Step-by-step Design and publish a website Get a photo editor Get a Wix account
Before you get started, it’s worth downloading a free photo editor so you can make simple adjustments to any pictures you want to add to your site (like cropping, rotating and adjusting colours). Adobe Photoshop Express is free from the Microsoft Store (http://bit.ly/2xWE8Mu) and is easy to use, but if you do get stuck you can find a quick tutorial here: http://bit.ly/2knXDdG.
Visit www.wix.com and click ‘Start now’. You can log in using your Facebook or Google account, or create one specifically for Wix using your email address. To make a new account, click ‘Sign up’, enter your email address and create a password. Once you’re logged in, select the type of website you want to make. If you can’t see an option that sounds right, select Other.
Get started with ADI
You’ll now be asked whether you want to create your website using the Wix ADI tool or design it yourself. If you want to make a site as quickly as possible, select the first option, then answer the questions you’re asked as thoroughly as you can. Don’t worry if some of the information (such as an address) isn’t relevant – you can skip any parts you need to.
Make your homepage
The Wix ADI will prompt you to choose a colour scheme, then prepare the initial design for your homepage based on the information you’ve provided. Once it’s finished, the ADI will present you with a list of steps to follow. Run through them, skipping any you don’t need. Once you reach the end, you’ll have a finished custom website. It really is that easy!
Do it yourself
If you’d rather have full control over how your website looks, select ‘Create a website yourself with the Wix Editor’ and pick one of the available templates – there are dozens arranged into different categories. You can edit colours and pictures later, so just choose the one that’s closest to the look you want. Hover your mouse cursor over it and select Edit.
Change images and text
Click on a page to change its design or choose a different background. Wix comes with a selection of images, but if you want to add your own image, then select the ‘Upload images’ button. The process is the same if you want to change any other pictures on your site – just click them and follow the instructions. To edit the text on your website, just click it and begin typing.
Update your blog
If your site includes a blog, use the Blog Manager (the ‘B’ icon on the left) to add new posts and edit existing ones. The blog editor works very much like a simplified version of Microsoft Word. Blog posts can include text, photos, videos and animated GIFs. When you’ve written a post, click Publish and close the Blog Manager using the ‘X’ in the top right to return to your site.
You’ll now see your site’s home page. To see the rest, click the blue Pages button at the top left. These will appear as a menu when your site is published. You can drag and drop them to rearrange them, click the ellipsis (…) to delete any you don’t want, and insert more by clicking ‘Add page’. The ‘Page transitions’ option at the bottom offers a selection of web page effects.
Add galleries, shape and more
You’re not limited to the text and image boxes placed on your site automatically, either. Click the ‘+’ icon on the left-hand side to see a huge list of elements you can add to each page, including text boxes, images, shapes, menus and much more. Select the one you want and drag it straight onto the page. Guidelines will appear to help you align it with everything else.
Once you’re satisfied with how your website looks – whether you used the ADI or made it yourself – click the blue Publish button at the top right. It’s that easy! Wix will show you the URL of your site and provide a button to click so you can see it for yourself. To edit your site or add new blog posts, just log in at www.wix.com and return to the editor.