We often get many questions regarding why someone should move from Wix (or any other CMS) to WordPress. In this article, we’ll go over some of the differences between the two.
What’s easier to use?
Both Wix and WordPress have built-in templates or themes that allow you to create websites without absolutely no coding experience.
WordPress comes with its renowned Block Editor that will allow you to edit any of your pages with a live preview.
This allows you to create visually pleasing layouts by adding blocks. All of the common elements are able to be added as a block such as text, headings, background images, galleries, buttons, forms, etc. The block editor can be used alongside plugins for an even bigger range of elements.
WordPress comes with access to thousands of website templates (better known as themes) to use with your site. Whilst these may come at an additional cost there are many free ones that achieve the same thing. These are all fully customizable using WordPress’s live theme customizer.
WordPress also comes with intuitive drag and drop page builder plugins like Divi, Elementor, and SeedProd. All code-free ways to build a stunning website.
Wix comes with its own powerful tools to build your website. It offers a simple drag and drop interface where you will select any element on the site and start editing it in a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) interface.
You can easily drag and drop items anywhere on your site, write content, rearrange content, and add media. Wix is considered extremely beginner-friendly however it has its limitations compared to WordPress.
Cost is one of the most important factors to someone when building a new website. Developing and then maintaining a website can be very costly depending on your needs.
Wix offers a free website builder, however, it is quite basic and there are big downsides to using this.
It adds Wix branded advertisements on the top/bottom of the website and you can’t use your own domain name either. You would have to use something like username.wix.com/yoursite. This can really impact your website and business. If you’re not fussed about that and just want to try to build something then this would suit you perfectly.
Wix pricing starts at $13.50 per month with very basic options. An eCommerce plan starts at $26.50 per month which is a fair bit compared to what you can get with WordPress on another host. Bear in mind these figures exclude the additional costs from apps you’ll likely want to use.
WordPress is a free open source software that is available for anyone to use whether that be with a host or just locally on your own desktop.
While WordPress is free, you do require a domain name and hosting. A domain name can cost anywhere around $11 per year and depending on the hosting anywhere from $5 a month and up. SequelWP offers Managed WordPress plans that start at $20 per month which has a large number of features you won’t find at your standard web host. You can check out why you should use a Managed WordPress Host in this article.
The cost of a WordPress site will increase if you decide to use premium WordPress themes or plugins.
In saying that, there are thousands of free plugins and themes that are completely fine to use. Some even offer better features than their paid rivals.
Speaking of plugins and apps, why don’t we look at these.
Plugins and apps are additional extensions you use alongside the platform of your choice to include more features whether that be on the front-end or back-end. WordPress calls them plugins, while Wix calls them apps.
WordPress has over 50,000 FREE plugins available in its own plugin directory. This does not include the thousands of other free and paid plugins available from other providers or marketplaces.
If you’re able to think of a feature, WordPress probably has a plugin available for it. Ranging from contact forms, backup solutions, cache solutions, Google Analytics.
Wix has over 200 apps that you can use alongside your site. These offer a number of features like comments, galleries, contact forms, social media buttons, emailing, etc. A number of these are free but they are very limited and you’ll likely require or want paid/premium apps.
Which is the better platform to run an eCommerce site? Selling things online is an important feature that many beginners look for.
WordPress is incredibly easy to create an online store with the use of a plugin called WooCommerce which is easily the most popular eCommerce platform in the world.
WordPress does offer other eCommerce plugins but frankly, they don’t come close to WooCommerce.
WooCommerce allows much more control over your website due to it being run in WordPress as it is completely open-source. You can create your ideal store with no limitations.
In WooCommerce you’ll have complete control over search engine optimization (SEO). SEO rankings are based on the work you put into your site and its content, but WooCommerce allows you to edit every single aspect of your SEO.
As mentioned earlier Wix offers eCommerce in its own plan which is dearer than their base plan. It just means users with a free plan won’t be able to run their eCommerce store unless they upgrade.
Wix has their own payment system (similar to WooCommerce) or you can opt to use third-party apps to use different payment gateways (also similar to WooCommerce.
Wix has a limited range of third-party apps you can use with the store to sell online. The overall features compared to WooCommerce are very limited.
Our Final Verdict
We could go on for days comparing the minor differences between Wix and WordPress. However, in our opinion, WordPress has far greater major differences.
You’ll be able to set up a website pretty easily with Wix and get going but you will achieve much, much more with the website itself and your business using WordPress.
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