Build A Professional Author Website
What You’ll Learn
What Tools and Platforms To Use
Every author and illustrator needs a website today. With your website, you make it easy for agents, editors, and fellow storytellers to find your work and contact you. So if having a website is so important, why doesn't everyone have one?
In a word, overwhelm. There are lots of questions to answer when starting. And building a website from scratch can be daunting. You may be wondering, where do I start? What tools and platforms do I need? How do I register a domain and how do I get hosting? Which hosting service should I use? What if I'm not technical?
Fortunately, building a website is not as hard as it seems. In fact, anyone can do it! We'll show you how to build a website with WordPress from beginning to end.
Save time and headache by building your website with author/illustrator, Ken Lamug.
Successfully Set Up Your Website
When you’re done with this intensive, you’ll have a website that is fast, easy to navigate, and professional. Most importantly, you'll display your work online and present yourself as a professional.
Getting started is easy. Ken walks you though the setup process, from registering a domain to setting up your hosting, Next, Ken guides you through planning and structuring your website. And lastly, we'll make sure you're prepared to build by gathering all of the assets you need in advance with an asset checklist.
Now that you're set up, it's time to build! You'll learn how to install themes, adjust the layouts, set up menus, and build galleries. You'll also learn how to use page builders for precise customization. With Ken's “One-Page Layout Exercise” and “Tips for Writing an Author Bio,” you'll have everything you need to build a professional author website in a weekend.
ABOUT THIS INTENSIVE:
In this hands-on intensive, you’ll learn how to build a professional website so that agents, editors, and fellow storytellers can find your work and contact you easily.
You'll learn the tools needed to build a WordPress site and become confident and empowered to make changes and customize to your liking.
YOUR STORY COACH:
Ken Lamug is an author/illustrator and web developer based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
During the day, Ken builds websites, and in his evenings, you can find him making picture book stories and graphic novels.
Ken's debut picture book “A Box Story” has won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Literary Classics, Pinnacle Awards, and the National Indie Excellence Book Awards.
Build your author website in a weekend with step-by-step instructions and handouts.
Welcome and Introduction
Elements of a Website
Why Do You Need a Website
A Summary of Different Web Platforms
Website Planning, Structure, & Mapping
Website Structure & Map
Navigation & Sections
Tips for Writing Bio Page PDF
Starting Your Website
Searching & Registering a Domain Name
Starting a Hosting Account with Bluehost
Bluehost Dashboard Overview
Wordpress Dashboard Setup
Building a Website
WordPress Intro Wordpress Themes Wordpress Homepage Wordpress Pages and Galleries Wordpress Menus Wordpress Contact Form Wordpress Blog Post Wordpress Image Slider and Other Customization Wordpress Sidebar and Widgets Wordpress Creating Assets
WordPress Lightbox Page Galleries Bonus: WordPress Using Page Builders / Advanced Bluehost Email Setup
Bonus Exercise: Building a One-Page Site
Building a One-Page Site in Under 60 Minutes Expanding the Site and Adding More Pages
Frequently Asked Questions
When you are first starting out, you don't need an author website. But you will need a website once you start networking in the children's book community. Your website is the place for writers, illustrators, agents, and editors to connect with you.
This intensive will walk you through each step of the process, step by step. You can follow the process visually and post any questions to our course forum.
We recommend Bluehost for the price and the service. We'll walk you through the process for signing up for hosting and registering the domain.
We'll recommend a few themes you can try, and we'll help you plan your pages. You'll also get a checklist of assets to make sure you build your pages efficiently.
Don't worry! We'll give you the list of assets you'll need, as well as provide sites where you can get stunning stock images.