There are many website builders out there and this post will discuss some of them. Platforms such as WordPress, WIX and Weebly are very popular and do not require any programming knowledge. However, there are differences between these three platforms.
WordPress – differences between .org and .com
WordPress can appear confusing in the sense that it is built as a blog platform. However, the platform has developed into a very powerful website creation tool with many themes to choose between.
One thing to take into account and, something that can be very confusing for a new user is that there are two versions of WordPress: .com and .org.
There is no need to use .com, which is the paid version. If you have hosting and you have a domain name already you should be able to install WP.org without any problem, most of the web hosters do provide a one-click installation for wordpress.
If you would choose the WP.com you need to choose a paid package option.
Most of the themes and plugins on WordPress.org are free so there is rarely a need to pay for this. Sometimes there can be premium themes that you like or that are suitable for your profile and business and in that case it can be worth paying for that.
The WordPress dashboard is the backend of WP and also where you build your site. It is quite user-friendly even though it can take some time to get used to it. However, WIX and Weebly’s drag and drop solutions are easier to use as it does not require technical skills to install and use the package. WordPress has to be downloaded to a hosting server while Wix and Weebly are online drag and drop platforms accessible from any computer.
The support you get from WordPress.org is online and much is based on the forums and thus the large community of WP users. Most of the topics can be found in previous WP threads. It is often that you have to follow a tutorial to adjust something. Where to reach out depends on i.e. which theme provider you have chosen.
Another thing that is good to know about WordPress is that it is an open source platform that means that their code are open to everyone to use and modify. This has it’s consequences. You should always be careful with the plugins you choose as some won’t be compatible with i.e. your theme and thus affect your website in a negative way. Plugins are used to add on features such as contact forms, e commerce etc.
WordPress vs. WIX & Weebly
In this post I’m primarily focusing on the differences between WordPress and WIX & Weebly rather than comparing all these three against each other. WIX and Weebly have more similarities than differences in my opinion.
WIX have been around for some more time and have about twice as many users. The layout of the dashboards are alike and the things you can do are similar.With Weebly and WIX you do have to pay and choose a payment plan even though you have your own domain name, just as wordpress.com. (not WP.org) At Wix one can publish a website for free with Wix ads and a long Wix specific and long domain name. Both WIX and Weebly are drag-and-drop friendly. This facilities to easily build the website.
WIX and Weebly are not open source platforms which means that they have their private developers or screened external developers to update and modify the code. They also have a centralized support function that differs from WordPress.
- If using WordPress.org you can do most things for free given that you have a domain name and hosting. When you have learned how to use WP it is a very powerful tool with a large community. If you’ll need support though and can’t find it in the forums, you’ll eventually need help from a developer.
- If using WIX or Weebly you can easily learn how to build your website and you do have access to support. You can also get started immediately, there is no need to download the package and install like WordPress. You will need to pay and choose your package type, even though you already have a domain and hosting.
- What to choose depends on if you feel that you have the time to learn and use WP or if you rather prefer to pay to get rid of some of the possible headaches WP could cause you
- The most important take away though, and something that is commonly misunderstood is that if you choose WordPress, there is no need to use WP.com and pay for it! Go with WP.org.