t’s a question that I get asked a lot. Which is better WordPress or Wix for a small business website?

As a WordPress website designer, my automatic response is, WordPress, obviously. But the real answer is, it depends on you.

There are pros and cons for both though, and whilst they both offer a platform to build and create a website, there are things you need to consider about both, before making that decision.

Your website is your biggest digital asset for your business, so you want to make sure you’re making the right choice for you. It needs to be a website that is going to give you the resources you need as a business now and in the future, and it needs to be something that you can and will maintain moving forward.

So, like Ross from Friends, lets make a pros and cons list for both.

WordPress Pros:

  • Offers the most flexibility to grow your business online
  • You have much more control over long-term costs
  • Adding a shop feature is free
  • There are thousands of free plugins to add new features to your website
  • There is a great community online ready and willing to help you with any WordPress questions
  • Probably the biggest plus point for WordPress is that you own your own website.

WordPress Cons:

  • There is a bit of learning curve in understanding how it works
  • Requires a more hands-on approach when it comes to maintenance
  • You need to shop around for website hosting which can be a bit overwhelming

Wix Pros:

  • Has been made for people to use “out of the box”, and with just a few clicks, you’re well on your way to designing your website.
  • The back-end tech has been taken care of for you
  • Very little technical maintenance needed

Wix Cons:

  • It’s not WordPress

I’m joking… (kind of). The ease of use Wix offers does comes at price though

  • Never ending monthly fees
  • Additional fees when adding more features like an online shop
  • No control over these costs
  • Limited on design as Wix websites tend to look very similar
  • You’ll never own your site and you’re just renting your site

So, when I said it depends on you, when it comes to deciding between Wix and WordPress, I meant it depends on what you value most.

If you want something quick and easy to use that will get the job done and you’re not bothered about costs or owning your website, then choose Wix.

If you’re happy to put the groundwork in to get a website that will grow with your business, want some control over costs, and want to own your biggest digital asset in your business, then WordPress is for you.

Whatever decision you go for, I’m just glad you’ve chosen to have a website for your business. It’s a huge positive step to growing your business online.

And if you need some additional help with that, you can join my free Facebook Group here where I share tips and advice on web design and online marketing… plus it’s really friendly community to be in!

Hope to see you there!