1. Wix: Best Overall Website Builder
Wix’s website builder is probably one of the easiest and cleanest user experiences you’ll encounter. With revenue growth of 40% in 2018 alone, it’s one of the fastest growing site builders out there.
Wix is a company, in my eyes, that considers everyone. Their drag and drop builder means you can literally build a site within minutes, easily moving and editing content and image blocks as you desire. However, if you’re not interested in customising your website because you don’t fancy it or don’t have time, Wix ADI is a perfect solution.
When I look through Wix’s templates, they inspire me. Wix screams clean, modern, and professional, and that really comes through in their website templates. Every template is mobile responsive, with the ability to edit your mobile site completely separately if you wish (more on this later).
All of my experiences of Wix have been great; for me, they really focus on their customers, and that’s what I love.
Wix’s pricing plans are broken down into two categories (helpfully). This covers website users and business/eCommerce users, of which they are clearly defined. There’s a few things to cover first before I go into each plan. It’s good to know about the following points before diving in, as often users can choose what they want and find out at the point of purchase that something things weren’t entirely clear:
• If you choose a yearly plan, you’ll get a free domain which can be renewed for $12.95 yearly
• If you want additional email accounts, this will cost $6 per email
• There’s a 14-day money-back guarantee if you change your mind
• Displayed prices are based on yearly subscriptions paid in full at the time of purchase
Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at Wix’s web pricing plans below:
The ‘most basic’ plan start from just £3 per month, which is the average price of a sandwich! This plan displays Wix branded adverts, 1GB bandwidth, and 500MB storage. To be honest, this plan isn’t really worth investing in unless you want to experiment a little, or you’re creating a website for your own personal use and you don’t particularly want to drive any traffic to it. If you do want people to visit your site, the branded ads will likely turn people away as it doesn’t look very professional.
As you move up the pricing plans, you’ll see that you get more and more features. Some of these may not be required for your needs, but for most small businesses, you’re probably looking at the £8.50 per month plan to create a professional looking website:
If you want to grow your small business, or sell products/service online, you’ll want to choose one of Wix’s business plans. These give you a lot more options compared to the website plans, and ensure that the features available are tailored towards online stores and business needs.
Although these plans are more pricey than the website ones, they are going to tick all the boxes. These may not be necessary for your first small business website, but are definitely worth considering as your business expands in size and demand.
All of Wix’s plans can be upgraded or downgraded as time goes on. You won’t lose any of your website data, and it’s really easy (just a click of a button). The plans are simple and straightforward (even for someone like me).
The classic drag and drop website builder is enhanced upon with Wix. If I had to rate Wix’s ease of use, I’d give it a solid 5 out of 5 because it is super easy to use. If you’ve never created a website before and are feeling a little anxious, Wix will put your mind to rest.
The drag and drop builder is very intuitive, with helpful hints and tools to guide you along the way. When you first setup your website, Wix will ensure that your needs are met, and your site is created to your liking. It explains things very well, so if you’ve heard some terminology before like meta data and have no clue what it is, you’ll soon know the ins and outs without the slightest bit of trouble.
Whether you’re fussed about features and design options (or not), you’ll be satisfied with Wix. It doesn’t push things onto you, but if you want to get your teeth stuck in, there’s plenty to experiment with. If you get something wrong (or change the whole colour theme accidentally), it’s really easy to put right.
Wix has over 500 free themes to choose from. All of their themes come mobile ready which means you don’t have to create a separate mobile version of your website. Although, if you did want to change the mobile version of your site, you can do this separately as the option is there! Wix has an SEO wizard which I found really helpful. Like I said earlier, if you’ve never created a website before (or even if you have) this tool is so handy and easy to use.
You’ll find lots of fun features like images, image filters, video templates, and even a blog tool. Many people, like me, create websites with a blog section. Though that can sound quite overwhelming, I promise you that creating a blog within a website with Wix is easier than counting to 3!
Speed & Performance:
This is a really important factor to me when I consider any web host or website builder. If your website isn’t fast, and is often down, who’s going to want to visit it? Also, if your website performs poorly, it can actually affect your SEO (which you definitely don’t want as a small business).
I signed up to Wix and created a test website so that I could report back my findings to you. Over a 12 month period, my average website uptime was 99.98% which is actually better than some web hosts. Even when I added loads of features to my site, including images and videos, my website’s response time was a very respectable 568ms which is just over .5 of a second.
• Over 500 professional template designs organised into easy-to-use categories
• Variable pricing options covering all types of users
• Mobile device website builder included with all designs allowing you to see what your website will look like on mobile
• Knowledgeable support agents who are on hand 24/7
• Exciting ADI technology with access to the latest features and updates
• Their innovative drag and drop builder make them a great choice for beginners and pros alike.
• The eCommerce functionality is impressive with a great range of sales and marketing apps
• eCommerce plans are available but come at a higher price ($20/month).