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You've finally decided to build a website that now begins the battle between the monsters of hosting, Wix vs. WordPress. Should I use Wix or WordPress is the question you can't seem to answer. It's like choosing between Apple vs. Windows, but...
There is no right or wrong.
As a web designer, I have used both WordPress and Wix to build websites, including my own.
When I started my own design, I researched and read many articles comparing the two and walked away feeling torn and confused about which platform was best.
I expected judgment from other web designers and developers if I chose Wix over WordPress.
The feeling that I could make the wrong choice paralyzed me, and I did not make an initial choice. Rather, I designed my website on Wix and hosted my blog on WordPress.
So, let's talk about a few key differences between Wix and WordPress and why I have finally chosen Wix over WordPress.
✔️ USER FRIENDLY
Unless you’re familiar with code or want to spend a lot of time (or money) learning your way around WordPress, this platform will put you on the struggle bus.
I consider myself tech-savvy, but WordPress sucks the life out of me.
The workaround – Outsource.
Created for the DIYer, Wix is simple and easy to use.
While designing a unique, custom website may not be easy there are plenty of Premium Templates on the market and Wix offers free templates. Once your template is installed, it’s time to have some fun by customizing the design for your brand.
The Wix Editor is a drag and drop interface that allows you to drag and drop features. Drop them where you want them or move them around until you find the perfect design. And believe me, making minor changes to a completed website is easy.
The number one reason I became an Expert Wix Designer and choose this platform for my clients is due to the amount of fun and flexibility I have with the Wix Editor. Wouldn’t you too choose a job you love over a job that stresses you out?
✔️ FLEXIBLE VS SECURE WordPress is more flexible than secure.
WordPress is open-source, so it’s super flexible. Ultimately with development, WordPress will host anything, and I mean anything you design.
There are thousands of plugins available to create your perfect website, but many of those plugins are not secure and could do damage your site.
WordPress sites are not self-secured but require total manual maintenance. Security plug-ins and regular updates are a must, and without them, your site is prone to hackers.
Wix is more secure than flexible.
Opposite of WordPress, Wix is a closed source platform which means the platform owners are the only ones who can add new features.
It also means they are responsible for the security of your site and have an entire team to assure the security of your website.
As a creative designer myself, I haven’t found myself limited from very many design functions or features, and if you’re not a professional designer, I’d be surprised for you to run into design limitations yourself.
At the end of the day, you’re left on your own with WordPress, but Wix will give you almost everything you need including security for a professional website.
✔️ CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Without giving as in-depth details about these next few areas for consideration, I want to note that WordPress doesn’t have a customer support line for you to call or live chat. As a Wix Partner, I have priority access to Customer Service and Premium Subscribers get 24/7 Customer Support included in their plan.
And pricing is straightforward with Wix. Plans start as low as $14/month (without applying a discount code), but with WordPress, you must find a hosting platform, such as Bluehost or GoDaddy, and create DNS records that connect your design to the hosting. Sounds a bit complicated, doesn’t it? If you’re scrolling for the breakdown of differences, scroll no more.
Wix is better for you if…
…you don’t have a lot of technical experience in designing websites and want a user-friendly platform with no coding required. Paid plans start at $14/month.
WordPress is better for you if…
…you’re a little more tech-savvy and even comfortable with code, and you want power and a lot of flexibility. Costs vary, but generally, you could be looking at about a $200 setup fee with ongoing monthly hosting fees following monthly.
Ask yourself if saving time, launching quickly, and maintaining a website stress-free is important. If yes, join me on the Wix platform now.
And there you have it, my review of Wix vs WordPress. But, hun, I’ve been designing for a long time, so I am fully aware there is a place for both of these platforms. So, if you’re on WordPress and happy, I’m not here to convince you to ditch and switch for Wix. But if you’re not happy with WordPress and are considering a change, I’m CHEERING and ready to help you check out Wix.
What questions are you left with? I’m happy to help you make a final decision about which platform is best for you. Comment below.