Creating a website used to be a very technical and time-consuming task. That all changed in 2007, when Wix™ released their cloud-based web development platform. It allows amateurs to create beautiful websites using a very simple drag-and-drop interface. It has completely changed how websites are made.
The Wix™ website builder has become more powerful with each update. The latest update adds a new and exciting tool for building a website — Wix™ Artificial Design Intelligence (Wix™ ADI). This innovative tool uses artificial intelligence to speed up the website design process, making it possible to create a powerful website in a matter of minutes.
This guide will share some general information about Wix™ website builder. We’ll also compared Wix™ ADI with the traditional Wix™ Editor to help you understand the capabilities of each tool.
Wix™ was founded in 2006 by Israeli developers Avishai Abrahami, Nadav Abrahami and Giora Kaplan. Their primary goal was to simplify the web development process, making it easier for web design novices to create their own websites.
Wix™ continued to improve their Flash-based platform until switching to HTML 5 in 2012. They launched the Wix™ App Market in 2012, which allowed users to integrate sophisticated software applications into their websites, including file managers, email marketing solutions, and blogs. Providers like Google, Shopify, and Instagram launched apps on the Wix™ App Market.
The WixHive API was launched in 2014. It allows website owners to capture and share certain types of visitor data. This addition helps website owners obtain valuable user data and share it with other installed apps, creating very advanced website functionality. Wix™ has also launched Wix Hotels™ (a booking systems), Wix Music™ (online platform for selling music) and Wix Restaurants™ (system for managing restaurant bookings).
The simplicity of the Wix™ website builder user interface combined with its powerful functionality have drawn millions of people to the platform. Wix™ claims there are now more than 110 million people using the Wix™ website builder.
Wix™ uses a “freemium” business model. It provides some base functionality for free, then charges a small premium when users want to use their own domain, install advanced functionality, or buy additional server resources.
What is the Wix Editor?
The Wix Editor™ is the traditional way of building a website using Wix™. After creating an account and logging in, Wix Editor™ will ask you what kind of website you want to create. It will then show you a range of templates that are appropriate for a variety of businesses, blogs, ecommerce etc. There are hundreds of templates available, which have been created by professional graphic designers.
The next step is to choose a template that you like the appearance of. You can also start with a blank template if you already have a plan for your website’s design.
Once you start editing the template you will be able to insert, delete, or modify pages, layouts, links, images, buttons, text, videos, colours, menus, page information, permissions, fonts, and much more. Components can be dragged and dropped onto the page, making it easy to create a website that you love.
By default, the component menu is on the left side and a draggable options menu is on the right. You can also right click on elements to make changes and view element attributes.
There are many alignment and column options, which help you to create a responsive website that looks good on any kind of device. You can use the preview button to show how the page will look on a computer or mobile device.
Although the Wix Editor™ has a very easy-to-use interface, there are many options on the page. This can be daunting to complete novices and too time-consuming for people who are busy — which is why Wix™ developed Wix ADI™.
What is the Wix ADI?
Wix ADI™ harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to speed up the design process. After creating an account, Wix ADI™ will ask you a few questions, including who you are, what you do and what your taste is (if you prefer classic, modern or sophisticated designs).
It will then search the Internet for information relating to you — including your contact details, social media accounts, videos, and images. It will use artificial intelligence to decide which information is relevant to you or your organisation. After retrieving the information it requires, it will build a complete website with basic functionality including menus and contact forms.
Wix™ will make sure that your website is unique and ideal for the industry you are working in. So if you are an accountant, it will use the best layout, fonts, and images for an accountancy firm. This approach makes creating a new website incredibly easy.
Once Wix ADI™ has designed the website, you can begin tweaking it. You can add more pages, change the design, alter the layout, add content and much more. Wix ADI™ includes hundreds of different design themes, which will change how the entire site looks. It is also possible to add advanced functionality like shopping carts, product databases, blogs, and Google Docs integration.
The best part of using Wix ADI™ is that the artificial intelligence algorithm will continue learning as more people create websites. It will learn how Wix™ users in different industries modify their web sites and the kinds of content like they to use. The websites that Wix ADI™ generates will become better as the algorithm becomes smarter.
Comparing Wix ADI to Wix Editor
There are a few key differences between WIX ADI™ and the Wix Editor™:
Wix ADI™ makes sourcing content easier
When you create a new website, you will have to gather all of the media you wish to use, including images and videos. Wix ADI™ speeds up this process by scanning the Internet for media you can use. It can bring in images and videos from your social media accounts, including Instagram and Youtube. If you use the Wix™ Editor, you will have to source this material yourself, which can be time consuming.
Wix Editor™ gives you more control over the starting template
When you use the Wix Editor™, you start by scrolling through the many templates on offer or use a blank template. This can be useful if you already have a vision for what your website should look like.
WIX ADI™ is very useful for websites in a rush
Wix ADI™ is a fantastic option if you are time-constrained. You can create a fully functional website in as little as 10 minutes. Wix ADI™ is also useful if you don’t consider yourself to be much of a designer. The AI will find the perfect design for a business in your industry, helping you obtain a professional looking website without much effort.
WIX Editor™ has more customization options
Although Wix ADI™ is a powerful tool with incredible functionality, Wix Editor™ has more customization options. If you are the kind of person who wants very specific functionality and a pixel perfect design, Wix Editor may be a better option. Fortunately, you can send your Wix ADI™ design to the Wix Editor™ for more advanced customization.