Wix™ has become one of the most popular tools for designing and publishing websites. It is a cloud-based web development platform that allows users to create fully functioning websites via a simple drag-and-drop interface. It is a sophisticated piece of software with dozens of powerful features.
One common question that business owners and website designers often ask is — Is Wix™ Free? Or does it require an upfront payment to gain access to the features that most people require? This article will take a closer look at the features that a Wix™ free website includes to help you understand how useful the platform is for you or your business.
How much does a Wix™ website cost?
Anyone can sign up to Wix™ on a free plan and start creating a website immediately. A Wix™ Free website will include:
Access to an extensive collection of images, clip arts and icons. Wix™ gives all users access to a huge library of free media files. These files can be used to create a website that looks attractive and professional. All images are fully customisable and free to use on your Wix™ site.
An optimised mobile version of your website. Having a website that is mobile friendly is important as more people are now using their mobile phone and tablet to access the Internet. When you create a free Wix™ website, you can automatically create a mobile friendly version of the site. Users will be able to view the exact same content on both their computer and mobile devices.
Free hosting. All users on a freeWix™ website plan will have access to free web hosting on Wix’s secure servers.
Access to the Wix™ free website builder. The Wix™ free website builder is the drag and drop interface that allows you to build a new website in a matter of minutes. Every Wix™ free website will have access to the Wix™ free website builder.
Up to 500MB of storage and up to 500MB bandwidth. A free Wix™ website does have some limitations. One of the limitations is the amount of storage and bandwidth that is available. Free Wix™ websites will have 500MB of storage and bandwidth. This might be sufficient for personal sites, but business users who receive a lot of web traffic will use their allotted bandwidth fairly quickly.
Unlimited pages. All Wix™ websites can have unlimited pages. You will only be constrained by the storage limit.
All Free Wix™ sites display Wix's logo. Another important restriction on free Wix™ websites is that you will have to display the Wix™ logo on your site. This can make your website appear less professional.
A Wix™ free website will use a subdomain URL. A final restriction on free Wix™ websites is that they are located on Wix™ subdomains. So instead of having a domain like http://www.mysite.com/ you will have a domain name like http://myname.wixsite.com/mysite/. This can also be perceived as being less professional.
Access to the Wix™ App Market. All users have access to the Wix™ App Market, where you can buy additional functionality for your website. There are more than 250 apps available, including many free apps.
What does buying Wix™ Premium give you access to?
Buying a Wix™ Premium site will remove the restrictions mentioned above plus give you some useful additional features. There are five Premium plans available — Connect Domain, Combo, Unlimited, eCommerce, and VIP. In addition to the features available for Free Wix™ websites, Premium Wix™ websites include:
Personalised Domain Name. This feature will allow you to connect your own domain name to your website. That means you can use a normal domain like http://www.mysite.com/. Wix™ will even give you one free year of domain registration when you purchase a Premium website plan.
No Wix™ Ads. Most Premium plans will remove Wix™ advertisements from your website. The only exception is the Connect Domain plan, which retains ads.
Premium Customer Support. Users on Premium plans will gain access to faster support services.
Google Analytics. Google Analytics is the world’s most powerful analytics software. It is useful for tracking the number of visitors to your website, their activity on the website, their demographics and much more. Purchasing a premium plan allows you to use this service as it requires you to own your own url.
Online Store (VIP and eCommerce Premium plans only). Wix™ will automatically give you free access to their online store software, allowing you to sell products or services via your website.
Additional Storage and Bandwidth. Each Premium plan has additional storage and bandwidth. The most affordable Premium plan, Connect Domain, has 1GB of Bandwidth and 500MB of storage. These limits increase on the more expensive plans, with the VIP plan having Unlimited Bandwidth and 20GB of storage.
So, is Wix™ free?
Well, technically, Wix™ is free! You can start a build a beautiful website without paying a cent. Because Wix™ free websites have access to the Wix™ App Market, your free website can have some advanced functionality including the Wix™ Forum, Wix™ Pro Gallery, Site Booster, Wix™ Events, and Wix™ Form Builder. Some of these apps are completely free, while others require a payment to unlock all functionality.
However, if you intend on running a business website or a high traffic website, you will probably require a premium plan. That’s because you may need additional bandwidth and storage for your website. Additionally, you will probably need a custom URL as it makes your business look much more professional.
Thanks for reading Is Wix™ Free? If you are interested in learning more about Wix™ or signing up to a free plan, click this link. You can also contact Wix™ ADI for further assistance via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All information provided is correct at the time of posting this article. Changes may occur so please check Wix.com website for the latest details.