Since it was first launched in 2006, Israel-based has done much to establish itself as the most recognisable website builder in the world. As synonymous with drag-and-drop editing tools as the name Wordpress is with blogging and Content Management Systems, the company continues to stand head and shoulders above its competition.
Not that many others havenât made valiant attempts to knock the mighty Wix from its web editing perch. Many have tried, and though they may not necessarily have succeeded, this battle for prominence has at least ensured that customers are spoiled for choice these days when it comes to choosing a top site building platform.
Has this stopped new companies from trying to give WIX a run for their money? Not at all. The latest name to make the challenge is the recently revamped Sitebuilder.com, who's familiar interface and competitive costings are attracting some favourite reviews.
So, how does the newcomer compare to the established veteran? Today, we decided to pit Sitebuilder and Wix against each other to find out which is the better website builder.
From the outset, we have to give a point to Wix when it comes to comparing free plans, if only because they make theirs so much easier to access.
Go to their homepage, create an account, and you'll have instant access to all the standard features on a website with 500MB of storage and 500MB of bandwidth allocations.
The only major drawbacks with the freebies is that you're left using a yourusername.wix.com domain name, and that you'll have some Wix branding on your homepage.
Meanwhile, after creating an account with Sitebuilder, the platform first tries to trick you into believing you're getting a free domain name, but revealing that actually, this only comes with their paid plan.
Getting to actually use a free account is possible, but somewhat complicated, and in all honesty, by the time you've figured how to navigate away from the sales page and start building your site, you'd be as well just choosing a different site.
If you did want to upgrade though, things become a little more competitive. With Wix, plans range from -£2.55 per month (which only comes with extra storage and bandwidth) up to -£10.10 per month. At Sitebuilder, you're looking at paying between -£7.95 and -£13.99 per month for premium level plans.
Using a few comparison sites like Best Website Builders Now (www.bestwebsitebuildernow.com/), weâve learned that these are pretty much average industry prices, though again, Wix wins out for offering the same core features as its rival at a lower price.
Wix has a bigger selection of templates to choose from, though personally we think some of Sitebuilderâs are actually better designed. Another drawback to Wix is that once youâve chosen a template, you canât go back and change it for something else if you eventually change your mind. With Sitebuilder, you can. Letâs give the point to the newcomers then, shallw e?
Ease of use
Wix isnât exactly difficult to use, and nor would we expect it to be. The company behind it have made easy web design for those with no HTML skills their entire USP, and to that end they certainly deliver.
Yet having used Sitebuilder ourselves recently, we did find the learning curve somewhat more subtle than with WIx. This is mainly thanks to the user interface layout, which is a lot easier on the eye, and keeps on guiding you round whenever you add or edit an element.
For that reason, weâre giving the point to Sitebuilder here, meaning that as we end the Wix vs. Sitebuilder battle, the scores are even at two points a piece.
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