The main differences between Bounce House and Wix are related to the complexity of the editing process, time to set up, customization and price.
Set up time and complexity: Wix will take a few weeks to go live and make all your necessary tweaks. Wix offers 2 ways to build a site: Wix ADI and Wix Editor. Their Wix ADI option is significantly better than their Wix Editor. Yet, both are overwhelming to the average business owner (or even a seasoned web designer). If you go with Wix, ADI is the right choice. See the comparison below, Wix has a lot going on that detracts from the simplicity of building a website. Bounce House on the other hand was built to be simple and take less than a day to go live, truly. Choose your business type, enter your business name, and a template is created that you can swap images and text with and be set up within hours.
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Customization: Wix is fairly customizable. But their editing process on Wix Editor makes it very possible to mess things up. It's hard to understand the margins and width of a web page, hard to replicate the same ratios per page and create a uniform looking site. The customization of Wix works against it, as it's hard to make a site look good if you deviate from their template at all. Bounce House uses pre-designed blocks that you can edit images and text to shape to your needs. We chose designs that are used on all websites today so a free site on Bounce House has elements that are widely practiced in web design, except that it won't require any additional work. Add in your personal touches through images, logo, choosing a specific font and color, and being creative with the style sets.
Pricing: Wix goes from affordable to expensive, for individuals, they price from free to $39/month, and for businesses, they start at $23 and go to $500/month. Obviously that's a range. If you are a medium or large business that needs an online store, Shopify and Squarespace are also in this ball park price range, each with their pros and cons. Shopify is the most time intensive of the three major players, and Squarespace is the most beautifully designed of the three. Bounce House has a free forever option, or a More Legit plan of $19/month. For businesses who use our first party payment system, transactions will accrue a 5% fee and $0.50 per transaction. The paid plan includes custom domain, access to payments, video hosting, and unlimited contact requests.
E-commerce: Wix offers full e-commerce functionality (inclusive of fulfillment and inventory) if you need a fully integrated online store to sell products. If you're a small store or are a service based business, you might not need to use Wix or require that attention to detail. Consider utilizing a marketplace like Etsy, or using a more affordable free website builder like Bounce House to create a landing page that leads buyers to your marketplace. Bounce House supports linking out to third party payment like PayPal and Square, as well as proprietary checkout.
Business type focus: Wix aims to please everyone, with thousands of templates and business types. Anyone can create a site on Wix, like a virtual reality exhibit. Bounce House focuses on small businesses and sole proprietors. Individuals and services that require one-on-one classes, sessions, either regularly recurring or one off. We encourage websites with a large focus to the Contact Request, encouraging in-person communication.
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Necessities: Both Wix and Bounce House support the no-brainer features like custom domain names, video hosting, logo uploads, SEO functionality, social media connections amongst other details.
Creating a website is important for any business, new, old, small or big. It's a piece of online real estate that you own and can feel proud of. Convinced? Try Bounce House for free! Learn more, or get started today with Bounce House.