Wix is the ideal platform for anyone looking to create a beautiful, professional website with no coding experience. Whether you’re starting a blog, personal portfolio or a new business website, this step-by-step Wix setup tutorial will take you from an absolute beginner to a Wix wizard.

By the end of this Wix guide, you’ll have a fully featured, functioning Wix website to call your own. Ready? Let’s get started!


screenshot of Wix’s sign-up page

Step 1: Create an Account

Before we begin, you’ll need to create a Wix account if you don’t already have one. On the Wix sign-up page, you can create a Wix account using your email or an existing Google or Facebook account.


screenshot of Wix’s ADI or Editor selection page

Step 2: Choose Between Wix ADI or Wix Editor

Once you’ve created and logged into your Wix account for the first time, you’ll be prompted with a series of questions about the type of website you want to create, after which Wix will present you with recommendations based on your answer.

After going through the questionnaire, you’ll be asked if you’d like to let Wix ADI create a website for you, or create your own website with the Wix editor.

Wix ADI stands for Artificial Design Intelligence. Sounds fancy. It offers a simple but limited way to create a website by using artificial intelligence. Here’s a quick comparison between the two.

Wix ADI Wix Editor
  • Create a website by answering a few questions
  • Wix ADI will generate footers, headers and pages based on your answers  
  • Customisation is limited to selecting a theme and changing colours
  • You can edit the pages created by Wix ADI, but the editing functions are limited to small tweaks
  • Create a website by using Wix’s drag-and-drop website builder
  • Full control over your website’s overall design including layout, pages, templates and colours
  • Is less restrictive and has more options than Wix ADI, but requires knowledge of the Wix platform
  • Ability to add more third-party apps and widgets onto your Wix website than Wix ADI

It should be noted that while you can convert a website made by Wix ADI into the Wix Editor, it doesn’t work the other way round. While creating a website using Wix ADI is a very quick and straightforward process, it is more suitable for users who have a small website with just 2 to 5 pages and aren’t fussy about their website’s design.

For this Wix setup tutorial, we’ll be guiding you through the Wix editor which has more options and customisation features.


screenshot of Wix’s website templates selector

Step 3: Choose Your Website Template

After you’ve selected Wix editor, you’ll be presented with some website templates based on the questionnaire you answered earlier. If the category Wix has chosen doesn’t match up with your business or purpose of your website, you can browse templates from other categories using the navigation bar.

Wix has over 800 designer-made website templates to choose from, so take your time to go through any designs that catch your eye before you make a decision.

To get an idea of how each template looks and functions, simply mouse over your desired template and click “View” — this will open a new tab in your browser with a demo website using the template you selected. From here, simply click around to explore the template.

Once you’ve decided on a template, click “Edit” or “Edit this site” to start making changes. You can’t change your template after your website goes live, so make sure you’re set on the template you’ve chosen.


screenshot showing how to add and change text in the Wix editor

Step 4: Moving, Adding and Changing Text

Once you’ve chosen your website template, you’ll be taken to the Wix Editor to customise your website. If this is your first time exploring a drag-and-drop builder, don’t be alarmed! Everything has been made to be intuitive and easy to use, even to complete beginners.

In this part of the Wix guide, we’ll spend the next few sections taking you through some of the basic functions in the Wix Editor so you can start customising your website how you’d like.

Let’s start with the text.

Moving Text

To change where text is positioned on your website:

  1. Click on the text you wish to move, wait for an orange box highlighting the text to appear
  2. Click on the empty space between the text and the orange box
  3. Your cursor should turn into four arrows, drag the text box to your desired position

Adding Text

screenshot showing how to add text in the Wix editor

To add new text into your template:

  1. Click on + button on the top of the left navigation bar
  2. Select the first option “Text”
  3. Choose the type of text and design you want to add: “Themed Text”, “Titles” or “Paragraphs”

Changing Text

Changing the text in your template is straightforward enough.

  1. Click on the text you wish to change, wait for an orange box highlighting the text to appear
  2. Select the text within the box to remove it, and type your new text
  3. Change text properties such as font, font size and effects in the “Text Settings” pop-up box


screenshot showing how to add and change images in Wix

Step 5: Adding, Changing and Editing Images

Like text, adding and changing images in the Wix Editor is an intuitive and straightforward process. The great thing about Wix is the option to upload your own photos or use one of the free illustrations or images from their library. There’s also an option to upload images from your social pages like Facebook or Instagram.

If you still can’t find a suitable image for your website from those options, you can explore free stock image websites like Unsplash.

Adding an Image

screenshot showing how to add image in the Wix editor

To add a new image into your template:

  1. Click on + button on the top of the left navigation bar
  2. Select the second option “Image”
  3. Choose where you’d like to add the image from

Changing an Image

To change an existing image on a template:

  1. Click on the image you wish to change and a blue border should appear indicating that the image has been selected
  2. Select “Change image”
  3. Locate and select the new image you would like to use

Editing an Image

Wix makes it easy to edit images with just a few clicks. To edit an image to your liking:

  1. Click on the image you wish to edit
  2. Select “design” or “filters”
  3. Choose the frame or colour filter you’d like to apply to the image


screenshot showing how to add pages in Wix editor

Step 6: Adding Pages

Depending on the type of website you’re setting up, Wix automatically creates a few pages for your website depending on what it thinks you’ll need. If you find the need to add or even remove certain pages from your website, here’s how you can do so:

  1. Click on “Site Pages and Menu”, the third button from the top on the left navigation bar
  2. Click “+ Add” to add a page
  3. Click on the three dots “…” to delete or hide a page

The “Site Pages and Menu” button gives you an overview of all the pages in your website. It’s an easy way for you to choose which pages to display, which to hide and even edit a page’s information, layout and SEO settings.


screenshot showing the store products page on the Wix Dashboard

Step 7: Managing Your Online Store

Whether you’re operating a subscription business model or selling physical products, e.g. kids bed, or digital products, every Wix website comes with handy features to set-up and manage an online e-commerce store.

From adding products to setting up shipping, delivery and payment methods, here’s how to handle the basic functions of a Wix online store.

Adding Products

To add a product to your Wix store:

  1. Navigate to the Wix dashboard
  2. Click “Store Products” on the left navigation bar
  3. Click “+ New Product” on the top right of the page
  4. Select the appropriate option and fill in your product information

Set Up Shipping and Delivery

Once you’ve added physical products to your store, you’ll need a way to ship and deliver them to your customers. Wix has a handy shipping and delivery settings page which contains everything you need to manage how your customers receive your orders.

To get to the “Shipping and Delivery” settings page. Simply:

  1. Go to the Wix dashboard
  2. Click on “Settings” third from bottom on the left sidebar
  3. Click on “Shipping & fufillment” under the eCommerce & Finance category

The shipping options you can change are split into three categories:

  • Domestic
  • International
  • Third-party fulfilment services

The first two options are relevant if you ship the products out yourself and do not rely on a third-party logistics provider. On the “Shipping and Delivery” settings page, you’ll be able to change how shipping rates are calculated, change the estimated delivery time as well as provide local pick-up options.

If you use a third-party logistics provider, you can click on “Fulfillment Services” and find the relevant app for your logistics provider in the Wix app market.

Add Payment Modes

Before you get your shop up and running, there must be a way for customers to pay. Wix e-commerce stores can be connected to Stripe and PayPal, which gives you access to a wide variety of popular payment options.

To add payment modes to your Wix store:

  1. Go to the Wix dashboard
  2. Click on “Settings” third from bottom on the left sidebar
  3. Click on “Accept Payments” under the eCommerce & Finance category
  4. Connect your relevant payment methods

There is also a manual payment option which you can use to add cash or other offline payment modes, as well as cash on delivery.


screenshot showing the domain settings page in the Wix dashboard

Step 8: Add a Domain Name

A domain name is the custom URL your customers will enter into their browser when they want to navigate to your website. That’s why it is important to pick a domain name that is easy to remember.

If you are a free user on Wix, your domain name will appear as www.yourstorename.wixsite. If you would like a custom domain name, you will have to subscribe to one of Wix’s premium plans and become a paid user.

Wix gives you the option to purchase a domain name from them or connect to a domain you already own.

To add a domain name, navigate to settings > connect a domain.


screenshot showing the subscription plans for Wix

Step 9: Choose Your Wix Subscription Plan

While you are free to use Wix as a free user, a Wix subscription plan gives you access to advanced features that are crucial to your website — especially if you’re running a business. Choosing a subscription plan and becoming a paid user allows you to customise your domain name and removes on-site ads, instantly making your website more professional.

To subscribe, simply click the “Upgrade” button on your Wix dashboard. Wix offers Website Plans as well as Business and eCommerce Plans depending on your website needs.

Ad-free website plans range from US$8.50/mth to US$26/mth, while business plans range from US$17/mth to US$35/mth.


Step 10: Publish Your Website

Once you’ve got everything set up and finalised your website’s design — you’re ready to publish!

From the website editor, simply click on the “Publish” button on the top right and your website is now live! It’s that easy!

You’ll still be able to make changes to your website while it is live. To do so:

  1. Open your Wix dashboard
  2. Click on Manage Site
  3. Click on Edit Site
  4. Make your changes and click Publish again


Learn How to Setup Your Wix Website from Experts at FirstCom Academy

We hope that this step-by-step article on how to set up and manage a Wix website has been useful to you. If you prefer to learn in-person rather than read an article, why not sign up for FirstCom Academy’s Wix courses?

FirstCom Academy’s web design courses are ideal for anyone who wants to learn how to use Wix to set-up and run a successful online store. Learn from industry-vetted and ACTA/ACLP-certified trainers who will guide you on how you can use Wix to create your own online store that follows industry best practices. And because the course is conducted in-person, you can get immediate answers to your questions by an expert with real-world experience.

Learn how you can create your own website or online store without any code by signing up for our Wix website creation course or Wix E-commerce course today!


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