Here is my review of the two popular Content Managment Systems WordPress and Wix.
It is often used to support multiple users working in a collaborative environment. Here I review the two most popular CMS’s – Wix vs WordPress. As a side note, since Wix is design driven, it’s not a pure CMS.
Wix seems slow and for the free level, you have the Wix logos everywhere. WordPress is different, much more reliable even for a free blog. Wix is slow loading due to its flash nature.
It’s that sort of template, anyone can build-you-own awful website crap, ‘built with WIX’ at the bottom looks very unprofessional.
Wordpress is easy to use
There are 1000’s of templates to choose from and easy to customize if you have a bit of coding experience. Plugins make life so much easier as well. With WordPress, it’s easy to implement and to edit content. Also, the support system in the CMS (Content Management System) is awesome.
Limititions Of Wix
Wix is a web builder where you have to choose from one of their templates. It’s very easy to use. However, once you pick a template you are stuck with that template you can edit pieces of it but not everything, so take that into consideration.
With Wix, the Wix people will not let you move the site from them and you begin to feel that they own it. Wix is a simple way to get a site up quickly, but again you can only use their server. Once a website is in Wix, you cannot export it to WordPress, other platforms.
What about SEO?
Within the Wix built-in to the website builder, you do get some SEO functionality. However, it will be limited to whatever the centralized developers offer you. Also, just because functionality and the ability to write SEO in an application exists, does not mean that Google and the other search engines will necessarily look on it favorably.
So is Wix better than WordPress? Not when it comes to SEO and the number of Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs) tracked when you type in each into the Google search engine.
WordPress has almost 50 times the number of SERPs than Wix, meaning it is a far more popular platform. That coincides with the fact that there are 77 million WordPress sites up now versus only 43 million Wix sites. The reason for the high popularity of WordPress may be that Google loves WordPress sites. It tends to rank them well.
Big name companies like TechCrunch, TED, and even CNN use WordPress for their blogging platforms. Another big reason SEO is stronger with WordPress is the number of SEO plug-ins to help facilitate the process of optimizing the content.
Wordpress has a learning curve.
For many users, the extra time needed to learn WordPress is rewarded down the line in better content control and publishing capabilities, and it extends beyond to full internet.
However, there are a number of WordPress plug-ins that help you publish your website on social networking sites and around the web to help you get the word out about your site.
If you’re looking for a simple way to get your feet wet with creating a website, Wix can get you started quickly at the expense of SEO.
If you’re looking much further down the line towards establishing a website you have full control over and that is highly customizable for anything that pops up in the future, then WordPress is the better application.
Wix vs WordPress – Pricing / Ongoing Commitments
The amount of money to invest in your website is an important consideration, and this can vary widely depending on if you use Wix or WordPress.
Wix offers 4 premium plans and 1 Free One:
- Connect Domain – $4.08 per month for an annual plan (or $6.90 for a monthly plan)
- Combo – $8.25 per month for an annual plan (or $10.95 for a monthly plan)
- Unlimited – $12.42 per month for an annual plan (or $15.95 for a monthly plan)
- eCommerce – $16.17 per month for an annual plan (or $19.90 for a monthly plan)
- VIP – $24.90 per month for an annual plan (or $29.90 for a monthly plan)
Wix vs WordPress plans
So the ongoing annual cost for Wix ranges from free, to $48.96 per year for the lowest premium plan, to $298.80 per year for the VIP plan.
For the Combo, Unlimited, eCommerce and VIP plans, Wix gives you a free domain name ($10 – $12 value every year) and $125 to $250 in advertisement vouchers (Google Adwords and Facebook Ads). So if you use the vouchers, you can make your annual fee back very quickly.
Wix vs WordPress – Flexibility
WordPress is an open source platform, this means that their codes are open to everybody to use and modify. Any programmer/coder can use WordPress to create their own themes or plugins. They can also be for others to download for free, or for a fee.
The Winner is… WordPress
WordPress used by nearly 75 million websites making it the most popular CMS in the world. According to WordPress, more than 409 million people view more than 23.6 billion pages each month and users produce 69.5 million new posts and 46.8 million new comments every month. It also powers more than 25% of the world’s websites.