Product Review of Wix.com

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…

  1. The “I don’t know anything about setting up a website” people
  2. The “I just want a cheap website for my business” people
  3. The “Do It Yourself” people
  4. The “I just want it to work without problems” people
  5. 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.

Pros:

  • 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….

Cons:

  • 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.

Comments

  1. Craig says

    I can see many people raving about wix and saying how great it is to have a free website etc and whilst it may look great at first, it is really awful.

    I must say that I am very disappointed with Wix for the following reasons:

    1. Once a website has been designed (and the designing is probably the only good thing about Wix) the website DOES NOT LOAD PROPERLY on some computers and particularly on ipads and iphones. You must design an extra mobile site for these to be viewable on those. Otherwise your PICTURES AND WRITING COULD BE IN THE WRONG ORDER, misplaced or just completely MESSED UP and not at all like how you designed it.
    I designed mine on a mac and it was perfect but when I looked on a windows computer, the writing had changed order and the website looked like a child of 5 had designed it.

    2. WIX WEBSITES TAKE A LONG TIME TO LOAD despite having a very fast broadband connection. I noticed this myself and friends have told me that my websites has taken OVER A MINUTE TO LOAD on a fast broadband connection. This is very bad for a professional website because if you are dealing with customers, they will probably think your website is not working and go on to your competitor. Some of my friends actually did think my website was not working when trying to view it.
    WEBSITES SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS LONG TO LOAD

    3. Is the website free? Yes, but only if you keep the wix address which is VERY UNLIKELY TO APPEAR IN GOOGLE SEARCHES and you do not mind having a very unprofessional WIX ADVERT AT THE BOTTOM AND TOP OF THE WEBSITE which will make your website look like it has some kind of virus attached to it.
    Otherwise YOU MUST PAY QUITE A BIT OF MONEY MONTHLY OR YEARLY. On their website they display a lovely table with all the different plans and prices which makes you think you’re getting a reasonable deal but THE PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE VAT WHICH IS ADDED ON AT THE FINAL BILL and the table leads you to believe that you get a free domain address under the monthly payments scheme with little ticks under all the benefits you get – BUT YOU DO NOT GET A FREE WEBSITE DOMAIN WITH MONTHLY PAYMENTS – ONLY IF YOU PAY YEARLY.
    So before you have even started, Wix has already tricked you several times.

    4. If you have a problem with designing your website or any other aspect of your website, YOU CAN ONLY CONTACT WIX ON A FORUM – THERE IS NO DIRECT CONTACT FOR SUPPORT.
    YOU CAN ONLY USE THE FORUM IF YOU PAY FOR YOUR WEBSITE
    Once you have posted your problem, you must then wait for a reply on the forum. I posted my problem 6 days ago and my problem is still not fixed. I thought that perhaps the support team had forgotten my case after days of not getting a reply, so I reposted my question asking them to deal with it and got an email just saying “Please refrain from putting multiple posts on the forum” – I put one extra post on the forum (not multiple) and just because I wanted an update on my problem. It is not possible to know if your problem is being fixed, you just have to wait.

    5. DESIGNING WEBSITE CAN BE FRUSTRATING – Although the idea behind Wix is good and it is good to have a place to create a website by dragging and adding things, it can sometimes be frustrating because you try to move things and they won’t go where you want them to, you only seem to be allowed one font for the entire website – It does not seem possible to change it within the same text box or on different pages (If I am wrong then it is not obvious how to do it) and you get a help box that you have to close every single time after completing an action and you cannot stop that – so every time you try to write something or change the position of something, the box appears getting in the way of your work.

    All in all, I have very unhappy with WIX and am regretting putting in so much work to make the website and to think that I am paying for this awful service. I will just take my website to another provider.
    IF YOU WANT A GREAT WEBSITE FORGET WIX – USE ANOTHER PROVIDER!!!

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