WordPress is a great way to build a website. In fact, some 30% of all the websites on the internet use WordPress to manage their content. However, despite its ubiquity, WordPress isn’t perfect – nor is it suited to every kind of website.
Some people find WordPress slightly finicky, as it often requires at least a little bit of coding. It also has limited design flexibility, instead relying on thousands of user-created templates – which often cost extra to install.
Our advice? Using a website builder, such as Wix, might be a better alternative for most people. Below, we explain the merits of WordPress, and how it compares to various website builders for creating different types of website.
WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
Even setting up a WordPress site can be more involved than with most of its competitors. For instance, you’ll need to decide whether you want a WordPress.com or WordPress.org site.
WordPress.org is the self-hosted version of WordPress, meaning that you’ll need to do some extra leg-work and organize site hosting with a third-party company, such as BlueHost. You get hosting thrown in with a WordPress.com site, but the monthly cost is typically higher, and you get slightly less control over your site.
If you’re looking to create a site, and aren’t sold on WordPress, we’ve got a round-up of the best WordPress alternatives based on our rigorous user testing.
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|Verdict||Comfortably the best website builder we've tested, and brilliantly simple, even for beginners||A super easy to use website builder with tonnes of features built in||Stands out with its attractive templates, and strong ecommerce offering||Hands down the best for ecommerce websites||A decent website builder with great multilingual functions||A simple, but speedy, website builder|
|Free plan||✔||✔||14-day free trial||14-day free trial||✗||✔|
|Paid plan (monthly)||Starts from $8.50||Starts from $8||Starts from $12||Starts from $29||Starts from $5||Starts from $10.80|
|Try it Today||Visit Wix||Visit Weebly||Visit Squarespace*||Visit Shopify||Visit 1&1 Ionos||Visit Site123|
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- Incredibly simple to use
- Great value plans
- Easy to preview as you go
- No expertise needed
- Great range of templates
- Free plan leaves you with a poor URL and Wix adverts
- After publishing with a template, you can't change to another one
- Great selection of templates
- Lots of tools you can add to your site
- Good customization options
- No editor for mobile version of your site
- Expensive for creating an ecommerce site
- The best-looking templates around
- Great ecommerce functions
- Simple to customize
- Not quite as easy as Wix for first-timers
- Small range of apps
- No free version
- Unmatched sales and reporting features
- Simple to set up, use and edit your store
- Excellent and varied support options
- Fantastic design options
- Can become more expensive than rivals
- Charges transaction fees unless you use Shopify Payments
- Has an in-depth editor with lots of customization options
- Offers multilingual functions
- Easy-to-access HTML and CSS code
- No free package
- No ecommerce functions
- Outdated templates
- Incredibly quick setup and ADI features
- Good ecommerce features
- Slightly dull templates
- Confusing navigation options
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