WordPress and Wix are two of the most popular website building tools out there and choosing between them can be really confusing. I have used both WordPress and Wix to build different websites and in this post, I want to talk to you about three reasons why Wix might be better for you!
If you want to know my advice about how to choose between Wix and WordPress for your specific online business website, check out this video I created about choosing wisely between Wix and WordPress.
Btw, if this is the first time you’re on this blog, Hi, I’m Pramod George, your tech consultant for the best tech to quickly build your online business. Nof said, let’s get started!
3 Reasons why Wix is better
REASON #1: Security
On the internet, it’s not about “if” you will be attacked, its about “when” – Pramod George
Security is a BIG DEAL in the online world and Wix takes care of that part for you. If you’ve never maintained a website online, let me impress upon you the need and complexity of ensuring a website’s security.
Your website is your brand, your storefront, and often your first contact with customers. If it’s not safe and secure, those critical business relationships can be compromised. The threats can come in many forms – infecting a website with malware in order to spread that malware to site visitors, stealing customer information, like names and email addresses, stealing credit card and other transaction information, adding the website to a botnet of infected sites, and even hijacking or crashing the site.
Lack of awareness of the risks and consequences, and the belief especially amongst small business owners that they’re too small to be noticed by hackers. They’re not aware that most hackers use automated tools to find vulnerable sites. Most small business owners are too busy to think about security in any depth. While they’re often aware generally of security issues, they often don’t connect those threats with their own business. So they don’t set aside the time and resources need to make sure even the most basic website security precautions are followed. – ipage.com
The online world is full of sophisticated hackers who roam the interweb to find any gap to exploit and introduce malicious programs into unsuspecting websites. Their attacks are not always observable. These guys are patient, purposeful and dedicated to exploiting you and you won’t even know you’re being exploited.
Ensuring your website’s security can be extremely time consuming and frustrating if you’re not technically sound. You need to create backups and logs and what not, to ensure that if you’re hacked, you could be back online with new and improved security features in a matter of hours.
But that is way easier said than done! This is why I appreciate the fact that Wix takes care of all these technical aspects of hosting, maintaining and securing a website.
This is one of the most important reasons why I recommend Wix to those who do not want to pull out their hair trying to figure out security for WordPress sites.
REASON #2: Speed to Market
Wix was designed with the express purpose of making website creation easy and “Fast”.
If you want to use Wix, all you have to do is visit the Wix website, sign up for an account, and simply start building your website via their online website builder tool and hit the Publish button.
WordPress, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated. First off, you can’t just build a website with it right away.
You need to rent server space from a web hosting company and buy a domain name first. Then, you have to install WordPress on that server, and it’s only afterward when you can start customizing your website, picking a design (theme) and/or installing new functionality via plugins.
WordPress, despite being the easiest open source CMS available, isn’t the easiest web publishing solution. It’s much more difficult to use than Wix , mainly because it doesn’t provide that streamlined workflow: with Wix you get everything (templates, hosting, widgets and more) with a single online account, and with WordPress you only get a CMS, so there’s definitely a steep learning curve for a beginner. – superbwebsitebuilders.com
On the other hand, Wix takes care of
- Optimizing your web pages for SEO
- Website Hosting
- In-built e-commerce solution
- Excellent Support
- Proper Documentation for website building and troubleshooting
In this fast-paced world, it’s important to get your site LIVE fast and this is the second reason why I recommend Wix to most of my clients. It’s faster than WordPress. WAAAAYYY faster!
Remember, if you want to learn how to decide between Wix and WordPress, check out this blog where I explain the decision-making process in an easy way.
How long did it take to create my WordPress Website?
I want to sound cool and say it took me no time, but in reality, it took me 2 weeks from buying my hosting service to actually publishing my website. Since then I have spent a lot of time in website maintenance (Spam Filtering, Security, SEO etc)
REASON #3: Cost
Even though the WordPress CMS (Content Management System) is free, there is a lot more to hosting a fully functional website. A typical WordPress setup includes the below costs.
|Item||WordPress Cost||Wix Cost|
|A domain name||$12-$30||$12-$30 USD/Year|
|Hosting||$30 – $900||$20/ Year|
|Design and themes||$0 – $50,000||Free|
|Plugins/extensions (also known as apps)||$426 – $1,587||$0-$30|
|Your time||30-50 Hours for Beginners||5-10 Hours|
All things considered, Wix is the cheaper alternative. While this should be a very small factor in your decision making, it is a factor nonetheless and I wanted to place it in front of you.