Creating a website is a process that takes some planning and organization. Wix templates give a great basis to building your own site, while leaving much room for your imagination to run wild. Since templates are fully customizable, you can make many creative adjustments to fit your style and needs. In this post, we’d like to take you through the full step-by-step of creating your own website, from plan to implementation. Follow these tips for getting your own amazing Wix website:
Before anything else, get your target and goals set. For this part, just an ordinary notepad and a pen will do. Ask yourself all the important questions, even if they seem obvious. You’ll find that asking questions like “what is my site meant to achieve?”, helps to clarify matters and build a plan. The answers will accompany you as you make the finer selections for your site and help you focus as you move along.
Don’t just state the apparent “get more business”. Go one layer deeper and be specific. Goals vary from site to site. If you’re building a website for your business, what is the main thing you want to see happen when visitors come to your home page? Do you want them to fill out a contact form? Call you right away? Order a product?
Here’s an example of a list of goals of a photography business website:
Make sure you distinguish between means and goals. For example, you definitely want more people to see your awesome photography portfolio, but this is not a goal in itself, it’s a means to have people contact you.
After you have detailed all the main things you want to achieve, prioritize. Having people call to order your services is probably more important than having them Like your Facebook page.
Setting this order is important since it will make a difference in the way you organize your homepage and how you order the elements on your website. If a main goal is to have people click to like your Facebook page, you probably want to make sure the Facebook button stands out on the page.
Now that you’ve gotten your priorities straight, you’re ready to ask the next question: Who is my target audience? Think about your existing customers and your potential customers. How old are they? What are they like? What impresses them? How do they get to your site? What do they look for when they come?
Try to think on the level of an individual client. It may feel strange at first, but getting into the mind of an individual site visitor can really help to understand what their needs are and will make a difference as you create your site.
Now we’re getting to the fun part – planning the content. What kind of pages do you want to have on your site? Will your homepage be mostly textual or do you want to dazzle visitors with beautiful visuals? Typically, the basic pages of every site are the Homepage, About page, Contact page. If you have a music site, you could showcase your music on a designated page. If you sell baked goods and you’d like to display images of your delicious cupcakes, you can open an additional page as a picture gallery. Have a look at the Wix Explore page to get inspired by hundreds of beautiful sites created with Wix. These are sure to give you some ideas.
It’s time to choose an awesome template for your website. Wix offers hundreds of fully customizable templates for every category, from business sites to wedding sites to designers’ portfolio. Remember, you can change the background image on any Wix website, add and remove pages, play around with the colors and choose from many different apps and features to suit your needs. In fact, two Wix websites created from the same template can look so completely different that you’ll never know they have the same origin.
Getting your site set up on the Wix website builder can be a lot of fun – especially if you are well-prepared. The more organized your material is, the faster the process will be. Here are a few tips on how to keep things in order:
Anyone can create an amazing website – we’ve worked hard here at Wix to make this statement a reality. By today, we’re proud to share stories told by thousands of businesses and individuals who have created their own Wix site.