In this post we’ll look at the difference between Wix and WordPress. We have five categories to use for comparison. They’ll be cost, ease of use, design, flexibility, and ecommerce.
First, let’s discuss cost. With Wix the basic builder is free, but it adds Wix branded ads on the top and bottom of your site. The second issue is you can’t have your own custom domain with the free version. Now for WordPress, the software itself is free, but you do need to purchase hosting and your own domain to set up your site. So depending on your budget, you can either go with something as low as $2.26 a month to something like WPEngine which costs $29 a month. If you choose to use a premium WordPress theme, that could add to your initial cost. There are several great looking free themes to choose from. In our conclusion WordPress beats Wix in flexible hosting plans.
Our next category is ease of use. Wix comes with a great drag and drop interface to build your site with and rearrange things on your pages, write content and add media. With WordPress, it has a visual editor to write your content with and has a theme customizer to let you edit your theme properties, but it does not have a drag and drop functionality so Wix is the winner for ease of use.
On design and layout, Wix has about 500+ templates to choose from whereas with WordPress it has thousands of free and paid themes you can choose from. If you purchased a premium theme, then you also have premium support with them. With this category WordPress wins over Wix.
Now for extending the functionality you can add plugins and apps to both of your sites. With Wix you have 200+ apps that you can add the functionality to your site. Most of these apps are free or have a lite version and with WordPress you have over 38,000 plugins to extend your site’s functionality. The thought has always been that anything you can think of for your site, WordPress probably has a plugin to fit that need. Because of this, WordPress wins in this category.
Finally let’s look at ecommerce. With Wix you can have an ecommerce store with their paid plans only, you can only accept payments using PayPal or authorize.net. To sell online you’ll have to pay extra for third party apps for selling online. And with WordPress, you have several free plugins that you can use to build your online store also the accept payments via several payment processors with dedicated themes designed specifically for online selling. WordPress wins in this category.
With WordPress winning in 4 out of the 5 categories we’ve looked at, WordPress is the clearly the winner in this comparison.