The cardinal rule of building a website is finding a website creation tool that is both easy to use as well as reliable. While cost is important, it should not be the one and only determination. But this doesn’t mean that all good website building tool cost a lot of money.
Here’s the good news. Some are actually free to use, like Wix.
8 reasons why I like Wix
Wix is a very popular website builder, especially renowned for its reputation to create stunning websites. They used to depend on Flash. But as technology advance over time and mobile users increase, Wix has replaces Flash with HTML5, CSS and jQuery because Flash is not mobile devices-friendly and not as SEO-friendly either. You can read more on Wix here.
There are many reasons to love Wix and the following are just 8 reasons why yours truly loves it!
No Coding Experiences Needed
We have come a long way from the time when only programmers are able to create nice looking websites and that too, after spending hours coding. These days, even a beginner with absolutely no coding or programming experiences is able to design a professional looking website, thanks to Wix.
Drag and Drop
Wix, like most website builders these days, uses an intuitive true drag and drop editor. You can drag what you want to pre-determined areas and customize it accordingly. If you wished to add text, images, widgets, banners, well, just click Add and drag your chosen item to the slot you wanted it to appear.
Add Your Text Anywhere
What’s so unique about Wix is that you can choose to add your text anywhere, not just at pre-determined areas. Pretty much like Microsoft Words’ Insert Text Box command. And to get it aligned properly, you could use the “snap to grid” option. The tool will intelligently and automatically align your text to the text’s surrounding text or images.
A Good List of Templates
Yes, there are hundreds of highly customizable and professional templates, from blogs, photography, consulting and technology reviews to less common ones like movers, organic farming and boxing clubs. Even their critics agreed that Wix’s website templates are among the best.
They have templates for all kinds of industry so no matter how unique your website is, you will be able to find a template that suits your requirements.
So if you are not the creative type or do not wish to spend so much time trying to decorate your website, all you need to do is choose one of Wix’s pre-designed website and proceed to customize it.
Wix App Market
Another cool feature about Wix is their app market. Even if you are not planning to use Wix, I would strongly recommend that you take a look at their app market. You’ll be amazed with the variety of apps that are being offered. There are over 80 free and premium apps available like Paypal, LiveChat, contact forms, product catalogs and social media feeds.
Seriously, they have one of the best app markets for all the websites builders that I have tested.
Hosting is Provided for Free
For those on a budget, Wix provides free hosting services even if you are using their free website building tool. On top of that, you won’t have to worry about security either, for Wix will perform security upgrades and making sure that you get reliable hosting.
If and when you require more bandwidth and disk space, you have the option to upgrade to their premium plans. There’s no need to re-create your website again or migrate to another web host.
Since the whole web design process is fully done online, you don’t need to download any software nor do you need to install any applications. You just need to sign up for an account. All programming and management tools are available on your editor.
Trust me, it’s truly a user-friendly editor alright.
Did I mention that it’s free too? Free sign-up. Free publishing tools. Free website management tools. Free mobile websites. Over hundreds of free stunning website templates. Free hosting. Free Wix domain name. Free apps. Free support. Heck, even free promotion, where you can submit your website to be featured on Wix’s homepage!
In short, Wix lets you build a free website the stress-free way. What else could you ask for?
There is nothing in particular that I would like to see changed when it comes to Wix. Though some users did mention about Wix’s advertisement.
Currently, there are two Wix’s advertisement areas, at the top and bottom of the page. They are not too obvious though and I had learned to live with it. Many people I know are perfectly fine with this arrangement. I am sure you won’t mind a little marketing in exchange for free usage.
Upgrading to Premium Plans
If you would like to have more features and no advertisements, you can choose to upgrade to Wix’s premium plans. There are 4 plans i.e. Connect Domain, Combo, Unlimited and eCommerce. Don’t worry, Wix offers a 14-day money back guarantee.
Connect Domain is the most basic premium plan and costs $5.95 per month. This plan allows you to use your own domain name instead of Wix’s sub-domain. Faster hosting and better support are also included. However, this still include Wix’s advertisement.
Combo, Unlimited and eCommerce
The other 3 plans i.e. Combo, Unlimited and eCommerce plans remove these advertisement banners and comes with higher storage and bandwidth. Cost per month ranges between
$12.90$8.25 – $24.90$16.17 per month and all 3 plans come with $125 worth of free ad vouchers in Facebook and Google Adwords!
Give Wix a try – it is 100% Free
For stunning websites, you should give Wix a try. They are so dynamic and user-friendly that you will have little trouble building a beautiful and interactive website in no time. After all, you have nothing to lose for Wix is free and do not impose any time limit for using their free version. You have the flexibility to upgrade only if you wish to and when you wish to.