Those who want to create a Website for their business, often become confused with the available choices. There are a number of Website builder tools and CMS available which you can use to build your website. One such situation is to choose between WordPress & Wix. Let me first tell you that both are quite potent platforms and you can create your business website quite easily on any of them. As is the destiny that you have to choose the better among the best, let me help you in choosing between WordPress & Wix. There are a number of articles on which one you should prefer. But you will get more confused after reading them as most of them just compare the features of these platforms and gives their verdict based on each feature. It is left over you to decide which one to be used. After reading this piece you will be completely sorted.
WordPress vs Wix – Themes & Templates i.e. Design
When it comes to create a Business website, look and feel of the website becomes utmost importance. People visiting your website will imagine your company’s image based on the look and feel of your website. It is quite similar to the brick and mortar model of business. If your office/shop looks posh, there are more chances that visitors take your product or service.
Both Wix and WordPress offer great templates and options to customize the designs. Let’s see a comparison in their designs and layout modeling.
Wix – It offers 1000+ pre-built responsive templates to choose from. All these templates are HTML 5 based and responsive, thus looking equally good on various screen sizes. Templates are categorized in various groups to make the selection process easy. Major categories are Business, eCommerce, Arts, Education etc.
You can also make customization in the layout and arrangement of the items after installing any particular theme. A big problem is that you can not switch to another template once you start. You can make customization in this template but will not be able to use another template.
WordPress – WordPress also comes with a number of templates. The number of templates available for WordPress is way higher than the templates available for Wix. Also, the level of customization you can do in WordPress themes is very high. As you have access to the full source code of WordPress website, you can make any type of changes if you are well versed in coding.
WordPress vs Wix – Usability Of Admin Panel for Novice Users
Usability of the admin panel is of utmost importance for novice users. For an expert developer, any kind of admin panel is ok to work with. But in the case of novice user ease of use becomes very crucial.
Wix – Wix admin panel is quite graphical in nature and is very beautifully designed. Also, it comes with all the required features of the website and no add-ons are needed to be installed and setup.
WordPress – Though the admin panel of WordPress is also very easy to use, it is less visually appealing. Also, you may need to install different plugins to bring in different features like form, page builder etc. It makes this task a bit difficult for the novice user as they have to go through a lot of plugins before deciding on which one to finally use.
WordPress vs Wix – Flexibility of System
Overall flexibility is one point where we need to think before deciding between WordPress and Wix. Let’s get into it.
Wix – Wix is a proprietary software and its source code is not available publicly. You can edit it or customize it up to a certain level only by using the options provided in their panel. If you want to change anything for which an option is not available in the panel then it a full stop. You can’t do anything about it. So if today you wanted to create only a simple informative website for our small business on Wix and successfully made it. Tomorrow if your business expanded and you wish to add some functionalities to your Wix website, it’s not possible. Thus there is a lack of flexibility.
WordPress – On this point of flexibility WordPress is on the very top of Wix. WordPress is an Open source software. its source code is openly available and you can make as many customizations as your coding knowledge allows without any restrictions whatsoever. You can add any functional or design related stuff to it. IF today you made a simple informative site, tomorrow you can easily upgrade it to a functional website. Sometimes its flexibility becomes its biggest enemy also. People try to do customization beyond their knowledge limit and destroy their website completely.
WordPress vs Wix – Community Support –
While you are working on any technology, support is very important. Though you may be smart enough to find a solution to all your problems by yourself it may take a lot of time. There may be some common problem which is faced by others before you and they may have shared the solution on some community platform. It will help you solve your problems quickly. Also, you can share your solutions. Let’s compare Wix and WordPress on this point :
Wix – As we discussed in the earlier point that Wix is not an open source system. Though it is quite popular there is only a small community. most of the support you can expect from their support team only. You may also take it as a good thing that there is someone responsible to support you or you can stop taking their service. As it is a paid service so getting necessary support is your right. But it might be a bit frustrating for a tech-savvy brain to go on for a chatting session whenever he fell into an issue.
WordPress – On the other side WordPress is a community-driven system. There is a huge community around writing themes and plugins for WordPress. Also, there are a lot of blogs and forum discussing issues you might face while working on WordPress. I can easily say that you can find a solution to 99% of your problems just by searching on Google. Someone would have surely faced the problem you are facing now. You are not dependent on a particular company for support, the whole internet is your support. Though one bad thing with it is that none is responsible to support you.
WordPress vs Wix – Availability of resources –
By resources I mean the designs, functionalities, service providers, support, hosting options etc. Both WordPress and Wix are good or bad in their own ways.
Wix – Wix is a closed platform so the availability of designs, functionalities are limited to what is available on Wix website itself. You can’t do much about it. Hosting option is also limited to Wix itself.
WordPress – While in WordPress, there are unlimited design resources available in form of themes & functional resources in form of plugins. You will find thousands of service providers who can make a WordPress website for you at a very reasonable price. Support, as we discussed in the last point, is unlimited. You can also host your site with any hosting service provider. Even there are specialized WordPress hosting companies.
WordPress vs Wix – Time of Existence –
Though the time of existence doesn’t matter much in technology still it gives you some confidence in the technology you are using.
Wix – Wix came into existence in 2006. So it’s now 12 years since it is used as a Website development platform. It is enough to conclude that it is quite a robust and reliable platform and not going to fade anytime sooner.
WordPress – Its first version was released in 2003. It is 3 years older than Wix. Being an open source, it has faced tough competition from other open source platforms as well as the platform created by modifying WordPress itself. But it has passed the test of time and here it is as the most used Website development platform. No doubt it is going to be there for more decades to come.