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Review of Wix Website Builder

For anyone who knows what Flash websites look like, they realize the effectiveness it can have on the visitor. Flash is seen on some of the biggest and best websites. In order to create a Flash website, you usually have to pay an expert a lot of money to create what you are after. However, there are now website builders that specialize in Flash and one of the most well established and more popular ones is Wix.

Getting Started with Wix

Wix offers a variety of services, some free and some pay. In order to take advantage of their free service, you simply go to the Wix home page and click ‘begin.’ Once you do you will be asked to enter your e-mail address and a password. Once you enter in that information you get instant access to the free stuff.

Once inside, you can choose to upgrade, or you can see what is offered for free. As with anything in life that is free, it is good to spend a little bit of time messing around with the free service before you decide if you want to pay for the full fledged service or not.

All the Wix pay services start at $4.99 per month and you have to choose what is best for you in the way of services. Some services come with a lot of bells and whistles and some are more plain vanilla, but you should certainly see what package you need before you continue.

Choosing a Template with Wix

Wix allows you to look through their huge selection of templates so that you can get to make a website all your own. Their templates will be fully Flash ready and will only require you to give all the information about your personal or business website in order to make it yours alone.

When searching for your template, you will be able to view a small snapshot of what the the website looks like. You can search one page at a time, or over on the left hand side of their main page, you will see that their templates are broken up by category, such as business, ecommerce, and even Facebook Pages.

Once you find the template you like, be sure it says ‘free’ in the lower right hand corner and if it does, click on it. Now you will be taken to a full version of the sample website with generic information contained in it. At this point, you are ready to begin customizing the template to create the website you have in mind for yourself or for your business. Just click ‘edit’ on the upper right hand corner to start.

Creating Your Website with Wix

With your Wix template in place you are now ready to roll. Once you click on the edit button a whole new screen comes up which displays all the different options you have for editing such as add, background, and files. Every time you mouse-over one of these choices, a whole set of additional choices comes out horizontally. For example, you can mouse over ‘Add’ and you will have choices such as adding text, pictures, and more. You simply click on what you want to add and a box appears on the website. You can then insert what you want, like text and then drag that text anywhere on the page.

After doing this for some time, your website will begin to take shape. An easy method to use is to look at the generic info and use it as a guide. Then, replace the generic info with your own.

Once you have fooled around with the website and added some things to make it your own, you can preview what it will look like. At this point you should save your progress and if you don’t, Wix will give you a ‘YO!’ reminder to do so. You then have the option to have Wix publish your website or return to the editing page.

It is easy to get lost with the sea of options that you have with a free Wix website template and Wix anticipated this. That’s probably why  there is a two minute video right there that you can click on and watch which will help you understand a little bit more about the editing process.

The key is to stick with it. Once you try something once, you will see what happens. Remember, you don’t have to save any changes that you don’t like and it is easy enough to make changes even if you don’t like what you have done to your website at any point along the way.

Finding Help with Wix

As well as the initial video you should watch in order to help you understand the editing process a bit better, there are other ways in which Wix offers you help should you need it at any point in your Flash website building process. In order to access their help resources, you need only click on the ‘help’ button at any time.

Once you do you are taken to the help center where you will have a number of options to choose from help-wise. Here you have the following choices:

•    Get Started: This resource is the quick intro video that was mentioned earlier and that you may have already watched at this point. If you haven’t yet watched it, then it is a good idea to do so.
•    How To: This section offers a variety of video tutorials on a wide range of Wix topics. Here you will find help with such topics as, menus, widgets, HTML, and more. After watching these informative videos you should be able to tackle any problem you have with full confidence.
•   Publish Your Site: This section offers you hints and help on how to publish and promote your website once it is complete.
•    Ask a Question: Here you have a box where you type in your question. Once you have asked your question, hit go and before you can blink an answer is generated. One nice feature here is that Wix offers many screenshots for you to view when it is giving you directions on how to do something on your website so you can see exactly how to do something with visual aids, not just words.

Wix Ease of Use

The Wix interface is certainly one that can be used by almost anyone. While the process of creating Flash is extremely hard, Wix does all the heavy lifting for you. So, it is true that you will ultimately be creating a Flash website, but in reality, using Wix website builder is not really that much more different than using any other website builder. Even the most technically challenged person should be able to adequately handle the Wix interface.

Advantage to Upgrading with Wix

At any point along the way, Wix will give you the option to upgrade your account from a freebie account to a pay account. If you upgrade to a pay account there are several distinct advantages that you will enjoy such as:

•    Use your own domain name instead of the extra long one generated for you by Wix.
•    Have all Wix advertisements removed, which looks more professional.
•    Get premium VIP customer support and have even more help should trouble arise.
•    Be able to install Google Analytics to your website for tracking website traffic.

Additionally, you can get a bunch of extras when you upgrade to a pay account with Wix. To start with you get two advertising vouchers for free. One voucher is for Facebook and is worth $50.00. The second voucher is from Google and is worth $75.00. Finally, you get a full year of website hosting for free.

Again, there is plenty you can do for free with Wix, but in the end to be truly effective, you will more than likely want to sign up for a pay account. With prices that start out at $4.99, it really isn’t that bad of a deal for a full fledged Flash website.

Wix in Review

When it comes to websites, there is no denying that Flash websites are among the best looking. The interactive Flash designs are typically very delightful for visitors. Although only for those who had extreme knowledge or money at one time, now Flash websites are readily available for the masses thanks to Wix.

Because Wix allows you to have free access to almost all of their goodies, they are certainly worth at least trying out. Since there is no time limit on how long you can use the free services, you can really take your time and dig into all that they have to offer. After you have given it some due time and attention, you can then make the decision to use their pay services or look at another Flash website builder.

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21 Reviews of Wix Website Builder

  1. Nicco Schaal

    WIx is great but – the problem is that it is nearly impossible to drop any HTML code onto any of your website page. I tried WIX for the second time in September 2010, and theit HTML is still in the beta mode.
    Otherwise WIX is great, it got tons of material to work with, many pictites and fine clip art – I recommend it to anyone not using HTML.
    Flash websites on WIX just look great!

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  2. Jeebus

    I love wix, definitely the best free site host but …

    Free users:- have to embed forums (Nabble)
    Free users:- you can’t scroll down your page. You only get the screen in front with no scroll bar.

    You can add paragraph box that has a scrolling bar is you over exceed the frame.

    This was the only 2 turn offs I found.

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  3. Flower

    I tried most of the services provided here, and I can say with 100% confidence, that wix is BY FAR the best website builder I found. I am not so skilled with computers, and building websites always seemed to me like chinese, but wix just made it so easy that I started building sites for my friends!!!! can you believe it?
    My tip is to start with customizing a template (I found more than 5 that I liked, and there are many more), getting to know their editor, and than starting your own website from scratch…

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  4. John

    Built some lovely sites with Wix but it’s a shame about inserting HTML. Also Flash sites are almost impossible to optimize so what’s the point in having a beautifully designed site that nobody can find in a search engine?

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  5. J.Sullivan

    -Minimum expense of $8.25 per month to get rid of Wix ads.
    -Haven’t found a template I like for Photography and gallery.
    -What’s with the side-scrolling websites? Who does that?
    -Can’t insert HTML? Flash leaves a lot to be desired.

    The $8.25 to remove ads is by far the biggest drawback. Looking elsewhere.

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  6. J Sullivan

    You can also remove the wix sidebar, footer and loader from your wix website for free by posting your wix website link in removeadsfree.com. I have tried and got my ad free wix in 48hrs altho they say it will be within 24 hrs but it is good.

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  7. Hilary

    I just started my website two days ago and it is amazingly easy!
    The deal that I found (less than $10 a month, but I signed for a yearly so its less than $8.5!) is the cheapest one on market! I don’t know anything about programmning or building websites, and still my friends can’t believe I actually built it!

    I highly recommend you to use Wix

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  8. Ronnie R

    I started my business just last year. After trying out so many career ideas. I finally realized that my true passion was in photography. Having a website is definitely key to being successful in this industry. A website is basically an online portfolio and advertisement for my company. Wix is not just the cheapest option, but also the prettiest (just look at my website!) and really easy to use.

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  9. Dan Waldorf

    I <3 wix! I have to say that it was really hard for me to understand how to work with this tool at the beginning, but once I understood how to work with the different components, there's nothing easier to do & best of all, I can upload my flash work & still my site is SEO friendly :)
    Great work wix! thank you!

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  10. Gene

    I have a Wix site, but I am preparing to move my domain because as beautiful as the flash is, it is not accessible to iphone and ipad users because Apple does not support flash. More and more nowadays people are not sitting at a computer and I would rather have people be able to see a standard website then not be able to see a flash site at all.

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  11. Susan

    Thanks for the article…and the user comments. After reading all, I think I’ll keep my other website (at least a while) and try the free wix for a while…after all, two websites are better than one, right? ;D

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  12. Darlene

    I took me a while to get the process down, but well worth the effort! I love everything about the site including the ability to add music and it be optional for the viewer to hear! I am very excited to market such a great website. The price is worth the design and now on to marketing it (check our the site)! Kudos to Wix!

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  13. Website Builder

    Wix is great if you love flash website. Personally I love flash websites but at the same time I try not to create every website in flash because of compatibility issues on mobile devices. I am also a little reluctant about flash due to load times on slower connections. I guess it all depends on the target audience for the website. Wix is a great piece of software no matter what.

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  14. Lainey

    Have been using this for about a year and have run into a snag. I am an ecommerce member, the most expensive plan, yet I am only allowed to upload up to 2000 photos and when I go to delete to add more….I can only delete one picture at a time. I am a photographer and it’s not accomodating to me anymore, moving onto another one!

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  15. Tracy

    I am considering this service.
    What does it mean that I cannot use HTML? Does that mean I cannot insert links to other things like articles, my Facebook, another website, etc?

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  16. admin

    Yes you can add html to your Wix pages. The functionality is currently in beta, but Wix does offer an HTML widget.

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  17. Tracy

    I don’t know what that means.
    Sounds like the person that said you can’t add HTML was wrong? So, does this mean one can add links to other sites, etc. Is that what HTML means?
    Also, is it true that many mobile devices do not allow the ability to see a Flash website? With an iphone/ipad culture that wouldn’t make much sense to not have people be able to see your flash site.

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  18. Seth Isaacson

    I love it. It’s easy with a bit of background knowledge. It is so easy to make it exactly how you want it, unlike other websites. You can also make mobile sites which takes away the issue with flash not working on all phones.

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  19. chris

    I really like Wix. I was using webs.com for a while, switched over, and like wix better, for sure.
    I did have a concern that since it’s a flash site, it would not be read by search enginges. However, Wix claims that they have built the platform to be very search engine friendly, and that it is not a concern with their websites.

    Whether that is true or not, I don’t know, but if it is, it means Wix is the best!

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  20. Justin

    Wix really is a cool website builder. It’s best to upgrade to get your own domain name, but the free version allows you to make a really neat looking site.

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  21. Denise

    My family is planning a reunion this summer and we thought a website would be a great way to communicate with all the extended family – but no one is really that computer savvy. A friend told me about Wix website builder. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to create a site that looks so nice! My family is so impressed. I didn’t need anything special or fancy, so can’t speak to that, but for a simple website it could not be easier!

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