Website building has never been an easy task. There are hundreds of different CMS and online platforms, and it isn’t easy to find the best one.
For example, if you choose the popular platform WordPress, you’re likely to have to spend several weeks or probably months mastering it. It is good if your budget allows ordering site layout from a developer or if you can learn all the peculiarities yourselves if you have enough time. But, if you have neither the budget nor the time of that kind and still need a website, you can build a website using a special service called a website builder.
Indeed, it isn’t always likely to help you, but it would be very beneficial if you:
Various builders are aimed at different purposes. That’s why you should choose the appropriate tool based on your requirements. But the best option is to choose the most famous (and well, the most trusted!) one. In this review, we’re going to tell you about the world’s most popular online builder – Wix. But first, let’slearn more about the factors that will affect your choice.
You should choose a site builder after having defined the reasons for getting a website and answered other important questions like:
WIX is one of the best website builders. It is a reliable free builder with great functional capacities. Wix allows creating various kinds of sites, such as business sites, personal blogs, landings, online stores, and forums.
Let’s turn to WIX’s indisputable benefits – an easy-to-learn and intuitive interface and a large selection of beautiful templates. There are more than 500 templates there, and they are grouped in thematic categories for convenience. This great collection is being updated regularly.
As for functionality, the developers didn’t forget about this and keep broadening the list of WIX’s possibilities on a regular basis. The Wix App Store allows connecting over more than two hundred fifty widgets to the website.
But, even lots of useful functions are not sufficient enough to make WIX a serious service that can help professionals. It’s impossible to create a serious business project here, even if you add your personal HTML-code.
One is able to notice three panels in the editor – one horizontal and two vertical panels. Users can shift between site pages via clicking on ‘Pages’. The ‘Site’ section offers several functions. You can save your project here, turn on the preview mode, publish a website, edit it in the mobile version, and connect it to a domain. There are several quick buttons for convenience – to save your work, make a publication, cancel or repeat the last action, change the scale, go to mobile version editor and turn on the preview mode.
In the ‘Tools’ section, you can connect lines, site borders, one extra useful panel on the right, and colorful lines help you properly position the locks while dragging them. If you face any problems with the editor, you can look at the ‘Help’ section to learn from the reference materials. If you want to switch to a premium tariff, then click on the ‘Connect Premium’ button.
On the left vertical panel, there are buttons for adding or editing site elements, such as buttons, blocks, lists, texts, and the like. Here you can also change the background, choose apps and widgets, upload fonts, media files, and documents. You can configure a blog or online booking form via this panel. While choosing any element, the users will find an extra panel that allows appearance configuration. Here it’s up to you to decide everything, from the color to the form, animation, and the like.
If you click on the left panel button, there you will see a list. Clicking on the plus sign, you’ll be able to add many accessible elements. One can also choose preferred design options from the editor.
There is an additional user-friendly category for navigation on the right panel. You can edit the appearance even after having worked on the site, and that is a very convenient option for any updates that you might want to carry out later. The builder functionality allows you to build in your own HTML-code and flash, insert log-in forms for admin and user registration, create anchor menu, and document icons. All these options are found in the ‘More’ section.
It isn’t necessary to buy the premium package to use all accessible templates. Even in the free version, you can create as many sites as you want. The developers only put a limitation on the data storage amount in the free plans, restricting it to 500 MB. Also, you cannot connect your domain or use the Google Analytics Service in the free version.
The difference between the tariffs is not only in their functionality, but can also be seen in the site’s performance, given that the most expensive tariff provides unlimited data storage facility.
As for the cheapest tariff, there is a 1 GB storage option; the minimum and maximum data storage amounts are 500 MB and 20 GB, respectively. No matter what kind of package you have, you can connect it to your preferred domain.
Builder ads will appear only on the cheapest tariff, and the highest plan allows creating not just a blog, but also an online store.