• Overview

    Wix recently introduced a new feature called Deep Linking. The browser address line (URL) now changes as people browse through your website, just as it changes in standard HTML sites. This feature allows you and your visitors to directly link to specific Pages, photos in a gallery, eCommerce products and Master Pages inside your Wix website. You and your visitors can now publish direct links on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and on blogs; you can paste direct links in emails and bookmark them in a browser.

    Using deep linking is easy. Simply navigate to a place in your website, copy the URL from your browser and use it as a link. Visitors navigating to that same link will be directed to the same place in your website.

    Our automatic deep linking mechanism is in its early stages and has just been released! Please review this feature's current limitations below. We are working on improving this mechanism further and welcome your feedback. Feel free to add any comments that you may have here.
     

  • Deep Linking Master Pages

    To see the links to your individual Master Pages:

    1. Add Master Pages.
    2. Add a Menu to your Master Pages.
    3. Name your Master Pages. The names will appear in the deep links.

    For more information about using Master Pages, click here.

    4. Save your Wix site.
    5. View your Wix site.
    6. Navigate to the different Master Pages.

    In the URL field of the browser, you will see the link to each Master Page.

  • Deep Linking Pages

    To see the links to your individual Pages:

    1. Add a Page Group.
    2. Add a Menu to your Page Group.
    3. Name your Pages. The names will appear in the deep links.

    For more information about using Pages, click here.

    4. Save your Wix site.
    5. View your Wix site.
    6. Navigate to the different Pages of your Page Group.

    In the URL field of the browser, you will see the link to each specific Page.

  • Deep Linking Pictures

    To see the links to your individual pictures:

    1. Add a Gallery.
    2. Add pictures to your Gallery.
    3. Set your pictures to Expand.

    For more information about using Galleries, click here.
    For more information about Pictures, click here.

    4. Save your Wix site.
    5. View your Wix site.
    6. Click on a picture in your gallery to expand it.

    In the URL field of the browser, you will see the link to each expanded picture.

  • Deep Linking eCommerce Products

    You can currently find a deep link to an expanded product in an eCommerce product gallery. We are working on adding deep links for specific product gallery pages.

    To see the links to your individual products:

    1. Add a Product Gallery.
    2. Add product pictures to your Product Gallery.
    3. Set your Product Gallery to Expand.

    For more information about using eCommerce, click here.
    For more information about Pictures, click here.

    4. Save your Wix site.
    5. View your Wix site.
    6. Click on a product in your gallery to expand it.

    In the URL field of the browser, you will see the link to each expanded product.

  • Limitations

    There are some limitations with deep linking that you should be aware of:

    1. The deep linking mechanism remembers the state of your page and not the content within it. Therefore the link is not a static link; if you add items that affect the deep linking mechanism, the link may change.
    2. Hidden and password protected pages do not work with the deep linking mechanism. You cannot navigate directly to a hidden or password protected page or to its contents. However, you can send users directly to the page where a password needs to be entered.
    3. The deep linking mechanism will not work for Pages or Galleries that are set to Auto Play.
    4. The deep linking mechanism may not work properly with Internet Explorer 6.
    5. Make sure that you give your users the exact URL that is presented in your browser. An invalid link will direct your user to the main page of your site.
    6. You cannot alter the URLs that are created by the deep linking mechanism.
    7. Using the automatic deep links to connect your buttons to other areas within the same Wix document is not recommended and may not function as desired. When connecting buttons to inner pages, use the method detailed here. The automatic deep links are for "external use only".
    8. This deep linking mechanism currently has no direct effect on SEO. Your SEO will remain as is; search engines will crawl your domain and Master Pages. We are working on a better SEO solution for our deep linking mechanism.

    The hashbang symbol (#!) in the URL is part of the deep linking mechanism and cannot be removed or altered. This symbol is used for sites that utilize AJAX and its aim is better visibility within google. You can learn more about the use of this symbol here.
     

  • Creating Master Page Deep Links for Better SEO

    The deep linking mechanism described above will have no effect on SEO. You can create deep links for Master Pages that will affect SEO by following the instructions below.
    You can also use this method to make sure that links to Master Pages will open at the top of each Master Page.

    *Please note that this is not an officially recommended method of deep linking, see Limitation #7 above.

    To create deep links that are useful for SEO:

    1. Create Master Pages.
    2. Name your Master Pages. These names will appear in your links.
    3. Use Buttons (not Menus) for navigation between Master Pages.
    4. From the Button property panel on the right, click Link. Select the URL tab.
    5. Fill in the URL of your Master Page (www.yourdomain.com/masterpage) and click OK.

    For example, if your Master Page is called About, link your button to www.yourdomain.com/about. This will lead your users to the "About" Master Page.

    More examples:

    www.wix.com
    www.wix.com/about
    www.wix.com/contact
    Following the first link will open the website's home page. Following the second and third links will send users directly to a specific Master Page (e.g., About Us Master Page, Contact Us Master Page).

    6. Connect the rest of your Buttons to the Master Pages.

    Your Master Pages are deep linked.

    For more information about using and connecting buttons, click here.