It’s hard to imagine a well-established modern writer without their own online platform. A writer’s website is a perfect place to present yourself, share pieces of your writing, market your books and find new freelance clients. However, writers are seldom tech-savvy, aren’t they? This can be the case that you find the perspective of launching your first writer’s website daunting. Today, you’ll learn the 5 simple steps to start your own writer’s website. Read this article, and you’ll see that the process of website creation has a lot to do with creativity and self-expression. So, you’re bound to enjoy it!
To start your own writer’s website, follow these 5 basic steps:
Step #1: Choose a Platform
To run a blog, you need to decide on what blogging platform you’re about to use. Notwithstanding the fact that there are many blogging platforms available online, this initial choice is not that hard. To make the most out of your blog with no prior exposure to coding, go for WordPress CMS, which holds the full superiority in CMS segment and boasts of being the most widely adopted website engine (learn more here). This blogging platform is a simple and flexible solution for running a full-fledged blog without advanced website management skills and apprehension of HTML and CSS.
If you’re a true non-techie or a complete web design newbie, there is a simpler solution for you. You can develop your website with MotoCMS website builder that lets you build a writer’s website with simple drag-n-drop and comprehensive editor menus. So, if you’re looking for the simplest solution on the market, MotoCMS should be the best match for you.
On the other hand, you may be partially versed in HTML and CSS. If this is the case, then you can become a master of every single element of your website and get the unlimited freedom simply building your website with HTML5 and CSS. Of course, we’re not advising you to build a website from scratch as this will take a lot of time and will hardly give you the desired result. At the same time, if you get a high-quality HTML5 template and customize it up to your liking an awesome website is be forthcoming.
No doubt, there are multiple other options that you can adopt for your writer’s website (e.g. Joomla, Drupal). However, these CMSs center less on blogging and bring you a wider array of options for creating corporate and other types of websites. So, you’ll have to do extra work. If this is not what you’re after, stick to the platforms listed above as they are primarily blogging-oriented.
Step #2: Opt For a Top-notch Template
Having an idea what blogging platform is the one that will please you most, it’s time to get down to choosing the right template for your writer’s website. Basically, you need a modern template that meets the following requirements:
- The template of your choice should be fully responsive. Use the Live Demo of the template to check its appearance and performance on tablet and mobile screens. Opt for the theme that’s appealing in all the viewports.
- Secondly, your theme should be cross-browser compatible, i.e. having the same look and functioning the same way in all the modern browsers.
- Moreover, you need a theme with high-quality, Retina-ready imagery. If the image pack comes as a part of the theme, you’ll save a lot of money by having the top-notch imagery on board.
- Next, prioritize the templates that come with a thick bundle of plugins. Typically, those are the premium plugins that you get free with the template. As a result, you get a chance to build a feature-rich website without breaking the bank.
Let’s see a couple of the template examples that meet these requirements.
Jack Backer: Writer Responsive WordPress Template
Jack Backer template is one of the newest writer’s website templates, the responsiveness and cross-browser compatibility of which would make you 100% satisfied. On top of stunning imagery, the template lets you add background videos and embed media from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Moreover, the theme comes with the Elementor editor that lets you edit a WordPress theme with drag-n-drop.
Nirvana: Writer/Author Responsive Moto CMS 3 Theme
Nirvana is an ultra-modern and atmospheric theme that ensures the speedy performance and breathtaking feel of your website. It comes with a thick widget pack to diversify the content presentation on your website. Moreover, this MotoCMS3 theme has a preset builder on board that lets you create presets and save your time by subsequently using them.
Paul Adams: HTML5 Writer’s Website Template
If you feel like going for an HTML5 website template, opt for one of the recently created ones that meet the mentioned requirements. For example, with the responsive Paul Adams theme you get a pack of 7 -15 hi-res stock imagery that becomes yours for a lifetime. Moreover, you get 25+ ready-made HTML pages, editing which you’ll have a magnetizing writer’s website that’s a pleasure to browse.
It’s worth mentioning, that searching for a template, you should not necessarily limit yourself to writer website templates. You can also check out the multipurpose WordPress themes that boast of the richest functionality that you probably won’t find if you go for writer’s website templates. Let’s see an example:
Monstroid2 Multipurpose WordPress Template
Monstroid2 is a renowned multipurpose website template that entered the list of best WordPress themes of 2017. It comes with 9+ skins for different websites, giving you a wider choice in terms of website design. What’s more, it harbors 15+ plugins out of the box including both popular and tailored solutions for your website. Moreover, the theme gives you a chance to power an e-store on your website, so you can start selling your books and publications online without hassle.
Keep in mind, that when searching for a writer’s website template, you can also check out the other related template categories. There are many other books/writing-related template categories that are likely to bring you the templates that you can easily adjust to the needs of your writer’s website. We suggest that you check out the journalist, magazine, publishing house and printing agency templates for more template choice options.
House Press: Publishing Company WordPress Site Design
The House Press template is the one that has clean and artful design that’s powered by an array of Cherry Plugins. Customizing the theme is simple thanks to PowerBuilder drag-n-drop editor that has its own library of presets and content modules. Not being a writer’s website template, this theme lets you create a winning author’s website within a short period of time.
Step #3: Settle Down with the Domain Name and Hosting
When purchasing a theme, don’t forget to check out the Details page. There, you’ll see a section titled ‘Hosting Requirements’. Keep the requirements mentioned there in mind when choosing your hosting plan.
When it comes to choosing a hosting provider, it’s advisable to go for large and well-established providers. They are the ones that provide you with sound and secure hosting and give you 95 – 99% uptime. What’s more, they have high customer support standards and answer chats, calls and e-mails in a timely manner. Let’s see a couple of hosting providers that are likely to make you happy in 2017:
- InmotionHosting is an employee-owned hosting company that delivers 5-start hosting experience to their clients. They have high security standards and automatically backup your website for you, as well as update vulnerable apps. Moreover, they let you choose the location of your servers, ensuring the speedy performance of your website.
- BlueHost is a reputable hosting company that’s out there since 1996. Their affordable plans start from $3.95 for shared hosting. At the same time, they manage to bring you the 99.74% uptime and resourceful support.
- SiteGround is a hosting provider that brings you 475ms load time and 99.95% uptime. They are not as cheap as InmotionHosting and BlueHost. However, if you’re ready to pay $6.45 a month, you’ll be more than pleased by this hosting solution.
- Among other hosting providers that rock this year come HostGator and A2 hosting. Check out their hosting plans and opt for one of them if you find these companies more appealing.
When choosing a hosting plan, make sure it gives you the needed tools. In the majority of cases, you’ll need a hosting plan that has such tools as cPannel and MySQL on board. Thanks to these tools, you’ll get a chance to work with the files of your website directly (without FTP), as well as access SQL databases when needed. If you’re not sure whether you get these tools with this or that plan, it’s worth contacting your hosting provider and double-checking this.
A domain name can be purchased with the hosting plan. If you pay for 6 month or a year of hosting, you’re likely to get the domain name free, which is a good option. We advise that you go for .com domain name, as this is the most widely accepted one. People are likely to type .com after your name if they remember just the first part of your website address. Go for a short and readable domain name that sticks in mind and you’re likely to get more visitors on your website.
Step #4: Creating Your Website Content
Now you have a template, a domain name and a place for your website on a server. These are all the ingredients you need for building your website.
So, it’s time to install the template and start adding content to it. Modern templates are the ones that have the installation process automated. If you have a WordPress template, you should install WordPress first (download the CMS from wordpress.org). Then, you should install the theme in the Appearance -> Themes section of the WordPress admin panel. Let’s see how to install the Editorso WordPress theme:
Editorso: Journalist Blog WordPress Theme
The Editorso WordPress theme is the one that ensures the automated installation in 5 minutes. First of all, you need to upload the theme to your WordPress dashboard. Next, you have to upload all the beautiful ready-made content of the theme as sample data. For this, you’ll have to provide the details of your SQL database. Then, you should install the theme’s plugins. Click on the corresponding link on the dashboard’s homepage, simple as that.
Reputable Author: Writer Personal Portfolio Multipage Theme
HTML templates, such as Reputable Author theme require no installation at all. Just upload the files of the theme to the server and type your website’s URL to the browser address bar to see your website. To start editing the theme, open the file of the page you want to start with in any HTML editor (e.g. Adobe Dreamweaver, Notepad++, Sublime Text, etc.)
Every template comes with a set of default pages, widgets and blocks. For example, the John Milford writer/author theme includes such pages as Homepage, Bio, Books, Blog and Contacts. Modify the content of these pages by changing text and uploading new imagery. You can add new blocks, widgets and presets using MotoCMS editor. Next, create new pages (e.g. Portfolio) when needed.
John Milford: Writer/Author Responsive Moto CMS 3 Template
Step #5: Tune Up the Functionality of Your Website
Let’s say you added the basic content to your website. Then, it’s time to set up its functionality. If you want your website to be successful online and bring you a high conversion rate, you should set up your website’s contact form and power social buttons and social sharing buttons. If you want to generate quality leads, add a newsletter subscription box/popup. Refer to template’s documentation to get a step-by-step guidance on configuring these elements.
You can find a perfect example of social sharing if you check out the Moroseta WordPress theme. It renders social buttons in the website’s header and footer, as well as in the sidebar of the homepage. What’s more the template’s authors equipped the theme with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feed widgets that let you give an insight into your daily life right on your website.
Moroseta WordPress Theme
When setting up the functionality of your website, don’t forget to tweak its appearance on mobile screens. For instance, to make the navigation user-friendly on small screens, you may want to power a hamburger menu button (check out the Good Book template to see an example). In this theme, the hamburger menu button is used both for desktop and smaller screens, freeing some extra space in the website’s header. You can also make other layout adjustments (e.g. turn off the top slider on small screens) to ensure the best experience of browsing your website on the go.
The Good Book MotoCMS 3 Template
Creating a writer’s website is not as hard as it may seem initially. To make this process simpler, you have to make a couple of informed choices, e.g. choose the blogging platform that best fits your needs, go for a modern responsive template with stunning imagery and choose a reliable hosting provider. If you succeed in making these choices, you’re likely to enjoy the subsequent journey of personalizing your website and helping it conquer the web. We wish you good luck in this!
The thing that comes next after website creation and customization is attracting visitors to your website. If you want to learn more about how to make your website popular, check out the free e-book ‘How to Attract the First 1000 Visitors to My New Website’: