Don't use WIX for your website!

  1. Flash. In the case of many site builders, especially Wix, website designs are usually created with Flash. No matter what they say, Flash is not search engine friendly. Google recommends against it.
  2. 1 page only. Because Wix limits you to just one page (the Flash portions make it seem like you have multiple pages, but technically, you don’t.), you decrease the amount of content Google can crawl. Decreased content means fewer keywords. Fewer keywords mean fewer searchers and traffic.
  3. No data. Again with the 1-page-only thing: you can’t create multiple kinds of keywords, page titles, or metadata to be indexed for other search terms. It’s like having a phone book with only 1 page.
  4. Google unfriendly. Google can’t verify your site in Webmaster Tools. That may be too advanced for some right away, but for a team like us, we use Webmaster Tools to monitor site downtime, crawl rates, broken links and search traffic.
  5. Poor analytics. Inaccurate site analytics, caused by older scripting technologies, don’t allow Wix or GoDaddy or site builder users to get an accurate picture of a site’s traffic and performance. We use Google’s highly recommended Analytics service. All of our clients receive a report each month indicating how their site is doing.
  6. Bad taste. The templates look like something out of Microsoft’s template directory. If you think that’s okay, I have a bridge to sell you.
  7. Bad first impressions. “I’m just a small shop, I need a site for cheap, I’ll use Wix anyway.” Have you ever heard the expression, “First impressions are everything?” You may think your customers aren’t discerning enough to figure out the difference, but they’ll know something is lame about it. Would you trust if it looked like your site?
  8. This is what you get. Just look at this. No really, just look.
  9. Not mobile-friendly. Slow-loading Wix sites, that are data and graphics laden, turn off all mobile users and churn through limited data plans faster. Only desktop users can see your site and they won’t wait longer than 5-7 seconds for a site to load. Would you?
  10. Rome wasn’t built in a day. You can build a website with Wix or any other site builder in about 30 minutes. It takes more time to bake a cake. Don’t you assume your business or organization deserves more time and energy for its most important public-facing thing than a cake? We take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the size and scope of a project.
  11. No branding. Without a real domain name, having a URL of sounds a bit cumbersome to put on your business cards, or say over the phone.
  12. Flash. Again without a domain name, you’re missing out on the most important thing Google looks to for keywords. “Hmm, this site must be about Wix-es”, said Google.
  13. No differentiation with your competitors. At the time of this writing, Wix has about a few hundred templates. GoDaddy has far fewer. Wix boasts 42,785,291 users. GoDaddy has many millions, too. Guess how many other people have a website that looks exactly like everyone else’s.
  14. Ads. You get a big “THIS SITE WAS CREATED WITH WIX.COM CREATE YOUR OWN FOR FREE!” banner at the bottom of your site. We put our name at the bottom of our sites because that’s what artists do. But we don’t put a big “HIRE US TO DO YOUR SITE TOO!” down there.
  15. No support. If you have questions, no one can hear you scream. They have support staff, but in many cases, you have to pay. Would you pay your bank or insurance company every time you called to ask a question?
  16. Forever costs. The highest-priced Wix plan is about $30 a month, or $360 a year. Forever. If you hired someone (we’d love it to be us), you could pay for a new site that would pay for itself in about 2 years with no monthly payments in perpetuity aside from the domain and hosting renewal costs.
  17. Flash. The support Wix gives you is purely technical. They won’t review your site for errors, they won’t help you craft a marketing message, they won’t help you build a better business or tell your story. The same goes for GoDaddy’s site builder,, 1and1, the whole lot.
  18. No such thing as a free lunch. Nothing’s ever really free, is it? 1&1′s “My Website” starts out on a free trial, and then charges you. I know a company that was paying $1250 a year for their online store until lost a license to do business with eBay and shut them down because of’s own screwup. They are now happy clients of ours and they paid that once for the setup and they’re good to go.
  19. Domain holdups. We had a phone call from a Wix user who wanted to move away from them. She had been paying for their professional design services (see #8 again for a sample of those services) for some time and was shocked to learn of the many parts of her site that weren’t driving traffic. And she knew it wasn’t because she didn’t have any business. Now that she wanted to get away, the domain registration was tied up with Wix. Her domain name was stuck in some Wix Hell.
  20. Bad business. GoDaddy is a company we don’t support anymore on account of their terrible business practices, objectification of women, and their former CEO used to hunt elephants for fun. Even Forbes says you should get away.
  21. We care. No one cares more about your success than a good team. We have every incentive to help your business grow because when you grow, we do too. We’re only as good as our last project. Wix,, 1&1, GoDaddy and others will continue to find people who don’t know better and don’t care and are only good so long as their shareholders are happy.

Contact Dreamkatcha today to discuss a start-up business,  web design or logo design project.