Several options exist when you want to make a website. One of the most popular ways to create a website is to learn how to make a Wix website.
The other option is making a WordPress website. The Wix website builder is more intuitive with its drag and drop interface, making it simple to create a Wix website in ten minutes or less.
If you are on the fence about using Wix vs WordPress, I recommend reading my comparison guide. In this step-by-step guide, the focus will be on precisely how to make a Wix website.
I will also show you how you can start to profit from your Wix website once created. Let’s get started.
Step 1.) Sign up for Wix
To create a Wix website, sign up for the Wix free trial. The trial will last 14-days. Once your trial has ended, you will need to choose whether to keep the Wix free plan or choose a paid Wix account.
As a rule of thumb, the more you pay in monthly fees, the more control you will have over your Wix website.
For example, the Wix free plan comes with two restrictions you should be aware of, which are:
- Non-professional domain names (E.g site.wix.com Vs sitename.com )
- Ads (Wix will show ads on your site to make a profit off of free accounts)
From a professional standpoint, you want to have a domain name without the Wix name attached to your site.
Additionally, having ads displayed on your site that you don’t have control over is not recommended.
There are eight pricing plans for you to choose from once your trial ends to remove these restrictions.
- Combo: $14/monthly fee
- Unlimited: $18/monthly fee
- Pro plan: $23/monthly fee
- VIP plan: $39/monthly fee
- Basic business: $23/monthly fee
- Business Unlimited: $27/monthly fee
- Business VIP: $49/monthly fee
- Enterprise: Custom pricing
I recommend going with the combo plan for small businesses. You will have the benefits of having no ads and a personalized domain name for one year.
Before you move onto the next step, make sure to sign up for your 14-day free trial.
Step 2.) Choose a Wix template
Upon clicking the “Get started” button on the homepage, Wix will ask what type of website you want to create. Wix will offer specific categories for you to choose from.
You will have options that range from creating an online store, creating a personal portfolio website, creating a blog, creating a fitness website, creating a food website, and the list goes on when you select “other” at the bottom right corner.
Once you select an option, Wix will present you with another screen that will provide two more options to choose from. The first option will be using the Wix ADI or the Wix website builder.
What is Wix ADI?
The Wix ADI is an algorithm that makes smart decisions to create your website based on questions you answered. The Wix ADI uses predictive technology to make this possible.
You can customize Wix templates that the Wix ADI algorithm chooses. After all, it is an algorithm that requires a human touch.
If you select the Wix editor option, you will be directly navigated to a series of Wix templates based on your selected category.
Once you choose a Wix template, you will then have the opportunity to create a Wix website.
500 Wix templates exist to create a website. The Wix ADI is capable of producing billions of combinations of images and text.
Choose wisely; Once you choose your template, you can’t change it. You will need to create a new Wix site.
If you would like to create a Wix ecommerce site. I advise using one of the Wix ecommerce themes I have picked below.
Recommendations are based on my expertise in UX design and CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization) best practices.
What is CRO?
CRO (Conversion Rate optimization) is the practice of optimizing website design for producing more sales.
A/B testing is utilized to tests two different versions of the same page with slight differences to make data-driven decisions on which site version performed better.
What is UX?
UX (User Experience) is the practice of designing websites for optimal interaction. This includes the prioritization of specific site elements on a website design for accessibility.
Recommend Wix ecommerce templates
This site will convert well out of the gate due to a good CTA(call to action) section upon site entry. Additionally, category buttons make finding products immediately accessible to the user.
This Wix template is perfect for any product, not just menswear. The minimalist design and image carousel creates a seamless design that emphasizes the products. I specifically recommend this Wix template for higher-end goods.
Step 3.) Design your site.
As mentioned, the ADI option will design your Wix site for you. By choosing the editor option, the design is 100% up to you.
At the design stage, you will see the Wix website builder. By choosing the Wix editor option, you will see several customization options.
At this point, let’s walk through a tutorial on how to make a Wix website using the Wix website builder step by step.
How to design a Wix website
- Add your menu items in the top navigation.
- Choose an image background.
- Add features like contact forms & buttons.
- Add applications.
- Implement videos and images.
- Write posts/articles.
- Add the booking feature (Optional)
Similar to plugins with WordPress, Wix has Wix apps. Wix Apps allow you to extend the functionality of your website. Several Wix apps exist that can perform any function you would like to explore on your Wix website.
Now, let’s walk through the customization options from the Wix editor.
Wix customization options
- Match size
- Flip horizontal
- Flip vertical
- Width and height
Once you have gone through the initial Wix design phase from the customization options you have at your disposal, it is time to implement Wix SEO.
Step 4.) Setup wix on-site SEO
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the process of optimizing your site for search engines to increase your visibility in Google search results.
To be able to account for this, you will have to follow the Wix SEO Wiz steps.
2.) Answer questions about your business.
Once you have submitted your answers, Wix will provide steps to optimize your Wix website for SEO.
3.) Configure Wix SEO recommendations
After you answered all the questions, Wix will populate a list of SEO recommendations and show you exactly how to configure each one.
Congrats, you are off to a great start! Google will index your site once you apply all the recommendations.
Step 5.) Implement visitor analytics
To grow your site, you will need to have a core understanding of who your users are. Wix offers marketing integrations to connect Google Analytics to your site.
Through the use of Google Analytics, you will be able to have access to the following:
- Website traffic statistics
- Number of visitors to your site
- Conversions (Products sold or form completions)
- Specific page traffic,
- Latest visitor activity
- Website referrals
- Specific device types devices
- Bounce rate% ( %of users that leave immediately)
I highly recommend implementing Google analytics on your website to understand your audience.
Step 6.) Publish & connect a domain name.
At this point, you can hit publish. Wix will present you with the following screen.
I recommend you connect your own branded domain. If you do not have a domain name already, here are a few things to keep in mind.
How to choose a good domain name
- Easy to spell
- Easy to remember.
- Communicates your business.
- Includes hyphens vs. underscore.
- TLD (Top Level Domain) .com address
Growth hack tip #1
Once you buy a domain name, connect your domain name to your Wix site, then you are off to the races. Congrats!
Step 7.) Promote your site.
Now the final step, keep in mind publishing your Wix website does not guarantee traffic. You have to promote your Wix website actively.
Here are a few traffic channels to drive traffic to your blog, where you should be actively promoting your Wix website.
1.) Social media posting
According to data compiled from coschdule.com, here are some tips to maximize your social reach.
How Often Should A Business Post On Facebook?
Answer: 1 post per day between the times of 1-4 pm
How Often Should A Business Tweet Per Day
Answer: 15 tweets per day
How Often Should A Business Pin On Pinterest Per Day?
Answer: 11 Pins per day
How Often Should A Business Post On LinkedIn?
Answer: 1 post per day
Growth hack tip #2
2.) Utilize content curation platforms
I recommend using content curation platforms when you are just starting to get some early traction. Here are a few content curation platforms.
3.) Local Business listings
I recommend listing your site on the following websites if you run a local business.
4.) Guest blogging sites
Enter the following search operators in Google to find guest posting opportunities on popular blogs.
- intitle:” write for us.”
- “write for me.”
- “contribute to.”
- “submit” + inurl: blog.
- “accepting guest posts.”
How to make money with a Wix Website
Here are the top three ways you can start to make money from your Wix website immediately.
3 ways to make money from a Wix website
To start to make money with a Wix website, immediately consider consulting. You don’t need a lot of traffic to begin to land a few clients, especially if you are active with the promotion of your website.
To figure out your consulting rate, decide what you would like your ideal yearly salary to be.
Once you have this figure, divide it by 52 (Weeks in a year), then take your weekly rate and divide by 40 (Average workweek).
Since you have walked through learning how to create a Wix website with this guide, consider building Wix websites for others for a set fee. Consider the following.
- Setting up a Wix requires no code
- Professionals need portfolio websites
- Local business owners need websites
Make sure to ask for content to be uploaded and any image assets. Busy professionals will be willing to pay.
In general, people are always ready to pay for the convenience of time. I put myself through college making WordPress websites and creating sites with free website builders.
I recommend approaching local business owners that don’t have websites or have websites that look like they were built back in the early 90’s.
3.) Freelance content writing
Are you a skilled writer? You can offer writing services for site owners. Trust me, site owners always need content, and so will you as a site owner yourself.
If you would like to make quick money from your Wix website, consider becoming a freelancer.
Additionally, I mentioned earlier that I wrote a step by step guide that discusses methods to monetize a blog.
I recommend reading the blog monetization guide for additional ways to monetize a website since what I discuss in the guide directly translates to monetizing a website as well.
Remember to consistently update content on your Wix website and keep up a regular schedule to promote your Wix website actively.
How to make a Wix website and make money FAQs
Wix ecommerce vs Shopify which is better ?
Shopify is a dedicated ecommerce solution, while Wix is designed for beginners that want a website presence. If your goal is to grow an ecommerce organization Shopify is the better solution.
Wix vs Squarespace which is better ?
Squarespace is a direct competitor to Wix. Both were designed to be a seamless experience for beginners. There are three differentiating factors at a glance.
- Wix has a more intuitive drag and drop interface.
- Wix entry pricing stands at $14 while Squarespace stands at $12
- Storage space for Squarespace is unlimited. Wix has a 500MB storage space limit.
I would go with Wix if I had to choose. Mainly for the intuitive drag and drop website builder.
Is Wix Free?
Yes, Wix is technically free. The technicality is in the level of control you will have over your website. You will not control certain factors like your domain name and third party ads running on your website with the Wix free plan.
- Your domain will be yoursitename.wix.com Vs sitename.com.
- Wix will show ads on your Wix website to make money.
I would love to hear from you. What is your biggest challenge with setting up a Wix website?