Watch this step-by-step video tutorial to learn how to make a website with Wix or read the full written guide below.
Wix is one of the top website builders for new business websites because of its suite of design tools and all-inclusive plans which include hosting. This guide will walk you through the steps of launching your new Wix website from choosing a domain to optimizing your website for SEO.
The full setup won’t take long and includes the most important steps for Wix website creation.
Step One: Pick a Domain for Wix
One of your first steps before building your business’s Wix website is selecting a new domain name. A good domain name should include your business’s name and ideally be a dot com domain.
Google Domains is a top site for purchasing domains for affordable prices and will help you discover the perfect name based on availability and keywords you enter.
Step Two: Choose the Right Wix Plan
There are many Wix plans to choose from a Combo plan for personal use ($13 per month) to a Business VIP plan ($49 per month) which offers full business and ecommerce features. For most small businesses, the Business Basic ($23 per month) or Unlimited plans ($27 per month) will deliver most of the features you’ll need.
As you get started with Wix, review the plan offerings to choose the right plan for your new website. Business Basic will enable you to accept online payments while Business Unlimited will deliver more tools to grow your business.
Step Three: Pick a Template in Wix
Wix offers 600+ impressive, professional templates for any type of business you may need to create a website for. Once you’ve chosen your plan, review Wix’s categories of templates and select the right one for your customer base and business.
Ensure the template is right before you begin adding copy and changing designs as moving content between templates is a challenge with Wix.
Step Four: Create a Logo
Before you get started designing your website, you’ll need a logo for your business or online store to use on your new website. The easiest place to design a logo is Canva, a design tool which is perfect for beginners.
Canva comes with plenty of templates for logos you can make your own or you can design a new one from scratch. Logo ideas you can implement include company name initials, elements which represent your business, and your full business name stylized.
Step Five: Design Your Website
One of the top selling points of Wix is the design freedom provided to users. With Wix, you can add elements like text, images, and forms to any part of the pages you’re creating.
Once you’ve chosen a template and designed your logo, customize your new Wix website and add web copy that encourages visitors to purchase your products or services, check out your content, or schedule an appointment.
Step Six: Optimize Your Website + Creating Content
Wix offers an impressive kit of blog and SEO tools to create content and pages for relevant keywords you should target. With Wix, technical SEO will be covered with instant Google indexing, sitemap maintenance, and more, so your main focus should be optimizing/creating content for target keywords for the products or services you offer.
To find these keywords and topics to write about, you can use UberSuggest, Google Trends, and the most powerful SEO tool: SEMrush.
Step Seven: Add Helpful Plugins
A major perk of Wix is the large app marketplace provided to website creators. Through the App Market, you can add plugins to your site like email capture forms, tools to reduce cart abandonment, and live chat for easy customer service.
Once you’ve designed your website and begun optimizing it for SEO, you should definitely check out available plugins that can level up your marketing, customer service, and overall site offerings.
Step Eight: Set Up Email Marketing
One of the best ways you can connect with your website’s audience is with SendInBlue, a powerful email marketing platform. SendInBlue will allow you to create unique emails using your brand colors and send them to email lists that submit their information on your website.
Syncing SendInBlue with your Wix website to collect emails will be simple and set your website on the path to success.
Step Nine: Measure Your Site’s Traffic
Now that your website is set up and you’ve begun optimizing it according to Google best practices, you should set up Google Analytics to measure traffic. Google Analytics will allow you to track how many people are visiting your site, from where, and how they’re engaging with your content and pages.
Set up Google Analytics to better understand your customers and how your website is performing from an organic traffic perspective.
FAQ: Do I Need a Hosting Service With Wix?
Some website builders like WordPress.org or WooCommerce require a separate hosting service but Wix hosting services are included with all plans. You won’t need to find a separate hosting service and will be able to push your website live when you’re done setting it up.
This is a major plus of using Wix as you won’t need to find a separate hosting service or sync it with your website builder or CMS.
Conclusion: Running Your Wix Website
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll have a fully setup and functioning website to draw in customers. The next challenge will be further optimizing your site for SEO and ensuring copy is perfected for visiting customers.
Taking advantage of Google Analytics and testing marketing strategies will help you find the perfect formula for success. Fortunately, Wix makes it simple to revise design and add copy to your heart’s content.