Planet13: I could actually copy and paste your entire post and thread with slight additions. Been seeing the same, I know Wix (and like it more than Wordpress (the site, not the app to host on your server). Doesn't mean I "like" it or use it, I write my own code, cms, framework and sites, etc. And if it's not an option then use Drupal over Wordpress if possible, if not, then I make things way clear to clients, as Leosghost says above: "why becoming a target".
Wix happens here, but Wordpress blogs and free templates happen a lot more often, for pennies. After 1 year the so happy clients do not even understand what happened (lack of performance), and others don't even continue with their business, but mostly it happens what I address here on your quote:
Planet13: I try and convince clients that Wix and other website builders have their issues...no flexibility, not as easy as it looks, bad SEO, costly in the long run. Along with the fact that you are basically locked in with them, if they raise prices, you are stuck. Just can't pick up your website and move to another hosting company.
I do not try to convince them (not that is good or bad), it's just someone else had them already convinced on how easy, low cost success can happen (that's a lie), and sometimes I just watch them go, try to swim and then drown in their own lake of trouble.
There is so much I could do for them (or others who know how to build sites), but making a sale became such a extreme waste of energy, not enough to justify the payment, it's a lot of trouble, it's like buying an old, terrible but yet expensive car: it means trouble. I do not know how to deal with this as this is becoming a terribly common situation in my region.
Sometimes after their "adventure", a few call back because they see I have sites who still exist after 10, 15 years with results. Problem? they are fearful and wanting to pay less, way less, or want to see results and then pay (can't do that, not worth my time). Any ideas?