7 New Wix Features You Need to Know About Right Now
If you’ve ever been through the struggle of putting together furniture without the right screwdriver, you know how important the right tool can be. For web designers, knowing the right tools and the best features can make all the difference between a successful website and a standard one.
With a variety of cool Wix features being launched every month, it can be hard to know which ones are the best for you. To help you with that, we’ve compiled a selection of our best new gems below to enhance your beautiful Wix website.
Safe and secure
Is your website secured with HTTPS? That’s a good question, but before you answer, let’s explain what this scary acronym stands for. HTTPS, or HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure, ensures all information and communication on your website is encrypted, authenticated and secured. As a website builder or business owner, you understand that security is important. It is clear that HTTPS offers security, but it is also the chance to get you in Google’s good graces. Google has stated that websites who use HTTPS will have a ranking benefit because of this security aspect. That sounds like a win-win to us!
Immerse your visitors
We’re sure you’ve all encountered 360-degree images on social media. These images allow you and your viewers to be at the center of an experience. Simply take a panorama with your phone or capture a 360-degree photo using a 360 photo app or 360 camera, and then upload it to the 360° Images app. From there, the app will convert it to an immersive 360 photo that people can explore from within your website. You can use this app to showcase merchandise, properties and landscapes in 3D. These images will look amazing from every angle!
Keeping things in sync
Frequent readers of this blog already know how to showcase their videos online with Wix Video, but they might not have noticed this amazing new sync feature. YouTube sync allows any new video added to your YouTube channel or playlist to automatically display on your Wix site. (Pretty cool, huh?) Keep your customers informed with tutorials and promotions or proudly display your new music video.
Reserve your spot today!
The Internet has changed the way we travel and shop, so it’s obviously going to influence the way we make reservations, too. Nowadays, more and more people expect to easily book a table at their favorite restaurant online. As usual, Wix has your back: meet Wix Reservations. As its name states, this feature lets customers make online reservations directly from your site. The cherry on top of your chef’s cake? You’ll be notified automatically every time a customer books a table.
With 60% of Internet searches happening on mobile devices and users spending their days browsing smartphones, it makes sense that your mobile site should be as accessible as possible. We have recently released two new mobile features that will make your Wix site stand out even more:
Text color – Does a text color look great on your desktop site but not so stunning on mobile? We are happy to announce that you can now change the color of the text on your mobile site!
Pinch zoom – A common practice with smartphones, pinch zoom felt like a natural expression for Wix to adopt. You can now pinch your fingers on your phone’s screen to zoom in on your mobile site and gallery photos in expand mode.
Let’s be social
We recently told you about Wix Forum and how building a community is vital to today’s small businesses. Now you can create the inviting feeling of community directly on your website by including a social login for your visitors to gain access to protected pages. Research suggests 93% of internet users report being bothered by the need to create a new account to access a website. Don’t fret, our social login will allow users to access the members login section of your Wix site by simply using their existing Google or Facebook login information. Find out how to add social login to your site.
Stay in the know
If you want to be on the cutting edge of new releases from Wix, be sure to join the discussion in our New Wix Features Facebook page.
Ready to put these new features into action? Get started on your stunning website today with Wix!
By Chase Lepard
Community and Social Media Manager