WIX Portfolio Assignment Setup and Tips

First, read through the information below thoroughly. Then go to WIX to create your personal portfolio website.

Be sure to use your actual name in the name of your site. (not a nickname or superhero name, etc.) Otherwise search engines will not work for someone who is trying to find your work. You might also add the word “portfolio” or “art work” or “design work” etc. if you like.

Jagger—a highly creative dog. However, he does not have a portfolio site.

You need to be a fan of the subject of your dog, grrr… I mean blog, err… I mean portfolio website. Although WIX can have a blog component as a part of several of its template designs, we are not creating a blog.

You also need to be an artist. In order to have a successful website, you truly need to enjoy the subject as much as the others that will be reading it. If you’re enthusiastic, others can’t help but catch that excitement.

A google account and email is the easiest alternative to your U.Pacific email, if you do not already have another email address. If you need to create a Google account and email follow this link before proceeding to WIX.

At any time should you have technical questions or need additional assistance with setting up your site take a look at the additional tips and tutorials links at the top of this page.

The list contains the most basic instructions to get started with your portfolio website. Details can be found further down this page Read all the way through the list before you begin:

Choosing a Theme

If you are new to WIX, then you first need to Sign Up, or create an account. This is free. Once your account is set up, select a design template to select a theme for your site. You can do this either in the manual setup mode or by letting the WIX template assistant help give you a start. Here you can explore and select the visual theme of your choice. Look at each one for the features and options that will best suit your needs. Be aware that you will need to replicate this look on your business card and résumé as well. (Don’t worry, you can change to another theme at any time and as many times as you wish if you change your mind later.)

Once you have made your selection you will activate it and further customize its look and the features you wish to have seen by visitors. WIX offers many templates to choose from. Select one that projects a creative, artistic or design look, but also one that is professional in nature and mature enough that others will take you seriously. You will want to select fitting colors and fonts to go along with your theme and subject. Do not select a theme based on the picture or images you see at first. These are merely examples of where and how your images would be placed according to that particular theme. You will be replacing these images with your own. Color, typeface and column choices are a bit more critical. Look carefully at these options within your chosen theme. Look at how they influence organization and visual hierarchy. Make things stand out but don’t make them tacky and gaudy. There’s a difference between colorful and bad taste. Your choice of images should help make your written words more meaningful and vice versa. Your purpose is not to create a lot of unnecessary “bells and whistles” but instead provide the user with the best and most organized way to understand the content that you add. Themes are the equivalent of a rough framework that initiates the appearance. You can, and should, further customize this appearance to better present/organize your information and material, making it easily accessible to your viewers. Again, a reminder that this appearance must also be replicated in the design of your résumé and business card.

Include your first assignments on “What is Art?”, “What is Craft” and “What is Design” and your “Creativity and Knowledge” comparison paper as well as your auto biography. You will need to decide what page/tab they fall under. An example of this main page/tab might be titled “Writings”. Similarly, a main page/tab where we might find images from your sketchbook might be called “Drawing”. You could further organize this by placing Drawing under a page/tab called “Artwork”.  You will develop your portfolio further by adding resources, information, images, etc. about everything related to your interests as a designer/artist. As a part of this class you will also be adding all of your assignments that we complete throughout the semester.

The list of all specific website requirements an be found at this link:
ARTS 72 Website Requirements

“Pages” create category Tabs, very useful for organizing a portfolio site. In other words, you might have a “Page” entitled “Artists”. Under that category tab or “Page” one might find different papers or paragraphs that are each individually about a different artist. Under a different “Page”, entitled “Techniques”, one might find methods for doing silkscreen, as well as digital printing or woodcarving. The number of pages and what they are called is simply up to you. “Parent” pages are the main tabs that you want other content to fall under.

Remember that after any new addition you must hit the Publish button for those new pages to show up. When you alter an already existing Page, remember to hit the Update button for those new changes to take effect.

hot link to other sites on the internet through the suggested links options that will appear at the bottom or side of each new post or by simply selecting any key word that you type in and assigning a web address to it. Add the web address by first selecting the key word then clicking the chain link in the menu section. It is also important to use words within the text and titles of your entries that will be “tags” or words that are easily found by Search Engines like Google and Yahoo. This capability will allow more people to know that you have published something that they may want to check out. At the very least, to get things started you should advertise the address of your new site on your individual Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Finally, so that others can find your site on the internet more easily, you need to make it searchable by Google and Yahoo. You must have an already existing account with those companies to complete this. If you need to open an account with them, do so, it only take a few minutes and is free. Your u.pacific.edu email account will not work for this, so you must use another email for verification.

It is up to you to be an artist and turn the site into something beautiful, useful and meaningful. Post your thoughts, add pictures, quotes, questions, links to other sources and articles, gallery exhibitions, innovative design, design firms, new products, new directions in design/art. Think about what things you want to know that will make you a better artist/designer. Go for it!


Be sure you are in the WIX Editor environment. If you are not you won’t be able to add pages/tabs or change/add content to those pages. You will know you are in the WIX Editor if you can see the Main Tools Menu on the left side of your screen. It will look like the image below with the vertical column of white circles containing large icons. You will also see dashed lines which define the main page area and the header area (anything in this area appears on all pages):

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If you DO NOT see the above then you are probably not in the WIX Editor and are in the ADI Editor instead. To switch to the correct WIX Editor press on the “Site” tab and select the “Switch to WIX Editor” option located at the bottom of the menu.

It is also helpful to make the tool bar menu visible. Find this under the “Tools” tab and check the box in front of the “Toolbar” option. It will show up on the right hand side of your screen.

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To create a new page, or edit an existing one do the following:

  • Click the page icon at the top of the column of icon/symbols (located on the upper left-hand side of the WIX editor) This will open the Site Menu Window.
  • Click on an existing page title in the Site Menu window
  • New pages will be added below your selected page
  • You can drag pages to a new location to rearrange them in the Site Menu
  • Click the ADD PAGE button at the bottom of the window (pay close attention to the small light blue icons located to the right of the ADD PAGE button. One adds a folder, not a page. The other allows you to add a URL address to other web content.)

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To Edit an existing Page do one of the following:

  • Click the page drop down menu (located just to the right of the WIX logo)
  • Click the page icon at the top of the column of icon/symbols (located on the upper left-hand side of the WIX editor) This will open the Site Menu Window.

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To add text (or images, buttons, shapes, videos, music, etc.) do the following:

  • Go to the page you wish to add elements to (see above)
  • Click the + button from the column of icon/symbols.
  • Choose the kind of text treatment for the words you are adding (paragraph, heading, title) You can further change or tweak this look in the Edit Text window.

Once text has been added, you can edit its look by doing the following:

  • click in the text box to select it
  • highlight individual words or phrases if necessary, otherwise your changes will apply to the entire text  box.
  • click the small edit text button attached to the top of the text box
  • make changes of size, typeface, alignment, color, hyperlinks to other web pages, etc.


Follow this link to a short tutorial on how to add the Comments APP to your website. This will allow me to comment on your progress directly on your website pages. At the end of the semester you can delete this if you would like.

Then, click the blue Publish button in the upper right corner. Copy the URL from the resulting address bar and email that URL address to me. Be sure to type the words “Portfolio Website” in the subject line.