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What are the differences between Wix, Go Daddy, and WordPress website builders? Pros & cons?

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Oliver’s Answer

Hi Paridhi - what a fantastic question!

You're asking about two different things above tho, on the one hand you have your codeless site builders (Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, WP) - and on the other hand... you have your domain registrars/webhosts (GoDaddy being one example).

Now - it gets more pro/conny from here so let me ask you a question back: what are you trying to accomplish?

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Hi Paridhi - this is helpful context thank you! Also, good for you. I'm going to keep my answer super simple instead of going into hyper-detail (which is oh, so tempting here!). I think your best bet is to purchase a Squarespace account - each of these platforms offers free trials so you can see if you like it, and I believe the lowest rate for a paid account is going to run you something in the vicinity of $100 p/year. Why Squarespace?

1) They have the most detailed documentation - which will save you on needing to hiring any outside hands.

2) They have reallllly excellent customer service - you can get your questions answered reasonably quickly!

3) Great templates for you to choose from which are pretty dang turn-key.

4) SEO-made-simple, which is really helpful.

5) You can purchase your domain through them directly, and they will manage it as well... also... and I could be wrong here but I believe they give you a discount on the first year of that domain cost (something like a $12 value depending on the value of the url you choose).

I hope this is helpful! Best of luck.
Thank you comment icon GoDaddy *does* have a website builder for their hosting customers -- it's a basic tool that just puts up a simple landing page. Ted Curran, M.Ed.
Thank you comment icon Hi Mr. Greene, thanks for responding. I am creating a website for an organization I have started in my community. We want an independent domain as well. Not sure about using Wix, WordPress, Squarespace. If Go Daddy is a web host/registrar but also allows for building websites, what is the difference between this and the aforementioned sites? Paridhi
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Doc’s Answer

Paridhi there are many different website builders available on the market, all offering a range of features from responsive themes and hosting space to eCommerce features. Before you start searching for your website builder, stop and think about what your website building needs are. If you’re planning a personal blog, then you could settle for a more basic website builder. If, on the other hand, you are looking to create a more complex website such as an eCommerce website, you may be better suited with a more sophisticated website builder, one that features advanced design and encoding tools, for example.

If you’re a beginner, the thought of designing your own website can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t need to be. In fact, you don’t even need an understanding of coding or know how to use complicated image editing software. With the quality selection of easy to use website builders available, anyone can create their own website without any fuss. The best one really depends on what you’re looking for and whether or not the platform can meet your needs. One of the most highly regarded website builders is Squarespace which offers an easy drag and drop builder where you can customize preexisting templates.

SQUARESPACE • https://www.squarespace.com/

• Who it's for – Squarespace is ideal for anyone searching for an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop website builder with beautiful award-winning templates.
• What sets them apart – Squarespace is the choice builder for blogs, online stores and portfolios for creatives. They are the best at showcasing creative work.
• The Bottom Line – If you’re looking to create a professional and sleekly-designed website with functionality to match, look no further than Squarespace.

Paridhi Squarespace is known as an all-in-one solution for creating a website on a singular platform. It’s a quick, easy, and legitimate way to get a new website up and running from scratch. Anyone can build a website with Squarespace. You don’t need to be too tech-savvy, know how to code, or have any prior design skills to have success using this resource.

Hope this was Helpful Paridhi
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Ted’s Answer

Paridhi,
I'd advise you sign up for a free account at both Wix and Wordpress.com and go through the basic steps to put up a simple site. You'll learn the most by jumping in with both feet and trying it out.

There are many similarities *and* many differences between the two platforms, but generally you'll find that Wix is more visually-oriented -- it looks more like a magazine layout or some very slick visual portfolio site. You will have more tools to play with the page layouts, color schemes, fonts, etc.

Wordpress sites usually feature more text, and there are fewer tools for customizing the overall layouts of the pages. Instead, you find a theme with an overall look and feel that you like and then adjust little things like fonts and colors to suit your tastes.

Building a web site is tricky because you have to not only think of the experience BUILDING it, but the experience of the people who come to READ it. Wix makes it easier to BUILD sites, but it does that by producing overly large, picture-heavy websites that load slowly and don't always fit on phones, tablets, and desktop browsers. Wordpress gives you fewer layout options, but the ones you do get load faster and look great for your readers on various devices.

Again, you will probably be OK on either system, but you will learn a lot by trying out both platforms and seeing how you feel.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, appreciate the advice. I will definitely start exploring these sites. Paridhi
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Makarand’s Answer

Hello Paridhi,

As Oliver mentioned above Builder and Webhosting are 2 different things. To understand it better in detail I recommend watching this video that is super easy and short https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBy0rgm2j7I

I am a big fan of this guy and his channel name is Flux. It contains huge knowledge surrounding the Website industry.

Further, you can compare Wix with Square space, and Webflow. These are website builders, one does not require knowledge of coding.

WordPress is completely different. It is an open source platform, one does require knowledge of PHP to build websites.

I hope this is helpful! Best of luck.
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