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July 24, 2014 / carlispina

Website Creation Tools – Wix

WixAt this point, having a website is practically a necessity for businesses, organizations, and even individuals in many professions. While learning web design and programming is one approach to creating these websites, many don’t have the time, need or desire to learn the skills to create a website from scratch. To fill this need, many tools have emerged that make it easy to create professional looking websites very quickly. One such tool is Wix.

With Wix, the process of creating a website starts with selecting a template. There is a wide range of templates, sorted by type of site that you are interested in creating, along the spectrum from business websites to personal websites. You can also sort the templates by most popular and newest. Once you have picked your template, you can start modifying it to meet your needs. Wix uses simple menus and an interface that will be familiar to those who use online text editing tools, such as WordPress, meaning that there is a fairly low learning curve for getting started with editing. If the structure of the template doesn’t quite meet your needs, you can easily create new pages and drag and drop pages within the site navigation to create your desired structure, even after you have otherwise finished editing the underlying pages. Wix sites can include text, images, videos and audio, and there are even tools that will help users embed content from specific sources, such as SoundCloud and Spotify. There are also options to add interactive content to your site, such as a blog or an online store. If you want more advanced features, Wix also has a built-in app store where you can find apps that let you add functionality to your site including online chatting, forms, comments, online payment, and site searching to name just a few. Some of these apps require a subscription or licensing fee, but many are available free of charge.

As you design your site, you have the ability to preview both how it will look in a computer browser and how it will be displayed on mobile devices. The Wix templates I have tried work well for both types of devices. If you want to work on your site over several sessions, you can also save your progress and come back to finish later. However, it is important to know that Wix does not autosave, so you do need to remember to frequently save your work as you go along. Once you are done with your site, you can name your site and publish it, which will make it public for the first time. Basic websites can be created and published with Wix free of charge, but there are also several premium plans that offer additional features, support and the ability to use your own domain. If you are interested in creating a website, Wix is a nice option.

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