• Overview

    In your Editor’s Settings section you can customize the general appearance and properties of your Wix site. Here you can find your Wix URL and add your own domain, control the appearance of your site including background color, size and viewing mode, remove the media loaders and access your Favicon and SEO Settings.

    To access the Settings section of your Editor:
    1. Open your Wix Editor.
    2. From the top menu of your Editor, click Settings

  • Finding your Wix URL

    The structure of a free Wix URL is: username.wix.com/sitename. You can find your Wix URL in your Editor’s Settings.

    To find your Wix URL:

    1. From the top menu of your Editor, click Settings.
    2. From the Site Settings window, click the General tab.

    3. In the General tab, under Site Address, you will see your Wix URL.

    Note: The free Wix URL is made up of your user name and site name. You can easily change your Wix URL by changing your site name and/or user name.

    For information about managing your own domain, please click here.

    Please note that when you click Publish in your Editor, in the Publish screen, your site will be listed under the Wix domain even if you have already pointed your domain to the Wix servers. Don't worry! If you have followed all of the steps to connect your domain, your domain will correctly direct users to your Wix site. 

  • Changing Your Site's Appearance

    You can change your site’s appearance by customizing the background color, altering the size of your site and changing the viewing mode. You can also customize and add your own favicon and remove the media loaders.

    Changing Your Site’s Background Color

    You can easily change the background color that is outside of the borders of your site!

    To change the background color:

    1. From the top menu of your Editor, click Settings.
    2. From the Site Settings window, click the Appearance tab.

    3. From the Appearance tab, under Site Background Color, click Replace.

    4. From the Fill Picker that opens, click a new color. Click Close, then click OK.

    The background color changes on your site.

    Changing Your Site’s Dimensions

    The optimum resolution for viewing a site across browsers is: a width that is between 940-1000 and a height of 650. However, you are welcome to change the size of your Wix site to a size that best suits you. This will alter the way that your site appears in the web browsers of your users.

    To change your site’s dimensions:

    1. From the top menu of your Editor, click Settings.
    2. From the Site Settings window, click the Appearance tab.

    3. From the Appearance tab, under Site Dimensions, in the Width and Height fields, type in the width and height.

    4. Click OK.

    The size of your site changes.

    Note: Uncheck keep aspect ratio if you would like to set the proportions yourself.
    For more information about screen size, click here.

    Changing Your Viewing Mode

    The viewing mode of your site determines how your site’s visitors see your website in their browser. We recommend setting your viewing mode to True Size and by default your site will be set to this setting. If you would like to choose an alternate viewing mode, be sure to test the viewing mode across different browsers and screen sizes. We recommend choosing the True Size mode to ensure images do not distort or lose their quality when your site is live, as not all users have the same screen resolution.

    Note: If you are using the HTML Widget, keep your site set to True Size.

    To change your viewing mode:

    1. From the top menu of your Editor, click Settings.
    2. From the Site Settings window, click the Appearance tab.

    3. From the Appearance tab, under Viewing Mode, choose True Size, Best Fit or Fit to Width.

    4. Click OK.

    The viewing mode of your site changes.

    About Viewing Modes:

    True Size

    Setting your site to True Size means that your site's appearance will be a true reflection of the actual measurements that you have set in your Editor (width and height) – no matter what computer and browser your site's visitor is using. By default we recommend True Size, however, if your site is currently set to True Size and you feel that its appearance is too small or too big – you can either play around with the size settings or change the site scaling to Best Fit.

    Please note that there is no magic default size as every user uses a different screen size and resolution. Today most internet users have a screen width of 1024. If you set width to more than 1000, users with lower resolutions will have to scroll to the right to see your full website.

    Best Fit

    Best Fit scales your website to fit your user’s screen.

    Please note that there will be some differences in the look of the resized website. Text in particular may become too small to be readable with smaller screen and browser sizes and Browser Text may appear differently.

    If you have viewed your site and it appears to be tiny, open your internet browser window to its fullest – if the website adapts itself to fit the browser window, then your site is set to Best Fit. We recommend using the True Size option as some viewers may not understand that making the browser window bigger will also make the site appear larger.

    Fit to Width

    Fit to Width scales your website to match the width of your user's browser window i.e. no horizontal scrolling will take place.
    It is similar to Best Fit, except that instead of fitting all of the dimensions of your site to the browser, it only fits your site to the width of the browser. If your website is long, then a vertical scrollbar will appear.

    Please note that there will be some differences in the look of the resized website. Text in particular may become too small to be readable with smaller screen and browser sizes and Browser Text may appear differently.
    For more information about screen size, click here.

  • Uploading Your Own Favicon

    A favicon (short for Favorites Icon) is the 16×16 pixel square icon that appears next to your site address and bookmark in most browsers. You can now upload your own custom favicon (such as your logo) to your Wix site. This will give your visitors another way to identify your brand. You can upload a favicon in the following formats: .jpg and .png (but please note that .png is not a recommended file format for a favicon).

    Note: To use your own favicon, you will first have to upgrade your account to a Premium package that includes removing Wix ads.

    To upload your own favicon:

    1. From the top menu of your Editor, click Settings.
    2. From the Site Settings window, click the Extras tab.

    3. From the Extras tab, under Favicon, click Replace.

    4. From the Replace Favicon window, click Upload Pics.

    5. Find your custom favicon then click Open.
    6. Click on your favicon to get back to the Extras tab.

    7. Click OK.
    Your custom favicon appears in your browser.

    Note: To see your favicon, you may have to clear your browser’s cache.

  • Removing the Media Loader

    By default, a media loader bar appears on your Wix site as your media items load (e.g. galleries, pictures and videos). You can choose to hide the media loader bar from appearing on your site.

    To remove the Media Loader:

    1. From the top menu of your Editor, click Settings.
    2. From the Site Settings window, click the Extras tab.

    3. From the Extras tab, under Media Loader, click Hide.

    4. Click OK.

    Your media loader bars disappear.

    Note: The main loading bar that a visitor sees when first entering your site will still appear.

  • Updating Your SEO Settings (Search Engine Optimization)

    Every Wix creation is search engine friendly – your Wix site can and will be indexed! At Wix, we do everything we can to optimize your site for search engines, however much of the work is up to you. To take full advantage of this feature, be sure to update your site's SEO (Search Engine Optimization) settings.

    Note: It usually takes about one month for Google and other search engines to update their databases and for your site to appear in searches.

     

    Making Your Site Searchable

    You can decide whether or not you would like search engines to find you. If your site is not yet ready to be published, you may decide to “hide” your site from search engines. If you would like search engines to find your site, be sure to set your site to searchable.

    Setting your site to searchable enables search engines bots and crawlers to crawl your site and rank it.

    To make your site searchable:

    1. From the top menu of your Editor, click Settings.
    2. From the Site Settings window, click the Site Optimization tab. 

    3. From the Site Optimization tab, under Searchable, check the box next to Let search engines find my website

    4. Click OK.

    Your site will be found and listed in search engines.

     

    Updating Your Site's Meta Tags

    We submit your Wix meta tags directly to Google. You can update your meta tags in the Settings section of your Editor.

    To update your site’s meta tags:

    1. From the top menu of your Editor, click Settings.
    2. From the Site Settings window, click the SEO tab. 

    3. From the Site Optimization tab, under Site Title, Description and Keywords, fill in the fields. 

    4. Click OK.

    Your site’s meta tags are updated.

     

    About Meta Tags:

    Title

    Your title appears at the top of your site’s browser and in search engines as your site’s title. Your title can be up to 70 characters long. Choose a title that describes in 2-5 words what your site is all about (e.g. your name, company name, job description and location: John Smith Photography, Photographer, London).

     

    Site Description

    This text will appear below your site’s title in search engine listings. In this section, use up to 250 characters (or about 15-20 words) to describe your website (e.g. if your site title is Google Maps, your description may be: find local businesses, view maps and get driving directions in Google Maps!).

     

    Tags

    Promote your site with up to 10 keywords. Keywords are words or short phrases that describe your website content and should include words that people may use to search for you. When typing your keywords into the Tags field, separate them by commas (e.g. for a site titled John Smith Photography, keywords may include: John Smith, photography, photographers, london, wedding photography, portraits).

     

    Note: There is still much more you can do to improve the SEO of your site! To learn more on improving SEO, try these links:

    Wix SEO Blog
    5 Most Important Points When Optimizing Your Wix Website
    Understanding the Source
    Spam and Illegitimate SEO Techniques
    Getting Better Rankings in Local Google Listings