Wix Alternatives - Top 5 Site Builders To Use Instead of Wix [Infographic]

Oct 24, 2017 // Salina Mendoza

Welcome our Guest Blogger, Salina Mendoza! Salina is the Brand Partnerships Manager at DisruptivAgency in Los Angeles, California. 

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While Wix has dominated the web design space for many years, by no means is it the be-all end-all of website creation. There is no shortage of alternatives when it comes to website design platforms at your disposal.

Choosing the right website builder really comes down to what YOUR needs are, your level of design experience, code, and the amount of support you need to create your own website.

Speaking from experience, I’ve tried dozens of platforms and as much as people think they’re all the same, each one is very different. Wix didn’t work for my needs - and it might not for yours, either. Let’s dive into what I’ve been testing out over the last year.


Top Alternatives to Wix 
(depending on your website needs)

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PageCloud

What to expect:

PageCloud is the youngest website builder I've tried and by far the closest alternative to Wix. Over the past couple years, the two have been compared many times because of their adaptive approach to mobile websites and their “what you see is what you get” editors (WYSIWYG).

When it comes to PageCloud, it’s the small things that make it stand out as a platform, like how everything can be fully customized.

Instead of designing via multiple clicks, excessive dropdowns and pop-ups, you get a smooth, drag-and-drop experience that mimics desktop tools like Powerpoint, Keynote, InDesign or Photoshop.

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Adding pictures, videos and apps has never been easier. You can simply drag and drop from your desktop—never upload anything again. Even better, PageCloud’s automatic image optimization means you’ll never have to waste time resizing an image—your website will always load as fast as possible for every screen.

Another big thing they get right is that unlike Wix (which does not offer full access to source code) PageCloud lets you go the extra mile by customizing your content with CSS or Javascript. You don’t HAVE to use code at all, but the option is always there—meaning you have a website that grows with you. You’re never stuck or limited to the features that are available to you.

If you’re not a fan of rigid templates and want a custom website that gives you complete control over your content, PageCloud is an excellent tool.

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Ideal for:

  • Small businesses that want complete control over their website (sick of rigid templates)
  • Individuals with or without coding experience (access to source code if you need it)
  • Visual designers and creative individuals who want to stand out online 

Pros:

  • You control everything on your pages (no limitations)
  • Fastest/smoothest editing experience (drag and drop is amazing)
  • Unlimited mobile customizations
  • Over 75 app integrations (ecommerce, videos, fonts, chat)
  • Search engine optimized pages (SEO)
  • Unlimited plans (storage, pages)
  • Amazing customer service from real people 

Cons:

  • Several features currently in development (membership login, etc.)
  • Currently have a limited number of themes (starting points)
  • Don’t offer phone support

 

Squarespace

What to expect:

Even though Squarespace is often compared to Wix (because of similar market size), the tools offer completely different editing experiences. Squarespace’s technology ensures users don’t “break their site” by limiting creation to simple content changes (text, pictures and videos) within a predetermined layout. (There is not a lot of layout flexibility here.)

Although this limitation has caused frustration amongst several past customers (including me), Squarespace has found a way to address this limitation by offering dozens of beautiful template options for almost every business type.

If you're looking to get a great looking website up and running quickly - and don’t think you’re going to be making any layout changes - Squarespace might be for you.

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Ideal for:

  • Small business owners looking for a quick solution to get online
  • Individuals without previous coding knowledge
  • People who don’t want to make layout/design changes to their website

Pros:

  • Lots of beautiful templates
  • Responsive designs
  • Native ecommerce and blog
  • SEO tools
  • Great customer support (24/7)

Cons:

  • Initial onboarding is challenging—difficult to understand how everything works
  • Templates rarely fit your needs, requiring compromise
  • Frustration occurs when layout changes can’t be made without code

Related: 6 Squarespace Alternatives: For Beginners, Designers, or Coders

 

Weebly

What to expect:

Weebly is another website builder that’s been around for years, and often gets tossed into comparisons with Wix because of its large web presence.

When you look at Weebly’s editing experience, you’ll quickly notice a trend where your content is stuffed into predetermined spaces in a grid. Although it’s not as constraining as Squarespace, it’s a very different experience than what is offered by visual site builders like Wix or PageCloud.

As you look to customize your website, Weebly gives you an array of elements to add from basic text and image galleries, to more advanced things like a search box or ecommerce.

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Ideal for:

  • Small business owners looking for a quick and easy solution to get online
  • Individuals without previous coding knowledge
  • People who want minimal layout and design customizations

Pros:

  • Very easy to use
  • Switching templates is possible
  • Responsive designs
  • Native ecommerce and blog
  • Simple SEO tools
  • Great customer support (24/7)

Cons:

  • Limited array of templates / element options
  • Customizations can be difficult
  • Frustration occurs when layout changes can’t be made without code


Webflow

What to expect:

At first glance, you wouldn’t think of Webflow as an alternative to WIx. However, keep in mind that not all website builders have the end customer in mind!

Webflow understood that there are tons of pro designers looking to build websites for customers who don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a custom-coded website by a developer.

Webflow’s goal is to empower experienced designers with a tool that replicates the advanced functionality found in design tools like Photoshop or InDesign. This comes into direct competition with the Wix Arena, a marketplace that connects users with Wix designers to help build a site.

The distinction here is clear: Wix is a simple tool that anyone can use to build a website for themselves or someone else (with limited customizations). Webflow on the other hand is a pro tool, geared towards experienced designers and developers to help them create responsive websites for their clients.

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Ideal for:

  • Advanced users with design knowledge (ie: Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Agencies (designers and developers) looking to build sites for clients
  • People who want minimal layout and design customizations

Pros:

  • Customizations are basically unlimited
  • Complete control over code without knowing how to code
  • Exporting capabilities
  • Responsive designs
  • Customer resources offer over 40 lessons

Cons:

  • Complex interface for beginner users
  • Adding apps can be a challenge
  • Expensive for basic needs
  • Limited number of templates

 

WordPress

What to expect:

If you’ve never heard of WordPress (ha!) here is a fun fact - WordPress powers 28% of the internet. So, if you’re going to look for an alternative to Wix, you have to include the world’s biggest CMS on your list.

Here’s the deal: WordPress (WP) has two options: WordPress.org which is the original open-source CMS intended for developers and WordPress.com, the newer offering geared towards less experienced users.

WP became popular due to its very inexpensive blogging and hosting capabilities. It’s praised by developers, because it gives them complete control over everything “under the hood” of a website.

WP also made a splash with small business owners by offering tens of thousands of template options with almost as many plugins and apps. The only issue is that customizations are just about impossible if you don’t know how to code. You want to make a layout change to your website? Sure, no problem - just send it over to your local developer who will be happy to charge you between $50 - $150/ hour to make basic changes.

Don’t get me wrong, WP is a very powerful tool! It's the platform of choice for some of the largest brands in the world, and is very inexpensive to get a site up and running. The only issue is the lack of customization options available and the cost to change a site if you’re not a seasoned developer.

If you end up choosing WP as a Wix alternative, chances are Wix was never right for you to begin with—they sit at opposite ends of the spectrum.

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Ideal for:

  • Large websites with lots of pages
  • Experienced developers
  • Websites with complicated or complex functionality requirements
  • Basic blogs that don’t require customized designs

Pros:

  • World-leading content management system (CMS)
  • Huge marketplace for templates, apps, and plugins
  • Documentation, support
  • Inexpensive

Cons:

  • Layout changes are almost impossible without coding knowledge
  • WP updates can cause issues and crash websites
  • Security concerns as WP is a target for hackers

 

Final thoughts

There are tons of Wix alternatives available for every project type. For basic websites, PageCloud is the closest thing to Wix and offers the most flexibility for novices and advanced designers alike.

The most important thing is to ask yourself questions before you choose a platform to make sure you don’t run into problems down the road.

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PUBLISHED:Oct 24, 2017

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