How to build your Author Website

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It took me a few years to finally create an author website. Honestly, I started a blog and a company, and blogged on those sites before even considering building an author site. For a long time, I didn’t really see the point.

That all changed last year, when I began working on a few projects I needed to share with specific readers. I realised I had no safe place to build my worlds and share spin-offs of my stories. Don’t get me wrong, the metaverse is great, and for a long time, I was an advocate of using social media platforms instead of having to run a site, but there are things a website offers that the metaverse can’t give.

Your website is your home.
It’s the one place you can direct readers, clients, customers, partners and the like to. It has all the info on you, and links to all your stuff. It’s your landing page. It integrates all your many social media platforms and gives you an organised, clean, clear look.

So here are some simple tricks to building your own website.

1. Decide on the type of site.
Do you need a static page that doesn’t change? A simple landing page for your fans to find you? Or do you want something more fluid, more dynamic? Something you can update with regular info and content? Knowing this is key to building your site. It’s what will guide every decision you make about your site going forward, so take some time to think about this before diving in.

2. Find a web host.
There are loads out there. You’ve probably heard of them. Sites like WordPress, Squarespace, Tumblr, and Wix are a few of the well known hosting sites on the market. They offer pre-set templates you can tweak to build your site, they also offer blank templates so you can build from scratch.
I use wordpress but I would recommend you check out the feature available in each before settling on one. Check out the prices to host, the layouts available, and what each package offers, then choose the one best suited to your needs.

3. Choose a domain.
This is simply your website URL. It’s the domain in which your site exists. One easy way to do this is to use your name. My site domain is xmokoye.com and for chartus.x, my publishing press, it’s chartusx.org. Some choose to name their domains after a product or group of products/services they offer.
The thing to remember is this is what people will search when looking for you. So pick a name that is (or is closely related to your brand).

Decide on whether you want it to be a .com, .org, .co.uk, whatever you like. These tails (for want of a better word) for your URL actually determine, to a large extent, what IP addresses will be reached easily. I went for .com with my author website, and .org with Chartus.X simply because .com was not available (I bought it on GoDaddy and didn’t know how to integrate it to WordPress).

A number of host companies will sell you a domain in an upgrade package. If you’re a beginner, I’d suggest you go with that as it’s a safe and simple solution. If you’re more tech savvy and you know your way around coding, you can grab a domain from sites like GoDaddy or Bluehost and then integrate them to a site such as wordpress.org and build your website from scratch.

4. Pick a layout.
Once you’ve got your site and domain decided, pick a layout that works for you. Tweak it, fill it with your content, and get it ready for the world to see.
A few things to consider here are your brand colours, logo, style. Make sure the aesthetic suits you. Make sure it screams you, from the font to the photos to the colour of your click links.

Once that’s done, you can pay for your site and domain, and launch it for the world to see!

Done?

Nope! Just getting started.

Now for the hard work… Marketing!

Once your site is up and running, you’ll need to make sure to optimise SEOs so that it’s the first thing to come up when people search your brand. You can do this by running ads. Or use the free and simple way: link it to your socials and share it with friends. This route is slower, but ultimately, it gets you there in the end.


That’s it for now on building a website. If there are any specific questions you have or certain topics you’d prefer I touch on, message me or leave a comment.









































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It took me a few years to finally create an author website. Honestly, I started a blog and a company, and blogged on those sites before even considering building an author site. For a long time, I didn’t really see the point.

That all changed last year, when I began working on a few projects I needed to share with specific readers. I realised I had no safe place to build my worlds and share spin-offs of my stories. Don’t get me wrong, the metaverse is great, and for a long time, I was an advocate of using social media platforms instead of having to run a site, but there are things a website offers that the metaverse can’t give.

Your website is your home.
It’s the one place you can direct readers, clients, customers, partners and the like to. It has all the info on you, and links to all your stuff. It’s your landing page. It integrates all your many social media platforms and gives you an organised, clean, clear look.

So here are some simple tricks to building your own website.

1. Decide on the type of site.
Do you need a static page that doesn’t change? A simple landing page for your fans to find you? Or do you want something more fluid, more dynamic? Something you can update with regular info and content? Knowing this is key to building your site. It’s what will guide every decision you make about your site going forward, so take some time to think about this before diving in.

2. Find a web host.
There are loads out there. You’ve probably heard of them. Sites like WordPress, Squarespace, Tumblr, and Wix are a few of the well known hosting sites on the market. They offer pre-set templates you can tweak to build your site, they also offer blank templates so you can build from scratch.
I use wordpress but I would recommend you check out the feature available in each before settling on one. Check out the prices to host, the layouts available, and what each package offers, then choose the one best suited to your needs.

3. Choose a domain.
This is simply your website URL. It’s the domain in which your site exists. One easy way to do this is to use your name. My site domain is xyvahmokoye.com and for chartus.x, my publishing press, it’s chartusx.org. Some choose to nam their domains after a product or group of products/services they offer.
The thing to remember is this is what people will search when looking for you. So pick a name that is (or is closely related to your brand).

Decide on whether you want it to be a .com, .org, .co.uk, whatever you like. These tails (for want of a better word) for your URL actually determine, to a large extent, what IP addresses will be reached easily. I went for .com with my author website, and .org with Chartus.X simply because .com was not available (I bought it on GoDaddy and didn’t know how to integrate it to WordPress).

A number of host companies will sell you a domain in an upgrade package. If you’re a beginner, I’d suggest you go with that as its a safe and simple solution. If you’re more tech savvy and you know your way around coding, you can grab a domain from one of the sites like GoDaddy or Bluehost and then integrate them to a site such as wordpress.org and build your website from scratch.

4. Pick a layout.
Once you’ve got your site and domain decided, pick a layout that works for you. Tweak it, fill it with your content, and get it ready for the world to see.
A few things to consider here are your brand colours, logo, style. Make sure the aesthetic suits you. Make sure it screams you, from the font to the photos to the colour of your click links.

Once that’s done, you can pay for your site and domain, and launch it for the world to see!

Done?

Nope! Just getting started.

Now for the hard work… Marketing!

Once your site is up and running, you’ll need to make sure to optimise SEOs so that it’s the first thing to come up when people search your brand. You can do this by running ads. Or use the free and simple way: link it to your socials and share it with friends. This route is slower, but ultimately, it gets you there in the end.


That’s it for now on building a website. If there are any specific questions you have or certain topics you’d prefer I touch on, feel free to message me or leave a comment.

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