Wix is a well-established website builder that has been around for ten years this year! It was founded in 2006 by the tech savvy threesome of Avishai Abrahami, Nadav Abrahami, and Giora Kaplan. The story behind their creation was due to supposed accidental fate as the three started to design a website together; they all agreed on the fact that creating a website was too technical and costly. So they had a light bulb moment and decided that they should create a website building platform that was not only easy to use but also free to use. So in the year of 2006 Wix was born, with its headquarters based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The company also now has offices in the USA, Brazil, Lithuania and Ukraine. The company has come on leaps and bounds over the ten years they have been around; in 2009 it was believed the company had 1 million users which then grew to ten million users in 2011 and it is now believed that the number has now grown to 80 million users spread over 190 countries! With 45,000 new users contributing to this number on a daily basis.
So now you have had a brief introduction of the history and origin of the website building platform, we will now look into the features of the programme and what makes it unique to other programmes around at the moment. In a nutshell Wix allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites using a simple to use drag and drop tool. As stated earlier on in this post, the company prides themselves on their simplistic easy to use qualities; so if you are not feeling too confident at the thought of building a website then Wix is the programme you should use, they also have flexible 24/7 based customer service in a variety of forms if you need help when making your website.
Wix allows users to use an arrange of features which can make a website look a million dollars in just a click. Here are just a few examples:
- ‘Social buttons’: You can add these to allow visitors to click on to your social media sites which are linked to your website which means more coverage for you.
- Video and audio backgrounds: You can add these to your webpage to create an audio and visual setting for your webpage.
- If your webpage is an online store you can accept payments with no commission and there is also a feature where you can track orders, promote sales and manage shipping all from one place!
When creating a website with Wix it is important to stress that although you have complete control of what features on your you personalised website, you will however be always glued to the company. This is due to the fact that your website will live on their servers and you will only be able to access your website via the Wix admin panel; although you will find this to be the case with a lot of the other DIY website building competitors, with only a few programmes such as WordPress being an anomaly.
Although Wix do offer a lot of features with their free package, if you upgrade to their premium packages you can experience features such as your own domain, up to 50GB of storage, Google analytics, online store just to name a few!
To conclude if you are a first timer or a website builder novice then Wix is the programme you should use. The easy to use interface’s and various features that can be added to your webpage can turn your website from drab to fab in a matter of minutes; without needing to be a technical genius.