to the rise of convenient content management systems (CMS) and drag and
drop website building tools, almost anyone can create a website.
The most popular CMS is definitely WordPress, which powers over 25% of all websites on the entire Internet. On the other hand, Wix
with its 0.2%-0.5% market share may seem little and meaningless. But
the differences between the two still leave some room for Wix – even if
it’s used in less than 0.5% of all the Websites online, this still
leaves us with hundreds of thousands of websites.
Which is more easy to use?
Although compared to other CMS, WordPress is very easy to use, it’s
still much harder to use than Wix. The latter, with its visual drag and
drop site builder, allows for a quick website design and creation. At
the same time, although creating a basic website with WordPress doesn’t
require any coding, almost any modification that goes outside of what
comes with installed themes or plugins will require at least the
knowledge of CSS.
any plugin or theme in WordPress has to be separately installed, and
most of them have to be uploaded to the server while Wix offers easy
management of all the available apps via one online account. In Wix,
what you see is what you get – much unlike WordPress, in which you have
to customize the themes to give them that desired polished look.
What are the customization possibilities?
WordPress is much more customizable than Wix, and with thousands of
plugins and themes you can create any website you wish – from simple
blogs to complex membership sites or big e-commerce stores, almost
anything can be done. And, when created, it’s not that hard to maintain
On the other hand, Wix operates mostly on predefined templates. It’s
great for a small business website or a low-traffic e-commerce shop with
not many products. It also cannot be customized and edited to the
extent WordPress can. On the other hand, if you are a small team or a
one-man operation, it’s perfect solution for setting an easy to use
The size of WordPress is influenced by the huge community operating in
an open source environment. This is also where you have to look for
answers to any of your potential problems. Usually, if it’s a core
WordPress problem, the answer can be found on official WordPress forums,
but if it’s related to one of the commercial themes or plugins, you may
have to ask the specific developers for answers.
the other hand, Wix has everything in one place. There are a few Wix
communities around the net, but the official customer support is often
more than enough. And if you subscribed to the VIP Plan, your questions
have priority over other users.
Updates and reliability
When using Wordpress, each theme or plugin requires you to update it
separately. Moreover, some of the plugins may be incompatible with
others and cause the site to crash. The huge community behind WordPress
led to thousands of different plugins and themes created, some of which
may stop being updated – forcing you to make significant changes to your
website or can simply be of poor quality, making your site vulnerable
On the other hand in Wix, everything is controlled by the company’s
development team – only quality apps are available, and all of them come
with professional support available in one place. Similarly, updates
are done in an easy and time-saving way, as everything is updated
their most basic forms, they are both free but still come at a price.
Using free hosting and a free domain to host WordPress lowers website
image, performance, and gives you little control over it while free Wix
cuts down the features available significantly and shows ads on your
The cost for a WP site can be as little as that of a basic hosting package (starting as low as a few dollars
a month) and domain (around $10 for a .com) up to a few thousand if you
decide to have all your plugins and theme developed from scratch.
Typically it’s around $100-$200 for a theme and a few premium plugins + a
few dollars monthly for hosting.
offers five subscription plans, ranging from a $4/month plan that
allows connecting a domain, all the way to VIP that comes with unlimited
bandwidth, 30GB of storage, a few apps, and priority in customer
service and costs a little less than $25/month. Other premium apps which
are not given in the package can be bought separately.
Summary – the biggest pros & cons
The biggest benefits of Wordpress are its customizability and huge
community behind it that serves thousands of plugins and themes. Right
now, there are over 3000 themes and 36,000 plugins available in the
official repository only, not including many commercial ones which
aren’t listed there. The need for coding to really customize the site as
well as not as clear interface and the need to take care of the hosting
are its biggest drawbacks, but it’s a perfect solution for any size of
business. It will suit anyone who is willing to put a little bit of work
into his site or has a budget to pay someone else to do that.
offers most likely the most beautiful themes and is very easy to use
for anyone, thanks to its highly intuitive drag and drop site builder.
Although it comes with a lot less customizability and requires monthly
fees, it’s perfect for people who are just starting their online
ventures, mom-and-pops and everyone that values ease of use and needs
just a few features to get their website ready, and doesn't want to have
to pay too much attention to the site - and in case of any problem,
just want to send one email or call the phone and have the problems
Try Wix: www.wix.com
Try Wordpress: www.wordpress.org