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First of all, if you don’t have a personal website, you should. You may say that you don’t have the know-how or the design skills, but that is not an excuse anymore. You can now create a professional looking Flash website for free with Wix.com.

Wix is a free, Flash website builder that allows you to create a flash website easily through a drag and drop environment.

Today, I am going to show you how easy it is to create a professional-looking Flash website for free.

Creating an Account

First of all, you have to create an account, and it’s pretty straight forward. Just click on the big yellow Start Now button and enter your details. Once you have successfully created your account, it’s time to creating your first website.

Creating Your First Website

Let’s begin creating your first website with this flash website builder. As you can see in the image, I have already created one, so I am going to create another one just for demonstration purposes. All you have to do is click “Add new site” which is under “My Account”.

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Choosing A Template

The next step is to choose a template that will be the base design of your website. So far, Wix has 271 templates that you can choose from which are assorted into categories. A few of the categories you can choose from include:

  • eCommerce
  • Business
  • Consulting
  • Design
  • Food and Drink
  • Art
  • Must
  • Personal
  • Websites
  • Portfolio

Just browse through the templates, and when you find one you like, move your mouse over it and click on “edit”. You can also view it to get more of a feel for what it looks like.

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Customising Your Flash Website

Once you click on edit, a pop-up window will appear which is where you’ll edit your website. I picked the “My Personal Portfolio” template. It is now time to customise your template and add content and customise pages.

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The editor within this flash website builder is quite powerful, easy to use and learn. The left hand side has all the features that you can add or change such as how the page looks (background colour and styles), the images and video’s that you see, the text, and widgets (such as displaying an RSS feed). The top bar has your basic editing options such as settings, preview, save button, undo/redo etc. The bottom displays the customisable options for the selected elements, and the right hand side navigates through each web page.

It will take me a while to explain everything that you can do, so I am just going to go through some of the basics.

Changing The Text

The first thing that you want to do is to change the text to what you want. To do this, simply click on the default text that is already on the screen and click edit.

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Changing the Background Colour and Style

On the left hand side, select “Page Parts” and select “Background” to change the background, or select “Page Frame” to add a nice looking border around the page. You will the be presented with a box where you can choose a style. You really have to play around with all the styles and options to find one that you really like.

Adding Pages

It is important to note that a new page gives you a blank template, whereas a mini-page uses the parent frame design and adds a new link to the navigational structure. To add a new mini-page, click on “mini-page” in the navigational element and select add. This will create a new mini-page and automatically update the links. To create a new page, on the top right hand corner of the editor, click “Add Page”.

It is now up to you to design your site, and add your text, and make it look how you want.

Publishing Your Website

Now that you have created and finished designing your website (having saved it of course), it is time to publish your website. To publish your site, just hit the green “Publish” button on the top of the site.

Wix gives you three publishing options. The first option is to publish it on Wix. This will give your website the URL of http://www.wix.com/yourusername/wixSiteName. The second option is to send it via email, and the third option is to embed it in an existing document. With this option, you can easily embed your site into Facebook or Blogger, but if you want to use it on a webpage of yours, just grab the embed code and paste it in a HTML document somewhere.

Although you can update your Wix site and pay a monthly fee to remove ads and use your own domain name (as seen below), there is a simple hack that allows you to have your newly created Wix site on your own domain name.

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All you have to do is create a new HTML document, and inside the body tags embed the code. Simply change the background colour to match your Wix site and upload the HTML document to your appropriate website directory. Visit your domain name, and your Wix site should load.

So there you have it. With a bit of time customising a design, adding some content, you can create a professionally-looking, free flash website in no time at all. If you want to see my websites I quickly created, check them out here, and here.

Have you created a website with Wix.com before? How did you find it? Do you have any other web app to recommend?

  1. ænon1mus
    June 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Hey Lewis,

    You thinking of adding an entire flash website to a Facebook page? It's not easy. Try playing around with the FBML sandbox to see if you get an appropriate result: http://developers.facebook.com...

  2. Jack Cola
    June 4, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Hi Lewis,
    Personally I don't know how to do it, but I do believe it can be done. I'll see if I can find someone at MakeUseOf to help you.

    This may or may not help you.

  3. Lewis
    June 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    is there a way to add it to a Facebook Page?
    iv tried putting some codes into the FBML bit but i cant seem to embem it there, is there a way to do it?

  4. Lewis
    June 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    is there a way to add it to a Facebook Page?
    iv tried putting some codes into the FBML bit but i cant seem to embem it there, is there a way to do it?

    • Jack Cola
      June 3, 2010 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Lewis,
      Personally I don't know how to do it, but I do believe it can be done. I'll see if I can find someone at MakeUseOf to help you.

      This may or may not help you.

    • ænon1mus
      June 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm

      Hey Lewis,

      You thinking of adding an entire flash website to a Facebook page? It's not easy. Try playing around with the FBML sandbox to see if you get an appropriate result: http://developers.facebook.com/tools/

  5. website builder
    June 1, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Now I already found what I'm looking for. Through this wix.com, I can create a flash website without understanding and using advanced coding.

  6. Jack Cola
    May 27, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Thanks for your input Andy. There are a whole range of websites that are similar.

    Also, Wix just updated there site so you can embed HTML into your Flash websites.
    Below is some text from their email:

    Now, for the first time ever, you can embed HTML code
    into your Flash websites, straight from the Wix editor!*
    For more information, visit http://www.wix.com/upgrade/HTM...

  7. Andy Leff
    May 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    if ou want to build a site for your business that is not in flash you ca check out http://www.7mainstreet.com, the site you build here can also be used to start a free ecommerce storefront, and it gets visibility in our directory and our network of other directories across the country. Its worth taking a look at, especially if you are an SMB that wants to get osmehting nice up fairly quickly and you dont have a huge budget to do so

  8. Andy Leff
    May 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    if ou want to build a site for your business that is not in flash you ca check out http://www.7mainstreet.com, the site you build here can also be used to start a free ecommerce storefront, and it gets visibility in our directory and our network of other directories across the country. Its worth taking a look at, especially if you are an SMB that wants to get osmehting nice up fairly quickly and you dont have a huge budget to do so

    • Jack Cola
      May 27, 2010 at 3:09 am

      Thanks for your input Andy. There are a whole range of websites that are similar.

      Also, Wix just updated there site so you can embed HTML into your Flash websites.
      Below is some text from their email:

      Now, for the first time ever, you can embed HTML code
      into your Flash websites, straight from the Wix editor!*
      For more information, visit http://www.wix.com/upgrade/HTMLwidget

  9. Jack Cola
    May 2, 2010 at 3:13 am

    I am not sure of what the problem is. I would suggest trying a different web browser because it works for me.

    Also make sure you have the latest Flash installed.

  10. Anonymous
    May 2, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Im using Opera and I do have Javascript and Flash plugin.

    • Jack Cola
      May 2, 2010 at 1:13 am

      I am not sure of what the problem is. I would suggest trying a different web browser because it works for me.

      Also make sure you have the latest Flash installed.

  11. nelsonlee
    May 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I can't sign up. It just keeps saying: loading dialog

    Help?

  12. Anonymous
    May 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I can't sign up. It just keeps saying: loading dialog

    Help?

    • Jack Cola
      May 1, 2010 at 11:58 pm

      Do you have Javascript turn on and a Flash plugin installed (ie you can watch youtube video's)? What browser are you using?

  13. Shadow14l
    May 1, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Apparently this man has missed the new thing called "HTML5". Pure Flash websites were terrible then, and still are now. The websites look anything but professional and look like they were thrown together in 5 minutes, and whether you spend the full 5 minutes to even spruce it up for an hour. CSS3 beats Flash's style hands down everytime.

    Flash? Yes.
    Good looking? Unlikely.
    Free? Yes.
    Professional? No.

  14. Anonymous
    May 1, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Apparently this man has missed the new thing called "HTML5". Pure Flash websites were terrible then, and still are now. The websites look anything but professional and look like they were thrown together in 5 minutes, and whether you spend the full 5 minutes to even spruce it up for an hour. CSS3 beats Flash's style hands down everytime.

    Flash? Yes.
    Good looking? Unlikely.
    Free? Yes.
    Professional? No.

  15. Jack Cola
    April 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Yes, it won't work on an iPad.

    I see Flash as a good design for a personal website/portfolio type website. I don't think it will be good for anything else.

    But if you want to create a quick and easy basic website with a nice design, then Wix is a good option.

  16. Jack Cola
    April 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Yes, it won't work on an iPad.

    I see Flash as a good design for a personal website/portfolio type website. I don't think it will be good for anything else.

    But if you want to create a quick and easy basic website with a nice design, then Wix is a good option.

  17. Evelyn
    April 30, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Professional looking flash website? Isn't that an oxymoron?
    Does anyone assume a site with a flash page has anything decent to offer?

  18. Evelyn
    April 30, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Professional looking flash website? Isn't that an oxymoron?
    Does anyone assume a site with a flash page has anything decent to offer?

  19. proworshiptechnics
    April 29, 2010 at 8:10 am

    This is a cool resource to build web 2.0 flash websites. Many Church and Christian ministries use Wix to build their websites (examples are posted on my blog post here: http://proworshiptechnics.blog...

    Even the paid versions are quite cheaper than other similar services considering the feature-set available. Try it and u will love it!

  20. Zaid Pirwani
    April 29, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Just how can a flash website be hilarious

  21. Alex
    April 29, 2010 at 12:01 am

    It is free, but it will have a built in commercial. To get rid of the commercial you have to pay. It's just not worth it, don't use wix.

    • Anonymous
      April 29, 2010 at 12:52 am

      ...and well... the site won't work for anyone on an iphone, itouch, ipad.... why bother with the flash to begin with??

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