• Wix vs. WordPress (2018) – the First and Only True APPLES-to-APPLES Comparison

  • Most of the comparison articles on the topic of WordPress vs. Wix are APPLES-to-ORANGES comparisons as they compare a SELF-HOSTED website solution with a HOSTED one. As a result, people who make a decision based on such articles are NOT making a truly informed decision!

  • WP.com versus WP.org
  • WordPress: Hosted vs. Self-Hosted

    Most of the pre-2018 infographics and/or articles which compare the two brands of WordPress (often abbreviated WP) are OUTDATED and consequently INACCURATE in some respects.

    There is also a bit of BIAS in the way that some of them have been written. Most are clearly directed at bloggers, affiliate marketers and/or DIY tech-savvy individuals. They are often NOT written with the average business owner in mind.

    The AVERAGE business owner:

    • is NOT web-technically inclined
    • does NOT want to worry about updating their website software
    • would PREFER to leave website management in the hands of experts
    • has ZERO desire/need to get under the hood of their website via FTP Access
    • has ZERO desire/intent to add 3rd-party advertising to their website
    • has ZERO desire/intent to create a membership website

    Now, I would have preferred to use an already available infographic that compares WP.com with WP.org to save myself some time in writing this article BUT I could NOT find a FULLY accurate and unbiased one. So, I've had to create the following comparative table myself.

  • Hosted WP versus Wix
  • HOSTED WordPress vs. Wix

    Now that we understand the differences between the two types of WordPress, we can begin our true APPLES-to-APPLES comparison of Wix with WordPress.

    Since Wix is a HOSTED website solution we will compare it with the HOSTED version of WP, namely WordPress.com. In this section, we'll do a comparative overview of their main features. Then, in the sections that follow, we'll do an in-depth comparison between their corresponding plans.

    Browse the table below for a detailed look at their differences and similarities. You'll find a list of links to supporting documentation and additional resources towards the end of this article.

  • NOTES:

    The prices shown on the pricing page of each website are listed as per month but there are a couple things to be aware of...

    1. WP.com only bills YEARLY (as clearly stated) below the pricing. So the actual cost of a paid plan is the amount you see times 12.
    2. Wix.com currently has 4 billing options - monthly, yearly, every 2 years or every 3 years. You save by purchasing longer periods. HOWEVER, Wix is NOT transparent about costs on their pricing page. What you see there is actually the YEARLY cost of each plan divided by 12. Each paid plan's MONTHLY cost is a few dollars more per month. Click on the Select button of any plan to see all billing options.
  • Free Plans Compared
  • Wix vs. WP.com: FREE Plan

    Both hosted platforms, Wix and WordPress.com, have a forever FREE plan. In this section, you'll find an in-depth comparison between these plans and their various features.

    Browse the table below for a detailed look at their differences and similarities. You'll find a list of links to supporting documentation and additional resources towards the end of this article.

  • Personal Plans Compared
  • Wix vs. WP.com: Paid Plan for Personal Use

    Both platforms have a plan which they consider to be best for personal use. In this section, you'll find an in-depth comparison between these plans and their various features.

    Browse the table below for a detailed look at their differences and similarities. You'll find a list of links to supporting documentation and additional resources towards the end of this article.

  • Entrepreneur Plans Compared
  • Wix vs. WP.com: Paid Plan for Entrepreneurs

    Both platforms have a paid plan which they consider would be best for entrepreneurs and freelancers. In this section, you'll find an in-depth comparison between these plans and their various features.

    Browse the table below for a detailed look at their differences and similarities. You'll find a list of links to supporting documentation and additional resources towards the end of this article.

  • Small Business Plans Compared
  • Wix vs. WP.com: Paid Plan for Small Businesses

    Both hosted platforms have a paid plan which they consider to be best for small businesses. In this section, you'll find an in-depth comparison between these plans and their various features.

    Browse the table below for a detailed look at their differences and similarities. You'll find a list of links to supporting documentation and additional resources towards the end of this article.

  • Supporting Documentation
  • Additional Resources
  • CONCLUSION

    As I stated in the introductory section of this article: "It is NOT my aim nor desire to sway you one way or another but to present the relevant information in an easy-to-understand format so that YOU can arrive at an INFORMED DECISION that is best for your unique circumstances!"


    FULL DISCLOSURE

    We use NEITHER WP.com nor Wix. We use the self-hosted version of WordPress in building websites for ourselves and for our clients. Our clients are primarily local service-based business who do NOT want to be bothered with creating their website themselves. They prefer to stick to their areas of expertise and to let us use our expertise in building them a beautiful, worry-free marketing website that gets results!

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