Wix Website Worries – Charles Snyder Raw #103. Have you been considering a Wix website? Are you wondering what the pros and the cons may be? So are you a little worried about your Wix website, if you already have one?
You should be!
You never really own it…
Here’s another question that was sent to us via Quora. Joan wants to know why she is having so much trouble with her site.
“Why can’t I reactivate my previously deactivated Wix account?”
Some unfortunate realities
Well unfortunately you may not be able to recover your deactivated website, Joan. So I suggest that you should be very careful in the future and have an alternate plan. Just in case something like this happens with your website or account. Granted, its all hindsight now and hindsight is 20/20.
Firstly, since you do not own your website on Wix, you are also at their mercy. Just like any other provider, you run the risk of losing data, having down-time and so on. Or, as in Joan’s case, no website at all.
While Wix and others are adding more options all the time, the reality is that sometimes “stuff” happens. And a deactivated account means that your website and content go away after a short time. So once it goes away, there’s absolutely no way to ever get it back, unless you have a backup.
Secondly, Wix is a proprietary service provider. I know GoDaddy and their website builder are out there too, as well as the dozens of others. But what I mean is you can’t have one without the other. Your website is permanently a part of the Wix service. So in other words, you cannot simply have a backup and upload it to another web server.
Thirdly, I won’t get into too many technical details; but you don’t get the full benefits of having a full-fledged website. Think along the lines of search engines, page ranking, and most of all, flexibility. Especially if the website has been deactivated and deleted – you’ll have to start over again from scratch. And that’s a lot of wasted time, energy, and money!
Warning: Informed Opinion Ahead!
Anyway, I have many more reasons why I recommend against using any cookie-cutter website builder. Wix and GoDaddy are just two off of the top of my mind – there are many others. So that’s my preference after working on websites and digital marketing for the past 20 years. Make your choices wisely by being well-informed.
For Joan, as an example, if your website had a back up from say WordPress; I could easily recreate it on another web server. Literally, if I had a backup copy of your website and database, your website would be functional again in about 15 – 30 minutes.
So, unfortunately, you don’t have that option with Wix. But then you do get what you pay for.
Wix Website Worries – Do Your Homework
What I’m talking about here is due diligence. I highly recommend getting informed so you make the smart decision for your business in the future. Know what you are getting into and you should also have a “Plan B” if something happens. Preferably before you hand over your money.
These companies do have people that plan on worst-case scenarios, but don’t be caught off guard. Yes they have backups and redundancies in place, to keep your website safe. However, as in Joan’s case, if it is no longer active for more than a month or so, you can kiss all your hard work goodbye. It’s gone permanently and you’ll be starting over from scratch!
But who protects you from them going out of business? What happens to your website when for any number of reasons, you deactivate your Wix account – and then you are unable to reactivate it?
Finally, I see technology companies come and go all the time; hopefully your proprietary website provider won’t be one of them.
PLEASE NOTE: I no longer answer questions like Wix Website Worries on Quora. There are no checks and balances in place for the rampant censorship by some moderators. And to make matters worse, inquiries about the anonymous censorship that goes on there have yet to see any reply. Since that is the case, I will continue to help others, I just won’t be wasting my time on that website. So Say Goodbye Quora!
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Charles is the owner of C. E. Snyder Marketing LLC. His background includes 30+ years in the fire service. Since 1999, he has also become a published author and a public speaker from 2004 on. He is widely respected as the “go-to” guy for Digital Marketing, websites, and SEO, recently being recognized with the 2020 Best of Lancaster in Digital Marketing Award.
Charles is also known as “The Marketing Ninja” and is a serial entrepreneur. His favorite quote is “Make Stuff Happen!” Also, his personal interests include spending time with Ann, his fiancee, playing the occasional video game, and growing mutant eyebrow hairs since getting on the wrong side of 50 years old.