Tons Of Extra Features
Aside from its core, which is the site builder that helps people rapidly develop websites, Wix is going far more than the extra mile. It has built an entire ecosystem of tools and products aimed at helping people create websites that succeed.
Aside from the app market, it has several other internal tools that are simply great for site owners to have and use – and it all comes in the same package.
For those who aren’t yet aware, Google is now doing its bit for a more secure Internet by encouraging site owners to use SSL. While its true that most website hosting sites today offer this in one form or other, it is nonetheless good to see site builders like Wix start to offer this as well.
HTTPS ensures that the interactions visitors have with your website is secure and that paves the way for more things, such as online purchases, exchanges of private information and so on. Sites which are non HTTPS compliant will now get a warning message.
HTTPS sites are also given more favourable rankings in Google search.
Create quotations for customers
This is something that’s more for business customers, but especially so to small businesses or even sole proprietors. Wix has a tool that lets you create quotations for your services for customers. The tool is there complete with template, all you’ll need to do is add the customer, terms and expiry date for your offer.
To be honest, this wasn’t something I was expecting to see in a site builder, especially one that offers a free account. It’s not something that will make or break a deal, but it just goes to show how much thought Wix has put into the site building process and the needs of their customers.
There’s even a logo maker!
Again, this falls under the same category of tools as the above quote generator. A logo, simple as it may be, is something that practically every website would need. So why not just build a simple one and complete a suite of website extras?
A big bravo to Wix for the inclusion of these two tools. Seriously.
Another item that falls under the business category, Wix allows those sites carrying on ecommerce activities to access a few payment methods. The main options are a little limited – you can use PayPal or some other form of manual payment such as cash (something like an ATM bank-in) or cheque.
This is only the default, however. Should you need more options, you can leverage on some of the apps on the Wix market. For example, one of their apps for Online Payments lets you accept credit card payments as well, complete with payment reminds and invoicing.
Tasks and Reminders
As you build your website, leverage on Wixs’ tasks and reminders tool so that you’ll always be aware of what else you need to do to complete your site. In fact, I found this helpful even after the fact, since I administer quite a few websites.
Each time you log in to your account, just pop over and you can go over your list, adding new stuff or marking things off as you complete it.
The theme word of the day is collaboration and here Wix lets you invite people to dialogue with you on your website. This can be helpful in a number of ways. For example, if you were a developer building a site for a customer, you can invite them to the draft and let them comment or request changes.
If you’re working with a copywriter, you can invite them in to fill in the blanks where you leave placeholders for it. Or perhaps if you are in a business and just want feedback from a few colleagues – this could work in so many ways.
If you’ve used Facebook messaging recently, you might have noticed that many businesses are using chat bots to respond to messaging from users. Some websites also offer this in the form of live chat services.
With wix pros and cons, you have options to ‘automate’ your site as well! This can happen in several ways. For example, if a visitor sends you an email from your website, you can configure Wix to have an acknowledgement sent to that visitor right away.
Again, this is yet another business-friendly feature that is great to have.