At its core, Wix is a do-it-yourself website builder, point blank. That said, if you’ve taken the time to look at the big picture, it’s easy to see that there’s a lot more to your online presence than just hitting ‘Publish’ on your website. From creating your own logo to social media marketing to getting found on Google, all of the steps involved in getting your business online can add up to a whole lot of moving parts. So what’s the best way to keep track of them all to ensure your business keeps on climbing?
We thought we’d compile a list of some of the most essentials Wix tools you should be leveraging in your business’ online strategy. Although these features are easy enough to pick up, there are a handful of tutorials that can make your journey an easier one. Here, you’ll find the 20 essential tutorials any website owner could benefit from. So, if you’re learning how to use Wix or you’re a well seasoned expert, these essential Wix tutorials are must-knows.
First things first, the Wix Editor. It’s where all of the magic happens: where you’ll add content, design your pages, and customize everything until you are happy with the final results. This tutorial introduces the array of tools and elements available for you to use. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the process of creating your own Wix site. Find out more about getting started in the Wix Editor.
Some newcomers may find the standard Wix Editor a bit intimidating. We feel you. It’s a lot to take in at first. If this is true for you, not to worry! We have you covered. Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) was designed to take on a majority of the heavy lifting, allowing you to create a stunning website in just minutes. Not only that, all you need to do is answer a few questions about your business and voilà – you’ve got yourself a site. After that, it couldn’t be easier to go back in and edit your website in a streamlined fashion.
While you are under no obligation whatsoever to do so, we love that once you’re either done creating your website with ADI or feel that you’re ready to handle more digital responsibility, you can seamlessly graduate your creation to the standard Wix Editor to continue to fine tune your .com.
One of the most common tutorials people search for is how to display images on their website. While there is usually more than one way to achieve something, we’re going to keep it as simple as possible. The Wix Pro Gallery is undoubtedly the easiest way to display your photos and ensure that they are shown in their best quality. It’s incredibly easy to use without sacrificing functionality, so it’s a must-know tutorial. The huge variety of gallery layouts means there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a photographer or an online store owner.
What’s the point of spending time creating a stunning website when no one can find it? Let us tell you: there’s no point. However, not all is lost, as we have literally made it easier than ever to get found on Google. No, it’s not magic, it’s Wix SEO Wiz.
Wix SEO Wiz is like having an SEO expert as a friend, taking you through each step to make sure your target audience will be able to easily find you when searching on Google. Not only that, but if you have your own domain when using the Wiz, your website is indexed immediately.
It’s 2018, so it should be no surprise to anyone that web surfing on mobile is not only a norm, but a preferred practice to traditional desktop browsing. If you didn’t know this, now you do and it’s imperative you keep this in mind when creating your website.
The Wix Editor comes with a dedicated Mobile Editor so you have full control of the experience shown when someone loads your website on their smartphone. This tutorial will show you the ropes.
Don’t let your website’s reach be limited by language barriers. Creating a multilingual site is much easier than you think thanks to this nifty Wix feature. Best off all, we’ve made it even easier by crafting the perfect tutorial to get your feet wet and say hello, hola, guten tag, bonjour and more in no time.
If you’ve spent a decent amount of time creating the perfect website for your business, you should do yourself a favor and connect it to a custom domain to show that you literally mean business. A customized domain name enhances your site’s credibility and boasts a sense of professionalism. In addition, having a customized domain name greatly improves your site’s SEO and helps you rank higher in search engine results. There are two way you can get yourself a customized domain name. You can purchase a domain name directly from Wix, or if you already have a domain name from another company, you can easily connect it to your Wix site as well. Easy-peasy.
If you want to put your best (business) foot forward, don’t stop at a custom domain. New clients will want to contact you after they’ve visited your stunning website you’ve created, so it would behoove you to keep your old Hotmail email out of view (and a personal tutorial: You probably don’t want to tell people you still rock that email anyway. Leave that little nugget of information to yourself.) A personalized email address that’s connected to your domain shows that you’re a well-established brand. Plus, it just looks better.
Anchors are invisible position markers which you can place anywhere on your site. They are very useful to direct your visitors to certain sections of your site. You can link certain elements (in your menu, for example) to selected portions on your site. It’s a simple, yet engaging, and provides for a smooth sailing user experience. Are you hooked yet? Here’s everything you need to know about anchors.
The Wix Editor is already packed with features, but sometime you may be looking to extend its functionality in ways that aren’t built-in. This is where the Wix App Market comes in. Featuring apps from Wix and third-party developers, you can easily add applications directly to a web page. From analytics to social streams to games, the App Market has it all!
Looking for a stunning and easy way to add videos to your website? Fantastic! Wix Video allows you to not only showcase the videos you upload, but to sync content from other sources like YouTube and Vimeo as well! Moreover, if you are looking to sell your videos, you can set up a video shop and get paid (commission free) for your videos either on an à la carte or subscription basis.
If you offer time based services, we make it easy for your customers to reserve their spot online. No calling necessary. Wix Bookings is an all-in-one solution (a kind of personal assistant, if you will) that allows you to showcase your services online. Then, customers are able to book your service according to your schedule right from your site. The advantage of an online scheduler is that you can take bookings 24/7, accept secure payments and deposits as well as manage (and sync) all of your calendars. The best part? It’s all available to you commission free.
We would love to be able to say that the Editor carries every font that exists but that’s simply not true. However, that’s not where the story ends. If there’s a specific font that you either prefer of have habitually used in your branding materials that’s not available in the Editor, we make it easy for you to upload it within a matter of a few clicks. Now your site can fit in with the rest of your branding materials. Watch (and learn) how to upload your own fonts to the Editor with this helpful tutorial.
Parallax scrolling is an easy and gorgeous way to grab attention on your website, as it gives off a 3D effect when when scrolling down a web page. Whether it’s in the form of a strip on your website or the entire background itself, this nifty piece of design work is sure to impress site visitors and grab their attention. Thankfully, you don’t need to know a single line of code in order to implement this highly engaging design trend. It’s as easy as selecting your desired effect with the click of a button.
Social networks have taken over the Internet in more ways than we can describe. They are the destination for fun, communication with people you otherwise wouldn’t have access to, and a vital part of any business. So it should come as no surprise that you should make your website as socially friendly as possible. Easily set up a Social Bar with your active networks on your website, so that your site visitors know where to find you when they’re not surfing your website and riding the Internet waves elsewhere.
Let’s face it, we’re not all designers. And coming up with branding assets like your logo can be tough without the resources and the know-how. Of course, not every small business has the funds to hire a designer, either. So, when it comes to your logo, what’s a business owner to do? Settle on plain text as your logo and call it a day? Absolutely not! The Wix Logo Maker can help you create a logo in minutes and will provide you with all of the necessary files to share your creation across all of your branding materials. Boom.
Our world today thrives on convenience. People want immediate answers to their questions. And this way of life has extended to Internet browsers as well. If your business heavily relies on your website, you want to make sure that your site visitors and customers can reach out whenever they need you. Moreover, you have to ensure that you’re reachable in as many places as possible. Sure, adding your email to your website is nice and all, but for more immediate and urgent situations, live chat is where it’s at. With Wix Chat, you can instantly strike up a conversation to any site visitor – even from your phone. It’s a great way to build relationships and help your customers faster, which in turn increases sales.
It’s important that your site is accessible to everyone, including people that may have visual impairments. To help with this, the Wix Editor has several features you can implement so you can improve your site’s accessibility, like visual indicators and more.
Between all of the functions built into the Editor and the apps found in the Wix App Market, there’s a chance you still need more options for your website. It’s not that you’re needy, it’s that people need different things for their websites and the resources they need are sometimes found elsewhere. Luckily, this won’t slow you down! Easily embed third-party HTML to your website from essentially any source with a quick copy and paste! Drop that HTML like the good code you know it is.
Feeling adventurous? Whether you’re looking to create a database of information or just try something new, Wix Code should be your first stop if you’re trying to push the limits on what’s possible with Wix. With countless tutorials (many of which require no coding at all) and a bustling forum of experts, Wix Code puts advanced functions into your hands without needing to have the advanced knowledge to do so.
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