When it comes to creating a website, there are tons of options out there. These include WordPress and Wix – which are two of the world’s most popular web publishing platforms.
However, like many people, you may be struggling to decide which one of these platforms is best for you.
As someone who uses both WordPress and Wix, I’m in the perfect position to help you decide which option to choose.
I’ll first give you a brief overview of each platform, then I’ll dive into their respective pros and cons.
Welcome to WordPress
WordPress is one of the most popular and well-known open source content management systems. It’s been around since 2003, and is used by millions of people and companies to create and publish their websites.
In fact, an impressive 43% of all current websites in the world have been created using WordPress.
It’s an incredibly versatile platform and can be used to create anything from a simple blog to a fully-fledged e-commerce website.
My Eco Tech Daily website as well as the 6ft9 Writer website you’re reading now are both powered by WordPress.
Say Hello to Wix
Wix is one of the most popular free web building platforms on the market.
Founded in 2006, it’s become one of the leading free options available. (They also offer premium accounts with more functionalities.)
Wix allows you to create simple websites without any coding knowledge, making it perfect for beginners. However, Wix does have some limitations compared to more professional options.
We’ll take a look at these shortly.
If you want to see Wix in action – take a look at my EV Charging Discounts website.
The Pros and Cons of WordPress
On the plus side, because WordPress is so popular, there’s an abundance of tutorials and resources available online should you need them.
And with its robust admin area and wide range of plugins and themes, it’s possible to create a website that looks and feels unique. However, WordPress does have some drawbacks. For example, it can be difficult to customise the look and feel of your site if you don’t have coding skills.
Personally, as a writer, I find the amount of options WordPress offers somewhat overwhelming. Despite using the platform for more than 10 years, I still struggle with some of the technical stuff. And quite frankly: I’d much rather use that time for writing!
Be aware also, that if you want to use WordPress, you’ll need to pay for a separate web hosting service. (SiteGround is a popular option due to their fast and secure WordPress hosting.)
However, If you’re looking for a platform that’s versatile and has tons of features, WordPress is certainly worth considering.
The Pros and Cons of Wix
From my experience of using Wix, I can definitely say that’s it’s simpler to use than WordPress. I also really like that it’s an all-in-one tool, with web content creation and hosting both part of the package. This keeps admin down to a minimum, enabling you to get on with creating and publishing your content.
One downside is that Wix can be relatively slow in some cases, but overall it’s an easy platform to use with lots of features available at no or low cost.
If simplicity is key and you don’t mind using a slightly less professional option, Wix may be the perfect tool for you.
Which Web Platform Is Right for You?
If you’re the technical type who knows how to code, then I recommend you choose WordPress. You’ll fall in love with the versatility and you’ll be able to create a unique website with a professional look and feel.
If – like me – you don’t want to get bogged down in techie stuff, then I suggest you go for Wix. However, I would skip the free offering, and instead pay for one of their premium options. This will remove their ad from your site and enable you to use the domain name of your choice. A premium account will also give you the ability to set up your own e-commerce platform for product sales and subscriptions.
So who is the winner of WordPress vs Wix?
Both platforms are incredibly popular and can produce great results. So it’ll be a personal choice whether you decide to use WordPress or Wix for your website. However, I hope this article will help you make a more informed decision.
Please let me know which one you choose!