This is just the first article in a series of product reviews aimed at helping you understand how to go about selecting a “Pay As You Go” or subscription based website. In this article, I am going to highlight some of the features that makes Wix.com an attractive “Pay As You Go” option and some of the things that may help you decide whether using Wix is the right option for you.
Naturally, if you are interested in a “Pay As You Go” website then you probably fall somewhere into one or a few of these characteristics…
- The “I don’t know anything about setting up a website” people
- The “I just want a cheap website for my business” people
- The “Do It Yourself” people
- The “I just want it to work without problems” people
- The “I just want people to find me on Google” people
Now that we’ve categorized the types of people that would benefit heavily from a “Pay As You Go” website let’s have a look at the pros and cons of using Wix to develop your website.
- The Price – It is definitely a cost effective solution in developing a website considering that you can try it before buying it for free.
- Pre-built Templates available – If you are new to having a website and you want a certain look you can quickly add a new theme to your website. I love the ways in which you can edit and make changes to the layout on your Wix website because its intuitive and easy to do so because it doesn’t require coding or a knowledge of coding to do so… perfect for the beginners out there looking to build a professional website.
- Supports integration with third party tools – This is an important factor when you are looking at any website but Wix does support and allows you to add things like Google Analytics to your website quickly and easily.
- Content updates and additions – With the Wix.com platform the ability to make updates to your existing website content is very easy. Even adding web pages is pretty easy even for beginners which I like and the user interface isn’t too complex to navigate or use.
Attention: I did notice a couple of times that you sometimes had to re-save content changes when it froze upon uploading the changes.
- Rating Themes in terms of “Difficulty” level – I really like the fact that Wix has taken the time to rate their flash templates based on the difficulty level that a user may experience in building their own website with Wix. This allows newbies and experienced designers to select a flash template that you can easily customize based on your skill level.
- SEO – If you have a website or you are thinking of getting a website than at some point you start to wonder just how the search engines are going to find it. Wix does a pretty good job of giving you the ability to add keywords and other meta data that search engines use in order to index your website’s pages. Have a look at the following ways that you can use wix to optimize your website for search engines….
- Upgrades Required for additional functionality – In order to use your own domain name or add Google Analytics to your website you need to upgrade to a premium account and for other additional functionality this is also the case. The pricing for a premium accounts starts at $4.95 a month which is definitely not hard on the wallet.
- Browser compatibility – I noticed when I wanted to view the settings on a Wax website that they weren’t accessible from Google Chrome (which I tested on) however they were available in Internet Explorer. It didn’t take me that long to find an issue with Wix around browser compatibility and I almost wonder if there are more bugs with running a Wix website?
- Exporting and Importing data – With any subscription based software it’s important to understand if you can export your data should you need to leave the subscription and if possible how you can import it should you be switching over or simply the fact that you have the content for your pages and you want to get them up and running fast. Wix does not allow you currently to import content so page creation may take you a little time and if you want to export your content this process is going to be a manual process as well.
I hope that enjoyed reading this article about using Wix to build a free flash website. As far as it goes with a subscription based website service, Wix is a decent platform primarily aimed at people who are looking for a simple way to get a website up and running without a lot hassle.