My website needs a major overhaul. It’s funny, when I set out to be a writer, all I thought of were the stories circling around in my mind, but after publishing one novella and hoping to potentially finish and publish other manuscripts, I’ve come to realize that being an author is quite a bit more than just simply writing (I say that with much sarcasm as writing is not simple at all).
Over the next few weeks, I’ll take you on an adventure (use your imagination for that one) on how to transform your website.
In my research, my first stop was a site which reviewed hosting/website building services and identified the top 10 out in the market. I chose to go with one called Fat Cow as it had the basic features I was looking for at a great price. Other ones that had great reviews were iPages, JustHost, Inmotion and GoDaddy just to name a few. Take your time as you go through the reviews to really decide what meets your needs. There are so many hosting services and builders out there that you’ll definitely find one that works. I’d suggest trying the free trials offered as well to make sure you can use the software/builder each requires or offers.
Once you have your basic site established, you’ll want to start establishing a brand or look for the site. This is an area that I’ve previously done poorly in (hence my reason for revamping my website) so it’s a bit of a learning experience as I go along. Next week, we discuss the look of websites more and where you can go to get more information.
Happy writing to you all this week!
Some point soon I’m going to need to do this very thing. Thanks, Toni!!
I can tell you so far it is quite an adventure but very helpful and completely necessary!
I used webs.com because it was free. WordPress is free also. Once I had my website together, I linked it to my http://www.com address. It was easy. I’m excited to hear tidbits of wisdom you have as the weeks go on. Thanks.
Gerri, I’ve used webs.com before too. They are all quite similar as far as packages go and sometimes the free sites want to run ads on your website or you may need to expand to “premium” if you want some more pages. Next step may be some kind of banner at least for the blog portion of it. I’ll keep you posted!
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