Wix Review: Pros and Cons of the Website Builder

Welcome to another WebsiteToolTester review. This time we take a look at the new HTML5 website builder by Wix, which has replaced the previous Flash model. Almost 30 million sites have been built already according to Wix. As well as the really nice design, the spotlight is on the ease of use and the HTML5 technology. This new technology enables stunning image galleries and other animations, which are hard to find among other website builders. And although it might all sound a little too technical – you do not need any programming skills to use it. So can we speak of a successful revision or is there still some room for improvement? Stick to the end of this video to learn all about Wix’s pros & cons. Let’s now take a closer look at the website builder! Registration is quick and simple, and we selected a smart nightclub design. On the upper left-hand side the website editor is divided into the sections Pages, Design, Adding Elements, Settings and Wix App Market. This is where you edit pages, make color adjustments, add image galleries or integrate additional apps. On the upper right-hand side you can reverse changes, save your site and, finally, publish it. Let’s now add a new text block. To do so we select “Shapes and Lines” under “Add”. We click on “Box” and use “Box Style 2”. Then we add a header to the box. This is located at “Add” “Text” “Title”. Now we do the same for the text. As you see, it is very easy to operate and understand. Don’t forget: save your site! Under “Pages” you can add new pages to the navigation. This is also where you choose which pages will be shown. In addition, you can also determine in real time the level at which the page should appear. You can change the appearance of the navigation itself by clicking directly on Navigation. Overall design changes can be carried out via “Background”, “Colors” and “Fonts”. As you can see, you can give your website a new look with only a few clicks. There is, however, a considerable restriction compared to other providers: unfortunately it is not possible to change the design subsequently. That is why you need to consider carefully what suits you best! The app market offers many add-ons. Whether “like” buttons, chat functions or contact forms, you will find what you want here. If the suitable app is not available from Wix, you can integrate any HTML code you wish with the “iFrame/Embed” app. OK, let’s move to the administrative area. In four stages you can add a mobile website version. You will need this to optimize the display for mobile end devices such as smartphones. However, as you will notice, this page initially has nothing to do with your original site. You need to set up the layout and contents completely from scratch. Unfortunately, changes to the main site are also not transferred automatically. Wix should have found a better solution for that, as Jimdo, for example, has done. There you do not need to worry at all about setting up and maintaining the mobile website, as everything runs automatically in the background. The new website builder really works to a great degree, but we have had to conclude that Wix is still a little bit ahead of its time in some places. HTML5 is the right direction, but at the moment it still has a serious disadvantage: many older browsers, such as Internet Explorer 8 and older, cannot display the smart-looking websites that have been built with Wix. While this problem will solve itself over time, it is still very present right now. In this respect you are better placed with Jimdo or Weebly, for example. Wix is suitable primarily for impressive presentations. Artists, photographers, bands, wedding couples, etc are offered a platform on which they can present themselves wonderfully. It remains to be seen which areas of the website builder will be improved by Wix. As soon as it is ready, you will, as usual, find out all you need to know about the new version from us. Further providers can be found in our comparative overview at WebsiteToolTester.com. If you have enjoyed this video, we would be delighted to get a “like” on Facebook or YouTube. Thanks for watching!


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