Why I Switched from Wix to WordPress
Hello everyone! I wanted to share with you a little bit about WordPress today! I started out making this as a Wix website a long while ago, but was uneasy about branching out beyond that into the scary world of WordPress at the time. You see, from what I had read before, I thought that making a WordPress website might require a complete set of coding skills! 😂 It just was not made clear to me from what I had read that someone truly could start a WordPress website without knowing how to code and actually have their website look exciting! Most of the WordPress sites I had seen looked very plain and boring which is another reason why I chose to use Wix as well to start.
What Makes WordPress More User-Friendly Like Wix
Well guess what! The good news is that first of all, WordPress doesn’t require you to know how to code to create a website. I’ve made this website as it is right now without having to know how to code! (Now, I am definitely not opposed to coding and have considered learning how to code many times. I will probably learn coding in the future or at least a little bit of coding skills just because I love to learn new things and to challenge myself.) Also, Wix is perfectly fine to use as well for most people who just need to create a beautiful website quickly with a free hosting option. I absolutely loved creating my Wix website and how it looked! Therefore, if you just need a free website and want to use Wix, that is totally fine and works wonderfully for a quick and easy startup!
Second, another feature that makes WordPress much easier to use these days for anyone who doesn’t know how to code yet, is the large supply of free and paid website theme “starter templates”. This gives you an awesome foundation for your website which you just have to put in your own photos, arrange menus, tweak some colors, and customize any other features and pages to your liking!
Third, the option to use page building software. I am so thankful for page builders as they make WordPress more like Wix in terms of ease of use, color customization, and more! You can even do live edits where you can see how it looks on your webpage without having to go back to the dashboard area of WordPress.
Different Kinds of Hosting to Choose From
In the past, I also did not know that managed hosting for WordPress was even an option, nor the differences between shared and managed hosting. The thought of having to set up my website with WordPress, find separate hosting, set up a domain, a domain e-mail address, maybe learn how to code, remove any type of malware or deal with any hacks, etc… had turned me away from using WordPress until I was ready to get serious about giving this blog a try.
It wasn’t until much later when I decided to look into the type of blogging I wanted to do and WordPress again that I found out it really isn’t as hard to start as I had previously thought. For me, the hardest part was leaving my beautifully crafted Wix blog behind, and wondering if I would like my new WordPress site as much. Also, I wondered if my blog would be a success or worthwhile. Could I really do it? Was it just a waste of effort to set up a blog from scratch again and pay for hosting this time? Would anyone want to read my blog?
Don’t Be Afraid to Step Out
Well, sometimes you just have to take a step of faith and hope for the best, not letting fear and doubt get the better of you! And now here I am, and I really do like my WordPress site and am enjoying learning and adding to it. I am also enjoying writing to you my readers and being able to help you with what I can, as well as share my experiences with products, websites, and more with you!
If you believe that WordPress is better suited for the website type you hope to create, I want to encourage you to not be afraid to step out or of using WordPress as there are plenty of resources to help you along the way, and I would love to help you with what I can by these posts! Also, if you would like to have less maintenance of your WordPress site to focus on writing, a managed host might be a great choice for you as well! I will share more about the company I am hosting with and why I chose managed hosting to start in an upcoming blog post!
I will also write a review of the website theme I am using and why in the near future.
I hope you enjoyed this post or learned something you didn’t know from it! If you have any thoughts or questions for me, feel free to ask in the comments section below, and I will do my best to help or answer them.
Stay tuned for more blog posts and reviews! Thank you for reading, and I hope you come back to visit soon! 🙂