In terms of popularity alone, it’s hard to deny Wix’s dominance as the Undisputed King of Website Builders. Boasting well over 50 million users, and with thousands more each day, the platform serves as a powerful tool for creating professional looking websites with no expertise or expense needed.
Speaking of expense, Wix does come with a number of premium features. Want to connect your site to your own domain name? Start an eCommerce store or remove those pesky ads at the bottom? You’ll need to pay for that.
Whilst this can be a little frustrating at first, we recommend using Wix as a starting point to familiarise yourself with the world of drag-and-drop website building. With a smooth, highly intuitive user-interface and countless beautiful templates, you’ve got everything you need to learn the basics and create an awesome looking site. When you’re done, you can then decide whether or not you want to stick around and make the investment in a premium package.
We’re getting ahead of ourselves though. Today, all we’re interested in is getting started and seeing just what’s possible with the platform’s free plan.
Ready to learn, step-by-step how to build a Wix website? Let’s get started, shall we?
Head to Wix.com
Wix might not be much to look at when you first log in, but this simple, basic approach is only part of its appeal. There’s no scrolling about trying to find out what you need to do, just hit that big Start Now button at the top of the page and let’s get started.
Create an account
The focus on simplicity continues with the sign-up page, where you’ll need nothing more than an email address and a password to create an account.
Alternatively, you can make it even easier on yourself by connecting your Wix account to an existing Facebook or Google Plus account, saving you time whenever you use the platform in the future.
Choose a category
To help you find a website template that’s just right for your new site, Wix next asks you to choose your category. For the purposes of this tutorial, we’re going to build a site for our friend Emily, a freelance tutor, so we’ll select ‘business & services’ and then ‘community and education.’
Feel free to browse through all the different options and choose one that’s right for you. If you can’t decide, don’t worry. You can always skip this step and go on to browse through the scores of themes available across all categories. To save you some time though, we do recommend selecting one in advance. If you’re not happy with any of the templates available for your chosen category, you can always change it.
Pick your template
Up next, you’ll have the option to browse all the different themes in your chosen category. Again, if none of those quite take your fancy, you’ve got a whole range of templates from different categories to choose from just by using the left hand menu.
Take your time to browse through the options until you find one that you fall in love with.
View your template
When you find a theme you want to use, you do have the option to go right ahead and edit it, but we recommend hitting the ‘view’ button first so that you can get a better look at it and really visualise yourself or your business in that template.
Completely satisfied that it’s the right one for you? Hit the ‘edit’ button, and let’s get on to the fun part, shall we?