Nowadays you can easily set up a website without any IT knowledge, there are many free website builders such as Wix and SHOPOLAR. If you want to set up a shopping website, which platform is more suitable for you?
Introduction of Wix and SHOPOLAR
Wix is a company from Israel and its customer service is mainly in English. SHOPOLAR is operated by a Hong Kong company and supports both Chinese and English. Wix provides a decent web builder with basic eCommerce functions. SHOPOLAR is an eCommerce solution dedicated for Hong Kong merchants. Users can create their official shopping websites in SHOPOLAR.
Free subscription comparison between Wix and SHOPOLAR
If yo create a website in Wx with free subscription, there will be an ad at the top of the website (see image below). If you're just making a personal website, it may not seem like a big deal, but if you want to make a commercial website it will probably harm your brand image. In addition, the free subscription of Wix does not offer any eCommerce features. In contrast, websites that are made using SHOPOLAR do not have any banner ads and have basic eCommerce features.
Sites created via Wix free subscription will have a banner ad:
Sites created with SHOPOLAR free subscription will not have any banner ad:
Pricing comparison between Wix and SHOPOLAR
From Wix's pricing page (see below), if you want to create a non-eCommerce website without advertising, the minimum monthly fee is $8.5 ($102/year, about HKD$800), while the eCommerce website requires a monthly fee of $16.5 USD ($198 USD/year, approximately HKD$1,550). With reference to SHOPOLAR's pricing, the most affordable option is to use a free basic plan with an annual fee of HKD$2,148. Although SHOPOLAR has a higher subscription price but the items included in basic subscription brings more benefits to Hong Kong retailers.
Pricing of Wix:
Storage and bandwidth comparison Wix and SHOPOLAR
The free subscription of Wix has 500MB of storage and bandwidth restrictions, while the free subscription of SHOPOLAR has 300MB of storage but no bandwidth restrictions. As we can see from the pricing page, all Wix subscriptions have storage limits and SHOPOLAR's advanced and professional subscription have no storage and bandwidth restrictions.
Web design comparison between Wix and SHOPOLAR
Wix user with free subscription can pick their web design from 6 templates. SHOPOLAR users can customize the layout and color theme of their website and create responsive webpages that supports both mobile devices and computer.
Wix Free Edition offers 6 templates:
SHOPOLAR can customize the website layout and color theme:
The UI of SHOPOLAR's webpage editor of SHOPOLAR:
Wix vs SHOPOLAR - Which one is more suitable for Hong Kong merchants?
Both SHOPOLAR and Wix have eCommerce features such as product management, membership, online payment and various marketing tools. However, SHOPOLAR is more suitable for Hong Kong users than Wix. For example, in terms of logistics, SHOPOLAR supports SF's self pickup location, PayPal, PayMe, WeChat payment, Alipay and so on. In addition, the admin panel of SHOPOLAR support both Chinese and English while Wix only supports English.
SHOPOLAR supports SF self pickup locations:
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