Let’s dive into my Wix website hosting review. When I first stepped onto the online scene, I was overwhelmed by the number of website builders that were out there. Of course, I wasn’t trying to do anything fancy. I just wanted to start a tiny food blog as a hobby. At that time I wasn’t even aware of the massive income potential a website could have, I just wanted somewhere to put my crazy recipes out into the world.
The hosting I did choose was not great, it was glitchy and not clean looking or intuitive. Back then, the whole concept of a beautiful website in one click was unheard. You could easily build a website, but it would LOOK free, even if you were paying for the service. But not today! Wix is one among the many pro-style website builders on the market today. Wix Product Overview
Wix hasn’t always had the best reputation. I passed it over on my first website. But now Wix is highly recommended by the pros! It’s competitors are: Weebly, Squarespace, and WordPress. Up until a few years ago, Squarespace was leading in beautiful, professional templates. Wix has 100’s of website templates created by talented web designers, so it takes the guesswork out of trying to create a stunning website on your own. They’re platform also allows for drag and drop editing, which is incredible for the not-so-tech savvy blogger. Their mobile optimization makes your website highly funcional on any device.
The Good & the Bad of Wix
One thing many people look for, especially when they are just starting out with the online world, is a free way to get started. Wix offers free hosting on one of their domains. This means that you will start out with a website that looks similar to “xxxx.wix.com.” You can still accomplish a great deal on a free plan. You can still draw a lot of traffic to a Wix site.
Another pro would be the simplifying of the web design. Many pros out there are completely impressed with the simplicity of their drag and drop system, as well as the ability to have full control over their website’s appearance. This pro has grown greatly over the years. So much so, that entreprenuers who are hired by businesses to create websites use wix to easily and cheapy build a professional website. Impressive right?
Wix has also upped their game with website security. In this day and age, it’s almost too easy to feel insecure building a website without the very real fear that someone will hack into it and steal some valuable information. Thankfully, all of Wix websites are run on their in-house servers, allowing them to offer full website security.
While it’s nice to have the ability to create a free website, it comes with its faults. With a free site, you will have Wix ads. You alos won’t have the ability to host your very own domain (vs the ones with the Wix subdomain), without paying for an account.
One thing that bothers me specificaly, is the way the pricing is laid out when you are looking to upgrade (ex. $5/month, $11/month, $14/month, $29/month). The pricing, however, isn’t “monthly” at all. The subscriptions are yearly, and are billed that way at check out. Maybe it’s just me, but if the pricing is says $11/monthly, I expect to pay $11 at the checkout. If they bill yearly, they should put “$132/yearly” and I will work out the monthly price on my own. In my personal opinion, laying out pricing like that is a sales tactic.
If you’re going to go with a wbsite template, you need to keep it simple, or else you will hit snags. While they have come a long way, they don’t have the hosting perfected, nor do they have their webpages down to a science. As a matter of fact, I have heard coders complain about the website’s functionality. It seems like, if you are very serious about creating a business from a website, this may not be your way to go.
Who is Wix For?
As I mentioned before, if you are serious about building a business from a website alone, then this may not be the platform for you.
If you have a business already, and simply need a website to help with gaining traffic or advertising, then it might be worth considering. Although they do have a VIP package, some find it a tad bit overpriced for what you get.
One tool that many who are interested in Wix find helpful would be the Wix ADI website builder. You take a simple quiz and Wix designs the website for you. If the amount of templates available becomes overwhelming, this can be a very, and I mean VERY, helpful tool in creating your website.
Aside from that you also have a personalized SEO plan, SEO analytics, email marketer, and social tools. Basically anything you need to create a website for your business. But they lack in training. SEO plans are nice, but if you don’t know how to effectively use them, you’re in the dark and you won’t get the traffic you need.
I have really only heard good things about the support you receive when you have issues with your website. They can usually solve any problem, it just may take some time. It takes up to a few days to get your problem solved.
There’s no real online community that you can go to when you have questions, if say, you don’t feel like filing a ticket. What you can do in that case, is simply Google your issue, and you’ll come across several answers. Many people use Wix and have possibly been where you are.
My Final Opinion of Wix
If I’m being honest, it’s not for me. I prefer to have a fully immersive and supportive community full of like-minded entrepreneurs, on top of web hosting. Also this platform that I use, uses WordPress, which continues to be the lead in website design.
But that doesn’t mean wix isn’t for anyone. It definitely has a targeted audience, and I would consider it to be a top ten platform. Definitely worth consideration.
Price: Varies (Free, $11/month, $14/month, or $29/Month)
Overall Rank: 78 out of 100