Wix.com Review – Website Creation for Creative People
HTML5! Wix has replaced its outdated flash-based website builder with this new technology. In layman’s terms this means that you can create nice effects and animations without knowing anything about programming at all. Thanks to HTML5, websites created with Wix will now also be supported on smartphones and tablet devices such as the iPad.
Their visually stunning designs are indeed impressive and look incredibly professional. Introductory videos take users by the hand to support them well in getting to know the functions.
The combination of the latest technology, smart design and ease of use endow Wix.com with a very special glamour. It certainly convinced us – but we also examined the few cracks in the pretty façade.
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Wix in Detail
|Ease of use||
||The editor is very easy to understand. If you are stuck, the FAQ section will help. Short introductory videos give instructions on the different functions.|
|Choice and flexibility of design (templates)||
||The designs look great and make a professional impression. But there is one decisive snag: you must decide at the start which one you wish to use. Thereafter it is no longer possible to switch to a different template.|
|Advertisement-free||yes||Ad-free only from the premium plan “Combo”. The free version and the Connect Domain plan show some pretty visible Wix-ads.|
||The editor supports nine languages. Multilingual sites are generally possible. More info can be found with the search term “multilingual websites”.|
|Your own domain name (e.g. .com or .net)||yes||Included from the premium plan “Combo” only. Wix currently only supports the following domain endings: .com, .org, .net, .co.uk .biz and .info. However, with the “Connect Domain” package (and higher) it is possible to move your existing domain to Wix or point it to Wix from another domain registrar. This way you can use further domain name endings. Find more details below in our FAQ's.|
|Depth of navigation||
||A maximum of two levels are possible. A third level would be desirable.|
|Widgets (small tools to add extra functionality)||
||Comprehensive app store to embed excellent image galleries, videos (YouTube), Facebook, etc. External applications can be integrated easily via the apps.|
|Monetization||yes||You can integrate Google Adsense via their App store. Another possibility are banner ads and affiliate links.|
||An online store is included in the “eCommerce” package. You can also test the function in the other plans. Customers pay with Paypal or Google Checkout.|
|Search Engine Optimization (SEO)||
||Page titles, meta description, alt tags can be added individually. Less ideal are the cryptic URL names.|
||In order to access statistics, Google Analytics must be integrated in advance.|
|Contact form||yes||There is a simple contact form builder.|
|Password protection||yes||Exemplary! Pages can be allocated an individual password, or users can be set up and managed with their own log-in.|
|Newsletter tool||yes||Wix offers an application called "ShoutOut" that allows you to send newsletters from your account. There are also app integrations with other email marketing services (e.g. CakeMail).|
|Add HTML code||yes||Embed various widgets and other tools by means of an integrated app.|
|Storage space||500 MB+||500 MB - 20 GB. Please note that there is also a monthly bandwidth limit in most plans (only relevant for very large websites).|
|Forum||yes||Can only by embedded via app.|
|Support||yes||FAQ, forum, phone. The documentation is very detailed and clearly explained. If you get stuck, you can submit your question to the forum. Answers are usually prompt.|
||Starting up is very playful and initial impressive result are achieved quickly. A nasty surprise can occur, however, if you get tired of the design. In that case, you will have to start again from the very beginning.|
|Smart website builder with optical delights. Easy to use. At present we would only recommend it with reservations for commercial purposes. But it is perfect for photographers, bands, artists, etc!|
The new website builder is incredibly well done, largely due to the sheer number of possibilities. The selection of highly modern layouts and the fancy animations you can add when switching between pages made a particularly good impression. Another useful tool is the App Market, which makes the implementation of additional features such as photo and slider galleries into your website as easy as a walk in the park.
In our last update, one of our main points of criticism was the fact that the website’s mobile version did not automatically update itself. Wix has corrected this issue. Older browsers now handle Wix’s HTML5-based websites somewhat more gracefully than before, too. All in all, we are glad that Wix has given our feedback serious consideration.
Using Wix has a completely different feel to it than, for instance, Jimdo or Weebly – whether or not this is a good thing depends on your personal preferences. Wix offers much more creative freedom, and, in turn, requires you to pay more attention to detail. You will be much more likely to accidentally move an object around or incorrectly re-arrange your website if you’re not careful. We also dislike the fact that you can’t change your template once you get started. Other website builders need only a few clicks to swap one template for another.
Wix is particularly good for impressive presentation scenarios. Artists, bands, photographers, and other creative users will be very happy with Wix if they want a great platform on which to present themselves with style.
Only the future will tell which areas Wix will tackle next. And when that future comes, all the latest information on the new version will be right available here at WebsiteToolTester.com.
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FAQ about Wix
How do I use a domain name that I already own?
After logging into your Wix Account you will see the “Domains” menu. Here you can simple enter the domain name that you want to use. If you have already registered the domain name they will show you how you can transfer it or point it to Wix (see screenshot). Further information.
Does the "Connect Domain" plan really show ads?
Yes, it does. For an example, you can check our demo site www.html5-websitebuilder.com.
Do I need my own web space to use Wix?
No, Wix is a hosted website builder. What that means is that by signing up they will provide everything you need for a complete website: the editor, the web space and a domain name. For a proper .com or .net domain you will have to purchase one of their premium plans.
If I use Wix to build my website, will they own my content?
No, Wix will not become the owner of your content. Here is what their terms of service say: “Wix does not claim any intellectual property rights over the User Content[...]” (TOS: 15. User Content D.)
The same applies if you purchase a domain name through them. They will never own it and you are free to transfer it to another domain registrar.
27 Aug 2014 – New rating for designs, now 4.5 stars
17 Jul 2014 – Wix introduced its own Newsletter tool “ShoutOut”.
30 Jan 2014 – H1 tags can be added.
09 Jan 2014 – More detailed information about domain names.
10 Dec 2013 – Review of the blog feature added.
24 Sep 2013 – More storage space.
19 Jul 2013 – Supports Google Adsense now.
08 Apr 2013 – Review of Wix’s new HTML builder. The review for the old Flash-based model can be found here.
14 Mar 2012 – Password protection information added
11 Apr 2012 – Initial review of Wix’ HTML5 website builder
22 Nov 2011 – We have tested Wix’ server performance.
07 Nov 2011 – Wix adds a blog module
20 Jul 2011 – Website builder for mobile websites reviewed reviewed, new eCommerce features added
17 Mar 2011 – General update
12 Jan 2011 – General update: support has not been reviewed this time.
Last updated: 17 Jul 2014 | Armin Pinggera