Wix is one of the most highly advertised and celebrity endorsed options. It is the most popular CMS in the world with over 110 million user accounts or websites. The difference between Wix and Squarespace is that there aren’t as many defined sections, so you can drag and drop website elements to anywhere on the website. Squarespace will only allow or you to drag and drop within pre-allocated sections.
If you’ve ever sat next to somebody on the couch who is trying to build a Wix website from their laptop- You will know how much trial, error and frustration can be involved. Wix is okay for a basic website, but just like other template drag and drop options- It’s unlikely to work as effectively as custom-code. Why? In the case of Wix- Aside from being time-consuming to get right; One of the biggest complaints is that it advertises itself within the back-end code. So, if people search for your website, they are more likely to find it due to the Wix-advertising style code as opposed to that which is directly relevant to your customers in the marketplace. That can really take a toll on your SEO by preventing your site from getting ranked as well in the search-engines. Wix also comes with design limitations.
Shopify is a really popular consideration for people who run e-commerce businesses. Just like Wordpress, Shopify allows for you to edit both HTML and CSS which are the elements that characterize the visual elements of your website. They can give you the freedom to accessorize with templates. You can also add ‘apps’ to create more functions- Which are like the equivalent of ‘plug-ins’ on Wordpress. App-functionality can also be added in with custom-code…..Shopify is said to be a rather trustworthy CMS platform- Unlike Magento Go (one of their early competitors,) - who shut down due to financial difficulties and had to migrate all of their sites onto a different platform. You can pay a monthly fee and update the website from anywhere.
The downside of Shopify is that it applies a transaction fee of 0.5 - 2.0% per purchase depending on your plan. This can be expensive and you are likely better off getting something custom-built, that includes any ‘app’ functionality you might need plus the security and lower cost of the payment system. Spotify can work well- If you know how to use it. Again, it’s still unlikely to be as effective as a trusted self-maintain site with back-end code.
The most trustworthy option for your own website is always going to be custom-code, however, it is worth considering all of your options to see which is going to be the most cost-effective for you. We have created our business packages at YNW with the knowledge that it’s really common for people to now consider all of their CMS options including D.I.Y at entry-level prices and CMS for highly functional and advanced website design. We believe that we can compete with both. CMS platforms are still often considered for larger or more specialised entry-point businesses and although we can compete, it’s always best to find out more about custom-code options first.
Doing your research is the best first-step to finding out what works for you. What’s next? Why not have a chat with one of our experts from the team at YNW.
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