Whether you are looking to build a blog or website for personal reasons or as a means to generate an income, choosing the right platform is a fairly critical decision you’ll need to make at the outset.
This decision can be a little confusing and challenging to make with all the options out there, especially if you are new to the online world and haven’t built a blog before.
In this review I am comparing the WordPress platform with Wix and I’ll show you the pros and cons of each to help you make the decision that is right for you.
What Is SiteRubix & How Does It Relate To WordPress?
SiteRubix.com is a platform that allows you to build a WordPress blog with added value. It essentially enhances the typical WordPress experience with added tools, training and support and hosts your WordPress blog.
Once you login to your website through the SiteRubix platform, it’s exactly the same as if you were building a usual WordPress blog.
Anyway, let’s get to comparing Wix and WordPress to see how they stack up in six major categories…
#1 User Friendliness
One of the biggest selling points of Wix is that it is super simple to set-up and use. In just a few clicks anyone can build a professional looking website. They use a very ‘drag and drop’ style platform that requires no coding skills whatsoever.
I like the idea and I think they are providing some genuine value for the segment of people that just want to put up a website and not have to worry about the technical side of things.
WordPress is very simple to use but it definitely requires a bit more learning since it is more complex in nature. I wouldn’t say it is hard by any means but certainly will take more learning to get acquainted with. Once you learn the basics you will find that you still don’t need to know much (if anything) about coding to be able to achieve some great results for your blog.
I would say that Wix wins for being easier to use but WordPress is also super simple and as I will show you, comes with much greater flexibility.
#2 Flexibility & Customisation Options
Wix allows for some really nice customisation options and makes it super simple, but it also comes with some real limitations as well. It has just over 400 templates to choose from in comparison to 1000’s of themes with WordPress. While some of these themes are great it also means that there’s going to be a lot more people out there with similar (if not almost identical) looking websites to you.
If you choose a Wix theme that you are not happy with you are stuck with it unless you start over completely. To me that is a pretty major drawback. It is hard to know right off the bat what kind of theme to choose and if you come across a particular theme later on down the track that really looks great for your needs, it’s too late.
With WordPress you can literally change your theme as many times as you like very easily and with no negative impact on your blog.
There are some minor things to be mindful of when you do change to a new theme but nothing major. The other thing about WordPress is that it’s open source, which means there are free and paid themes and plugins being added every day by a multitude of different designers and web developers.
A plugin is something that can be added to your blog to give it more functionality or make a job easier for you to accomplish. There are currently over 43,000 unique plugins available and there is a new one being added every hour.
The point of all of this is that, without coding skills, you can customise a a WordPress blog far more than a Wix website and change the design as you go along. You can also hire affordable web developers to customise your blog even further or learn more advanced skills to do it yourself.
Having a unique presence is something very worthwhile in the Internet marketing and blogging world and WordPress is the clear winner for ultimate customisation.
#3 Which option Is Better For SEO?
There is currently much debate on how effective a Wix website is for SEO (search engine optimisation). Some say they are good and a lot say they are rubbish. I’m certainly no ‘tech guru’ so I don’t want to speculate too much on this issue but I will say there has been a recent issue that adds fuel to this fire.
In mid-late 2015 there was a major issue with Google dropping Wix websites from their rankings completely. It seems it had something to do with the way the websites are set-up and Google has been working to resolve this issue. To me this is pretty alarming… can you imagine building an entire website business or blog and having most (if not all) of your pages removed from Googles index?
There’s a lot of experiences from people losing a lot of money due to this and reporting a less than favourable response from Wix.
This leads me to another question that is worth considering. Since everything is done through Wix in house, what happens to your website if the company goes out of business? I’m not suggesting this will happen but I think it is important to consider this if you are planning on committing to a long-term project.
WordPress has over 76.5 million users worldwide with 409 million people viewing a their websites every single month. It is constantly updated and designed to work seamlessly for SEO purposes and has done for many years. In my opinion it’s a bit of a safer option.
I’m not saying one or the other has some special advantage, but WordPress certainly has a proven track record and it’s a platform I know gets good and stable SEO results as long as you do your due diligence. At the end of the day it’s the content that ranks, but you want to make sure you are giving your blog the best chance of success.
#4 The Price Comparison
I want to discuss a couple of pricing models here, both the free and paid versions of both platforms. As I mentioned at the outset I am talking about a WordPress website hosted by the SiteRubix platform, so I’ll focus on the pricing of SiteRubix rather than WordPress directly.
Wix: You get 1 free website hosted on a shared domain name (www.username.wix.com/YourActualSiteName). You get up to 500MB of storage and must display the Wix advertising banners throughout your site. You don’t get access to integrate your site with Google Analytics or the ability to set up an e-commerce store with this option.
SiteRubix: You get 2 free WordPress websites with unlimited storage on a shared website domain (www.YourActualSiteName.SiteRubix.com). This comes with full Google Analytics integration and you can set-up an e-commerce store website easily. You also get to trial all premium features for free within the first 7 days after which you can still keep your website.
There are also 20 lessons worth of free step by step training to help you build your blog and get it ranking in the search results and there’s no ads that are displayed on these websites at all.
Wix: $19.90 per month/ $96.96 per year. This is definitely the cheaper option but it has more limitations.
- More storage than free version but still limited
- No ads
- Better tech support
- Ability to have an e-commerce store
- Free custom domain name for the first year
- 1 Website/ blog only
SiteRubix: $47 per month/ $359 per year. With this plan you get a ton of extra value in a more unlimited kind of way.
- Unlimited websites
- Unlimited bandwidth hosting
- Unlimited access to hundreds of step-by-step video tutorials, vast knowledge base as well as weekly webinars to help you grow your blog and website business
- Thousands of active entrepreneurs in a huge community that are always there to help, including the founders themselves
- Live tech support that responds within minutes
SiteRubix is the clear winner with the free version but more expensive in the premium version. It comes down to what you are wanting to achieve though. Wix may be cheaper but the value being offered is considerably lower.
#5 What Kind Of Support Is On Offer?
The support at Wix is pretty good all round and includes phone, email and forum support. The drawback with this support is that it is really limited to tech support and general questions.
The SiteRubix support is really a whole level above in both tech support and support to grow your website business. There is an entire community of 10’s of thousands of people actively answering questions and supporting one another as well as insanely quick customer support. Each time I’ve had an issue, my questions have been answered in under 10 minutes.
You can also get 1 on 1 coaching directly from the founders of the platform at no extra cost. There’s also a huge knowledge base to search for answers to your questions quickly and effectively.
#6 The Training
With Wix the training is pretty much limited to getting your blog up and running and general tech support. With SiteRubix it really takes the training to a whole new level. You are learning about SEO, PPC, social media marketing, Video marketing, website building, affiliate marketing and a host of other topics.
The training will teach you everything you need to know to not only build your website, but get visitors to it and learn how to monetise it. That really is the main difference between the two. With Wix you could end up spending a lot more money down the road on separate courses trying to learn all of these things and still not get the same level of results.
The Bottom Line
Wix is great for creating drag and drop websites and for people looking for the easy and cheap solution. The ease of use and price also come with a fair amount of limitations. If you are really wanting to build a website and learn to market this as a way to build an income, then SiteRubix is by far the better option.
It gives you far more flexibility, support and options and doesn’t limit you to just one website. Even if all you wanted to do was have something basic I would still say SiteRubix is the winner since the free version comes with a lot more value and you don’t have to display annoying little Wix advertisements.
In conclusion, a WordPress website through SiteRubix comes with a ton of value in both the free and paid versions and in my opinion is the clear winner.