How to Use Wix -- A Free Tour of Wix's Features

Now that we're done with the introductory articles for our Wix course, it's time for us to show you how Wix actually works!  This lesson will show you the basics of creating a website on Wix, from signing up for an account to picking a template for your website to putting it together, all the way to publishing it!

To create a website with Wix, you first have to sign up for Wix.  Then, you have to select what kind of website you want to build, and choose a template for it.  Then, you have to put the actual elements of your website together.  You can come back to finish your website later, and publish it when it's done!

That's probably clear as mud to you, right?  Building your website on is a little more free-form than it is on some of its competitors, such as, so we'll show you some pictures of what everything looks like so that you can get a better idea of what to do.

How to use the Wix website builder

Signing up for Wix

  1. Go to in your web browser and click Sign In in the top-right corner.

    Signing into Wix

  2. On the sign-in screen for Wix, beside "New to Wix?", click Sign Up.

    How to sign up for Wix

  3. When the sign-up screen for Wix appears, click on each of the text lines that appear and type in:

    - Your email address
    - A copy of your email address
    - A password to protect your account with
    - A copy of the password that you picked

    How to fill out the Wix sign up form

    You can also click the two buttons beside "Or Sign Up With" and log into your Facebook or Google account (such as Gmail), respectively, and use your information from the respective account to sign up.  Otherwise, when you're done filling in your information, click Sign Up.

Logging into Wix

  1. Go to in your web browser and click Sign In in the top-right corner.

    Signing into Wix

  2. When the sign-in screen for Wix appears, click on the line labelled "Email" and type in the email address that you used to sign up for Wix.  Then, click on the line labelled "Password" and type in the password that you chose to protect your Wix account.

    How to fill out the Wix sign in form

    If you signed up for Wix with your Facebook or Google account instead, click the respective button beside "Or Log In With" and enter the credentials for your respective account.

    You may also want to click the check box beside "Remember Me" to unmark it if you are using Wix on a computer that someone else might conceivably use.  This helps to make it so that someone else can't easily bypass your account security.  Click Log In when you're done.

Putting your Wix website together

  1. After you log into Wix, the first thing that you're going to have to do is select what kind of website you want.  If you move your mouse cursor over some of the options shown here, you will be shown more options for sub-categories of websites.  Click one to start.  For this example, we're going to make a simple online journal (or "blog") website.

    How to choose the kind of Wix website that you want to build

    (NOTE: If you click Other here, you will be taken directly to a list of website templates that you can use as starting points.  See our Wix Templates tutorial for instructions on how to use this feature.)

  2. On the next screen, click Get Started to… well, get started putting your website together.  (You may need to log in again.)

    Getting started building your Wix website

  3. Next, you will need to select a template for the kind of website that you are going to create.  Again, we'll go over this in a little more detail in our Wix Templates tutorial, but for now, move your mouse cursor over a template and click View to see samples of what this website looks like, or Edit to choose this template as the one that you want to use for your website.

    How to select a template for your Wix website

  4. Once you've picked a template for your Wix website, it's time to start putting it together for real… and there are lots of different ways that you can do it!  For example, click the Background button to set the background for the page.  You can click Color to pick a simple colour for the background, click Image to set a picture as your background, or even Video to give your web page a moving background!  You can also just select a featured background from the list below these buttons.

    How to change the background of the current page of your Wix website

    For pictures and videos, you can use your own from your computer or social media websites, or you can use some provided by Wix.  You can also click Apply to Other Pages to choose which other pages you want to change the background for, and then switch the backgrounds of multiple pages at once!

  5. Now, let's try adding a new element to our web page.  Start by clicking the Add button.  Move your mouse cursor over the category of object that you wish to add to your website, and then click on the specific object that you wish to add.

    How to add an element to your Wix website

  6. Presto!  Your new object will appear in the middle of your screen.  You can click and hold the mouse button down in the middle of it, and then move your mouse around to drag the object to wherever you want it to go.  There are other options here, too: you can rotate the object, resize it, change its text or other properties, change the design, animate it, turn it into a hyperlink, and more!
    How to edit an element on your Wix website

  7.  If you click the Pages menu, you can see all of the pages in your website.  You can type in the name of a web page to search for it, and click on a web page to view it and edit it.

    How to select or add a page on your Wix website

    You can also click the three dots beside a page for more options, such as the ability to rename, copy, or delete the page.  You can also click New Page and then Page to add a new web page to your website.  Give it a name, set its background, put objects in it, and away you go!

  8. There are some other important functions that we should mention, too. 

    Other commands for your Wix website

    If you click the magnifying glass icon, you can zoom in or out of the current page.  This can help you get a better view of everything on the page at once, so you can more easily re-order objects.

    If you do something that you didn't want to do, click the Undo button to go back one action.  You can also click the Redo button to go forward one action, if you undo too much stuff and want to keep at least some of the changes that you've made.

    You can also click the mobile phone icon, and then select to view your website as if it were on either a desktop computer or a mobile device.  You can edit your website in either mode.

    Clicking Save will let you save any work that you've done on your website so far, while clicking Preview will let you test your website out as if it were live on the Internet.  Finally, you can click Publish to make your website go live when it's ready!  Not to worry, though: you can still come back and make improvements later!

Well, that's a basic introduction on how to use Wix!  There's a lot more to Wix that we couldn't cover in this short article, though, so be sure to check out some of these other in-depth tutorials for getting the most out of Wix (note that some can only be done with an upgraded account; see our How Much Does Wix Cost article for more information):


Next up, we'll have a bit of an expanded tutorial on Wix templates: what they are and how to work with them.


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