Updated for July 2018

Wix vs. WordPress vs. Weebly 

Are you looking for a simple way to build a site without the added hassle of a developer? Well, blogging platform moguls have made it a whole lot simpler! Now, to build your own site, all you have to do is find the best site builders on the market, select the one that fits your needs, and have fun!

With user-friendly interface and advanced functionalities, these platforms are great for both beginners and experienced web designers and will work with you. Thus you can create your own site, blog, online store, in just a couple of hours!

But, let’s see the best site builders on the market right now, and how they differ from one another. Today we’ll discuss Wix, WordPress, and Weebly and see where each of them excels.

Wix vs. WordPress

Wix and WordPress are quite different. Wix offers a free account with a variety of templates with storage and hosting included. Also, it offers the possibility to install a range of apps and widgets that will increase the functionality of your site. WordPress is a more flexible site builder that allows you to design it as you choose as well as install a variety of third party widgets and add-ons. WordPress is a fantastic platform that offers amazing customization possibilities but has a bit of a learning curve.

Getting started: 

With Wix, things are simple: you introduce your email address, select the type of site you want out of a wide range of possibilities, and then you get access to the customization page.

With WordPress, setup is also simple. After creating an account, you will be asked to choose your site’s address, and then you will be redirected toward the dashboard. If you really want to create a professional site or blog, it is recommended to select the unique domain name option (which is paid).

Both WordPress and Wix offer a wide range of gorgeous themes (paid or free) for a wide range of sites.

The site building interface:

Wix offers a great site builder which is easy to use and understand even for a non-technical person. You also get access to the App Market where tons of widgets and third-party applications are available. This means you can customize the site and add various functionalities.

WordPress on the other hand, offers you a dashboard. There is a sidebar on the left, with all the menus and options and you can customize every piece of code as you like. However, this means that a non-technical person won’t know their way around the platform and would have to hire someone who actually knows the platform to either teach or do the actual site building work.

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wix vs wordpress

Online store features:

Both site builders can have a 'shop' section where you can sell products. If you upgrade your account, Wix will give you access to their online store platform where you can create multiple product pages and implement payment methods. However, this is not an advanced store.

WordPress doesn’t have an integrated online store platform but it can be combined with various plugins like WooCommerce. With the right plugin, WordPress can create a beautiful, functional, and easy-to-use online store with lots of options.

 

 

WordPress vs. Weebly

Getting started: 

The setup process is simple and straight-forward with both site builders. All you have to do is create an account, decide if you want a unique domain, and move on to the customization process. Both Weebly and WordPress offer free hosting and storage, but the unique domain name must be paid for. If you decide to stick with a regular link, then everything is free.

The site building interface:

Weebly is a bit stiff when it comes to the site building interface. The platform offers the same drag & drop possibilities like Wix, but there are situations when an element won’t stay on the page as you want it without an explanation. This usually happens because Weebly tries to follow the responsive template rules. Also, every change you make is automatically saved and you can change the theme whenever you want. On the downside, Weebly doesn’t offer an Undo option which is a bit annoying.

Otherwise, you have access to a wide range of themes, but fewer than the ones available on WordPress. Both theme categories are gorgeous and well-designed.

WordPress will allow complete freedom in customization, but requires some advanced knowledge of the platform and some coding. You have access to a wide database of widgets and new ones are developed every day.

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Online store features:

Weebly offers access to their integrated online store where you can create product pages, statics pages, and even blogs. However, this option is only available with one of their top premium accounts. On the downside, Weebly won’t offer an integrated possibility to send out a newsletter to your customers. You need a third-party app for that.

WordPress, as we already mentioned, can be paired with any of the available widgets and allows users to create advanced online stores with various functionalities. However, this means extra money as well. When it comes to newsletters, all you need is a plug-in (which can be free).

 

 

 

Pros & Cons

Wix Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

  • Amazing interface and an easy-to-use site builder
  • A wide range of modern-looking themes
  • Integrated mobile site building tools that allow users to create mobile sites that are different from the desktop one.
  

        

Cons:

  • It doesn’t offer the possibility to monitor your progress
  • The responsive template will fail sometimes  
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WordPress Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

  • You can customize every aspect of the site
  • Lots of widgets and plugins to increase your site’s functionality
  • Deep control over any process
  • Great looking themes
  

        

Cons:

  • Has a learning curve
  • Not the best choice for beginners
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Weebly Pros & Cons

 

Pros:

  • Free version with limited storage and free hosting
  • Great interface and an intuitive site builder
  • Wide range of great-looking themes
  • Great third-party apps to add increased functionality
  

        

Cons:

  • No Undo option in the customization area
  • No email newsletter from the platform
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Pricing

 

           

Wix Pricing:

Wix offers 4 premium plans:

  • E-commerce (€16.17/month) - Best for Small Business – is integrated with an online store
  • Unlimited (€12.42/month) - Entrepreneurs & Freelancers
  • Combo (€8.25/month) - For Personal Use
  • Connect Domain (€4.08/month) - Most Basic – this will display ads.

   

        

WordPress Pricing:

  • Free for life
  • Premium ($8.25/month)
  • Business ($24.92/month)

        

Weebly Pricing:

The options available here are:

  • Free version
  • Starter ($8.00/month) – this one doesn’t offer you support or any other advantages the other two plans have
  • Pro (12.00/month)
  • Business (25.00/month) – includes e-commerce features

 

Rating

Site builder

General

Customer service

Features

Wix

5

5

5

WordPress

5

5

5

Weebly

4

5

4

 


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