WIX vs Shopify: Which is Right for You?
by Andrew Cox
Welcome to another Shopify review – in this article we compare WIX vs Shopify.
We work with clients of all sizes, including micro businesses, and we believe that it doesn’t matter your size or budget, it’s possible to have a fantastic, leading edge e-commerce platform and presence without compromising on service, scalability, security and world-class features.
Looking at the big picture (here comes the TL;DR, WIX is an attractive, simple all-around website builder with an additional eCommerce capability.
Shopify, on the other hand, is a specialist eCommerce platform. From an online trading perspective, there is no question that Shopify is a far better option. But to be fair — it’s like comparing apples and oranges!
Shopify offers solid 24/7 support and beats WIX hands down, with the Wix platform offering limited support.
Online Store Functionality - WIX vs Shopify
Shopify wins this one by a country mile. WIX has an eCommerce add-on, and one online review we saw described it as “adding wings to a car, it just doesn’t work”. Shopify is the clear leader and has amazing store management features and excellent product functionality.
WIX is pitched as being really easy to use and build, which is true up to a point. However, if you want to go further and customise it, the design often breaks and it’s messy and complex. WIX is pretty easy to use, but it’s too rudimentary to really get into it at a business level and have it evolve as you do. Shopify is a total breeze to build and customise, and if you do want to get specialist developers in, there are plenty of great ones around, find a great one with this guide.
Shopify is great for developers who want to get in there and implement their own CSS and HTML code, and the Liquid programming language is a breeze for developers. WIX was designed for basic users with no design experience, meaning it’s very hard to customise, and we’ve found it easy to break.
Payment Gateway Options
The Shopify platform offers over 70 payment gateways, including the big ones like Stripe. WIX lags behind with less than 10% of that.
Themes - WIX vs Shopify
Shopify is leading just about everyone on the market with their themes, not only the quality, but the variety is amazing. WIX has plenty of themes too, but not as many and we don’t think they look at good. And eCommerce specific themes are lacking for WIX but it’s the Shopify bread and butter.
Apps are nifty pre-built bits of code that give you extra features and functionality without needing to build them from scratch. Shopify is, again, a winner with a massive app marketplace and a plethora of options. WIX has less than 20.
Bricks & Mortar Integration
Shopify has a great Retail Plan and hardware to get you trading in stores, markets and events. You’re on your own with a WIX store.
Is Shopify or WIX better?
WIX has certainly carved out an audience and has a role to play in today’s online world. It’s fine if you need a very simple site that doesn’t transact, like an online portfolio, as it’s a good option and it’s easy to use for beginners.
However, our experience of WIX is that it is difficult to customise, has poor support and is not a viable choice for eCommerce businesses.
At The Hope Factory, we’re serious about e-commerce and driving sales and revenue for our clients. We believe that there are basic standards for web platforms to meet, and even on a service basis alone, WIX isn’t a contender. WIX vs Shopify… Shopify wins this bout, hands down.
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