Create a Website
It goes without saying that a website, as a means to promote yourself, is a fundamental aspect of being a writer in today’s expanding digital-arena. Of course, you must socialise on platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, whether you like it not, but having somewhere to place your writing progress, wip, or a general blog is key to gaining an audience. And – most of all, to let the world know you are.
My website http://www.imranwrites.com is a means for me to promote not just my writing, but also any useful advice I gain from scouring the website. I am not an expert, but if I can simplify prepositions, show-not-tell, pov, conflict, character building, as well as a zillion other things, then I feel I have contributed to the writing world.
Does my site grab your attention? Now then, how much did it cost to set this site up? £2,000? £1,000? £500? Actually, it was lower than you think…
Stage 1 – Platform to Form Site Upon
There are dozens upon dozens of platforms you can use, though I used http://www.wordpress.org
I must make clear that there is an alternative called http://www.wordpress.com, which is commonly used as it is free to do so, however, unless you pay $99 you will have a site with the domain name of http://www.imranwrites.wordpress.com
I don’t know about you, but http://www.imranwrites.com looks a tad better than http://www.imranwrites.wordpress.com [But it is entirely up to you!]
Okay… so, if you do pay $99, you can have http://www.imranwrites.com, but the hosting package (relates to Stage 2) that you’ll receive is mediocre. My recommendation is that you use http://www.wordpress.org
Cost so far = £0
Stage 2 – Hosting of Site
Every site needs a host before it is available on the World-Wide-Web
Once you have signed up to http://www.wordpress.org, you will have the option of a hosting site. There are several available on wordpress. I opted to use www.bluehost.com
Great thing was that I got the choice of a domain – http://www.imranwrites.com – perfect!
And the cost? $3.95 per month if you pay up front for 24 months, or $4.95 per month, if you pay up front for 12 months.
There is an inbuilt Live-Chat process available on the site, so if you do get stuck with the signing up, or next steps process, there is always someone available to help.
I opted for 24 months, so in total, I paid $94.8 – which works out to £59 under current currency-exchange rates.
Cost so far = £59
Step 3 – Build your Site
Once you’ve followed the specified steps on Bluehost, you’re site will be ready for you to work on.
You will be introduced to a basic template with some pre-built content, just to help you get used to the interface. However, I found the pre-built theme and many of the free theme that you can load from the internet to be… boring…I wanted something with a little ‘oomph’.
I sourced out a theme site http://www.elegantthemes.com
For a charge of $39 (per year = £24) I can have the my pick of any of the theme they currently offer. And, I can change at any time as well. The theme are funky, intuitive and very different. They help to make my website feel a little more alive. When you download a theme… you can easily upload it onto your site by using the wordpress control panel.
Cost of far = £83
Step 4 – Protect your Site
SPAM and people trying to hack sites is common practice, and any additional security to what Bluehost offer is key…if you ask me.
Within your site, you will have the option of applying Askimet – an ever-present protecting piece of kit. For a simple charge of $35, I have made my site as secure as I can. I strongly recommend this.
Cost so far = £104
Step 5 – Populate your Site
Create your own images, photographs, blog posts, stories, thoughts, ideas, etc.
Be creative and build a name and a site for yourself that shows who you are and what you can offer!
TOTAL COST to set up http://www.imranwrites.com = £104 or $166
Not bad hey?