Without a doubt, Wix and WordPress are both well-known platforms for their ease of use and technical support offerings. That said, the major difference will come down to WordPress being a content management system, making it more scalable and requiring more technical knowledge, and Wix being a website builder. Therefore, before deciding between the two, it is important to consider some of their foundational differences.
The first consideration between Wix and WordPress comes down to simplicity. Wix is a website builder with drag and drop paragraphs, pictures, buttons, forms, and quotations, each of which users can resize with a button click. Since the extent of website editing involves moving items in real-time, users will see what a change will look like on their live site. While this platform makes it simple to create a website without any technical knowledge, the platform also has its limits. Namely, a Wix template can’t be created from scratch and can only be customized so much before the team cannot provide support.
A CMS like WordPress will require setup on a web host, requiring a slightly steeper learning curve than an average website builder. A steeper learning curve means users will often have to conduct some research to find reliable WordPress hosting. However, these offerings may be as simple as only needing a few clicks to install. Since WordPress isn’t a website builder like Wix, users will need to do some coding as a part of the editing process, although the amount is minimal. Users will also need to save and preview each edit to see what it will look like when it is live.
Website builders likewise offer a bunch of instant formats. Be that as it may, their determination is some of the time pretty restricted, while CMS usefulness allows you to change or modify any topic to carry out the plan you really want thinking of you as expertise to code or work with HTML/CSS.
The next comparison will come down to the additional plug-ins available on each platform. As a website builder, Wix has an app market with various free and paid solutions. Wix has verified each of these apps, most of which users can install in a matter of clicks. Furthermore, Wix users can easily browse through different categories to find the types of tools they want, ranging from features to improving marketing or optimizing media displays. These applications include a combination of apps created by Wix and third-party developers.
In comparison, WordPress is an open-source platform, meaning any developer can leverage the platform to build plug-ins that other users may choose to purchase or download for free. Therefore, WordPress has more plug-ins for users to choose from. However, with more quantity may come lower quality since there are no standards with an open-source platform.
Wix gives users several templates and a standard plan, each containing sample content and some guidelines for the kind of website a user can develop. These templates range in design to address specific industries and uses, which are intuitive for visitors to navigate. However, for those who consider themselves more advanced website creators, Wix might feel limiting.
Looking instead at WordPress, users will gain access to an endless array of customization. Users can choose from several WordPress-made or third-party created themes or work with a developer to create something completely unique. With support for advanced coding, the WordPress platform maintains an edge over Wix.
Often a topic for consideration is price. Unfortunately, this comparison is a little different than the numerical value itself. For starters, this is because the pricing structure differs between the two. As a website builder, Wix charges one price for everything, including hosting, apps, customer service, and any other features in a single package (other than any paid add-ons). Therefore, pricing may appear to be slightly more at first glance.
The pricing structure of WordPress is different since its core is free, as an open-source platform. What will cost users money are themes and website hosting. As far as hosting is concerned, the costs may be as low as a few dollars a month to $40+ for a premium plan with additional storage, security, and other functionality. Users who don’t come from a development background may also have to factor in the cost of a developer when they begin building the website itself.
Wix provides customer support through phone, live chat, and email support along with any of their packages, and VIP support for premium users. WordPress, a free and open-source solution for website creation, doesn’t come with customer support, although themes or plug-ins may offer it. Users will need to rely on the knowledgeable and continuously growing community to answer commonly asked questions. With so many avid platform users, the likelihood of users finding the answer to their question is high.