Piece of cake WordPress Blog setup: WIX vs WordPress vs GoDaddy

LongAnimationBWI am astonished by the pace of technology simplification. I spent five years as a LAMP stack developer in the late 2000’s and I remember how amazing it was, at that time, to be able to launch full fledged open source applications within days (or sometimes mere hours).  Sure there was a bit of configuration, and setting up databases, but that was vastly better than creating your own application from scratch and having to deal with compiling and deploying jar files.

I began my research to setup this blog a week ago and was fully prepared to go through the same exercise: get hosting space, load the application package, setup the database, buy a domain name, re-point dns configurations, etc. etc. etc. but before I went down that road, I looked more closely at the hosted solutions that I have been hearing about recently like WIX and others similar to it.

To my delight, I was amazed that creating a blog with a custom domain in today’s world is no more difficult than a few clicks (and a valid credit card).  It made my decision making process much more straight forward.  Below are some of the sites that I quickly reviewed to make a blog hosting decision:

Hosting Solution
Description
Key Benefits
Price (Annual)
 Wix
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Founded in 2006, Wix is focused on empowering non-technical users with simple drag and drop tools to create their own multi-functional websites.   Wix websites range from complicated e-commerce experiences to simple mom and pop blogs.  A number of features and plug-ins are available and are all provided by and tightly controlled by Wix.
  • Very simple point and click interface
  • Access to a number of other features like: ecommerce, web communities, etc.
  • Assured compatibility of themes, features, plug-ins
  • Combo Plan
  • $8.25 mth (Paid yearly)
  • 3GB Storage
  • 2GB Bandwidth
  • Connect separate domain (Paid and configured seperately)
  • Premium Support

WordPress.com

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Created in 2005, WordPress.com is the commercial arm of the WordPress.org organization that provides the popular open source blogging platform.  The .com sibling provides a hosted WordPress solution for aspiring bloggers.  The WordPress platform encompasses tens of thousands of plug-in, themes, and other user generated customizations, giving the blog owner a limitless amount of control over their blog (although for the non-technical can cause a bit of headache)
  • Support a great open source company
  • Ensure the latest version of the WordPress Application
  • Company focused on supporting the WordPress platform and experience
  • WordPress.com Premium
  • $99/year ($166.00 normally)
  • Custom Site Address
  • 13GB Space
  • Direct Email Support
GoDaddy
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 “Almost as old as the internet” as stated on GoDaddy’s website, GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain registrar.  Recently, GoDaddy has moved to providing hosting solutions for customer including support for specific applications like WordPress, a Website Builder, and a Online Store builder.
  • Well known, proven provider
  • Very competitive pricing
  • Bundled domain and hosting offering
  • GoDaddy Starter
  • $1/mth ($6.99 normally) paid yearly
  • Free single domain
  • 25,000 visitors / mth
  • 100GB storage
  • 99.9% Guaranteed Uptime

The winner is GoDaddy WordPress hosting.  The combination of price, reliability, and flexibility with the use of the WordPress platform were the key factors in my decision.  WIX seems like a great solution for anyone who wants to pick up a tool and create an integrated website quickly, especially those in need of an integrated e-commerce solution.  From my perspective, it did seem a little limiting, and due to the closed nature of the platform, although compatibility could be assured across enabled functions, it would limited.  Wordpress looked great, but the price and lack of storage and bandwidth was an area of concern.  The hosted GoDaddy solution was the best fit for me, especially since I have a solidly technical background, with the right pricing and gracious limits.  

I find the WIX vs traditional web hosting solutions akin to the iOS vs Android ecosystems where if you want a closed, simply, tightly manicured and reliable experience, you should align with iOS, whereas if you want “openness”, customizability, and you’re ready to get your hands dirty, you’d go the Android route. I don’t mind rolling up my sleeves a bit so the GoDaddy option was the obvious choice for me.

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