Losing loved ones is never an easy thing to face. When it comes to choosing how we honor their memory, a memorial website can serve as a digital monument that lets anyone visit, learn, and pay their respects – from anywhere in the world. Wix gives you wonderful tools that make creating a memorial site into an intuitive, perfectly manageable DIY task.
The easiest way to go is using our ready-made, fully customizable memorial website template and editing it to suit your needs. Creating a website with Wix gives you complete control over your website: you can switch colors/background, upload photos and explore dozens of different design options offered by the Wix editor.
Nothing makes a person come alive in our minds more than a photo. You can add a single or multiple photos by using one of our many beautiful photo galleries. If you like, you can organize your photo galleries by relevant theme, special events or periods you want to focus on. You can also add videos and allow people to watch them directly on your website. If there are big media files you’d like to share with your visitors, use any of these helpful apps available in the Wix App Market: Anyfile, Ge.tt and Google Drive.
Paying it Forward
A beautiful way to honor a loved one’s memory is by harnessing their story to support a cause. There’s a huge number of charities in need of donations and it won’t be difficult to find one that resonates with your loved one’s story. Wix allows you to place a “Donate” button on your website and link it to a Paypal account. You can either set an amount for donation or let visitors decide how much they wish to donate.
Privacy may be a concern for some people, especially when personal or sensitive content is involved. If there are pages on the website you’d like to keep private, you can easily control access to them by using the password-protect feature. You can also create members-only areas by changing your page settings.
Keeping in Touch
A memorial website is a strong draw for family, friends or anyone who knew your loved one. Make it easy for your site’s visitors to communicate with each other by adding the Comments App. You can also add the Facebook Comments App to let people leave a comment using their Facebook credentials. This way, people who leave comments can look each other up on Facebook and continue the conversation. Another way of helping your visitors keep in touch is by notifying them of upcoming events. This can be done by adding the Google Event Calendar and updating it with relevant events like a tribute night or a memorial picnic.
No matter which app you use, allowing people to share experiences and memories is an essential part of any memorial website.
Inviting People to the Website
Once you finish creating the memorial website, invite family members and friends to visit it. You can email them personally or if the site’s not private, share the link on social media channels that you are active in. You can also encourage people to send you relevant photos or stories they have – updating and adding info to your website is easy and can be done in a few minutes from the Wix editor. Finally, if there are additional features you would like to include in your website you can always consult with our team on the Wix Support Forum.