Showit vs. Wix
Picking a website platform can be tricky when you’re new to this whole business thing. How do you know which website is best for your type of business? When comparing Showit vs. Wix, Showit is by far my favorite website platform. I’m amazed with how well it showcases a variety of businesses and the elements unique to Showit really make it stand out among all of the platforms.
When you’re shopping for a website platform (whether for the first time or for an upgrade) it’s fair to look at all the competitors and then decide which one would best represent your business. Comparing Showit vs. Wix, both have functionalities that make the design process simpler, but there are some differences between the two that can help you know which is the better platform for your business.
I know you don’t have a lot of extra time to spend on designing a website, so I want to make sure I help you choose the platform that will give you the easiest and quickest design process while still giving you the quality and professional website you need and deserve.
When choosing a website platform I like to look at 4 elements that matter most to me before I decide. These are creative control, customer support, SEO, and pricing. I’ll go over each of these for both Showit and Wix to help you see which platform will make your business shine.
Element #1: Creative Control
Showit offers ultimate creative control. Although it provides templates, it’s up to you where to place each design element. Almost any design you can dream up can be done on Showit. It’s also very user-friendly when wanting to import your own font, template, or media. I have some Showit templates you will love to try out! They are designed to bring in more money and followers to your business, and like I said, it’s super easy to import it into your Showit account.
If you’d rather create your own template altogether, Showit offers a blank canvas where you can create your website from scratch. It also gives you the option to customize the mobile version of your website. Most other website builders (like Wix) do not give you this option. This is just another way Showit gives you the ultimate control in creating your website.
Element #2: SEO
We’ve all heard WordPress is the #1 site when it comes to SEO. I’m not going to try and convince you Showit is better in SEO. Instead I’ll say that Showit partners with WordPress, so you can still use the best SEO plugins while still having a personalized and attractive website design.
This is one of my favorite things about Showit because no matter how beautiful your website looks, it doesn’t matter if hardly anyone is seeing it. SEO is what will get your website to the top of the Google results and will help your people find you.
Element #3: Customer Support
Showit is known for its incredibly friendly and talented staff. They’ve had such prompt response times every time I’ve reached out to them. It helps that they have an in-app chat and email support, making it easy to quickly reach out with questions.
Another great thing about Showit’s customer support is they transfer all of your previous blog content for you when you switch to a Showit website. Isn’t that incredible?! To get this set up, all you have to do is fill out a blog migration request form, and they will do the rest. Think about how much time you’re saving just from this single service.
Element #4: Pricing
Depending on the plan you purchase, Showit offers packages anywhere between $24-39 per month. If you select the option to be billed annually rather than monthly, your subscription will be cheaper. Of course, there is a free trial before signing up, so you can see if Showit really is a good fit for you and your business.
Another important note is Showit will give a 50 percent discount for any additional website published after your first one if you end up needing to launch multiple websites.
Element #1: Creative Control
Easily one of the most appealing features of Wix is its drag and drop function. The drag and drop makes it way easier to design your dream website. However, there may be limitations to that dream because of Wix’s template library. I’m guessing you want to have a personalized and friendly looking website in order to attract your customers. Wix’s templates look very corporate and plain which may deter potential customers.
However, Wix is best known for its ability to build an ecommerce website within its platform. If this is one of the main functions to your business, perhaps it’s worth it to give Wix a shot. Showit does not offer building an ecommerce site within its platform, however, it seamlessly integrates with other websites like Shopify (and more) giving you the best selling experience and your customers the best shopping experience.
Element #2: Customer Support
Comparing Showit vs. Wix on customer support, I must say it’s pretty similar. Both teams are incredibly friendly and helpful. Since the actual support is pretty positive for both platforms, it’s important to look at the availability of each one.
Wix offers phone and email support to its subscribers. Showit has an in-app chat and email support. What also helps Showit’s customer support stand out is its Facebook group. There are over 10 thousand members and counting. You can receive almost immediate feedback by posting your question on there. It’s nice to connect with other creative entrepreneurs as well as the Showit support team throughout the design process.
Element #3: SEO
Unfortunately, Wix has very limited SEO functionality. While it has immensely improved since it first launched, its SEO still falls short to most of the other website platforms. Sure, Wix could give you a professional looking website that was easily designed, but the whole point of creating a website is to bring in more customers, and you won’t have that with poor SEO.
SEO (search engine optimization) is what helps you show up at the top of internet searches. Some of the top plugins like Yoast or SEOPress are available through WordPress which can be connected to your Showit site. If you go with Wix, you will be limited to the SEO functions within it. (To learn more about why SEO is so important, read my blog post here.)
Element #4: Pricing
Showit and Wix’s pricing is pretty similar. Both of it’s VIP/advanced plans are $39/month. You can view Wix’s pricing here to look at all the different subscription plans. One thing Wix offers that Showit does not is a free website. At first glance this may seem like an amazing deal, but there are some huge downsides before jumping on this offer. If you were to get the free version of Wix you would:
- Have to share a domain with Wix. For example, if your domain is www.iammichellegifford.com then your domain would have to be www.iammichellegifford.wix.com.
- Share space on your website for Wix ads.
If you want to look professional, getting the free version of Wix just wouldn’t cut it. If you’re paying for a template, you might as well choose the platform you absolutely love. Showit offers a 14-day free trial before you commit to anything, so you can give it a try before you decide.
Showit vs. Wix: Which One Do You Choose?
When comparing Showit vs. Wix, you may end up deciding Wix is your best option. However, you must know if you ever decide to leave Wix for another platform it is incredibly hard to transfer your content. This would be a long and painful process I know you, mama, wouldn’t have.
Showit is the best option for designers and creative entrepreneurs to showcase their business. I wouldn’t be promoting it so strongly if I really didn’t feel like it would benefit you and your business. I want your business to be built to last and using Showit for your website would give you more time and energy spent doing that, as it should be.
I hope my comparison of Showit vs. Wix gave you a better idea of what’s really out there for you when choosing or upgrading your platform. I want you to have a website you love and I know it can happen for you! Remember to check out my Showit templates if you’re ready for the change your business is longing for. If you want more tips and tricks on running a successful biz, follow me on Instagram @iammichellegifford.