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Weebly vs Wix – Which one is better?

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wix vs weebly

Wix and Weebly are two extensive website building platforms, offering solutions for both personal, and business pages. But despite the common goals, they use very different approaches on how to achieve them.

Back in the day, Wix and Weebly were known as the two biggest and baddest solutions for those looking for a website builder. And even now, Wix still holds the title of the world's most popular website builder.

There's no wonder why – with two drastically different page editors, hundreds of themes, and thousands of apps, it's a platform suited for virtually anyone. A true Swiss army knife of website builders.

Meanwhile, Weebly is not as important as it used to be. But that might change – after getting acquired by the Square payment processor, it started focusing more on the world of eCommerce. And now, Weebly is an affordable and simple way for anyone to build an online store.

So, when you – the user – are looking for a platform to build your website with, which one should you choose?

For this Weebly vs Wix comparison, I set up accounts for both of these sites. Then, I built test websites (no worries, I'll show them later!). This way, I was able to check, and tell you all about how these platforms deal with pricing, ease of use, various business features, and overall website performance.

And if you don't feel like going through this massive comparison, no problem: just click here to skip right to the conclusion. Or check the table with the main takeaways below to read about the things that interest you the most.

WixWeebly
Rating
4.6
3.8
PricingFree plan, premium plans from $14/monthFree plan available, premium plans start at $5 a month
Ease of UseTwo intuitive editors, easy site managementOne simple website-building interface
Templates700+ free templates, covering several niches60+ simple, modern, minimalist themes
Business FeaturesMassive number of both in-house and third-party optionsBoth in-house and third-party features, less expansive than Wix's
PerformanceMetrics slightly low, very good real-life performancePerformance meets the industry standard
WebsiteWix.comWeebly.com

Winner:

Weebly vs Wix for different sites

Wix is an extremely versatile website builder, suitable for creating all kinds of websites. Weebly focuses on business and eCommerce. How do these builders compare when it comes to the most popular website types around the web?

Website typeWixWeebly
BlogA solid blogging option for creative writers and emerging entrepreneursA lackluster blogging editor doesn’t allow you to add headings to your texts
Portfolio siteNearly limitless customization, a massive feature set – perfect for creativesOffers a limited number of themes suited for portfolios
Business siteA huge app store, handy tools for sales and marketing, helpful guidesSolid in-house marketing and SEO features, great for building an online presence
eCommerce siteA simple eCommerce solution for small businessesPlenty of in-house tools suited for eCommerce, great for online stores of any size

Pricing – two comparable options

Wix offers one free plan, and 7 premium ones – the paid ones range from $14 to $49 a month. They differ in storage, provided bandwidth, various restrictions, as well as business features.

Weebly has one free plan, and 4 paid plans – they range between $5 and $38 a month. Just like Wix, each Weebly plan offers a varying level of business features and restrictions.

Let's take a deeper look at these options:

Wix plans

On Wix, plans are separated into two different sections. 5 plans are meant for regular websites:

PlanFeatures
Free500MB of bandwidth and storage, no connecting your own domain, Wix ads displayed on your site.
Combo ($14/month)No domain restrictions and Wix ads, free SSL certificate, and 3GB of storage.
Unlimited ($18/month)10 GB of storage, analytics, SEO apps, and $300 worth of ad vouchers included.
Pro ($23/month)20 GB of storage, professional logo, and Events Calendar app included.
VIP ($39/month)All of the above features, plus priority customer care, and 35GB of storage.

And 3 plans are focused purely on eCommerce.

PlanFeatures
Business Basic ($23/month)20GB of storage, $300 in ad vouchers, unlimited products, abandoned cart recovery, and sales on social channels.
Business Unlimited ($27/month)Storage bumped up to 35GB, automated sales tax, subscription sales, dropshipping, product reviews, and advanced shipping options.
Business VIP ($49/month)50GB of storage and all of the above, plus priority support, custom data reports, and loyalty program feature, as well as more reviews, and sales tax calculations.

The free plan is meant to serve only as a testing platform. Unless, of course, you're into the idea of having very limited resources, seeing Wix's ads all over your website, and only being able to host it on a .wixsite.com subdomain.

No? Thought so!

Honestly, for serious websites, go at least for the Combo plan – at $14 a month, it removes all these main limitations. Or, if you wish to get additional SEO apps, better analytics, and SEO storage, choose either Unlimited or Pro plan.

Or, go all out and pick the VIP Plan – it will give you the biggest amount of storage, and add priority customer support as a bonus.

However, if you wish to sell online, you'll need to pick from the 3 available eCommerce-capable options.

Business Basic, at $23 a month offers all the main eCommerce features. There's no transaction fee on any of the sales, no limits on the products, and selling can also be done via social media. There are some additional features available right from the entry plan – such as the abandoned cart recovery, that should help improve conversion rates.

Business Unlimited for $27 adds more storage, and several additional features. Think selling subscriptions, dropshipping, as well as additional shipping options, product reviews, and automated sales tax.

Finally, there's the Business VIP at a hefty $49/month includes everything. That means priority support, loyalty program feature, as well as extended features for sales tax calculations, and item reviews.

For me, Combo and Business Unlimited plans seem like good value for money.

Weebly pricing

Weebly's plans are not separated into "regular" and "eCommerce". There are just 5 different plans, with 5 different feature sets.

Here's how these plans look like:

PlanFeatures
FreeWebsite on Weebly's subdomain, Weebly ads displayed, 500MB storage
Connect ($5/month)Can connect your own domain, free SSL security, basic marketing tools
Pro ($12/month)Weebly ads removed, unlimited storage, advanced site-building features, eCommerce (25 items, 3% transaction fee)
Business ($25/month)All eCommerce features (unlimited items, no transaction fee), advanced eCommerce insights
Business Plus ($38/month)All features above, plus real-time shipping calculator, and abandoned cart emails

Also, before you start counting your future expenses, consider this:

Weebly prices are only valid if you pay for 12 months in advance. If you wish to pay monthly, the $5, $12, $25, and $38 plans will cost $8, $18, $35, and $46 respectively.

So, what about these plans?

Well, same as Wix, Weebly's free plan isn't all that useful. You know, same old – builder's own subdomain, limited resources, and a massive ribbon showcasing everyone that you're using this specific builder's free plan.

So, you might be interested in going one step forward, and picking up the $5 Connect plan. I'd advise against that, too.

Connect plan lets you connect your own domain, but it doesn't remove Weebly's ads from the site.

At all times, you'll have to be dealing with this little mark brandishing the bottom-left corner of the site.

weebly watermark

The Pro plan is an actually good option, that removes this mark. It's not the cheapest plan, but it also adds several other website-building features, such as membership features, HD video, full site search, and eCommerce. However, with good conscience, I can't recommend the Pro plan for eCommerce. There's a very simple reason: a 3% commission fee is added for all the sales made while using this plan.

You'd be better off picking the Business plan for $25 a month, which removes the transaction fee. It also removes limits from all the membership features and adds priority support. This is the plan to pick if you wish to sell online.

Well, either this, or the Business Plus plan, which costs $38/month and also includes abandoned cart emails and real-time shipping calculator.

And actually, this is where Wix draws first blood. Wix allows abandoned cart emails at $23/month, while Weebly will ask for $38. Quite a difference – and if that's the feature you're looking for, the winner is decided right here and now.

Wix and Weebly have pretty similar prices. Regular premium plans with no ads cost virtually the same,– so do the basic eCommerce plans. The main difference will be whichever specific plan has the features that you want.

Wix vs. Weebly – A case study

One great way of judging a website builder is to...well...build a site with it, eh?

So that’s what I did in this section. I signed up on Wix and Weebly, and built two lovely websites.

Here's one made with Wix website builder (click the image to open it):

wix test site

And here's the one I built when reviewing Weebly:

weebly test site screenshot

So, hop in, and have a look at my adventures – these are my experiences of building a website with them both.

Ease of use – testing both platforms

  • Wix offers two website editors: a simple, AI-powered Wix ADI, and a more complicated, but highly customizable Classic Editor.
  • Weebly offers only one website editor: a simple and intuitive drag-and-drop solution.
  • Wix ADI and Weebly are both easy to use. Wix Editor is a lot more complicated: but it's expected, seeing just how powerful it is.

Simplicity is perhaps the most important thing about a website builder. So, just how easy it was to set up the site, and edit it to my desired specifications? That's what I tried to find out here.

Using Wix

It took just a few seconds for me to get started with Wix. I just clicked the most obvious-looking "Get Started" button, signed up using either Google, Facebook, or email. Soon after, I was asked the real question:

wix choose type of website

After picking the desired option, I got to make an even bigger decision.

You see, Wix uses two different types of website editors.

wix choose type of editor

They're both made by Wix, and both pretty good – but there are some fundamental differences.

  • Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) uses an AI-powered algorithm to generate a website for you based on data collected about your business, and information you reveal in a questionnaire. It can't be edited all too much – but it's a simple way to get a nice-looking website.
  • Wix Editor uses one of the 700+ pre-made themes, which you can meticulously edit to the smaller detail. You get a lot more freedom – and a lot more work to do.

The ADI is set up using a questionnaire. I was asked a solid number of questions, concerning things like "What do you need on your website?", and "What does your business do?"

wix review adi setup 3

And then, just like that, I had a completed website (that sells dog clothes) – everything took just a few minutes.

wix review adi setup 10

I didn't handpick any of these design elements, menus or pictures. Everything was quickly added and wrapped up for me to enjoy.

Editing the page was similarly easy. Similarly limiting as well. I could only rearrange the blocks ADI has added, as well as choose from a few different layouts.

wix adi editor design

At any time of the editing process, however, I could transfer this website to the classic Wix editor. Which is where the real fun is.

How's that for a transition to the next part?

Yes, the regular editor is the real deal: it will start with asking to choose one of over 700 available templates.

wix setup themes

And then, that's it. No additional questions to answer, or trials to endure. Immediately, I was thrown into the Wix Editor.

wix editor overview

Here, the editing options are virtually limitless. This builder uses a drag-and-drop system, which means that any element can be placed virtually anywhere on the site.

And oh, there will be elements that you can use. Hundreds of them, actually!

wix editor add new elements

And it's not only their location that can be changed. Sections themselves can be edited to the smallest details, starting with size and layout, going all the way to picking a specific shade of red that goes best to your company's logo.

wix edit color scheme

If that sounds difficult, congratulations – you're not alone.

Wix even has a support group, called the Editor Help Center, which includes helpful tips, in-depth tutorials, and even the world's least subtle hint to simply give up and pay someone else to design this cursed website.

wix editor help center

But honestly – just give it some time. Wix Editor is incredibly powerful, and Wix has done an excellent job simplifying it as much as possible. It may take several hours and a bunch of tutorials until you'll fully master all the essentials.

But seeing just how much this editor can do...this might be quite worth it.

Using Weebly

Upon signing on, Weebly reminds everyone of its recent ties with Square. The signing up process will suggest either you continue using Weebly, or move to Square – an entirely different platform, focused on building simple storefronts.

weebly choose website option 2

The "I want a personal website" option is a bit misleading. Spoiler alert – you can use Weebly to sell online as well. This is the option I picked for this Wix vs Weebly comparison. Obviously.

Then, a few questions there-and-there later, I was finally asked to do the fun job, and pick out my preferred starter theme.

selecting a weebly template

And that's it: I was immediately sent to the website editor, where I could edit the selected theme of my heart's content.

weebly editor

On the left-hand side, there are several elements available that can be simply dragged and dropped onto the website. There are some classic options, like "just a bunch of text".

weebly editing drag and drop

And there are also a few pre-made sections, that will combine text, images, and other visual elements to make website building just a little easier.

weebly choose section layout

Now – while Weebly's editor was pretty fun to use, I wish that there were more elements and sections. Comparing Wix vs Weebly, it's so clear that it's the former who offers an actually solid list of options. Weebly is pretty barebones: especially in comparison to Wix.

Same goes to editing: Weebly is absolutely fine, letting to add various elements, and combine them together to do exactly what you wish to do.

weebly combining elements with sections

But compared to Wix's top-notch editing capabilities, Weebly still lags behind.

However, it needs to be said – Weebly is easier to use than Wix Editor. It's just that while I was doing this comparison, I simply wasn't all that impressed with how much editing and options Weebly gives me.

It's easier, but at what cost?

Wix offers two drastically different website-building options, and allows you to choose whether you prefer simple setup or top-class customizability. Weebly falls somewhere in the middle, giving good ease of use, but a pretty limited selection of sections to use.

Templates – two different approaches

  • Wix offers over 700 templates to choose from. They cover a wide range of niches.
  • Weebly has only just over 60 templates out there. The range of niches covered is much smaller as well.
  • Both platforms have a similar level of themes. There are some great options, as well as some outdated solutions.

Wix templates

Wix offers a huge variety of templates. They're separated into a massive range of different niches and topics. Over 100 of these themes are also built with eCommerce in mind, offering online shops built right in them.

wix business templates

It's up to you to scour these categories and finding the best suitable theme.

wix vs squarespace templates

Ironically, I almost kind of wish Wix would ease off the throttle and did a bit of spring cleaning, throwing out the outdated themes. That's because while some of those templates look genuinely lovely...

good wix template
wix example template 2

Others make me feel I just hit my head on the bed frame, passed out, and woke up in 2009.

bad wix template

Sure, you don't have to select any of these dusty antiques. But Wix would look better in my book if it seriously reduced the number of themes offered. The process of picking the right one is difficult as it is.

Weebly templates

Weebly goes a different route, when compared to Wix. Mercifully, it has only around 60 themes.

Well, I'm not all that sure about that "mercifully" thing. Truth it, there aren't all that many options to pick from, and you might actually end up not finding something that suits your topic and design preferences.

weebly theme selection

Luckily, the available themes are pretty modern, and look fairly good. There aren't any options that look genuinely bad. Everything's curated pretty well.

weebly template 1
weebly template 2

If you're okay with minimalism that puts all of your media right at the front, Weebly will be a good option. Meanwhile, Wix offers you a massive list of options: which includes some of the best, and some of the worst website templates. Enter at your own risk!

Business features – less vs. more

  • Wix offers a wide variety of first and third-party tools, giving it a massive array of potential business options.
  • Weebly follows a similar route, offering solid in-house eCommerce and a good number of third-party apps.
  • For selling online, both options are great – for everything else, Wix's versatility gives it the edge.

A website can be an excellent business tool – but only if the platform you're using has all the right features in all the right places. That's what I'm going to look at here: I'll compare Weebly vs Wix in terms of their business features.

eCommerce

When comparing Wix vs Weebly eCommerce, I found them both to offer good options for personal users and small-to-medium businesses. With similar UI and core features like adding products, tracking inventory, and managing orders, being common to both platforms – I think Wix and Weebly are almost parallel in terms of what you can do.

Here is Wix's product management interface, letting you to quickly see, edit, and add products to the site.

wix adding products

With all that put together, you can add a store to your Wix website by simply going to the website editor and picking the Store element.

editing wix ecommerce

This is where you can edit just about anything about the display of the products. In a typical Wix fashion, every single things can be built, broken, and edited to the smallest details.

When it comes to eCommerce-related features, Wix has not only the in-house options. The Wix App Center has hundreds of applications, covering things such a print-on-demand, dropshipping, donations, shipping, and so on.

wix ecommerce apps

Now, moving on: Weebly offers a similar, but a slightly more simple interface.

Just like on Wix, you'll be given a simple zone to add and manage your products.

weebly ecommerce review adding product

On the left-hand side, there are options to edit various store-related preferences, like adding coupons, gift cards, or checking product reviews. Weebly's dashboard is heavily focused on eCommerce, letting anyone easily manage all the things related to selling.

Weebly's desire to make everything easy is also heavily visible when you try to edit how your store looks and behaves.

If Wix gives you a massive list of editing options and gets out of the way, Weebly only offers 4 basic layout options. And that's it.

weebly ecommerce layout

Luckily, this minimalist approach doesn't fully translate when it comes to managing the eCommerce features. Weebly has a functioning app store with several excellent eCommerce features, such as shipping management, dropshipping, and print-on-demand.

weebly free ecommerce apps

The list isn't nearly as extensive as on Wix – but it's a rather solid list of options.

Both platforms offer intuitive and powerful eCommerce solutions. Weebly is more on a minimalist side – especially when it comes to design. Meanwhile, Wix offers a massive list of options and full design freedom to match.

Marketing

Both Wix and Weebly offer a good number of marketing features, as well as have a lot helpful resources to help your business succeed. Let's take a look at them.

Wix

Wix offers a solid suite of marketing for social media, emails, and even website design.

("What, website design is marketing?")

It can be! Wix video maker includes a lot of stock videos, and both basic and advanced video editing tools.

wix video editor

Why does that matter? Well, looping videos on the site is a great way for companies to promote their digital products, and increase user engagement. But without great content, dedicated video editor, and some serious website optimization, this is often an impossible feat for many starting entrepreneurs.

Wix video maker is something that can quickly elevate a website to the new level.

Next up, there's Wix social posts, letting you create and publish well-curated social media content.

wix social posts

And finally, there's Wix Ascend: a professional email campaign tool, perfect for making and sending out beautiful customized newsletters.

wix ascend

The Ascend email editor is really fun: it acts similarly to the Wix editor, letting you to edit just about anything there.

wix ascend builder

There's only one issue. Wix Ascend is a premium tool. It's going to additionally cost from $5 a month

If you're planning to use Wix as your main business tool, and you collect email subscribers – you might want to consider getting Ascend as well. It's a pretty good way to quickly reach your visitors.

Weebly

Weebly focuses mostly on email marketing – and it has some interesting tools for that.

The Emails section is where you'll make and send out emails (seems reasonable). One thing I genuinely liked about this zone is that it also included some good ideas on what emails you should send.

Here for instance, I visited this section right after uploading a bunch of items to test Weebly's eCommerce. And before you know it, Weebly already had a pre-made template ready for the to promote them all.

weebly custom emails

The email editor is actually eerily similar to the one offered by Wix: it's simple, and it works.

weebly email builder

And finally, you don't have to send any of these emails manually. Weebly also offers an automated emails feature, which will send out a message to people after they complete a specific action. It can be a purchase, a sign up, or anything else that strikes your interest.

weebly automated emails

There is also a free plan – something Wix Ascend doesn't have. However, it's quite limited: you can only set up two campaigns a month, and send them out to 500 recipients each.

If you wish to have more emails, send them out to more visitors, and unlock other email features, you'll need to snap up a premium plan. They cost from $8 to $75 a month.

Comparing Weebly vs Wix, both have decent marketing features. However, Wix goes above and beyond on its website editing, and social media features – making it the winner here.

SEO and blogging features

Blogging is a great way to connect to your readers. And search engine optimization is an excellent way to make sure that you...have any readers.

In this part, I'm looking at how easy both platforms make it to write and edit your content, as well as use it to rank high on search results.

Wix

Wix offers a pretty intuitive blogging interface. By simply clicking the pen icon on the editor and answering a couple of questions, you can get straight into blogging.

The editor is actually quite fun: this is where I could not only mash my keyboard and do some content. Wix also added a good deal of element options, allowing me to really spice up the content.

The dashboard was also pretty intuitive.

As for SEO, Wix offers something for both beginners and more advanced users. The advanced users will appreciate the ability to edit the XML sitemaps, robots.xml file, and set up redirects.

wix seo

Meanwhile, the beginner users will definitely appreciate the Wix SEO Plan, which will lead the way in helping to some of the basic, but crucial SEO tasks. Stuff like "listing your site online", or "adding keywords to the titles".

godaddy simple seo setup

Weebly also offers features for blogging and SEO. Admittedly, they're not as advanced as the ones offered on Wix.

The blog can be added by picking out the blog section from the website editor. There, you can mix and match various website-editing elements in order to make the post look like you want it to.

weebly blog post

It works: it's just much more awkward than the version offered by Wix.

The SEO editing is quite alright, though. There is a main website editing section, in which you can add some of the basic SEO information.

weebly seo description of page

And also, each page can get a lot of its SEO information added via the editor:

weebly seo page options

Wix can be a pretty solid blogging platform, and it includes various SEO features to please even some of the more advanced users. Weebly, on the other hand, is much less intuitive, and a bit less powerful.

Performance – two acceptable results

  • Both Wix and Weebly return average performance results.
  • While Wix looks worse on paper, real-life performance differences are marginal.

Now – it's time for the final Weebly vs Wix comparison. It's performance test time! Here, the two test websites go head-to-head on GTMetrix, a tool that measures page performance and overall platform optimization.

These are the Wix test website results:

wix website performance report

And there are the Weebly test website results:

weebly performance

C versus D – this doesn't look all that good, huh? Well, I'm happy to announce that despite the lackluster optimization, both websites were actually acceptably fast.

It took Weebly 2.6 seconds to load the website: which is better than Google's recommended 3-second threshold.

Meanwhile, Wix took 8.4!

Despite that, however, this is not a reason to get all suspicious. The GTMetrix test also states that it takes just a bit over 2 seconds for Wix to show the main portion of the website. For the remaining 6 seconds, we get a whole bunch of background loading, which seriously skews the results, but has no effect on real-life performance.

So, while I wish that Wix did better, it's not the end of the world.

Weebly does better in performance tests. But despite trailing behind, Wix still loads pretty quickly and should look perfectly fine for most of your visitors.

Weebly vs Wix – side-by-side comparison

On this Wix vs Weebly comparison, I saw two website builders that used to be very similar – but are now drifting away from one another at a record speed.

Wix is the most versatile website builder out there. Truth is, I could've made this comparison three times as long, and there would still be things left talking about.

It slices, it dices, it makes big online stores, blogs, combines two website builders, hundreds of themes, and thousands of apps.

Wix ADI is a solid option if you're a beginner just looking to build a website and go. Meanwhile, the classic Editor offers all the customization you ever asked for, plus some additional customization that you didn't. It's two different products, at the price of one.

Meanwhile, Weebly is caught in no man's land. That's not to say that it's bad, oh no – it has some excellent options for eCommerce and SEO, as well as a lot of helpful apps. And overall, building and managing an app through Weebly is seriously simple. It's a decent tool that works genuinely well.

But there's just one thing that can sum this Wix vs Weebly comparison for me:

Whatever Weebly does, Wix can do better. So really, if you're choosing between the two platforms, I recommend and endorse Wix. The real competition here is between its two editor options.

And once more – here's a table comparing both of the platforms, so you can take the final closer look.

WixWeebly
Rating
4.6
3.8
PricingFree plan, premium plans from $14/monthFree plan available, premium plans start at $5 a month
Ease of UseTwo intuitive editors, easy site managementOne simple website-building interface
Templates700+ free templates, covering several niches60+ simple, modern, minimalist themes
Business FeaturesMassive number of both in-house and third-party optionsBoth in-house and third-party features, less expansive than Wix's
PerformanceMetrics slightly low, very good real-life performancePerformance meets the industry standard
WebsiteWix.comWeebly.com

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Wix vs Weebly FAQs

Comments
Le Land
Le Land
prefix 1 month ago
Are there any summer sales / coupons going on for either Wix or Weebly right now?
Paulius Masiliauskas
Paulius Masiliauskas
prefix 1 month ago
Hello! We always make sure to update our website links to either of these builders with the latest coupons – so check out our links to see if there’s something special going on!

From my own personal experience though, both Wix and Weebly are usually swimming steady, not offering any massive discounts but instead going for consistent value. But hey, never hurts to try, right?
Ben
Ben
prefix 1 month ago
it seems as if weebly is a little outdated since wix does it all + more, and shopify is another good store website builder alternative. however weebly is cheaper, but if i wanted to start with weebly and a few years later migrate to wix? is that possible or will i have to rebuild the website from scratch?
Paulius Masiliauskas
Paulius Masiliauskas
prefix 1 month ago
Hello, Ben!

I really don’t advise going down the whole “migration” route. It’s pretty difficult, and no design changes will be moved to Wix. If you have Wix on your mind, I suggest just going for Wix and not delaying it, there are plenty of extra features that justify the increased price.
stock
stock
prefix 2 months ago
For a while I was stuck in trying to choose between squarespace, wix or weebly, but after reading your post I am more set on wix. Do you know which one is better for SEO, are there any statistics on whether wix or weebly sites rank higher on Google on average?
Paulius Masiliauskas
Paulius Masiliauskas
prefix 2 months ago
Hello! Honestly, I’d go with Wix here. Several decent businesses that I know have had no problems using Wix and ranking on search engines. The built-in tools are good, there are no massive restrictions, and there are a lot of tutorials out there for different skill levels.

Weebly is okay with the basics, but there’s a massive difference in quality once you go beyond that. For your goals, my money’s on Wix.
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