Wix: Make a Quick and Easy Professional Website for Free
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Wix: Make a Quick and Easy Professional Website for Free

Create a beautiful, professional Wix website in about 1 hour using Wix's powerful free tools. Step by step case study.
4.2 (112 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
12,765 students enrolled
Created by Kristen Palana
Last updated 4/2020
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Current price: $17.99 Original price: $29.99 Discount: 40% off
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Make stunning and professional-looking websites the quick and easy way in about 1 hour using free online tools
  • Know how to plan a web site and make images web-ready and high quality
  • Take your regular logo and put it on a transparent background in four minutes or less
  • Be up and running fast using the most essential and useful tools in Wix
  • Get a birds-eye view of the design process from concept to final product
Requirements
  • No special design or web knowledge is needed. Only basic computer skills (such as being able to copy and paste text, save images, and use the Internet) are needed
Description

Are you more interested in running your business, pursuing your hobbies, and exploring your passions than fussing over your website? 

This course was created especially for busy entrepreneurs, authors, artists, do-gooders, non-profit organizations, volunteers, and hobbyists who just want to focus on doing their work, NOT on the million and one steps it takes to design and run a good website.

It's for complete beginners with zero web design experience as well as those with little to no web design budget at all.

This quick and dirty course will show you how to:

  • Make stunning and professional-looking websites the quick and easy way in about 1 hour using free online tools
  • Know how to plan a web site and make images web-ready and high quality
  • Take your regular logo and put it on a transparent background in four minutes or less
  • Be up and running fast using the most essential and useful tools in Wix
  • Get a birds-eye view of the design process from concept to final product

In this course I'll show you step by step how I created a website for the non-profit organization, PK Rabbit Rescue. I start from the very beginning and show you the most essential and important features of the Wix dashboard and interface.

I'll show you how to get started making posts, pages, and managing all aspects of your Wix website so that by the end of the day today you can already add a new skill to your CV or resume and be easily running your own website ASAP.

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I'm a practicing award-winning multimedia artist and a former tenured Associate Professor of Digital Media and Program Director of Film & Digital Media at The American University of Rome (2006-2016). I'm currently an Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). 

Since 2000 I've been teaching students all over the world using my tried and true custom approach (turning complex information into something simple, memorable, easy-to-understand in as short amount of time as possible) to ensure that you get the most important, relevant, and useful information that can be applied immediately.

New bonus lectures and resources will continue to be added and timely design advice will be provided in the discussion forum. I love to help and always respond to inquiries and discussions ASAP.

Please Note: All students who enroll in this course also will receive periodic free and discounted access to my other top-rated current and upcoming courses.

You have a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with no questions asked so you have nothing to lose. I make myself available so you will have access to me if you have questions or need specific feedback along the way.

Empower yourself by taking in this easy to follow Wix course and join our growing learning community! Click the "Enroll Now" button in the upper right corner and let's get started building your stunning new website today.



Who this course is for:
  • Absolute beginners, design and web novices, and people who fight with computers and technology will get A LOT out of this course
  • People with little to no budget for web hosting, domain names, and web design services should take this course
  • This course was designed especially for busy people who want to be up and running ASAP
  • People looking for an in-depth Wix course that covers every tool and feature should NOT take this course. Here, we are only using the most useful tools and techniques for getting started quickly and easily.
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 01:57:26
+ Introduction and Overview
2 lectures 03:27

Welcome to this quick and easy web design course created for complete beginners, busy people, and those with no budget to build a professional-looking website. I'll share what you will learn in this course and how I can help.

Preview 01:43

In this lesson I'll talk a bit about how you can find out the best platform for you and your unique and specific needs.

Preview 01:44
+ Getting Ready to Rumble: Get Ideas, Gather Your Content, and Prepare Your Images
4 lectures 20:33

In this lesson we'll talk about the website I am going to design as a case study in this course for an American non-profit organization. We'll discuss gathering content like text and imagery as well as the importance of solidifying your idea and thinking about navigation and what you most want to communicate with your new website.

Many people want to just jump in and start making a website without the preparation. But if you skip the planning stages, you'll actually spend more time later redoing your website, reordering menu items, and fussing with images. Trust me. Let's take a moment to plan our beautiful new website first and make sure the images you want to use are worthy enough to put on it.  :-)


First Thing's First: Get Your Website Ideas, Text, and Images In Order
03:32

This extra lesson comes from my in-depth full web design course, Web Snax: Super Simple Recipes For Easy Web Design

Here we are going to think about what content we want to have on our new website and what we DON'T want. We are also going to then organize this content to make it easy to find, logical, and user-friendly for our website visitors.

Laying the Groundwork: Creating a Site Inventory and Navigation Chart
03:17

In this lesson we'll talk about ways you can further solidify your ideas and how to think about which pages you'll have and what you most want to communicate via your website. 

Preview 03:26

In this lesson, I'll show you how to clean up and adjust images so they will look professional and sharp on your new website. Your website is only going to be as good as your weakest image, so make sure they all are in top shape before you start designing your new site. In this lesson I use Adobe Photoshop. You can get a free trial of Photoshop from Adobe's website. You can also make similar edits to your image using the free program Gimp or Photoshop's online tool. See the links in the resources section. 

Also look at the extra lesson in the last section of this course to use a free online photo editor made by Photoshop to help you get your images ready for your site.

Making Images Ready To Use on the Web
10:18
Take a moment to let me know what kind of site you plan to create.
What Kind of Website Are You Going to Make?
5 questions
+ OK Go! Making Your New Website in Wix
15 lectures 01:13:38

In this lesson we will set up a brand new Wix account and browse through templates so we can choose one and get started making our beautiful new website. 

Set Up a Wix Account and Choose Your Template
06:10

In this lesson we'll set up our logo and start chipping away at customizing our new home page.

Setting Up Your Logo on Your Home Page
03:19

In this lesson I will show you a super easy and quick way to take an existing logo and put it on a transparent background. I normally do this task in Photoshop or Gimp, but after creating this lesson, I'm just going to use the free online tool Lunapic instead. It's a time saver! :-)

This lesson comes from my course, Make Easy But Powerful Social Media Graphics: Canva |Stencil

Preview 03:42

In this lesson we will save our work so far, set our site's URL (domain name), and start customizing our main slider on the home page. Good times ahead! :-)

Saving, Setting Your Wix Site's Name, and Customizing Your Home Page Slider
07:28

In this lesson we'll start redoing some of the template text and swapping with our own text. We'll also talk about links and how to set them up properly.

Working With Text and Adding Links in Wix
04:56

In this lesson we are going to add the most important information your website needs to have. 

Make Sure THIS Crucial Information is On Your Homepage
06:57

In this lesson we will work with the image galleries on our home page and finalize the home page text. Making progress!

Get Your Image Galleries in Shape and Finalize the Homepage Text
04:07

In this lesson I add services to the page and make it link to the contact page. (Case Study)

Adding Services or Events
03:15

In this lesson I will show you how to set up your social media links that will appear in the site's footer. 

Add Your Social Media Links to the Site's Footer Bar
02:45

In this lesson we will go edit the mobile version of our site and make sure it appears the way we want to. Then we hit publish and are ready to share the link.

Edit the Mobile Version of Your Wix Site and Hit Publish
04:48

In this lesson we will tidy up our menu, add pages, and redo the menu and stacking order for pages. We will also create a new blog and add it to the site by making our first post.

Fixing Up the Menu and Adding a Blog to the Site
05:51

In this lesson we will edit and format our first blog post, work with pages, swap images, and adjust blog settings.

Editing and Formatting Blog Posts in Wix
07:08

In this lesson I'll show you how to add free vector art as we customize our contact page. I'll also go over how to set up a Google map and how to make sure your contact form is customized and working.

Setting Up Your Contact Form and Page
04:26

Let's have a little fun, shall we? In this lesson I will show you how to add cool animated effects to your images to help make your Wix website even more dynamic. (*Use animated effects sparingly so you don't make your web visitors sea sick!)

Preview 02:25

In this lesson we will talk about finalizing a site, publishing, how to upgrade your plan, how to find free help on every specific Wix tool, and how to get custom feedback and advice from me.

The Final Wrap Up and Important Last Things You Need to Know Before You Go
06:21
Now that you know all the steps, it's time to get started. (Or at least just check in and let us know where you are at...)
Now It's Your Turn. Making Your Wix Website
1 question
+ Resources, Extras, and Conclusion
5 lectures 19:47

Don't stop at making Wix websites. Have a look at some of my favorite free and intuitive tools that will have you making images, social media graphics, illustrations, animations, and more. Get a taste of what is possible in under 10 minutes and be up and running ASAP.  [This lecture comes from my full course, Skyrocket Your Creativity: 7 Easy Ways.]

Extra: 5 Easy & Free Tools That Will Free Your Creative Soul
10:24

Here are more free resources you can use in your creative projects.

75+ Resources to Get Free Images, Music, and Videos For Your Projects
00:22

In this extra lesson, I'll show you a quick and easy FREE online tool made by the Adobe Photoshop people that will allow you to fix and enhance your web images for free. Use this tool to brighten images, increase contrast, crop, adjust, and more.

This lesson comes from my course (that also utilizes free tools), Quick & Easy FREE Image Fixes for Beginners: GIMP Spotlight

Extra: Making Image Fixes on the Go Using Photoshop's Free Online Editor
07:06

I'm so happy that you took this course. Thank you for visiting my online classroom. Please don't be a stranger and I hope to see you again soon.

Thank You For Taking This Course. Please Review
00:42

Here is more information on how to connect with me, see my online portfolio, and where to find special offers.

Bonus: Freebies, Discounts, and Special Offers
01:13