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Thread: Made a huge mistake by using Wix. Lesson learned the hard way. What's the right way?

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    Made a huge mistake by using Wix. Lesson learned the hard way. What's the right way?

    So I've spent the last umpteen amount of hours creating a shiny new Wix site only to find out it's pretty much completely junk. I tirelessly worked on setting up the mobile friendly version, as well as the desktop version and finally had a lovely site I could look at and be proud of.

    Unfortunately, in reality, it views terribly on most devices I have tested it on. There are SERIOUS alignment issues in both the desktop and mobile versions. I've asked Wix support for help but I generally get generic responses directing me to pre-made troubleshooting guides they have made right through to them just cutting me off from the chat entirely.

    So, after much research, I've basically come to the realisation that I made a huge mistake in selecting Wix to build my website. I'm now looking at cancelling all the dates/venues I had for my business as I simply can't see a way that I can fix it or build one elsewhere in time for launch.

    From the research I've done since finding these problems, the conclusion I've come to is that it's tough luck and I shouldn't have used Wix at all. There doesn't seem to be any actual solution to the problems so I'm left with the question. What SHOULD I have done instead of using Wix?

    For my previous business I employed a web designer as I felt it was necessary, not so much for the design work, but for the back end stuff. However with this new website, I felt comfortable designing my own and functionality was all very standard which is why I chose Wix. I can't afford a web designer again this time around so I'm left with either doing the work myself (again) or folding my business altogether.

    Can anyone suggest any solutions? Or a path that I can follow for starting from scratch but doing it properly?

    Thanks in advance. Apologies if I come across as a bit of an ***. I'm mega frustrated and pretty upset if I'm honest. I thought I was 99% done but it's looking like I'm 99% not done now and it's a difficult one to swallow =(

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    Personally I like WordPress. There are hundreds of premade templates out there for a reasonable price. I think most of the online site builders are going to be the same type of thing.
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    I'm normally the LAST person to suggest WordPress but I think LittleCreekHosting is correct, its a good fit for you with themes and plugins if you just want pretty standard functionality and not to be tied to a single provier like Wix -- you can move elsewhere if you need to
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    As with anything, there is a learning curve. WP or whatever you choose.

    The backend part is always going to be the hardest part for someone who is not a programmer (PHP/SQL scripter).

    Wordpress can automate that process more easily with plugins, but you still need to make it work for you. Customization may be necessary and things don't always work the way you wish.

    I think the best answer to your question depends on the kind of website you are trying to create. Some websites are very simple informational sites and don't require any or very little scripting. Others require SQL databases, complex forms, remote data entry, API (application programming interface), etc.

    An example of what I mean:
    A friend of mine runs a dog training business. She just has a simple website that people can use to find her business phone and address online, view training events and schedules and fill out a simple online form to sign-up for Barn Hunt training, discipline, and other training classes. When clients come, she fills out a sheet and later has to use a spreadsheet to type in all the daily visitors. I asked her if she thinks most people have their dogs "chipped" with a micro rfid capsule. She said yes, most owners do use them. So being an electronic tech, I put together an inexpensive rfid scanner with a wifi controller. I had to write a whole PHP/SQL script on her website to allow her to manage all of her clients online. Now when clients come, she just scans the dogs and it automatically logs them in and out. It keeps a log of all scans and if there are new id's, she can use her website to enter the customer information. All of this can be done online from anywhere and everything is secure.

    The animal chips are just a 'unique number', no other information is available. We use this number as the identifier in her website database as each chip is unique. If a pet is lost, a vet or animal hospital has the authority to use the number on a national registery site to get the dog owner's information ... nobody else, including us, has the ability to access the registry without a login.

    Her website is now 'complex' ... PHP/SQL/JQuery/AJAX and the original HTML web pages. We could NOT have done that with WIX or with wordpress or anything else ... it was custom and one-of-a-kind.

    So you will need to describe what your site requirements will be, and possible future site requirements.

    And you may have to hire a freelance programmer. It's not always easy.
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    Hello! I'm also a newbie in this forum.

    I think WordPress is the way to go when it comes to Web Design but if you are a beginner it is always very helpful to use a Web Builder Plugin like Elementor. The Elementor Web Builder Plugin works is a drag and drop system just like Wix. They have a Free version and Pro version. I think for your project the Free version is enough. There are heaps of resources on youtube about WordPress and Elementor. Also, there are lots of free WordPress themes that are already mobile-responsive.

    You can check this link below:




    You can also subscribe to the Official Elementor Channel.

    I hope this helps.

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    If you are just starting, I would recommend Weebly. Wix is static CMS, which is the reason you hit wall so many times. Weebly is semi-dynamic CMS and is good for small corporate websites that mostly need contact forms and are not planning to stretch their budget at the moment too much.

    In my past I created few custom made websites on Weebly for some of my clients who didn't need something 'more' then just good representational website.

    Over time, if your business continues to grow and you want to step up the game in order to keep your business growing, you will need a good designer and developer, since you will need to migrate to something bigger, like WordPress.

    Web Designers lack graphic design knowledge and a lot of them lack proper tech knowledge so they are not the kind of people for what you need since they do not function great outside the team, they are specialists and they do good only what they specialized, backend is not their thing and they will mostly always go and try to use website generators like Elementor, Divi and so on, which in the end will lead to same results as you had with Wix.

    When things get serious, seek full rounded digital designer and web developer, or if you can't find such people, hire agency to do you complete branding because in the end your business will need it.

    For now, I think Weebly is you best choice.

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    I think that is the problem with websites created using web builders, they are easy to set up, create, and deploy but in the long run they aren't as functional as you expected it to be. They usually say "no coding, no problem" Well, the truth is, no problem... for now.

    Web Builders like Wix and SquareSpace are web design shortcuts, and there is nothing good with any work that is created using shortcuts. I think the best and proper way is to build any site, even it's a simple one, is by taking a crash course in Wordpress, HTML5 and CSS3 in Udemy or maybe by watching step by step web design tutorials in youtube. I know learning new things take time but it will save you time and heartache in the long run. Besides, those will be new skills up your sleeve even you are not planning to be a web designer or developer.

    Here are the links to those courses. I hope this is helpful.

    Wordpress for Beginners - Master Wordpress Quickly

    Build Responsive Real World Websites with HTML5 and CSS3

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    I found this article that you might find interesting. It's very informative and a good read.

    7 Biggest Problems with Website Builders + An Affordable Solution

    I hope this helps.


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