.I see this a lot with clients. They set up their site in Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, whatever. Then the day comes that they want to move it to WordPress. This is part of why I recommend using WordPress. It may take a bit more time to learn but it is definitely worth it in the end.
Awesome things about Wix
I set up a website in Wix this morning to play around with. Literally took me 5 minutes. I actually timed it. And the website even looked pretty cool with all the temporary content that came from the theme.
I also saw their pricing was only like $5 a month for an upgraded plan which was pretty good. Squarespace starts around $15 a month. WordPress itself doesn’t have any costs but you will have to get hosting and a domain name which can go as low as $10 with Peak Source Hosting
Not so awesome things about Wix
It was right after that 5-minute mark that I started getting annoyed with Wix. I wanted to just add comments to my blog posts. I ended up with a giant comment box in the middle of my home page. Then I wanted to remove it. That turned out to be a lot more difficult and I got annoyed and just refreshed the page so my changes wouldn’t save. I didn’t even attempt to add a blog post. I’ve worked on Wix sites in the past as well for clients. Even making simple changes proved to be a lot more difficult. Again the drag and drop editing parts were awesome but the everything else was a bit of a pain.
Switching Your Website from Wix to WordPress
When you are switching, you will definitely be able to find a theme that is similar to your current theme. Currently, there is no way to import your site from Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace to WordPress. You can do this for Blogger, Blogroll, and LiveJournal. And of course from another WordPress site. This means you will have to do everything from the beginning.
Step 1 – Install WordPress on your hosting.
Step 2 – Change the nameservers so they point to your new host instead of Wix
Step 3 – Install a theme on WordPress and customize it.
Step 4 – Copy and paste your content from your old site to your new site.
Step 5 – Install any necessary plugins to make your site work the way you want it to.
Step 6 – Configure your widgets so your sidebar and footer have all the necessary information.
And that’s it! This can all be done in just a matter of hours depending on how much content you have on the old site. You also want to look at this as an opportunity to revamp your website a bit. Take a look at that content if it’s been awhile. Maybe you haven’t updated your services page. Maybe you’re offering services that aren’t even on your services page. Whatever it may be, take a moment to just review everything.[mailerlite_form form_id=2]
Hi, I’m Stefania – Aka the Techy Girl! I’ve been building WordPress websites since they revolutionized how we create beautiful, functional, affordable websites. I started building websites back in the day when we had to hand write the code!!!! WordPress is much easier. Web design started as a hobby of mine and in 2010 I turned it into my passion and full-time business. When I work on a website, it’s because I love working on websites. I teach people how to use their websites and make them beautiful and functional through my courses and online sessions. If you need help or have questions, I would love to chat!
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