Keen to build your own website, but put off by code? Not to worry! Wix has just the solution for you and for many other want-to-be website owners. With Wix, almost anyone can create a website to their liking without using any code.
So, what is Wix? Wix is a cloud based free platform that helps to build websites using simple drag and drop builder. Just pick a template from among the 500 templates available, change it as you like, add images, text, video and you have a website of your very own. 73 million people in 180 countries have done just this before you. From dog walkers to landscape artists, from lawyers to event planners, people from every profession have used Wix to build their website.
What does one get with Wix? Domain, secure hosting, drag and drop builder, scaling to mobiles, galleries, a vast image collection, SEO, 24/7 support and much more. You can look for additional features in the 200+ Apps that help you do much more things like getting social, a countdown to an event, or add bookings or contact form to your website.
Having a website is just the start. From here, you can go on to grow your business with SEO, email marketing, contact form, subscriptions and memberships and much more.
Take a look at the list below to see what else Wix has to offer,
- Free secure hosting.
- Custom domain name.
- One page templates, if that’s what you want.
- Image editor, to touch up images.
- 40+ unique galleries.
- Background videos, from a free collection or anything else that you may want to upload.
- Add strips of video or text and move them around.
- Parallax 3D effect.
- Pin any element to your screen.
- Mark pages as private or protected.
- Add audio and video as you like.
- If you wish, create HTML code and embed it in the text window to add any function to the website.
- Include blogs, social buttons, and Facebook apps.
- Very shop friendly, Wix allows you to accept payment without commission and can set appropriate shipping and tax rates as well for different destinations. You can manage and track sales from source to destination.
- Triggered mails, site analytics, SEO Wizard, contract manager- will all help you if you are in business.
- Support, video tutorials, knowledge base and phone support – if you are stuck at any point.
I’ve surfed the net for a look-see at websites that use Wix and have picked out a few for you to take a closer look. These will give you a fair idea of the possibilities with Wix, and perhaps a few cues that you can pick up to build your website.
Please note while Wix is an excellent drag & drop site building tool, it does have certain limitations. To run a full-fledged business you’ll need to connect your newly created Wix site to a domain and keep your website ad-free, it’ll cost you $12.95 per month. You should also know that the bandwidth and storage options at this pricing aren’t sufficient for high traffic website. But if you feel like the site builder makes Wix worth it (or feel so after looking a few Wix sites), then Wix is a great option and possibly the best option for you!
Let’s move to my list,
Soul Rooster is a gym studio that serves as a wake-up call to your soul. They offer group fitness classes in the Tampa Bay area. The images of the classes in session are displayed interestingly in a revolving carousel, which brings one picture at a time to the forefront.
Who The Dickens
Who The Dickens is a shop in Australia dealing in handmade, eco-friendly, unique products. They describe themselves as handcrafted treasure specialists and the wares displayed on their website testify to this description. The logo is unique in appearance, reducing in size when the mouse hovers over it.
Sweet Jones Upholstery
Sweet Jones are upholstery specialists and undertake custom tailoring for a variety of applications- furniture, aircraft, ships or any thing else that needs to be upholstered. Their homepage is fuss free, and the fonts used resembles stitching to keep the focus on the services they offer.
Cricket Canada Kids
Cricket Canada Kids introduces Canadian children to the game of cricket. Registrations for schools and for children under different age appropriate programs can be done from the homepage itself. Video resources can also be accessed from the homepage.
Vullo Bat Company
Handcrafted, custom made, wooden baseball bats is what fills the gallery section of the website of Vullo Bat Company. They assure you of a stronger bat made from wood that has been split along the grain. The company will also engrave your name or your team’s name on the bat.
Riot House Records
Riot House Records sells rock and roll records and a load of accessories associated with music. The name and logo in the header have animated elements that attract a visitor’s attention.
Inheriting The Nation
Inheriting The Nation is a Christian religious school that lays strong bibilical foundation in it’s students. It teaches theology, and the events and activities of the school is captured in about a hundred vivid images in the Experience page of their website.
Angelica Flowers and Events
Angelica Flowers and Events arranges flowers for offices and homes . They do decor, gifts, designs and landscaping as well as floral decorations for special events. The website features boxed content arranging images, videos and text in a floral pink background.
The name is sourced from Italy and refers to the exact 7 grams required to make a perfect espresso shot. But their baked goods are totally inhouse as is their cup of Italian coffee. The gallery has a tempting display of these delights.
Doughnuts, more doughnuts and still more doughnuts. Sugar coated, vanilla glazed or rainbow sprinkled- all on offer on the menu of Doughnuttery, combined with a variety of dipping sauces. The images of doughnuts takes up most of the space on the homepage and will sure tempt a visitor.
Takenaka in Japan showcases their high quality Bento lunch and other boxes on their website. The Products section displays the boxes arranged in strips. The strips collapse and expand when the mouse moves over it. This makes for better focus on the product that is of particular interest to the viewer.
Wow Fit Studio
The Wow Fit Studio offers packages for gyms for both adults and kids. They offer precision nutrition and coaching. The pictures and videos on the homepage can nudge a visitor to take that first step towards fitness.
Independent Demolition are the people to contact in Melbourne for the planned and precise demolition of structures. The images on their example Wix website will help a visitor catch a glimpse of the nature of work they undertake.
Eyelite Films produces films for the jewellery and fashion industry. This example Wix website uses audio and video to give an idea of their work, and from the tightly packed images you can get a feel of the high profile nature of their work.
Crustz is an online patisserie in Kuala Lumpur. The single wedge of mouth watering cake on the homepage gives a visitor enough reason to try out the various pastries and packages that the store sells.
Eiger Jewellery is a store that invites designers from different fields like industry, furniture, graphics, interiors and sculpting to design jewellery. The different design ideas of these experts make for an interesting variety in the pieces of jewellery displayed on the Wix powered website. The plain white background serves as an ideal backdrop to highlight and focus on individual pieces.
Tandala Safari Camp
The website of Tandala Safari Camp gives you a quick view of the sights you will get to see and experience at the Tandala Camp in Tanzania. The website has detailed information about accommodation, animals and how to reach the camp.
A Dream Boutique
The Wix powered website of this event styling and graphic design business is simple and quite unique. There is no header and no real menu to speak of. A label that moves over a polka dotted background as you scroll, a portfolio section and a contact form makes up almost the entire website.
The Darzi Clothing Company
The Darzi Clothing Company sells contemporary British country clothing for men, women and kids. Their clothes are practical and well cut.
Sedona Falls Apartments
Griffin Ford Property has used Wix as a platform to highlight the standard features of this piece of real estate. High quality images are used to highlight the features that would make living there ideal.
The Stigma Project
The Stigma Project works to reduce HIV infections and erase the stigma tagged to AIDS. It relies on and seeks the support of social media in this attempt. And so, it not only carries social share buttons, it also has an entire section devoted to social media.
To help folks express friendship in traditional and old fashioned ways, Adorance sells friendship bands and bracelets. These bracelets can be accompanied by handwritten notes for that personal touch.
Mountain State K9 Academy
The logo in the header of the Wix powered website of this academy gives you a fair idea of what the website is about. You would be right in guessing that this is an academy for training dogs, as suggested by the outline of a dog and a few peaks in the logo. The content boxes move over a scenic background of mountains and rivers.
The header of the Wix example website of Gruvi Juices is sea green in color. That’s appropriate, because what they sell is a superfood sourced from the sea- spirulina. The three flavors they make is displayed right below the header.
Sense Development is a simple website offering web and graphic design services and SEO support, combined with domain and email management. The website uses muted colors with a slight splash of colors in the images to convey the feel of a design enterprise.
Vita Aloe markets aloe juice that is bottled within an hour of extraction to retain maximum health benefits. The imagery of water that is present throughout the website never lets a visitor forget that the product is always fresh.
Yoga With Talia
Talia teaches yoga at Tel Aviv. She specializes in yoga for treatment of scolosis and tailors the classes to suit the body types or specific needs of her students. The website conveys the feel of yellowed old books, perhaps to remind one that yoga is an ancient form of therapy.
Bake You Happy
The website of the Season 2 winners of Cupcake Wars is colorful and filled with displays of well, cupcakes. They can do special orders and custom baked cakes. The websites has whole sections on pastries and gift ideas.
Shme is an artist and creates design for shoes, and paints them in imaginative ways. She can work on ideas that you put out and give it a twist of her own. Your sneakers will be turned into works of art.
An organization started by some mothers in Tel Aviv to help the children of asylum seekers and immigrants. They request for donations, volunteers, food and other forms of assistance on this website. The homepage has relevant information and prominent call to action buttons.
That’s it. Now that you have a fair idea about Wix and have looked at some of the websites built using Wix, you may be ready to strike out on your own. Do let us know how you fare!