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Overview

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Joomla is an open-source content management system (CMS) which allows users to build websites & online applications, with...

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Wix is the ultimate website building and management platform. Create professional websites your way with an intuitive drag-and-drop...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

199

/user

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

16

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.2

613

5

4

3

2

1

263

218

101

24

7

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
85%
would recommend this app

4.4

9.4K

5

4

3

2

1

5.3K

3K

927

151

67

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
94%
would recommend this app

Pros

The ease of deployment is one of the best benefits. You can even auto-install it in most servers.
Easy to install, the WYSIWYG editor is good for starters and professionals. Joomla is open Source, popular and supported.
Joomla is a stable solution that has been around for many years and continues to get better and developed by the strong Joomla community.

Pros

I find it truly amazing how little work I need to put in to make an amazing website. You will have people think the website was made by a professional not by yourself in a short amount of time.
I found WIX through an advertisement that claimed that the software was easy to use to create a website for yourself and it's true. It's easy to use and also fun to use.
You will like Wix and I'm sure with a little time and effort and your creative juices flowing, you can create a spectacular website that is user friendly and your customers would appreciate.

Cons

This tool was a threat to our profits because of those technical variants. There are so many conflicting help files and out of date tutorials, the tool has become a victim of it's own complexity.
I dislike that the PayPal plugin for it fails too frequently. I dislike that there's a color change line in the body of the web page for no good reason (light blue to a slightly darker blue).
Compatibility with certain software packages and hardware due to highly possible dishonest and cowardly development protocols from OTHER COMPANIES.

Cons

Their policies are ridiculous and customer service knowledge and etiquette are terrible. I have to share the latest bizarre policy I've run into.
Sometimes the apps cost money or you have limited amount of the app you can use before it costs money. This is frustrating when you start using it and then realize you are stuck.
The only problem that I have faced is that trying get to different pages of your website while in editing mode is confusing.
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  • Last review12 days ago

Key features

  • Total features41
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Appointment Management
  • Asset Library
  • Asset Sharing
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Attendee Management
  • Availability Management
  • Backlink Monitoring
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Booking Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Catalog Creation
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Confirmation/Reminders
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Content Sharing
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Custom Domains
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer History
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Design Management
  • Document Classification
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • File Management
  • For Small Businesses
  • Form Builder
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • HTML5 Technology
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Instructor Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Keyword Rank Tracking
  • Kitting
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Membership Management
  • Metadata Management
  • Multi-Channel Campaigns
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Store
  • Online Booking
  • Online Booking Tools
  • Online Store Builder
  • Order Management
  • Order Tracking
  • Payment Processing
  • Post Management
  • Post Scheduling
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Preview Functionality
  • Product Catalog
  • Promotions Management
  • ROI Tracking
  • Ratings/Reviews
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Updates
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Responsive Web Design
  • SEO Management
  • SMS Messaging
  • SSL Security
  • Scheduling
  • Search/Filter
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Media Integration
  • Survey Builder
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Visitor Tracking
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Wait List Management
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Hosting
  • Website Integration
  • Website Management
  • Website Publishing Options
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features112
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Appointment Management
  • Asset Library
  • Asset Sharing
  • Attendance Management
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Attendee Management
  • Availability Management
  • Backlink Monitoring
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Booking Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Catalog Creation
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Class Management
  • Class Scheduling
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Confirmation/Reminders
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Content Sharing
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Custom Domains
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customer History
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Design Management
  • Document Classification
  • Document Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Employee Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Event Management
  • Event Scheduling
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • File Management
  • For Small Businesses
  • Form Builder
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • HTML5 Technology
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Instructor Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Keyword Rank Tracking
  • Kitting
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Membership Management
  • Metadata Management
  • Multi-Channel Campaigns
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Store
  • Online Booking
  • Online Booking Tools
  • Online Store Builder
  • Order Management
  • Order Tracking
  • Payment Processing
  • Post Management
  • Post Scheduling
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Preview Functionality
  • Product Catalog
  • Promotions Management
  • ROI Tracking
  • Ratings/Reviews
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Updates
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Registration Management
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Responsive Web Design
  • SEO Management
  • SMS Messaging
  • SSL Security
  • Scheduling
  • Search/Filter
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Social Media Integration
  • Survey Builder
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Visitor Tracking
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Wait List Management
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Hosting
  • Website Integration
  • Website Management
  • Website Publishing Options
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations204
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Klaviyo
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter/X
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net
  • Total integrations390
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Klaviyo
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter/X
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • authorize.net

User reviews that mention these apps

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Peter G.

Media Production, 1-10 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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Joomla

Good website / CMS software, but better (free) alternatives are out there.

Reviewed 3 years ago

Decent content management system overall, but not as innovative or easy to use as shopify or wix or Wordpress.

Pros

Joomla is free to download and install (you will need to have your own hosting) and I am a big fan of open-source software, but I think Joomla got slightly left behind in the last 5 years and Wordpress is a better and more user-friendly content management system.

Cons

Not as user friendly as some alternatives, there is a good community around the software, but sometimes it is difficult to find a solution to a problem.

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saman m.

Computer Software, 201-500 employees

Used weekly for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Joomla

incredible so far

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

It has a very vast range of templates available online which can be found very easily. It is a perfect platform for programmers.

Cons

one thing you must consider before using it, you should learn to code first because it is not as simple as Wordpress or wix.

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Emeka O.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Joomla

A Content Management System for building websites

Reviewed 4 years ago

I used Joomla to build my website. It was relatively easy to get started with. Joomla works with extensions and templates which allows them to be easily customisable. Joomla saved me the cost of having to outsource my website design to a website developer.

Pros

Joomla is a Content Management System (CMS) that can be used to build websites. The things I like about Joomla are: 1. Ability to build a website with no technical knowledge required: The first time I worked on Joomla, I didn't know how to write the programming languages on which Joomla was built, but I was still able to build a website with it using available Joomla templates and extensions. 2....

Cons

Joomla is an awesome CMS, but that is not without its cons. The cons of Joomla are: 1. Despite the fact that Joomla is easy to learn, it's learning curve is more complex than that of other CMSs like WordPress, Wix, and Weebly. 2. Poor layout: For me, the outlook of a website designed with Joomla seems to be less elegant than that designed with other CMSs like WordPress and Wix. These are the two cons I can point out with Joomla.

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Alvaro M.

Utilities, 1,001-5,000 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Joomla

CMS that is fully customizable

Reviewed 6 years ago

Joomla! CMS is one of the first out there, and it keeps improving. Support is easy to find via their active Open source community. The setup requires a little reading up, but once you get past this initial hurdle, everything else is easy to use, intuitive, and super flexible to suit everyone's need. Joomla! is also a good choice in teaching young IT and Web enthusiasts since it is open source and fully extensible and customizable. It will run on older hardware, and minimum requirement will not be a problem.

Pros

Joomla! has been around for decades, and the reason for such popularity and continued use is that it is easy-to-use and manage, it is open source and has a huge and active community that maintains it. The community provides extensive documentation, FAQs, and support for almost any question or issue you may encounter. Joomla! can be set up locally and easy to deploy to the Internet publicly. The security features have significantly improved through the years. This CMS comes with an intuitive dashboard. And there are many third-party integrations available for setup. Since this is open source, the elements are customizable to suit your needs.

Cons

Setting up may require an initial (steep) learning curve. May be not as easy to set up as Wix or Weebly. Hence may require the admin to be more-or-less tech savvy (and not just a beginner).

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Norman F.

Fine Art, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Wix

Overall an excellent web builder

Reviewed 5 years ago

Excellent. Would recommend to everyday users (not coders or those who are used to more standard CMS like Joomla or Wordpress.)

Pros

This online website builder is both easy to use and very easy to customize. The interface is intuitive and it offers a choices that would appeal to many industries. Highly recommend for those uncomfortable or unhappy with Wordpress.

Cons

It can sometimes be difficult to achieve certain, normally easy tasks. And the dashboard interface is confusing for new users (very hard to tell how to even edit the site when you first land) Lastly, the chat and email support is very limited. Typing in easy questions often produces no useful results. And the chat agents were little help, at least in my experience. Not a deal killer but something Wix could really work on.

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Diane M.

Marketing and Advertising, 1-10 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Wix

a nice option if you're looking for a website

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

i like that it is easier to use than stuff like joomla or wordpress. there are drag and drop, pre-built options to get you started with building the website.

Cons

the more elaborate websites like those mentioned already allow for more customization when a designer or developer gets involved ... but this allows you to do some of that to a certain extent

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Design, self-employed

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Wix

Wix makes it easy to get a nice site up and going that a client can edit themselves

Reviewed 5 years ago

Very good experience working with wix. Depending on the client and needs I might lean more towards joomla or another saas provider like BigCommerce or Shopify for e-commerce

Pros

I like it’s drag and drop editor and it’s prevuilt blocks. I tend to use the advanced editor cause of the nice features. It lets me customize the mobile views more nicely and has a lot of extra things like visto database support and js custom code support. I’ve used it to build a wedding site and other sites for friends and clients.

Cons

If you do more custom things like work with databases and custom JavaScript, the site can be very very painfully slow to load in the browser. I wish they’d find a way to speed up the engine.

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Financial Services, 51-200 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Wix

Wix Website maker

Reviewed 6 years ago

Wix helps get the work done with ease

Pros

It has a simple drag and drop feature making it easy for even a rookie to build a website in minutes. It has a pretty simple and interesting layout suitable for small businesses to larger corporations that wish to have an online presence. It has an optimized and responsive view for mobile devices and tablets. Wix can be likened to having series of tools you can conjure together to produce a structure . I'll recommend Wix to anyone looking to have an online presence without coding knowledge.

Cons

Although Wix is popular and can get website jobs done, it however isn't as comprehensive as Wordpress or Joomla who have larger support communities and loads of plugins to extend site functionalities.

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Graphic Design, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Wix

Wix un outil accessible à tous !

Reviewed 2 years ago

Je recommande Wix à des débutants ou gérant de petites entreprises n'ayant pas un gros budget à allouer à une agence digitale.

Pros

- La modification en temps réel est un des gros points forts de Wix- Wix permet au débutants non spécialisé dans la création de site de pouvoir un créer un de leurs propres mains.- Aucune connaissances en code n'est requise pour utiliser Wix.

Cons

- Wix n'est pas une plateforme open source ce qui réduit grandement les possibilités- Pour avoir un site wix il est obligatoire de payer un redevance mensuelle ce qui est un budget conséquent contrairement à des CMS comme Wordpress, Joomla etc.

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Alejandro U.

Retail, 11-50 employees

Used weekly for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Wix

A simple but complicated way of doing a website

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

I used to code HTML, then Joomla... now it is all this copy/paste, drag/drop, pre-made, website building. I LOVE IT. I can do a simple website in minutes. All with a friendly, FRIENDLY, FRIEEEEENDLY Ui that anybody can use. You want Wix in your life.

Cons

Wix is simple to use. Sometimes too simple. There are stuff you can't do, and if you need help you need to go to the WEB because the tutorials, support is so blah! that it is unusable. I tried to do something with the code and needed help. It was impossible. Still You want Wix in your life.

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E-Learning, 1-10 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Wix

Wix can convince even the skepticals

Reviewed 2 years ago
Pros

I have been skeptical about Wix for a long time, as a more "traditional" user that would prefer Wordpress or Joomla in the past. But it has now made strides and improved its functionalities: apart from the templates, the possibility of managing everything from Wix is really time-saving and hassle saving. Just an example, managing your Google Business profile from Wix is a small thing, but I'd never even thought about it. Also I didn't know I could use API and connect to third-party software.

Cons

Some competitors have cheaper plans, and loading your Wix website from a mobile device is still suboptimal.

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Adrienne G.

Nonprofit Organization Management, 11-50 employees

Used monthly for 2+ years

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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Wix

Impressive Website Builder!

Reviewed 5 years ago
Pros

Wix was extremely helpful in helping us build a landing page (that was not available on Joomla). I used the Wix ADI which gathered everything about our company and compiled it for our page. It also generated images, quotes, and styles based on what was online. The interface is extremely easy to use and even if you have no coding or developing skills, it doesn't matter because you won't need them to use Wix. There is a lot of functionality for the free version and the various styles and options are not overwhelming.

Cons

I wish we could have linked our domain in the free version but it is understandable that this has to be a paid feature. There was also one glitch we came across where we weren't able to link to a page in a hosted PDF file, we had to link to the document itself. That was it though!

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Matthew H.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used monthly for 1-2 years

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Wix

Wix works, but is not worth the money compared to free open-source alternatives.

Reviewed 2 years ago

I am typically only using Wix when creating a network of landing pages within a blognet, where I need to vary the platforms used.

Pros

It's very easy to use for someone with little or no basic web development knowledge and has a lot of tools that can be added to scale up from a basic website.

Cons

The biggest negative is the cost and the lack of access to files through a standard FTP-like interface. I want to manage styling on a stylesheet, and I want to drag-and-drop image files into a folder from my local device to the hosted system. And for a developer, especially one who already has a hosting setup that can handle a virtually unlimited number of sites, Wix is unnecessarily expensive compared to free alternatives such as WordPress or Joomla.