What Wix Templates Are and How To Use Them

In our last tutorial, we gave you a general tour of how to use Wix.  Now, as promised, we're going to go a bit more into detail about everything that you need to know about templates on Wix.  After all, not all of us are creative geniuses who can dream up a website design and transfer it perfectly to a computer screen.  So, we'll show you how to get the most out of their templates.

What are Wix templates?

Templates on Wix are pre-made website designs that were made by Wix.  You can use them to provide a starting point to add and edit elements and create your own unique website, instead of designing a website right from scratch.  The platform has numerous free templates for all kinds of different websites that you can use.

How to select a Wix template

Currently, it is not possible to change a template that you have already selected for a website, nor is it possible to use two different templates on the same website.  If you want to select a new template anyway, you will need to create a new website.  We'll show you how to do that in this tutorial.

  1. Go to www.wix.com in your web browser and log in.  (See our how to Use Wix tutorial for help with that.)

  2. From your main screen, click the My Sites menu, and then click Create a New Site.

    Create a new Wix site

  3. You will now see the templates interface on your screen.

    Wix templates to choose from

    On the left-hand side, you can click the options under "View By" to see New templates, the Most Popular templates, or Blank Templates (i.e. minimalist ones without a lot of content already on them).

    Under "Categories", you can click a category to see templates listed as that category.  If you click a category (or the arrow icon beside it), you may be able to see sub-categories that will help you narrow down what type of template you're looking for.  Or, you can just click See All Templates to see all available templates.

    You can also click the line beside the magnifying glass and type in a keyword (or more), and it will search for templates that contain those keywords.

  4. When you move your mouse cursor over a template on the right-hand side of the screen, the view will switch from a desktop-centric view to a mobile-centric view of the template.  Here, you can see what kind of subscription package you need in order to publish a website with this template (see our How Much Does Wix Cost article). You can also click Info to see a short description of this template, as well as what kind of website or job it is best suited for. (Click the "X" to close the info window.)

    Switch from desktop to mobile view

    Click View in order to look at a preview of what the template looks like, or click Edit if this is the template that you want to use for your website.

  5. If you click View, a sample version of the website template will appear in a new browser window or tab.  From here, you can interact with the template as if it were an actual website.  You can also click the desktop monitor icon or smart phone icon to switch between seeing a desktop-centric view of the website and a mobile-oriented view of the website, respectively.

    Preview your website

    If this is the template that you wish to use, click Edit This Site.


That's a bit more information on templates on Wix and how to use them!  We hope you're able to find one that helps your website get off the ground!