Google Sites is a free and easy-to-use website builder from Google. It's great for beginner webmasters with limited time, resources, and knowledge. But why is Google Sites better than Wix? In this blog post, you'll discover the top 6 reasons why Google Sites is the best option for building your website. Read on to learn about these features and decide for yourself which one is the best for you!
Google Sites is free hosting. Period.
If you're a beginner webmaster who has limited time and resources, then your best option is Google Sites. It's free for anyone and offers the similar features as other website builders- but without the cost.
Meanwhile, you will pay at least $10 per month (catchy - billed annually) for hosting and the price will increase as soon as you discover that there are limitations on bandwidth, contact forms, and freemium plugins. Their 50% discount is only for the annual plan.
No messy drag-and-drop components
The drag-and-drop components on Google Sites is a great feature because it lets you build your website without having to know code. You'll be able to visually drag and drop elements onto the page, edit text, create links, upload images, and more. This means you don't have to spend hours learning or implementing coding languages such as HTML.
With Wix they do have many components and are easy to use, however, whenever you want to add something, you need to add a Strip or manually adjust the height to make the room, and it can become quite messy when components overlap or some anomaly happens. (ie. Repeaters are almost never consistent) If you encounter any unexpected problems, you may need to contact Wix support.
No inconsistencies on mobile responsive design.
You may not think about your website's responsiveness when you're designing it. But this is one of the most important parts of building a website. What if you want to bring in new users who access their websites on their mobile phone? 45% of internet traffic comes from mobile devices, and with that statistic, it's clear that having a responsive design is crucial.
Obviously, Wix is great, but the biggest drawback is that the design on desktop is not consistent on mobile. You should always check whether your website is displaying well on mobile whenever you make changes in the editor. Just because it looks good on desktop doesn't mean it will look good on mobile.
In Google Sites, you don't have to worry about mobile view inconsistency. It's truly auto-resizable and displays well on mobile devices.
Security and accessibility
Google Sites is a web builder, which means the website you build with it will be hosted on Google's servers. This offers security and accessibility for beginners.
With a Wix site, the hosting and domain are handled by Wix, meaning you'll have less control about who has access to your files and how secure your files are. As a beginner webmaster, this should be an important feature that you want to look for in a builder like Google Sites.
Google Sites does not have a bandwidth limit. Google Sites are hosted by dozens of Google data centers worldwide, come with Gmail, and, guess what, their speed should be fast as there are 1.5 billion Gmail users and millions of Google Workspace domains.
You can create an unlimited amount of pages, photos, and videos with Google Sites. This means that you don't have to worry about your website being slow or crashing if too many people go to it at once.
Meanwhile, you will have to spend a lot of money to make your website load quickly from Wix. You don't want your website rank to be affected by poor loading speed on search engines.
One of the best features of Google Sites is that it's search-engine-friendly. Search engines like Google and Bing rank well-optimized pages higher than those that are not well optimized. With Google Sites, you can create a website with SEO in mind. This will help it rank higher on search engine results pages for specific keywords or phrases related to your company.
It is true that Google Sites has a lot of cons, but depending on the needs of your project and budget, you may choose Google Sites over Wix.
* Side note: You can get a dedicated support from Google for your Google Sites if you purchase Google Workspace. For Google Sites with a personal gmail - you can check Google Sites communities for support.