Today, we will be taking a look at two significant competitors, Wix and GoDaddy so you can decide where to build your website.
Which site host is best for content creators?
Having a good website is one of the most vital parts of being an influencer or a content creator.
Your website says a lot about you – this site could be your online shop, your portfolio, and will often be where brands will look to see if they want to sponsor you.
Your website should be clean, show off your personal brand, and be easily navigable. Back in the day, in order to create a website you needed to learn how to code, otherwise, you had to hire someone to build your website for you.
But these days, there are so many great website hosts out there that allow you to easily create a site in minutes.
There are so many site-building alternatives out there, so how do you know where to build your site?
What is Wix?
Wix is a website-building platform that was founded in Israel in 2006. The company is now worth over a billion dollars and serves over 220 million registered users worldwide.
How does Wix work?
Wix operates under a drag-and-drop method. This means anyone can design a site with limited to no design or coding experience.
Wix is also entirely free to use, unlike many site-building platforms that make you upgrade to use their tools.
Although you can upgrade to multiple premium plans, you can also continue to use Wix for free without ever having to pay, as long as you are fine with your website ending in Wix’s branding.
Once you’ve created your account, you can choose from over 800 templates to start designing your site and choosing a domain.
To connect your own domain or have one without WixSite at the end, you can upgrade to a premium plan.
Below are a few of the many templates you can choose from.
You can choose templates based on what your site is – whether that be a portfolio, your online shop, or your restaurant, Wix will have a template for you.
Once you’ve chosen a template you like, you can get to work on editing your site.
This is what your dashboard will look like.
On the left-hand side, you will have all your editing tools. You can add pages and also click directly on the platform to change the text and media, font size, and color.
You can also see how the site will look on desktop or mobile devices.
Wix allows you to connect to a multitude of applications to further boost your site. These apps include marketing tools, apps that will help analyze traffic, and more fun integrations such as background music, photo albums, and text animations.
Once you are satisfied with your site, you can hit publish and your site will be live to the public.
Do you have to upgrade?
Although you can keep using the site for free, many users choose to upgrade to a premium plan due to the features that you can unlock once you pay.
Wix has a multitude of plans to choose from, ranging for personal use to professionals.
Below are the pricing plans.
Connect Domain – For $6 USD a month, this is the most basic plan you can get. You can connect a custom domain to get rid of the Wix branding, but will not have access to most other features.
Combo – for $12 USD a month, this plan removes Ads from your site, as well as allows you to not have to pay for your domain for a whole year.
Unlimited – For $20 USD a month, this plan is specifically for freelancers and entrepreneurs. You have 20 GB of storage on your site, as well as free access to the visitor’s analytics app. This is the most popular plan.
VIP – For $34 USD a month, this plan has 35 GB of storage space, as well as a professional logo and priority customer support.
Wix also offers e-commerce plans, specifically for those with an online shop. Those pricing plans are –
Business Basic – For $24 USD a month, you can start accepting online payments, have unlimited products, and recover lost sales with abandoned cart recovery.
Business Unlimited – For $36 a month, you can start to really grow your business with access to advanced analytics and collect and post up to 10,000 customer reviews, and even accept multiple currencies worldwide.
Business VIP – For $52 USD a month, you get priority customer support and have access to unlimited dropshipping, as well as 50 GB of storage.
All these plans allow you to have secure online payments, and recurring payments for long-term customers, and remove Wix’s ads from your site.
What is GoDaddy?
GoDaddy is an American web hosting service founded in 1997. There are 20 million current active users on the site, and it is currently one of the largest web hosting platforms in the world. You can also purchase domains from the site, which is one of their main services. Over 84 million websites were registered with GoDaddy.
The company is worth approximately over a billion dollars and has faced quite a bit of controversy over the years for employee scandalous and controversial advertisements.
How does GoDaddy work?
Once you make an account, you can start purchasing services. These services range from domains to websites, site hosting, and more.
To simply create a website, you will want to make sure you go to Website Builder.
You can start creating your website for free. The free plan includes email and social media marketing tools, GoDaddy payments for online businesses, appointment-making, and dozens of free templates and styles to choose from.
Below are a few templates you can choose from.
Just like Wix, you can choose templates based on the type of site you are creating.
Once you’ve found a template and design you like, you can easily start to customize and edit the site with the drag-and-drop features. GoDaddy is easy to use if you’ve never built a site before.
Do you have to upgrade?
You can keep your GoDaddy site free forever, or you can upgrade to a range of different plans. These plans unlock key features such as having access to a custom domain, the ability to list your products in an online store, calculated shipping rates, and more.
Read below to see all the pricing plans.
What other features does GoDaddy offer?
Some other key features that GoDaddy offers are the content creation studio, which allows you to create videos and graphics for your social media, email marketing, and more.
Track your orders, analyze data such as where your clicks and views are coming from, and see your InSight score, a GoDaddy-specific analytic that helps you see how other small businesses and sites are measuring up to yours.
Allow multiple staff members to be connected to the site, charge for deposits for appointments, and manage your entire online store and site all from one convenient dashboard.
Which platform will you use? Both Wix and GoDaddy have amazing features for content creators and influencers looking to create an amazing site, so no matter what you choose, you will be in good hands.
Let us know down below which site host you will choose, or if you use an alternative such as Squarespace or Weebly.