You’ll also need to learn a bit of Velo’s own syntax. The Velo syntax helps simplify the coding experience. Once you’re familiar with the syntax, you’ll be able to link custom code to your site’s images, text, and forms, interact with databases, and access back-end files.
You’ll learn to code interactive page elements, like this fun color scheme generator.
You’ll find out how to populate your site with data from third-party APIs, including up-to-date weather information.
And you’ll learn how to retrieve and display data — like statistics that show how your online business is doing — from a database that you’ve created.
“Traditionally, if you wanted to set up a database, you would need to find a database engine and install SQL onto your computer. But with Velo, all of this comes with the platform already,” says Kenny. “You’ll need to enable a few settings and give a name to your database, and then you can directly interact with it through the Velo interface.”
1. Check the drag-and-drop capabilities first
Before you do any coding, see if what you want to make already exists as a drag-and-drop element. “Wix offers a lot right off the bat. They put a very thoughtful effort into what users might want on their sites. And often, the functionality is already set up for you,” says Kenny.
2. Experiment and try things out
You can always undo changes, so experiment and try things out, Kenny shares. “You can see how the site looks to your users using the Preview button. So after you write your code, you can try it out and see if it actually works and if it’s something you want. You’ll also see a console in Preview mode that tells you if there are any errors so you can fix them. Until you Publish your site, users won’t see your changes, so play around!”
3. Get unstuck with the Velo documentation and Wix Forum discussions
When you get stuck on something, you can search for solutions in Wix’s Velo documentation. “Often, if you look through the documentation for something really specific, you’ll find it. And you’ll find code examples of how to implement it,” Kenny says.
You can also ask for help in the Wix Forum Discussions. Wix has a dedicated community of people helping to answer questions, and staff members who check in regularly to provide solutions.
Ready to do more with your Wix site? Head over to our Create a Professional Website with Velo by Wix course to get started.
We can’t wait to see what you build!