Wix is a website builder and WordPress is a CMS. Although both of them will result in a perfectly workable website, understanding the difference is important in deciding which to use. Where paid online site building services like Wix have their similarities, WordPress is a completely different kettle of fish with different potential – and potential challenges.
Wix is a managed, hosted, WYSIWIG website editor designed for users who have no idea about (or interest in) website code. Most of us who’ve designed stuff on computers are familiar with drag and drop interfaces, and that’s what Wix uses, letting you arrange pictures and text according to how they look visually and will therefore appear to your visitors.
WordPress emerged in the early 2000s as a blogging platform. The underlying code was mostly built, letting users make content updates without extra input. Nowadays it’s evolved into the world’s most popular Content Management System (CMS), a framework that manages all your digital content including the site design.
WordPress is designed to be usable by a range of skill sets. People who know little to no code can use theme templates to build the look of their site and the block editor to format pages and blog posts. Developers can make changes to the site’s code. Anyone can add plugins to extend the site’s functionality. Being open source it’s free, but there’s also a paid hosting service from WordPress.com.
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