October 5, 2020

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For Malaysians who want to create their own site, Wix is one of the first solutions to come to mind.

It's a drag-and-drop site builder packed with powerful features that allows anyone to launch a complete, fully functioning website in a short amount of time.

Wix's easy-to-use interface also makes it one of the most popular site builders in the world. According to BuiltWith, Wix powers almost 4 million sites around the world.

However, is Wix the best solution for your website building needs?

In this review, we'll take a look at Wix's best features as well as its limitations to help you decide if you should jump onboard one of their premium plans.

What is Wix?

Wix is a cloud-based, drag-and-drop site-builder solution.

It is designed for people and businesses with no programming and web design experience to get their site up and running quickly.

Wix will even host your site for you, so you can say goodbye to troublesome server maintenance work, site backup hassles and security headaches.

Your Wix site will also be on a Content Delivery Network (CDN), which means your site will load at blazing speeds no matter where you are in the world (even in Malaysia!).

Wix Premium Plans Pricing

Wix's pricing for its premium plans is divided into two types: Website, and Business & eCommerce.

The difference between the two is that you can't accept online payments on a Websites plan and you can on a Business & eCommerce plan.

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Website Premium Plans

Wix's offers 4 Website Premium Plans:

US$4.50/month Connect Domain - for light sites where owners would like to host on their own domain. This is Wix's most basic Premium plan and comes with ads and limited 1GB bandwidth (around ~1,000 monthly visitors).

US$8.50/month Combo plan - for more serious sites where you want to connect your domain as well as have all Wix brand ads removed. You get a free domain for 1 year, a lot more storage and a slightly higher, 2GB bandwidth (around ~2,000 monthly visitors). 30 minutes of video is included as well.

US$12.50/month Unlimited plan - for growing site with lots of visitors. This plan includes everything in Combo, except now you get unlimited bandwidth (no cap on the number of visitors), 1 hour of video as well as 2 extra apps.

US$24.50/month VIP plan - for growing sites who want more support. This plans includes everything under Unlimited, plus 2 video hours, professional logo, and priority support.

Business & eCommerce

All plans come with online payment acceptance, connected domain, free domain for 1 year, unlimited bandwidth, and no ads.

US$17/month Business Basic - for e-commerce stores just starting out with a small number of SKUs. This plan comes with 20GB storage, 5 video hours and 2 premium apps.

US$25/month Business Unlimited - for e-commerce stores growing in number of SKUs. Includes everything in Business Basic, but with 35GB storage, 10 video hours, pro e-commerce features and professional logo.

US$35/month Business VIP - for growing e-commerce stores which require more support. Includes everything in Business Unlimited, but with 50GB storage, unlimited video hours, pro e-commerce features, and priority support.

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Wix Free Plan vs Premium Plans

If you're on Wix's free plan now, you might be curious about the difference between Wix free and premium.

Based on Wix's own comparison between its free and premium plans, the key differences is that the free plan:

  • includes Wix ads
  • no connected domains (site on Wix subdomain)
  • limited storage and bandwidth (good for up to 1,000 visitors a month)
  • no Google Analytics

But both plans include:

  • Wix site builder
  • free hosting

While there are some limitations, Wix's free plan can be a good starting point to get an idea of how you can use Wix.

It's also great if you just need a temporary site set up. It can also be a great place for people on the fence about Wix and want to evaluate if the software is good.

Wix's Site-builder - is it good enough?

Wix's site-builder is one of the most flexible I've seen - on top of a conventional, template-based site-builder, you can even take advantage of Wix's AI builder ADI, to personalise a template for you.

This is a pretty nifty feature for people who don't have an idea what they want.

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Wix Site Templates - how modern and versatile are they?

When it comes to site templates, Wix's are at the cutting edge - modern, clean, sharp and uncluttered. You can get a pretty site up and running fairly quickly using one of Wix's templates.

Choose templates from any of the categories:

  • Business & Services
  • Store
  • Creative
  • Community
  • Blog

Wix SEO - how much SEO can you do?

Wix's SEO capabilities has always up for debate. For years, Wix's SEO features were considered very weak. You couldn't really expect to put your A game for SEO if your site was hosted on Wix.

But these days though, Wix has stepped up their SEO game.

For a start, you can add SEO tags to every page on Wix:

On top of these page-specific SEO tweaks, you can also use Wix's SEO Tools to further enhance your site's on-page SEO:

Wix E-commerce

Payment gateways

While Wix is a nifty site builder, it isn't the best solution for e-commerce sites in Malaysia.

The reason for this is down to Wix's limited payment gateways. There is no integration with iPay88, RazerPay or any popular payment gateways in Malaysia or e-wallets.

It does integrate with Stripe and PayPal.

Some sellers can find that to be quite limiting.

For e-commerce, you're better off building your site on top of a more versatile solution like Shopify or EasyStore.

Drop shipping

Drop shipping is one of the hottest trends right now. If you're interested to use Wix's eCommerce stores to start your own drop shipping business, good news: Wix integrates with Modalyst for drop shipping.

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Use Wix's powerful site editor to launch your new website in the next 24 - 48 hours!

Wix Mailboxes

Wix mailboxes are Wix's answer to a professional looking email address. They are powered by GSuite and start at US$6/month.

GSuite mailboxes are one of the best in the market, so you're pretty much set if you jump on Wix's Mailboxes.

Conclusion

Wix's specialty is in helping non-technical people launch modern looking, highly functional sites at an affordable price.

Whether you're launching a personal blog, an e-commerce store, or a corporate site, you can get started with one of Wix's templates, or use Wix ADI to add a personal touch to your site.

The biggest drawback is that for Malaysian e-commerce store owners, you might find Wix's payment gateways limited. If you want to appeal to a Malaysian audience, you'll find yourself at a roadblock with PayPal and Stripe as your primary options.

For all the cool features Wix packs into its solution, you can get a site up and running for a pretty affordable monthly price.

About the author 

Lu Wee Tang

Lu Wee is the founder and writer of Entrepreneur Campfire. She started her journey in e-commerce and SEO after leaving her engineering career behind. Now, she consults small and medium businesses in Malaysia and Singapore on how to digitise and grow their business.

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