Lebanese Government Blocks Wix Platform Cutting Access To Thousands Of Lebanese Websites - TechGeek365

Lebanese Government Blocks Wix Platform Cutting Access To Thousands Of Lebanese Websites

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Earlier this week, the Lebanese Government blocked off all access to the online website building platform, Wix.

Wix is an online company that provides web hosting and website design services. Users can design and build their websites in HTML5, as well as mobile websites, using drag and drop utilities. Two popular aspects of Wix are that developers can create their own web applications to market to other users, and that users do not need to know any coding to create a website.

Without any prior warning from the Lebanese Government, the block has resulted in thousands of Lebanese websites being inaccessible from within Lebanon. According to Datanyze, there are just under 10,000 Lebanese based websites powered by Wix. This block will impact everyone from individuals running a small personal website, to big corporations who use their website as a sales channel or marketing platform.

Attempting to access the Wix website from within Lebanon will lead to the following page:

The message seen on the website roughly translates to “site blocked based on the order of the Lebanese judiciary”.

On the wide spectrum of website building solutions, Wix lives on the website builder end that’s all-inclusive. You build your website on their software with their tools. Your website lives on their servers. You can only access your website via the Wix admin panel. It’s in contrast to solutions where you buy, install, and manage all the “pieces” of your website separately.

This block will open a market for Wix competitors such as Weebly and Squarespace.

Here’s a bar chart for Wix and their top competitors in Lebanon:

So what are you supposed to do if you have a Wix-based website? The best thing you can do at the moment is access it through a VPN service. It’s not currently possible to migrate to another platform as all of Wix’s templates and themes are strictly made for Wix, so the idea of simply exporting from Wix and heading over to another website builder platform isn’t at all feasible.

Do you run or manage a Wix-based website? How have you been impacted by this block? What are your thoughts on this block? Let us know in the comments below!

Amir H. Nasr Editor-in-Chief @TechGeek365.com Instagram: @amir_nasr Twitter: @AmirNasr

36 Comments

  1. Elias Bourgess

    December 19, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    FInally this has been blocked in Lebanon, regardless of what country it originates from, having it here in lebanon was bad for us developers

    • sugar&cynide

      December 21, 2018 at 5:37 PM

      Good for developers? you can’t adapt to changing market. People want easy websites. Good code is overrated from small scale. I’ don’t usually touch the comment section.

    • M

      December 26, 2018 at 2:27 PM

      Has it occurred to you that not every person can afford to pay you glorified developers thousands of dollars to be able to market their products?

    • Farah Darwich

      December 27, 2018 at 9:11 PM

      Developers need to provide an easy to use interface for the owner or admin to manage the website after the first are done developing? I was willing to move from wix since I discovered its headquarters location YET i was about to move to another easy platform until the business is large enough to have an IT & web team.

    • Rolfen

      December 29, 2018 at 1:29 AM

      I am a developer and if it is what clients need, I tell them to go to Wix. I do not want a client who has a budget of $100 for a site to sit on my neck day and night. Go to Wix!

      So no it’s not good for developers. The people who use Wix have very low budgets.

      This is very bad for tech and developer included. I see further then that. In Lebanon you can invest in your site, your social media, try to build a community online, and BOOM your site is taken off the Internet without warning. Because of some connection to Israel.

      Which companies with money, business, knowhow, want to invest in such an environment? No electricity, bad internet, and such unpredictability?

      So, no, thank you and bye.

      Enjoy picking up who were on Wix want want pay $50 for a website.

      I am telling you this is good for no-one, not even you. Time will tell.

      Not even good for people who want to fight Israel. Because if you have no business income and live in a country whose debt-to-GDP ratios is among the top 3 worldwide, then how the fuck are you going to buy weapons to fight your enemy?

      You can’t!

      Because most companies with money are gone to another country where there is a stable infrastructure, an interesting market, and business investment is encouraged.

  2. Jad

    December 19, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    WTF?! How am I supposed to operate my website now?!

    • Nabil

      December 20, 2018 at 5:12 PM

      Hi Jad,
      I am a web developer with computer engineering background, if using a VPN isn’t an option you want to use, let me know and I could maybe help you find a solution. email me: nabilrise[at]gmail[dot]com
      Nabil

  3. Mustafa

    December 19, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Wtf is wrong with this country???! I can access my website only through vpn now. This is just bs!!

  4. Carla Sleiman

    December 19, 2018 at 5:58 PM

    We have a company that manages 15 websites based on Wix, now they’re all gone! Thank you Lebanon! :)

  5. Carlo

    December 19, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    the only people who are getting in deep shit because of this decision are the Lebanese people.

  6. Roger

    December 19, 2018 at 7:46 PM

    dumbass country with brainwashed government, that s fucking bullshit and ignorance

  7. Dany Atallah

    December 19, 2018 at 8:15 PM

    It’s really bad news! We should do something concerning this problem! It’s bot logic to accept stopping wix!

  8. Ali

    December 19, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    Before using this platform you should all check that it is provided by our ENEMY…
    GREAT NEWS…

    • Yoda

      December 20, 2018 at 9:15 PM

      “Anger… fear… aggression. The dark side are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will”

    • CK

      December 21, 2018 at 6:56 AM

      Well if you really mean what you are saying, stop drinking Pepsi, using HP laptops and printers, buying Pantene and Gilette.

  9. Ali

    December 19, 2018 at 9:21 PM

    Shame on you all, you should be thankful and grateful for such decision, you are indirectly supporting our ENEMY…
    GREAT NEWS… Thank you Lebanon

  10. Rasha

    December 20, 2018 at 1:05 AM

    For your information, this “boycotts” and targets Lebanese, more than it does Israelis. Is it really logical to cut off so many flourishing LEBANESE companies, business and initiatives? Unbelievable.

  11. Sara

    December 20, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    With alllll the problems that we have in Lebanon and allll the shit that we need to fix, THATS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS FOCUSING ON? A FREAKING WEBSITE BUILDER? THIS WEBSITE HELPED MY CAREER AND AS ALWAYS MY COUNTRY WANTS TO RUIN THAT FOR ME :) and if we want to think this way then lets just destroy all the products that we have because anything we are using may done by israelis employed abroad:D….

    • Nabil

      December 20, 2018 at 5:17 PM

      Hi Sara, I think you’re right … it is not with decisions like this that we’ll get to get forward, shortcuts like this won’t help in the long run.
      That said, we can help you make a transition. If using a VPN isn’t for you, email me at nabilrise[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Stas

      December 20, 2018 at 6:49 PM

      just use Google dns servers 8.8.8.8 / 8.8.4.4, that will solve this situation

    • Rolf

      December 29, 2018 at 1:33 AM

      Yeah you know PHP is developed in Israel. So let’s ban that. BOOM there goes 3/4 of the Internet. No Wikipedia, no Facebook…
      Now let’s ban all electronic products that contain any components designed in Israel.
      So now no more Internet at all, no more communications.
      Maybe we can go back to using morse and telegraph cables.
      So this is who he fight Israel.

  12. Foreigner

    December 20, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Quite a lot cheap cries how hurt this some “companies”, “businesses”. Really?
    This country killed thousands of civilian fellow lebanese, and you, sleazes, use something from bloody hands of killers?

  13. Khaled

    December 20, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    Government should provide valid reason to stop wix right now! wix has been operating since 2006, why now they decide it to stop it?
    As well they have to notify people using wix and provide alternative to that before banning the website.
    This is not acceptable and we have to do something to get back again wix working.

  14. Stas

    December 20, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    You don’t need a VPN but just use Google dns servers 8.8.8.8 / 8.8.4.4, that will solve this situation.

  15. Sara

    December 21, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    While I understand wanting to block Wix or not contribute to an Israeli company, it’s an excellent website builder. I’m an educator and so many of our projects are on Wix. I have two students wanted to start a mental health group and were using Wix. A club JUST purchased a domain through Wix last week to set up their site for the school. It’s a shame. As an educator, it was a loss for us.

    If you really want to fight back, build a better website builder. EDUCATE and INNOVATE.

  16. Tony

    December 22, 2018 at 2:58 AM

    Thanks goverment,
    they should have at least inform the lebanese a month before the block, so they can manage things to the lebanese intrerest.
    all what they did is have lebanese people loose their money for the so called ‘Enemy’ because eventually all whats invested is gone into thin air

  17. Joe

    December 22, 2018 at 7:06 PM

    Ali stop using Google and Facebook before you even shame anyone…Lebanese officials are living on theft and people are starving. Closing servers will only add up the misery of Lebanese people. Instead of closing let the Lebanese government offer an alternative to honor it’s people that they supposedly should serve…

  18. George

    December 23, 2018 at 8:07 AM

    This surprise boycott has affected my career! I can’t believe how this country operates! It’s a shame

  19. M

    December 26, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Has it occurred to you that not every person can afford to pay you glorified developers thousands of dollars to be able to market their products?

  20. Farah Darwich

    December 27, 2018 at 9:20 PM

    for the thousand time, our gov proves how “smart” & “caring” it is pfffff. can we all chose to complain to the ministry of telecom.. let us all do something until we move our websites. we need a time margin. let us all flood them with complaints & messages. or sign a petition…

  21. Farah Darwich

    December 30, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    I found this video to access block websites helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhm1gusoRc

    • ww

      January 7, 2019 at 12:00 AM

      Just change DNS servers of your router/PC to 8.8.8.8 / 8.8.4.4

  22. Eva

    January 3, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    What a stupid retarded dysfunctional Government Don’t They Have More Important Things to Worry About! Like Electricity or Infrastructure or better public transportation.

  23. Lebanese

    January 8, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Another reason to hate this country

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