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How To Make My Own Website

how to make my own website from scratch

Create & name a Wix
On a computer open Web browser
Start, a new site select a template.
Add content to your site.
At the top right, click Publish to publish your changes.

how to make my own website for free and easy

creating your first website can be very
intimidating which is why this blog post is
a full in-depth tutorial to show you all
of the tools needed to create your first
website using Wix so I’m gonna make a
bold claim here and say that if you
watch this entire blog post if you watch
from beginning to end and understand
everything I say and everything I show
you in this blog post then you will have all
of the tools required to make a
successful website so when I say
successful that could mean a bunch of
different things depending on what
you’re trying to do with your website if
this is a business successful could be
gaining more leads or making more sales
online it could be reaching out to more
customers and marketing to them so they
see who you are maybe they call you up
and want to do business with you if you
are doing a fundraiser and you want a
website for your fundraiser this is a
great way to look professional out there
and show the world you know more about
your fundraiser have them more likely to
either volunteer or participate or
donate money or whatever you’re trying
to do on the flip side maybe you are
doing something more personal maybe
you’re making a website for your resume
or for a portfolio of different art
pieces that you’ve made or even more
personal than that maybe you’re making a
website for your wedding or something
and so whatever you’re doing this blog post
I want to show you all the tools you
need to make a professional website to
impress other potential clients impress
people that might want to hire you
impress your friends that came to your
wedding so without further ado let’s get
into this blog post and start creating your
website now one last thing I want to
mention though is if you get lost at any
I recommend pausing rewinding and
re-watching and if that’s still a little
bit too fast I know sometimes I speak a
little quickly I recommend going down in
the settings so there’s a little
settings a gear icon somewhere on the
YouTube player and play it back a little
bit slower that might be helpful for you
if that doesn’t answer your question
comment down below and I’ll do my best
to help everyone ok so I’m starting off
this week’s tutorial on this landing
page right here this is where you would

Create A Professional Website
end up if you click the link in the
website link

below so what I want to do
is just obviously click start now and
it’ll bring you through and say yes
we’re going to create a site creating

we're going to create a site creating
our first site under our new account and
then it asks you what type of site you
want to create this is self-explanatory
but as you can imagine there are endless
options for why you’d want to create a
site so maybe this could help you decide
what your site is for it’s very
important to have a direct purpose for
your site or maybe it’s going to be a
good idea to help you you know think of
other sites that you want to do after
this one so we are going to say business

this one so we are going to say business
but obviously if you are looking for a
personal portfolio of photography’s type
stuff if you have events or fundraisers
you’re trying to schedule there’s so
many different options with Wix doesn’t
matter which one you you click here
ultimately you can choose from any

ultimately you can choose from any
website you want later on and they can
all end up back at the same website no
matter how you click in the very
beginning so then we have the Adi
creator or we have create your own
website I’ve heard a lot of other people
say this as well and I agree I think
it’s very important to create your own
website for a lot of reasons the first
one I think and the foremost reason is
so that in the future if anything
happens on your website anything goes
wrong or if you want to change anything
you know how your websites built you
know how it’s designed even if you’re
just starting from a template not
totally from the ground up but you know
where things are and you know a lot more
about your website whereas with the ad
I’m you don’t really know what’s going
on you might not know where things are
what’s got like you know you want to
make sure that you’re as thorough as
possible and you really understand it so
that’s why I would say choose a template

that's why I would say choose a template
and if you go there are endless
templates there’s so many different
options and this is what I said before
where if you choose business but you’re
like yeah you know it maybe maybe you
you know restaurants more like food less
like business you don’t want to show off
how much are you really you know it
doesn’t matter whatever category you
want you can choose from the templates
on the side and this is really the only
difference that that original choice
made so I recommend before going through
all the templates here you want to go
through the left side and try to narrow
it down as much as possible of course
any one of these don’t worry about the
pictures so example like this one
doesn’t have to be a relationship coach
this could be like a bike repair shop
and you could easily replace all the
pictures it just is to show you the
general layout in the general color
scheme of these you can change
everything once you open it up but this
should just give you a head start so you
want to pick one as close to what you
want to have in the end as possible so
you limit the changes that you need to
make so let’s just say this one right
here this one actually looks I like this
one this one looks pretty good so we can
go and save you to decide you know is it
actually good this is what we
so it gives you sort of a simulated
experience of what this website would
look like so you have a big picture
right there and you’ll notice most of
these websites are sort of like a strip
design so you scroll down and you keep
having these banners so right here we
have like a big light blue one a big
white one above that we have a big
picture and then you have your header on
the top and on the very bottom you
usually have some kind of footer with
like a map but you don’t have to have a
map there and a lot of times there’s
like a Contact Us thing so that’s very
common for a website layout almost all
of these you’ll notice have that very
you know a very similar layout so if we
view this one you’ll see again they have
that strip layout so you scroll down and
they have like the next strip and then
the next strip this one I really like
because you scroll past these pictures
and they kind of stay in place I think
that’s a pretty cool look right there
it’s a lot of it’s relatively modern a
lot of newer websites are doing that the
thing with websites is they get outdated
fairly quickly so it’s really important
you know to not make a website that
looks like it was made in 2015 if you’re
making it in 2020 okay so I think out of
these websites like I said it doesn’t
matter which one you choose I’m just
going to say this one right here and you
click Edit so once you get into edit

click Edit so once you get into edit
then it’ll open up the website and it’s
going to look exactly like the template
all the text is going to say like you
know generic put something here so see
it’s just it’s generating it right now
okay so once you get into your actual
website this is where you can really
start to make the magic happen now

click Edit so once you get into edit
before we start moving anything around I
want to just give you guys a general
tour of this site what it’s like to use
it and just show you where the different
tools are that you have when you’re
trying to do stuff so starting off with
the very top so over there you’ll see
the page and you can choose which page
you have so you’ll notice that across
the top as with most websites you have
different pages and if you click on
those they don’t actually bring you to
the pages so if you’re starting off you
might be frustrated not knowing how to
go to different pages so you do that up
here in the page tab and you can go down
and click on any page you want there’s
also some other options down there with
settings and notifications but for the
most part we’re just going to use this
to change different pages so if we want
to go to the services page you just
click on that it brings you over to
services there are other ways to do this
as well if you go over
to the top little bubble here two menus
and pages if you go up to site menu you
can click on whichever page you’re on or
whichever page you want to work on this
also gives you more options than the top
so the top you’ll see this is just a
quick way to navigate between pages but
this little top bubble right here the
menus and pages option you can actually
go and hide pages you can show pages you
can I’ll get into a lot of that later on
but for the most part what you really
need to know is the top bar is how you
get to different pages then next we have
this little pretty clearly a desktop
icon and a phone icon so the good thing
about Wix is you don’t have to worry
about making a separate mobile site if
you just generate your desktop site and
then you click on switch to mobile view
it’ll show you what it looks like on a
phone and then you can of course scroll
through and sorry let’s skip that so
then you can scroll through and you can
edit this on a simulated phone to really
decide how you want it to look on a
phone you can move blocks up and down
you can change things and it’s going to
make it very easy to make a mobile site
because honestly I think it’s something
like 50% of the Internet is on phones
right now honestly it’s probably even
more by the time you’re watching this I
know on YouTube my blog posts I think it’s
like 60% of views are from mobile
devices and so you know it’s very very
very important to have a high quality
mobile site okay but for the most part I
recommend doing most of your editing on
the regular site the desktop site just
because it’s going to be easier to edit
in a larger format here so next we have
site right there now site you can save
it you can preview it you can publish it
and a couple other options I don’t
recommend publishing yet because you
want to make sure your website is all
you know ready to go of course if you do
publish it now it doesn’t matter because
you know you’re not going to rank in
Google that the second you publish it so
nobody’s going to find it so it’s really
not a big deal but just to keep things
simple and safe I usually just hit save
and then whenever you’re ready you can
click preview and it will show you what
your website looks like in real life so
this time you can actually click on the
tabs on the top you can click on
different things and so it’s like
services there you can go and learn
about you know whatever your website
would be like for the end-user now one
quick tip here I do recommend that if
possible I know it’s not practical
everybody I recommend viewing your
website on as many different screens as
possible so you might not realize it at
first but maybe your laptop screen is
very different from like an old monitor
link an old computer monitor which is
very different from someone else’s TV
and it doesn’t or a projector for
example you don’t know where people will
be watching your website and so the
first website I designed I actually had
a problem when I released it and then I
looked on a different desktop that had a
smaller monitor and my logo was cut off
and it looked really bad and I realized
at that time that different aspect
ratios don’t always scale your website
correctly and so you might have your
website be cut off on either side so
there are margins here that should help
you with that regardless I recommend you
at least take a look at it on as many
different screens as possible just to
avoid any issues because you don’t know
what people are using to look at your
website ok so next we’re going over to
settings and this is where we’re going
to diverge a little bit but we’ll come
back and so I want to say connect domain
I think this is something that’s very
important because if you are any real
genuine website if you’re trying to be
serious about this and if it’s a
business if it’s a portfolio or any
anything that anybody would look at in
any sort of professional setting so
basically anything that’s not like a
high school project I would say you
pretty much need your own domain because
there’s nothing tackier than having a
website that’s like Mike two six seven
nine Wix comm slash my first website you
know so like I just think that’s not
really a good look so I always go and
connect the domain it’s really not that
expensive there are plans for Wix where
you can upgrade to premium for like
fifteen twenty dollars a month they’re
not that expensive if you have a
business that’s relatively small you
know as an expense for your business and
then having a domain you can easily get
them for like fifteen or twenty dollars
per year so you do have two different
options you can buy a domain name from
Wix I don’t recommend that I recommend
shopping around on some different
websites there’s Google domains
personally I like Squarespace I think it
manages it the best it’s also pretty
safe so I use Squarespace then you can
go to connect your own domain before we
do that though it’s important that we
upgrade to premium so here it’s going to
prompt us and say select a plan so
I said before I think it really is
important to select a plan and not just
use the free version of Wix for two
reasons one so you can have a domain and
two so you don’t have Wix ads popping up
on the top and bottom of your website
saying this was made with a free version
of Wix you guys should try out Wix I
think that’s just a distraction and it’s
very unprofessional so selecting a plan
there are a lot of different plans and
I’m gonna be honest I’m not gonna dive
through each of these because they do
change quite a bit actually so unlimited
looks like a pretty decent one right
here Pro they say is the best value so
you have to look and say like are you
actually going to use an events calendar
are you actually using like a
professional logo generator or do you
just care about you know whatever here
this says free domain for a year now
trace back to what I said before I don’t
recommend getting the Wix domains so if
you buy from them you’re locked in
through them which means that you’re
paying whatever their price is if you go
and buy through someone else then you
don’t have those two intertangled and I
think it’s overall better to buy from
like Squarespace or or Google domains or
GoDaddy there you know there’s other
options out there so go check them out
compare prices maybe Wix is the best one
for you but if you go with free domain
for a year you’re locked in they own
your domain and once your website’s
really steamrolling then suddenly they
might jack up the price and you’re
screwed so for this one I’m just going
to select pearl I think that’s a fair
option for me so next it asks you how
long you want to subscribe and you can
choose monthly yearly every two years or
even three years so there are many
different business philosophies about
what how you should spend your money
early on on a business what I always do
is I always choose three years when I
start a business because I would rather
not plan for my business to fail I would
rather plan for it to be successful for
three years and ultimately save money
along the way of course for this blog post
right here because this is not an actual
website that I’m actually using this is
only for blog post purposes I’m just gonna
choose monthly and cancel it after next
month if you have something like an
event coming up or a fundraiser and it’s
maybe a one-time thing a year from now
or maybe you want to make like a wedding
website or something then you may want
to just choose yearly that makes perfect
sense and then cancel it after a year so
we put in the plan and we can then go
and here it says what domain do you want
and they want you to buy it from Wix now
if you go down you see the tiny blue
on the bottom you can say already have a
domain connected we are going to do that
so we’re gonna connect our domain
okay so then when it asks for your
domain name this is where we have to go
off again on a small other tangent and
get our domain so getting your domain
I recommend Squarespace like I said you
can use anything I’m not sponsored by
Squarespace I do not care
Squarespace please sponsor me in the
future but yeah I really don’t care what
you guys use so use whatever you want
shop around and so you just type in your
domain so I’m gonna say o PR travel
that’s like you know just some other
channel I’ve been working on a little
bit as a you know a pet project so right
here it happens to be available $20 a
year that’s like dollar 50 months not
that expensive so we are going to get
that so we’ll go there and we’ll
continue to checkout so just like that
we bought our own domain Squarespace
wants you to make it on Squarespace so
if you’re interested in making your
website on Squarespace I will maybe make
a blog post about that in the future but not
today we’re doing Wix so right here we
have OB our OB our travel
comm and it’s going to find our domain
partner so we have to log in and do all
this stuff
okay so bear with you guys we’re almost
done with this part I know this is a
little bit technical but this is very
important when you’re making your
website so the next thing you want to do
is come back to Wix you want to go and
you know type in what your domain is it
brings you here and then you need to go
and pack and login and go to your domain
DNS slash name servers settings okay so
if we go back to Squarespace okay guys
sooo so bear with me we’re almost
through this the next thing we want to
do is click on the domain that we now
have and we’re almost there and like we
said we want to go down to advanced
settings and from advanced settings you
can change the DNS which it showed you
before and then we can go to name
servers and use custom name server and
the name server that we want we are
going to copy from over here
so we have right there and we’re going
to copy and paste that we’re going to
add it and then I think we should be
so let’s try it out now so verify
connection it will be trying to connect
it and then we should be okay back to
the editor the next option over is tools
now tools has a few different options
here you have your toolbar which is your
white block on the right side you can
make it appear or disappear
it’s helpful if you’re trying to place
an image or a shape or text I don’t
really use it that much though so I
think I’m gonna just kind of turn this
off and then we also have rulers you’ll
see on the top and the right side you
have a ruler so this is helpful if
you’re trying to add like a line going
across if you want to line everything up
horizontally and you can also look at
how many pixels away it is from whatever
the zero mark is so if this is good for
vertical if you want to add like a
halfway mark or maybe on thirds so that
way if you have like multiple things
lined up they’re all perfectly in the
center perfectly in the third and what
you want to do then is you want to know
how wide it is like 980 I believe is the
width so for this we could just say I
believe half of 980 s 490 so you’d say
that and that’s gonna be right in the
middle now if you don’t like these lines
you can go and click on them and then
hit delete so just click on the line tap
delete I accidentally made a second one
right there tap and delete and it just
is really easy to utilize these to
arrange things and make it look better
and more balanced on your website so the
other one is gridlines which is going to
be as you can see those dotted lines
going vertically and horizontally the
vertical ones are helpful like I said
before because different websites or
different monitors rather have different
aspect ratios so it’s good if you have a
smaller screen as long as everything is
within those margins you should be you
know pretty well off then we have snap
objects which is going to be essentially
going back to those lines I showed you
if you snap objects onto those lines
again it’s a lot easier to line things
up then we have dev mode so development
mode is going to be good for some
advanced stuff if you want to have some
really advanced like coding type stuff
built into this it’s good that you can
go into dev mode we’re not going to do
that in this blog post maybe some advanced
SEO stuff might be there if you want to
add some advanced widgets in here that
aren’t in the widgets you know the app
store right there then you can do that
their help is useful so you can go to
the Help Center if you have any
questions that you know are not answered
in this blog post or I can’t answer in the
comment section you know if something’s
going wrong it’s good to go to the Help
Center and talk to Wix support or go
through the FAQ and find out you know
what other people said about that then
we have keyboard shortcuts there will be
a few things depending on what your
website is meant to do there’s gonna be
a couple things that you do repetitive
or like pretty repeatedly and so for a
larger website it might be useful to set
up some keyboard shortcuts
and see what ones you know already exist
for example so we’re going to do that
right now then we have upgrade and
that’s pretty much all we have on the
top bar now on the left side these
little bubbles this is where we really
get into tools we use when we’re
building the website so I showed you
menus and pages earlier now essentially
what this does is it shows you all the
different pages across the top right
here you can go to different ones and
you can rearrange them so you can click
and drag this one you know down farther
and it’ll rearrange where they show up
there so about it’s now over there and
you can also hide some so you could say
you know I don’t want good to know to be
popping up so we can go and hide that
and maybe it’s something that you still
want and instead of having it on the top
right there you can have you know
something on your homepage so let’s go
back to our home page you can have
something on the home page like link to
it for example so that’s useful if we
say like yeah you know what we want like
we want this button right here to link
to so you go and click the link button
and you say you want to link it to a
page that might be like a hidden page
right so we could say good to know so
that way we don’t have good to know on
the top but it’s still page it exists if
people want to click on a button and
it’ll link them over that way
so later on in this blog post I will show
you a few other things you can do within
this little menu right here including
some SEO type stuff and I’ll show you
how to collect email lists if you’re
trying to you know grow an email list
with this if it’s a blog or if otherwise
you want to have some membership pages
I’ll show you how to do that later on
but continuing on just for basic website
building purposes you can add a
different page background since we have
a template I don’t really feel they need
to do that and then the little plus
button right here is where we can
actually add most of our stuff so you
can add different text you can add make
sure when you add text another thing
that a lot of other people say this as
well in the SEO community you want to
make sure that you’re not using too many
different fonts because when you load
the website you don’t want look you
don’t want to be loading a whole bunch
of different fonts it’ll slow your
website down you won’t rank as well in
Google and also you want to make sure
that you you know your website looks
clean you want to have a set format try
to pick maybe two to three different
fonts at most for your website honestly
I’ve made websites was only one fund and
it works out really well in most cases
especially because you want to have a
lot of pictures and you want to have you
know a decent amount of text there but
you shouldn’t be having all kinds of
different like text art going on I don’t
really do that much then we have gallery
so if you want to add like a gallery
there where you have like one picture
and a whole bunch of other ones people
can click on useful especially if
a portfolio website some vector art I
don’t really use those shape is very
useful for things like you see right
here this little line down there you
might be wondering like how do they get
that well it’s technically a shape is
what is what they’re using as a line
right there then some interactive stuff
which can be useful you can have things
pop up when you hover over them I
recommend that if you’re trying to
figure out a way to you know make things
simpler sometimes it’s nice just to have
like a few pictures and then when you
hover over it it’ll pop up with some
text and show people about it a little
more interactive keeps people more
engaged with your website maybe keeps it
a little more aesthetic and a little
more interesting so continuing down we
have buttons right there buttons are
extremely important but essentially
that’s just a shape with some text that
is linked to either another website or
another page and again one thing that I
mentioned before and it’s extremely
important when you’re making a website
is you need to remember what the big
picture or what the purpose is of your
website so if your website is supposed
to you know like gain leads so if you
are a website and you’re like a
consulting company everything on your
website should be pointing people and
kind of funneling them in the direction
of contacting you and doing business
with you because ultimately the purpose
of a website for a business is to you
know increase your revenue add more
dollars and add more value to your
company and so if you have buttons going
off the wrong way and people you know
end up at dead ends they end up it like
the about me page and then like well
then what they have to go back home and
like reen a v8 to find out how to
contact you know what you want to do is
wanna you want to make sure you have
buttons and utilize them you know
properly so that you have people you
know direct it in the wherever you want
them to go on your website so for this
website in particular because we’re
using you know James consulting whatever
this option is right here which actually
let’s change that to my consulting so
this is our header we’re just gonna
change out to Mike Mike consulting okay
so my consulting whatever I don’t know
and so what we want to do is you know
that’s gonna direct people at home but
on every single one of these page so if
they look at projects and then what do
they do okay they saw your projects but
maybe what you want them to do then is
you could have like a button say like
you know learn more or something and
have them directed to another page that
would somehow allow them to contact you
another option is down in your footer
right here something you could add is a
so it’s a good way that you know I like
to have a form on the bottom of every
single page to make it as easy as
possible for people to contact me so to
add a form what you want to do is go
over to add right there go down to forms
and then choose a contact form so you
know there’s you know obviously if
you’re not looking for contact you
looking for like payment or whatever
lots of different options but contact
form is probably what I would recommend
for like your consulting company if you
want to get like a quote or something so
you go over there and you want to drag
that down into your footer now sometimes
it’s going to not place it in your
footer so right there it did it again
where it put it up in your main body and
then what you want to do is drag it down
and then at some point it’ll say move to
footer so I think right there if we
click and drag this it says move to
footer so we’re gonna go and say yes
move that to the footer okay so then
it’s in the footer which means that on
every single page people check out this
will be on the bottom obviously we don’t
want it looking like this I would touch
it up and make it look better but
something you can do then is go and you
know manage the fields so if you don’t
want first name last name email phone
address you know some stuff like that
you might not need you know depending
you can either delete things or you can
go and edit what they say you can make
different things required or not
required so you could say like name you
could say company you could say email
phone and then just like you know leave
us a note or what’s your website or
something like that especially if you’re
doing like an SEO agency this would be a
great place to you know set up something
that says like tell us what your website
is well we’ll check it out and we’ll
give you like a free you know listing of
everything that you need to fix so some
other things you can add to make your
website look better of course blog posts are
something that’s really useful and very
powerful you see them all the time with
different ads you know most companies
have lots of blog posts on their websites
and you can add blog posts from or playlists
from YouTube or Facebook or dailymotion
you know lots of different options there
you can also add music to your site
maybe that’s better if you’re like a
creator a creative artist there you can
have social type stuff I recommend
adding you know different social things
so maybe like a Facebook feed or we can
go down and find like an Instagram feed
and add that you could showcase some of
your stuff most of the stuff on here is
free every now and then you find some
widgets that you do have to pay for so
this one is going to be Instagram right
so no problem there and you’re gonna
have to obviously go to settings and
really configure this make sure it’s
going to like your
feed and everything works properly and
again go to preview and check it out and
make sure it works okay so I’m not gonna
connect my Instagram right now and
obviously like I said I’m not making
this website for real I would spend a
lot more time making it look better and
make sure this is not unlike the you
know different projects page unless it’s
like a portfolio or a social media
growth site I don’t know whatever you’re
doing obviously case-to-case is very
different so make sure you don’t just
like plop in an Instagram feed randomly
like that but that’s an example of how
you could integrate some social media on
here and I could also be a good way if
maybe one of your purposes on your
website is to direct people over to a
different platform like Instagram you
could put in your feed right there and
have people you know clicking on it and
getting over and following you on
Instagram or subscribing on YouTube or
whatever you’re doing okay so let’s go
back to the home page here and another
thing that you see a lot of websites
have and it’s a really powerful tool is
if you go down to a lightbox now
lightbox is essentially going to pop up
based on some trigger on your website it
might be after a certain amount of time
on your website it might be right away
it might be when they click on something
you can have different triggers but
it’ll pop up fullscreen and it’ll tell
you you know like hey thanks for
checking us out are you interested in
making more money on your website if so
you know contact us right now and while
you’re on their website we’ll go and you
know take a look at your website and let
you know you could do better you know so
something like that you can get free
quotes you can have you know whatever
you want for your website you can have
something pop up and force them to
either click X or read it and then click
OK which is a good way a good call to
action on your website to achieve
whatever your goal is when people visit
so if you just do this you click on it
and essentially this is going to you’ll
drag it wherever you want obviously
probably just gonna be in the middle of
your homepage would be a decent spot so
your lightbox has a lot of different
options you can manage different light
boxes if you have multiple ones so you
can also set the triggers and the
triggers could just be like open as soon
as you get on the website right so
that’s what it is right now just like a
welcome one as soon as it pops up you
can have it showing up on different
pages of your website you can change out
how they X out of it if there’s a close
button I can X out or like a literal X
up there or whatever and so that’s
basically all you really need to know
about that managing lightbox is if you
don’t like them so I accidentally added
to right now you can go up and delete
one of them
and that’s gonna be up in your site menu
so yes let’s delete that one and so then
two light boxes on the little first
bubble right there you see you do have
one and you can go in here and this is
where you can get into your lightbox
editor so we’re gonna get out of
lightbox editing mode and bring us right
back to just regular website mode so
this would be a good time to go and make
sure that you saved whatever you’re
doing and if you’re interested I know
before I said I don’t really publish
until the end but sometimes maybe in
this situation I’ll hit publish now and
I just want to make sure that I like the
domain connected properly I want to make
sure that everything looks good it’s
working properly and so there right
there it says yep is that what we want
and that’s that should be it so let’s
just say done now if we just go over to
OB our travel comm it pops up with our
website and you can see everything looks
pretty good you’re able to scroll around
and click on it and it looks already but
sorry I look pretty good even though we
didn’t customize anything yet we didn’t
change any text we have a website with
our domain so some other stuff you can
do on this if you go down to the Wix app
market I kind of mentioned this a few
times before but there are paid things
there are free things and you can have
you know different social media
integrations there’s I recommend going
through this and just checking out what
there is there’s different forums
bookings you know chats and stuff like
that there’s endless options you have
with this and obviously you know it’s
very powerful to use these now I’m not
going to go through every single one
right now and show you guys which ones I
like and don’t like I think when you’re
making your website I recommend you
scroll through check it out maybe try a
few of these out and see if they work
for you but one thing that you’ll notice
that this does come with is sort of a
different app is the chat app and this
can be good or bad depending on how big
your team is and how often you will be
you know monitoring this now obviously
you’re not going to be sitting on the
website or on the WIC site on your
laptop all the time unless you know you
get a lot of chats non-stop in which
case maybe you want to do that but for a
lot of people you might not be watching
the chat unless you have the app on your
phone so I recommend getting the app on
your phone
turning notifications on and even then
if you’re not quick to reply if you’re
not somebody that’s gonna be looking at
that every time your phone buzzes maybe
it’s not good for you because honestly I
think it would almost be better to not
have a chat on there than to have a chat
if somebody’s going to type it in and
expect a quick reply and
on your website waiting for five minutes
no one replies they’re gonna think like
does anyone does anyone even monitor
this website this is even a real site
anymore and you’re gonna actually have a
negative impact on the viewer so make
sure you only use the chat if you’re
actually going to reply quickly if you
do it can be extremely powerful and a
great way to engage the people on your
website to you know get them to again
funnel in to whatever your end
destination is for them whether that is
some kind of lead you if it’s like an
email list whatever it is that’s a great
way to capture people so what you want
to do then is you can go to settings for
your breaks chat you can have it pop-up
you can have look you know a few quick
automated replies right away you can say
like hi welcome to a website this is
this is Mike or something like that you
know so you could also have people say
like you know if they send you a message
you can say hey I’ll you know you back
let me know your email is and you could
do that so different ways you could do
it I’m not going to go through that too
much right now but just know that if you
don’t like the chat what you can do is
you could just click the delete button
so just click on it and click delete and
it goes away from your website then you
don’t have to worry about that now what
I recommend next is go down and this is
where you should start now that you know
where the tools are start editing all
the text start editing everything
redirect different buttons redirect
different links and let’s go through
that and just I’ll give you a quick you
know rundown of how you do that so let’s
just say you know these three blocks
right here let’s say we want to change
them so you click you could double click
on any one of them and start changing
the text and on the right side you see
that little box there this is where you
can change the font this is where you
can change like a theme for that change
the size make it bold you change the
color or if you want to have like say
like couple words that want to link to
something you just click on this little
chain link and the link of course
backlinks are extremely important for
SEO on websites these days so you want
to make sure that as much as possible
you’re taking you know different phrases
and different buttons and linking them
back to other parts of your website you
want to make sure that you have you know
so if this right here is talking about
services the button should leave to
services if you have something that says
like you know we do like consulting or
we do something else maybe each of those
should link out you know have them
highlighted and underlined and have them
linked out to different pages on your
site so as many links as possible that
obviously as many links
makes sense you don’t want just non-stop
links on here but you want to try to use
links as much as you think you you
should now you’ll notice with the links
you have different options here so you
can have it linked to a web address a
page on your website an anchor and I’ll
show you what that is in a second the
top or the bottom of the page you can
have it linked to a phone number an
email so you could say contact you know
and if it’s a casual contact way where
it’s not through a forum it’ll just you
know open up their Gmail or whatever in
another tab and have them send it to
your email address so just another way
they can contact you that’s a little bit
like off the books is not on your you
know on Wix as much not manages by Wix
it’s just a link to have them mail to
you you can also choose if it’s opening
in a new window or the current window
some things make sense current window
some want to be a new window so I know I
said I’d talk a little bit more about
anchors now this template does not come
with anchors some do some don’t but
essentially what an anchor is you can
think about like a Wikipedia page you
know how on the top maybe on the top
left usually they have like an outline
of everything on that page and they’re
clickable links so you click on maybe
like references for example and it
Scrolls down automatically to show you
the references section so that’s an
anchor so if we want to have something
up top here and maybe like contact us is
the thing so contact us if they click on
that it’ll make them scroll down
automatically to the bottom right here
to contact us for a portion of your page
actually right here it does have an
anchor right there I didn’t realize they
had one here so if we go to our website
and we click on contact it’ll
automatically scroll you down to contact
us so if you want more anchors than just
that one there what you do is go over to
add right there go down to more at the
bottom and then you can have anchors so
if we go to more then you have anchors
right there so you can add an anchor you
can also add anchor menus maybe you like
at the top of your page so you can click
and have people like quickly scroll down
to different portions of your page and
again if you don’t like the anchors just
like everything else here well first of
all you can click and drag it and move
the anchors if you want it to scroll to
like right there or you could rename it
and if you don’t if you don’t like your
anchor for some reason if it came with
an anchor that you don’t think you need
you can just click the delete button it
goes away and if you decide you know
like oh crap I didn’t mean to delete
that you hit ctrl Z and it will bring it
right back and of course undo and redo
or at the top
if you don’t use the hotkeys another way
to do that and while we’re up here I
forgot to mention before the zoom out
and reorder so I told you how
everything’s kind of in like a strip
type design or not all of them but many
of them are so you’ll see right here you
have different strips so if you want to
rearrange them you can click on one of
them and you can you know reorder up or
down and you can change you could
duplicate a section if you want to have
something kind of similar to that below
it just more options if you zoom out and
you can also get a good idea of what
your page the overall flow of your page
is you know by zooming out like that I
recommend doing that now I keep talking
about SEO and essentially for those of
you don’t know if you’re very new to
this it’s search engine optimization so
the majority of people going to your
website a lot of the new traffic will
come through Google so people will
search you know like local consulting or
lawn mowers near me or something like
that and Google goes around and looks at
all the different websites not all it
wants for every search of course but
they have you know crawlers that go
around over the months and find you know
what your website is find out what it’s
about and they try to learn you know
what category you are so that when
people search they can connect the you
know the searcher to the correct website
or the most the best website for them so
you want to make yourself as visible as
possible as easy as possible for Google
to find you and refer you to new
searches so one of the things you want
to do like I said backlinks are
extremely important and another one is
you want to make sure that your text on
here is you know easy for Google to see
so example you don’t want to just have
pictures with like text in the picture
what you want to do is have a picture
and then maybe a description below that
that you know clearly explains and use
that uses the proper keywords of the
picture so that you know Google can just
look at the words and know what the
picture is and maybe within those words
you can also have a backlink to
something else on your website so
obviously SEO is a huge topic that’s not
really the scope of this blog post but I
just wanted to point that out right now
on a page like this I would recommend
don’t just have it something like that
corporate strategy one hour $170 right
you would want to have something below
that that explains what that is what is
$170 what does it mean to get corporate
scratch strategy consulting right so
lots of different things with that but
essentially if more SEO just quick
little rundown
I kind of mentioned this before if you
go to menus and pages go to site menu
just a real quick thing you can do on
each of your pages is you can go to SEO
for google of course and go down and
just fill out all this stuff so you want
to you know give a quick description of
what it is you want to you know name it
properly you want to make sure that you
have the best URL to make it as user
friendly and obvious as possible so like
your services page shouldn’t be like oh
be our travel comm slash like JQ SC
whatever like you don’t want that you
want it to be services or if you have
something else it could be like services
– you know new or whatever it is you
want it to make sense that people can
look at that and be like oh yeah I know
what that website domain is it’s not not
a shady website Google finds it easily
and everything works out really well so
I do recommend going into the SEO type
stuff here so next I mentioned how to
collect an email list on Wix and what I
recommend doing is creating a membership
page on your website so we can do is you
can hide your page and I showed you how
to do that if you click here and you go
to hide or show in this case because
it’s already hidden so you click hide
and then what you do is you go into
settings and then I’ll bring you up to
here and as you go over to the right you
keep clicking to the right until you see
permissions and within permissions you
can make it a Members Only page now if
you have a Members Only page people have
to be a member in order to see your page
so I believe this page right here if we
go over to SEO we’ll see what the link
is for this one this one looks like it’s
OPR travel comm slash file share that
doesn’t sound like a good one so we’ll
say member right so that way when we
save and publish our website so let’s
publish it right now and I’ll show you
what that looks like
so here you’ll see when somebody goes to
OPR Travel comm slash member they have
to either log in or sign up and they
make it easy with Facebook or Google
that way people you know you’re
collecting the emails and they’re able
to obviously working through this
they’re able to unsubscribe if they
don’t like your emails and overall it’s
just a very easy way to capture emails
with it’s not the best way you know
there are other ways out there for
different uses if you wanna use
MailChimp or something like that but
that’s just an easy way to do it with
Wix right here if you’re using
everything just getting started off
great way to get started with emails and
just memberships in general okay so
let’s say you want to add a page and
start totally from scratch on your
new page or just say you know your maybe
your template doesn’t have enough pages
here so what you do is you go up to
menus and pages and then right on the
bottom you can add a page and this is a
really good way to you know I’ll show
you guys some of the things you can
really do when you start a new page so
of course you can name it we’re just
gonna leave it named as new page just
because it doesn’t actually matter but
you can see right there
it pops up on the top horizontal menu if
you don’t want it up there you can hide
it and hiding it just means that it’s
not up there of course you can still
access this page you just have to get to
this either by the URL or from a link on
some other button on maybe a different
page right so there are a lot of
different options you can do with this
but let’s just say that you know we’re
good we’re gonna do a standard new page
right here then you can go and add some
things now I showed you a lot of
different things you could add before
but when you’re starting off like I said
before is you know the general strip
design is pretty common so I recommend
going and adding strips to this and you
may even want to zoom out when you add
these strips to rearrange them and make
everything look as good as possible so
let’s just say welcome I don’t know
let’s say your brand said we want that
you can click and drag these and it’ll
just put them on the page you can then
say if you have this strip right here
you can change the strip background so
that’s probably the next thing you want
to do so you don’t have I don’t know
whatever that is going on maybe it
doesn’t fit with your consulting company
so you have lots of different
backgrounds you can also upload your own
images and so there are really endless
options for what you want to do here you
can go and upload media as you see right
there also I didn’t mention before but
you can actually upload your own media
and access it in a couple different ways
so over here you have some stuff that
you can upload your media you can get it
from Facebook Instagram Google Drive
they make it very easy and very
accessible to bring in your own media
use some free Wix images use some free
Wix blog posts on analysis if we want a
blog post somewhere and you could easily use
a blog post as a background for one of these
strips as well and they look pretty good
sometimes sometimes it’s nice to have a
blog post playing so like for example like
Santro mediacom you go there and we do
have a blog post playing right away so it
takes a little bit longer to load like
that but it may be captivating depending
on you know who your audience is and
what you’re looking for so this is a
website that is not really up and
running right now it’s under maintenance
we’re kind of redesigning it a bit but
regardless you can add blog posts and add
them to your backdrop or your strips or
whatever you want
and so for this one you can do a lot
here you can say behaviors you can have
it play like immediately you can have a
play when people click on it you can
have it loop you can you know lots of
different options with blog posts here and
of course you can also link YouTube
blog posts as well so if you don’t want it
let’s just tap delete and that gets rid
of it and let’s just say we want to add
some more strips all right so let’s say
you want to add more strips to this one
obviously that’s probably not a
sufficient page right there with our
trashy little footer on the bottom we
probably actually shouldn’t have it it
looks really bad like that I’m just
going to delete that for now so get rid
of the forum the forum can look really
good there like I said but obviously
don’t want a white you know gaudy
looking thing like that so let’s say we
want to add more strips so again you go
back to add you go down to strips and
you can find out you know like maybe you
want testimonials right now maybe you
want something with three columns let’s
double click that and it’ll pop up below
where we want so that’s the next strip
and then again we have you can change
the size of it you can drag it down a
little bit add some white space we can
add it to the footer if we wanted so
lots of different options but something
like this is what I was talking about
where this would be something that would
be a really good interactive thing so
you can have like a picture of a person
there or maybe some kind of like name or
like I don’t know whatever it is and if
people hover over it so maybe if these
are like the people that work with you
you could have like their name and a
picture and if people hover over it
maybe this little thing would pop up so
great way to make that an interactive
and so if you want to add Interactive’s
that would actually I would delete those
and replace it with an interactive it’d
be easier to do that
but you can go in to add and again do
that in add from interactive like I
showed you before that would actually be
a hover box by the way so this is
actually what I meant so what I would do
is I would delete those three boxes
there and I would have something like
this one where you have you know this is
what it normally looks like and then
when somebody hovers over it so click on
the hover tab there and you can edit
whatever it says when they hover over it
so just a cool way so that you know when
people are moving around it’s a little
bit more interactive and a little bit
more is happening so another thing I
showed you a little bit earlier and
let’s just say right now you want to
change this text of course I recommend
again having this in the same few fonts
when you add different strips they kind
of come with their own fonts so we’ll
just say like Mike brand right we’ll
just Mike Oh spilled that really wrong
Mike brand whatever it’s my bro
and Mike brand and let’s just say that
we want this whatever I don’t know
whatever and we want it to link back to
another page which is a great way to
have things you know flow throughout
your website you go to link there like I
showed you before and then you can have
it either link to like I showed you you
know top of the page documents anchors
whatever or like we’re gonna do right
now we’re gonna link it over to the
services page if people like it they can
go check out the services right so this
is essentially how you would start
generating a new page you know just
strip by strip that’s typically how I
would do it just insert as many strips
as you want change the colors of them so
I showed you how to change a picture
background this one I think might just
be a color background so you could
change the strip background and choose
you know again they’re probably gonna
offer like some different pictures you
can use you can go with color you can go
with blog post you know lots and lots of
different options for the backgrounds so
something else that is very important
and I mentioned before you know if you
have a picture and let’s just drag this
over here we have a picture there I said
that it was important to have captions
but sometimes you can’t have a caption
and then sometimes you know what you
want to do instead and actually each
probably do this for every picture but
if you can’t have a caption at least do
this go into settings and go down and
tell Google what the image is so you add
some alt text there and essentially it
makes it easier for Google to and when
they’re scraping through your website or
crawling through your website and
figuring out what your website is about
it’s important that you have everything
pretty clearly labeled so it’s easier
for Google to detect what it is your
again you’re optimizing your website for
Google so you get more traffic and then
while we’re in Settings here it’s also
important to note that you have some
other options so you can add links to
this of course like I showed you before
you can have some different image
behaviors and you can also do a little
bit of editing here most of the pictures
that I upload
I already edit elsewhere just because
the tools are a little bit limited so
you can crop it you can do you know a
few things with it touch it up but
overall you’re not going to be you know
it’s not Photoshop here it’s gonna be so
it’s gonna be a fairly simple
rudimentary set of tools okay so I added
another strip here just to demonstrate
something pretty quickly so if you
decide that you want more white space
above or below it you can pretty easily
do that by stretching things or clicking
and dragging so this stretching is going
to make this strip a little bit bigger
and if we go to the strip below it we
can actually pull down for the
and it drags it down it adds some more
white space there and you know that
could be useful if you’re trying to put
like a line there or some kind of
divider I don’t know what you’re trying
to do if you just want like a blank
white space that could also be useful if
you’re trying to put other blocks in
there whatever you’re trying to do it’s
just important that you know that you
can move these strips around stretch
them shrink them do whatever you need to
do to manage your website and make it
look as good as possible so now that I
showed you most of the tools here I want
to go back to the dashboard and show you
guys a little bit more about this so Wix
actually has a lot of powerful stuff
behind the scenes not just in the editor
so when you start your website it is
important that you go and check out just
the dashboard here they’ll give you some
tips about things that you haven’t done
yet so you know create your first
service set your work hours do some SEO
work it walks you through the SEO with
their SEO Wiz makes it fairly simple to
at least get started on that and then
you can go down and like I said there’s
so many different things that they tell
you they really walk you through a lot
of the different things that you maybe
forget when you start a website or you
didn’t think about you know okay well
maybe you should start an email campaign
maybe you should make some more social
media posts about this you know stuff
like that
another important thing is to get a
mailbox I’m not going to walk you
through that in this blog post but if you
want to have an email associated with
your business as most people probably do
you can go and get a mailbox right here
or you can go through like G suite or
many other places that you can connect a
mailbox and essentially have you know
instead of like Mike consulting at which is kind of tacky and and
you know not really a professional
business you could instead say like you
know Mike consulting at Mike or Micah whatever
whatever your website is and you can
have some kind of normal you know
contact at OB our travel comm for
example would be a good one so lots of
different options here you can also
change or upgrade your plans here and
there is a lot you can do like I said
before I also recommend getting the Wix
app so that if you do have a membership
page I mentioned this before if you have
a membership page anywhere on your
website or if you have a chat on the
bottom corner you can be notified on
your phone so you can you know one track
how many emails you’re gaining how many
members you’re gaining if people have
questions or if anybody’s using the chat
you can reply directly from your phone
so lastly before you’re done and you
really wrap it up here you want to go
over to mobile view right here maybe you
want to do this earlier on
you’re developing everything but you
want to see what it looks like so you
could say like yeah you know like maybe
these right here look really good but
you see at the top it kind of cut off
like the letter D right there so it’s
Mike brand D it’s just looks really bad
and now you know that you’re going to
have to somehow fix that so you can go
and you know change the font size of
that text right here so that it fits
perfectly you can change the alignment
of it you can’t do nearly as much in the
mobile editor as you can in the main
editor that’s typically well that’s the
main reason that I used just the you
know desktop editor most of the time but
it’s very important to come in here and
adjust the fonts make sure everything
looks good you can work with a
background on stuff so you can change
some things that are independent of the
desktop site but for the most part you
want to make sure that you edit you you
make the whole website here on the
desktop site and then you go over to
mobile and you can really just finish it
up there sometimes there are things that
you want to have on the desktop site but
not on the mobile site so you can go and
have hidden elements you can see like
maybe if you don’t want this strip on
mobile you can go and hide that section
so that shows up in the hidden elements
right there and then back on desktop
you’ll see that that section does still
exist but just not on mobile for
whatever reason maybe it just doesn’t
scale down well and you don’t want it
there so guys I think that’s pretty much
everything I want to show you in this
blog post as far as the tools on Wix go that
should enable you to you know at least
get a really good start on your website
and get something out there to start
ranking in Google of course SEO is your
next step but really the first thing
that you want to do as soon as you know
what these tools are would be to really
go through and add all of your content
and make sure it’s customized make sure
every little corner of the entire
website is exactly what you want it to
be and you know not like you know Jeff’s
consulting or whatever that isn’t your
website you don’t want to leave the
template anywhere on there make sure all
of the text on every single page is
exactly what you want now the last thing
I wanted to do here was address a few
other questions that I’ve seen on other
you know like subreddits and different
things of you know questionnaires that
people are asking about one of them is
what happens if you don’t upgrade or if
you do upgrade and then stop paying
later so at some point if you you know
if you pay and then you stop paying Wix
will downgrade you to the free version
and essentially what it’s going to be is
like this want to be like Mike sixty
seven ninety whatever dot Wix comm /ob
are travel so you don’t have a custom
domain it’s not
professional I mean technically it is a
custom domain but it’s not like the
professional domain of Wix in there you
also have a Wix ad at the top and the
bottom and you’ll lose a few different
functions that you can have on here like
booking or depending on what plan you
got you’ll lose those features so not a
huge deal if that ever happened but like
I said before I recommend upgrading for
almost every purpose out there if you
have a business or you know if you’re
doing anything semi professionally or
professionally it makes sense to just
pay that money and have like a real
genuine professional website so guys if
you have any other questions make sure
you leave a comment down below if you
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guys I hope this blog post helped you and I
wish you luck in starting your new
website it’s very exciting there’s a lot
of work to do but if you have any
questions make sure you comment down
below I’ll do my best to answer them
thanks for watching I’ll see you next

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