(and broken at times)
Wix offers a range of templates that users can choose from, but these templates are not easily customizable. Users are limited to the layout and design of the templates, which can be a problem if you are looking for a unique and personalized website. With Wix, you cannot fully customize the HTML and CSS codes, which restricts your ability to modify your website to suit your needs.
You can design a site from scratch in Wix, which is about as easy as any other WYSIWYG editor out there.
The front-end builder is very slow to load. The last time I went to create a new page it took almost a full minute to load. Other times it varies, but most of the time it is very slow.
The default editor was all over the place, really confusing for a first time user and difficult to use even for a seasoned developer with a lot of experience with page builders.
The first time I went into dev mode, which does look impressive on the back-end in terms of capabilities, was extremely confusing and just looked broken. I made sure to disable all browser extensions just to be sure but really have no clue what is going on here. It really just felt broken.
When I went to preview the page, it was also broken. Keep in mind this was an out of the box theme that they suggested, I didn’t touch anything. Really just all over the place, I wouldn’t even know where to start to fix something like this. This is not my experience with other CMS’s where I have full control over everything. I am open to the fact that I may be doing something wrong. I asked a few colleagues and they agreed something definitely seems off about this.
I thought maybe I did something wrong, made a mistake or didn’t read directions when I setup the site initially, so I gave it a 2nd chance and made a 2nd website. This time I went much slower. The 2nd site came out looking great! (on desktop) Did a quick mobile friendly check and everything was all messed up.
On the very top of this demo site, the menu was completely cut off and almost all of the content was sticking out of the viewport.
I looked a bit more and found out the viewport was set a bit lower than Chrome’s smallest window size. When I viewed the site in Wix’s own mobile-friendly test, it did indeed appear to be mobile friendly, but in my tests it did not “respond” to smaller window sizes esp. those closer to tablet sized. This is definitely not good!
Maybe if I designed a website from scratch it would come out looking better? I’ve come to the realization the amount of time it would take to “learn” Wix’s WYSIYYG editor and backend is probably equal to what it would take to learn WordPress alongside a mature theme with page builder.
At this time, I can’t recommend Wix for page or site design, it just didn’t do it for me.