So you’re looking to make a website with Wix. How do you go about this?
In this guide I’ll show you how to:
- Set up a Wix account
- Use the Wix AI-tool
- Pick the right design for your site
- Use the Wix editor
- Optimize your site for mobile devices
- Hook up a domain name to your Wix website.
Wix has a free version, but at some stage you’d probably want to upgrade to one of their premium plans. We’ll deal with this later on in this guide.
Even though it’s really easy to make a site with Wix, you can save yourself some trial-and-error by using this guide.
Let’s get started.
Step 1: Create a Wix account
Like many things online, we kick things off by creating an account. Wix makes this very easy to do. You’ll be all set in a matter of seconds.
On the Wix homepage, click on the “Get Started” button.
The questions which follow aren’t compulsory, but they’ll definitely ease up making your ideal website.
They ask you who you’re building a website for (e.g. yourself or a client), the type of website you’re looking to build (e.g. a business website or online store) and what your experience level is when it comes to building websites.
Once you’re done answering these questions, you’ll see something like this:
Now you’ll have to choose one of the following options:
- Have Wix ADI design your website. All you’ve got to do when picking this option is answer a bunch of questions. The Wix ADI subsequently builds your site in a matter of minutes, including images and copy. It’s a pretty impressive feature and I recommend you use it
- Use the Wix Editor to build your own website. In case you’re not looking for any help, choose this option. But in this guide we’ll be using the Wix ADI first. It’s easier, and afterwards you can always alter your site using the editor
Step 2: Answer the questions
Here is where Wix will work its magic. Where in the old days you needed hours just to get your first string of text on the worldwide web, all it now takes is answering a few questions.
The questions start out easy enough and don’t become much harder as you progress.
For starters, what type of site are you looking to build? The options are pretty much endless and I’m about 99% you’ll find something that fits your site.
Then you pick the type of functionality you want to add to your site. The recommendations here will depend on the kind of site you’ve chosen. But ultimately, it’s totally up to you what you want on your site. Bear in mind that you can always adjust this later.
Then it’s time to pick a name for your website, which will be added to your domain (later on you can hook up your down domain to your site).
At some point you’ll be asked to add a logo. Don’t worry if you don’t have one just yet. You can build your site first and add a logo later – that’s what I did for WebsiteGecko in fact. The most important thing is that you get the ball rolling and start building your site.
Next up, you’ll be asked to pick a site theme. For this question you want to think carefully what look and feel you want your site to have. Image your ideal visitor. What would she like? And what would you like her to think when she lands on your website?
If you’re creating a music website for instance, Indie could be a solid choice. But if you’re an executive coach, Elegant might be a better fit.
In case you did upload a logo earlier you’ll be now asked whether you’d like to create a color palette based on your logo. This makes building a professional looking website even easier. The color palette subsequently gets applied to your website.
Step 3: Pick a design
Next up, Wix offers you a few options for your website’s lay-out. Where the theme determines your site’s look-and-feel, the lay-out determines functionality.
I just wanted to point out it took me about 5 minutes to get to where I am right now. Not too bad if you ask me. Take your time and figure out what lay-out works best for your website.
Don’t worry if you feel the lay-out doesn’t meet your needs entirely: in the next steps I’ll show you how to adjust various design elements, add elements, and remove elements. Keep in mind that you can’t pick a different lay-out once you picked one: if you want to switch lay-outs, you’ll have to build your site from scratch.
Wix offers hundreds of free designs, and as the questions in the beginning gave away these can be divided in an immense number of categories. Think about:
- Restaurants and food
- Health and wellness
Beside picking one of the many premade options you can also design a lay-out from scratch. But bear in mind that if you’re not experienced in building websites, this will probably cost you quite some time. On the upside, going this route will ensure you’ll have a unique design which no other Wix website has.
Step 4: The Wix Editor
After you’ve selected a template, you’ll enter the Wix Editor. Whatever you’ll see here is what will appear online once you click on the “Publish” button. It’s totally up to you what changes you want to make before you do so.
My website ended up looking as follows:
You can adjust everything you see by simply clicking on it. This works super-fast and is highly intuitive. Have a look at what I managed to adjust over a span of two minutes:
I changed the header image, the lay-out of the blog articles, the title and the background color of the contact section.
Again, I managed to do this under two minutes. Simply click on whatever you wish to change and follow the instructions on your screen. It’s that easy.
You can easily swap parts of your website around by dragging and dropping them. You can also change the font for your entire site in just one click or easily add a new page. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a quicker and simpler way to build a website than this.
Step 5: Optimize your site for mobile
Since 2019, Google works with “mobile-first indexing.” What this means is Google just checks out the mobile version of a website to determine its position in the search results.
This is why it’s crucial to optimize any website for mobile devices. Luckily Wix makes this incredibly easy. The only thing you’ve got to do is click the mobile / desktop icon on the top of your screen.
Even though Wix automatically makes your site mobile-friendly, it’s a smart move to check every site on your page manually in the Wix editor. For instance, you might want to hide certain elements of your site on mobile devices. You can do this while having them still show up on the desktop version of your site.
Step 6: Connect your domain
With Wix, you can publish a website without hooking it up with a domain. However, in that case Wix offers you a URL that looks like this: https://gebruikersnaam.wixsite.com/mijnsite.
You won’t impress anybody with that. When is the last time you saw a domain name with the name of the website builder embedded in it?
Luckily, Wix makes it super easy to connect your own domain name to your site. You can do so through Wix, which is a quick and simple solution. However, do keep in mind that you’ll end up paying more money than when using a third-party domain registrar.
In order to use your own domain name, you’ll have to upgrade your free Wix account to a paid one.
Wix plans start from €4.50 per month and go all the way up to €35 per month. Their agreement lasts for a year. Wix’ website explains in detail what all of their plans contain. Their most popular plan, which costs €12,50 per month, has the following features:
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Connect your domain
- 10 GB web storage (This is more than enough for the vast majority of websites)
- Free domain for 1 year
- Google Ads coupons worth $75
This is a pretty good deal.
At the end of the day, your Wix website will cost you between €54 and €420 per year – depending on the plan you pick.
And with you know what it takes to create a Wix website. As you’ve seen, all it takes are 5 easy steps and 15 minutes of your time.
Wix is a great solution for simple websites of up to a few pages. You don’t need to worry about taking care of your web hosting or anything. It’s definitely one of the easiest ways to launch a website.