Wix is by far one of the site builders that has seen a meteoric rise in uptake over a relatively short period.
Breaking ground only in 2006, by 2017 the company laid bold claim to a stunning 100 million users. Over that short timeframe it has introduced multiple upgrades from a HTML5 editor to their drag and drop 2015 version.
One of the first things you’ll encounter in most site builders, is the template repository and that’s the same in Wix. The site boasts over 500 templates that are neatly categorized for your perusal. Browsing through most them, I find Wix offering a right mix of styles, from minimalist to comprehensive.
Editing the template is a marvel, with the interface offering many options in a true drag-and-drop style. Once you’ve gotten the items where you want, just fill in the details and it’ll work. Aside from that, what is truly notable is that Wix continuously adds and revamps features which accurately blend with current trends and technology.
One example of this lies in its SEO Wizard recently introduced. This is in-line with many more people becoming aware of how much SEO can help with their web presence. The Wizard allows for Wix to help you optimize your website with ease.
For online sellers, Wix not only has the options for eCommerce payments, but you’ll even be able to schedule bookings on your site. That caters for a niche of consumers which I haven’t seen readily available elsewhere.
Wix Templates Demo
As mentioned, Wix boasts over 500 pre-designed themes that are neatly categorized for your perusal. The following images demonstrates some of the themes I found. Click images below to enlarge.
Wix Performance Test
In line with the number of users on its site, Wix has a wide spread of what it calls ‘premium Accounts’ available that range in price from $4.50 per month all the way to $24.50 per month. (To see these numbers in context – read our study on website cost.)
What it doesn’t advertise widely is that you can still use the drag and drop editor for free. I do feel though that the price range does correspond with actual consumer needs, from individual to even small companies.
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Wix users have put up an admirable array of websites that look, at the very least, dignified, functional and suited to purpose. Paws for a Cause, is run by a photographer who helps animal shelters promote their charges for adoption.
The site is simplistic, but fits well to its theme with darling animals showcased in full, glorious colour.
I won’t make it a secret that after the review experience, I’m a Wix fan. They have a good base in their drag-and-drop builder, constant updates and upgrades, as well as a price base that has something for everyone.
Also read – other ways to create a website.
- Good range of pricing options
- Extensive option drag-and-drop user interface
- Does not allow exports of data (You’re stuck with Wix)
- Other site builders: Weebly, Squarespace
- Online store builders: Big Commerce
- Traditional hosting providers: SiteGround, InMotion Hosting, A2 Hosting.