• An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 5: Design It

    You have your hosting all set up and you are ready to jump into building your site, right? Well, yes, but… there is one step you should do first. Take a little time to design your website. I have already discussed what to include on your author website and how to organize your website content. Putting these two things together will create the design for your website. What? First, you need to decide what you want to include. In the beginning, you will want to keep it simple. Don’t go overboard yet. You can always add more features and details to your site later. For inspiration or ideas look to other authors…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 4: Host It

    Now that you have decided if you are going with Weebly, Wix, Squarespace, or WordPress (and BlueHost or SiteGround), it is time to set up your account. And get your site hosted. I’ve decided to break this down into two sections. First, if you went with something like Weebly (a website builder), and second if you went with WordPress. The steps are essentially the same. But there will be minor differences.  Website Builders On Wix look for the “Get Started” button. Weebly asks if you want to do a store or a website. Click on the “Website” button. (Or online store, if you want to do that. It’s a little more…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 3: Pick It

    You’ve picked a name for your site, and claimed it (unless you’re waiting to see if you can get free registration with hosting). Now it is time to pick a home for your website. You will have to make a few decisions before you can actually host your website (which we will cover in step 4). First, do you want to go with a “drag and drop” solution? Or do you want a “content management” platform such as WordPress? Here is a simple way for you to choose: Do you want to have a blog on your site? If the answer is yes, then I recommend you go with WordPress.…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 2: Claim It

    Now that you have chosen a name for your website and made sure it is available, it is time to claim it as yours. In this step, I’ll go over how to purchase, or “register” your domain name. But first I want to mention that some hosting services (which we will discuss in step 3) offer free domain name registration when you purchase a plan. If you are planning to use the free version of a hosting service, then continue with this step. But, if you want to purchase a hosting service, and don’t want to miss out on the free registration, you can go ahead and do step 3 and…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps,  Websites

    Step 1: Name It

    The first step in setting up your author website is to pick a name. You will then register this domain name as the address to your website (we’ll cover that in step 2). Note: Some hosting options (which we will discuss in step 3) have a free option that does not allow you to use your own domain name. You still need to pick a name and make sure it is available. And I highly recommend registering your domain anyway, so it is yours when you are ready to use it. You can get one year of domain registration for less than $20 USD. Tips for Picking a Name Use…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps,  Websites

    An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps: Overview

    ‘ello, and welcome to An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps.We’ll start with a brief overview and then in following weeks I’ll discuss each step individually. After that I will be adding supplemental posts to further explain parts of some of the steps, and give you more tools to complete them. Goal At the end of the 10 step series you will have a functional author website. Up and running and ready for readers and fans to visit. Why 10 Easy Steps? I have heard so many authors say that they can’t afford to pay someone to build a website for them. And that they can’t do it on their…

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