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Wix Review – 7 Important Things to Know Before Going with Wix (2019)
Us: “What do you want?”
You: “I want to build a website!”
Us: “Oh boy, how fun. There are a lot of options out there.
You: “Tell me which one to use. NOW!!!!”
Us: “Jeez fine, calm down. Do you want to learn HTML and completely customize your website or would you rather drag and drop using ready-made templates”
You: “Neither. I want to completely customize my website and if you make me learn HTML I will murder you.”
Us: “Okay… I guess we should talk about Wix then.”
I assume this is how a conversation would go between us. I don’t know why you’re a potential murderer in this scenario but web development can make people do crazy things. The great news is that you won’t have to murder anyone to get the website you want! Woo-hoo!
In the end, if you’re looking for mass customization features while being able to build a stunning website without coding and extra headaches then Wix should absolutely be a top contender.
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Who Website Builders are For
Enter: Website builders. The whole point of website builders like Wix is to let someone build a website quickly by taking out the need for any prior website development knowledge.
Even though Wix is one of the most well-known website builder and has a pretty good hosting platform, it does have its limitations. As a website builder, Wix is simple and easy to use by nature. However, there remains to be a small learning curve.
Wix is made for people who want to be able to customize everything on their new website. If you want to be able to build a website that looks awesome all by yourself – Wix is number one. All without sacrificing speed and functionality.
Drag It-Drop It
There are numerous website development services that have drag-and-drop functionality like Squarespace and Weebly. Generally, the design interface is as simple as it gets.
You take an element you want to build on the page and drag it into a preset grid.
This is ideal for editing that prioritizes speed and ease of use while lacking in customization. But what happens when that preset grid is taken away? Chaos?
You would think, but not with Wix.
The Freedom to Create Anything
No fires will be caused by Wix (that we know of) but in all honesty a little bit of chaos does ensue. Wix believes anything is possible with their website builder. This is the slightly wacky zone Wix inhabits. Not only is it a drag-and-drop functional website builder, you can also place any element anywhere and do almost whatever you want.
Wix’s software powers more than 20 million websites today, so clearly they’re doing something right. There are other website builders that do work without a preset grid but are truly horrible in how elements interact.
When I use different programs, I would often find myself thinking, “I wish I could do blah blah blah.” With Wix – “blah blah blah” always exists. I honestly don’t think they left out anything you could want to do with the best website builders.
When creating your website you can make it look however you want it to look and the site configuration combined with onboarding are best in class. Once you really get going with Wix – it can be fairly intuitive and easy to use which is an anomaly with a lot of builders.
Another aspect worth mentioning is the mobile experience. Every now and again you will have to tweak the mobile site separately from the desktop version. Doing this is relatively painless and can help remove extra bloat from your original website. But hold on! Not everything is perfect.
With this new-found freedom there are countless options and numerous attention grabbing features. All of the sudden the easy, drag-and-drop website builder you chose has turned on you and you become overwhelmed. So much to learn! So little time!
Who Wix is Actually For
You should use Wix if you want to drag-and-drop but you also have a little bit of patience to take the time to master the functionality of Wix. Once Wix is mastered it is a powerful tool that will allow you to turn a blank canvas into a work of art.
Most people who want to build their own website should use Wix. The only people I would point in the direction of Squarespace and Weebly are those that want a simple website with no distractions. No fuss.
Basically, the cool kids use Wix.
Let’s Break It Down
The positive side of the editor is that it is as simple as it gets. The editor is something you can pick up right away and be halfway decent at. There are a few tricks and finer things to learn but for the most part it is easy to do whatever you want.
The age old problem of moving elements around software is that there is a chance it can interfere with other elements nearby. It isn’t quite as dramatic a software such as Microsoft Word, but it still can cause a few issues.
The issues ran into are easily remedied. Luckily, there are tools such as undo, redo, snap-to-grid and anchor dragging. Below is an example of the issues that usually pop up. When we change the font size of one section – the header logo is inexplicably enlarged as well.
Wix’s editor is just as easy to use as any other editor out there. With Wix’s editor there is just more. The more is fun though – we promise.
With total design freedom comes some awesome features in the editor that can’t be done in most website builders and are extremely hard to build into custom built websites. Wix’s ability to throw videos and animation everywhere and anywhere is next-level feature porn in our opinion.
The quirks with some of the formatting issues aren’t deal breakers. The issues happen but they’re always easily fixed and worth it for the complete blank canvas editor. Also, the ease of use of the editor is wonderful. Did we mention you just drag the crap you want to the places you want them and then leave them there? It’s awesome!
Please let us know if there are elements you want to add to a webpage and isn’t available on Wix. We tried, and we couldn’t find anything we wanted to do that wasn’t available. If you contact the support team at the company they will probably add the feature as fast as they can anyways.
A ridiculous amount of possibilities is what you get with Wix. The list of elements to add is staggering.
So. Many. Options.
While this allows for the ability to customize the webpage in any way possible, it can also be overwhelming. Menus and small icons are in every nook and cranny of Wix. Looking for an option to edit an aspect of the page may appear in a spot you would never think to look.
There are quite a few elements that set Wix into the upper-echelon of website builders. The neatest and niftiest element has to be the video background. You can grab your phone, record your dog licking his nether-bits, and make it the background of your modern art website.
Other elements worth mentioning are the full-width strips and galleries. Full-width strips allow you to organize your website into the cleanest of sections with a beautifully structured layout. Galleries (seen below) let you grab a bunch of pictures and throw them together in an aesthetically pleasing way. I won’t use the same example that I did for background videos – but you get the idea.
One weird aspect of Wix that should be mentioned is that you can’t change your theme. Most website builders allow you to use one theme for a while and when you want to test out another one you just switch it.
Themes are supposed to translate to mobile well. For the most part they do – just like any other website builder, it doesn’t work perfectly. You might have to go in and change a few things.
A familiar topic appears – there are a million options. The best thing about Wix is that you can truly make your website yours. The problem is it can be hard to find what you’re looking for and a lot of options will have you asking why they exist and who is using them.
If you feel overwhelmed, Wix has you covered. A tip for getting better at using any software: Use their damn knowledge base. I guarantee every time a question has been asked the Wix customer support team wrote a knowledge base article to address that question.
Why do I know this? Because the Wix Help Center is epic. Selecting the Editor portion of the help center leads to hundreds of articles. Hundreds! Figuring out how to use any feature can be done by going to the help center and searching what you are looking for. They’ll even teach you things about SEO if you want to read it. Wix really has you covered.
The blogging pages are kind of the opposite of the rest of Wix for whatever reason. The blogging options for the website builder are as simple as they come. It’s basically a structured text editor that allows you to add images. I’m not complaining as I think a blog section works best this way.
Wix still offers everything you could want as a blog owner. It allows authors, categories, drafts, cover photos, view counters, avatars, like counters, and read time estimates.
Wix has a pretty bad SEO reputation on the great wide web. The main reason for this is because pre-2016 Wix was built on Flash technology, which is really bad for SEO. Wix also had a few other issues with URL structures and adding alt attributes.
While Wix still isn’t the best when it comes to SEO – John Muller, a senior employee at Google has said, “Wix websites work fine in search.” What else can you ask from a website builder? If you’re using Wix, then chances are you aren’t an SEO expert so fine might be fine for you.
Wix offers what most users will want or need for SEO. The options to customize meta titles and descriptions, and connect to various SEO tools. While you won’t be setting the world on fire with insane SEO capabilities – Wix can still get the job done.
The only time Wix should be avoided is you really plan on going all out with SEO. This usually isn’t the case for people that are using website builders in the first place.
Wix does not have a free trial. What the hell!? No free trial? Why isn’t there any?
It’s simply because a Wix created website can be used for free–forever.
When using the free version of Wix your domain name will have this format: username.wixsite.com/siteaddress. To use a custom domain you will have to upgrade to a Premium Plan.
The Premium Plan does include a free year of domain hosting on top of all the other benefits offered as well as the option to purchase Google’s G Suite to use a custom email address.
Wix does get pricey but the price is definitely worth it if you aren’t tech savvy. Leveling up with Wix can help you level up your website in a few different ways. Each tier offers meaningful benefits. The middle tiers will usually suffice for most subscribers.
Artificial Design Intelligence
Wix ADI is the first of its kind, and is still in its infancy–and as a result, what is promised falls a little short to be honest. What the ADI does is asks you various questions and applies that to an algorithm that creates a site for you. It takes all the options of element, themes, and layouts and grabs from every combination.
What is Promised: ADI currently promises a stunning site that is one-of-a-kind.
What to Expect: What ADI really does is give you a solid head start in your web design, just don’t expect it to cover the entire process.
Rather than taking the time to look through all of the themes and layouts the software picks for you based on preferences and questions asked. It’s a time-saving and decision-mitigating feature – and there is nothing wrong with that. With time, this tool could hopefully become much more.
Is Wix better than WordPress?
The short answer is no. The longer answer is that it can be. If you’re looking to highly customize your website without a solid learning curve then Wix is better than WordPress for you. WordPress is a deep dive into website building whereas Wix is kind of like wading into the shallow end and flirting with the idea of swimming into the deep end.
Is a Wix website really free?
Wix has a free version but your domain name will have this format: username.wixsite.com/siteaddress. To use a custom domain and unlock a lot of feature you will have to select a paid plan.
How do I get a free domain name from Wix?
A free domain name is available after selecting a paid plan. You still have to pay for the Wix plan but they throw in a domain name for free – for a year.
How much is the Wix domain after the free year?
The domain name will cost you $14.95 for the year after your free year is up. That price is relatively competitive with other hosting platforms.
An incredible 88% of people who used Wix would highly recommend it to a friend. At this point, I would say that we’re friends – and would like to formally recommend Wix to you. If we had time there would be a neat ceremony with trumpets and confetti. We know you need to get to building your website so I won’t hold you up any longer.
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