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For starters, Wix is a website builder. It enables users to build highly customised websites using its drag-and-drop editor. You won’t have to worry about hosting or other technical considerations, and you can take advantage of one of the more than 500 attractive templates to get your site started.

On the other hand, WordPress comes in two forms: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The .com version is similar to Wix, but much less powerful.

In this article, we’ve focused on the more widely used .org version, which is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS). It’s an extremely versatile platform offering numerous ways to create a website, including by uploading your own custom code, editing a theme from the WordPress template library, or various other methods.

In the rest of this WordPress vs Wix comparison, we take a close look at these two platforms, which both made it to our list of the best website builders. We analyse their features, plans and prices, user interfaces, and more to help you decide whether you should be using either of these popular options.

WordPress vs Wix: Features

There are thousands of themes available for new WordPress websites (Image credit: WordPress)

Since Wix and WordPress use fundamentally different website creation methods, we’ve taken a broad approach to comparing their main features. In general, though, expect access to much more powerful features with WordPress than with Wix.

Both Wix and WordPress provide extensive template libraries that can be used as a starting point for a new website. On the one hand, Wix’s template library is excellent, boasting over 500 attractive designs.

However, WordPress performs even better on this front. Its native theme library contains over 8,000 themes, which can be filtered by type, cost, design style, intended use, and more. On top of this, there are thousands more WordPress themes available via various third-party websites and retailers (see our best WordPress themes). And, it’s even possible to create your own custom theme from scratch.

Both WordPress and Wix are popular options for e-commerce. However, WordPress offers more flexibility here.

With Wix, you have access to everything you need to build a basic online store. Some advanced tools, including dropshipping integrations, multichannel sales compatibility, and POS solutions are included, but there are things missing.

On the other hand, WordPress.org basically allows you to build whatever type of store you want. Your site’s design and functionality will only be limited by your imagination, which means that there is the potential to build something much more powerful than you could with Wix.

Once again, WordPress clearly excels here. Wix does have quite an extensive App Market, which includes add-ons from various well-known brands. But, it simply can’t compare to the sheer size of the WordPress plugin library.

Here, you will find hundreds of thousands of plugins enabling you to do almost anything that you can think of. Many of these are 100 per cent free, forever, and they generally make it very straightforward to add specific functionality to your site.

WordPress vs Wix: Performance

WordPress vs Wix: Performance

The majority of the Wix user interface is neat and beginner-friendly (Image credit: Wix)

In order to compare the performance of WordPress and Wix, we had a close look at their website creation styles and user interfaces. On the one hand, Wix uses a fairly standard drag-and-drop editing interface, while WordPress.org offers significantly more flexibility.

If you use Wix, you will have access to two different editors: Wix ADI and the Wix Editor. With Wix ADI, you will be asked a selection of questions about your goals and long-term vision for your site. A template will be suggested, and you will be able to edit it via a very beginner-friendly drag-and-drop interface.

Meanwhile, the Wix Editor offers much more freedom with its pixel-perfect editor and code support. Here, you will need to select a template to base your design on. Then, you will be able to customise as much or as little as required. The user interface can be a little confusing to get started with, but it’s not too bad.

On the other hand, WordPress offers numerous options for site customisation. These often depend on the template you’re using, but may also be impacted by any plugins you have installed.

For example, most templates allow customisation via the appearance tab on the menu to the left of the WordPress admin dashboard. Simply follow this to change your theme, colour scheme, layout, main content, and more.

Alternatively, you may like to use some sort of page builder plugin or theme. Some page builders, such as the Beaver Builder, actually use similar drag-and-drop interfaces to Wix and other dedicated website builders. Or, you could even build your site from scratch by writing custom code.

At the end of the day, WordPress offers significantly more design flexibility than Wix. Saying that, though, Wix is easier to use and more beginner-friendly.

WordPress vs Wix: Support

WordPress vs Wix: Support

Wix provides numerous self-help resources (Image credit: Wix)

Neither WordPress nor Wix offers excellent support services. On the one hand, WordPress is an open-source program that’s available for free across the world. There is no dedicated support from the WordPress team itself. However, the platform is extremely popular, which has led to the creation of countless third-party help sites, YouTube channels, and other resources.

Wix’s support is better, but still quite limited. Live contact options include phone (call-back) and email, although response times can be very long. There is an impressive knowledge base, but this doesn’t compensate for the lack of live support channels.

WordPress vs Wix: Pricing and plans

WordPress vs Wix: Pricing and plans

Wix is quite expensive, but it does have a free forever plan (Image credit: Wix)

WordPress.org is an open-source platform that’s available for free throughout the world. You will have to pay for things like hosting and a domain name through third-party providers, as well as any premium plugins and themes you want, but it’s more than possible to keep costs under a couple of dollars per month.

On the other hand, Wix uses a subscription-based purchase model, with a selection of four standard plans and three business and e-commerce plans. Prices range from $14 per month to $49 per month, which is likely much more than you would spend with WordPress.

Note, though, that there is a limited free-forever option, as well as a 14-day free trial with all of Wix’s paid plans. And all plans include hosting, various security add-ons, and other integrations that you would have to pay for if you used WordPress.

WordPress vs Wix: Which is right for you?

At the end of the day, it’s impossible to declare that either one of WordPress.org or Wix is better than the other. They are fundamentally different platforms, and each will be well suited to different users.

We’d recommend going with Wix if you’re less experienced and want to take advantage of its powerful editor. It is a more expensive option with fewer advanced features than WordPress, but it’s a great choice nonetheless.

However, WordPress remains the premier website creation platform. It provides virtually limitless customisation options and is backed by a huge theme library, countless plugins, and numerous other advanced features. It’s a powerful option for creatives and others who really want to fine-tune their website’s design and functionality. However, it does have a learning curve involved and some will prefer the ease of a platform like Wix.

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WordPress 5.9 Beta Released! Get It Now

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5.9 is the newest version of WordPress, which is presently under development. The current development version of WordPress, 5.9 Beta 1, is now available for testing in beta form. Because 5.9 Beta 1 isn’t a final release, developers recommend that tests be performed on test websites rather than live sites to minimize the risk of discovering any bugs.

WordPress has published a set of step-by-step instructions for users to follow in order to complete the test successfully. WordPress 5.9 will be released on January 25, 2022, in its final form.

WordPress 5.9 Beta 1 beta testing is underway.

WordPress has issued three different methods for website owners to try out WordPress 5.9 Beta 1 on their sites in the last several weeks. The first is to download and install the WordPress Beta Tester plugin, then pick “Bleeding edge” as well as “Beta/RC Only.”

The second method is to immediately download the beta version, and the third option is to utilize WP-CLI to test: wp core update –version=5.9-beta1. However, for case-sensitive filesystems, the third choice isn’t recommended.

WordPress announced on its blog that the primary reason for these checks is to polish the release in beta. Contributors have already fixed 297 tickets for WordPress 5.9, with 110 new features and improvements, according to WordPress.

The Twenty Two theme is a block-based default theme that WordPress has introduced in this most recent version.

“It’s the first theme that’s block-based, so it needs thorough testing,” says a WordPress contributor in the comprehensive instruction.

WordPress also offered more advice for people who want to try out the new version on their sites, including testing across multiple browsers, testing in various languages, and comparing how the new features appear on different screen sizes.

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WordPress 5.9 Rushed “In A Dangerous Way” Is Now Delayed

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WordPress 5.9 Rushed “In A Dangerous Way” Is Now Delayed

WordPress recently decided that the third major version release for 2021 will be delayed to January 25, 2022. The project had fallen significantly behind to such an extent that core contributors as recently as last week voiced concerns about the feasibility of meeting the 2021 deadline.

What played out behind the scenes was a rush to meet a deadline with a growing awareness that failure to halt the release could result in “regrettable decisions” as “large red flags” signaled there was no way version 5.9 could be released on time.

High Hopes For WordPress 5.9

WordPress version 5.9 represents a major milestone for the WordPress community because it includes important upgrades to the full site block editing capabilities.

Full Site Editing is a fundamental feature that allows a publisher to edit every aspect of a website using the Gutenberg block interface.

The purpose of the Gutenberg blocked-based interface is to make WordPress easier to use through a visual interface.

Key Components of Version 5.9 Not Ready

Many key components for an easy to use block-based editor were nowhere near ready for release.

The block-based editor represents the future of WordPress but without these important components the future of WordPress remain stuck in the future.

According to the time line published by WordPress, they were faced with two decisions:

  • Meet the deadline by rolling out a significantly diminished version of WordPress
  • Push back the deadline and release the full and intended version of WordPress 5.9

According to WordPress, issues arose that proved insurmountable and subsequently forced the delay in releasing version 5.9:

“Near the end of the original alpha release cycle, issues arose that related to multiple major features planned for the 5.9 release, including:

Full Site Editing (FSE), which is a collection of features, such as global styles interface, Navigation Block, block themes, template editors, and site editing flows.

The Twenty Twenty-Two (TT2) theme, which depends on these FSE features.”

WordPress instituted a freeze on the introduction of new features in order to focus resources on finishing version 5.9

The same announcement noted:

“5.9 is still in feature freeze. Work from here on is strictly to address the changes that get the release to a stable state.”

WordPress Rushed In A Dangerous Way

Core contributors to the WordPress core raised concerns over a week ago, noting that the project was nowhere near finishing and saying that it was being dangerously rushed forward, recommending that the release date be moved back to a later date.

The core contributor wrote:

“I think there are some large red flags here that some things are not ready for 5.9.

Especially re-creating the entire post list for templates / template parts at the last minute.

Don’t we want to give new flows ample testing in Gutenberg to ensure they are refined and the desired solution before including them in a core release?

We once thought the Nav Panel was a desired solution, imagine if we had shipped that to core WP just days after it had been developed. We would be regretting it now.

Overall, it seems like right now we are rushing things in a dangerous way.

We targeted 5.9 as the release for these items in core but too many things are just not ready, hence the rushing to change so many things at the last minute.

Wouldn’t it be better to miss the expected target date than to rush potentially regrettable decisions and brand new flows into core WP at the last minute?”

Better Off Releasing Post Holiday

The sight of WordPress core contributors “rushing things in a dangerous way” to meet what is essentially an arbitrary deadline might appear frightening from the outside looking in.

Yet it was the core contributors themselves who were frightened as well watching the time run out on realistically delivering a finished product.

In a way it’s better to release a major version upgrade after the year-end holidays.

There’s always the potential for something to go wrong and to have it go wrong during the crucial holiday shopping season would be a disaster.

An argument could be made that the decision to push back the release date until well after the holidays works for the best for several reasons.

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Read The Announcement Of The WordPress 5.9 Delay

WordPress 5.9 Revised Release Schedule

Core WordPress Contributors Raise Red Flags on WP 5.9

Overview of WP 5.9 pending issues and blockers

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Data Breach Spreads To Six Web Hosts

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Data Breach Spreads To Six Web Hosts

The GoDaddy data breach that affected up to 1.2 million web hosts has expanded to six more web hosts serving customers worldwide. The six additional compromised web hosts are resellers of GoDaddy’s hosting services. The extent of the intrusion appears to be the same as with GoDaddy, with matching dates of when the security intrusion began.

The six compromised web hosting providers are:

  • 123Reg
  • Domain Factory
  • Heart Internet
  • Host Europe
  • Media Temple
  • tsoHost

Precise Dates of Intrusion

The state of California published notification of a security breach submitted by GoDaddy on November 23, 2021.

In the California notification GoDaddy provided specific dates for the security intrusions.

The dates of intrusion are:

  • 09/06/2021
  • 09/07/2021
  • 09/08/2021
  • 09/09/2021
  • 09/10/2021
  • 09/11/2021
  • 11/07/2021

Those dates are important because customers of at least two of the hosting providers were sent notices that referenced the same date of intrusion, September 6, 2021 according to information published by Wordfence. That implies that the root cause of additional data breaches are connected, if at least by date if not more.

The notifications sent to GoDaddy customers and to at least two of the additional web hosts are also similar.

This is the text of part of the email sent to GoDaddy customers:

“We are writing to inform you of a security incident impacting your GoDaddy Managed WordPress hosting service.

On November 17, we identified suspicious activity in our WordPress hosting environment and immediately began an investigation with the help of a third-party IT forensics firm and have contacted law enforcement.

Our investigation is ongoing, but we have determined that, on or about September 6, 2021, an unauthorized third party gained access to certain authentication information for administrative services, specifically, your customer number and email address associated with your account; your WordPress Admin login set at inception; and your sFTP and
database usernames and passwords.

What this means is the unauthorized party could have obtained the ability to access your Managed WordPress service and make changes to it, including to alter your website and the content stored on it.”

The notice sent to GoDaddy customers is similar to the email notice sent to MediaTemple customers.

This is a part of the email sent to MediaTemple customers:

“…we have determined that, on or about September 6, 2021, an unauthorized third party gained access to certain authentication information for administrative services, specifically, the customer number and email address associated with your account; your WordPress Admin login set at inception; and your sFTP and database usernames and passwords.”

The administrators of the respective web hosts have reset passwords and recommend that customers reset their passwords. Those whose SSL certificate data was exposed may have to have their certificates reinstalled.

Customers Face Possibly Compromised Websites?

Customers of the additional six web hosting providers that were subject to a data breach may face the possibility of further security issues given that their sensitive data was exposed for two months undetected, giving hackers time to install backdoors, add rogue administrative accounts and upload malicious scripts.

Citations

Read The Wordfence Security Advisory

GoDaddy Breach Widens to tsoHost, Media Temple, 123Reg, Domain Factory, Heart Internet, and Host Europe

California Data Security Breach Notification

Sample Of Email Sent By GoDaddy (PDF)

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