Everything you need to know about Wix

Creative work is a collective project for some people. When people come together to exchange ideas and experiences via building an online community based on a theme they are passionate about, it not only gives the creator a chance to benefit from it but the entire virtual community grows together with such engagements.

A terrific tool for setting up an online community is Wix Forum. This tool allows you to create a forum using the Wix drag and drop Editor. It gives you plenty of control over the design and the available features. It’s intuitive and easy to set up, so if you get started now you can launch your online forum today.

In this article, we are going to tell you what makes Wix a perfect platform for you to showcase your creativity.

What is Wix?


Wix.com is a comprehensive platform that gives you total creative freedom online with the help of powerful technology and unparalleled design capabilities. It provides you with a user-friendly approach to create a beautiful, professional and functional web presence to manage and grow your business.

The Wix Editor gives you full design liberty with over 500 designer-made templates to make your website. And with its innovative drag and drop builder, you can customize and change anything. You can add more advanced functionality and build professional web apps with Velo by Wix which is a robust development platform.

Who should use Wix?


Wix provides its users with visually impressive layouts which can be of great use to small businesses, restaurants, online stores, and artists such as musicians and photographers. These layouts are optimized for mobile devices and can be used to create wonders with one of the numerous apps available from the Wix App Market.

Wix is like a ready-made house where the primary structure already exists and can’t be changed. You can, however, paint the walls according to the theme you admire and add the furniture you prefer i.e you can add images from your photo galleries and other apps. Working with the Wix editor is a breeze because it offers helpful tools such as photo filters and animated texts.

No matter what you are trying to create, Wix can always be an option for you to go to. It offers you custom designs and tools ready to help you make it happen. You can find website templates with all the latest styles designed for a range of topics and industries, from online stores to consultant agencies, and from portfolios to personal blogs.

Each template is created by designers at Wix, who use out-and-out market research to add the most useful built-in features to your website.

Using the App Market, you can add what you need to your website. The App Market offers over 250 professional solutions that you can use to customize your site. You will also find powerful business tools on Wix that help you to collect leads, analyze visitor traffic and engage with clients.

Features


Your own domain name (e.g. .com or .net) - Free domain name for one year included in the premium “Combo” and higher plans. Wix supports domain endings including: .com, .org, .net, .co, .uk and .info. Renewal prices start at $14.95 per year. Using the “Connect Domain” package (and higher) it is possible to move your existing domain to Wix or point it from another domain registrar to Wix.

Depth of navigation - Wix websites have a page limit of 100 excluding the blog posts. But you can get around this page limit by using dynamic pages, which are ideal for displaying standardized content such as portfolios, recipes, listings, etc.

Widgets (small tools to add extra functionality) - Unique widgets and apps like Wix Music and Wix Bookings help you to sell and promote music, and also let your customers book and pay for appointments and consultations and even online Zoom classes.

Monetization - You can blend Google AdSense via the Wix App store and control which sellers advertise on your site by uploading an Authorized Digital Sellers file.

Blog - Wix’s blog is not only SEO-friendly but it offers you all the features that you’ll need (e.g. tags, categories, RSS, etc.). You can regularly schedule blog posts. The Wix Owner mobile app allows you to edit and publish articles on the go. You can even sell paid subscriptions to your blog posts. However, the commenting feature is a little cumbersome because all of your visitors will have to sign up for an account with your website to leave a comment.

Visitor statistics - Wix’s inbuilt Analytics tool provides extensive and customizable reports on traffic, sales, contacts, and blog engagement. You can also integrate paid sites with Google Analytics.

Password protection & member areas - You can allocate an individual password to your pages. You can even create a small membership website where users sign up to receive personal login credentials. It’s plausible to create member areas within your store. You can also control whether members get approved instantly or manually by you. Both features are included in all plans.

Newsletter tool - Wix’s Email Marketing newsletter service which is a part of the Wix Ascend product suite is very easy to use but not as powerful as functional external providers.

Storage space - 500 MB – 35 GB web space, based on the pricing tier.

Backups & Restore - Wix comes with a very comfortable version control system, called Site History, that will let you restore to any previous version of your site in just one click.

Wix's Pricing Options


Wix is available for free for as long as you want. If you need professional features like your own domain name or e-commerce, you must choose from one of their premium plans ranging from “Combo” to “Business VIP”. The cheapest ad-free plan with a custom domain name costs ₹125 per month.

Rs.1 - Free (Create a free website with Wix ads. Not included: your own domain name)

Rs.80 - Connect Domain ( Connect your own domain with your Wix site. Your site will still show Wix ads. )

Rs.125 - Combo (Ideal for smaller professional websites. No ads and plenty of storage.)

Rs.185 - Unlimited(The right plan if you need a lot of web space (up to 10 GB included).)

Rs.225 - Business & eCommerce (Best plan to create an online store or use premium apps like Wix Bookings or Wix Hotels. Higher plans (VIP & Unlimited) available too.)

Why you should be using Wix?


Ease of use

The editor is very easy to understand. If you are stuck, the FAQ will be your savior. It has short introductory videos which will give you instructions on the different functions. The Wix ADI will hold you by hand while you design your website. It’s a bit less flexible but very convenient. The best thing is that you can switch to the regular builder whenever you want.

Choice and flexibility of design (templates)

The designs look professional and allow pixel-perfect customizations. A mobile-friendly version is also available that can be accommodated individually. You can also insert videos in the background and even upload your fonts to the Wix editor.

Advertisement-free

Only the premium plan “Combo” is Ad-free. The free version and the Connect Domain plan show quite a lot of Wix ads.

Languages

The editor supports 19 languages. You can create multilingual sites which will automatically display a language based on a user’s browser settings. However, one cannot use this feature for larger sites as it’s not ideal for SEO (you can’t use unique URLs for each language).

Final Opinion


Usually, the cost of building and managing a website using a professional application requires hundreds or thousands of dollars. However, Wix provides a platform where anyone with a computer can build their own website—free of charge.

In my opinion, starting up is very playful on Wix and, initially, impressive results are achieved quickly. If you are looking for a platform that gives you a lot of freedom in the design process, then Wix is for you.

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