Wix - Great Power, for Better or for Worse
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 29, 2018

Wix - Great Power, for Better or for Worse

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Wix

We are using Wix to build our main website. We hold about 60 events a year, plus produce a radio show, so I'm using a combination of Wix code and Airtable to make this a database-driven site with dynamic pages. This will make us far more efficient and accurate than the current way we do it (creating all pages manually in Weebly).
  • Wix allows a lot of flexibility in design. For me as a designer and a brand manager, that's very important.
  • Wix has a lot of the current options for page design, such as parallax, video backgrounds, and the like.
  • Wix code allows us to create dynamic pages, and do custom things previously only possible on a very costly custom-made site.
  • Wix's design features can be a curse as much as a blessing. It's tempting to use animation and overdo it on big images but they'll kill page load time and at a certain point become detrimental to usability.
  • Wix code is not for the faint of heart. You have to be willing to dive into the world of Javascript and relational databases. Not as "out-of-the-box" as their marketing would like you to believe. Still, powerful though.
  • On certain things, such as buttons for example, they need to make them more style-based. Each button on the site is essentially custom designed by you. So if you decide you want the button style different, you have to manually redesign it for every instance on the site. No universal CSS change for that.
  • The data-driven, dynamic pages will eliminate an entire part of our event launch process. Multiplied across 60 events, over several years, that will save us a ton of time but also vastly increase the quality of our presentation.
  • The data-driven pages will also give us the ability to archive past events and radio shows in an easily searchable manner. This will be helpful for us when it comes to booking new events as well. (It has been no small feat for me to figure out the code to get this all working, though!)
  • This new site will reflect our brand and organization vastly better than our old site. It will make our organization appear much more professional and legitimate.
Wix is more flexible and more powerful. But it's also got a steeper learning curve. For our organization, it is the right combination of power, low cost, and allowing do-it-yourself.
To me Wix is better for slightly more advanced users. A big downside is that it's adpative, not responsive. So the more custom your design gets, the more you will be working separately on your mobile pages. If you want something that truly takes no knowledge of website building, look elsewhere. I also wouldn't implement this if you have a team of direct contributors that aren't website or design people. There's just not enough restriction there, too much power for them to make a mess.

Wix Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
7
Code quality / cleanliness
5
Admin section
5
Page templates
8
Library of website themes
10
Mobile optimization / responsive design
9
Publishing workflow
2
Form generator
5
Content taxonomy
5
SEO support
10
Bulk management
7
Availability / breadth of extensions
5
Community / comment management
7
API
5
Internationalization / multi-language
5
Role-based user permissions
5