This is a the conclusion taken from an article written by Jeremy Wong from website builder expert who are doing a great job comparing the largest website building platforms available out there in a clear ,structured fashion and most important with no bias.
Wix.com: Limited customizability, but all their features and functions are closely controlled, monitored and tested to ensure they are working properly.
WordPress: Very flexible & customizable but could be very problematic if your custom tools or plugins breakdown.
Ease of Use
Wix.com: A very user-friendly, drag & drop website builder. You don’t need to know how to code as Wix is catered to non-technical users.
WordPress: A steep learning curve (not beginner friendly). It is best if you know how to code and that you are technically savvy, or hire someone who is.
Wix.com: dedicated support team with organized tutorials. You can also get help through the phone or email.
WordPress: A large community forum full of discussions, but not well organized and getting a timely response is inconsistent. Most users end up paying developers for help.
Wix.com: Since Wix doesn’t open its platform to external developers, they control all aspects of the platform so they manage all the updates and maintenance work for you.
WordPress: Requires frequent maintenance and monitoring especially if there are updates to the platform, theme or plugins. You are responsible for maintaining your website.
Wix.com: 5 premium plans, ranging from $5.00 per month to $25.00 per month (based on annual plans). You can also use Wix for free, but with certain limitations.
WordPress: Could range from $200 – $15,000, depending on various factors (hosting, themes, plugins, hiring help, etc.)
Picking Wix vs WordPress is a very personal choice – WordPress is powerful and flexible, but it also takes time to sort through all the tutorials and plugins to find the right tools to help you build a good website.
Hiring a WordPress developer for help is also very common, but the cost can really add up over a few years. The hiring process can be stressful and tedious, and a lot of times you’re not going to know what you get until the developer starts work (after collecting upfront money / down payment from you). Moreover, when WordPress updates its platform, you may need to hire the contractor again to make sure the custom work remains compatible.
With Wix, they help you manage all the updates and support. Despite not being as flexible as WordPress, Wix makes the whole website building experience easier and more pleasant (especially for non-techies).
So in conclusion, our opinion is that if you are a one person team or don’t have dedicated technical resources to help you build, maintain or troubleshoot a website, we recommend using Wix.
If you are technical or have someone that’s technical on your team, and you want to create a website that goes beyond what Wix has to offer, then using WordPress is the more flexible way go.
Just be aware that time and resources are the key considerations here:
Wix – less maintenance and lower cost over the long term
WordPress – more flexibility, but more maintenance, higher learning curve, and costs more over the long run
For us, we built this site using WordPress because it fits our purpose better (writing articles and blog posts), and also we’ve already spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars in hiring WordPress contractors and learning from them in our other projects. So for us, using WordPress is not very difficult, after paying the price to learn.
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