Losing a loved one 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 user-friendly tools that make creating a memorial site into an intuitive and manageable DIY task.
The easiest way to get started is by using the ready-made, fully customizable memorial website template and editing it to suit your needs. Using Wix gives you complete control over your website: you can change the color scheme, try out different backgrounds, switch between fonts, upload photos and explore hundreds of different design elements all with simple drag and drop tools. You can choose to keep the template more or less as is, or you can alter it completely to get the exact look and feel you decide is needed. If you’d prefer to start from scratch, our blank templates offer the same powerful design capabilities that the Wix Editor is known for, while giving you the freedom to decide on the content story from the start.
A picture is worth a thousand words. If you have photos of your loved one, you can easily add them to your site by using one of our many beautiful photo galleries. A great way to organize your images is by dividing them by relevant theme, special events or periods you want to focus on. You can also add videos you may have via Youtube and Vimeo, and display them directly on your website for a perfectly integrated fit with the rest of your media. If there are big media files you’d like to share with site 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 supporting a cause they may have been passionate about. There is 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 contribute.
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 Protect Page 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 share experiences and memories and communicate with each other by adding the Comments App directly on your site. You can also add the Facebook Comments App to let people leave a comment using their Facebook credentials. This way, people who leave comments have the option of looking each other up on Facebook and connecting there as well. Another way of helping your visitors keep in touch is by notifying them of upcoming events you have planned.
Keeping the conversation going is not only a good way to keep a memory alive, it’s also a part of healing.
Inviting People to the Website
Once you finish creating the memorial website, you’ll likely want to let family and friends know they can visit it. The best way to do this is by using the Wix ShoutOut App; it lets you easily create and share beautiful newsletters and correspondence, right from your Wix account. You can also share your ShoutOuts on your social channels, helping you make sure everyone has been updated. A common practice is to encourage people to send back relevant photos or stories they may have. When people get back to you with images and/or stories, adding them 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 24 hour support team by posting here.