AQ's Official Advice - How to set-up and host your own author website?
Posted 02 November 2011 - 12:23 PM
I want to keep it clean yet have all the tools to create an attractive inviting site.
Posted 02 November 2011 - 05:30 PM
Wordpress has some great free templates that allow you to hide the main blog page, and then, you can simply customize your standard website pages and horizontal tabs and sidebars to navigate those pages.
You can easily set-up a Wordpress account and you will get a wordpress domain that will look like this: http://www.garybarnes.wordpress.com
Then, you can choose to pay $10-15 bucks per year to "mask" the wordpress domain with your own registered domain name (ie. garybarnes.com) that you control and registered through GoDaddy via SETTINGS--->DOMAIN
You can read more about how and why to register an author domain name here: http://agentquerycon...-a-domain-name/
Wordpress has come a long, long, long way from being just a blogging tool. Their free templates are extensive and you don't have to worry about setting up hosting.
They do offer paid "premium" templates that can range from $75-500 bucks. And if you open a hosting account through a GoDaddy or a BlueHost, you will see these paid "premium" Wordpress templates as options that you can easily set-up yourself.
However, if you're just starting out -- you don't need to go through the paid "premium" Wordpress template route, nor do you need to worry about self-hosting it.
Just follow these steps:
1. Register a Wordpress account and go to the Dashboard:
2. Find a free "themed" template via APPEARANCES--->THEMES and select it
3. Change the theme color and other options via APPEARANCES-->THEME OPTIONS (not all theme have the same number of "options" or color selections)
4. Start building your "Pages" via the sidebar option of PAGES--->ALL PAGES (to modify existing pages) or NEW PAGE to create a new one
5. Hide the main blog page via SETTINGS--->READING--->Front Page Display-->change the radio button from "Your Latest Posts" (which is the same thing as a blog) to "A Static Page"---> "Front Page: drop down menu", select one of the PAGES that you created in Step#4 to be displayed as your website's main page.
6. Remember: you can always choose a different template to see how it looks -- you're never committed to the first and original one that you select. You can always switch templates and colors at anytime.
Wordpress is now the main resource for mid-level designers and web developers who create static websites. If you pay someone $500-2000 to create you a static website, mostly likely, your hired web designer/developer will take your money and go straight to Wordpress to find a paid template they can then easily customize for your specified design & feature needs.
Every writer should know how to create a free Wordpress website. Period. It's one of your best marketing tools that both free and powerful. And if you eventually feel like you need to pay an expert designer or developer, it will help you in your search for an "expert" to have played around with Wordpress on your own.
Posted 03 November 2011 - 11:51 PM
Posted 04 November 2011 - 06:53 AM
That is awesome info!
Posted 07 November 2011 - 12:19 PM
Besides the very small weebly ad at the bottom of the website, you will never have any other annoying ads! :)
Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:47 PM
Posted 15 July 2012 - 04:56 PM
I build websites for small non-profits on occasion who need a nice looking website that's easy to maintain and update - I use Wordpress for all of them (and my own site) because it's absolutely fantastic. It's flexible, it looks good, and it's easy to use!
What MarcyKate said. I build websites too and highly recommend WordPress.
Posted 15 July 2012 - 05:06 PM
Posted 16 October 2013 - 04:50 PM
Yay Wordpress! Can't wait to get started! Want to finish my book first before hand so I can say I've written a book.
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Posted 08 February 2016 - 04:29 PM
Wordpress is the bomb. As your career grows you want to edit and adjust things. Believe me i do every time I have something new published. You will relish the freedom of running your own website and not having to pay some third party to make all of your changes. Wordpress is very easy to learn, they have great tutorials and help, an then once you know it you can control every aspect of your own website which is super-awesome.
The instructions given by ACQCrew are right on the nose, do that.
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