• An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 10: Maintain It

    I know. You are thinking: “Wait, I thought I was done.” But building your website and getting out there is not the end of the journey. Now you have to keep it up to date. Every time you release a new book, make sure it goes up on your website. You might also want to update the layout or color scheme every once in a while. If you have a blog or a “latest news” feature, try to update every month or so at least. You don’t have to make major changes all the time. But doing little tweaks to keep your website looking fresh and new. The main point…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 9: Publish It

    Okay. Your website is ready. It is time to share it with the world. Some platforms, such as Weebly, have a “preview” mode that lets you work on the website without it being visible on the internet. Meaning, only you can see. So, when you are finished you need to publish the website so everyone can see it. There should be a publish button somewhere. Push it and your site is live. WordPress automatically publishes changes when you save them. If you are worried about people seeing your website while it is under construction, you can place a message on the website saying you are still working on it. My personal…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 8: Polish It

    On every project I work on, whether it is a website or a book, I always take the time to polish it before I call it done. So, when I think I am done I check one more time. I look at every detail again to make sure everything is the way I want it to be. Take a moment to go through your entire site and polish it. Make sure it looks exactly the way you want it to. Remember, your readers (or potential readers) will be seeing this site. It should represent you and your writing.  

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 7: Fill It

    By now you should have the structure of your website laid out. You have a holder for each page, the navigation in, and widgets and such. Now you need to go through each page and add the content. Take your time with this step. You want to make sure each page looks nice and works in different sized browsers. If you have a smartphone, make sure you pull your site on it to make sure it looks good on smaller screens too. Most platforms have what is called a “responsive layout” or “responsive theme” this means it will automatically handle different devices and screen sizes. But it is still best…

  • An Author Website in 10 Easy Steps

    Step 6: Build It

    Now it’s time to talk all the work you have done an put it into your website. Using your design and the information you have compiled to include in your site–put it all together. If this seems overwhelming at first, don’t worry. I’ve broken down this process into two steps. For now, you can just focus on getting the structure of your site together. Create each page, get the theme and colors just the way you want it. You can worry about adding the content later. Because each platform is different, the steps for actually building your website will be different. Down the road, I hope to create some tutorials…

  • 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…

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