The main differences between Bounce House and Wordpress are related to the complexity of the editing process, time to set up, customization and price.
Set up time and complexity: Wordpress could take a few weeks or month to set up and make your website complete. Historically, Wordpress was a tool that needed a software developer no matter, making it an extremely cumbersome and out dated tool compared to the newer website builders. However, it has created easier options and templatized websites so you don't have to start from scratch. However, their set up is still pretty daunting and old school. 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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See Example of Wordpress Template:
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See Example of Bounce House Template:
Customization: Wordpress is customizable to the point that you'll need a someone who has designed websites before or engineered them to provide assistance. 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: Wordpress is offers everything from free to enterprise. Enterprise VIP plans start at $1,700/month, whereas out-of-the-box tiers are as little as $4/month or $45/month (all billed yearly). If you are a medium or large business that needs an online store, the price range is less than Shopify and Wix, and on par with Squarespace. Shopify and Wordpress are the most time intensive of these options, and the most customizable, whereas Squarespace and Wix rely more on templates and appealing to the masses. 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: Wordpress offers full e-commerce functionality if you need a fully integrated online store to sell products inclusive of inventory and fulfillment. If you're a small store, you might not need to use Wordpress or require that attention to detail. Consider utilizing a marketplace like Etsy, and using a more affordable or 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 as well as first party payment checkout and invoicing for products and services.
Example of a Wordpress Website that took months to set up and thousands of dollars hiring a developer:
Example of a Bounce House Website that took days to create and drives clients to a third party online checkout:
Business type focus: Wordpress was built for anyone, and is one of the longest standing giants in the website builder tool. They basically started website building, and democratizing it to the masses. But because it has been around so long, it has a long way to go to compete with the younger brands and offerings around now. 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.
See example of Requests that come in on Bounce House:
Necessities: Both Wordpress and Bounce House support the no-brainer features like custom domain names, video hosting, logo uploads, SEO functionality, social media connections amongst other details.
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