Maybe it’s time for a change?
You may think I have lost my mind, but after 16 blissful years with WordPress, I have switched over to using GhostPro, Wix, and Editor X for my web design and development needs.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with WordPress — it’s still powerful, and I still own a few websites that use it, but I tire of the same old themes and interfaces, and how no matter how hard I try to be thorough, something always displays wonky and I have to spend hours searching for bugs.
Maybe the honeymoon is over, and like a fickle, middle-aged man with more money than brains or morals, I found something(s) flashier and sexier and I want to give them a spin. Maybe I’m just tired of settling for the only game in town and want to try something that does exactly what it is supposed to do.
Enter GhostPro, Editor X, and Wix
I give Wix and SquareSpace a hard time in my blog, and I admit that a lot of my bellyaching was due to nothing more than bluster and ignorance. I followed the crowd when they said that only people without talent use Wix and it is a solution for lazy people.
I mean everyone says that WordPress is the way to go.
Editor X and Wix
A friend sent me a link to Editor X, which I found out is a suped-up version of Wix for hardcore development, with dynamic pages and animation. I started an account and played around with the interface, taking one of the templates and customizing it into a hybrid version of one of the websites I’m currently working on.
It is a web-based tool and the placement of the controls is intuitive. The UI/UX team did a wonderful job with both Editor X and Wix. Wix has a team of over 5000 people from around the world, and I have to say, they really know what they are doing.
Soon I was checking of the templates that Wix has to offer and I was loving the design aesthetic of most of them. The fact that everything is highly customizable makes Wix something that has now been changed to something I want to use.
Something I am looking into right now.
The thing that sold me is that my agency can become a partner with Wix, and have a share in the revenue when we port our clients to the platform. Along with that, Wix provides tools for freelancers and agencies to manage their business and projects, and provides apps and software for billing, scheduling, and setting appointments.
And when you get to a certain level, you can join the Wix marketplace and procure clients looking for someone to build them a website.
But I was looking at Wix for how it could help me support people in my industry — authors and publishers. The kind of author and book websites I was building was perfect for the templates Wix and Editor X offers, and the scheduling, event, and blog apps were perfect as add-ons for authors whose websites have grown and matured.
(The same goes for GhostPro, and you can see my review on my blog.)
And the hosting that Wix provides is cost-effective and fast, removing the need to find a host like you do with WordPress. They even provide you with free SSL, so your website data is safe and secure.
Editor X is a bit more robust, so the hosting is a bit more expensive. The thing is, unless a client needs dynamic pages or animation, Wix will work just fine for all their needs.
The rest is history! I was convinced in a matter of two hours to stop using WordPress and start using something I had only made jokes about before.
While I still have websites I have create using WordPress on the web, it’s doubtful if I will ever design another blog or website with WP.
The Real Test
I spent all night creating a new version of one of my websites that started with a template from Wix. It’s a much simpler website than my old one, and much, much faster as well. The combination of good code and a better host has improved upon what I already thought was a fantastic website.
I like the aesthetic and was able to change the color and font palette with the touch of a button. I zoomed through the menus and options and built the new website from the ground up in one night, without the stress and cussing that sometimes accompanies WordPress builds.
I am still tweaking g and changing things, but it is fairly close to where I wanted it to be. I went for simple because I felt the old site was a bit too cluttered.
I added the blog and imported my posts with little trouble. Everything is built-in — no SEO plugins and having to customize every little detail to get a good ranking.
I even forgot a few things when setting up and just went back through it all, and after an hour can truthfully say I have everything set up for SEO and email marketing.
I can’t believe it’s so easy.
Yes, so maybe in the future there will be bugs, and I may have hurdles when I try to do something unique, but I feel so confident that I don’t have to worry at all that I will be able to figure it out within minutes.
I feel like it was time for a change. It was time for newer and sexier. It was time I found a few tools that work with me instead of against. For now, I will continue to use GhostPro, Wix, and Editor X, and I will use them with success, mind you.
Maybe it’s time for you to try it out. Let me know how you like it.