WIX vs Wordpress vs Custom Development
Wix and WordPress are both quite well known in the website-building field.
Wix offers many drag and drop tools for you to build your website, but lacks
true customizability. WordPress is known for its powerful yet complicated
CMS. Wordpress is more customizable with many different themes and you can have
more access to your code and your databases depending on if you use
wordpress.org or wordpress.com. Custom Development gives you the most customizability,
where you can create whatever your heart desires.
Let’s start off by going over what wix offers.
Wix offers you a drag and drop builder, which is great for people who do not
know how to code, but it is not great for people that want more custom designs,
animations and an overall more professional feel to their site. You can do some
basic functions with wix such as adding spacing, adding words, adding images,
and videos and links. However, you can’t really add true spacing, you can’t
round off images. You can’t make your own custom backgrounds , you can’t
make words hover over video, or optimize your page for speed using a cdn,
lazy loading images, or preloading script tags.
If you end up adding a facebook pixel your site will slow down in
speed to the point where it might not ever load on a mobile device.
So it’s good for the small startup, or the part time ceo. It’s not really
what someone who wants to really make their place in the market would use..
There are some exceptions however. If you have a huge social media following
and are just passing all the traffic to the site from your social media.
You could probably get away with just using a wix site for an ecommerce store.
However, if you are like most people.. You’re still building your brand,
and your website needs to be able to help your brand succeed by providing an
amazing design, great on & off page seo, which isn’t really something you can do
on wix. You can go for a good or a decent design. However you will never have the best design.
What does Wordpress offer? Well wordpress is a lot like wix in a couple of
ways. It’s mainly made for people who can’t code and prefer to use a drag and
drop function and was originally built for bloggers. It does have more customizability
options, many more and plugins and is a much older service. So it has much more
support. You can also find millions of themes for wordpress that you can
customize with code or in some cases by simply dragging and dropping. Building
websites with wordpress also has a much steeper learning curve, whereas with wix
you can be up in running in a couple minutes. Wordpress has a really large mix of
uses. Some people like to use it to make directory sites, forums and blog pages.
Others use it to build their service business and hire a developer to build their
custom site with code, so they can later do all the blogging themselves and keep
the integrity of the design as well as make minor changes to their website without
having to learn how to use a p tag, and h tag, an image tag or anything html,css,js
or php. Which is actually ideal for most business owners.
Now one thing that is uniquely different about the two is that it
is actually much harder for most people to design their own website
with wix. Many wix sites designed by non professionals look horrendous
and an ugly site can be brand damaging. Also understand that it’s not
just wordpress that might need some professional design and development
help, but this also happens with wix as well. You see, there are many
different web design trends that designers and developers like us
actually use everyday to make our websites stand out and catch the users
attention. However, with both wix and wordpress however, our development
and design skills can be somewhat limited by such software. We are less
limited by wordpress of course, mostly we’re just limited to working with
buggy plugins, any bugs in wordpress or it’s datatable and of course any
bugs within the theme itself. If one is used. Wordpress starts off at
$0 and raises in price depending where you host your website. We recommend
bluehost's 3$ plan if your website is just starting out. Wordpress currently
gives you a $100 ad credit as well.
Custom Design and Development
Custom Design and Development offers you the most possibilities
when it comes to your website design and functionality. It is also
the fastest way for a developer to build your website. However, with
a custom design and development coded from scratch. Unfortunately, you
will not be able to add much to the site or change much unless you are
able to code yourself. However, there are some solutions, where the
developer can just create a dashboard for your blogs to be posted ,
or you can link a medium page. However, if you write your blog articles
off of your site, you are building the authority of the other site and
in most cases, you want to avoid doing that. If all your traffic comes
from social media however, this could be a great strategy. Additionally,
normally with custom code, you actually end up paying less in hosting.
Many times web hosts charge you for doing a bunch of things a developer can do in minutes..
Like ssl, setting up wordpress, transferring your website, setting up emails, setting up
email auto responders, setting up robot.txt, setting up fb pixel, setting up
google analytics, building your website and more.