This is going to be a HUGE undertaking. I have 76 blog posts (and counting) to transfer over and I have no experience with Wordpress. They say it's harder to learn (a big reason why I started with WIX) but it's definitely time I make the switch.
I did a LOT of research when choosing my blogging platform. I read countless articles like this one. And they all seemed to say the same thing: Wordpress is going to be better overall but WIX will do just fine.
From what I saw, WIX was easier to understand from the get-go and a quick way to build a good looking website, fast.
That for me was a win.
I wanted to get blogging asap and find something that I could understand so I didn't have to deal with the ins and outs of building a website and instead could focus on writing.
After looking into all of the options, I settled on WIX knowing that it would get me blogging on a good looking website the quickest and also that if I ever needed to change, I could in the future.
I'm big into getting things started before they are perfect and learning as you go!
And so... I went with WIX and loved it for the most part. But now I'm at a point where I think it's hindering my blog and am ready to switch over to Wordpress.org.
Let's take a look at why.
WHAT IS WIX?
Wix is a website builder. It’s also the platform I chose to build my blog on.
When you first create a blog, there are soooooo many platforms out there that you can choose. Like I mentioned above, WIX was the best option for me at the time.
EVERYTHING IS IN ONE PLACE
I didn't have to deal with plug-ins on WIX. Heck, when I started blogging I didn't even know what a plug-in was! I really liked the idea of knowing that I could log onto WIX and have my store, blog, website, domain, etc. all in one place. Again, I was looking at what would get me blogging the quickest.
DRAG AND DROP FEATURE
The drag and drop format is HUGE for someone like me. I was able to go in after learning just a few of the basics and create a good looking website. They call it What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) and it made it more approachable than other blogging platforms.
SIMPLE TEMPLATE TO GET STARTED
A lot of website builders have templates available but I really liked the look of the ones on WIX. It was an easy way to get started blogging quickly.
GOOD PRICING AND 50% OFF DEALS OFTEN
WIX allows you to build a free website and blog but it's very limited. As higher level plans are necessary, WIX has great prices and again, everything being in one place, it's convenient to pay once a year without additional add-ons.
They often feature 50% off deals, for an annual fee, and. this makes building a blog and website with them even more enticing.
GREAT FOR BEGINNER BLOGGER’S OR A BUSINESS WHO NEEDS A WEBSITE
Overall, I think WIX is a great option for someone just getting into blogging or a business who just needs a website to host their information. If you’re not trying to get more traffic or show up in google searches or such, then WIX is a really great option, I know it was for me!
NOT SELF HOSTED. WIX OWNS YOUR WEBSITE
Probably the biggest reason why I’m switching form WIX to Wordpress.org is because WIX is not self-hosted. This means that you do not own your blog, WIX does. This is a big factor in the blogging world and the main reason so many bloggers use Wordpress. Wordpress.org IS self-hosted.)
CAN’T TRANSFER TEMPLATES
WIX doesn't allow you to transfer templates. This is especially difficult if you want to rebrand or do something new in the future...ahem, like transferring 76 blog posts.😫
HARD TO RANK FOR SEO
From what I've researched and experienced myself, I've found that WIX is really hard to rank for on Google and it's SEO capabilities are limited. I'm wanting to grow my blog beyond my inner circle of social media and this is difficult with WIX.
A major limitation of WIX is that you can’t have Google Adsense ON your blog. You can have it throughout your website, but not on the actual blog posts. Most blogger's, myself included, want them within the blogs to attract their readers.
Again, if you look at different articles regarding WIX vs. other blogging platforms, it generally has a longer load time which can hinder the reader's experience.
Overall WIX just has limiations, especially if you’re serious about blogging. I'm wanting to do this full-time and if I'm going to drive more traffic and people to my blog, I'm going to have to make the change Wordpress and there's no time like the present. Also, every single blogger I’ve seen earning any sort of “decent” income has Wordpress.org and it's recommended by many, many different kinds of bloggers.
GOURMET PIZZA vs. FROZEN PIZZA
Someone said it best when they said that Wordpress is like the $30 organic, brick oven-baked, delicious pizza and WIX is a frozen pizza from the grocery store that you take home and heat up.
They’re both pizza, they're both going to fill you up, they're both going to get the job done. But one is just a higher quality and better experience (Wordpress) than the other (WIX).
So, why wordpress?
How in the heck is a first time blogger supposed to hop online, look a few things up, and start their blog simple and easy, just like that?
No! It’s hard! There is A LOT to learn and A LOT of different ways to do it.
Oof. So, back to Wordpress. A big, big reason is because it’s self hosted. And honestly, I’ve joined Facebook groups recently and almost every single person, when someone asks about building a blog, recommends Wordpress.org.
I know that if I don’t change now, I’ll probably end up changing in the future and I figure I might as well do it as soon as I can!
Also, like I said before, it seems like all of the serious bloggers have Wordpress.org. I'm at a point where I need and want my blog to grow and switching over to Wordpress seems like the next step for the blog.
WHAT THIS WILL LOOK LIKE
Yes, I’m going to be the one making the transition over. Oofta! This i. one of those things that I think I could outsource but I want to know the ins and outs of it all and what it’s actually like to better help YOU!
I’m excited. Nervous. I mean it’s not really a BIG deal but I know it’s going to be a whole lot of time being confused and sitting in front of my computer.
Mostly I am a little worried about going from a system I really like and understand to one I have no idea how to use. We shall see I suppose.
I bought the book WordPress To Go as a simple guide and how to. It was recommended on 2 or 3 websites for books for blogger’s and so far I really like it. It's basic, but I know nothing about Wordpress so it's great for me.
I feel like I do have a slight advantage of making the switch to Wordpress, because I’ve built my website through WIX. Even the very basic things like knowing what a domain name is, what keywords are, etc. All things I had to learn and research on my own in the beginning, I'll know what they're talking about during the switch.
DO I REGRET GOING WITH WIX?
Nope. Absolutely not.
Honestly, I’m grateful for the decision because it got me started and that's the key to any new endeavor.
Blogging is hard enough. Writing consistently and coming up with content can be frustrating. When you add in the ins and outs of building a website and SEO and color and text.....it can become overwhelming very quickly.
For me, WIX was the quickest way to get my blog up and running and helped me develop a voice and a schedule I fell in love with. It also got me comfortable sending people to my website and excited to share it with others.
Woohoo! I’m making the transition in a week and can’t wait to see what happens.
Also, I’m taking my YouTube channel in a new direction and will be sharing the ins and outs of blogging over there. I'm so excited to share more of the behind the scenes with all of you and give a real life look into what blogging actually looks like!
I have a big goal of getting monetized (making money) on YouTube by August 1st and that means I need 1,000 followers and 4,000 HOURS of watch time in 365 days. So every bit really helps!
Let me know what you think about my switch over to Wordpress. It's a big one, but I'm so darn excited for it!
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