Make a website with Wix

How do you make a website with Wix? That’s the question we’re going to answer in this step-by-step Wix tutorial.

Specifically, we’ll cover how to…

  1. ☝️ Sign up with Wix
  2. 🤖 Use Wix’s AI site builder feature
  3. 🖼️ Select a template that will set your site up for success
  4. 🎨 Design and customize your website with the Wix Editor
  5. 🔌 Add extra functionality to your site with Wix Apps
  6. 🌎 Publish your Wix website to make it live

But before we get started, let’s go through a very brief intro to why Wix might be a good option for your website.

Wix: A quick introduction

Wix

While we like using WordPress to build websites for its flexibility, Wix is a solid website builder option for folks who prefer a simpler, more “hands-off” website building experience.

To see Wix in action, you can check out our collection of real Wix website examples.

Here’s a quick look at the highlights of using Wix:

  • Visual, drag-and-drop editor – Easily customize any template without needing to touch a line of code.
  • 500+ pre-made templates – Choose from over 500 highly optimized, customizable, and eye-catching templates.
  • Artificial intelligence design tool – Wix can create a website for you using its artificial design intelligence tool (ADI).
  • Wix Apps – The Wix app marketplace contains both free and premium apps, including business, promotional, and blogging tools.
  • eCommerce functionality – While it’s not a heavy-duty eCommerce platform, Wix includes everything you need to sell some products.
  • Built-in hosting, security, and maintenance – Because Wix is a fully hosted solution, hosting, security, and the maintenance of your website are all taken care of for you.
  • Support – Wix has a well-organized knowledge base to help you get started. You can also submit a support ticket or chat on the phone to one of the help team if you have a problem.

How to make a website with Wix in six steps

Ready for the fun part? Here’s how to make a website with Wix…

1. Create a Wix account

To make a website with Wix, you will first need to register for an account. Open the Wix homepage and select Get Started. You will then be asked to enter your email address and create an account.

Make a website with Wix by signing up for an account

After answering a few short questions about your new website, the sign-up process is complete. Next, you will be asked whether you want to create a website within the Wix Editor or let the Wix ADI tool design a website for you…

2. Let Wix ADI create a website for you

Use the Wix ADI tool to make a website

Although Wix’s artificial intelligence designer (ADI) is a useful tool, its design and customization options are limited compared to the Wix templates and editor. Therefore, if you have a basic understanding of website design (and I mean basic), you can click here to skip ahead to Step 3 and choose your own template.

However, if you are totally new to building a website, then Wix ADI may be a good option for you.

After selecting Start Now, the tool will then ask you a few questions about your new project. Make sure you carefully choose the design options that most appeal to you as the ADI tool will design a website based on your answers.

Wix ADI website templates

Your new website will then open within the ADI Editor.

Mastering the ADI editor

Wix ADI website editor

The ADI Editor is easy to navigate. But here are just a few pointers to get you started…

  • Elements – Click on an element to customize it. The settings for a selected element will appear in the left-hand menu bar where you can then make any necessary alterations. Options include changing the images, writing text, adding buttons, and more.
  • Add a Page – Select Pages > Add Page from the top menu bar. Then select from a range of new page types and pre-made page templates.
  • Design – Click on Design in the top menu to change your website’s theme and layout, or alter global colors, fonts, and more.

However, if you want more control over your website, you’ll be better off skipping the ADI and selecting your own template (which is my recommended method).

3. Choose a Wix website template

To get started with the Wix Editor, select Choose a Template.

Wix ADI or Wix Editor

To find designs that match your site, you can filter the templates by category, and you can also View each template in demo mode. Once you have found a template that fits with your project, select Edit.

Regular Wix website templates

4. Customize your website with the Wix Editor

The Wix Editor

Once you select a template, you’ll be able to customize it in the Wix Editor using simple drag-and-drop editing.

To get started, click on an element on the page to alter its settings, resize or reposition it, change colors, rewrite text, and much more. Any changes you make will appear in real-time, so you’ll instantly know how your site will look to visitors.

For further customization, you’ll use the options in the menu on the left-hand side. Let’s go through what you can do here…

Menus and pages

Pages and Menu

Under Menus and Pages, you will find your site’s pages. Here you can add new pages, as well as rename, hide or delete pages, and change the order that they appear in the menu.

This is also where you can access your pages’ Setting options, which house a few key options:

  • SEO – Add metadata to each page to help your content get found in the search engines.
  • Social Share – Add the images and text that will be displayed when each page is shared on social media.
  • Permissions – Select who can view each page and create restricted content or members-only pages.

Background

Background Images

Wix allows you to change the background color or image, or display a video background. Wix has an extensive free media library to select from or you can upload your own media.

Elements

Add Element

Under Add, you can add a wide assortment of elements to your website pages including…

  • Galleries and images
  • Interactive slideshows
  • Videos and music
  • Buttons
  • Forms

To add an element to your site, drag and drop it in the appropriate place on a page.

Blog manager

Blog

If you want to add a blog to your website, select the Start Blogging icon. Then click on Add Now to add the Wix Blogging Manager app to your website.

Add Blog

Under My Blog, click on Create New Post. Here you can add and publish new posts within the Blog Manager.

Edit Blog

You can also view and manage your posts by selecting My Blog > Manage Posts.

Blog Manager

Top menu

Top Menu

There are a couple of other important Wix Editor features that you can find in the top menu bar. These include…

  • Page – Quickly toggle between the pages on your site and your blog.
  • Desktop / Mobile – Switch between desktop and mobile mode to edit your site for both device types.
  • Settings – Access global settings for your website, add a favicon, view analytics, and much more.
  • Save / Preview / Publish – It is important to save your website as you go. You can also then preview your site on the front end and publish it when you are ready.

5. Use Wix apps to add new functionality

Apps

The Wix App Marketplace offers a variety of free and premium apps that can add extra functionality to your website. To access the marketplace, click on the Apps icon and then browse the apps to find one that interests you.

Here are just a few of the most popular apps currently available…

  • Online Store – Turn your website into an online store with this powerful eCommerce app.
  • Wix Events – Easily create and manage your events online.
  • Instagram FeedShowcase your Instagram images and videos.

To install a free app, open the app’s page and click Add to Site.

6. Publish your Wix website

To make your website publicly accessible, you need to publish it.

To do so, click Publish from the top menu. However, before Wix will publish your site, the last step in the process is to create your own subdomain or connect a custom domainFor a serious website, you should definitely connect your own custom domain name, rather than using a Wix subdomain.

Choose a Domain

To use a custom domain, you will need to upgrade your Wix account to a premium plan.

Once you do that, you can publish your site and visitors will be able to access it at whatever domain name you selected.

That’s how to make a website with Wix!

As you can see, creating a website on the Wix platform is pretty painless. However, it’s not the only way to create a website, and WordPress is also a great option. See how Wix compares to WordPress. We love WordPress, so we had to at least make one pitch for it, right?

Did you run into any problems when you tried to make a website with Wix? Ask away in the comments and we’ll try to help!

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