Wix Code: A Game-Changing Wix Feature

Wix is one of the most famous website builders and has helped millions of users create stunning online presences. This free website builder distinguishes itself through innovation; Wix ADI and Wix Code are two relevant examples in this regard.

Wix ADI was the first design assistant based on artificial intelligence, and Wix Code is the latest tool aimed at helping users develop web applications and complex sites.

Even though Wix Code is quite a recent addition to the Wix environment, it has the potential to delight existing customers and attract new ones. In fact, it solves a stringent problem for website builders: the impossibility of creating complex sites. With Wix, you can grab one of the free website templates, customize it, and publish your new website. However, its functionality is limited.

Wix Code doesn’t let you create the next Facebook or Amazon from scratch, but it’s a huge step forward in crafting complex sites and web apps by using a website builder. You can use it freely once you open a Wix account; just head to Wix Editor > Tools > Developer Tools.

Wix Code comes with a few worth mentioning features.

1. Database Collections

Database Collections

Wix Code isn’t the most inspired name. The average user will associate it with a code editor, and that will frighten them the most. The truth is that Wix Code lets you write code to style a site, but at the same time, it helps non-tech-savvy users. It’s not an exaggeration to say that if you know how to manipulate spreadsheets, you can get the most out of Wix Code.

Database Collections are a particular feature of Wix Code. In fact, they are spreadsheets that store unlimited information that is accessed and displayed on dynamic pages. They are capital for online stores to keep track of the products for sale.

Editing collections are a breeze. All you have to do is to add as many fields you need to describe your items. Let’s say that you sell online courses. You can create a collection containing the course name, length, and author name. At some point, you will need to create a dynamic page that will pull data from your database. For instance, you could make a page that showcases the courses produced by a specific author only.

2. Dynamic Pages

Dynamic Pages

Creating database collections without dynamic pages are useless. There are two types of dynamic pages: Item Pages allows you to feature a single entity (a course, a recipe, a book review, etc.), and Category Pages feature a group of items (a compilation of courses, recipes, reviews, etc.).You can also add items such as galleries, buttons, images, text, and videos that can be connected to a collection.

If it sounds complicated, you are wrong. It’s just a matter of a few clicks! The most challenging part is probably connecting the collections to a page item, but all you have to do is to click the Connect to Data button and chose the field type to connect.

3. Forms to Store User Input

Forms to Store User Input

Nowadays, a site is no longer a static entity that allows only a unilateral communication. A modern website will enable users to add their contributions. User input is golden for marketers. Wix couldn’t neglect this aspect, and Wix Code comes with the option of collecting data from users.

Start by creating a form, adding user input areas, and connecting these features individually with a field from a database collection. For instance, you could design a simple form asking users to input their full names, email addresses, ages, and the preferred courses. Connect each user’s input to a field in your collection, and from now on, it will store all the data from the users once they click the Submit button.

You have full control over user submissions. Wix Code supports the following types of user input:

  • Text
  • Password
  • Email
  • URL
  • Phone Number

Additionally, your form can contain radio or upload buttons, checkboxes, data pickers, and tables.

4. Custom JavaScript Effects

Custom JavaScript Effects

Lots of people believe that the outputs of site builders are plain. They are partially right, and Wix Code will fix that problem soon. People with minimal JavaScript knowledge will be able to add different effects (onClick, onMouseOut, onMouseIn). Go to Wix Editor> Tools > Developer Tools and check the Properties Panel button. It will display a properties menu once you add an element on a page, and from here, you can create various JavaScript effects.

5. Great Support and Resources

Great Support and Resources

I have guided you through the most critical features of Wix. However, it’s impossible to show all of the challenging aspects. Creating databases and dynamic pages is intuitive, but you may need help to onboard perfectly. Luckily, Wix Code has great Support and Resources sections. If you are serious about Wix Code, spend an hour and check the Resources section. It’s made up of videos, articles, and examples that will help you use Wix Code to develop sophisticated and interactive sites.

 

Wix Code is a tool that will assist you with creating web apps and elaborated sites. Even if you only have a minimal grasp on JavaScript, you can add custom effects. Overall, Wix Code fully deserves your attention.

Have you ever used Wix Code? What do you think about it?

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2 Comments

  1. Are there any restrictions on Wix code? Or will we be able to manage the site like it was on WordPress?

  2. Have to admit that all-in-one do-it-yourself builders are getting more and more useful. There will always be a market for them and as they add more features, templates this market will definitely grow. If on the other hand someone is looking for a custom built website designed with specific UX in mind, please take a look at digitallab.ie work. Thanks and have a great day everyone!

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