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Wix vs. BoldGrid vs. LiteSite: Which Website Builder is Best for Your Needs?
Your website is the biggest part of your online identity, whether you run a business, share information or interests, or are showcasing your work online — so choosing the right platform to build your web presence and achieve your goals is incredibly important.
If you're looking for a website builder that will allow you to create your own professional web presence or online store without coding or having to hire a web developer, Webnames.ca offers three different platforms to choose from and each one offers unique features and capabilities, catering to different needs and preferences. Follow along as we breakdown what you need to know about each platform — Wix, BoldGrid for WordPress and LiteSite — so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for your website and the business goals you want to achieve.
Webnames.ca has partnered with Wix to bring you a world leading platform for businesses to establish and grow their online presence. Of the dozens of options available in the market, Wix is consistently the top-rated end-to-end website creation platform by industry experts and users alike.
With its user-friendly interface and hundreds of customizable templates for every sector, Wix is high quality, easy to use and extremely reliable. Not only does it feature a drag-and-drop editor that allows users to design and modify their website without any coding knowledge, every plan also has Wix ADI (artificial design intelligence) which will generate a brand new website for you in minutes, after you’ve answered a few questions about the type of site you want. Wix users can also leverage a marketplace of reviewed and vetted professionals that may be hired to help during any stage of your business, providing services such as website design and development, search engine optimization and content creation, online store configuration and more.
Wix also provides a range of features to help you grow your online business including comprehensive e-Commerce, blogging, scheduling, events, portfolio, branding tools, SEO and marketing solutions and more. Plus, if you’re on the more tech savvy side, you can also access advanced web development tools and integrations to add custom functionality.
"Best website builder for overall performance"
4.5 / 5 — TechRadar
"Our top pick for the best website builder"
- NYT Wirecutter
"Wix is the clear front-runner and best website builder overall"
"The best website builder in the biz"
4.5 / 5 — PC Mag
If you want a WordPress website for its flexibility, extensibility or many other great qualities but are a little intimidated by less intuitive CMS, BoldGrid is literally designed for you. BoldGrid is a powerful WordPress based website builder that is installed as a plugin on an existing, hosted WordPress website and it's included free with all three of Webnames' Managed WordPress hosting plans.
BoldGrid allows users to design a beautiful WordPress website intuitively, without coding, using drag-and-drop capabilities and a WYSIWYG interface. You can choose from hundreds of industry-specific themes with editable content, add forms and optimize for search engines with built in SEO tools. There are also blocks you can use, which are pre-built page elements that are pre-populated with content that can be edited using the visual editor or by modifying the HTML and/or CSS. BoldGrid gives non-technical users the ability and creativity to build a WordPress website in half the time.
Where ecommerce websites are concerned, since BoldGrid works on top of WordPress, you can use the popular WooCommerce plugin to set up an online store quickly and easily. With the combination of BoldGrid and WooCommerce, you can handle everything from building your ecommerce site easily with secure checkout to printing shipping labels right from the dashboard.
"BoldGrid is a smart way to create stylish and configurable websites, particularly for experienced users"
"A capable drag-and-drop website builder for WordPress with a learning curve"
"BoldGrid lets you create good-looking, responsive-design sites, but it's harder to use than other site builders"
- PC Magazine
LiteSite 1-Page Website Builder
Webnames' LiteSite website builder is a simple, effective, DIY drag-and-drop, one-page website builder that lets you create and launch your own website in under an hour.
Created by Webnames' own in-house software team, LiteSite is a lot more limited in scope and capabilities than Wix and BoldGrid, but is perfect for those who want a very simple, effective, responsive web presence.
Designed for micro businesses, freelancers, side hustles, resumes and personal projects, LiteSite is very simple to use . Most users can create professional looking 1-page site quickly, allowing them to get online fast with a basic web presence. With five templates to choose from, it also features drag-and-drop editing, an SEO optimization helper, and HTTPS so that your your micro website remains secure and findable in search engines.
Exploring Features, Customization and Ease of Use
Now that you have been introduced to all three website builders, it’s time to dive deeper into a comprehensive comparison of their key aspects. Let’s take a closer look at how Wix, BoldGrid and LiteSite stack up against each other in terms of their features, the level of customization they offer, pricing, and how user-friendly they are.
- Ease of use: Wix, followed by LiteSite, excel in providing user-friendly interfaces, while BoldGrid’s integration with WordPress requires a slightly steeper learning curve.
- Customization: Wix offers extensive customization options, while BoldGrid benefits from the vast WordPress plugin ecosystem. LiteSite is far more simple, offering limited customization options.
- Features: Wix is probably the most feature rich standalone website builder available today; while BoldGrid has a wide enough range of features to satisfy most advanced needs. LiteSite, in contrast, has limited but simple and effective features for those with more basic requirements.
|24/7 Tech Support||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Ecommerce Available||Yes (w/ Business Plan)||Yes||No|
|Storage||10-35 GB of storage (depending on plan)||Unlimited (SSD)||5 MB image storage|
|Built-in SEO Tools||Yes||Yes||No|
|Video Support||1-10 Hours (depending on plan)||Unlimited||Embedded Only|
|Templates||900+ designed for specific industries, businesses and services||200+ professionally designed, mobile-responsive themes with industry-relevant content pre-populated||5 templates for different purposes and layouts|
|Best For||Anyone who wants complete design freedom and unlimited creation possibilities.||Anyone who wants to build a professional WordPress website with drag-and-drop editing capabilities.||Anyone who needs a simple and fast one-page website.|
*Please note that the pricing mentioned in this chart is subject to change and may vary depending on the specific plans and promotions available at the time of purchase. It's always recommended to visit our website to get the most up-to-date pricing.
Wix, BoldGrid or Litesite — Making An Informed Decision
Creating a website can feel like a daunting task, but thanks to the availability of advanced website building options it’s easier than ever for non technical end users to create a professional website or online store.
While Wix, BoldGrid and LiteSite can each help you get a professional website online, your business goals, budget and technical skill will be determining factors. Having used all three products, each has its own advantages, however Wix is far and away the most advanced, contemporary, powerful and easy-to-use option, reaffirming why it’s the market leader in website builders worldwide. Boldgrid for WordPress and Litesite remain excellent options for those who have a preference and/or familiarity with WordPress or need a simple yet effective single page website.
Wix is the most versatile and feature-rich end-to-end platform giving you complete design freedom and unlimited creation possibilities. You can use it to create virtually any type of website. It’s intuitive design makes it easy to establish your brand online and attract more customers so your business can grow. If you can dream big, the Wix platform can handle it.
- Ease of use: Straightforward and simple, Wix is extremely user friendly and also has an automated design mode (ADI) to do the work for you
- Features: Nearly any feature a website, ecommerce or otherwise, could need is available under Wix (e.g. marketing & SEO tools, inventory management, subscription, bookings, etc.) making it highly flexible and scalable
- Templates: 900+ contemporary templates with customizable designs for every type of industry, service, store, community or creative pursuit
- Value: Higher priced, but peerless value given its scalability, ease of use and unbeatable range of features
Summary: Wix is the outfront best choice for businesses and websites of all kinds. Wix also has a variety of customizations designed for Canadian users and audiences.
BoldGrid is the best option for WordPress lovers, allowing you to build a professional website. You can customize every aspect of your design and access thousands of WordPress themes and plugins. You can also use BoldGrid to optimize your performance, back up your site, test your site in the cloud and much more! However, you do need some WordPress knowledge to use BoldGrid effectively. (If you want to know more about whether or not WordPress is right for you, check out our blog about it!)
- Ease of use: BoldGrid is well organized, offers a lot of control and makes the process of designing a WordPress website easier, however it is not a one-stop solution like Wix or LiteSite. It can take some time to learn and user’s with a basic footing in WordPress will have an easier time.
- Features: BoldGrid's editor and page builder is powerful, but it's strictly oriented towards website creation. BoldGrid has no substantive wraparound features to help with SEO or marketing and no ecommerce tools (these need to be added via other plugins to the WordPress installation).
- Templates: 200+ quality templates
Value:BoldGrid is included free with Webnames Managed WordPress hosting plans and is an affordable, quality choice for those who already know a bit about building a website and managing their own hosting plan.
Summary: An excellent choice for slightly more technical or experienced users who are comfortable working with multiple platforms.
- Features: Limited in features, LiteSite includes the essentials for building a simple, effective 1-page brochure website
- Templates: 5 templates designed to work for businesses, projects and CV/resumes
- Value: LiteSite is included for free with select, non-discounted domain names at Webnames.ca
Summary: Great value as it's included free select, with regular-price domains at Webanmes - but limited in scope and features. Best suited for an interim or basic web presence.
While getting a website off the ground takes effort and planning, website creation platforms have matured considerably, with products such as Wix offering a complete suite of advanced functionalities that rival, and even surpass, what can be accomplished with many custom built websites. Of the website builders available at Webnames.ca, Wix is best suited to most use cases and skill levels, while BoldGrid provides WordPress fans a smart, stylish and faster way to create a fully customized WordPress website