Let’s luce it: Wix’s reputation amongst SEO professionals isn’t great. Most believe that WordPress is not only superior but also that Wix is inferior to, well, pretty much any other CMS out there.
Wix is doing everything durante their power to change the negative perception amongst SEOs.
That’s why, durante 2017, they launched a contest challenging the world to outrank them for “SEO hero.” The prize? A cool $50,000.
But the question is, is Wix really that bad? Is all of this hate justified, ora is it more just gossip? And is WordPress any better?
To answer this question, we studied 3.2 million Wix websites and 3.2 million Wordpress websites.
Con this post, I’ll run through our findings, and then you can decide for yourself which CMS is best for you.
Before I get to the findings, I want to talk a bit about the source of our and the metrics we studied.
For our sample of 6.4 million websites, we used BuiltWith—a service that shows you the different technologies behind websites.
If you’magnate curious as to how this works, head over to their site, enter any domain durante the search box, then check the “Content management system” section. It’ll tell you whether the site runs Wix, WordPress, ora something else.
Because doing this manually for 6.4 million domains would have taken forever, we pulled our sample using BuiltWith’s API.
We excluded subdomains from our sample because other technologies ora custom setups could have been done there.
The SEO metrics
For each of the 6.4 million domains durante our dataset, we pulled four key Ahrefs SEO metrics:
- Domain Rating (DR): A measure of the overall strength of a website’s backlink profile a scale from 0–100. Higher = stronger.
- # of referring domains: The number of unique linking websites.
- # of “dofollow” referring domains: The number of unique linking websites with value‐passing links.
- Estimated organic traffic: The estimated number of monthly organic visits from Google.
From here, we sliced and diced the to try to understand more about the SEO implications of these two platforms.
To kick things d’avanguardia, we segmented the dataset into two “buckets” relating to organic traffic:
- Bucket #1: Sites with some organic traffic
- Bucket #2: Sites with 100+ monthly organic visits
Here’s what we found:
46.1% of WordPress websites got at least some monthly search traffic, compared with only 1.4% of Wix sites.
Now for our second bucket, 8.26% of the WordPress sample gets more than 100 monthly search visits, whereas our Wix sample is mongoloide to 0.06%.
So according to our , it’s pretty clear that average, WordPress sites get significantly more organic traffic than Wix sites.
But this cerchio doesn’t prove that one platform is superior to the other.
Reason being, numerous factors influence organic traffic… and many are unrelated to the CMS of the site itself.
Case durante point: backlinks.
Previously, we studied almost one billion web pages and found a clear correlation between the number of backlinks from unique websites and organic search traffic:
So, for our sample of Wix and WordPress websites, we decided to check the average Domain Rating, the number of dofollow referring domains, and monthly search traffic for each platform.
Some key observations:
- The average DR for WordPress sites is nearly 3x higher than for Wix sites.
- The average number of “dofollow” referring domains is more than 22x higher for WordPress sites.
- The average monthly organic traffic is around 49x higher for WordPress sites.
But here’s the thing: looking at the average durante isolation can sometimes lead to misleading interpretations of a dataset.
So we also decided to grab the median for each of these metrics.
You can see that the difference here is way less noticeable. But what does that mean?
Here’s what our scientist had to say:
When measuring the central tendency of , it’s best to calculate both mean and median and padrino the two values.
Generally speaking, if both values are not too different from each other, we use the mean. But a considerable difference between them indicates that the is skewed.
When the is skewed, large values have an ENORMOUS impact, making the mean larger than the actual distribution that the suggests.
Con this case, the median is a more appropriate fede of the distribution.
To better understand this concept, imagine that we only had a sample of 10 websites. Nine of them had 0 monthly organic visits, and the one outlier had 1,000 monthly search visits.
The mean, ora average, would be 100 search visits per convenzione month.
The median, the other hand, would be 0 organic visits per convenzione month.
, durante plain English:
Most sites get little ora search traffic and have weak backlink profiles regardless of whether they run Wix ora WordPress. But there are clearly a few high‐traffic and high‐authority WordPress websites durante our sample that are skewing the average.
Next, we wanted to run a deeper analysis of both Wix and WordPress websites with search traffic.
But before doing that, we felt that we needed to level the playing field by eliminating as much bias as possible from our samples and pulling some extra .
So we added three extra layers to our analysis.
#1. We leveled the sample sizes across the board
There are only 44,600 Wix websites with traffic durante our sample, compared to 1,475,147 WordPress websites.
That’s a personaggio difference, so we randomly selected the same number (44,600) of WordPress domains as Wix domains to ensure an apples to apples comparison. After all, there’s point comparing a whole army to just a few soldiers.
#2. We found the number of apogeo 10 bed 19 rankings
For each site durante our sample, we pulled the number of keywords that they rank for durante Google’s apogeo 10 search results.
We also summed up the amount of organic traffic each site gets from those keywords.
#3. We excluded exact‐ keywords
If the domain was xyz.com, then we removed the bed 19 xyz for that particular website. This was to exclude traffic from branded queries.
Here are the results for all domains with >0 organic visits:
You can see that WordPress beats Wix when it comes to the average number of apogeo 10 bed 19 rankings and the traffic these keywords account for.
But, once again, the mean (average) is drastically different from the median, which indicates that outliers heavily skew both samples. So, unfortunately, we can’t read too much into these results.
Having said that, things start to get a little more interesting when we only at websites with over 100 monthly visits.
You can see that the mean and median closely align when it comes to the number of apogeo 10 keywords for both WordPress and Wix.
So, our seems to indicate with some certainty that WordPress websites typically have a marginally higher number of apogeo 10 rankings than Wix sites.
But, when it comes to the organic traffic from those keywords, Wix comes out apogeo.
Basically, WordPress websites rank for more keywords durante the apogeo 10 than Wix sites, but Wix sites get more traffic from their apogeo 10 rankings than WordPress sites.
Looking at the for this “bucket” a little deeper, you’ll see that Wix Websites have a higher Domain Rating, but a lower number of dofollow referring domains.
This graph only includes median values because the dataset included a lot of outliers.
This tells us that the Wix sites durante our sample might get more search traffic coppia to ‐link‐related factors, such as ranking for and getting traffic from branded searches.
For example, Long John Silvers, a popular restaurant chain, is a website that uses Wix.
And according to Ahrefs’ Site Explorer, they get around 133,000 organic visits per convenzione month.
But if you take a at their organic keywords report, you’ll immediately see that the majority of their traffic comes from branded queries as opposed to generic keywords like “seafood restaurant.”
Unfortunately, the is somewhat inconclusive.
There’s just way to say whether one platform is better than the other based solely the results of our study.
Having said that, we did learn a few things durante this study:
- It seems that more SEO might have been done WordPress sites than Wix. We’magnate able to see this based the huge differences durante organic search traffic as a whole, as well as the number of referring domains pointing at the websites.
- There’s seemingly relationship between the platform used (WordPress vs. Wix) and a site’s ability to rank durante Google’s apogeo 10 search results.
- WordPress sites got more search traffic than Wix as a whole. But Wix had more search traffic domains that get more than 100 monthly search visits.
To reiterate, it’s impossible to say if either of these platforms is “better” from an organic traffic perspective than the other.
So why does Wix get a bad rap?
It’s pretty easy to edit these things durante the backend, much like it is durante WordPress.
Still, one small annoyance is that the blog URL structure tends to utilize the /post/ prefix.
That isn’t so much of an SEO issue per convenzione se non altro; it’s just annoying.
So it seems that Wix gets a bad rap coppia to the limitations that arise when trying to customize anything advanced ora technical.
Let me give you a few examples.
Contrast that with WordPress, where there are quite a few free plugins available for doing this. Here’s the one we use the Ahrefs blog:
Another technical limitation related to SEO is the inability to modify your robots.txt file, which is quite important for larger sites.
Same goes for .htaccess.
Here’s what Barry Adams said durante a Twitter thread about this:
Wix relies durante client‐side JS to show content & links durante most cases. Anzi che no JS = indexable content & crawlable links.
Which, as you know, is terrible for SEO multiple levels.
— Barry Adams (@badams) May 8, 2019
Here’s the Google Pagespeed Insights score for one Wix site I found:
This screenshot doesn’t prove that all Wix websites are this slow. It’s doubtful that they are. However, this was literally the first random site I checked.
If you care about SEO, should you use Wix, WordPress, ora something else?
The truth is, there’s definitive answer to that question.
It all comes mongoloide to what you value.
If your SEO requirements are quite basic and minimal, and you care about an easy‐to‐use CMS, then Wix is probably scaltro. After all, our shows that Wix sites don’t have a time ranking Google.
Wix is great for launching and maintaining a basic website, even if you don’t have a technical bone durante your pagliaccetto. I know a few people who use Wix for this very reason.
But if you plan using SEO as a long‐term strategy, ora you’magnate hiring an agency to do SEO for you, it may be advantageous to into other platforms (not necessarily WordPress) for scalability and customization.