Wordpress Wix website setup

What is Wix?

Wix is a tool that allows you to design and build your own website without needing to know how to code. It’s a ‘software as a service’ tool, meaning that you don’t own
the app, but pay a monthly fee to use it.

In addition Wix aims to give you most of what you need to build and maintain your website ‘out of the box’. For example: a domain name, hosting, templates, content mangement system (CMS), event booking tools, e-commerce functionality, and support.

For most users, there are two main ways to get started with Wix. First, there’s the ‘Wix Editor’, which allows you to pick a template, create a structure for your site, and then populate it with content.

Alternatively, you can use the ‘Wix ADI’ mode (‘Artificial Design Intelligence’). This automatically creates a customizable website for you complete with images, video, and text.

This is done by asking you a few questions about what you’re trying to
achieve, and then populating your site with publicly-available
information about you or your business (sourced automatically from the
web).

What is WordPress?

Therefore, there are two different versions of WordPress to consider:

  • Hosted WordPress

  • Self-hosted WordPress

Hosted WordPress

Hosted WordPress, available at wordpress.com, is like Wix a software as a service (SaaS) tool for building and maintaining websites.

Although it started life as a blogging service, it’s now a fully-fledged website builder. You pay a monthly fee to use it and this gives you access to a broad range of features which help you construct a website.

In other words, this makes hosted WordPress rather similar to Wix, because:

  • you don’t need to buy any hosting to use it (your site is hosted on WordPress’ servers)

  • you get a lot of functionality included out of the box.

For example hosted WordPress is slightly less of an ‘all-in-one’ solution than Wix. However, as despite its SaaS nature, users will often need to rely on third-party themes or plugins, such as Elementor, to maximise the visual appeal or functionality of a Hosted WordPress website.

Self-hosted WordPress

Self-hosted WordPress is a piece of website-building and management software that you download from wordpress.org and install on your own web server. This means, of course, that you will need to buy some hosting so that your website has somewhere to live.

Therefore, WordPress is open-source, meaning that the code behind it is freely available and can be easily modified.

In other words, this means that sites built with self-hosted WordPress can be customized to an enormous degree. It’s an extremely flexible tool that, in the hands of the right developer — or through the installation of suitable plugins — can be adapted to meet the requirements of nearly any website design project.

It’s important to note however that despite the flexibility and power of self-hosted WordPress, it’s entirely possible to create and maintain a website using the platform
without coding or design skills. It’s relatively easy to find and install a WordPress theme designed by a professional designer, and add content to it.

(You’ll find thousands of these in the official WordPress theme directory).

And WordPress’ new drag-and-drop tool for laying out page and post content, Gutenberg, makes content management easier than ever before for novice webmasters.

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