Reality Blog: What I Learned about Wix

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Have you ever used Wix? I hadn’t until recently. It was an interesting experience, to say the least…

To Wix or Not To Wix?

I’ve just finished rewriting and redesigning a website for a small business, built on the Wix platform. I hadn’t used Wix before. My first thought was to migrate the website to WordPress.

“Easy,” I thought. After all, I’m totally familiar with WordPress and have a good working knowledge of HTML code. So I would rather use WordPress. But then I did some research.

Maybe it wasn’t that easy after all.

The clincher was I’d be working on the website part-time, over a three-week period. In that time, the site still had to be live. But if I migrated the site, it would be out of action until I had finished the site.

You see, I had to migrate the URL across. Once I did this, the existing Wix site would disappear. After researching online, I concluded that migrating from Wix to WordPress is an agonizing experience.

There was also the issue of company email addresses. Would they or would they not disappear into the ether? No one could give me a solid answer.

Clearly I needed a Plan B.

Changing Tack

So then I started to investigate Wix itself. Was it any good? Was it suitable for this particular website? After all, the company has plans to add an online shop in the future.

An afternoon of searching led me to the conclusion that Wix would be okay for this site. After all, the website was small and Wix seemed to have an app (plugin) for e-commerce.

So I decided to quote the job based on using the Wix editor. Besides, it would be good to learn another site builder. The owner said, “Do it,” and off I went, into the mysterious world of Wix.

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Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

Andrew has traded the daily grind for a life on the road. He loves the lure of Australia’s wide-open spaces, solitude and isolation. Andrew and his wife Peta are experienced remote travelers, living the simple life on the road. They travel, work and live in their 4x4 truck camper. Andrew plans to build his Money-Making Website Top Wire Traveller to the point where it provides a regular income... enough to sustain their lifestyle on the road.

6 Comments

  • Hi Andrew. Thanks for the heads-up on Wix problems. I had already signed up before I saw your article but I have not finished my site yet and am thinking maybe I should just take the loss and move onto something else. I did have one question for you: You mentioned you did not know if one could keep one’s company email address if one decided to migrate the site elsewhere in the future. Did you ever find an answer to that question? WordPress is like a foreign language to me and I’d rather not go there if I don’t have to. Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.

    • Hi. That’s okay. I’ve been using Wix quite regularly now for this one particular client. And it’s not getting any easier! In fact, just today the client and I were discussing budget pricing to migrate his website across to WordPress.

      If I was you, I’d take the pain now and do it. Wix is simply too restrictive, plus they want you to pay for just about everything (e.g. Search bars).

      Regarding email address migration, I’m reasonably confident you can migrate them across. Wix has a tie-in with G Suite (Google email). It seems the process is fairly straightforward. This article might help:
      https://www.368durham.com/posts/blog/moving-your-domains-email-away-from-wixcom/

      Let me know how you go with it. Regards.

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