Okay! So I have been going through it this month as I was trying to decide whether or not to switch blogging platforms. I went back and forth so many times and in the end, Wix was just giving me a million reasons to quit the show (@ Lady Gaga). So I took the plunge.
I had been thinking about moving away from Wix for a while – for reasons I’ll get into. But once I decided to make the jump I struggled to figure out how to transfer my blog and my posts from Wix to (self-hosted) WordPress without losing my mind. On top of that I had to wait a week for my domain name to be released by Wix so I could officially start editing and posting through WordPress. Which was blogging torture. I just had to… wait. For a week.
I lost my mind a little for sure – but that might be due to me not being the most technologically adept person in the world. (I’m not awful – but I could be better.)
Luckily I only had 15 posts when I decided to make the move – which wasn’t entirely impossible to manage – but it was still like… not fun.
I started out on Wix because I used it for a school project one semester in college – so I already knew how to use it. I also didn’t have to think too much about it. BUT – I should have given it more thought. I should have researched the different blogging platforms more thoroughly because choosing Wix for my blog ended up being a mistake.
There were two things that I really liked about Wix:
- It was easy to figure out how to use.
It uses drag and drop features, and it requires no knowledge of coding and html and all those computer-y things.
- I liked the way my blog looked with Wix’s drag and drop features.
The drag and drop features made it really easy to design a nice-looking site, to change the look whenever you wanted, and to see those changes in real time.
However, there were just too many issues and difficulties that came with posting, SEO, and figuring out how to add more features to the site. (Which was virtually impossible.)
In the end, these are some of the reasons I decided to switch blogging platforms:
- No undo button (!)
What?? I don’t know about you, but I make mistakes. Like – a lot of them. And I guess it’s possible that I just couldn’t figure out how to undo actions – but at the very least there wasn’t an easily accessible undo button. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve accidentally deleted a paragraph or an image that I’ve worked on and then just stared at my screen in stunned, sad, silence.
- The content isn’t protected
Basically if Wix has problems tomorrow and the site goes down – bye bye content.
Especially the blog manager – pictures would move around on their own, they would change sizes after I adjusted them, and the manager would just shut down from time to time. Sometimes I would change the font size in the manager, but it wouldn’t do zilch on the actual post.
(Do people still use the word ‘zilch’?)
- Hashtags don’t show up on Bloglovin
Now this may not seem like the biggest deal in the world but for someone who really likes to use Bloglovin this really bothered me! I even reached out to Bloglovin about this and they sent me back to Wix to ask them to add a feature. When I contacted Wix Support they were basically like ‘lol nope we don’t do that, sorry not sorry.’
And I didn’t like that they didn’t even pretend like they would look into the problem – or address it in the future.
- It was really hard (or impossible) to add new features -i.e. a hover image for Pinterest.
I spent almost 50 minutes trying to figure out how people got those hover images for Pinterest on their blog pictures. (Again – I’m not the most computer savvy.) And in the end it was all just to find out that Wix doesn’t support that feature.
Which then prompted me to lift my head and look into a non-existent camera, The Office style, to convey how over it I was.
- Using the blog manager drained my computer battery.
Like an unplugged tub just sucking my battery life down the drain.
- I’ve read that Google isn’t very Wix-friendly when it comes to getting found in searches
So. Finally I just got so frustrated and worried about everything that I knew I had to make a move. I also thought the longer I waited the worse it was going to be to transfer everything to a new blogging platform – which encouraged me to change.
And in the end I’m glad I did it. Although there was definitely a much steeper learning curve with WordPress (which I’m still working on) it’s been worth it. There’s a plugin for everything, the blog post editor is 1000x better, it’s much more compatible with Bloglovin’… and there’s an undo button.
Overall – even though I went a little crazy during the process and there was a steeper learning curve – I’d definitely recommend WordPress over Wix for blogging.
Has anyone else made the switch between different blogging platforms? Or considered it?
What was y’alls experience like?