I met Maya Rodale at the Create Something Magical Conference in New Jersey last month. She was teaching the workshop “How to Build a Fast, Cheap, and Fabulous Website” (by using WordPress). Even though I know a bit about building a website with WordPress, I went because I had a feeling she’d be a great resource for some of the questions I had. And she was. (You may have noticed that I’ve been playing around with picture borders recently 🙂 ). After the conference, I asked her if she’d be willing to guest blog and share some general tips. She happily agreed. If you are a writer just starting with WordPress and have questions, let us know in the comments! Welcome, Maya!
Website Building Tips for Authors
Having a website for authors is a must—but one that needn’t be an expensive or time-consuming endeavor. With a little learning, most of us can build a pretty nice and simple website. I myself am partial to WordPress—In fact, I built a website with tutorials on how to build your own WordPress website. Some other tips no matter what platform you use:
Make a plan!
Having a plan will make the whole process less overwhelming. First, check out websites of other authors and make a list of content and pages you want to include. Go ahead and write-up your about page and consolidate all the content you’ll need—like pictures or social media accounts. That way you won’t disrupt your flow when you’re putting it all together.
Don’t be afraid to click on things!
You will probably not break the whole internet. But you may figure out a whole bunch of stuff—how to download and activate a plugin, or how to get a list of recent posts in your sidebar. Just in case…backup your work (In WordPress: tools export all).
When in doubt, Google it!
Sorry, but you’re probably not the first person to have that problem! When in doubt, just Google it. Then take a moment to be thankful to all those people who made video tutorials.
Maya Rodale is the author of multiple smart & sassy romance novels. Visit her on the web at http://www.mayarodale.com
Thank you, Maya, for guest blogging today! 😀