My experience building a website using Wix.
Wix is a heavyweight in the site builder market with 3.4 million paying customers with websites.
It is also an innovator when it comes to extending the functionality of sites beyond a typical small business website with a product it calls Wix Code.
The typical Wix user will begin with the company’s “Artificial Design Intelligence” system. That’s marketing-speak for a system that takes user-defined inputs and spits out a basic website based on those choices. For example, what is the topic of your website? Do you want a site that’s fancy or contemporary?
Although it’s far from artificial intelligence, it’s a decent launchpad for a website.
My goal with Wix wasn’t so much on the design side. Like Squarespace, it’s easy to create a site and edit the design. Instead, I wanted to test its Wix Code functionality, especially as it relates to databases and dynamic pages. The promise is that it makes dynamic and database-drive sites easier to create.
To test Wix code, I decided to rebuild my comptroller website that I haven’t touched in nearly a decade. It was built with a now-defunct website builder and was in serious need of updating. It still gets traffic and earns about $20 a month on Adsense, but the data was out-of-date. This site is essentially a state-by-state guide to comptrollers in states which have a public official or office of that title. Click to continue reading…