Wix vs. Weebly
By Tyler Keenan
If you’re looking to use a website-building service to create your next website, chances are you’ve checked out more than a few options. Whether you’ve looked at content management systems with more under the hood (like WordPress or Drupal) or you’ve considered more simple, DIY options (like Weebly or Wix), the key is knowing both what you need out of the platform as far as functionality and design, and how much budget and development help you have to put it together.
If you’re falling on the end of the spectrum where you don’t need a lot of high-tech functionality from your site—say, you just need a simple portfolio site, or a small informational site with nice design but not a lot of custom tools—and you have little to no design or development experience, two great options are Wix and Weebly. In this article, we’ll look at both platforms to help you decide which one is right for you.
Wix is also a relatively recent competitor in the web publishing market. Built around a large number of customizable templates and a drag-and-drop interface, Wix is designed to help non-developers quickly build a functional website. Built-in features allow you to get updates about your site, chat with customers, and monitor your online store with Wix’s mobile app.
Customizing a website on Wix is similar in a lot of ways to other drag-and-drop platforms. Design starts with choosing from among Wix’s hundreds of templates. Each template is fully responsive and supports HTML5, meaning you’ll be getting a high-quality web experience for both desktop or mobile. Be advised, though, that once you’ve selected a template you can’t change it, so if you want to update your design later on, you may need to start over.
Like Weebly, Wix also uses plugins to add functionality like payment processing, event calendars, customer testimonials, form builders, etc. Many of these are third party plugins built using Wix’s in-house development tools. Wix also offers additional services that add some basic marketing automation functions like email marketing, Wix SEO Wiz, and invoice management. Wix Video is a new addition to the lineup specifically for sites that want to host video, whether it’s video courses and tutorials or videos for sale or promotional use.
When it comes to setting up a Wix site, once you sign up you’re asked a series of questions that guide you through the setup. These cover the purpose of your website (Are you creating an online portfolio? A marketing page? A blog?) and key features you might want to add for additional functionality (forums, an online booking portal, subscription plans).
Wix has a proprietary feature called Advanced Design Intelligence (ADI) that can whip up a first draft of your website for you.
From there, it’s easy to customize the template with Wix’s drag-and-drop interface. Wix also handles hosting and domain registration, so users don’t have to worry about maintaining a site. (Note: Wix domains are free, but custom domains cost extra.)
For support and maintenance issues, Wix offers pretty comprehensive support through Go to the full article.