Wix is more of a website builder with almost all the components already built-in, whereas WordPress is a website builder where you have to build your site from scratch. Technically, Wix is favourable for beginners who just started building websites whereas WordPress is for the more experienced coders. So, by simple definition, Wix can be considered an all-in-one tool for building websites. WordPress, on the other hand, is a content management system (CMS) that offers a blog and other features.
Put more simply, WordPress lets you do more, but needs a bit of knowledge and experience, Wix, on the other hand, is friendlier to newbies as it makes website building as simple as possible for the user. When it comes to Wix, it takes less time to come up with a professional website and the process is very easy and simple.
In this article, we are going to learn some amazing things about WordPress but at the same time, we’re going to give you some useful information about Wix. To do this, we are going to look at the various characteristics that distinguish the two. But first and foremost, let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of Wix and WordPress.
Wix vs WordPress – Advantages and Disadvantages
|Wix is simple to use. It’s aimed at a non-technical audience and tries to make things as simple as possible.||WordPress lets you start small and grow based on your changing business needs|
|With Wix, you get dedicated support||WordPress offers simple free templates and also complex templates that you can pay for with many additional features|
|With Wix you get access to eCommerce out of the box||WordPress offers a very simple blog and this in many cases is the heart of the website|
|More complex website features may be missing or limited.||The learning curve can be rough to start but quickly levels off.|
|Users have less control overall, as a tradeoff for the ease of use.||WordPress offers user forums as a first point of support. Paid accounts have access to support but this is not free.|
|Simplistic templates are tough to customize||eCommerce capabilities are not available out of the box with WordPress. These features require additional plugins and customization.|
As far as usability is concerned, WordPress has a rougher initial learning curve. Despite its flexibility, WordPress presents a higher complexity to beginners. With experience coding, you can do almost anything as far as website building is concerned however using WordPress. This learning curve is not however that complicated as WordPress does provide some simple and easy out of the box templates. If however, you are new to coding and web design, you can always engage someone who is experienced in this at fairly reasonable costs.
Wix, on the other hand, is very user-friendly and is most convenient for you if you are new to coding or even if you have zero knowledge of software development. The only trick is that Wix only allows you to use the in-built features, meaning you can only edit whatever is already available. The other great thing about Wix is that, as you make the changes, say to the pictures, paragraphs, headings and so on, you can view the changes live.
WordPress, on the other hand, does not allow you to view the changes made unless you preview or publish your work. This may not, however, be a challenge as you can always choose to preview the changes you have made at will. Some domain providers are also now providing a staging environment for hosted WordPress sites. This lets customers create and publish their whole site in a private location before it’s visible to everyone.
Another thing on usability is on domain names and hosting. With Wix, both hosting and domain names are packaged together. This is somewhat more complicated with WordPress as they are often purchased separately and you need to configure WordPress on your domain after it has been setup. However, most good domain name providers provide WordPress for free once you’ve signed up for a hosting package with them, so while there are a couple of extra steps, there should be little to no extra costs between the two in this respect.
2 Ease Of Customization And Design
On this, WordPress is the go-to tool. You can design and customize the website in virtually whichever manner you want. This flexibility is not however translated to mean simplicity, as the more flexible it is, the more complex it gets. This means the more good you are in coding, the more you can customize and design websites with WordPress.
WordPress has options of free themes as well as premium ones which cost between $25 and $299. You can also buy the themes from other sources but it is always safer to go for those designed by WordPress as the quality can be guaranteed. This is one of the amazing things about WordPress which Wix cannot match.
Wix as well as over 500 themes to choose from. These are of different categories depending on the kind of business or purpose you want to use the website for. These come with in-built features that are custom made for the relevant industry. The positives about Wix is that these themes can be customized by a simple ‘drag and drop’ technique. There is however an option of accessing the code of the template/theme but this is only advisable if you are skilled in coding.
On ease of customization and design of your website, WordPress beats Wix hands down, despite the complexity involved.
3 Availability of Apps and Plugins
These are add-ons to the websites to make them go beyond the basics. These come in handy in customizing your website. Examples of these are social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Some numerous apps and plugins help customize a website.
One of the amazing things about WordPress when it comes to apps and plugins is that it is an open-source platform. What this translates to, is that anyone can access and modify its codes by creating their customized themes or plugins either for sale or for free. Currently, WordPress powers over 35% of all sites online. As such there are literally thousands of different WordPress plugins available and many of them are free to use or try. The volume does not, however, guarantee the quality of the apps and plugins created. Statistics show that currently, 55,000+ WordPress plugins exist. These plugins have been tested and downloaded over 1 billion times.
Wix, on the other hand, is not an open-source platform. This means that the privileges discussed above are limited for Wix users.
It is safe to say that WordPress powers the internet and most of the biggest sites you can find online use WordPress as their backend. In addition to the previously mentioned 35% of online sites, when you talk about a content management system (CMS) WordPress is closer to 60% of all sites online. It is a more complicated system than Wix but not overly so as right now close to 500 sites are built daily on WordPress. If you are just getting started on your own web journey, spend a little bit of time with WordPress to help you grow to the next level.