3 Ways WordPress Is Better than Wix for Web Design

is wordpress better then wix and weebly.jpgSetting up a website can be a daunting experience if you’re not a web developer. Where do you start? What are the right tools? How can you build a website that doesn’t “break” and look unprofessional after a single update?

WordPress is arguably the most prominent and easily-recognizable tool available, with a wide variety of customizable options to suit your specific needs. However, because of all of the levels of customization and personal “widgets” that can be installed on a WordPress site, many people turn to sites such as Weebly and Wix to set up their websites.

They choose these options because, at first glance, they appear to be easier to use. However, just because your website is easy to set up doesn’t mean it will be easy to maintain – in fact, this is usually the opposite case.

Today we’ll review three reasons why choosing a WordPress website is a better investment of your time, money, and energy, than using a service like Wix.

1. Wix Loads Slowly

Wix websites load slower than those built on HTML (like WordPress) which will cost you readers who will quickly navigate away from your website or blog.

Why? Because we’re impatient, and if a website is loading slowly we will quickly click away and find another resource. Slow-loading sites will turn visitors off, and a first impression is everything. Nobody will want to visit your site if they have to wait even 10 seconds to view your content.

Additionally, slower-loading websites get penalized in search engines like Google because they know that your site is providing a bad user experience. This can make or break your visibility, and drastically impact how many people find your website based on their search queries.

2. WordPress is Cheaper

The basic website builder in Wix is free, but there are two major downsides: first, it ads Wix branded advertisements to the header and footer of your website, which makes it look incredibly unprofessional. Secondly, you can’t use a custom domain, so your site address will look like this:

yourusername.wix.com/sitename

Additionally, the basic Wix plan doesn’t allow for plugins such as Google Analytics, eCommerce apps, Favicons, and other basics. In order to remove the ads and get the additional features, you must upgrade your plan.

The major difference here is that WordPress’ software, while free for anyone to use, you must have your own domain and hosting to install the software. Depending on your budget, you can start with a basic plan for $3.95/mo.

There are increased costs if you want to use premium WordPress themes or plugins, but there are thousands of free themes and plugins that you can use without having to worry about upgrading your plan.

3. More Plugins and Apps

As we discussed in the above point, WordPress offers a wide variety of apps and plugins that you can use to make your site more powerful. At the time of writing, WordPress has over 38,000+ apps available, and that’s not counting what’s available to premium users.

WordPress allows you to easily create a contact form, build a mailing list, create photo galleries or sliders…the sky’s the limit! Best of all, you can do so much with the free plan, unlike Wix which requires you to pay.

Conclusion:

WordPress is a drastically better option than Wix as a web publishing platform for any website. While Wix may appeal to first-time users, it looks unprofessional and doesn’t allow for the same levels of customization that WordPress does.

If you’ve decide that WordPress is the choice for your website, visit our page with the industries top WP designers and get a quote today.

 


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