Wix

Wix is a very robust graphic rich free website building service. Their heavy use of Flash dechnology is a double edged sword – stunning, but can take some time to load.

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Wix have been going from strengh to strengh with millions of websites build by them and some very sophisticated professional features for it’s paid services.

The most prominent component of Wix’s offer is it’s stunning graphics. The entire service is based on Flash technology which provides a very rich user experience. However, the cart blanch of creativity can be overwhelming and may be an overkill for simpler websites. Also, if you visitors have slower Internet connections they may have some difficulty browsing the site. It’s absolutely perfect for people wanting to provide a high design feel.

Webstarts vs Wix: Flash or No Flash

Webstarts and Wix are among the top free website makers available online. Both the platforms rank among the top three website builders in the free website maker comparison chart. However, there is a major difference between these top platforms. Webstarts is a strong advocate of non-Flash websites; however, Wix allows users to create highly creative Flash-based websites. This fundamental difference in the approach towards website development takes the competition to a new level.

Webstarts Cites Reasons to Avoid Flash

In a recent post on the official blog of Webstarts, the company has cited major reasons to avoid Flash-based websites. Apart of widely known reasons, such as SEO policies and high load time, Webstarts has cited compatibility with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as one of the major reasons for not building Flash-based websites. According to the official Webstarts blog, the upcoming version of the Microsoft’s Internet Explorer will not extend support to Flash files. Thus, one cannot view Flash-based websites on the upcoming version of IE. If this version became a hit in the market, website admins with Flash-based sites have to redo their sites completely.

It is to be noted that Webstarts also supports Flash files. However, this website builder restricts Flash use to certain features, such as slideshows or multimedia presentations.

Wix Mobile: Free Website Maker for Mobile Sites

According to the official Wix blog, approximately US mobile users access internet through smartphones. With this trend rising, businesses and organizations have to focus on building a mobile friendly version of their site to attract smartphone customers. To capitalize on this trend, Wix has launched free website maker for creating and managing mobile sites.

 Wix Mobile: A Review

Wix  developers are always able to integrate the best features of their web editing platform in different versions. This approach gives a familiar interface experience to the user across different versions. Also, years of experience in developing free websites and users’ feedback comes handy in creating adding value to the interface for new versions. Thus, Wix Mobile stands for smart user interface, intelligent mobile-specific features and exciting design templates.

The website development process is similar to the standard website editor. A user can sign up for a Wix account, choose a domain name, select a template, create pages and publish the site. Wix Mobile version is HTML 5 compatible for easy upgrades. It is specifically developed for viewing on Android-based smartphones and iPhones.

If you already have a registered domain name and a Wix site, you can still create a mobile site and edit settings so that a user reaches mobile site if he is accessing internet via smartphone. Users who do not have Wix standard site can also use Wix Mobile.