Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.
Israel is occupying and colonising Palestinian land, discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel and denying Palestinian refugees the right to return to their homes. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, the BDS call urges action to pressure Israel to comply with international law.
BDS is now a vibrant global movement made up of unions, academic associations, churches and grassroots movements across the world. Thirteen years since its launch, BDS is having a major impact and is effectively challenging international support for Israeli apartheid and settler-colonialism.
Boycotts involve withdrawing support from Israel's apartheid regime, complicit Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions, and from all Israeli and international companies engaged in violations of Palestinian human rights.
BDS aims to end international support for Israeli violations of international law by forcing companies, institutions and governments to change their policies. As Israeli companies and institutions become isolated, Israel will find it more difficult to oppress Palestinians.
WIX is a large, publicly traded company worth hundreds of millions of dollars. As a website building service, WIX relies on free access to the internet and access to startup capital that Palestinians living under Israeli occupation are denied.
Just a short drive away from the WIX headquarters at the Tel Aviv port overlooking the Mediterranean Sea are Palestinian communities with poor or no access to the internet, and that are banned from visiting the same beaches their parents and grand-parents once freely enjoyed.
It is important for people around the world to show solidarity with the Palestinian people and boycott Israeli businesses. Fortunately, there are high-quality alternatives to WIX that you can use to manage a website for yourself, organization, or business.
There are now a lot of options for setting up and maintaining a website. While Wix promotes it's user friendly interface, they are not alone in offering a drag-and-drop website builder tool. In fact, there are far better alternatives.
WordPress powers around 32% of the entire internet. It started as blogging software, but has grown into a tool that powers entire website,s including some of the biggest on the internet. With the addition of the new Gutenberg editor, people with little coding skills can now create advanced layouts on their websites.
WordPress comes in two options: one that you download for free, install on a web server and maintain yourself, and another that runs on WordPress.com. It is the second option that is an excellent alternative to Wix.
At WordPress.com you can launch a new site for free and choose from one of the many free themes they offer. There is also a tiered pricing system that gives you more options. We recommend the Premium level plan ($8/month), which lets you use your own domain name and gives you access to all of the premium themes available in the WordPress.com Theme Market. If you are looking to start an online store front, they offer an E-Commerce plan starting for $45/month. Check out the full plan comparison here.
Squarespace is a New York based company offering a drag-and-drop website builder with beautiful templates and a tiered pricing plan. They do not offer free websites.
This is a great option if you are are planning a visual-heavy website or need access to e-commerce tools at a lower price point. We recommend the Business plan ($18/month when paid annually), which gives you access to the basic e-commerce tools. If you need to accept donations, this will be perfect for your needs.
If you need a larger e-commerce solution, the Basic and Advanced Commerce level plans have you covered. They easily compete with Shopify and at those levels Squarespace doesn't take any additional transaction fees!
If you are looking for a comprehensive e-commerce platform, don't want to learn coding, and don't plan to do much publishing, Shopify is the gold standard. Pricing starts at $29/month and that gets you everything you need to launch a fully functional online store front. You don't even need to keep inventory on-hand if you master the dark art of dropshipping. Shopify will even run your brick-and-morter through their Point of Sale system.
However, the online storefront you can run with Shopify is light on everything not e-commerce focused. Yes, you can post updates to a blog, but that's about it and the formatting options are limited. The themes they offer for free are, honestly, not that exciting, and the nice ones available through their market can be a bit pricey.
But if you are hoping to be the next e-commerce mogul, Shopify is an excellent option.
Weebly has a bad name, let's just stipulate that. But it deserves a fresh look, especially after being acquired by the commerce giant Square.
It's pricing tiers almost can't be beat. There is a free option, but you have to use their domain name (in the "whatever.weebly.com" format). For $5/month you can use your own domain name.
But the Pro level plan and the business plans above that are super affordable, and have solid e-commerce tools built in. Their top level Business Plus plan is cheaper then WordPress and Shopify and has a ton of functionality, including their own drag-and-drop website builder.