Wix is an online, What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) website editor and publisher.
Why to use it:
- Very low learning curve relative to other web editors
- Modern feel and look to many of the free templates
- Functional free plans and inexpensive upgrades
A computer with a working internet connection
Go to Wix and hit the “Start Now” button from the front page. You’ll be given the option of creating a new account, or signing in with Facebook or Google.
At the welcome page click “Create Site” and then pick a template. You can change this later if you decide to.
Once you’ve picked your template and clicked “Edit”, you’ll be taken to the Wix editor. This is the interactive part of Wix which will allow you to customize your website. At the left you’ll find a series of buttons for editing content on your site.
a. Background is to edit the background of your page. You can select a colour, an image, or a video. By clicking the item you’ll change the background of the page you’re looking at. By clicking “Apply to Other Pages”, you’ll change all of them.
b. Add is the button that is likely used the most often. Here you can add different content items to your page, such as text and images, formating items like boxes and strips, and custom HTML from the “more” section. Have a look through here to get an idea of the options Wix provides.
c. The App Market has a host of widgets available for a variety of applications. Some of them are free, many of them aren’t. These can provide a high level of functionality to your website though, such as appointment bookings, social media streams, and digital storefronts.
d. My Uploads is where you can upload items to be displayed on your website without linking to another location. You can upload fonts, images, videos, audio, and documents.
e. Lastly, Start Blogging is to add a blog to your Wix site. Wix has some easy, pre-built blog functions that are fairly simple to add to your website in this manner.
To switch to different pages, or to add more pages, click the Pages Menu. Here you can also drag and drop your pages to rearrange them, and click the 3 dots next to the page name to access additional settings.
To edit any item already on your page simply click it and a number of icons will pop up. Hover over one of these to see what they do. Alternatively, right click the object for a list of options. Objects can also be dragged and dropped to rearrange them. If you’re dragging into the header or footer, Wix will notify you.
At the top right of your editor view you can Save your work (do this often!), Preview what your web page will look like, as some items won’t display perfectly in the editor mode, and Publish your page so that others can view it. Remember, changes made, even changes saved, will not be visible until your page is published again.
The best way to see what others can see of your website is to either open up a different browser, or an incognito window in your current one.
Wix also has a mobile editor, which can be accessed via the top right. Most of your content should work fine on mobile, but sometimes certain formatting won’t automatically translate. It’s a good idea to double check that everything looks fine on the small screen as well, and make any updates as needed.