The other day I met up with Allon of Wix.com for a brief sit-down to learn more about this publishing platform. As you all know, I use WordPress because of my active blog, but Wix is something that has hit on a strong audience, especially musicians, and so I wanted to know more about it.
How is Wix different than WordPress or Squarespace?
Wix is ALL flash. Period. So ultimately, its’ about niche marketing. Wix isn’t a blogging platform (although I suppose it could be). Wix is all flash based publishing, unlike the other options. I use WordPress.org – it’s open source, free, and has a large application community for everything from pictures, podcasts, SEO, and more. On the other hand, WordPress.com has self-hosted websites – but their bundled with ads and don’t have application support.
Squarespace is similar to WordPress, but is an ‘All-in-One’ website publishing tool. What I mean by this is that Squarespace has hosting, SEO, WebStats, and the website publishing tools all at one place. WordPress, however, doesn’t. As a result, My wordpress website is hosted by Godaddy, as well as the domain name, and then I simply Uploaded the WordPress interface to my Linux Hosting account and was good to go.
So Wix is perhaps most similar to Squarespace in that they are both “All-in-One” publishing tool. No need to worry about multiple accounts through Bluehost or Godaddy or any other preferred webhosting sites. They both do flash, allow self hosted sites, have free accounts, and are growing rapidly.
Does Wix.com index your website?
This was a major concern for me, because I’ve been told flash doesn’t archive well with Google Ask, or Dogpile as a whole. But apparently Wix fixes that by creating tags and underlying the website with code that they all can find.
Is Wix.com ONLY websites?
No. It’s a publishing tool. So you can create widgets, websites, apps, etc. using their technology.
So check out Wix and see if it’s right for you!