If you're in Facebook groups, you've probably asked a question or seen the question “Where should I start my blog or website? Is WordPress better than Wix? Should I go with Wix? Should I go with WordPress?” I've seen these questions all the time. So in this post, I'm going to explain why WordPress is better than Wix.
Wix vs WordPress
No, I'm not biased. I've actually started and continued to run a website on Wix as well as multiple websites on WordPress. Therefore, I know exactly what it's like to use both platforms.
Pricing Model for Wix
The first thing that I want to compare between WordPress and Wix is the pricing model. A lot of people say that by using Wix you can get a free website. This is true. You can get a free website with Wix but you're not going to be able to use a custom domain name, it's going to have Wix ads all over it, you won't be able to use any plug-ins, and you won't be able to use any types of e-commerce. Basically, it's just something on the internet. You're not going to really make any money from a free Wix website.
After the free plan, you have the choice to pay $11 monthly which will allow you to connect your custom domain name. Now, this price could change, however that is the current cost at the time of this post being published.
If you don't want any advertisements on your website from Wix (they are not your ads, you're not going to be paid for them), you're going to have to pay $14 per month. This plan also gives you unlimited bandwidth and 10GB storage.
Pricing Model for WordPress
Now, let's compare that over to a WordPress blog. WordPress is free. However, you are going to need a domain name and hosting. You can get domain names with Google domains for like 12 bucks a year (I have a post here that will show you how to do that).
I also have a full tutorial that will show you how to start your blog with SiteGround hosting – which is the hosting provider I recommend. You can get hosting for as low as 5 dollars a month. And trust me, you are not going to need anything more than that when you're starting out with your blog or website. It would probably take a year or two before you need to bump up your hosting plan to the next level.
With SiteGround to do a WordPress website, you can choose the StartUp Plan, which is actually only $3.95 a month. You will get 1 website, 10 GB of web space, at about 10,000 visits monthly. I'm just going to tell you from personal experience that 10,000 visits monthly is a very lofty goal for many people that are just getting started with blogging.
Then, once you outgrow the StartUp Plan, you can switch your plan over to the GrowBig. This plan accounts for 25,000 visitors monthly.
Or, lastly, you can choose the GoGeek Plan which gives you 100,000 visits monthly. However, starting off for new bloggers, the StartUp plan right is a great plan and very affordable.
Ease of Use: Wix vs WordPress
Now let's talk about the ease of use. I will admit that Wix is really easy to use. Wix offers a drag and drop platform, so you literally drag and drop texts and everything around where you want it to go.
WordPress is a little bit different. You're going to use themes that are actually preset and predesigned to look a certain way. This means that you're not going to be able to drag and drop things around the screen unless you get a premium theme. There are of course premium themes you can pay for which allow some more customization and some drag and drop arranging. You can do some really cool things. with these premium themes.
However, most free things come as they are – you get what you get. Wix has probably the slight advantage in the ease of use as far as drag and drops for that sort of thing.
Customizability:Wix vs WordPress
Now the next thing that is very similar to the ease of use is actually customizability (if that's even a word). How to customize your site. What are your customization options with Wix vs WordPress? I'm going to tell you right now that WordPress actually takes the cake on this one. There are thousands of themes available, thousands of plugins, and if you know PHP or coding for websites, you can customize your website however you want using WordPress.
This is the reason why some of the biggest brand names in the world like Disney, PlayStation, all these big-time websites run through WordPress.
Plugins:Wix vs WordPress
The next point I want to talk about is plugins. Don't know what plugins are yet? Head over here to read this article about plugins.
Wix does come with around 200 plugins that you can get. However, like I said before, I've personally run a website on Wix and quite frankly the plugins there aren't very good. Plus, the ones that are good, you have to pay for.
WordPress, on the other hand, has thousands, literally thousands, of free plugins that you can use to build, customize, and to make your blog or website run better. There is no competition here – WordPress in the plugins department easily beats out Wix any day of the week.
For e-commerce businesses, you will be needing some sort of payment platform. Wix does offer a payment platform but it's not really that flexible. If you are serious about starting an e-commerce website and you are ready for some serious sales, then you need some serious options. You will need to be able to customize and use plugins the way you want to build your e-commerce website. For you, WordPress will definitely be giving you more freedom, flexibility, and options.
Wrapping things up…
Wix is nice and it might seem friendly for the average blogger or beginner. However, trust me, once you start your blogger website, you're going to wish that you had started it on WordPress.
I know a lot of people who start their blog out on Wix because they hear how easy it is and that it's free. So, they start blogging and then 3 to 4 months down the road, they're like “Oh, actually I can't do as much as I really wanted to do.” Then, they're trying to figure out how to switch their Wix blog over to WordPress. Trust me, you do not want to deal with that. It's going to be better for you, in the long run, to start your blog with WordPress from the beginning.
Be sure you check out this step by step guide to help you start your blog or website using WordPress and SiteGround – my recommended method for anyone starting a blog or website.
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