Have you ever wondered about creating your own website without any technical skills and not having to deal with complex HTML and CSS coding? There is good news. There are quite a few website builders out there that let you design your website with an easy to use drag and drop interface. You don't need to know any coding, HTML or CSS. I looked into a few website builders like Wix, Jimdo, Weebly, Squarespace and decided to give WIX a try. I was very impressed with the range of templates (over 280) that they offered for almost every category you can think of. If you have a lot of pictures to display, you may find WIX's templates quite appealing.
So here is how you can get started with WIX (www.wix.com) Once you open an account with an email and password, you will be directed to the main page where you will start building your site. Click the 'Template' tab at the top and choose a website template that meets your expectations from the various categories.
You can either use one of Wix's pre-made templates as a starting point to build your website, or you can start with a blank canvas. But I decided to start with their pre-made templates since they have all the webpage layouts ready to go, and I just had to insert my own images and text. This saved me a lot of time (versus creating my own design) and it's especially helpful if you are not sure of your web design capabilities
Once you click the 'Edit' button, you will see the main page with a list of tabs displayed on the left side of the page.
1. From the 'Pages' tab you can navigate between your site pages and add, rename or re-order your pages.
2. The 'Design' tab changes the design theme of your site.
3. From 'Add' tab you can add buttons, text, images etc.
4. The 'Preview' tab lets you view your changes.
5. Save when you are done building your site and ready to publish and take it live.
Some drawbacks with Wix: Once you select a template, you cannot change it to another template. So it's a good idea to test out a few templates before publishing. Another drawback is that Wix will not allow you to access the HTML or CSS codes. If you want to change your design through code, this option is not available. But if you are not comfortable with codes, you don't have to worry about this.
Overall, Wix can be particularly helpful to those who need a starting point to build a beautiful website, or for those who don't want to create a design from scratch. So, go ahead and give it a try. I would also recommend looking into other website builders like Weebly, Squarespace and Jimdo and then decide on one that meets your goals and expectations.