How To Create an Author Website

  1. Research Domain Name (domains.google.com) _______________________________
  2. Plan content with your audience in mind. Your site should have:
  1. Choose a website builder service (DIY)

Free version?

With domain
+ no ads

With e-commerce, more tools

Weebly.com

Y

$12

$25

Wix.com

Y

$11

$20

Wordpress.com

Y

$5-$8

$25

Squarespace.com

N
(free trial)

$12

$26

(Prices are based on annual payment.)

  1. View templates offered by service. Try a few. Get familiar with the builder.
  2. If using paid plan: decide if you’ll buy your domain name through the service (free for 1 year, $20+ thereafter) or through another domain registrar. It is possible to transfer domain name to another registrar later.
  3. Decide on a template.
  4. Enter your own content.
  5. Publish.

Update as needed.

You’ll need to renew hosting and domain name annually. Most services will send email notification at least one month before hosting and domain registration will expire.

Gabrielle Koza           gk-webworks.com