WordPress and Wix are best known for the ease in creating a website, an eCommerce website or a blog. For someone without any knowledge in HTML/CSS coding, Wix seems to be a better option as many still have the perception that one needs advanced technical knowledge in order to build a website on WordPress.
Are you still struggling to decide the best platform for you to build your new website? Here’s a complete comparison between WordPress and Wix!
1) Pricing of WordPress and Wix
Pricing is one of the main concerns when you are choosing between WordPress and Wix. It is important to be aware of the pricing as you may be paying more for something that you do not need.
Pricing of WordPress
WordPress is an open-source CMS and it is free for everyone to use. However, for your website to be published online, you would need to sign up for a WordPress Hosting account from a hosting provider.
If you’re looking for a WordPress plan that’s local and cost-efficient, you may consider Exabytes Singapore’s WordPress Hosting plans, which are selling at as low as S$6/mo. In addition, Exabytes provides additional features and benefits for their WordPress users to increase the value of their services.
With an investment of as low as S$6/mo, you can create a WordPress website with all sorts of features such as shopping cart, chatbox, contact form, traffic tracking, and more without having to pay any additional cash.
Pricing of Wix
The basic Wix website builder is Free. However, there are two drawbacks to the free version of Wix. First, the top and the bottom section of your websites will show an advertisement for Wix. Next, you cannot use your own domain name for your free website. This means the URL shown on your website will look like: username.wix.com/sitename
If you wish to remove the advertisement of Wix and use your own domain name, you are required to pay S$24/mo.
Pricing – WordPress is Better
In comparison, WordPress is the winner in terms of pricing as you can register a WordPress Hosting with Exabytes for only S$6/mo while Wix costs 4 times higher for the same features and benefits.
2) Design & Layout of WordPress and Wix
The design and layout of your websites are vital for your business as most online visitors tend to spend more time on a website that is user-friendly and attractive. In addition, it makes it easier for your brand to stand out from competitors.
Design & Layout of WordPress
There are over 10,000 free and paid themes available in WordPress for you to build your website easily. The themes provided by WordPress are suitable for personal blogs to full-fledged eCommerce websites.
Most of the themes also come with the built-in customization option for your own websites using only one of the many styling plugins to further style your websites. Some of the free WordPress themes do offer a premium version of their theme whereby you can perform further customizations to your website.
Still, the free WordPress theme provided is more than enough for you to build a stunning website. If you’re looking for the best free theme for your WordPress website, you can learn more on one of our previous blog posts – 5 Best WordPress Theme for Beginners.
Design & Layout of Wix
There are more than 500 pre-made templates for Wix users to choose and customize their website. These templates are meant for business, eCommerce, personal, portfolio, etc. The design of Wix also comes with built-in tools that allow you to customize your own websites.
However, once you’ve selected a template, you could not change or switch to another theme anymore. All you can do is to modify the template until you’re satisfied with the design. If you insist on changing to another theme, you have to redesign the website all over again with the new theme.
Design & Layout – WordPress is Better
Based on the comparison above, WordPress is clearly the winner of this because there are more choices and ideas for you to build a website. In addition, it is less likely that your website layout is similar to someone else because there are more than 10,000 different themes for you to choose from.
3) Apps & Plugins of WordPress & Wix
Apps and Plugins are the extra functionality that WordPress or Wix users are looking for to make their website perform more complicated activities. Apps and plugins help users track their website performance, secure their website, boost their website speed, and more.
Apps & Plugins of WordPress
Since WordPress is an open-source platform, developers are able to create their own plugins to contribute to the WordPress community. Hence, there are currently more than 55,000+ free plugins available in WordPress for you to use on your website. If there’s a new website function that has been introduced in public, you can be confident that this website function will soon be available in WordPress because developers throughout the world will try their best to build the plugin to the WordPress community as soon as possible.
Apps & Plugins of Wix
Currently, there are approximately 200+ apps that are available for you to customize your website with Wix. Since Wix is not an open-source platform, this means that all the plugins and apps are mainly relying on the internal development team to produce. This in some way can help Wix users to have a slightly more secure website. On the downside, it may take a longer time for Wix to introduce a new plugin due to the limited number of developers available.
Apps & Plugins – Both
From here both have their pros and cons, Wix may be better if you focus on security. But the website features will be limited as compared with WordPress. Hence, WordPress is the best choice for you if you want to take full customization and control over your website design and features.
4) User-friendliness of WordPress and Wix
User-friendliness is another important factor when it comes to creating a website. If it is not user-friendly, you will be spending a tough time trying to build your website.
User-friendliness of WordPress
As WordPress provides more features for its users, the interface of WordPress will be slightly overwhelming for a beginner. As a beginner of WordPress, you may need to spend some time understanding the interface of WordPress dashboard. Once you’re familiar with the interface, you’ll feel that WordPress is extremely useful and easy to navigate.
In addition, many feel that WordPress does not provide a drag-and-drop website builder so they choose Wix instead. As a matter of fact, most of the WordPress users installed a plugin “Elementor” into their WordPress account. Elementor is a free drag-and-drop website builder that is specially made for WordPress users.
User-friendliness of Wix
When it comes to user-friendliness, Wix is extremely easy to use for a beginner as all you need to do is to log in to your account and you can start modifying your website through their built-in drag and drop website builder. As a beginner, it will be much easier to navigate and understand how the interface works.
User-friendliness – Wix is Better
It is clear to say that the user-interface of Wix is much better than WordPress as it is made for beginners that want to build a website but do not have any technical knowledge at all. Hence, it will be much easier for users to understand how to build a website. On the other hand, WordPress is not as hard to use as what we think it is. Once you start to explore WordPress, you’ll feel that WordPress is something that is as user-friendly as Wix in the long-run.
5) Which is better for eCommerce?
Is WordPress Better for eCommerce?
To create an eCommerce website with WordPress, you have to install a well-known plugin, namely “WooCommerce”. With WooCommerce, you can easily manage your product portfolio, change your product pricings, and create product promotions easily. Furthermore, there may be some transaction fees chargeable by WooCommerce when someone makes a payment to your website.
Is Wix Better for eCommerce?
Wix has an eCommerce built-in for those that want to sell online. However, this feature only applies to their paid eCommerce package. This means that the users who are on the free plan are not able to build an eCommerce website. In addition, the eCommerce package of Wix is more suitable for websites that sell products with less traffic but it is not suitable for a complete online store.
Which is better for eCommerce? – Both
There’s nothing much difference when it comes to their ability to create an eCommerce website as both provide the same features. Costing wise, WordPress will be a better choice as the transaction cost will be much lower.
6) Which is more suitable for blogging?
Is WordPress More Suitable for Blogging?
In the early stage, WordPress was introduced as a blogging platform for bloggers to write blogs. As time passes, WordPress has evolved into a comprehensive platform to build a website. This means that WordPress includes all of the features that you may need to create a blog. With WordPress, you can include a commenting section, create a login for guest posts, and much more.
With these features, you can create a blog that looks like some of the well-known blogs throughout the world.
Is Wix More Suitable for Blogging?
With Wix, you can easily include a blog section for your website. In addition, Wix includes all the basic blogging features for you to create a blog. Furthermore, there is an app, namely ‘Wix Blog’ that enables authors to create their blog directly through their mobile devices. The drawback of this is that Wix does not have the commenting functionality and it uses Facebook comments instead.
Which is better for eCommerce? – WordPress
As WordPress is initially designed for bloggers, there are countless features you can use to create a high-quality blog.
7) SEO Performance of WordPress and Wix
SEO is known as Search Engine Optimization determines the chances of your website ranked higher on search engine results pages. Hence, it is vital to understand the SEO performance for WordPress and Wix as it will positively affect how well your online business performs.
SEO Performance of WordPress
Most WordPress users use YoastSEO or RankMath to perform SEO Optimization. When these plugins are installed in your WordPress account, you will receive recommendations on what you should do to have a higher chance of ranking higher in Google.
Some of the SEO Optimisations you can do with WordPress is changing the meta title, meta descriptions, focus keyphrase, change the slug, optimizing keywords, and many more.
SEO Performance of Wix
Wix also offers a bunch of dedicated SEO apps that you can use to rank better in the search engine. Site Booster is one of the most popular SEO tools in Wix you can use when you sign up for Wix’s Unlimited Plan and above. Some of the SEO features of Wix include keywords targeting, performance tracking, and more.
SEO Performance? WordPress is Better
In terms of SEO performance, some say there is not much difference between WordPress and Wix if you follow exactly what is suggested. However, you would need to be targeting the correct keywords in order to have a better SEO result. WordPress is better in terms of SEO Performance as it includes more areas you can follow to further optimize your website search ranking.
Help & Support of WordPress and Wix
Help & support is very crucial as you might be caught up in some challenges in the future that you do not know how to solve. Hence, a good support team can help you have a smoother experience in building your website.
Help & Support for WordPress
WordPress has an enormous community of users and an overwhelming number of tutorials to help you when you face problems. You may ask a question in the support forums and your question will be answered in no time by various WordPress experts.
Additional guidance and support are provided speedily when you register a WordPress Hosting account with Exabytes Singapore.
Help & Support of Wix
Wix has a dedicated support team available to help its users in troubleshooting. It also created many articles and videos that help and support its users. Wix also offers email and scheduled phone support for its users. Thus, the chances for the website to run into a serious problem will be minimal as the Wix website builder is built by Wix itself.
Help & Support? – Both are the same
Both platforms provide an easy way for you to seek support easily when you face any issues building your website.
In conclusion, WordPress is better than Wix, based on our experience with many clients. This is mainly because WordPress is more superior as a web publishing platform for any kind of websites (from blogging to eCommerce).
In addition, WordPress is more suitable for the long run and can help users to accomplish more complicated jobs and tasks.