Ease of Use
One of Wix’s main strengths is its user-friendliness. This platform has long been regarded as one of the easiest and simplest website builders around, and in true DIY site builder fashion, you don’t have to wrestle with complex coding in order to create a fully functioning website. You simply drag elements around and drop them where you want them to appear on the page. And because they utilize a WYSIWYG (or what you see is what you get) editor, you can immediately see the changes as you are making them.
‘They’ve taken steps to enhance their website building process by launching a fantastic addition to their repertoire: the Wix ADI. Short for Artificial Design Intelligence, this can learn your needs in order to automatically create a website for you. The ADI feature makes website creation even simpler, as if the DIY route wasn’t simple enough. You need only tell it who you are and what you do, and it populates your website with what it thinks you need – from relevant text to pictures, videos and more. From there you can also add even more sections on your own if you want to.
Wix offers a ton of templates across numerous categories, with hundreds to choose from. So it’s surprising to see that church websites get so little love here. Disappointingly, you only get 5 different designs to choose from, and a good portion of these are not even of the same caliber as the other designs that they offer. In short, most of them look and feel a bit bland. Admittedly, a lot of church websites are a bit low key and not at all flashy, but it also doesn’t hurt to break away from the norm, especially if you want to attract more people.
Thankfully, Wix’s flexibility allows you to use themes from other categories and easily repurpose them. All templates are also optimized for mobile, so there should be no problems viewing your church site on a mobile device.
Because Wix offers a near-exhaustive amount of features, this review will focus on the ones that should prove useful to church websites. For starters, you can create media galleries for showcasing church events. And if you want to ensure people don’t miss your events, you can do so via a calendar or blog. You can also make use of the ShoutOut email marketing feature in order to create and send emails in order to remind people about your upcoming events.
Meanwhile, if you are hoping to run a fundraiser for charity, you can also do that through your Wix website. Through Wix’s app market, for instance, you can get the Get Funding app that allows you to securely accept donations via credit card or PayPa. If you want people to find your church, you can also add maps; and if you want people to contact you easily, Wix offers various contact forms and live chat apps that allow you to quickly add these features to your website.
Thanks to the wealth of add-on features that you can easily grab to extend the functionality of your website, Wix’s app market proves to be one of the platform’s stronger assets.
Wix has a Free plan that opens their website builder and templates for anyone to use. This is a pretty good starting point, but if you already have your domain name registered somewhere else, you can connect it to your Wix account if you subscribe to the Connect Domain plan. Do take note that under this plan, Wix ads will still be shown on your website. The Combo plan offers an upgraded set of features and does away with ads, leaving your website only with the elements that you choose to display. From this plan onwards, Wix ads will not be shown in your website.
|Subscription Tier||What You Get||Monthly|
|Free||1GB Bandwidth & 500MB Storage
Free Wix Domain
Wix Brand Ads
|Connect Domain||1GB Bandwidth & 500MB Storage
Wix Brand Ads
Connect Your Domain
|Combo||2GB Bandwidth & 3GB Storage
Remove Wix Ads
|Unlimited||Unlimited Bandwidth & 10GB Storage
Remove Wix Ads
|eCommerce||10GB Bandwidth & 20GB Storage
|VIP||Unlimited Bandwidth & 20GB Storage
10 Email Campaigns/month
Professional Site Review
The Unlimited plan gives unlimited bandwidth, 10 GB of storage, and a custom favicon. The eCommerce plan includes the ability to open an online store for fast and painless transactions with customers in one place. Lastly, the VIP plan gets you unlimited bandwidth, 20 GB of storage, 10 email campaigns per month, a professional site review, and an online store, as well. The last two plans should be useful for bigger organizations that may have their own branded merchandise to sell, for charity or otherwise.
All of these premium plans include a highly reliable hosting service, hassle-free setup with no cost, and unparalleled support from the Wix team. Subscription fees shown above are for month-to-month purchases; you can get discounts if you do bulk prepayments. For example: Unlimited is $16.00 month to month, but only $12.50 per month if you pay for a year in advance and only $11.50 per month if you pay for two years. Starting with the Combo plan onwards, you get a free domain if you purchase through prepayment; and starting with the Unlimited plan onwards, prepayment also gets you the Form Builder App and Site Builder app for free–two premiums apps with a combined value of $108. Check out Wix’s listing of premium plans for a complete description of each plan’s features and perks.
Wix’s comprehensive support system is commendable. Their Support Center, for starters, offers exhaustive help guides, a robust FAQ, as well as a community forum. Getting in touch with them is done via email, or online contact form should you require the help of their support team. If you wish to call them directly, you can do so, or you can schedule for a call back from support. Finally, all premium plan subscribers are entitled to premium support.
What's the Verdict on Wix?
Wix for Churches Review 2017 – Conclusion
If you are looking for an easy-to-use website builder for your church, then Wix should definitely be at the top of your list. Though their all-around platform can sometimes feel a bit stretched thin, it certainly does not feel that way when talking about church websites.
The wealth of features on offer allow you to create a website that can communicate effectively with your congregation, for example. Mobile optimized sites mean that you can reach those who use their mobile devices exclusively for browsing, while event reminders, calendars, or donation add-ons allow you to interact with the community more conveniently. The plans, meanwhile, are pretty affordable and offers just about everything for everyone.
It should go without saying that Wix comes highly recommended for churches.