Cart before the horse

I appreciate all the work the Editor X crew have put into the videos on using Editor X, but I want ask is what are the steps before that. I am a professional photographer, not a web designer, and before I even pickup the mouse, I want to know what the plan is. Am I supposed to sketch out what the site is to look like; am I supposed to decide on and process all the images I want to first; am I supposed to figure out first all the pages I need and draw them out?? I am a creative person, so that’s not the issue, the issue is I don’t want to waste time going down paths that, in the end, are useless. If anyone knows of some kind of guideline on how to layout your strategy and plan in the appropriate order before clicking boxes, I’d appreciate the help

As a web developer, I always ask my clients to sketch out, mock up, and or describe their desires for their “perfect” site. I also ask for some references to site they like.

As for picking a template, any Wix developer can do the above and massage the template to you like.

Quality content is what people look at. Then there is the trifecta of work, where the artist displays their best work, usually in groups of three. Three of this type, three of that type and so forth.

Content is king for search engines. Don’t forget to blog, don’t forget to market, don’t forget to add new content regularly. Static sites don’t pay off after a few months.

I’d recommend checking out our Shaping Design; there’s a section that has tips and info for the design process.

I’d also recommend taking a look at the templates , wireframes and compositions for inspiration on design.

Thank you Roberto; will do

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Thank you iamteejay. That’s one of my conundrums. I started with a mockup of what I thought I wanted, then I discovered the “Layouter”, so back to square one. Then I discovered “stacks”; back to square one. Is learning Editor X this painful and time consuming? I like the idea of 3’s, I think I can work with that somehow, but haven’t figured it out yet.

Content is not an issue, I have lots to contribute, and I was definitely planning on having a blog, so it seems like i’m somewhat on the right path

The joy of discovery and the time it occupies is an investment. I have been in this business, an though I produce a lot of functioning site, my own site is never finished, never fully designed, never fully optimized, never fully functional, because I am always doing something to improve upon.

Your site will be design, redesigned and so on, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. However, remember what you do for a living and don’t let it consume your time when a simple page, template and design can sell your work very quickly.

Then enjoy what Roberto referenced to expand your abilities and fine tune your site as you grow.

I hope I don’t sound patronizing, but I have been where you are at many times in my career.

I wish you luck and… have fun.

BTW, I think EditorX is such a unique tool that has opened so many avenues for to me to produce sites for my clients. If I am wasting my time at Wix, I am sure learning a lot.

Cheers! Good luck!

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Of course. @teejay said it far more eloquently than I could about a site being an ever updating site but as for the actual design, you could sketch up a design for the site or use tools like Figma to layout out the site and then move it over using the Editor X conversion .

If you’re more visual, there’s nothing wrong with that. I think our team that creates the templates will use a platform to design the general look and then rebuild it on X. I’m more a “seat of my pants” so I will just throw elements in there to see what looks good but even then, I’ll use things like grids / layouters / repeaters to structure the site.

Thank you again for the valuable feedback

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That’s what I started doing, Roberto. Just throwing stuff onto a blank canvas in X, and quickly realized I was getting overwhelmed because I couldn’t find any rhyme nor reason what one element had to do with the other and how they connected, so decided I had to go back to basics get to know what each element could/does do, before moving on

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It’s good that you acknowledged it was too much. I don’t do design for entrepreneurial reasons so usually for my things, just throwing things on there works.

If the relation for elements is the main thing, you can check out this article that helps with responsive design and how to keep the elements together or apart.

Thanks again Roberto. I just checked out the link and read the articles which were veryhelpful