There are hundreds, if not thousands, of reviews and comparisons of which is better: WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, or Weebly. I’m not really going to go into a breakdown of all the things they offer or don’t offer. Instead I’m going to give a simple analogy and explain from there.
Deciding what to use is like deciding whether you want to Rent or Own your home. Need another example? It’s like deciding whether you want to Lease or Own your car.
If you’re only interested in Renting or Leasing, then pick Wix, Squarespace, or Weebly.
Don’t take that the wrong way, there’s nothing wrong with renting or leasing. I rent some things and others I own. However when it comes to websites, renting can cause a ton of headaches. Here’s why:
- They own your site (maybe not your domain name though). Their website builders are easy to use, but they own it and if you ever decide to move away from them you’ll lose it. You will then be forced to spend time, energy, and money to rebuild it using the tools you should have from the beginning.
- You’re limited in capability. If you’re wanting to tweak your site to fit your exact business or needs, you’re out of luck. You’re limited to what they offer, the end.
Again, I’m not going to list every single thing. Renting is not bad, but you should be prepared for the day you plan to OWN. The only time I would honestly recommend renting is for one time events, and other such activites. It would allow for a website to be setup and then afterwards you can discard it with nothing lost. This is especially good if you have a very specific event that’s using a unique domain name.
If you’re interested in Owning your website, then pick WordPress.
If you think you may be interested in owning in the near future, PICK WordPress. Don’t waste your time, energy, or money if you know you want to have a site you own and can transfer to the web host of your choice. WordPress offers thousands upon thousands of premium free themes and premium paid themes that the others simply won’t offer you. WordPress also has thousands of free plugins and just as many paid plugins. Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly simply can’t compete with this.
One of the most common objections to WordPress is the requirement to do the updates yourself versus the others handling it for you. It’s honestly one of the worst excuses I’ve seen. Anyone can easily see when logged in if there are any updates to WordPress core, themes, or plugins. From there it’s almost as simple as clicking “Update”. Granted there are a few themes and plugins that still require uploading to the server in order to update them, but that’s a dying breed. The only legitimate complaint would be the need to login and check for updates frequently for both compatibility and security reasons. Other than that it’s not that difficult.
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