Wix Website Builder Review | Build site without coding

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If you spend any time on the internet, you’ve probably heard of Wix. Their commercials, which feature celebrities like Jason Statham, Heidi Klum, and Gal Gadot, can be seen all over the place.

But even without the familiar faces, Wix would still be one of today’s most popular and well-known online website builders. A major factor in their success is that they are extremely user-friendly and free for smaller projects. This means that you can get started right away and build the website of your dreams in a matter of weeks or months.

I have to admit that at first glance, those templates didn’t seem as elegant as I wanted them to be. But after a bit more scrolling and previewing, I changed my mind. Among those hundreds of templates, you may actually discover dozens of styles, and something to appeal to everyone.

The diversity of categories is simply astonishing. And this is where Wix exhibits that they really can accommodate to everyone’s needs. It doesn’t matter if you’re searching for something really basic, a reasonably popular template for photography or company, or even something more unique like a drag queen promotional template, Wix has it all.

Design flexibility

Designing a website with Wix is sheer delight. Their Drag & Drop editor works wonderfully, and you can actually relax and enjoy constructing a site.

If you want to set an element on one side of the screen, all you have to do is move it there. You can move everything as easily as you would move an icon from one side of your desktop to the other. I didn’t experience any errors or defects, although some are certain to emerge sooner or later. Also, if you step outside the lines, Wix will notify you about that, and even explain who may view the element that you pushed away. Amazing!

Adding hundreds of available elements is merely one step away, and you may choose from a variety of items like as text, photos, buttons, galleries, menus, lists, and much, much more. There are more than 20 gallery pieces that you may add, and that’s without even integrating 3rd party apps (more about them later) (more about them later).

Editing website elements is as straightforward as adding them to the page. Clicking on an element reveals a menu which contains element-specific choices. For example, if you wish to alter a text element, you will be able to rapidly change the font, formatting, sizes, etc. Everything is in reach, and all possibilities are visual. So, that implies you do not have to know HTML, CSS, or any other technicality. This means that instead of Googling the terminology you don’t understand, you can focus on developing your site exactly way you intended it in the first place.

Wix also comes with supplementary apps that you may install to enrich your site. If you’re familiar with plugins in WordPress, you will understand how this works. When you need extra functionality, you just find the program that you want and expand. However, do aware that many of these apps require extra money.

Domain choices

When you start out, you acquire a domain name that truly symbolizes your account. So instead of anything difficult, your site will be accessible from youraccount.wix.com. At first, I believed I was trapped with this. But, after exploring

Wix a bit deeper, I discovered out that you can easily alter your account name to anything that you wish. I quickly updated the test website name to fsgtestwebsite.wix.com.

However, it’s crucial to understand that your site also has a name. This means that instead of the classic subdomain as mentioned earlier, you will have to have one more name in the domain. That implies that your site will be accessible through a link such as yourdomain.wix.com/sitename.

wix domain options

If you already possess a domain name (like yourdomain.com), you may instantly connect it to your Wix site. Similarly, Wix can allow you to get a new domain through their editor. Of course, custom domains cost extra money, and you will have to start a premium plan with Wix to offer the option of linking a custom domain to your site. However, Wix does give a lot to consumers for free, so some restrictions do seem only reasonable when you start personalizing your site beyond specified bounds.

Mobile site optimization

Portable gadgets like smartphones and tablets are already dominating the IT market. This market dominance is probably not going to stop until Star Trek holograms become available, thus it is crucial that you tailor your website to mobile access.

While working on your site, you may just click a small smartphone icon to preview your new project. This is really beneficial, as you don’t have to unhook your iPhone from a charger beside the bed simply to test your site on a mobile screen. But what’s even better is that Wix allows you to edit your entire site in this mode!

What’s fascinating is that this mobile editor is completely distinct from the main one. This means that you can make changes in the mobile editor, and the changes will only effect the mobile version of your site. So, for example, if you realize that some information is too huge, or some of the images don’t fit properly, you can adjust/remove/replace them. You may choose animations, place your call to action buttons, and more. This mobile editor is an extremely powerful function that any user will love.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) (Search Engine Optimization)

Being able to easily develop a beautiful site does not matter much if no one sees it. That’s why it is always crucial to optimize your website for search engines.

While this is not something you can achieve with just a few clicks, Wix is surely equipped to help you. There’s a whole section dedicated to search engine optimization where you can establish the title of your website, set description, and even tell Google and other search engines if you have a physical address for your business (again, a vital component in SEO) (again, an essential factor in SEO).

wix seo options

After the first few simple steps, Wix will provide you a few more recommendations. They call this a “SEO Plan,” where they propose how to improve titles, descriptions, text on the homepage, and more. Artificial intelligence will even allow you to connect to Google Search Console so that you can start boosting your SEO game. Wix will then show you their guide to SEO before leaving you on your own, or propose hiring a professional who can work with you.

Search engine optimization isn’t straightforward, but Wix has made it more accessible for newcomers and directed them in the proper route

Blogging functions

Although Wix looks all about drag and dropping design elements so that you can create your site, blogging is also a priority with them.

Setting up a blog with Wix is as easy as selecting the option. As soon as you open up your blog page, you will be able to customize its layout and appearance. Like everything else with Wix, you’re the master of your site and the way it’s presented to the world. This implies that you won’t be disappointed when you alter the blog settings to match your demands.

Managing blog entries is fairly straightforward with Wix. Unlike Squarespace (that drove me nuts!), Wix comes with a much cleaner and easier user experience. Adding new blog articles is merely a click away, and the post editor is incredibly intuitive. Adding text and media is precisely where you’d expect it to be. I really enjoy their UI that lets you to focus on the information and not worry about different options that you don’t need.

eCommerce integration

Although it’s not a specialist eCommerce platform, Wix does allow you to launch your online business. Unfortunately, you can’t do this on the free plan, but if Wix has captured your heart with its simplicity, you can keep working with them.

If you wish to transform your simple site into a selling machine, you will be glad to hear that Wix enables different sales methods. It accepts safe online payments, administers end-to-end fulfillment, and targets prospective consumers with innovative marketing capabilities.

Wix prices and plans

Wix is free for personal use. You may immediately register a free account and start playing around with the design of your site. And there’s quite a lot you can accomplish with the free plan. It won’t limit you in any way as long as you’re using it to establish a simple personal website. However, this free plan means having a Wix subdomain without the opportunity to alter it. Also, it entails having adverts displayed on your site.

If you wish to step up your game, a variety of four options allow updating your site with Wix. If you wish to create an eCommerce business, there are also three alternative plans at your disposal.

Basic\s$4.50 per month.

Allows you to link your domain.

Combo\s$8.50 per month.

Removes Wix advertisements, comes with a free domain.

Unlimited\s$23.50 per month.

Comes with unlimited bandwidth and increasing storage.

VIP\s$24.50 per month.

Comes with VIP assistance.

Business Basic\s$17 per month.

You can accept online payments and have 20GB storage.

Business Unlimited\s$25 per month.

Increased storage.

Business VIP\s$35 per month.

50GB storage, VIP support.

Customer support

The documentation available on Wix is vast. Whether you’re wanting to learn more about the editor, billing and premium plans, or how to handle your site during COVID-19, a wide selection of articles are there to help you out.

However, if you chose to contact assistance, prepare to be irritated. I searched for a contact form or an email address through the editor, without any results. Then I learned that all you can do is look through the documentation and interact with a chatbot. However, if you are persistent, the chatbot will ultimately offer to assist you in calling assistance directly.

wix customer support

I received an immediate confirmation that my email had been sent after asking a simple question. However, I didn’t receive a response to my question for 20 hours. When compared to Squarespace’s support, which responded to my question within 10 minutes and provided a thorough response, I’m left feeling let down by Wix.

My question was answered with custom images in the email response, which was a big help.

PROS

  • This editor is extremely user-friendly, intuitive, and fun to use.

  • There are a wide variety of elements that you can incorporate into your website.

  • You can easily preview and edit your website’s mobile version.

  • As long as you’re using it for personal use, you won’t be charged for the service at all.

CONS

  • It is impossible to change the templates that you use, despite the fact that they are beautiful to use.

  • Getting in touch with customer service was a challenge, and when I did, they responded slowly.

Wix-based examples

Before I show you what our test site looks like, let’s take a look at some other websites that are already running on this popular platform. For those who are considering using Wix, these examples will help you get a sense of what to expect.

K.O.T architects — Created with Wix

K.O.T  architects homepage

Calvin Pausania — Created with Wix

Calvin Pausania homepage

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