Wix is a simple and free website-creating site. It gives you everything you need to create a simple website using easy drag-and drop editing tools. You just have to pick a template, and then use the desktop-publisher-like interface to build your website. No coding knowledge required! However, Wix has limited features unless you buy a premium subscription. You also can't mix and match templates (or switch them once you've picked one), or shut down your account without doing a lot of preliminary clean-up work first.
If you're looking for Wix alternatives that focus on simplicity and ease of use, try Weebly.com, Virb.com, or Strikingly.com. Or, if you want Wix-like websites that offer more powerful features and control for your website (sometimes for free), we would suggest Jimdo.com, Shopify.com, or Squarespace.com.
Here are eight other websites to try if Wix isn't the right website-building service for you.
Weebly is probably the most well-known Wix alternative, and is one of the most similar sites to it. It features similar drag-and-drop editing features, and it's free to start off, just like Wix is. However, like Wix, its advanced customization features, including online shopping capabilities, are locked unless you buy a paid subscription.
Jimdo is a Wix competitor from Germany. Unlike Wix and Weebly, Jimdo allows users to create an online store with their free service, though you can only list up to 5 items at a time. Its paid subscription services, Jimdo Pro and Jimdo Business, alleviate this limit, give you more storage space for your media files, allow you to pick a custom domain name, and remove advertisements by Jimdo from your website (like on Wix and Weebly). Similar to its rivals, Jimdo features easy drag-and-drop website customization options.
Based in Canada, Shopify is one of the more specialized Wix competitors. As you might guess based on its name, it's bent towards helping you start a small business. This includes making your own website, through using all sorts of different tools. Pick a template to start off, use intuitive commands to make the key changes, tweak the code (if you know how), or get an expert to help you build your online storefront from the ground up. Shopify doesn't have any free use options, though you can get a two-week trial of it.
Hailing from China, Strikingly bills itself as one of the easiest websites like Wix to use. It's free to use (though it has paid upgrade plans), and can connect to Facebook or LinkedIn to create quick, one-page websites with just a few clicks! Strikingly is a good place to start if you have very little experience building websites (or using computers for that matter), but if you're looking for something a little more fancy (like, say, a multi-page website that has a store that sells more than one product), you will have to buy an upgraded subscription.
Squarespace provides you with simple and easy functions for creating a website, whether it's just one page or something more complex. It's great for bloggers, musicians, restaurants, photographers, and all sorts of other users. The main downside of Squarespace is that it you have to buy all of its services at once (e.g. a domain name and a website), whereas sites like Wix allow you to pay only for what you need. Squarespace offers many of the same features as Shopify, such as the ability to edit your website's code directly (in addition to using the drag-and-drop functions), as well as the ability to integrate common online shopping functions into your website.
Run by Brad Smith, Virb features a bunch of intuitive tools for building your very own website. These include themes optimized for both desktop and mobile devices, the ability to easily customize different pages of the website based on their content, tools to help you get your website found by search engines, and more. Its features are similar to some of the paid options on Wix; with that said, you have to pay for Virb in order to use it at all.
Though more of a high-end blogging website than one for creating an entire website, WordPress is often used as an alternative to Wix. Its main focus is on getting web pages noticed by websites, so it's often used by small businesses that aren't quite ready to try a full-on web editor like the other alternatives in this article. In fact, we used WordPress for the initial version of Techboomers! While easy to use, some advanced features require a paid subscription to use (such as uploading videos), and you're going to see advertisements from WordPress on your site, too.
Perhaps more well-known for its outlandish advertising campaigns than for what it actually does, GoDaddy is a website for creating and hosting websites, like Wix. It has many similar features to Wix, including a website builder with unlimited pages, hundreds of templates, and storage space starting from 1 gigabyte. The downside of GoDaddy is that it can't be used for free, and some services -- such as a mobile-friendly site or one with integrated shopping functions -- are only available on advanced premium plans.
Have you tried any of these sites like Wix? Did they help you create a stunning website for whatever you needed it for, or did your online presence just never get off the ground? Are there any other website-creation services like Wix that you would recommend to us and our users? Let us know by leaving a comment below, or writing a message to us on our Twitter or Facebook feeds.
Oh, and one more thing: if you want to use one of these websites (or another that you prefer) instead of Wix, our last tutorial in this course will show you how to delete your Wix account.
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