Wix Announces Wix Code
Today WixLive had a live video aired to make some new announcements on July 27, 2017 via: www.ustream.tv/wixlive. You can watch the video again on Facebook here » But if you're short on time, here's my overview of what they discussed:
Wix CEO and CO-FOUNDER Avishai Abrahami with MC James Veitch talk about Wix's latest innovation – WIX CODE – "Creation Without Limits."
It seems that Wix has heard the web design and developer community's gripes about the limitations of Wix, and has announced WIX CODE – a revolutionary change for Wix which allows for custom code to be used and integrated on Wix websites. They kind of blew my mind – this is developer-heavy stuff, and requires coding knowledge to use, so it will be an amazing addition to their easy-to-use WYSIWYG website editor that has made them famous.
This means that we'll be able to integrate and build Wix websites to do way more than they've ever been done before, such as setting up databases and integrating any API. Wix says that you could really build anything, way faster than ever before.
WixCode Project Manager, Evau, explained a lot of how the behind the scenes about how the coding platform works. He says we can now build anything, even a full blow application right into any Wix website. It's a simple as drag and drop, Change a line of code and you're done!
Here's a beta view of the Wix Code interface:
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Wix has combined their famously easy-to-use Wix editor and the graphics editing interface and added on top a new way that developers and designers can embed and integrate code and APIs. right into Wix websites.
Below are some of the WixCode features they reviewed:
SEO Grid – this will make it easier to get the website shown by customizing SEO settings. throughout the website.
Content Manager – normally when someone uploads an image, you have to scale it to adjust for all different display sizes. In WixCode's Content Manager this all happens automatically.
Database Collection Functionality – Setup database collections that allow you to build custom forms and databases that can be used by users to submit forms and store their info in the database. You can even setup a workflow to allow admins to change "actions" or "tasks" on submissions to put it through WixCode's Business Logic Admin approval process (like pending, under review, approved, etc).
Connect Image – It sounds like you can create an endless number of data-driven pages with images without having to write a single line of code. You can setup interactions too, by setting up collections to allow to have view count, vote count fields, and many more by choosing from a selection provided by the WixCode platform. You can even make objects clickable (onclick, onmouseover, and other functions).
Call APIs that are out there on the Internet:
Tie into email server APIs to do things like "emailing" an email upon a vote for an image.
Or, you could setup an attendance system for a school to allow students to checkin when they arrive.
It opens Wix to so many more things you can do with it. If you just need something small on your website, you can now build and integrate it. Or, you can build a full blown application and creates a lot of new opportunities for developers to customize Wix to their heart's desire. This may be an incredible game-changer for Wix, who has long been criticized by developers on the limitations of customization from a coding perspective.
This product allows users to do a lot more with Wix, people with more technical knowledge to take full advantage of development capabilities. You can now go into Wix and build the parts that are missing.
Conclusion on Wix Code
I'm intrigued and overwhelmed with this new release, it is currently only in Beta, so I will be testing it and getting my developers to take a peek to see what all we can do. I have a feeling that, like with all new things, there will be a learning curve to figure out how to actually use Wix Code to it's full strength, but this really is a game-changer for Wix and appears to be the answer to all of the Wix questions/requests that us Wix Web Designers and developers have!