Should you use Wix and Weebly? As a business owner and web designer, I do not recommend Wix for other businesses. (Nor do I really recommend it for anyone really.)
When you’re just starting out in your business, you’re always looking ways to save money in business. One of the biggest ways you can save money is DIY things – your logo, your website, etc. Wix and Weebly are what many beginners use because the companies market their products towards beginners. But, is that what you should really use for your website when starting a business?
Are Wix and Weebly good website platforms?
Let’s look at the facts.
Wix and Weebly target their products towards beginners:
- Drag and drop
- No coding needed
- Free plans
As I’ve said several times throughout my blogs, your website is often the first impression that people have of your brand. I totally get it if you can’t afford to hire a designer to build your website. But, there are better platforms (like Squarespace and WordPress), and plenty of tutorials + courses to help you build your own site on these platforms.
Here are a few problems with these two platforms:
Free “website” on Wix and Weebly
If you take a quick look around either platform, you’ll notice they promote having a ‘stunning’ website for FREE! This is a classic example of getting what you pay for. While these sites are free, there are some feature limitations, the biggest one being your domain. I don’t know about you, but I sure do not want to hand out business cards with mydomain.wix.com. No, siree. That’s about as bad as putting email@example.com on a billboard. (IF you pay for your website, then obviously, you can connect your own domain.)
Think about how much you and your clients use phones to look up things online. If your site isn’t responsive – meaning it’s easy to read everything on the site without having to pinch and zoom on the screen – you could be losing clients. Now, Wix DOES have a mobile editor, but that means having to tweak your website twice, and who has time for that?! Weebly does have responsive themes as of last year, but it seems they’re a tad glitchy.
Wix doesn’t like change
This is a particularly alarming note about using Wix. If you want to change themes on Wix? Completely start over. If you want to export your site and move to a new platform? No export feature. Wix doesn’t like change, so if you use them there’s a lot of work in the future if/when you need to overhaul the design or move elsewhere.
Look at the pros
This point alone should convince you. Let’s take a look at who uses Wix and Weebly. Do you know any professionals who use it? I’m not talking professionals in terms of other entrepreneurs (though we are professionals!), I’m talking like… the BIG guys.
Who uses WordPress? TechCrunch, Sony Music, MTV News, Beyonce.
Who uses Squarespace? Lyft, Fast Company, Refinery29, Contently.
Who uses Wix or Weebly? …uhhh…
Compare Wix and Squarespace here in this video.
This is maybe one of the biggest arguments people have against Wix and Weebly. Taking a brief look at both of these platforms, it seems they do have some basic SEO options within the back-end. Though, there was that big kerfuffle about Wix sites being de-indexed by Google in 2015 (though that appears to have been resolved). Regardless, industry experts (a.k.a. those much smarter than me!) do not recommend Wix or Weebly if you want to build up SEO.
Squarespace gets a lot of flack for “supposed” bad SEO as well, but I used Squarespace and was on the first page of my Google for my keywords in a huge city and over-saturated market. People are correct that WordPress has more in-depth SEO options/features, but Squarespace is a great alternative if WordPress intimidates you.
If you wanted to build your own house, would you ask to borrow your neighbors’ tools, or a professional contractor? While it’s great to ask other entrepreneurs what they use and recommend, consider what experts recommend and use.