Today, Wix is the most popular website builder platform in the world, and that’s thanks to its vast array of features, add-ons, and beautiful designs. Most importantly, it is easy to use. However, the amount of features can be daunting to a new user. But don’t fret! We are here to help. In this guide, we will show you how to build your very own custom website using 7 simple steps.
There are 2 ways to create a website on Wix, Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) and Wix Editor. For this tutorial, we will be using Wix Editor. Be sure to keep an eye out for future posts to learn more!
Step 1: Sign Up
Once you’ve chosen Wix as your website builder platform, the first step to take would be to create an account. We recommend using your Facebook or Google account to sign up! Alternatively, you could also use your email.
Step 2: Choose a Template
After you’ve signed up, you can start creating your website! To get started, simply click Create New Site on the top right corner of the dashboard. Wix will now ask you what kind of website you want to create, simply type in your keywords in the search bar to search for relevant templates.
These can range from online portfolios to e-commerce shops and booking sites. After that, select Wix Editor.
Next, Wix will show you a range of templates to choose from, based on your selection. On Wix, choices are never scarce, as you will find that there are over 800 templates to choose from. To preview the templates, hover your mouse over the template and click View. If you want to see more, click View Full Demo. To select a template, click on Edit.
Don’t worry if your selection is not perfect, Wix Editor is packed with features to allow you to customise your template and make it truly yours!
Wix also rolled out a Wix Editor X for advanced users. Stay tuned to our blog to learn more. Go here to learn more about different ways to edit your Wix website.
Step 3: Choose Your Plan
Wix offers 8 pricing plans for their users. As with any subscription plan, the more expensive the plan, the more features you get. There are also free plans available, however, you won’t be able to connect your own domain name to your website and there will be a permanent ad banner on your site. Therefore, we recommend a paid pricing plan, they’re affordable, there’s a plan for everybody and there are a myriad of included features.
The Wix Premium plans are as follows:
Combo plan: $18/month ($14/month paid yearly)
Unlimited plan: $23/month ($18/month paid yearly)
Pro plan: $28/month ($23/month paid yearly)
VIP plan: $47/month ($39/month paid yearly)
Business Basic plan: $28/month ($23/month paid yearly)
Business Unlimited plan: $33/month ($27/month paid yearly)
Business VIP plan: $56/month ($49/month paid yearly)
Enterprise plan: Custom pricing (for large businesses)
Go here to see all the available plans. Wix also regularly does promotions, don’t be afraid to grab yourself a good deal if you have the chance!
For small to medium businesses or online portfolios, we recommend the Combo plan, it’s affordable and gets you the most basic features you need. For more advanced users who need e-commerce capabilities, we recommend the Business Basic plan.
Step 4: Edit Text
Now that you have selected your template, you can start editing. Everything you see, including images, video, textboxes, backgrounds, and animations can all be edited to suit your needs and tastes.
To edit an element on Wix, simply click on the item once. Some buttons will pop up, select your desired actions such as Edit Text, or Design to edit.
To edit Text, click on the text you want to change and select Edit. Start typing to add your own text! Besides adding your own text, you can also change the style, size and colour of the text.
In addition, you can also add more text by dragging and dropping text boxes from the menu on the left. Select the plus sign on the left, go to text, and drag and drop your desired text box to the website.
In terms of buttons, editing text and style is the same. Just be sure to link the button to the page you like by clicking on the button and selecting the link icon.
Step 5: Edit Images and Backgrounds
Adding attractive imagery and colours to your website is essential to grabbing your viewers attention, and also provides visual context to your text. To change an image, simply click on an image on your webpage and select Change Image to change the image. You can select your own image by uploading and selecting your image, or you can choose from more than 3,700 free images courtesy of Wix!
You can also add new images by clicking on the plus sign on the bar on the left hand side and dragging and dropping image boxes.
To really make your Wix website your very own, don’t forget to explore the vast array of boxes, galleries, animated banners and other features in the bar on the left! This is what makes Wix so great, it has something for everyone!
Step 6: Editing the Mobile Version
Now that you’ve adjusted your Wix website to perfection, there is only one last step to go! Since mobile users account for more than 54% of all internet users, having a mobile friendly website is absolutely essential to your website’s success! Having a bad website on mobile will deter more than half your visitors.
To edit the mobile version, simply click the mobile icon located on the top left of the Editor.
Please note that you will not be able to make changes to text style and images in the mobile version, however, you can change them by simply going back to the desktop version. The mobile version editor is designed for you to move images, text and other visual elements around to make it mobile-friendly. You can also hide certain elements that you think are unsuitable for mobile viewing by clicking the hide button. To make text fit inside the mobile version, click the text resize buttons to adjust the font size.
Step 7: Save and Publish
Don’t forget to save and publish your website to make it go live at the very end! As an extra tip, remember to save in between steps to avoid losing your progress.
And there you go! That was 7 simple steps on getting your first Wix site up and running. Stay tuned to our future blogs to get more free tutorials and web related tips! If you need help with professional web design, feel free to contact us!
Entrepreneur and Web Designer @ TH Business Innovations
Alaric is an aspiring entrepreneur and web designer currently building his career and pursing an postgraduate education. In his spare time, he loves to game, read and do a variety of different passion projects.
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