If you are considering starting a new blog, then Wix may be the solution for you. In this ‘how to build a blog with Wix’ guide, we discuss the features Wix has to offer and why you should consider using it as your website building platform of choice.
Wix provides two different ways to create a blog. You can use either Wix’s Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI) tool, or choose one of Wix’s beautiful templates and customize it using the Wix Editor. We will look at how to get started using both of these options. We will also gain an insight into the variety of tools and apps that Wix offers to help promote and grow your site. By the end of this article, you should have a good understanding of whether Wix is an appropriate choice for your blogging project.
Wix – The Basics
Wix is a cloud-based web building platform that currently services over 100 million users across 190 countries. The solution prides itself on being totally user-friendly, enabling users of all skill levels to create stunning websites without having to touch a line of code. Wix fundamentally works using online drag and drop tools and is a popular WYSIWYG site builder. This gives users the complete freedom to express their creativity, and not be hindered by a lack of technical skills.
Whatever your niche, Wix can support you in your website development. Whether you’re a blogger, online store or business owner, entrepreneur, or looking to set up a niche website, Wix provides a free website building platform and large range of templates, tools, and features, that will quickly facilitate this process. Wix will enable you to design your own unique website to promote your business, services, apps, and content. And you can have fun whilst doing so.
If you want to learn more then check out these great Wix Examples or read this Wix Review.
So now we know a little about Wix, next let’s consider the features Wix offers in more detail. Here is a selection of Wix’s most impressive offerings.
Drag and Drop Website Builder
Wix is a complete drag and drop website builder solution. The Wix Editor allows you to customize every element of your website. Choose to display beautiful images and videos, alter the background and add audio. Display text and animations as and where you want, change the size and type of fonts, use a 3D parallax effect, and attach a social media buttons floating bar. And importantly, you can quickly add new blog pages and articles using the Wix Blog app or the ADI Blog Manager.
Designer Made Templates
Wix has over 500 designer-made, built for purpose templates, so you are sure to find something appropriate for your project. There are a wide assortment of templates to cater for different website niches, all showcasing stylish and modern designs. Templates are also mobile friendly and 100% customizable.
Wix provides a huge media collection, including images, GIF’s, Clip Art, video, music and more. A large collection of stock images and videos, arranged in categories, can be used for free. Premium images can also be purchased from Big Stock without even having to leave Wix.
Other options include uploading your own images or videos to use on your site, or selecting images from your social networks, Dropbox, Google Drive, and a range of other solutions. Music can be shared from your Spotify account on your site, or you can stream videos from YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo.
Wix is an ideal blogging platform. A new ‘Wix Blog’ app recently released by Wix enables you to easily create a stunning blog on your site. Features include 8 beautiful layouts, easy management, social features, and lots more. Visitors can also like, share and follow posts, join your blog, create member profiles, comment with images and videos, and even become contributing authors.
Importantly, with the new Wix Blog app, articles can be written, edited and published on the live side of your website. So once you have set up the blog in the Wix Editor, you won’t have to worry about repeatedly logging into the backend of your site every time you want to add a new post.
Wix App Market
Wix has a large app market, offering a multitude of free and premium apps to add extra features to your website. Apps fall under numerous categories including Apps for Blogs, Marketing Tools, Design Tools, Analytics, and Social, to name a few. Add an Instagram feed or events calendar to your website, showcase your photographs using a gallery or slider app, or create a professional logo for your site in under five minutes. With over 200 apps to choose from, you will be able to give your website the advanced functionality it needs to grow.
Artificial Design Intelligence
Wix’s Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI) tool can automatically build you a stunning website. Taking just minutes, ADI will ask you some basic questions about your wants and needs for your website, and then create a site specifically based on your answers.
ADI can produce billions of combinations of colors, text, images, and more, building nearly your whole site with minimum input from you. This is an ideal feature if you don’t want to spend days designing a website, are unsure of what you want, or are lacking slightly in ‘creative’ skills.
Wix provides the tool SEO Wiz to guide you through exactly what is needed to optimize your site for the search engines. The SEO Wiz creates a personalized plan for your site’s needs, taking you through step by step of what to improve on your site and how to achieve this.
Following the plan helps take the guesswork out of SEO and ensures your site is well optimized. This in turn greatly increases your chances of receiving traffic. SEO Wiz is optional, so if you would rather, you can always input your own SEO data for your website.
Hosting and Domains
All Wix websites are hosted on Wix’s cloud servers. This free service takes the hassle of choosing a hosting provider out of your hands, so you can concentrate solely on building your website.