Google sites…some of you might be wondering if that’s even a thing. Turns out, it is. Google has a slick little DIY website builder tool that’s hardly ever mentioned.
I’ve successfully used Google sites for a handful of reasons over the years as a freelancer.
It’s a surprisingly good tool to showcase portfolio pieces on the fly. It’s a great DIY website builder for people who get easily overwhelmed and need less options to stay focused.
I’m also a big Wix fan, though. (I know, I can hear the Wix haters booing me in the background).
Wix helped me earn over 100k in my first year as a freelancer, so I’ll sing its praises all day if I want to, thank you very much.
So, let me help you answer the questions.
Who wins in the battle of Google Sites vs Wix?Ultimately my answer will be a lot of “it depends” but I definitely have strong opinions and real-world experience with both Wix and Google Sites, so you can trust me. Plus, I legitimately use both sites in my current arsenal of tools and I always prefer product reviews written by people who’ve actually used the product.
Google Sites Vs WiX: part 1
- Add-Ins and Integrations
- Elements and Uploads
- Website Capacity
Google Sites vs Wix Templates
If we’re just comparing Google sites to Wix based on templates, Wix will win hands down.Wix has over 800 “designer-made” templates. And it shows, they’re really pretty.
You could easily pick any of the Wix templates and hit publish and look like a business rockstar.
Scrolling through Wix templates you can quickly navigate through different categories. The templates are highly personalized and thought-out by Wix, which is a huge timesaver.
For example, if you’re a musician they will serve you templates that have built-in Spotify or SoundCloud integrations.
If you’re a Business Consultant, you’ll see options with a crisp, clean layout and a contact form front and center.
They even have CBD website templates. Wix is clearly on trend in terms of what’s emerging in ecommerce and startups.
TemplatesTemplates for website building platforms provide ease of use for those with little or no experience. If a user has not pre-planned a particular layout, templates may be helpful. Wix has over 800 “designer-made” templates. And it shows, they’re really pretty. You could easily pick any of the Wix templates and hit publish and look like a business rockstar. Options can be narrowed down to the type of website you need like sites for music artists or financial services. Even if you have a website you’re currently building, there are even ‘coming soon’ landing page options to use in the meantime. Users have found using a template to start and then editing that is much easier. As for Google Sites, the template selection is much lower at around 13 designs. Their templates are tailored to specific types of websites as well including a restaurant and a portfolio template. They are the most minimalistic of the website builder platforms and limit pretty and trendy designs.
Add-Ins and IntegrationsWhen it comes to add-ins for the WiX platform, there are a variety of them to enhance the site. On the WiX platform you can add-on:
- Membership areas
- Payment processors
- Social shares
- And more