You can either choose Wix or WordPress if you plan to perform rapid web development. While there are other options, these two are the most popular ones in content management system, or CMS.
A CMS’ primarily role is to make it easier for people to develop, publish, and maintain a website. It allows developers to focus on website content rather than code.
The pros and cons of both CMSs depend on the web development skill and technical savviness of the user. A web developer can unlock the full potential of WordPress, which can easily defeat Wix in every aspect. A layman, devoid of web development skills, can more easily and rapidly develop and publish a website with Wix than WordPress.
WordPress has two facets: website hosting service and content management system software. Its website hosting service allows users to establish a website under the domain WordPress.com and their chosen subdomain. Its content management system software, on the other hand, is available to developers who want to publish a website on another domain that will run on the WordPress CMS.
Wix, on the other hand, is a website hosting service, but it doesn’t have a downloadable CMS. You can use its premium service for your domain on top of your Wix account or website. However, WordPress.com also has that premium feature.
The main difference between Wix and WordPress is that Wix isn’t exactly a full-fledged CMS. It’s more of a website builder than a content management system.
- Drag-and-drop website building
- Hundreds of curated and cherry picked website templates
- Wide variety of third-party applications and extensions
- E-commerce website development is easy.
- For web developers, easier handover of website to non-tech-savvy clients
- Advanced features come with a price
- All websites done with Wix stay on Wix’ hosting services.
- A very powerful and easy-to-use CMS for web developers
- Can be used outside of WordPress.com
- Limitless plugins, themes, and helpful resources
- Streamlined search engine optimizations
- Support and tutorials are easy to find because of the large community behind it.
- Most free plugins and themes are subpar, which can still be acceptable. However, some of those plugins and themes contain malicious code that can easily victimize an unsuspecting user or developer.
- Handover of a WordPress site to a client with no dev skills can be a challenge, and will require the developer to train the one who will manage the site or create a manual.