Wix Vs WordPress: Which One to Choose For Your Business Website?

Wix Vs Wordpress: Which One to Choose For Your Business Website?

Trying to choose between¬†WordPress¬†and¬†Wix¬†to build a website for your new business?‚ÄĮ¬†

Before you move forward we should warn you that our work is mostly on WordPress so our loyalties are already decided. But still, WordPress is not the only way to build a website. (Although it does power 40% of all the websites on the internet) 

Today we‚Äôll talk about¬†Wix, a popular website builder with hosting support, and the comparison of¬†Wix¬†with¬†WordPress¬†based on different categories. Read along, by the end you‚Äėll have a much better understanding of the two platforms and which one will¬†fulfill¬†your needs well.‚ÄĮ¬†

WordPress vs Wix‚ÄĮ¬†

Both Wix and WordPress as website builders have their flaws and strengths. We will assess them on the following basis: 

  1. Beginner friendliness‚ÄĮ¬†
  2. Control over the website‚ÄĮ¬†
  3. Flexibility for¬†eCommerce‚ÄĮ¬†
  4. Data ownership‚ÄĮ¬†
  5. Long term maintenance‚ÄĮ¬†
  6. Cost‚ÄĮ¬†
  7. Better SEO optimization 

Note: in this post, we are comparing¬†Wix¬†with wordpress.org, not wordpress.com. The two are different domains with different functions.‚ÄĮ¬†

Wix vs WordPress: Preview‚ÄĮ¬†

We will get into the detailed comparison of¬†WordPress¬†vs¬†Wix¬†in a while, first, let’s understand the different approaches they work on.¬†WordPress¬†is a content management system and¬†Wix¬†is a website builder. To make the right choice it is important to understand what each platform brings to the table.‚ÄĮ¬†

In essence, the comparison between two platforms fights to balance between two main ideas: 

  • Ease of use for beginners – how easy is it for a common person that is a non-developer to create a fully functional and pleasing website¬†
  • Flexibility and customization – how easily can someone customize their website to do exactly what they want‚ÄĮ

To build a platform where creating a website is extremely easy for beginners,¬†Wix¬†sacrificed some flexibility. On the flip side, WordPress compromised some beginner friendliness to provide users the flexibility to 100% customize their website.‚ÄĮ¬†

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Which platform is best for beginners? 

If we evaluate based on how quickly a beginner can create a website,¬†Wix¬†is the clear winner. Although¬†Wix¬†is not as flexible after building the website, it is a great platform to quickly manifest a simple and elegant website.‚ÄĮ¬†

Creating a website on¬†Wix¬†is as easy as ordering food from an app. After signup, you can create your website in three simple steps.‚ÄĮ¬†

  1. Pick the type 
  2. Pick the template 
  3. Edit the content‚ÄĮ¬†

Publish¬†and¬†voila! You have a fully functioning live website.‚ÄĮ¬†

Creating a website with¬†WordPress¬†is pretty easy too. But the hosting is not as simplified as on¬†Wix. There is a certain process to follow. You need to set up your¬†WordPress¬†website with a host and it’s a little more difficult to get your site up and running.‚ÄĮ¬†

Also Read: 6 Reasons Why WordPress Is Still the Best CMS

Although the extra steps to get web hosting and domain name are eased out by hosting providers nowadays. So we are talking an extra 5-10 minutes before getting started. After the setup, you can choose from the free and paid templates to design your website.‚ÄĮ¬†

Even though creating a website with¬†WordPress¬†is not as simple as¬†Wix¬†but still it is a beginner-friendly process.‚ÄĮ¬†

Control over website functionality‚ÄĮ¬†

Control over website functionality

While in terms of ease of use,¬†Wix¬†won but¬†WordPress¬†hits a home run in flexibility and customizations.‚ÄĮ¬†

With¬†Wix¬†to add more functionality, you have to depend on the¬†Wix¬†app market only. The¬†Wix¬†app market is better than a platform like¬†Squarespace¬†but not even close to what a¬†WordPress¬†website can do.‚ÄĮ¬†

Currently, the¬†Wix¬†app market is filled with over 300 apps but that’s nothing in comparison to¬†WordPress¬†which you will see in a second.‚ÄĮ¬†

On the code front to users are extremely limited.¬†Wix¬†does not allow you to add many custom codes.‚ÄĮ¬†

WordPress¬†is better than¬†Wix¬†on both edges.‚ÄĮ¬†

WordPress¬†has over 53,000¬†plugins¬†along with thousands of premium¬†plugins¬†to add any type of functionality you want without having to make code tweaks. Whether it’s social media integration,¬†google¬†ads management, or quizzes, you can get it instantly with¬†plugins.‚ÄĮ¬†

Along with that you or a hired¬†WordPress¬†developer can add new features through custom coding on your website. Unlike¬†Wix, there are no limitations on coding.‚ÄĮ¬†

Ecommerce functionality‚ÄĮ¬†

Wix¬†has some e-commerce assistance in the form of pre-built online store templates. The templates are good if you are planning to sell simple products because it is not much you can do with them.‚ÄĮ¬†

If you want to customize product descriptions you’ll be disappointed.¬†Wix¬†does not allow that much flexibility. The¬†eCommerce¬†functionality is available in their special store plans which are costlier than the usual packages.‚ÄĮ¬†

Also Read: 7 Steps to Make Your Ecommerce Business Successful

WordPress¬†has great options for users who want to build an¬†eCommerce¬†store.¬†Although you will be required to install a¬†plugin¬†for¬†eCommerce¬†functionality.¬†The two most popular options are woo-commerce (for physical products) and easy digital downloads (for virtual products).‚ÄĮ¬†

Along with each¬†plugin, there are many add-on¬†plugins¬†to further enhance your online store. For instance, you can find¬†plugins¬†to add print-on-demand services, cart optimization, payment gateway security, and more. Just like¬†WordPress¬†has numerous¬†plugins, the¬†eCommerce¬†plugins¬†give a lot of flexibility on how to handle your store.‚ÄĮ¬†

Between¬†Wix¬†and¬†WordPress, it’s the flexibility of the latter that makes it a far better choice than the former for¬†eCommerce¬†stores.‚ÄĮ¬†

Data ownership‚ÄĮ¬†

Data ownership means who owns the website data and whether it can be migrated to other platforms easily? 

For beginners who are looking for a quick way to set up a decent website might not worry about data ownership, but you should consider it before making a final decision.‚ÄĮ¬†

For data ownership, it’s not even a competition.¬†WordPress¬†sweeps all the votes in its¬†favor. And here’s the reason:¬†

Official Wix statement on data ownership: 

Your Wix site and all of its content is hosted exclusively on Wix’s servers, and cannot be transferred elsewhere. 

Specifically, it is not possible to export or embed files, pages or sites, created using the Wix Editor or ADI, to another external destination or host. 

Now that’s what we call a red flag.‚ÄĮ¬†

On the other hand,¬†WordPress¬†grants users full control of all their data. They can download, export, or manipulate 100% of the website data because you are the sole owner of your content.‚ÄĮ¬†

Like we said – it’s not even a competition.‚ÄĮ¬†

Maintenance & Security 

While¬†WordPress¬†has been winning with flexibility and 100% data ownership for users, this is where¬†Wix¬†alters the game. With¬†WordPress¬†either you or a managed¬†WordPress¬†host have to handle everything like security, software update, data backup, and more.‚ÄĮ¬†

With¬†Wix, you don’t even need to move a needle. It takes care of security, updates, or hackers. It does it all.‚ÄĮ¬†

Also Read: 7 Ways to improve your WordPress Website Security

Although in¬†WordPress, you don’t necessarily have to do everything. You can‚ÄĮ¬†

Costing‚ÄĮ¬†

Wix¬†offers simple monthly plans for both – normal websites and¬†Wix¬†eCommerce¬†stores. The pricing for¬†WordPress¬†is a little dicey. There are two fixed costs with¬†WordPress¬†– hosting and domain name.‚ÄĮ¬†

Beyond that, you might need to buy premium¬†plugins¬†and themes for enhanced functionality, security, or design.‚ÄĮ¬†

Which one is cheaper between the two, is a little difficult to estimate.¬†WordPress¬†is cheaper in the long term because of the flat monthly prices¬†on¬†Wix.‚ÄĮ¬†

SEO benefits‚ÄĮ¬†

SEO benefits

Many experts argue that Wix is better than WordPress for SEO and vice e versa. But there is not much difference between the two. For on-page SEO, they both provide: 

  • Flexibility to change meta titles, descriptions, H1 – H6 tags‚ÄĮ¬†
  • Generation of sitemap for better search engine crawling‚ÄĮ¬†
  • Alt tags to be added on images¬†
  • Short URLs‚ÄĮ¬†
  • Mobile friendly‚ÄĮ¬†

For off-page SEO, a¬†backlink¬†from another site or social signal doesn’t care where the link leads.¬†

Although the point of difference can be the control users have over their websites. Things like optimizing sites for speed, advanced options for crawling and indexing which can directly contribute to better rankings.‚ÄĮ¬†

WordPress or Wix: which one to pick? 

Like we said in the beginning our loyalties lie with¬†WordPress. So you already¬†kinda¬†knew what we will conclude.‚ÄĮ¬†

We recommend that if you‚Äôre looking to just get started with a simple website and do not care much about data ownership or flexibility,¬†Wix¬†is a good option for you. But do remember that when you might want more customization and flexibility on your website or you might want to migrate to¬†WordPress, it will be hard. (We¬†are putting it mildly, it’s¬†gonna¬†be painful)¬†

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WordPress is the best solution out there for almost everybody and here why: 

  • It’s not as easy as¬†Wix¬†for beginners but still, anybody can figure it out‚ÄĮ¬†
  • Users get full data ownership‚ÄĮ¬†
  • More flexibility to add as many functionalities from the massive¬†plugin¬†ecosystem¬†

Now it’s up to you. If you pick¬†WordPress¬†and need any assistance for your new website, you can always contact our¬†WordPress¬†developers, they customize on the platform like artists.‚ÄĮ¬†

 

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