If you spend any time on the internet, you’ve probably heard of Wix. Their commercials, which feature celebrities like Jason Statham, Heidi Klum, and Gal Gadot, can be seen all over the place.
But even without the familiar faces, Wix would still be one of today’s most popular and well-known online website builders. A major factor in their success is that they are extremely user-friendly and free for smaller projects. This means that you can get started right away and build the website of your dreams in a matter of weeks or months.
I have to admit that at first glance, those templates didn’t seem as elegant as I wanted them to be. But after a bit more scrolling and previewing, I changed my mind. Among those hundreds of templates, you may actually discover dozens of styles, and something to appeal to everyone.
The diversity of categories is simply astonishing. And this is where Wix exhibits that they really can accommodate to everyone’s needs. It doesn’t matter if you’re searching for something really basic, a reasonably popular template for photography or company, or even something more unique like a drag queen promotional template, Wix has it all.
Designing a website with Wix is sheer delight. Their Drag & Drop editor works wonderfully, and you can actually relax and enjoy constructing a site.
If you want to set an element on one side of the screen, all you have to do is move it there. You can move everything as easily as you would move an icon from one side of your desktop to the other. I didn’t experience any errors or defects, although some are certain to emerge sooner or later. Also, if you step outside the lines, Wix will notify you about that, and even explain who may view the element that you pushed away. Amazing!
Adding hundreds of available elements is merely one step away, and you may choose from a variety of items like as text, photos, buttons, galleries, menus, lists, and much, much more. There are more than 20 gallery pieces that you may add, and that’s without even integrating 3rd party apps (more about them later) (more about them later).
Editing website elements is as straightforward as adding them to the page. Clicking on an element reveals a menu which contains element-specific choices. For example, if you wish to alter a text element, you will be able to rapidly change the font, formatting, sizes, etc. Everything is in reach, and all possibilities are visual. So, that implies you do not have to know HTML, CSS, or any other technicality. This means that instead of Googling the terminology you don’t understand, you can focus on developing your site exactly way you intended it in the first place.
Wix also comes with supplementary apps that you may install to enrich your site. If you’re familiar with plugins in WordPress, you will understand how this works. When you need extra functionality, you just find the program that you want and expand. However, do aware that many of these apps require extra money.
When you start out, you acquire a domain name that truly symbolizes your account. So instead of anything difficult, your site will be accessible from youraccount.wix.com. At first, I believed I was trapped with this. But, after exploring
Wix a bit deeper, I discovered out that you can easily alter your account name to anything that you wish. I quickly updated the test website name to fsgtestwebsite.wix.com.
However, it’s crucial to understand that your site also has a name. This means that instead of the classic subdomain as mentioned earlier, you will have to have one more name in the domain. That implies that your site will be accessible through a link such as yourdomain.wix.com/sitename.
If you already possess a domain name (like yourdomain.com), you may instantly connect it to your Wix site. Similarly, Wix can allow you to get a new domain through their editor. Of course, custom domains cost extra money, and you will have to start a premium plan with Wix to offer the option of linking a custom domain to your site. However, Wix does give a lot to consumers for free, so some restrictions do seem only reasonable when you start personalizing your site beyond specified bounds.
Mobile site optimization
Portable gadgets like smartphones and tablets are already dominating the IT market. This market dominance is probably not going to stop until Star Trek holograms become available, thus it is crucial that you tailor your website to mobile access.
While working on your site, you may just click a small smartphone icon to preview your new project. This is really beneficial, as you don’t have to unhook your iPhone from a charger beside the bed simply to test your site on a mobile screen. But what’s even better is that Wix allows you to edit your entire site in this mode!
What’s fascinating is that this mobile editor is completely distinct from the main one. This means that you can make changes in the mobile editor, and the changes will only effect the mobile version of your site. So, for example, if you realize that some information is too huge, or some of the images don’t fit properly, you can adjust/remove/replace them. You may choose animations, place your call to action buttons, and more. This mobile editor is an extremely powerful function that any user will love.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Being able to easily develop a beautiful site does not matter much if no one sees it. That’s why it is always crucial to optimize your website for search engines.
While this is not something you can achieve with just a few clicks, Wix is surely equipped to help you. There’s a whole section dedicated to search engine optimization where you can establish the title of your website, set description, and even tell Google and other search engines if you have a physical address for your business (again, a vital component in SEO) (again, an essential factor in SEO).
I received an immediate confirmation that my email had been sent after asking a simple question. However, I didn’t receive a response to my question for 20 hours. When compared to Squarespace’s support, which responded to my question within 10 minutes and provided a thorough response, I’m left feeling let down by Wix.
My question was answered with custom images in the email response, which was a big help.
This editor is extremely user-friendly, intuitive, and fun to use.
There are a wide variety of elements that you can incorporate into your website.
You can easily preview and edit your website’s mobile version.
As long as you’re using it for personal use, you won’t be charged for the service at all.
It is impossible to change the templates that you use, despite the fact that they are beautiful to use.
Getting in touch with customer service was a challenge, and when I did, they responded slowly.
Wix-based Website examples
Before I show you what our test site looks like, let’s take a look at some other websites that are already running on this popular platform. For those who are considering using Wix, these examples will help you get a sense of what to expect.
K.O.T architects — Created with Wix
Calvin Pausania — Created with Wix