Can I blog on Wix

Why Squarespace, Jimdo, and Wix aren't a good idea when starting a blog

Again and again I am asked why I do technical tutorials such as the integration of an image optimized for Pinterest or the integration of preview images for Facebook only for WordPress and not also for bloggers or various modular systems.

The answer is very simple: I will focus on the blog software that I believe is best for bloggers who want to make money online. And that's a self-hosted WordPress blog.

But what about Wix, Jimdo and all the other modular systems out there - can't you work with those too?

My dear colleague Daniela Retzl from MissWebdesign answered this question and answered in this blog article which option makes the most sense for you. Also included:

Have fun reading your guest article!

 

No sooner have you made the decision to start a blog than the search for a suitable platform for this project begins. However, this search can be very tedious and can quickly overwhelm beginners in particular.

No wonder, after all, there are now numerous providers where you can start your blog quickly and even for free.

So-called website builders such as Squarespace, Jimdo and Wix are enjoying increasing popularity.

So you are spoiled for choice and I would like to support you in making the best decision for you by researching the pros and cons of the hottest systems currently available for you.

1. Modular systems

I have to admit, the offer is really tempting. And even I created a website with Jimdo many years ago.

But let's take a closer look at the three platforms Squarespace, Jimdo and Wix.

Advantages of website builders

You register an account on the platform of your choice, choose a design, add your content and you're ready to publish your blog.

The easy setup A modular website is certainly one of the most important advantages, after all, you don't have to worry about web space or installation.

Besides, you need no programming knowledge. The design can be easily assembled using drag-and-drop and you can maintain your content directly in the web view of your site with a double-click.

Another plus is that you don't have to worry about that Maintenance of your system have to take care of. Your provider will take care of updates, backups and the like.

At this point I would like to highlight the Squarespace support, which is available to you 24/7 around the clock and has been highly praised by many users as part of my research.

Disadvantages of website builders

In addition to all of the wonderful advantages, there are of course some disadvantages that you should consider.

With your account with one of the providers, you go one Addiction and give up control of your blog. In most cases, you don't even own the content you create.

Another disadvantage, which is essential for me, is that you have no way of exporting your content with Jimdo and Wix. Squarespace also only offers one very limited export function at. If you want to move your blog in the future, you have to start from scratch again.

Also the Range of functions is manageable with website builders. Although the common standard features are covered, the individuality falls by the wayside.

In addition to these general disadvantages, which all three systems have in common, I noticed a few individual points during my research:

  • At Wix it is not possible to change the design you selected at the beginning. True to the motto "whatever lies, that picks", you then have to live with it or start over.
  • Jimdo The free version offers neither responsive designs so that your blog is displayed correctly on mobile devices, nor the possibility of search engine optimization.
  • Squarespace only speaks English or Spanish. You can of course write a German blog, but you have to be able to use the system and all technical terms in English (or Spanish).

Who is a modular system suitable for?

Website builders can be a good choice for you if you want to be online but have no ambition to monetize your blog in the future.

 

 

2. Blog platforms

The free blog platforms blogger.com and wordpress.com are a good alternative if you want to try out whether blogging is also fun in the long term.

Advantages of the blog platforms

You can find them here too advantages website builders again:

  • Simply register and get started right away
  • No programming skills required
  • Your provider takes care of maintenance and backups

In contrast to the website builders, you work on blogger.com and wordpress.com with an easy-to-use one Content Management System (CMS) and you can slowly get used to it.

What distinguishes both platforms is theirs excellent export function. Both systems make it easy for you to move your content, for example to your self-hosted WordPress blog.

Disadvantages of blog platforms

Unfortunately yours are also on blogger.com and wordpress.com Limited options. In the long term, you will reach the limits of your creativity when it comes to installing themes (design templates), plugins or individual adjustments.

And of course you are again dependent on the two providers if you use their services.

At this point you should consider hosting your blog yourself on the basis of WordPress, if you enjoy blogging and want to further professionalize yourself.

Who are blog platforms suitable for?

You should opt for blogger.com or, even better, wordpress.com if you feel like writing a blog, but first want to try out for free whether blogging is really something for you.

Why do I recommend wordpress.com to you and not blogger.com? Because it's easiest to move later to your self-hosted WordPress blog.

 

 

3. WordPress self-hosted

With your own domain and your own web space, you take your blog to a new level.

advantages

Now you have all freedoms and benefit from an almost infinite selection of themes and plugins for all eventualities.

Finally you are independently. Your content belongs only to you and you can pack up your blog at any time to change your web space provider.

Is self-hosting inexpensive. Of course, you have to pay for your domain and your web space, which is around € 66 per year. At this price, neither the website builder providers nor blogger.com or wordpress.com can keep up.

WordPress not only has a big one, but above all very active community. In forums or Facebook groups you can quickly find competent contact persons who can support you with questions or problems.

disadvantage

You are responsible for taking care of your website self responsible. That means creating backups, installing updates and ensuring the security of your website, to name just three points.

Hosting WordPress yourself also means that you familiarize yourself with the system and with everyone technical aspects have to deal with. These two points cost time and are in most cases the biggest obstacle to starting your own self-hosted blog.

When to choose a self-hosted blog

If you are serious about blogging and want to earn money with it or even start your own online business, you should definitely opt for the self-hosted version of WordPress.

This is the only way to have full control over all aspects of your blog and room for further development.

 

 

This is how you can get started with your self-hosted blog

Many beginners have a lot of respect for the decision to self-host their blog and are easily put off by "all the technology".

I can understand that well, after all, I was at this point once.

That is why I have created a practical guide with my popular eBook “Get started online with WordPress *”, which covers everything you need to know, from installation and backups to protection, loading time optimization and troubleshooting.

Conclusion: As you can see, all providers have their advantages and disadvantages.

So if you absolutely do not want to deal with the system "behind your blog", you are better advised to use a building system. Because an unsupervised and thus sooner or later virus-contaminated blog is definitely the even worse solution.

However, if you want to approach your blog ambitiously and maybe even earn money with it, you'd better stick to WordPress. You will see how much fun it is to develop together with your blog.

What criteria did you use to choose your blog platform? Or are you perhaps just looking for the right system?

 


about the author

As "MissWebdesign", Daniela supports women who want to further professionalize their business with their own website and who want to win new customers online.

On her blog she writes for you about WordPress, SEO, blogging herself and her own online business.

With her eBook “Get started online with WordPress” she wants to motivate even more women to get started with their own website and take away their fear of all the technology.

 

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