a domain with go daddy and self host with them. But build my content with WordPress. How would that work? Is it possible to do this with two different websites? And what do you think I should do? I personally like what wix offers but I am sort of torn between what has been suggested and my gut. I am totally new to website making and I am writing this 3 hours in my research so anything you can add would be extremely valuable. Thank you again and I look forward to hearing from you.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 30, 2015 at 10:31 AM #

      Hello Ayza,

      Choosing a drag and drop website builder (such as Wix) or using WordPress is a personal decision.

      As highlighted above, the pro of using WordPress is that is is a very flexible platform and you can pretty customize your website however you want to.

      However, to do that you will need to be pretty good with coding as manipulating a template design in WordPress will require modification of codes. The alternative is to hire a coder to help you do that.

      Of course, if you are okay with the design and don’t want to make any changes whatsoever, then you won’t need to dive into the world of codes.

      With Wix, you don’t need to touch any codes and still be able to customize your design. Using Wix will also save you time as learning how to use WordPress does take time. I’d say you should expect to spend at least a week to learn how to set up and use WordPress.

      So if you’re not quite interested to commit time and money to learning WordPress, Wix is a good option.

      Here is an article that we wrote which will give you a good idea of how much it costs to use WordPress (in terms of financial commitment and also time commitment).

      Hope this helps.


  34. Becky December 22, 2015 at 7:13 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for this article. I am a novice at this, though I’m a graphic designer. I’m an at-home freelancer so I never thought about a website before – until recently. I have been confused about using WordPress or Wix but your article has helped me see that Wix is the way for me to go. Can you tell me where I can get a domain name? Yes, I can google it but I know there are many places out there and I don’t know the difference. I’d appreciate your advice.

    Thanks so much!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 23, 2015 at 9:12 AM #

      Hi Becky,

      If you sign up to an annual plan with Wix, they give you a free domain name for 1 year. But you will have to renew it after your first year, at around $20 per year.

      If you prefer, you can purchase your own domain name from domain name registrars such as GoDaddy. A normal domain name is about $10 – $15 per year.

      The advantage of purchasing a domain name with an “external” domain name registrar such as GoDaddy, is that if you decide to use the domain name elsewhere (no longer use it with your Wix site), you can disconnect the link between the domain name and your Wix site, and reconnect it to another website very quickly.

      If your domain name is stored with Wix, this becomes a bit more challenging.

      However, the upside of having your domain name with Wix is that they make it really easy for you to connect it with your website.

      Hope this helps!


  35. Erin November 25, 2015 at 8:32 AM #

    I encountered a major issue with WIX Store as the text and buttons on ” check out” process cannont be amended and it does not support all languages. Therefore before you start building your estore make sure Wix Store supports your local language. If you are building an e commerce / store website for a territory that does not speak/understand the most popular languages ( English French, Spanish, Russian etc) check their site whether the store supports the language you require.

    I learned this the hard way. I created the site only then to realise that the “check out “procedure (text + buttons) CANNOT be amended or renamed or translated to the required language. Therefore I have a beautiful e store all in a local language but with the checkout process in english. As a result I have to go and build a new website using WordPress. 🙁

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 25, 2015 at 12:38 PM #

      Hi Erin,

      Sorry to hear about that. It sounds like you’re really enjoying using Wix, except the limitation to customize the text of the button in the check out cart. That’s really a shame…

      In terms of language support, Wix is already one of the most well rounded for drag and drop website builders.

      With WordPress, you can definitely customize a lot more, though you will have to do so in the codes. Let me know how you do with WordPress!


  36. Bryan November 21, 2015 at 4:47 PM #

    Hello Jeremy,

    Thanks for the article…very helpful. I am currently contemplating a rebuild of my small business web site. Since I own a small motel, I need a platform that will sync my web site calendar with the calendars on listing I have on VRBO, HomeAway, TripAdvisor…etc. Unfortunately, WiX does not offer this calendar integration. When asked about it…they refer you to a site that supposedly allows synchronization. (myallocator.com) However…after investigating…I discovered that myallocator.com’s product does not work with VRBO, HomeAway or TripAdvisor. While it does work with some…lessor known vacation rental sites…data only streams one way. I was disappointed as I really liked what WiX was offering. Now…I guess I will have to hire a WordPress developer and have them build my site as WordPress does offer this important functionality. Have you heard anything about Wix adding this functionality?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 23, 2015 at 1:17 PM #

      Hi Bryan,

      I haven’t heard of any updates in regards to the specific feature that you are looking for.

      I think by far, Wix has the best hotel / accommodations builder, for drag and drop (code free) platforms. WordPress certainly is much more flexible and you can hire a capable developer to customize a lot of things, but hiring someone to build a site for you does have its drawbacks too.


  37. Angel November 4, 2015 at 5:59 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    In considering whihc platform I want for my own blog, I posed the question of “ownership” to Wix and was confused by their response. If paying for hosting and such , do you really “own” a blog? They advised that they couldn’t determine such, but had no control over intellectual property. I guess I just want what I write to be my own and have control over where and how my content may be used. Make sense???


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 6, 2015 at 11:25 AM #

      Hey Angel,

      I’m not a lawyer so don’t take my opinion as an legal advice!

      Anything that you create online is yours. So your content belongs to you, and not Wix. The logic is that Wix, as a publicly traded company on the stock exchange, cannot be liable for the content that you create.

      They’re just a publishing platform enabling people to build websites. If they claimed ownership over all content created by users, that can expose them to a lot of legal hazards!

      Hope this makes sense.


  38. Lori Riley September 24, 2015 at 8:59 AM #

    Thank you for the great article. You pointed out so many things that I wouldn’t have considered, such as the issues with plug-ins.
    Your honest appraisal of the web-building choices is extremely helpful!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 25, 2015 at 6:13 PM #

      Thanks Lori. Glad our discussions here have been helpful to you!


  39. larry September 8, 2015 at 2:06 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you for the insightful write up. After reading, I wish to do the following things:

    1) Move my domain name and website hosting to wix

    2) Retain my email service (which has about 30 staff) with my current web-host company


    *Is this possible to separate my web services as highlighted above?

    *If the above is true, how do I go about it?

    *In terms of payments I make to my web host company for the services they provide (Domain name renewal, website hosting), once I ask them to separate my services as highlighted above, do I expect their charges to reduce since it’s only email service hosting I will now need from them.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM #

      Hey Larry,

      You don’t even need to move your domain name to Wix, and just keep it with your domain name registrar. Just connect it to your Wix website when you are ready and you’ll find help articles by Wix on how to do this.

      If you don’t move your domain name, then you don’t have to touch your email service and use it as you currently do.

      So if you’re going to use Wix, you no longer need the hosting service from your current service provider. As such, I agree with your assessment that they may provide you with a different pricing plan to just power your email and keep your domain name registered.

      Hope this helps!


  40. viviane September 7, 2015 at 4:11 PM #

    Perfect description! Very helpful!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 9, 2015 at 12:16 PM #

      Thanks Viviane. Glad you found our comparison here helpful!


  41. Danilo Keiiti September 1, 2015 at 10:21 AM #

    Awesome breakdown of characteristics and descriptions you wrote down here, with a very clear and reasonable conclusion! Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 1, 2015 at 5:23 PM #

      Thank you Danilo. Glad you found this post helpful!


  42. Drake August 29, 2015 at 7:19 PM #

    One thing that should be compared is cost and mobility. With WIx, you’re at the mercy of whatever they decide to change their prices to. It’s not like you can shop around for less costly hosting and then move your website there. You’re renting from Wix just like you’d be renting a store-front at a mall. They can charge you whatever rent you want, and you either stay or you leave. But, leaving means taking down your whole store and rebuilding it somewhere else. WordPress can be packaged up and moved anywhere.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 31, 2015 at 11:39 AM #

      Hi Drake,

      That’s actually a really great point so I’m glad you brought it up! With Wix, indeed you won’t have control over how much they charge for their services. With WordPress.org, you can pick and choose different service providers.

      Here are a few more thoughts on this topic:

      * Even though you have more options to choose from for WordPress, you’ll have to administer the migration of services yourself which could take time and could potentially be a bit more technical. So while it’s easy for certain users, it’s not as easy for others.

      * I haven’t seen Wix raise their prices for as long as I can remember. So while there is some pricing risk here, it seems to me that they are very aware of affordability, and are quite focused on value for what you pay as well.

      So I think at the end of the day, it boils down to signing up for a fully serviced website builder where they manage all the technical aspects of building websites for you (such as Wix), or building a website with a “self-serve” type of model (such as WordPress).

      With WordPress, you have more control over the bits and pieces, and pricing of services that you sign up for. But this means you’ll have to be a bit more hands on, a bit more technical, pretty much playing the role of your own IT system administrator. While that is fun and okay with some people, some may prefer to “offload” those tasks to fully serviced website builders (Wix). Remember that Wix offers its users full time technical support as well (phone and email), while WordPress doesn’t.

      But great point Drake and I’m really glad you left a comment and opened this up for further discussions!


  43. Wendy August 28, 2015 at 7:33 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for this article! I TRIED to build a website using a wordpress theme, and I had a lot of trouble, so the process was taking wayyyy too long. I recently switched to Wix a week ago, and my site is almost finished! The only reason for it taking a week, is because I’m having trouble finding what I want to say or put on the pages lol. So far the ONLY thing I’m disappointed in is that my new site isn’t responsive…ugh, and that really does bother me. I’ve had to switch to mobile view on every page, and re-edit to make it all line up properly. I’ll stay with wix for a while, but if they don’t start making responsive themes, I might consider moving on to something else :-/

    Thanks again for the article…I think you saved me from switching back to wordpress! lol


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 31, 2015 at 11:06 AM #

      Hey Wendy,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and glad you’re having fun with Wix and not struggling with WordPress anymore!

      As you mentioned, Wix does have a mobile editor but I guess it’s a personal preference whether you like a separate mobile site or a responsive design.

      The advantage of using a responsive template is that it saves you time as everything is automatically adjusted to fit on a mobile device display. However, the drawback is that you have no control how each content is displayed, unless you know how, and have access to editing the codes of the template.

      So in a way, Wix’s mobile editor does offer some advantages in that you can configure exactly how you want each piece of content to be displayed, or not displayed at all! Meaning that you can display a piece of content on the desktop version of your website, and completely remove it from your mobile site. The downside, as you’ve highlighted, is that it does take time.

      But if getting a mobile design is really important for you, I’d suggest taking a look at Squarespace or Weebly. Squarespace has some really gorgeous designs!


  44. Daniel August 28, 2015 at 7:17 AM #

    Jeremy – Thanks for the great read.

    Doing research for a friend and I have played around with the whole wordpress thing. WIX is the new thing.

    My two quick questions are when signing up for a domain name in WIX is it TRULY in a domain registrar or is it just in the little bubble world of WIX???

    Second question is that I know with wordpress, for the most part, you can jusy back up your site and move it to any web host site you want to get better speed or price – would that be true of WIX or WIX only works at WIX??

    Great job truly appreciated.
    Peace, Daniel

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 28, 2015 at 12:35 PM #

      Hello Daniel,

      Thanks for your feedback and glad you found our discussions here helpful.

      Regarding your questions:

      1) Wix is not a domain registrar per se. But they’ve included that function to make the website building experience a bit seamless, as they’ve streamlined the process to help non-technical users connect their domain names to their websites quickly and easily.

      But you can most definitely connect a domain name that is held with an non-Wix domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy) to a Wix website.

      2) Being able to export your WordPress site and migrate it to another host is definitely an advantage that Wix doesn’t offer. But even though you can do it with a WordPress site, you are still confined to continue to use WordPress as your website building platform. As you said, you are merely migrating to another host that may offer you different features but at the end of the day you are still building your site with WordPress.

      With Wix, since they are a hosted website builder, you don’t have to worry about switching hosts as it’s a built-in service from Wix. So having said that, this is also a drawback in that you can’t fine tune your website (such as loading speed) if you are using Wix.

      So it goes back to the original discussion of what you want out of your website, and how comfortable you are with playing the role of system administrator (so to speak).

      If you are not technical and don’t have the appetite of dealing with all the technical and systems admin part of building and operating a website, then Wix is more suitable here.

      If you want to have the ability to heavily customize, and fine tune the performance of your website, then WordPress gives you the capability to do so. But as you know, you’ll have to be pretty tech savvy in order to do this effectively.

      Hope this helps!


      • Daniel August 28, 2015 at 4:30 PM #

        Thanks Jeremy, have a great weekend.
        Peace, Daniel

  45. Maria August 21, 2015 at 6:06 AM #

    Very good article, though the only thing is lacking here for me is the migrations ways. Ones decided to do the switch – I faced the thing that you don’t know really how. So, I was searching for a lot of other surses that provided me the answer. I’ve done it with CMS2CMS automated migration tool. Had some technical troubles, though their support helped to fix everything right away. Recommend, maybe someone’s also questioning it after reading

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 21, 2015 at 9:53 AM #

      Hi Maria,

      Thanks for your comment. I did see a plugin from CMS2CMS, to migrate data from Wix to WordPress. I haven’t had a chance to study it, or tested it out yet. But glad to know that you’ve had success with it! The plugin opens up some more flexibility to migrate data.


  46. Jakes August 13, 2015 at 7:14 PM #

    The only concern I have is the advertising part that wix does. The banner for getting people to build a website on wix.com leads me to think that this site is only out to gain profit instead of help others. I;m a believer in giving credit where it’s due but is there a way to take the flashing banner off?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM #

      Hi Jake,

      With the free and “Connect Domain” plan with Wix, they will display a Wix banner on your website.

      I think it’s fair game if you use the free version of Wix – you get to build a free website, and they get to advertise a bit – fair trade off.

      But I do agree that if you are upgrading to their Connect Domain plan, the fact that they still insert a banner, is a bit unfair. I’m not entirely sure why they do that, but perhaps it is their strategy to promote people to sign up to their “Combo” plan, or higher plans.

      So the only way to remove the Wix banner, is to upgrade to their Combo, Unlimited, eCommerce or VIP plans.


  47. Brian H August 10, 2015 at 6:06 AM #

    Jeremy, Very helpful review as I hadn’t used Wix previously. Only comment is that you haven’t alluded to https://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/ – it just completes the overall response I think – not to denigrate your article though tnx Brian

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 10, 2015 at 4:56 PM #

      Hey Brian,

      Great addition to this discussion here! Thanks for the link as that will clarify things a lot more for others.


  48. Rosie Yang August 5, 2015 at 4:22 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I just want to thank you for such a helpful review!! I used Wix two or three years ago and got the impression that it offers flash but not html so my website couldn’t be browsed on lots phones (or maybe it’s not Wix but Weebly?) … So this time I was thinking of using WordPress but after reading your article, I have no doubt that Wix is better for me.

    I can’t imagine that without reading this, I may have mad a wrong decision which may cause lots trouble and money wasting in the future.

    Thanks again!!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 5, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

      Thanks for your feedback Rosie, and glad you found our discussions here helpful!

      Wix originally did offer only Flash-based websites, but they’ve shifted away from that a couple of years ago, and are now HTML5 based websites – so they are mobile friendly.

      Both WordPress and Wix have their own pros and cons, but the key is to find something that works well for you, and that you enjoy using! Best of luck in building your website!


  49. Shannon July 24, 2015 at 2:59 PM #

    Hi there – quick question. I’m actually a wordpress user and am making the switch to Wix (I think). I’m curious…I already have a domain hosted through a third party (Green Geeks). Will Wix honor this or do I have to ditch GG and use domain hosting through Wix? Thought I would ask you really quickly. I can also make a call to Wix to find out. Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 24, 2015 at 4:37 PM #

      Hi Shannon,

      You can usually connect / point your domain name that’s registered with a domain registrar, to a website builder (Wix in this case). So as long as you pay your annual domain name fee, you should be able to connect it to any website builder you want. You don’t need the domain name to be registered with Wix at all.

      If you go to Wix’s support center, and type “domain” into the search bar, you should be able to find some help articles that will show you how to connect your domain name registered elsewhere, to your Wix website.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!


  50. HiltonHeadIslander July 19, 2015 at 9:11 AM #

    Great article. I am exclusively a WIX user having built almost 30 different websites with the platform. I find that MOST small business owners will be just fine with a WIX built (and hosted website). For businesses that do a lot of online sales or sites that get a ton of traffic, WIX may not be the best choice. I have found that even though they have improved over the years, because they host your website – it feels a bit laggy. Most WIX websites I have built or analyzed take around 10 seconds on smartphones to load completely, about half that time on a computer with a good connection.. also even though WIX “apps” are natively built, sometimes even a simple photo gallery will glitch (out of 4 images, 1 may not have completely loaded).

    WordPress is not difficult by any means, but for simple changes sometimes its near impossible get *exactly* what you want with some templates. I can duplicate the look of ANY website on the web in little to no time on WIX. I have finished websites for clients in under two hours that would have taken days on WordPress. If WIX did some work on the speed of their websites and allowed more control over their mobile sites, AND allowed for editing on mobile devices, I truly believe there will be a major shift to WIX.

    One more thing, WIX customer service is out of this world! I have called for troubleshooting several times and I have been really impressed with every agent I have encountered.

    PS. All of the agents I have talked to say they have never seen one account with so many sites – I guess I have the record! : )

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM #

      Thanks so much for sharing your experiences!

      One of the issues with website builders (such as Wix and other website builders) is that they power your website with shared hosting, so it will definitely not have the fastest loading time, compared to WordPress where you can choose your own hosting services and upgrade the speed by paying more.

      So while with WordPress there is definitely this flexibility, it also means you’ll have to manage your own hosting services to a certain extent, and potentially pay more for faster loading speed. So speed is definitely one of the pros and cons discussion here.

      Also, with WordPress, to get to what you want it does require coding knowledge and a lot of folks won’t have this (or they have no interest in learning a bit of codes). So you’re right in that a lot of people may find this as a barrier to achieving a certain design they have in their heads.

      You also make a very good point in that you can almost replicate most designs very quickly with Wix due to their pure drag and drop web building capability!

      Really awesome to hear that you have had great experiences with Wix’s support team!

      Thanks so much again for sharing your experiences with using Wix and WordPress, and adding to this discussion!


    • Brian H August 10, 2015 at 6:15 AM #

      Dear HHI, Great observation about Wix/ slow load performance & its overall functionality that was my feeling in my only test usage yday (1hr) – agree with all yr comments B ps definitely worth another look based on yr comments – I wonder if any tuning possible? I’ll check-up but doubt it ….

      • Brian H August 10, 2015 at 6:19 AM #

        Hey Jeremy, I managed to read yr and HHI’s article as one – appreciated yr answer also tnx Brian

    • Kerrie December 30, 2015 at 9:02 PM #

      Hi HiltonHead islander

      I realise this comment is now a little old so not sure if you will get this message. I was interested in building several WIX websites for some of my family. I wondered if there was a particular plan that WIX offer for people building websites for other people. I see they have an affiliate program – I wondered if you have used that as well?


  51. Maria June 25, 2015 at 11:14 PM #

    This is a really good comparison, thank you! I’ve had experience working with both Wix and WordPress and it is definitely true that in order to really take advantage of what WP has to offer, you have to have a certain level of coding skills and go through a learning curve.

    But once you do learn WordPress, there is basically nothing impossible, so I’m very happy that I have migrated from Wix to WordPress.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 28, 2015 at 6:57 PM #

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Maria. I agree that knowing codes will definitely be helpful in using WordPress effectively!


  52. Jeannette June 24, 2015 at 8:06 AM #


    TY for your article.
    I help a friend mine, a photographer. Next july, he’ll go to Africa where he’ll find a job as a photographer for weddings or as a teacher. He needs a portfolio on line ASAP.

    I don’t have enough time to set up a wordpress website on a computer, but I can easily customize one with css3.
    Dany doesn’t have any skill in programming.

    So i’m looking for a way to get quickly a website
    – with clean portfolio designs
    (as he just needs a contact form and page to present himself)
    – with a user friendly UI,
    – a way to customize CSS to customize the design and to make a bilingual site (french/english)
    – as cheap as possible

    I told him to open in the same time a website on fr.wordpress.com and a facebook page to give daily news to his customers.
    But what about choosing wix instead of wordpress.com. What is your advice ?

    Thanks for your help. have a nice day.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 25, 2015 at 9:45 PM #

      Hi Jeannette,

      Wix is a good choice as they are a pure drag and drop website builder so you can make a lot of design customizations with their platform.

      However, you won’t be able to edit their CSS codes as the platform isn’t set up that way (given that they make it really easy for you to edit designs without touching codes).

      If you prefer access to CSS, take a look at either Squarespace or Weebly. Both allow you good access to edit codes so you can make quite a bit of customizations there.

      As for creating a bilingual site, we also have a discussion post here.

      Hope this helps!


  53. Daniel Keith June 5, 2015 at 8:57 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    No doubt, very nice article.

    Though, WordPress’s original page does not allow to edit any web page in a professional manner. But, there are a lot of plug-ins available for this purpose. This is the beauty of WordPress.

    Siteorigin is one of them. It provides WYSIWYG page builder form.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 21, 2015 at 10:00 PM #

      Thanks for your comment Daniel.

      Generally speaking, any design edits to WordPress themes will (more likely than not) require you to edit codes.

      With Wix, you can do a lot of heavy design customizations without having to know how to code. This makes it a lot more easier for non coders to use Wix to build websites.

      Of course, Wix does have their own set of limitations compared to WordPress, as highlighted in our discussion above!


  54. Pierre-Alexandre Sicart May 19, 2015 at 6:48 AM #

    An informative and balanced article. Thank you.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 19, 2015 at 8:11 AM #

      Thanks Pierre-Alexandre.

  55. Bob May 12, 2015 at 9:09 AM #

    Jeremy, thank you for all your great advice! After spending (wasting) thousands of dollars on WordPress, I am very happy with my experience with Wix so far. I have seen you mention that the ecommerce options on Wix are a bit weak. Could you please elaborate a little bit on that? I want to make sure that I don’t shoot myself in the foot down the road.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 13, 2015 at 2:07 AM #

      Hey Bob,

      Glad you’re enjoying using Wix thus far! Wix’s ecommerce tools are a bit weak a while back, but they’ve made substantial improvements in recently. Have a look at this discussion article.

      You can also take a look at some of their ecommerce templates and you’ll get a glimpse of what their tools are capable of!


      • Bob May 15, 2015 at 1:51 PM #

        Thank you, Jeremy! And thank you for the links. I am glad to know that I wasn’t missing something. I am very impressed so far with what they offer and workarounds are available for things they might lack. Another thing that must have changed is their customer service. Old reviews talk about how much it sucked but every time I have called them I have been able to talk with someone within a few minutes and their knowledge has been pretty good.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong May 16, 2015 at 11:42 PM #

          Hey Bob,

          Glad you’re having a good experience with Wix.

          I think generally speaking, different people will have different experiences. As good as a business is, there will always be good and bad feedback. From my own experiences (just like yours), working with Wix has been a very positive process. I think they really improved their customer service team over the past couple of years.

          I’m glad that you were able to connect with their support team on the phone! They’re really helpful.


  56. Topsy May 6, 2015 at 12:57 AM #

    Thanks Jeremy, that gives me a lot more confidence to move on.

    Regards, Topsy

  57. Topsy May 5, 2015 at 9:55 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, I have found your article both helpful and stimulating and hope you can help/advise me.

    I am a ‘craftsperson’ looking to create a relatively simple blogging platform and website to show and hopefully sell my stuff as well as blog with other likeminded people. The important issues for me are to choose my own domain .co.uk name, without unwanted adverts, allow ‘admin’ email address, e-commerce facility, good support and support Facebook and Pinterest

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 5, 2015 at 9:57 PM #

      Hi Topsy,

      I think both Wix and Weebly can provide you with most of the tools you need. Both will enable you to create a blog, sell products online, and have your own domain name.

      One thing that makes Wix stand out a bit more is that they have an App in their App Market that allow you to create a Facebook store.

      We wrote about that here (towards the bottom of the discussion article).

      Hope this helps!


  58. Big Maq May 1, 2015 at 9:34 AM #

    Jeremy. Really like this and the other web builder comparison articles on this site.

    Overall, question: We’ve been asked by a variety of small businesses to set up a website for them. We are leaning to WordPress simply because it provides them long term flexibility/customization, as they mature in their online presence. Also, putting oneself in their shoes, it seems a business might prefer the wider availability of skills and the easier transferability of the code.

    Sure, Wix, Squarespace, and even Shopify make setup for a simple first time site easy, but not sure that would be wise for any business other than a mom and pop (and even then???). If we were to do this long term for them, not sure we wouldn’t run into a cul-de-sac at some point and find we need to (expensively) migrate from a web builder like Wix to something like WordPress anyway.

    Your thoughts?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 3, 2015 at 8:48 PM #

      Hi Big Maq,

      Thanks for your very sensible comment!

      I do agree with you that WordPress does offer a lot more flexibility over the long haul. But I think that is more applicable for people who have the time and patience to climb the steeper learning curve, to become code proficient in order to really take advantage of what WordPress has to offer.

      It’s also very applicable to those who have the financial capability to hire designers / developers (such as yourself) to help advise them on best practices, and help them build out and maintain their websites.

      So I guess what I’m saying is that it’s very situation dependent (just as what you observed). For those who don’t want to mess around with codes, drag and drop website builders are a very suitable solution, even over the long run.

      For those who aren’t afraid to climb the technical learning curve, or have the budget to hire help, then this really open up a lot of different options.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!


  59. Carolyn April 24, 2015 at 9:46 AM #

    The article and video were helpful. I’m building a website for a church. I’m thinking long-term as to which would be easier to maintain. This article gave me some good information.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 25, 2015 at 7:31 PM #

      Thanks Carolyn! Glad our discussion here has been helpful. Do share with us which website builder you went with if you do get a chance!


  60. Kirsten April 22, 2015 at 12:23 PM #

    Thanks! Great article and just what I was looking for to help me consider wheter I made the right decicion choosing wix as my platform. And Must conclude that I did according to the a
    I miss one issue though. SEO. Some people With insight in Googles search engines claim that the SEO works poorly on a wix site compared to wordpress. And that’s exactly why I considered changing from wix to wordpress. The coding should appearently be easier With wordpress.
    Did you do Any comparision on this matter?

    Best Regards Kirsten Adler

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 23, 2015 at 1:12 PM #

      Hey Kirsten,

      Thanks for your question. I’ve actually commented on the topic of SEO in my comments below a number of times.

      So just search for “SEO” and you’ll find some more discussions about this below


  61. Adolph Oosthuizen April 7, 2015 at 12:19 AM #

    This is the best review I have read in the last twenty two years.

    The following was very important to me “If you prefer to invest your time on other things outside of website building, Wix is the better solution for you”

    In my case I prefer to keep it plain and simple, therefor Wix will be the better option for me. I have other more important work to do than spending my time building and repairing Websites. Other users that only do Web designing for a living will have more reasons to prefer WordPress, and this is understandable.

    Many thanks for this article I have learned a lot in a very short time, this will save me time and money.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 8, 2015 at 6:35 PM #

      Hey Adolph,

      Thanks for your kind words! That means a lot.

      You’re absolutely right and I’m glad that you also agree with our observations. In the past, we’ve spent so much time troubleshooting our websites, and pretty much drove ourselves into a hole by not focusing on other aspects of our businesses (such as marketing, product development, etc). We were so focused on getting the website “perfect” that we neglected other important things.

      At the end of the day, we learned that each website is only a tool in our business (and it’s not THE business), and we only had 24 hours per day!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  62. vickie March 27, 2015 at 5:22 PM #

    It was a great article but you didn’t even go into the differences in SEO! I kept waiting for that part as I read and then your article was over! That’s the most important aspect of it for me and what I was researching. : (

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 28, 2015 at 2:58 PM #

      Hi Vickie,

      Thanks for your question. I’ve actually commented on the topic of SEO in my comments below a number of times.

      So just search for “SEO” and you’ll find some more discussions about this below


  63. Tony March 27, 2015 at 3:01 AM #

    Jeremy – this is an excellent article. I am helping our small foundation to redo our website ( I have no background in web design or coding).

    I managed to prepare a pretty good draft on Wix in one day – remarkably easy as you say however found the whole process on wordpress so much harder and am still no where near what Wix site looks like.

    One piece of help if you could – I believe I have found the answer but perhaps you can reassure me?

    Our website is hosted by a hosting company – am I able (on the assumption that I upgrade) to have the six website hosted by our hosting company and I assume by upgrading we remove the wix adverts. In addition do we use our own domain name i.e. ‘www.stefanoufoundation.org or is there a wix suffix/prefix anywhere? Need to avoid this.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 27, 2015 at 2:58 PM #

      Hey Tony,

      Glad you’re having fun with Wix!

      You can manage multiple Wix websites within one single Wix account. And if you upgrade to their plans, there won’t be any Wix advertisments on your site, and you can connect your own custom domain name to the website. So people won’t see that you are using Wix to build your website.

      Just bear in mind that when you upgrade your Wix plan, you need to upgrade them on a per website basis. So if you have 6 websites and you want all of them to be upgraded, you need to upgrade them one at a time.

      Hope this clarifies things for you.


  64. Lauren March 17, 2015 at 10:09 AM #

    I blog with WIX and have loved it. My real issue is connecting with other bloggers outside of WIX since most have chosen WP.
    I find that WIX has most apps for free where others are paying for or comparing plugins.
    The only other issue that I have with WIX is the lack of free range HTML but I have found so many other work arounds to getting what I need done.
    I would encourage others to give WIX’s latest blog platform a try (only been available for a few weeks now).

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 18, 2015 at 4:39 PM #

      Hi Lauren,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences of using Wix’s blogging platform! Sounds like you’re having a great time with it!


  65. Carmen March 15, 2015 at 8:39 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you for the wonderful resource. I am slanting towards wix, but as I am intending to purchase a few domains (variations of the same name) and point them to a primary domain that I will be building with wix. I wonder if wix supports redirection or mapping of a few secondary domains to the primary domain? If so, would this be considered under one price plan or many based on the count of the domains?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 16, 2015 at 3:08 PM #

      Hi Carmen – I’m not entirely sure, as I don’t think it’s a common thing to have multiple domains pointed to the same website.

      But if that’s what you want to do (perhaps the other domain names are branded), you can always “forward” the domain names to a primary domain name. You can do so with your domain name registrar (I know GoDaddy allows this).

      So if someone types in a domain name, or clicks on a link somewhere, then they will be forwarded to the primary domain name.


    • Nick April 13, 2015 at 1:25 PM #

      In response to your comment, I have been using wix for 3 years and yes, they do offer redirection and pointing to other domain names. Good luck!

      • Jeremy Wong
        Jeremy Wong April 13, 2015 at 3:42 PM #

        Thanks Nick!

  66. Joao March 11, 2015 at 5:14 AM #

    Thank you very much for your help.
    The only problem with WIX concerns acceptance with your domaine “dot name”. In my case, mydomainname.paris is not accepted so I will need to build my site on the WP !

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 11, 2015 at 11:26 AM #

      Hello Joao,

      Perhaps they will allow you to connect a .paris domain name soon! I know Wix is accepting a lot of different variations of domain names now, as you can see in this help article.


      • Joao March 11, 2015 at 12:12 PM #

        Many thanks, Jeremy, for your help. I will try to contact them ! Hope it works. Best from Paris,

  67. guest March 10, 2015 at 7:13 AM #

    With wix free plan, you can still forward your domain to your wix free site domain, right?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 10, 2015 at 3:21 PM #

      Hi there,

      With Wix, in order to connect your own domain name to the Wix website, you will have to subscribe to at least their lowest plan (which is the “Connect Domain” plan), which is $4.08 per month.

      You can see Wix’s pricing plan here.


  68. Stephen March 4, 2015 at 8:33 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    This article is incredibly useful, thank you very much for being so thorough and helping us all out so much!

    I am considering starting up a side business which I would need to develop a website that is user friendly while being able to sort through a wide assortment of archival material.

    I would like a simplistic design, and the closed system seems reasonable to me. I am leaning towards Wix however I was hoping to get your opinion if there is any other options that may be applicable to me.



    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 7, 2015 at 9:00 PM #

      Hi Stephen,

      Wix is definitely easier to use, much easier to use than WordPress. But it really depends on what you mean by sorting through archival material. If you mean just creating webpages for your content so that your visitors can find the material by visiting different pages, Wix can definitely do this.

      But if you mean some advanced sorting mechanism, Wix may or may not be able to offer that (it really depends on what you have in mind).

      Best if you sign up for a free account to test out if they offer you the tools to achieve what you want. If not, WordPress is a very powerful and flexible website builder as well. But it does have a much higher learning curve, and if you may potentially need to hire someone to help you if you are not technically strong to make certain changes to your site.


  69. Lilly March 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM #

    Hi Jeremy: I’m looking for a website builder on which to publish my research on a historical figure. All the website builders seem to offer templates for businesses, ecommerce/sales, photography, music, etc. I haven’t come across any web builders with templates geared more toward educational research which will require a great deal of text. I don’t want anything too fancy or frilly, and I am not technically savvy. Do you have any recommendations. Thanks. Lilly

  70. David February 28, 2015 at 3:57 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you for the article. I’m in the middle of a huge struggle choosing between the two. The cost seems to be an issue. Wix’s yearly cost with a domain name not by them starts to add up. Also from my researched, it seems that if you go through Wix you are required to host your site through them. Do you feel locking yourself into the Wix ecosystem is a good thing?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 1, 2015 at 7:48 PM #

      Hey David,

      That’s a very valid and fair concern.

      For your first point, consider what you’re paying for is the ability to access their support team directly. With WordPress, you won’t get much support unless you hire a WordPress developer to help you (a capable developer is not cheap by any means).

      Don’t get me wrong there are people who post tutorials out there, but you’ll have to scour through a lot of “noise” to find tutorials that might (or might not) be helpful.

      As for the Wix ecosystem – it’s something you’ll have to consider carefully (which you are!) Even if you used WordPress, you’re locked into their ecosystem as well. If you want to leave WordPress, it’s also challenging to migrate your site (but I suppose it’s a bit easier than wix, depending on how technical you are).

      I highlighted in the discussion above, that having a “closed” ecosystem has it advantages, such as having everything integrated and working.

      A good example is Apple products versus Microsoft platform. Everything that goes on the Apple platform has to be curated and thoroughly tested. So people know when you get something on the Apple platform, it will work.


      • David March 4, 2015 at 5:14 PM #

        Thanks for the response. After looking through both and reading through your analysis I actually went with Squarespace. Your website has been invaluable!


  71. Pavlina February 16, 2015 at 11:59 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I found your great article at the right time.

    WordPress vs Wix has been a big dilemma recently but I think I´ll go for Wix because of its non-complexity.

    I´m wondering if it would be possible to create and run a successful blog using Wix? I noticed Wix offers a few blog templates. Also what about Aweber and the integration with Wix?

    Thank you for your help.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 16, 2015 at 4:27 PM #

      Hi Pavlina,

      I think it’s achievable, but to be honest WordPress has much better blogging tools. But WordPress has a much higher learning curve, and you will need to adjust the codes to change your web design, or hire a coder to help you do that. So there are definitely pros and cons to each choice.

      Have you considered Squarespace? I think their blogging platform is a bit better than Wix’s blog functions. Here is our discussion on Squarespace.

      As for Aweber integration, you will have to insert the sign up box into your Wix website by using their HTML App. Once you have the sign up box designed in Aweber, they will give you some codes to insert into your website. Just insert it into the Wix HTML App.


  72. titnuj January 29, 2015 at 1:41 PM #

    thanks for this comparison !
    very helpful.

  73. Frank January 13, 2015 at 9:04 AM #

    Thank you Jeremy

    You’ve saved me an immeasurable amount of time with your reviews. I’ve looked at many of the sites mentioned – narrowing down the 2 best platforms for my situation namely Wix & WordPress. I have dabbled with Joomla & maybe its just me but I find navigating around (& editing content/themes) in Joomla much more straight forward but can see that WordPress seems to have a much bigger base.

    I find Wix by far the most superior for the easy drag & drop functionality. They also have a great App Store.

    However, the lack of an export function greatly concerns me & so I recognize that WordPress is the longer term strategy for me. (Not to mention potential cost savings in hosting etc). I found Weebly very easy to use, offers an export function but I was disappointed with an aspect I can’t recall – think I thought their e-commerce stuff was not as cost effective

    My attempts to date in finding a cost effective ‘drag & drop’ equivalent in the WordPress arena are tending me towards Elegant Themes.

    Just wondering if you would like to comment &/or have any plans for a similar series of comparisons within WordPress ie is there a Wix equivalent in the WordPress arena?

    Also just wondering if you plan to do a WordPress vs. Joomla comparison.

    Keep up the good work!


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 14, 2015 at 8:06 PM #

      Hi Frank,

      WordPress is built very differently than Wix (as you know), and I’m not aware of any WordPress programs that allow you to build sites as quickly and as easily as using a drag and drop builder such as Wix.

      As far as I know, Elegant themes only give you a lot of different templates, but if you want to move your content on your page around, it’s not easy and you’ll still have to modify codes to do that. Whereas with Wix, you just have to drag and drop (literally).

      So ease of use is definitely a plus with Wix!

      We don’t have any plans on discussion Joomla, as we haven’t had any working experiences with that platform. We started out not knowing anything about website building a few years ago and we started out just using drag and drop builders (such as Wix)!

      What I do know about Joomla is that it is powerful but you do need to be quite technical to use it properly.

      But maybe one day if we’re “good enough” and if we have a need, we can tackle Joomla 🙂


  74. Jon December 22, 2014 at 6:42 AM #

    The article has very good information. But, I think you’re leaving out the idea from is that Wix is for the bloggers out there, not a web developer that has to customize the backend platform for the blogger to use.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 22, 2014 at 8:22 PM #

      Hey Jon,

      You’re right. Wix definitely has a blogging function for those who want to use Wix to create a blog. All the functions are built into WIx so there is no coding / technical knowledge required and their blogging function is pretty easy to use.

      Having said that, WordPress definitely has a much more powerful blogging platform than Wix. It’s relatively easy to use as well when it comes to writing and posting blog articles on WordPress. But if you want to customize the design of the blog on WordPress, that’s where a lot of complexity comes in!


  75. Jennifer December 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I stumbled onto your site recently because I’m in the process of possibly revamping a small business website and building a 2nd one in addition. I have been looking at WordPress, however, my first website is through Wix. The only reason I’m looking at WordPress vs. Wix is because Wix seems to load my website very slowly and I’m also looking to see if WordPress will be better in terms of SEO. Any advice or suggestions? Thanks for all the great info you have posted!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 11, 2014 at 6:11 PM #

      Hi Jennifer,

      There may be a lot of factors why a website is loading slower than normal, and can range from how optimized your images are (large images slow down loading speed, no matter which platform you use), how much content you have on a particular page, the time of the day, how much traffic you are getting at that time, how much traffic is Wix getting at that particular moment (since you are sharing hosting services with other Wix websites), etc.

      So it’s really challenging to pin down the one and only cause.

      The same issue can be said of WordPress sites too. If you are using shared hosting then that can be problematic too (similar to Wix). You can definitely get dedicated hosting services (if you have a high volume / traffic site) but that can cost you hundreds of dollars a month.

      Wix recently announced that they are “revamping” their platform so that their sites will run faster than 95% other websites on the internet. They estimated that this will be launch right about now or early next year. We’ll see how that goes!

      WordPress do have more flexibility / freedom when it comes to finetuning your SEO efforts, but that doesn’t mean that once you build site then you will rank high. It takes a lot of effort to promote your site as well. If it was just build and rank high, then everybody will rank high! I wished it was that easy : )

      So while WordPress does let you do a bit more finetuning, at the end of the day, I think you also have to figure out how to effectively promote your website, your content, engage your visitors, get them sharing and talking about you to send search engines social signals that your site is useful to your visitors! It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!


  76. Adeola December 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you so much for this article. I found it extremely helpful. I am looking to move my domain and hosting services to something a bit more simpler and cost effective. I was looking between WordPress and Wix as I’ve heard so much positive and negative feedback about both. My website is just a simple blogging advice site where I would load videos, articles, and pictures. I need the capability of form requests/contacts/emails to answer users questions, concerns, etc and it looks like Wix is that answer. I’m moving away from a complicated hosting site which was difficult to use so again thank you for your feedback, it’s really appreciated! I’ll be back if I have any questions!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 9, 2014 at 7:35 PM #

      Thanks for sharing your updates with us Adeola.

      If you’re not really into the technical hosting options, and really just want to get down to building websites and content, then Wix is a good option to go with.

      But I have to say that WordPress is pretty good with creation of blogs (amongst other types of website), but again if technicalities worry you, then it’s not a bad thing to look for an easier solution.


  77. Laurie November 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM #

    I found your article extremely helpful. I believe we are leaning towards Wix since we are a two person shop. Other than normal maintenance for content we would rather worry about running the business and acquiring clients than having to worry about our website after it’s been created. We already have a domain name. Can we bring that with us to Wix and sign up for the free plan?


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 24, 2014 at 11:05 PM #

      Hi Laurie,

      I think that’s a good approach. A business is never entirely dependent on the website, as there are other (more) important business development activities that must take place in order to grow!

      As for domain name, if you have one already, you can just point / connect it to your Wix site. Here are some help documents from Wix to show you how to do that.

      However, note that in order to connect your own domain to a Wix site, you have to upgrade to at least their “Connect Domain” plan.


  78. Mario November 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    Right now this is literally my predicament. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist and have heard both sides between using WordPress vs Wix. I honestly don’t have the time and honestly the patience now for the learning curve regarding WordPress. However my concern is that with what I would like to do I don’t know if I can do this with Wix. Nothing too fancy just listing my specialties, blog, maybe a report to download, and email listing. Well maybe that is a lot, don’t know. My concern is the whole SEO Google search thing. What do you recommend?


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 20, 2014 at 6:06 PM #

      Hi Mar,

      It’s definitely not an easy decision and can be pretty paralyzing debating the pluses and minuses.

      Obviously the easiest solution is to pay someone to do it, but that’s another mountain of potential hurdles (interviewing, assessing, monitoring, managing, not getting what you want, etc).

      If you’re not looking for anything advance and complicated, just someone to list out your background, practice, blog, collect emails, then Wix can definitely do this for you.

      They have a new function called Wix Shoutout which can help you send out newsletters. Or you can use service providers such as Mailchimp or Constant Contact which Wix can fully integrate into its platform (they have apps for these newsletter service providers if you visit their App Market – more discussions here).

      Regarding SEO, it’s a beast to say the least. Everybody is competing for top rankings and if you don’t end up anywhere on page 1, then your chances of being discovered drops significantly. That’s why it might not be the most prudent to just focus solely on SEO since your entire geographic competition plus you are gunning for it.

      I’m sure you’ve considered other outreach programs using traditional direct mail, social media, etc.

      There will always be concerns whether a specific website builder is good for SEO or not. And the sad fact is that SEO is not magical that once a website is built then it will automagically appear on page 1 of any search engines! So each platform will have similar sets of challenges.

      My view is that it’s best to reach out and aggressively promote your website. So that people will start linking back to your website, which forms signals to search engines like Google that your site is worthy of being ranked higher.

      It doesn’t matter if you’re using WordPress or Wix. If you just build the content and stand still, nothing will ever happen!

      Hope this is at least a bit insightful!


  79. Avano Berlino November 18, 2014 at 7:42 PM #

    In WordPress, we use ‘sitename.com/wp-content/uploads’ to see the content of the site. So, how about WIX ?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 20, 2014 at 1:07 AM #


      You won’t get this with Wix. The way WP works is that all the uploaded images are organized in folders. You won’t have access to this in Wix (unless I’m missing something which I’m happy to know!)


  80. Danny November 11, 2014 at 11:15 AM #

    Great article! I am starting a simple social network that involves rating users that are divided into categories. Users can upload pics, videos, etc.
    I have been using wordpress so far with buddy press, but the learning curve is steeping and I find myself backpedaling. Ning is not a choice because I won’t own the content. Also, I’m a college student on a low budget.
    Any recommendations?
    Thank you!!!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM #

      Hi Danny,

      What you’re looking to accomplish is pretty advanced and so using WordPress is what I was going to recommend anyway (but yes I agree that using their tools can be a bit challenging in the beginning).

      None of the drag and drag website builders that we’ve discussed in this website will be helpful for you to create a community driven / social network website…

      The upside of using BuddyPress / WordPress is that once you get the hang of things, you’d be able to run your site with relative ease (hopefully!)


  81. Julian Ng November 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am just wondering whether these two can support responsive/adaptive website? I know these two support dekstop and mobile, but how about other devices that has different display?

    Also, is it possible for WordPress and WIX to feed from my LinkedIn posts?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 6, 2014 at 5:17 PM #

      Hi Julian,

      WordPress does have a lot of responsive themes, but as these are created by different developers, their support levels may vary. But in general, if you paid for a premium theme for WordPress, their support should be better.

      All of Wix’s themes are not responsive, but they do have a mobile editor to help you optimize your site for your mobile visitors. We have more discussions about their mobile editor here.

      Regarding LinkedIn, I’m not entirely sure if I understand your question? But Wix does have an App in their App market that helps you connect your Wix site to certain aspects of your LinkedIn account. Here is the support post from Wix about this.

      If you haven’t seen Wix’s App Market, we have more discussions here!


      • Julian Ng November 9, 2014 at 2:09 PM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        Thank you for your help.

        So my question: Is it possible if I posted article in LinkedIn it also be displayed in my website (for example LinkedIn bar?) using WordPress ? I hope my question is clearer.

        Kind Regards,

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM #

          Hi Julian,

          I’m sure there is a plugin for that for WordPress, but I haven’t had a need for this function so can’t quite point you in the right direction. Sorry!


  82. Dave November 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM #

    Thanks for the great article. I’d like to build an association site with a membership list and I’ve looked at Wix’s plug-in – looks great. However I know there’s going to be concern that members signing up are just giving away their information for Wix to use with third parties. Is this a concern?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 5, 2014 at 7:54 PM #

      Hi Dave

      Privacy is always a concern for everybody, but in this specific scenario, I wouldn’t be too concerned. One could argue the same thing every time a visitor submits information via the contact form!


  83. Dj-Garrikz October 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM #

    Hey Jeremy thanks i think i’ll use wix after i doen reading, but is wix able to make u have skipped pages on a Page as in you can skip from page 1 – 10 and can it allow peeps to subscribe to your website ??

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 20, 2014 at 2:35 PM #

      Do you mean if you can create a link of some sort and people can click on it to go to another page? If so, yes you can do that with Wix. Just click on the text link, or image, then hyperlink it to another page.

      As for subscriptions, what do you mean? Do you mean some sort of newsletter subscription? If so, you can add Mailchimp app to Wix directly through Wix’s App Market. Mailchimp, which is a newsletter service provider, will be automatically set up within your Wix site, which is simple.

      Wix’s App Market is quite powerful as it allows you to add different tools / apps directly to your Wix site and all these apps are tailored to work with Wix. Here is more discussion we have about Wix’s App Market.

      – Jeremy

  84. Kevin October 15, 2014 at 12:09 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,First of all great article! I have a couple of questions that I was wondering if you could assist me with. I recently made a website for my business using wix. I was told that wordpress is much more effective when using SEO. Is this true? I want my website to be ranked on the first page of google but I was told that i have a better chance of doing that with wordpress. How accurate is this?

  85. Audrey October 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

    As a user of Wix and WordPress, I agree that the simplicity of Wix is an asset. However, when working in teams, Wix is at a disadvantage because at this point only one person can be generating content on the site at a time. For someone working on a website alone, this would be fine, but when you have several people working on the site, Wix makes it very difficult because you can only have one computer signed into the site at a time. With WordPress, you can create multiple “users” who can post independently.

  86. Paulo September 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM #

    Thank you very much. You did help me to make my choice.

  87. Yasmin Simpson September 28, 2014 at 12:18 AM #

    Amazing review… Thank you so very much Jeremy

  88. shali August 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM #

    Hello Jeremy,
    Thanks so much for all your input! I am about to start building our website – and as you mention, it is a jungle out there and hard to know where to begin. We would also need email service. Given this, would you still recommend I use Wix and use something else for email? I currently have my domain name registered with godaddy and they do have email service, but, their overall offering is not as good as Wix. Any advise here would go long ways.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM #

      Hi Shali,

      Wix currently doesn’t offer any email services, but you can use Google Business Apps to create your own custom domain email address and take advantage of the Gmail interface (if you are a Gmail fan!)

      Alternatively, GoDaddy mail also works but I personally prefer using the Gmail interface for ourselves. Both will work just fine in terms of integrating with a Wix website.

      You can see some help documentation if you visit Wix’s support page and type in “email” in the search bar.

      The Google Business Apps for email does cost about $3 – $4 per month, which for us is worth the investment as we’re comfortable with the Gmail interface to help us manage our emails.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

      • shali August 17, 2014 at 9:06 PM #

        Thank you for responding! Further reading your website, I think squarespace with google business apps might be the best way to move forward. Would you agree? Squarespace is ranked much higher than Wix on your comparison chart and it is recommended in the red bar above. Also, is there a detailed comparison of Wix and squarespace (other than the comparison chart)?
        Thank you again.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong August 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM #

          Hi Shali,

          At the end of the day, it doesn’t hurt to sign up to Squarespace’s free trial so you can get your own hands on experience in working with them before making your final decision. That’s probably the most sensible way forward.

          Here is a discussion article comparing Squarespace and Wix.

          – Jeremy

    • Harry James August 20, 2014 at 2:43 AM #

      Hi Shali,

      Using Wix you can purchase email service from Google apps.

  89. Zach August 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM #

    Good read. I just signed up for Wix’s most basic annual plan and it’s working well. One question you may know: after the first year, do prices for another year’s renewal jump way up? I used Fatcow to host a previous website and edited it with WordPress which worked, but hosting costs there soared to over $130 a year after my first year was up which is more than I want to invest for a pet project.

    Thanks again!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM #

      Hi Zach,

      Wix’s pricing plans haven’t changed much over the past couple of years. But as you know, prices to change and usually it is to reflect additional services and tools that they introduce.

      But even if they increase the prices in the future, I suspect it won’t be by a substantial amount, especially if you sign up to their annual plans which is discounted compared to the monthly plans.

      – Jeremy

  90. Ajay August 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM #

    Hey Jeremy what are the limitations of wix in a free plan.
    One example is that I got to know that you get a free domain for only one year after that you have to pay.
    Do you know any more limitations like this.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM #

      Hi Ajay,

      Actually, you have to subscribe to Wix’s Combo plan and above in order to get a free domain from them.

      Some major limitations of using a free plan is that you can’t connect your own domain name address to the site, you would a Wix advertisement on your site, storage and bandwidth limitations, and no phone support.

      You can take a look at their pricing table here to see exactly what you will and will not get.

      – Jeremy

  91. Claire August 4, 2014 at 8:03 PM #

    Hi. Thanks for writing this blog it helps me alots!

    But well I have one question. And sorry in advance if the question sounds so dumb..

    1. Does the domain name need to pay again and again every year? If so, how come it can be less cost?
    2. When you see you will get pay back so the initial spending is not much of a problem since you will get cover and even earn more profit. I wonder how so?

    I have used Wix just the end of July and just published it on first of August 2014. I’m using free plan of course. I don’t really go with spend the money before even experienced it…
    Anyway, I aware that I want my own domain name. I am using this website to make my own portfolio (which will put a lot of art works and design, photos, videos, etc etc), and also make it as my blog (which I will write write write. Just whatever in my mind).
    Well, maybe it’s not a good idea, but I don’t know. Just feel that while have a space to show are portfolio, I also want to blog a bit. But simply blog also a bit too dull as there might not be lots of thing up all the time (I mean even share about the delicious lunch I have in a day, not like I will eat luxury everyday to have them all the time lol), plus if anyone view my blog I will also want them to look at my portfolio (after all showcase portfolio is also to get people to know me and maybe hire me to work on a project or to work in their company etc etc. )
    Therefore I come out of making it for both in one website (you can also called it as lazy maybe lol cause I really don’t want to run two or more website and pay for two or more package on it. After all I am still a student and don’t have income yet.)

    So, the initial payment, I am not sure but maybe I have to go with ultimate cause I will need lots of photos and video to put in. But how do you get profit? And when you say use the coupon they provide will earn even quicker, what is it mean and how it function then?


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM #

      Hi Claire,

      If you upgrade to Wix’s annual plans, you will receive a free domain for 1 year, then after that you will have to pay an annual fee to keep using the domain name. This is the same for all domain names, even if you purchase it off popular domain name registrars such as GoDaddy – you will have to pay an annual fee to renew and keep using it.

      The typical annual fee for using a domain name is about $10 – $15 per year, so it’s about $1 per month.

      In terms of making money off your website, I can’t really coach you through it as it is up to you on how you want to market and sell your products! Generally speaking, you should find a need in the market that needs fixing, and sell your solution to those people. There are a lot of online resources that will show you step by step on how to approach this!

      – Jeremy

  92. Rita July 25, 2014 at 12:45 AM #


    Thanks for the enlightening article on wordpress vs wix. My question is whether I can add affiliate links to wix websites or blogs. Also, can I make these websites or blogs created in wix SEO compliant for google ranking ?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM #

      Hi Rita,

      Yes you can definitely insert your own affiliate links. As for SEO, there is a really broad range of factors that determine how your site ranks in Google. There are a lot of resources covering this extensive discussion on the internet.

      But in general, getting good rankings on the internet takes a lot of persistence, and this principle applies no matter what website building platform you are using.

      – Jeremy

  93. revel July 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM #

    Thanks so much for this (and other comparative articles) article. I’ve found your writing engaging and very informative. Upon checking out Wix, I find I also agree with much of what you’ve said. This is a place I’ll come back to for more information. Cheers for the hard work involved in sharing with us!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM #

      Hi Revel – glad that you find our discussions helpful!

      – Jeremy

  94. Leslie July 14, 2014 at 5:41 PM #

    I found this to be so helpful!! Thank you!!! I had a WordPress Website with a friend and we ended up hiring someone to design the site for us. Money, time, and was not easy to use (for a couple of non-coding women).
    Fast forward I am looking to start my own blog and I came across Wix because I attended an event at their office space in NYC. I see that Wix is basically for websites, but mine will be a blog site and I’d like it to be interactive so I just want to be clear that a Wix site will serve the purpose.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 14, 2014 at 6:12 PM #

      Hey Leslie,

      Wix actually has some pretty good blog focused templates that you can find on their templates page. Just look for the “blog” category on the sidebar and you’ll find them. They look pretty good so give them a try (you can always just sign up for a free account to test them out!)

      – Jeremy

  95. Jayne July 10, 2014 at 3:49 AM #

    I found this post really useful. I have a Wix website but it doesn’t do the one critical thing I need and that is allow for paid membership access (my members will only pay a one-off fee not a subscription). Despite many emails over the past year Wix still send out the same message – that it is on the wish list. When we started our we got the impression it was going to be soon so started development but they still will not say when this will be available. As a result I am now having to move platforms.

    We were considering WordPress as they do have a plug-in that does exactly what we need but your review has made me think again as my web developer is not a WP expert. Any advice on where to go next would be very useful!!


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM #

      Hi Jayne,

      Wix does have a free membership app that you can add on to your Wix website. You can find it in their App Market (search for “member”)

      However, it doesn’t have any payment options built into this app, but it does have other membership gateway features.

      One workaround you may consider is to set up a PayPal or some sort of payment button on our site. Once a customer pays, and signs up to your membership portal, you can manually approve them (obviously only if they paid).

      It’s a bit of a manual workaround, but can be effective nevertheless!

      – Jeremy

      • Jayne July 11, 2014 at 2:59 AM #

        Hi Jeremy
        Thanks for the reply.
        I am doing exactly what you suggested at the moment but, as my business is low cost/high volume this will not be effective in the long term. It is also very basic with minimal options for tailoring the sing up form for your own business.

        I would be happy to stay with Wix if they gave me an indication of potential development dates as it will take some time to ramp up the business. As they won’t do this I can’t afford to take the risk! The more I look into this the more I am tempted to build a bespoke site so that I am not at the mercy of these major suppliers.

        Any other suggestions (from you or your readers) would be gratefully received.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong July 11, 2014 at 12:38 PM #

          Hi Jayne,

          I do have another suggestion that you can consider, if you prefer to stick with drag and drop website builders (versus investing a lot of time and financial resources to build a bespoke / custom website).

          You can consider exploring using Squarespace or Weebly, both which are drag and drop builders (so no coding, and low learning curve). Neither have paid membership gateway feature, but you can use Sentry Login, which is an independent membership widget that is compatible with both Squarespace and Weebly.

          It’s a few dollars per month, but I “think” you just have to insert a snippet of code into the website builder, and it will enable you to create a membership gateway on your site.

          Definitely worth checking out!

          – Jeremy

  96. Chriss July 7, 2014 at 2:24 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    First of all would like to say that this is a fantastic read and it is really helpful. Just 1 question.

    If I was to start a blog using a WIX website is their anyway to get the indepth and detailed statistics that WordPress has within WIX?

    Kind Regards,

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM #

      Hey Chriss,

      You can use Google Analytics to review your visitor statistics. It is probably as in-depth as you would ever need in terms of understanding how people are using your site.

      If you visit Wix’s support page, just search for “Google Analytics” and it will show you how to get it set up within your Wix site. It’s pretty straightforward.

      One thing to note is that it might take a day or two for Google to start to track your data. So just be patient and wait for the stats to come in!

      – Jeremy

  97. Bruce July 3, 2014 at 6:51 AM #

    Question…If i launched a WP website but now I want to switch over to Wix, can I transfer URLs? In other words, can I use the same URL I am using for my WP site, if I want to move over to Wix? Not sure if that’s possible. Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM #

      Hi Bruce,

      The URL structure between WP and Wix is quite different. So it’s quite challenging to have them match up.

      What you should be doing since I’m assuming you have your own domain name and you’re using a hosting service (since you are using WP?), is to setup 301 re-directs to permanently redirect all traffic from your WP pages to your Wix pages. So that Google knows that your old WP site and its pages are permanently moved over to Wix.

      Also, any visitors clicking on your old WP pages will automatically get redirected to your new Wix site.

      You can find out how to do 301 redirects from your hosting service’s support team.

      Best of luck!

      – Jeremy

      • Bruce July 8, 2014 at 2:58 PM #

        Hi Jeremy – Maybe I didnt phrase my question correctly. I created a WordPress blog and then paid a little $ to establish a custom URL. We didn’t even launch the site. But we have now decided that we like the Wix platform better, so we are creating a Wix site, and we want the URL to apply to the Wix site. So nobody is actually going to our WordPress site and I highly doubt it is showing up in Google searches. We just want people to find our Wix site when they type in the URL. Does that make sense? Am I still proceeding as you described a few days ago? Thank you!!!


        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong July 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM #

          Hi Bruce,

          I see what you mean. You are referring to your website address (your domain name). If that’s the case, it’s a much easier transition. You just have to point your domain name to your Wix site. You’ll find more instructions on how to do this in Wix’s Support Center. Just type in “Domain” and the tutorial will show up.

          – Jeremy

  98. Brandy June 27, 2014 at 9:19 AM #

    Thanks Jeremy,

    This was VERY helpful. I’m in the middle of creating my personal/professional website with WIX and it’s so easy to use. Unfortunately, for my old website I’ve had the typical never-heard-back from my old web developer for updates and I to have. I used Wix before and I decided to just create a new website myself and call it a day.
    Recently My friend thought I was crazy and I should use WP because I’ll be independent and flexible to manage my own site. I’m sorry but for years my gut instinct always told me that I didn’t want a ‘WP’ looking website. WIX has more contemporary, sleek & sexy looks they are totally USER-FRIENDLY.
    My friend then went on to say all this technical stuff about WP like plug-ins, etc. and I can hire developer in India really cheap….and I was like whoe…stop…that’s what I DON’T want, I’m too busy creating my business and don’t want to manage a website all the time.

    So I finally Googled WP vs WIX and read your article which I thought was more WIX biased but then at the end you explained your site is on WP b/c it worked for your needs. Thanks so much for clearly and unbiasedly explaining the pros & cons each.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 27, 2014 at 9:53 AM #

      Hey Brandy,

      Glad Wix is working out for you. It’s not my intent to sound biased but I think when I was writing this article, it really brought back a lot of memories from our own struggles a few years ago. We were once in your shoes as well, and so I can definitely relate to how you’re feeling.

      For us, after a few years of using different website builders, and after we got comfortable with technology and a bit of coding (just enough to do a few things!), our transition into WordPress was so much easier afterwards.

      But the comment about using different website builders for different needs is really true here. This website is more about sharing our experiences in a form of blog posts, so WP was the best platform for that.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with all of us!

      – Jeremy

      • Mark November 15, 2014 at 8:14 AM #

        I am a client of both but i must say I thought this was was very very (very) WIX centric; it was evident, even if subconsciously, in both what was and what was not mentioned as well as the different places in which bold was used to emphasis specific elements of WIX but did not give WP the same benefit.

        Entirely absent from this discussion was very much on SEO; WIX is notoriously terrible on SEO due to the construction of the new engine; if your site is very content centric ie blogs, WP is light years ahead. I do like their drag and drop and the ease of use but thats about it. As for all the widgets, you did not mention most of WIX’s widgets are 3rd party and cost you a few bucks every month – most good WP plugins I can still find for free (and never had a problem so far).

        No doubt WIX is good for non-developers, I still use it too; but I felt you sold WP really short.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM #

          Hi Mark,

          Thanks for your thoughts and I think it’s fair.

          I was trying to highlight that while Wix’s tools are not as flexible as advanced platforms such as WordPress, all their tools and content are “curated” by Wix and so all their tools will work well together, and if not, they’ll fix it.

          For WordPress, even though very flexible, there are good tools built by good developers, and there are also poor tools built by not so good developers, and really no one to “monitor” the quality of the developers.

          So the spectrum of helpful tools / services is quite broad here.

          For someone who is looking to build a good looking, functional website, while not investing a huge amount of time to learn codes, figuring out advanced platforms, climbing steep learning curves, or bother with hiring developers (there are good and bad service providers out there), Wix offers a very easy and attractive way for such users to build websites.

          But for sure, there has to be a good match between what Wix offers and what a user wants to build!

          Thanks for adding to this discussion!


  99. Chris Hazel June 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM #

    There is no doubt that WordPress is way more powerful CMS and website developer compared to Wix, but still it needs to improve on several aspects. The best way to do this is get the right plugins for each customized task you want. My only concern is that novice WordPress users like me don’t really know which plugins are beneficial for a particular platform.

  100. Miranda June 3, 2014 at 7:17 AM #

    Jeremy – Thanks so much! I am working on a new website for our company, as we currently have a WordPress site that just doesn’t seem as user-friendly for our clients as we need.

    One thing that you didn’t mention in your article that might be of interest to your readers (and I was a little surprised by once I started working on my Wix site) is the cost of the plug ins or apps for Wix. If you want true functionality, you do have to pony up some bones to do it. But, I have found that it’s worth it instead of spending hours upon hours sifting through WP plug ins hoping to find something that works.

    I also have had wonderful experience with Wix customer service as well as their app providers. Overall, I’m feeling confident that Wix is the way to go, and your article confirmed that for me. Thanks for a very informative and balanced review!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 4, 2014 at 7:18 AM #

      Hi Miranda,

      Thanks for your feedback, and adding to our discussion! We mentioned about some costing aspects of Wix’s apps in our Wix app discussion here.

      But you’re absolutely right, that one would have to pay a bit to be able to use the app. And I also agree with your view and experience that it is totally worth it especially when it comes to saving time (time is money, right?) and adding more functionality to a website!

      Sifting through WP plugins can be very tiring sometimes (we’ve been through that ourselves as well) and sometimes we’d rather spend our limited brain capacity to more productive uses!

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

      – Jeremy

  101. Robert Matthews June 3, 2014 at 5:04 AM #

    Extremely helpful in making a decision. If only every report I had to read was this clear….

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 4, 2014 at 7:14 AM #

      Thanks Robert! Glad you found it helpful!

      Do click on the social sharing buttons to share our discussions with others. You never know who you might be able to help along the way!

      – Jeremy

  102. Arri May 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM #

    What do you mean by WordPress is “more powerful” ? How/Why is it more powerful?

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong
      Jeremy & Connie Wong May 5, 2014 at 11:19 AM #

      Hi Arri,

      WordPress is a lot more flexible than Wix, and you can heavily customize it if you know what you are doing (good knowledge of codes, for instance) or if you hire a very capable WordPress developer. You can create very good e-commerce sites, membership sites, forums, blogs, portfolio sites, etc. The possibilities are almost endless.

      The only drawback for an “average” person looking to get a website up and running is that, WordPress has a much higher learning curve when compared to Wix. So if you don’t mind spending a lot of time learning and potentially a good amount of money to hire someone to help you with WordPress, then WordPress is a really attractive platform to use.

      But if you just want to get a website up and running, without having to spend much time learning how to use it properly (Wix’s drag and drop platform is quite easy and intuitive to use), or if you want to maintain full control of your site without having to ask, wait and pay a WordPress developer to make big and small changes, then Wix is a good candidate for you to consider using!

      Best way to forward is to sign up for a free Wix account and also try to set up a WordPress site yourself and you will be able to see what I’m referring to!

      – Jeremy

  103. Eileen April 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM #

    Thank you so much for this article. I am a graphic artist and I have had the same argument over and over again with various friends and “all-knowing friends of friends.” I found every sentence you wrote ABSOLUTELY 100% on target. WIX is by the far the most user-friendly and fully supported website builder I have found. Their fees are also so reasonable!
    Thanks again – keep up the good work!!

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie April 20, 2014 at 10:59 PM #

      Hi Eileen,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Do click on the social sharing buttons at the top or the left side of our articles – you never know who else you can also help along the way!

      – Jeremy

  104. Tara Eveland April 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM #

    Thank you for this article. I currently am using WordPress actually and I just don’t like it at all. I bought a theme that I thought I would LOVE for my photography site for wordpress, and its 4 weeks in and even the designer I hired is having problems with it.

    I want a clean, easy to navigate, easy for ME (having no coding experience at all) to update and add stuff to and not have to rely on my friend/designer for everything and keep paying her each time as well, although she gives me very kind prices.

    I think I am going to ditch the wordpress, and bite the $75 I spent on the Invictus theme and chalk it up to a learning experience. While those custom and premium themes look so grand on their demo, they are harder than hell to figure out and customize to how you want them.

  105. Monique March 22, 2014 at 12:16 AM #

    Jeremy & Connie, thank you very much for your article. Can you give a success comparison in terms of google search? Im a noob but have created my first personal website successfully with Wix and was very impressed. However.. my domain name is my name,a very unique one at that, when I google my name the website fails to make the first page!

    Would you recommend Wix for a Blog? My only concern is not being able to change templates or export content with Wix.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM #

      Hi Monique,

      I commented on WordPress and Wix SEO on one of the comments below (see May 20 2013).

      Not being able to change templates while preserving all your existing content, or exporting your site, are a couple of the drawbacks of using Wix (we also mentioned this in our Wix review). So if portability is very important to you, WordPress might be a good choice for you though its learning curve is much higher.

      You can also check out our comparison chart and you can see that Squarespace and Weebly do offer export functions and both have blogging functions.

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  106. Regina March 3, 2014 at 8:50 AM #

    Thanks a Lot!
    Your article was very helpful!
    I am so glad that I had found it!

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM #

      Thanks Regina! Glad you found it helpful. Be sure to click on the social sharing buttons at the top or to the left side of the article to share it with others! You never know who else can benefit from this!

      – Jeremy

  107. Philippa February 28, 2014 at 4:40 PM #

    This was so helpful!

  108. Sarah February 28, 2014 at 3:21 AM #

    Really great review! Thanx a lot!
    I am trying to figure out which builder to use in a project with six partners from six different countries.
    It has to consist of a main page with information about the project – in English. But the partners need pages, respectively, and in their own language.
    Do you know if it is possible that different nationalities maintain their own page in their own language preferably in Wix? Or WordPress?
    Thank you so much.
    /Sarah, Denmark

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie March 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM #

      Hi Sarah,

      I don’t think Wix has that function, to allow access from multiple users while working on their own webpages in different languages. This is possible with WordPress as WP allows you to create multiple user profiles so that each user can log in to make edits. When they are creating their own pages, they can create them in different languages.

      – Jeremy

  109. Nina S. February 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM #

    Great article! So glad I found it. This is exactly what I was looking for. My question is – which would you recommend for incorporating a ticket buying platform like EventBrite?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 26, 2014 at 6:32 PM #

      Hi Nina,

      I’m not entirely sure actually. If EventBrite gives you a snippet of code to insert, you can use the HTML element to insert into Wix.

      For WordPress, you may want to check if EventBrite has a WordPress plugin.

      – Jeremy

  110. Kate February 17, 2014 at 8:05 AM #

    Thanks so much for the great review!

    I’ve been playing around with both wix and wordpress so years and I can’t decided whether to ditch my old wordpress blog and use the new wix integrated blog, or if I should make my wordpress feel more like a website and ditch my wix!

    Do you think there is any merit to having a website that is searchable within the wordpress framework? Do you get more hits, are you more searchable if you’re wordpress?

    Ultimately, I think I can manipulate wix much better but I had a re-enter lots of blog posts into my wordpress when I decided to get rid of squarespace and I wouldn’t like to do it again!

    Thanks so much!


    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM #

      Hi Kate,

      My personal opinion is that while WordPress is a bit better in terms of framework, just because it is better doesn’t mean the website will be automatically discoverable by searchers using search engines such as Google. If that was the case, then everybody deserves to be on page 1 search results across all search engines! Wouldn’t that be easy!

      I think the biggest part on boosting your search engine rankings is creating really good, helpful and valuable content (whatever your site is about), helping others, and promoting your site to those who need your help, and also to bigger authority sites. The whole point is that those who you help, will tell others about you, and also the bigger authority sites may link to you since they find your site / content helpful to their readers / audience.

      There are a lot of different websites covering this topic so I won’t get into it too much. But in my view, consistency in creating valuable content and promoting them will be very helpful. If just having a good framework is the key to high rankings, then there will be no such thing as high rankings as everybody would deserve to be on top! Hope this makes sense!

      – Jeremy

      • Kate February 19, 2014 at 2:06 AM #

        Thanks so much for the reply Jeremy. That definitely makes sense!

        So, provided you put proper work into developing your content, do you think wix is just as good as wordpress? Or will the framework of wordpress help in some way? Maybe it will only help a little?

        • Jeremy & Connie
          Jeremy & Connie February 19, 2014 at 6:31 PM #

          Hi Kate,

          I wished I can give you a concrete answer with confidence! At the end of the day, it’s so hard to tell what search engines will do, and how they rank your website. Some will say WordPress will give you the best chances, but pretty tough to slap a guarantee on that one!

          Wix’s designs and ease of use does make it very compelling to give them a shot. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of testing things out!

          – Jeremy

  111. debra February 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM #

    Great and informative article. Thank you. I have s brand new wix site set up with my blog on it. Do you know if the blog on wix is as good as using wordpress? I have researched this a bit and get conflicting info. I have heard though that it is better to keep your blog on your main site for traffic purposes which makes sense. But is wix blogging as effective to reach a large audience? So far I am a bit frustrated with the limitations on customizations on the blog. For example, i cant seem to get my photo blogs to look the same across different browsers, yet the rest of my site maintains it’s integrity. Weird. Any advice or info?
    Thanks so much,

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 9, 2014 at 7:19 PM #

      Hi Debra,

      I think that from a functionality and features perspective, WordPress blog is definitely much more superior than Wix. With WordPress, you can show your visitors which blog posts are most viewed, you can insert all sorts of sidebar widgets, etc.

      However as you pointed out, some users may prefer to keep the blog and the website together. In general it’s always preferable to keep your visitors’ overall website experience consistent.

      So it’s a toss up…. if you want more advanced features if that is important for you, I’d suggest WordPress.

      – Jeremy

  112. Joe Bentzel February 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM #

    Thanks. Very professional writeup and recommendations.

    Do you have an recommendations regarding white label social network platforms, e.g. Ning?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 9, 2014 at 11:32 AM #

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks! I heard that Ning is a very good platform to use if you want to build a community similar to a social network platform. I’ve never tried it out myself so I can’t quite comment (perhaps others reading can add to this discussion?)

      – Jeremy

  113. Mary February 6, 2014 at 4:39 AM #

    Wow….What a great article..!!!
    I too am new to the whole website building arena and am not technical nor do I have the funds to pay a developer to use Word Press. My question is…..Can you create a website in Wix and then move it to Word Press??? How does the whole changing hosts work with website builders???

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

      Hi Mary,

      Unfortunately there isn’t a way to migrate a website from Wix to WordPress. I’m only aware that Squarespace has the ability to export its pages into WordPress. So this makes Squarespace a bit more flexible down the road, if you do plan / consider moving to Squarespace. Check out our review on Squarespace here.

      – Jeremy

  114. Jibar January 31, 2014 at 9:19 AM #

    Great Review! I

    I personal use both wix and wordpress for my online businesses. As for wix, it was great because it was low cost and I’m horrible with computers but still managed to create a decent website almost overnight all by myself!

    As for wordpress my business partner invested a lot of money into hiring a developer almost 3 months ago and we still don’t have the site up and running. Im hoping that our wordpress site is out of this world once it’s launched because a lot of money went into it. But now I’m worried that we’ll have to pump more money into it since wordpress sites require alot of maintenance and both myself and my partner are not coders.

    Anyway I’m going to hold my judgement for now, because I still haven’t seen what our wordpress site can do. But for beginners looking to invest minimal time and effort into creating an awesome site, I would suggest wix. Wix is alot of fun and a great way to learn!

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie February 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM #

      Thanks for sharing Jibar! I think you hit the nail right on the head, in that while with WordPress you can have a lot of customization options, but for those who don’t know much code / programming, hiring a developer is very common and this can lead spending more money and time into creating something that you may have to keep hiring the developer to maintain and update from time to time. And, the scariest part is that you never know what you’re going to get from the developer!

      While the end result may be very customized and superior to what Wix can do, it’s a matter of preference as to whether the user (such as yourself) is willing to lay out time and financial resources.

      With Wix, if suitable for your website objectives, can be used to launch a website very quickly and cheaply. For sure, it may not be as powerful as WordPress, but if it works for what you need, it’s a great choice!

      – Jeremy

  115. Dave January 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM #

    Great analysis between WordPress and Wix – Just getting started in eCommerce web design and found this analysis spot-on for my decision making process – Thanks Jeremy

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM #

      Glad we can be helpful Dave! – Jeremy

  116. Daniel January 27, 2014 at 1:04 PM #

    Do you think that Wix will provide something like Optimizepress for clients that want to create member portals, etc.?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM #

      Hi Daniel,

      Wix has an App Market in which you can add a membership login function to a Wix website. We have a review on their App Market here. Go to their App Market and search for “Member Login” and you will find a free add-on for Wix sites!

      – Jeremy

  117. Lee Solon January 7, 2014 at 10:09 PM #

    Hi, Can you edit your content once it has been published?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 8, 2014 at 7:33 AM #

      Hi Lee,

      Yes absolutely you can! You can edit your content as much and as often as you want after you initially publish your website.

      – Jeremy

  118. Jason Roberts January 1, 2014 at 10:18 AM #

    Thank you for the well balanced input on these 2 platforms. How is SEO and social connectivity for WIX compared to WP? Also, if SEO is a concern, it seems like the huge WP community would be a large benefit for this. Please advise – thanks.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie January 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM #

      Hi Jason,

      I commented on WordPress and Wix SEO on one of the comments below (see May 20 2013).

      As for social connectivity, I haven’t heard or tested this extensively. I know for WordPress it has a lot more plugins that are social media related, such as adding floating social media bars. But I’ve also seen people use “non-Wix” floating widgets and insert them into their websites to encourage more social media activities.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  119. Terrie December 19, 2013 at 9:54 PM #

    Hi, Great info. This is exactly what I was looking for. I have been designing a few websites as “trials” before I actually buld one and publish it. I have tried wix and I am almost finished with my own website. I have learned more and more as I go. However, here is my question: I am researching which to use: wix or wp for a real estate investment company. The client is asking for idx to be able to use on it. (it’s like mls). I really like wpexplorer.com which is a wordpress site builder and it even has the idx on one of the tabs of the theme I like! I would rather build a wix web site, but I am not sure if I can utilize this item. Would you know the answer to this?


    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie December 21, 2013 at 5:58 PM #

      Hi Terrie,

      I’m not familiar with IDX but if it functions like a widget, perhaps you can embed the widget into a Wix site through Wix’s HTML embed function.

      But if the site needs unique capabilities, WordPress is definitely a much more flexible option going forward though as discussed in the article, it has a much higher learning curve.

      – Jeremy

  120. Brian November 14, 2013 at 2:47 AM #

    Most helpful, many thanks.

  121. Karen November 6, 2013 at 7:57 AM #

    Your article was well written and organized and helped me clarify the pros/cons of using WIX and WordPress. Being a one person operation, I do not have time to worry about technical or every little detail in web performance. I did try WordPress but my developer was not a programmer so many of my images did not show up or were cut off and he did not have the knowledge to fix the issues.

    Then I hired a custom web developer who really did not know what he was doing and the site is currently “hung up” in cyber space.

    A friend introduced me to WIX and it looks like the money will be well spent. I may need a little customization but will get the site up and then hire one of their designer from the WIX arena to do that if I need to upgrade.

    Thanks again for a great article and the diligence and organization you put into it.

    Karen Hawkins
    Compass Exhibits & Design, Inc.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie November 6, 2013 at 9:48 AM #

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. WordPress definitely has a much higher learning curve and at the end of the day, is much more flexible and powerful than Wix. The trade off as you pointed out, is that you will need to invest a lot more time and financial resources into creating something you want.

      Based on what you shared, that you are only a one person operation and have to allocate a lot of your time to other matters, I think using a drag and drop website builder (such as Wix) is definitely a strong consideration.

      Thanks for adding to this conversation!

      – Jeremy

  122. Tiffany November 3, 2013 at 12:39 AM #

    Hi! Thank you so much for your article. I started building a Wix website awhile ago. I am currently trying to decide whether I want a WordPress blog to be part of my Wix website or who I should use for my blog. I suddenly wondered if Wix has their own blogging function. I found this but am very confused because all of your comments in this section related to this, including the one from just a couple of weeks ago say that Wix doesn’t have a native blogging function. Older comments say they will have one soon. Is this link to the new blogging function that they have? If so, is it as good as Blogger in your opinion? As an artist, I feel that having a Wix blog and website would be the easiest for me. Thanks so much for your help!

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie November 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM #

      Hey Tiffany,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Yes, Wix now allow you to create your own blog (recent feature addition) and I mentioned it in our Wix Review post in the comments area.

      In the past, you had to either us one of Wix’s apps add-on’s to create a blog, or you had to create a separate blog site. But with this new blogging feature, it allows you to create your own blog within the Wix site, which is a much needed and welcomed feature!

      I would encourage you to use it, so that your visitors don’t have to jump to another site to see your posts, and also that you can manage everything within your account (versus managing 2 sites).

      – Jeremy

      • Tiffany November 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM #

        Hi Jeremy! Thanks so much for getting back to me. I guess I jumped the gun, I am reading the Wix Review right now, and would have eventually have gotten to the comments. I appreciate knowing your thoughts about the Wix website and blog. Cheers!

  123. Barry October 23, 2013 at 8:32 PM #

    For WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and others there is an awesome program called Artisteer found at www .artisteer. com that helps build templates and even allows you to design all of your pages using an almost WYSIWYG type setup and import the pages as content. For those that are inexperienced its a Great starting point. In reality its made for web design companies to be able to easily make templates for their customers. I have found the code to not be as clean as I would like but it still does a great job.

  124. Andrea October 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM #

    curious if you know how wix and wordpress compare when it comes to SEO and google-friendliness?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie October 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM #

      Hey Andrea,

      I commented on WordPress and Wix SEO on one of the comments below (see May 20 2013). Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

      • Angela August 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM #

        Hi Jeremy, great article. Thank you so much for that. I have a question. Where does Wix sit on SEO and sitelinks for Google? Are they ok? I do not want to build on the wrong site. If there is a better user friendly site you would recommend, please do.

        I did read the May 20th post FYI but specifically would like to know your thoughts on sitelinks too.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong August 15, 2014 at 3:06 PM #

          Hi Angela,

          When you say “Sitelinks” are you referring to the webpage URL / address structure for Wix? If so, then Wix probably doesn’t have the best structure.

          Squarespace on the other hand, allows you to customize your webpage address so that your webpage URL doesn’t necessarily have to be the same as your page title (which most website builders do).

          Check out our review on Squarespace and look under the SEO section and we have more discussion there.

          – Jeremy

  125. Nikky October 5, 2013 at 3:31 PM #

    THANK YOU for this informative article!

    I’m sort off in a cross road at the moment and wanted to get your feedback on which way to go [I’m one of those people that second guess sometimes 🙂 ].

    I’m trying to build a personal website with blogging capabilities (I think one of the comments here says wix has a limitation on blog posts?) As an actress/freelance journalist I want to be able to post videos and articles, but also want to be able to blog. Would Wix do the trick?

    For a restaurant with several chains that just wants to post articles and updates and ability for customers to place orders, will wix do the trick?

    I also read here that in the future if a person needs a more flexible site, they will have to start over since wix is limited to its offering. What then happens to the domain name? Or how would you switch or close site with wix.

    Thanks again for this article and hope I haven’t overwhelmed you with questions.


    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie October 6, 2013 at 11:17 AM #

      Hi Nikky,

      Wix currently doesn’t have a native blog function. They can integrate Tumblr or Blogger feeds, but it’s not an ideal solution for most people.

      I think there are a few Q&A’s below this comment about the blogging function of Wix and some available alternatives (including separating the blog from the main Wix website). You might find those insights helpful. While Wix can help you create a nice website, their blogging function is definitely lacking a bit. But have a read through our discussion below, which can help supplement this shortfall of Wix’s.

      As for domain name, once you pay for it you own it. So if you switch to another web builder or host, you can just adjust the domain name server (DNS) and point it to the new host and it will work with your new website. It sounds a bit technical but it’s actually a very simple process and there are plenty of great tutorials on how to do this that are provided by domain name registrars or webhosts.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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

  126. Henrietta September 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM #

    Thanks this was a very helpful article.

  127. Yoav August 21, 2013 at 6:27 AM #

    Great article- just what i have needed at this point.

    Reading through one can understand that going beyond a regular site, might face some limitation using Wix.
    We need a static regular site for that Wix would probably be Ok.
    But we also want some parts to host a NET application on the same site. For example a web application that will allow some form workflow with user authentication – a typical NET web site.
    This is expected to be part of the site .
    Can that be done with Wix?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie August 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM #

      Hi Yoav,

      If you are planning on integrating an advanced form of widget / application, I’d probably say you should go with WordPress. WP is much more flexible and also they have a lot of qualified developers that can help you with that.

      While Wix is a great drag and drop builder, and can produce beautiful websites, they are slightly limited when it comes on bolting on external widgets.

      – Jeremy

  128. John Mountford August 15, 2013 at 4:15 AM #

    Hi J&C,
    Great post! Great feedback from yourselves!

    I already have a WordPress.org site hosted by Bluehost. I have taken the time to learn the basics of WP, and have also researched a lot of other drag and drop site builders such as Headway, Builder and Ultimatum, all of which are WP compatible. However I stumbled across Wix and tried out their free site: as easy as pie to build, especially after having had to learn WP (I don’t write code – just how to use the basic dashboard!).

    I need a blog and a website – WP blog templates are great and easy to use, but trying to build a customized website is hell on WP without using a paid website building package like the ones I mentioned above.
    Wix is great as a website builder, but its blog function is limited to a certain number of posts (is that right?). If you want an effective blogging tool, you have to pay a lot extra for it on Wix.

    My question is:
    Should/can I keep my WP site for my blog, Bluehost as my host, and Wix as my website? It sounds complicated to me. Will I lose out on SEO by having my blog and website on different URL’s?

    Wow, I think I have confused myself! Hope you can unravel all that for me, and anyone else with a similar problem.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie August 15, 2013 at 4:25 PM #

      Hey John,

      You can definitely keep Wix as your main site and WP as your blog, and what I think you can do, is give your blog a subdomain and Wix will use your main domain name. For instance, if your main domain name is johnmountford.com, maybe your blog can be blog.johnmountford.com.

      This way, I suspect the search engines will recognize that the two are under one “umbrella” so to speak. But how exactly we can measure the impact, only the search engines will know!

      – Jeremy

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

  129. Sophia August 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM #

    Awesome article – been debating back and forth for weeks – Wix it is!

  130. Jasmin July 31, 2013 at 11:46 AM #

    Hello, I have found this article very helpful. I currently am using wordpress but am not technical at all and very busy and do not have time to learn wordpress or money to pay to have someone assist with building my site. I really think Wix or another website builder platform is for me but am still slightly confused after reading the comments. According to article and comments WordPress is more customizable than Wix. In your opinion and experience, can someone operate a small business and generate a lucrative income using a website builder. Thanks in advance for your response!

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie July 31, 2013 at 12:44 PM #

      Hey Jasmin – thanks for your feedback. I think you definitely can. Keep in mind that the website is just a tool, and what really makes your business work or not is how you approach it, your strategy, how you drive traffic to your website, how you market / present your product, and of course, the quality of your product. These are just some important considerations and there are many more that I haven’t mentioned.

      So building a website, although important, is just one piece of the puzzle. Using a website builder (such as Wix, Squarespace, Weebly etc) can create a great website (although you can’t manipulate it as much as WordPress), but it can do the job.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  131. Melissa July 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM #


    Thanks for the great article!

    I currently have a WordPress blog with a free template, tools, etc. I’m not super happy with the design, but I really don’t have the time and resources to learn WordPress development.

    I’m not sure if Wix would be right for me though, b/c it seems to be more geared towards websites, not blogs. I’m seeing a lot of confusing information in the Wix forums about using different editors (html vs Flash), pulling in Blogger and Tumblr feeds, an “Easy SEO blog” Wix app…but I’m not seeing a lot of positive responses to any of those options.

    What are your thoughts?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie July 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM #

      Hi Melissa,

      WP definitely has a much steeper learning curve, but it is much more flexible and powerful if you get a hang of things. So it’s a question of whether you like to commit time to learn it, and if you want to spend money to hire professional help to help you customize it. Keep in mind that it won’t be a one-off expense to customize it as there will be ongoing upkeep / maintenance as WP upgrades.

      As for Wix, they don’t have a “native” blog function yet but they will be releasing one soon (based on their Support Center update). Currently, what you will have to do is set up your blog on Tumblr or Blogger and feed in your blog articles (you can find more help on this in their Support Center).

      If blogging is a big thing for you, you may want to consider looking at Squarespace (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-review/) or Weebly (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-review/). Both have decent blogging functions (but nothing as powerful as WordPress of course). Their blogging functions are “native” to their web builder and those two builders are excellent.

      As for HTML vs Flash, historically, Wix has been a flash website builder. That was the “flavor” a few years back and now people are transitioning out of it. So Wix is now 95%+ HTML5 which is the most up to date. So it’s not really a flash website builder any more.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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

  132. Drew July 23, 2013 at 3:34 PM #

    This really all comes down to what your needs are. If you need what Wix offers (simplicity, support, drag-drop templates), then it’s fine. However, if you need anything customizable, or if you need to do anything like integrating with third-party services or systems, or if you want to get serious about your search engine rankings, or if you want to have a site that you can move to another host at will, WordPress may serve you better.

    In my estimation, Wix is fine for a personal website, but if you’re trying to run a business you may eventually bump into some tool or function you want to do that Wix doesn’t offer, and since it’s a closed system, you won’t be able to do anything and you won’t be able to go elsewhere without starting over. Wix templates may look good, but the way they work under the hood is considerably different than anything else on the web. The open-source nature of WordPress means there may already be code out there (likely free or cheap) that does what you want, and if not, any PHP developer can build it for you.

    Yes, WordPress may require a little more maintenance and know-how, but if your web presence is of major importance to you, that’s knowledge you should be gaining anyway. Sometimes doing the job properly means learning to use the tools or getting a professional to do it for you, particularly for a business. I mean, if you were opening a traditional brick-and-mortar store, you wouldn’t scoff at hiring an architect and a construction crew to build the place just because you can put up a pre-fabricated shack yourself, right?

    So if looks and ease of setup are your #1 concerns, consider Wix. If you think you may need more than Wix offers (now or in the future), you might stick with WordPress or any other open-source CMS instead.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie July 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM #

      Absolutely agree with you Drew. Choosing the right website building platform is a very personal choice, and at the end of the day, it really depends on needs and resources. What you need to get out of the website, and what type of resource you have (time and money).

      Wix is a great solution, yet it definitely has drawbacks. Same goes for WordPress or any other open source CMS!

      Thanks for adding to the discussion!

      – Jeremy

  133. alysia laughing rain July 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM #

    I like the tutorials on Wix. just finished putting up a Wix website, and I am by no means quick when it comes to building a website. I kept going outside the grid lines and Wix popups gently told me so. that was funny and helpful.
    I have a question: some years back my daughter build me a website with Java and I paid for a domain name but I let the site go down as couldn’t justify paying for it yearly after I stopped working.

    Is the domain name still owned by me? the name was Laughing Rain.com. in other words, can you take a paid for domain name, even though the website is down for nonpayment, and use that domain name on Wix or any other free website building place? it doesn’t matter really. I don’t understand what I’m purchasing exactly if I did the cheapest plan which involves registering a domain name.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie July 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

      Hi Alysia, – to maintain ownership of a domain name, you need to pay an annual fee. This is completely separate from paying Wix (or any other website builders) for their website building services. So domain name fee is separate.

      As long as you have been paying for the domain name, you should still retain ownership of it. If you haven’t been paying for it, your ownership may have expired. Best to check the domain name registrar that you got it from initially to see if it’s still yours. If not, check to see if someone else picked it up and if not, you can pick it up again.

      Once you have it, you can point the domain name to your Wix website (keep in mind that you will have to sign up for a premium plan with Wix in order to connect your domain name to the site).

      – Jeremy

  134. Adele June 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM #

    Thank you both for taking so much time to explain the differences. I need to build a website for a holiday cottage rental, I still have to look into whether Wix offer the online booking plug in. If they do I would certainly chose them. In reality, people who run small businesses don’t need the extra hassle of learning coding; as long as the theme they pick has all the functions and looks as good as the Wix themes, it makes sense.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie June 24, 2013 at 12:51 AM #

      Hi Adele – I actually think Wix has an App that you can plug into your Wix website to manage vacation rentals. If you didn’t know, Wix has an Apps market where apps can be fully integrated into Wix websites.

      We wrote a review on it here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-app-market-review/ – just search for “booking” and you should find the App to check out.

      – Jeremy

  135. Chel June 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM #

    I really appreciate the both of you and all your help. I’m in the process of building a weebly website and after reading your different reviews i’m thinking about making it a weebly-bluehost account.

    but i have a question… do you have any reviews or comparisons on weebly vs. wordpress? some of my friends are trying to convince me to set up a wordpress website, but im really not into all that complex stuff. i just love the simplicity of weebly. but i’ve been told that those sites do better in search engines and in promoting/advertising one’s business. what do you think?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie June 17, 2013 at 11:44 PM #

      Hey Chel – You’re very welcome glad you found our articles helpful.

      We do have a Weebly vs WordPress review – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-vs-wordpress-whats-the-difference/

      WP is definitely more complex than Weebly, but it is more flexible and powerful if used properly. The learning curve is a lot higher, and most people end up hiring developers at some point to help them customize certain things on WP sites. So the cost could be higher too.

      With regards to SEO (search engine optimization), read the comment section as I addressed it there. hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  136. Melissa June 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM #

    Thank you so much for writing this detailed comparison! So incredibly helpful. This is just what I needed to read as an artist who manages her own website with only occasional help. Thanks for breaking it down so clearly and concisely.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie June 7, 2013 at 7:14 AM #

      Glad you found it helpful Melissa. Hope this will save you some time in research!

  137. Laura Eddy May 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM #

    I cannot thank you enough for your clear excellent reviews, I am trawling through the mire of choosing a website builder having been left in the lurch with a Word Press Website and being completely unable to update or change anything. I have realised now after reading your article that I am not unimaginably thick I am just not technical enough to be able to manage the WordPress site alone.

    I know know that my gut instant to go with Wix is probably the best move for me.

    What a revelation for me.

    Many Many Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie May 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM #

      Hi Laura – thanks for sharing. Glad we can be helpful!

      – Jeremy

  138. Craig May 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM #

    “Further, you will likely need to purchase a theme since WordPress doesn’t come with attractive free themes.”

    Untrue, WordPress has thousands of FREE themes! And there is no cost for setting up WordPress.

    “If you want to add more functionality to your WordPress site (such as fancy slideshows, widgets, etc), you can install some free or paid plugins which may cost around $15 – $50 per plugin, again depending on the reputation of the developer.”

    25,034 FREE plugins and counting and most are very reliable.

    “Wix – less maintenance and lower cost over the long term”

    Not true at all. WordPress is 100% completely free. With free templates and free plugins, you don’t have to buy anything from WordPress.

    You didn’t mention anything about the SEO factor. WordPress is pretty much king of SEO. Google loves it’s source code structure and don’t forget that about 22% of websites on the internet are run on WordPress.

    And over 65 million WordPress sites are out there.

    Wix might be more convenient but WordPress is better in the long run especially if you are a business owner trying to get a website out there.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie May 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM #

      Hi Craig,

      Thanks for sharing and contributing to this discussion. The targeted audience (our readers) are mostly new comers to website building, and they may not have the necessary technical knowledge, the time, and the patience to learn WP. We don’t deny that WP is a much more powerful and flexible platform (we use WP ourselves), and our conclusion is that each person needs to consider their own time and resources when determining which way to go.

      I think our main point is that while there are a LOT of free plugins and themes, at least in our own experience, a lot of them are poorly coded and lack support (which is completely understandable since they’re free). Free themes are great, but if you want to customize it, for someone who’s new to website creation that does not have time (since he/she is running a small business, for instance), it’s a daunting task especially if time and monetary resources are limited.

      In our experience (and hence we inserted in our review), we’ve had great experiences purchasing themes from the likes of WooThemes (quality of the template, code, services, etc). There are also a lot of cool paid plugin vendors out there that produce very high quality plugins. No doubt, there are good free plugins out there as well, but for someone new to the website creation world, it’s going to be tough sorting through all the plugins to know which ones are good in terms of functionality, and code quality.

      Our point about maintenance and cost over the long term, assumes that the reader will have to hire a freelance designer to help them create and maintain the website (bearing in mind our targeted readers are “newbies”). When we first got into websites a few years ago, we hired someone to create our first WP site (it was an e-commerce site), we outsourced it to India and we ended up investing about $2,500 – $3,000 to create a very customized site (not just a plain vanilla blog). It was a very good site and very functional as well and we never regretted investing the money and time in selecting the right developer (which took a long time by the way, at least in first time doing this).

      We’ve since learned how to build and customize WP ourselves, which took a long time, which our readers may not have the luxury of doing so.

      But you’re absolutely right about Google liking WP from the perspective of SEO, but this doesn’t necessarily mean website builders can’t rank well either (not saying you implied that either). When we built websites using Weebly (not Wix), we were able to rank Weebly sites very highly on page 1 of Google search results on some competitive terms. So at least in our experience, while using WP helps for SEO, it is only a “small” part of it. Just sharing our own experience 🙂

      Thanks for contributing!

      – Jeremy

  139. Nicki May 18, 2013 at 7:45 AM #

    Very informative article! I learnt a lot as I’m just a beginner in the whole website building world.

    I recently purchased my domain above and was under the impression that a website builder was bought separately from the host. Wix looks like it may be my individual preference…am I able to still use them as a builder without using their hosting services?

    Thanks for your time! Really like your articles

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie May 18, 2013 at 8:05 AM #

      Hi Nikki – thanks for your compliments!

      For Wix, if you want to use their drag and drop website builder, you will also need to use their hosting service. This is mainly because their website building technology only works within their hosting environment.

      They provide hosting as part of their plans and as I mentioned in our Wix Review (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-review/), the benefit of having Wix manage the hosting is that they will deal with all the technology updates and security measures. That takes away a lot of maintenance work from you!

      – Jeremy

      • Rebecca January 6, 2014 at 5:31 PM #

        Honestly, while I can certainly respect believing that WordPress is a “better” option, I feel wix is really a more viable option for the majority of people especially now. Wix is gaining such an intense momentum with it’s options and remember, it’s still in beta. If there’s anything they’re missing they do listen and get to integrating a solution into the wix platform. Even as a designer, I feel that wix is often the better solution for my clients. Most clients don’t wish to spend much and they want the option to make small changes if needed. They don’t want to have to come to me for every single little change and honestly, I don’t want them to feel forced to do so. Do I feel it has disadvantages? There are few, yes. Do I feel they are a viable option to larger, web presence concerned entities, heck yes. As long as whoever is behind the wheel has the creativity to integrate the site in an effective manner then the site will have a presence. It’s an untraditional platform, but one which really ought to be respected on a wider base. It offers quite a bit of flexibility more than what many developers may think or let on. I create my own widgets, icons, tool bars, etc…and plug them directly into wix without issue and what’s better is my clients can go into the editor and ,for the most part, they can edit at will. Only very large, or semi-complicated changes need my direct attention. I understand it was addressed, but it’s stability is also a huge draw. In the grand scheme of things wix is a baby. It hasn’t been around all that long so we can’t just write it off as a less “powerful” editor. By the way, “powerful” in what sense? That word doesn’t mean much without adequate backing to it’s influential factors. How about we just see where things GROW(the he he) before writing off wix as a platform for personal use only?

        • Jeremy & Connie
          Jeremy & Connie January 7, 2014 at 8:06 AM #

          Hi Rebecca,

          Thanks for sharing your experiences with us and our readers.

          One thing to also consider, for all those reading this comment, is that Wix is now a publicly traded company listed on NASDAQ (as of 2013). So in a way this adds more comfort to users that Wix is a legitimate website builder.

          Hope this helps!

          – Jeremy

        • Stan March 4, 2015 at 4:43 AM #

          Rebecca, I agree completely with your response. I like to describe the internet as the great equalizer between big and small business (information, apps, VOIP, cloud, etc.). Website development platforms seem to be one of the last areas where it’s been a challenge for small businesses to find cost-effective, elegant solutions that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

          My only significant issue with Wix – and it’s pretty substantial – is being able to integrate Google remarketing code. I think it’s on their radar though.

          Thank you, Jeremy and Connie, for this great article.