The world of website platforms is competitive and when you are trying to find the best fit for your needs, it can be confusing! Not to mention wondering if you will understand how to use the platforms. Will you need to know code? What is SEO anyway?!
Before you start feeling the pangs of an anxiety attack coming to swallow you up, take a deep breath and look into WIX, our website platform of choice. Simply put, you don't need to know code to use WIX. You just need to be able to use your mouse and keyboard.
Founded in 2006, the Israeli based company grew to 3.5 million users by April of 2010 and is now publicly traded, (valued at about $120.00 per share at the time of this publication). Our Creative Director, Celia Coughlin-Surridge has been using the platform since 2009, when she created her very first website for her Roller Derby League. Easy to use, tons of resources and a plethora of templates to choose from, time and time again WIX has allowed our clients to take control of their websites. Ease in maintaining them is such a plus, with minimal time out of their weekly schedules. Let's review some of the reasons we chose WIX as our main platform:
Simple to complicated, you can do it with WIX's editor. There are a few ways you can start your website journey: by selecting a template, using WIX's ADI feature to generate a template for you, or starting from scratch. From there, everything is click, drag and drop. If you know code, you can even turn that feature on and edit the website that way! Whatever you choose, WIX can do it for you.
It is impossible for us to show you all of the amazing editing features found within WIX's program, but you can go to their YouTube Channel and watch videos on everything they have to offer. Or, check out their blog for step-by-step how-to's. Seriously, it is amazing how much content they have out there to help you along the way.
Standing for Search Engine Optimization, the term "SEO" has been tossed around for the past several years as the "You need to do this" check mark that a lot of people are still just learning about. To define it easily, if your website is easy for a search engine to read, you'll have great SEO.
Seems simple, right? Kinda, sorta.
If you aren't using WIX you may have to do some research. Find out what Alt Image Titles are, why Headline Tags are important and research where you find your Meta Tag within your website. But ... if you ARE using WIX, all you have to do is walk through their SEO Wiz. Simply answer a few questions and follow their prompts to optimize your website so search engines can easily rank you higher! Check out this cool video that shows their SEO amazingness:
Everyone has different needs and WIX knows that. That is why they offer a wide range of great features for every type of business. From an appointment booking calendar to a restaurant order processing feature, you can tailor your website and run your business on your terms. This isn't a complete list of all of their features, but the most notable are:
Stores - Manage your inventory, take coupons and process your shipping.
Bookings - Take bookings within your set schedule, schedule email reminders and get paid faster.
Events - Easily manage your events, create your guest list and process your ticket sales all in one place.
Restaurants - Upload your menu, take online orders and accept reservations.
What we absolutely love about WIX's features, (besides the fact they are always expanding to include more), is that it is all commission free! That's right, no transaction fee. What your customer pays you is what you get. Zero hassle. What could be better than that? See WIX's feature page to find out more about everything they have to offer.
There is so much more that we could share with you on why we love WIX and can't suggest it enough, but we're running out of time. Feel free to reach out to us if you'd like to work with us to create your own amazingly beautiful WIX website, or scroll below to find out more information on our upcoming WIX Workshop.
Interested in finding out more about WIX and how to use it? Join us on Wednesday, May 29 for our Web Design Made Easy with WIX two part workshop!
We'll teach you all you need to know about creating and maintaining a fabulous WIX website. Broken up into two sessions, our A.M. session will go over all of WIX's basic features, prepare a killer SEO plan and create a simple one-page WIX website using their ADI feature. Our P.M. session will go further into depth with the more advanced and specialized features of WIX, as well as an overview of WIX Code, how to work from a WIX template and much more.
Each session is $60, but you can get the entire day for only $100! Get your tickets here.