How To Start A Wix Blog: A Step By Step Guide
If you are looking to start a Blog then you’ve come to the right place. Our step by step guide can have your new Wix Blog up and running in just a few easy steps. If you are looking to create a website for your business or for some other non-blogging purpose, then the steps are slightly different. In that case you will want to check out our step by step guide to building a Wix Website.
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For ease of reading, we’ve broken our Wix Blog Step By Step Guide into 4 parts:
Part 1: How To Create A Wix Blog And Set Up Your Wix Account
Part 2: How To Create Your First Blog Post Using Wix
Part 3: How To Configure Advanced Wix Website Settings And Features
Part 4: How To Make Money With Your Blog
To get started Click Here To Open The Wix Landing Page in another browser. When you are ready to begin creating your Wix blog, click Start Now.
On the Login Page next to where it says New To Wix click Sign Up and you should get a sign up page that looks like the page below.
I would recommend signing up with your email address and not using your Facebook account.
How To Create Your Wix Blog
At this point you will be taken through a series of questions to help determine what kind of website you want to build. Since we are building a blog make sure you answer blog to the appropriate question so the blogging app gets added to your website. Some of the questions you’ll probably be asked are:
I want to create a website for myself/client? Answer: Myself
It should be a blog/business website? Answer: Blog
And I’ve build websites before/never done this before? Answer: Never
At this point you should be prompted with a screen similar to the one below.
You now have the option to answer a few questions and let the Wix Artificial Design Intelligence, also known as ADI, start building your Wix blog for you based on your answers. Or you can just choose a template and build the website yourself using the Full Wix Editor. For now, if you are new to building websites I recommend letting the ADI build the initial version of the website for you as this will be quicker and easier.
The Full Wix Editor gives you more features and configuration options but you can let the ADI build the first version of your Wix Blog and then edit it with Full Wix Editor later. We get into that in more detail in our section on Configuring Advanced Wix Website Settings And Features. Click Start Now on the ADI screen.
At this point the ADI will start to ask you additional questions like:
What Kind Of Blog Do You Want To Create?
Does Your Website Need Any of the Following? Sell Online, Take Bookings and Appointments, Get Subscribers
Whether or not you are directly selling anything on your blog, you will definitely want to get as many subscribers to your blog as possible. We get into more detail on how to make money with your blog later but no matter how you choose to make money blogging having a large subscriber list is important. In fact, if you ask most successful bloggers what their biggest mistake was when they started out blogging, a lot of them will say that they failed to start building a subscriber list from the beginning.
Click Next after you’ve chosen your options.
Next you will choose a Name For your Blog. For the purpose of this step by step guide I chose “Wix Demo Blog”.
Since your blog is likely online only and doesn’t have a local business presence you can skip entering your address if you don’t want it to appear on your website.
Next you can add a logo and links to your Social Media profiles. If you don’t have social media profiles ready to go for your business or blog don’t worry, we’ll show you how to add this later.
Click Start to have the ADI start building your Wix blog.
Pick a style you like (Classic, Clean, Elegant) you can easily switch later so don’t waste your time trying to decide. However, I would stay clear of Elegant as I find the fonts they use to be very difficult to read. If you uploaded a logo to your profile, you can even have the Wix ADI use those colors for your website or you can change the colors later.
Since we used the wizard and said we were creating a blog, the Wix ADI automatically added the blogging app. It also added the other features we requested like the Get Subscribers feature. If you didn’t use the wizard, these are all features you can easily add using the Wix web designer.
At this point the Wix ADI will build out the base for your website and you’ll be taken into the Wix ADI where you can make further modifications.
Using The Wix Blog ADI
Don’t worry about the way it looks right now. It is not going to look pretty when you are in Edit mode. At any point, you can make edits and then click on the Preview button on the top right to see what your actual website will look like.
You will notice that Wix already put a bunch images as well as sample blog posts on your website. This is just so you can get a feel for how the site looks but you can easily remove those later when you are ready to actually start blogging. Don’t panic at this point if the ADI Editor looks overwhelming, we will get into all of this in a little bit.
It is very important to note that at this point you are still using the Wix ADI, not the Full Wix Editor. The ADI makes it much simpler for you to add features to your website, but it gives you much less control over how your website looks and feels. So if you don’t like the ADI, or if you want to change some things on your website and it won’t let you, don’t worry about it. The ADI is perfect for a beginner, but as you get more comfortable working with your website you will want more control over the look and feel of the website.
We will cover how to switch from the Wix ADI to the full Wix Editor in our section on Configuring Advanced Wix Website Settings And Features. If you are a total beginner, I’d recommend sticking with the Wix ADI for now and once you get comfortable with your new website and want to add some additional features, you can switch to the full Wix Editor. I personally like the full Wix Editor a lot better not just because it gives you more control over your website but also because I find that at times the ADI can be a little slow and less responsive than the Full Editor. But for the remainder of this first part of our step by step guide to getting started with a Wix Blog we will be assuming you are still using the Wix ADI.
Wix ADI Menu Options
Page: This is where you select what page on your website you are editing, we’ll stay on the home page for now.
Add: This is where you can add new pages to your website or add apps to pages. Since we used the wizard we already have both the blogging app and the subscriber app on our home page so we’ll just focus on setting up those apps for now. It should be noted that the Wix ADI has a very limited set of Apps available to it. When you are ready to begin adding new apps you will want to switch to the full Wix Editor.
Site Design: This is where you can change the theme of your wix blog, choose colors and fonts as well as modify other more advance features.
Manage Blog: This is where you will add, edit and remove blog posts. We will get into that in a little more detail later on in Part 2: How To Create Your First Blog Post.
Desktop/Mobile: This is where you can swap between viewing the Desktop and Mobile version of your website. The mobile version is how it will be viewed when someone is looking at it on a smart phone. For now just focus on the Desktop version when editing. Wix will automatically optimize your site for people viewing on a mobile so there is no need to worry about it.
Site: Here you can manage your sitewide settings. We will cover these options in detail later in Part 3: How To Configure Advanced Wix Website Settings And Features.
Preview: The preview button allows you to view the website as it will look if someone is visiting it using a typical web browser and not in edit mode.
Publish: At this point only you can see the website, either in Edit or Preview mode. Once you click Publish it will become available on the internet for everyone to see.
Upgrade: This is where you can upgrade to a Wix Premium plan. It is important to remember at this point you are still running the free version of Wix. If you are creating this blog just for yourself for fun then you can get away with the free Wix Blog. It would obviously not be worth the monthly fee for a small personal blog. But if you plan to make money with your blog, then you are going to need to upgrade to one of the premium plans for the following reasons:
1. First of all, free Wix websites are limited to 500 MB of storage and 500 MB of bandwidth. If you are posting regularly to your blog you will definitely run out of storage.
2. Free Wix Blogs can’t have their own domain name. Here is what this means. If for example the name of your company or blog is John’s Photography Blog, your free Wix blog would have a web address similar to johndoe.wixsite.com/johnsphotographyblog. This is a very ugly and unprofessional looking domain name that is going to be impossible for anyone to ever remember. With a Wix premium account you could have something like www.johnsphotography.com and have professional email addresses like email@example.com. Nobody is going to ever take your blog or business seriously if you have a free Wix domain name.
The best part is that when you upgrade to a premium plan Wix will give you the domain name of your choice for free. It typically costs ~$15/year to register a domain name but when you pay for your Wix Premium account you’ll get a Free Domain Voucher.
3. Free Wix Blogs will have Wix ads all over them once they are published. This is how Wix makes their money off of Free Wix Blogs. Not only does it make your website look totally unprofessional being littered with ads, but it will slow down load times drastically. If your website takes a long time to load it will provide a very poor user experience for your target audience. In addition, Google uses page load speeds as part of its ranking algorithm to determine which websites should rank highest when people do internet searches on Google. If you want people to ever be able to find your website, you can’t use a free Wix account.
4. Premium Customer Support. If you have a premium Wix account, when you have questions about your website or need help changing something on your website, you’ll get much faster response times from Wix Support. If you are planning to make money from your blog, any downtime you incur will ultimately cost you more money than the premium plan.
5. Google Analytics. Premium Wix Users get access to Google Analytics. This is critical to making money with your website. You will want to know things like how many visitors am I getting to my website each day? What countries are my visitors in? Where were my visitors referred from? (Did they find your website through Google Search, Paid Ads, Facebook, etc.) How long did they spent on my website and which pages did they visit? What device were they using? (mobile, tablet, desktop). All of this will help you target future blog posts to your audience and help you make money with your blog.
Upgrading To A Wix Premium Plan
Once you select Upgrade, you can choose Compare Plans to see the different options available to you. You get a money back guarantee from Wix so you can try out Wix Premium for 2 weeks and make sure you are happy with your website before you commit to anything long term. To start out, I would recommend you go with the Unlimited plan which is the middle of the road plan. It comes with everything you need to start your professional blog, including unlimited bandwidth, a free domain and no Wix ads.
You will only need the more expensive VIP or Ecommerce plans if you plan to have an online store on your website. If you are not directly selling anything to your readers, then don’t waste the money on those more expensive plans. If you are on a really tight budget you can save a couple of bucks with the Combo plan but for only a few dollars more a month, the Unlimited plan comes with a few extra features/apps as well as $300 in ad vouchers. Those ad vouchers alone more than make up for the difference in price. They allow you to place ads on websites like Google, Bing and Yelp which is helpful when you are first starting out so that people can discover your website.
A couple of things to keep in mind about the Wix Premium pricing:
1) These prices include web hosting. What this means is that Wix is not only providing you with the Website Builder, they are also paying for the servers that host your website files and make it available on the internet. If you used a different website builder like WordPress you would have to acquire, maintain and pay for website hosting separately on your own.
2) The Monthly prices displayed are based on purchasing 1 year of Wix Premium. If you are on a very tight budget you have the option to pay month to month but it will be a lot more expensive in the long run. Wix gives you the option to purchase 1, 2 or 3 year plans, each with a progressively larger monthly discount. For now, I’d recommend you just go with the 1 year plan for the following reasons:
• It’ll save you about $40 to $50 in your first year over the month to month plan price.
• In addition to those savings, you can often get an additional 10% or more off of the yearly plan with a promo code depending on their current promotions. Check https://support.wix.com/en/article/current-promotions to find any current/valid promotional codes to enter at checkout.
• You won’t get the free domain from Wix if you go month to month, you’ll have to purchase it yourself which will cost you another $15 anyway.
• Most importantly you won’t get the $300 in ad vouchers if you pay month to month. That alone makes it worth purchasing the 1 year subscription.
Once you’ve selected the plan and the term you want, you will be taken to the purchase page where you can enter your information. Before you complete the purchase make sure you have checked https://support.wix.com/en/article/current-promotions for any valid promo codes that might be able to save you some more money.
How To Claim Your Free Domain
Once you’ve completed your purchase, if you bought a yearly plan, you will want to redeem your voucher and connect your new domain name. This is so that when you publish your website it will have your own professionally branded look and not the ugly and unprofessional johndoe.wixsite.com/johnsphotographyblog we discussed earlier.
In the Wix ADI click on Connect Your Domain at the top of the page or you will also see it under the site menu. Assuming you don’t already own a domain name that you want to use, then you will want to click on get a new domain name. Click on Add Domain/Buy A New Domain. This will take you to a search screen where you can try to find an available domain name.
Since there are millions of websites out there, many domain names will already be taken. You might have to get a little creative to find the perfect domain name. For example, if your business is John’s Photography and you are in New York, sites like www.johnssphotography.com or www.nyphotography.com are probably already taken. But you might be able to get www.johnsphotographyny.com or maybe try dashes like www.johns-photography.com until you find something that you like and is available.
Once you find a domain name that you like and that is available click Get It. Select 1 year registration period and then you can decide whether or not you want to pay extra for a private registration (it is not necessary). Click Continue and then when you get to the payment screen you should already see your voucher discount displayed giving you your free domain. Click Submit Purchase to complete the purchase of the domain. Now that you own the domain name, you can go to your Domains page and you should see your domain there and you can just click the Connect button next to the domain you just purchased in order to connect your domain.
Editing Your Wix Blog With The Wix ADI
Now that you’ve upgraded to Wix premium and connected your domain, you should finalize the look and feel for your website. Then you are ready to start blogging. From the Wix ADI, you can hover over any section of the website and then either click Edit or Design. Design will generally give you different layout options for each section of your website. For example, if you don’t like the layout of your logo and Top Menu, you can click design next to it and choose a different layout. Once you’ve selected the layout you like, click the X to close the design section and it will save your new layout to your website.
While selecting Design affects the Layout, selecting Edit will let you change the actual content of the different sections of the website. For example, if you click on Edit next your top menu, you can edit the following:
Freeze Header: It is usually best to turn this option on for a blog since your home page can get rather lengthy with blog posts. This allows the user to always see the top menu even when scrolling down through blog posts. This way, if they decide they want to jump to a different page on your website, they don’t have to scroll all the way back to the top to get to the menu. It provides for an excellent user experience.
Business Name: This is the title of your Blog that will be displayed at the top of the page next to your logo.
Logo: Here you can set or change your logo for your website if you didn’t already do it during the ADI wizard.
You can also choose to toggle whether the Menu, Email Address, Phone Number or Social Icons are displayed on the menu.
When you have your top menu setup the way you want you can move down to the main section of your blog and do some additional editing. This section describes your blog and it probably has a photo that Wix added for you that you don’t want there. You can either remove this section entirely if you just want your blog posts to display immediately below your menu. Or if you like the design of this section you can edit the section to put in a meaningful photo and description of your website or blog.
You can also easily toggle on/off any of the items like Title, Subtitle, Description, Media, Button, etc. This will add or remove anything you do or don’t want in this section. To change any photos Wix added to be your own, just choose Edit & Replace and you can upload a different photo.
That’s it for Part 1 of our Step by Step guide to starting a Wix Blog. Now that you have setup your logo, menus and descriptions the way you want, it is time to learn how to create a blog post. Check out the second part of our series to see How To Create Your First Blog Post Using Wix.
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