Today, we’re going to look at how it’s easier than ever to add a blog or a bookings section to your WIX website. These are incredibly important functionalities to add in terms of creating great experiences for your users.
You’ll have noticed that many companies and organisations add a blog to their website as it offers a great way to engage your audience, as well as bringing SEO benefits too. It’s essentially the most cost effective way to acquire new leads on your website.
With the power of WIX helping to help create your website, including a blog is likely to be a priority consideration. Luckily, just like everything else in WIX, adding and maintaining a blog is entirely easy, even with little technical expertise.
In fact, you can add, edit, and publish new blog posts in a matter of minutes. But first, you have to know how to set up a blog.
Today, we’ll be looking at exactly how to do this.
Adding a Blog to Your WIX Site
Adding a blog to a site on WIX is very simple. You’ll find a number of blog templates ready to use.
Firstly, have a look at all the different pages already on your site. If your site has a blog, you should see a page named ‘Blog’ already. If you do have a blog already, you don’t need to follow the next step shown.
If your site doesn’t have a blog, you’ll find adding one to be an easy process. At the side of your WIX site you’ll see a range of elements. When you click on the Add button it will then show another list of elements.
Within this list of elements you will find an element called Blog. Hover over this element and click on ‘Add to Site’. This will then add the blog to your site in the form of a new page labelled ‘blog’.
Steps to add a blog to your WIX website:
- Click on Add Element,
- Choose Blog,
- Hit Add to Site.
Alternatively you can also go to the ‘Start Blogging’ element then use the Add to Site button. This will bring you to the same place as the first method. Again once the Add to Site button is clicked, it will create a blog in the form of a new page.
Editing Your WIX Blog
Whether you add a new blog to your site, or have an existing blog, you have options to separate this into public and members-only content. Most blogs don’t need a membership to access the blog but some templates come with the members page.
Therefore for the purpose of this tutorial we’re going to hide the members page within the site.
To do this, go to the page from the site menu and pages element. Hover over the members page and click on the drop-down of the page then hide. The reason we’re doing this is that the members page will also show in the navigation menu alongside the blog page and we don’t want this.
You will then need to place the members page as a secondary page with the blog page being a primary page. You can monetise this by charging for membership in order to offer users exclusive content, using a paywall.
You can then access the blog of your site by going to the blog element in the sidebar. This is where you can manage your blog by adding posts, categories, tags and also the design of the blog.
The design of the blog is very important to your site, as you want to have the most engaging blog for your users. This helps with both SEO and UX, by ensuring that users stay on your site for the longest possible time.
Meanwhile, categories are very important to your blog as they help filter and content.
To create a category:
- Go to My Blog/WIX Blog,
- Press Categories,
- Click Insert category name,
- Hit Save.
Some different templates may differ, for instance you may need to:
- Go to My Blog,
- Select Manage Posts,
- Click Categories,
- Choose New Category,
- Insert a category name and hit Save.
Once you have categories added you can then start placing added blog posts and inserting them into categories.
It is also just as easy to add blog posts to your site. Using the same WIX blog, just click on create a post or manage posts. Within managed posts you can then create posts from there.
Within the managed posts you will find all of your posts and you can edit, delete and add posts from here.
Within a post you can add images, videos and text content. Everything you need to perfectly engage the reader or viewer. Depending on what type of blog you offer, a post may only contain a video or even just images, like infographics.
Adding a Booking Page to Your WIX Site
Adding a booking page to your WIX website is also an easy task. It can be tempting to be a little intimidated by the thought of adding this process, however the steps to do so are straightforward.
To add a booking page to your site all you need to do is:
- Go to Add Element,
- Select Store,
- Press WIX Bookings.
This is how you add WIX’s own bookings to your own site. Doing so will add a new page to your site, designed with your template and theme.
The next step is to edit the booking page appropriately for your site. To manage the design of the page, click on the settings of the booking element. Here you can change the positioning of the services to suit your needs and wants.
You can also add different services to the bookings page.
You can add and manage the different services from the settings, but it is easier to add and manage the services from the manage services button when you click on the element. When you click on the managed services you will be met with two options.
Choose the right one for you.
There’s also a place to manage the pages the service button links go to. When in the settings, there is a drop-down that says ‘Service List’. Click on this and change it to ‘Service Page’.
This page is a singular page that shows more detail about a single service.
Here you can add much needed details and any restrictions or complications. For instance if you were booking food, the different products that could have allergens within them.