Throughout my career I’ve had opportunities to be exposed to small amounts of web coding as part of my day job. I learnt a bit about HTML and XML. I was even aware of Microsoft FrontPage as some sort of website building software. Although my impression was that Microsoft FrontPage seemed a bit painful for complex website building. As it was never really a field that interested me much, I didn’t take much notice of the technology advancements happening in this area.
Until the beginning of this year when I took the plunge to create my own blog using WordPress.com. I was amazed at how easy it was to build a website/blog using an online platform. I was again intrigued by this when I recently had the opportunity to attend a workshop presented by Wix.com
Wix was founded in Tel Aviv in 2006 by 3 guys who wanted to offer an easy-to-use, DIY, drag and drop solution for building websites. Since then the Wix platform has grown to over 90 million registered users. In June 2016, Wix launched Wix ADI to make website creation even easier by using algorithms based on data collected from their existing user base.
Wix ADI works by using a wizard type format to ask the user a few simple questions. The answers to these questions helps Wix ADI to understand the type of content wanted on the website. The user then chooses from the billions of high-quality templates to create the look and design of the site. Using a combination of the content and designs chosen by the user, Wix ADI is then able to create a unique, dynamic, and robust website in minutes.
I was interested to have a look at how easy it is to create a Wix website. Based on my 15 minutes or so of dragging and dropping and looking at the platform it does look like a great easy to use website building platform. Wix also allows you to create a free customizable website that is mobile friendly. The free site version comes with 500MB of storage and up to 500MB bandwidth. The format of the free Wix site URL is username.wixsite.com/sitename/page-url. If you wanted a more professional look by hosting your site on your own domain then there are options to upgrade your site to one of the premium plans that comes with more space and features.
I never really considered Wix as a platform for my blog even though I was aware of the company. I just assumed WordPress and Blogger were the two “go-to” platforms for bloggers hence why I’ve decided to stay with WordPress.org. In my opinion the new Wix ADI solution looks like a great solution for novice techno-phobes for creating websites and I’ll be sure to recommend this platform as an option to others in future.