Before I dive into the metrics on the differences in the 2 site building platforms, I would like to address some very key and important concepts about building a website.
1) Domain Registration
We have heard about domain registras like Go.daddy.com or Namecheap.com. These sites help users select a URL domain name that is available. It is interesting to know what domains are already taken and of course what is left. An interesting search will be the most expensive domain names out there. According to businessinsider.sg, INSURANCE.COM is top on the list selling it off at $35.6 million in 2010. Here are the top 10 domain names that have been sold. Well, if you can spot the next trend in the .com era, why not purchase a domain name and sell it off for a profit?
- Insurance.com $35.6 million in 2010
- VacationRentals.com $35 million in 2007
- PrivateJet.com $30.1 million in 2012
- Internet.com $18 million in 2009
- Insure.com $16 million in 2009
- Hotels.com was sold for about $11 million
- Fb.com sold for $8.5 million in September 2010
- Business.com for $7.5 million in December 1999
- Beer.com 2004 $7 million
- iCloud.com by Apple for $6 million in March 2011
2) Back End Hosting
The URL domain name will only work with a back end hosting server. Take it like the usage of the internet, you have just purchased the latest router with amazing wifi connectivity around the house, but you are only able to utilize that with the LAN connection from your fiber optics for data to be sent and received. The back end hosting is key in unlocking the potential of the URL domain. There are many options out there, popular ones are Hostgator. Well, website building platforms do introduce packages for web hosting as well as a one-stop shop, so you are able to purchase it as a whole.
3) Site Builder
Yes, I will be covering why the shift from Wix to WordPress. Site builders are like the designers of a firm, this gives the visual appeal, the customisation, the outlook that makes amazing websites. I will explore some differences in the two site builders that I am familiar with.
This is my first post on WordPress (sitebuilder) and the shift was done because of the limited capabilities I had with Wix. Wix is a good option to create a website within a day. With a FREE Domain name given (www.calvinkang.co) with back end hosting, Wix was a great choice for someone that is looking to have a standard fixed visual element with immediate LIVE publishing. It was a good start as I could add gallery images, pages in a few clicks. After a year or so, I was planning to increase the capabilities of the website, however in Wix, unlike WordPress, it did not include functions like (plugins). Plugins are by far the most important feature that hooked me when I tried WordPress.
On the homepage, I will say WIX was able to give me a very clean and visually pleasing appeal. In WordPress, it will be determined by the theme you customise with. The nicest templates are usually a paid theme and there are a few thousand themes on the market, it is hard to select one that can compliment all your needs, thus, it is a challenge to find a suitable one, but that saying, it gives rise to websites looking unique and special depending on how the user customises it.
User Interface (Pages)
From the above two pictures, you can clearly see that the user interface for WordPress is static, dull and boring IMO. However, the ability to edit so many things is incredibly easier in that platform. In Wix, it helps a user to understand how the images will turn out on the webpage itself, this is a useful tool to ensure alignment, sizing issue is solved on the spot (this is the plus poin for Wix)
The main reason why I shifted from Wix to WordPress was that I wanted to focus more on blog posting and editing.
Editing on WordPress was like editing on Microsoft word with the ability to customize almost anything. I installed page builders to give some structure to the post. In Wix, the format is boxed where you can only customize the images or font size etc without much customisation.
Oh lastly, how did I migrate my website from WIX TO WORDPRESS?
This was my solution! I tried manually copying text and information over from the two web builders but it was time consuming and definitely not the most efficient way of doing it. Initially, I was skeptical about using a third party service, I tried the demo and it took only 3 minutes to transfer the files over, paid a small fee of about USD18 to get everything migrated. (You could try it out if you are lazy like me)
I am still learning on this process of web building, if you think there are useful plugins/widgets to install, do let me know! Or if you find any other web site builders that are more interactive and better than wordpress.org, do let me know as well! Blogging is definitely not easy and it will be time consuming, but I enjoy writing out my thoughts, things I have learnt along the way and I will want to share it with all of you! Here’s to the start to imcalvinkang.com!