Paula needs some answers about websites!
I set up a website about six years ago, without really
knowing much about them! It was a freebie site, and fairly basic, but it was sufficient
at the time. I confess that all I have done since then is add my books whenever
a new one is published.
Now I am thinking of either rehashing it or even starting
again, but first I have some questions.
First, two basic questions:
a. Should I pay for a website that will give me more
flexibility and allow me to create more interesting pages?
b. Should I find someone to design the site for me, or do it
Next, assuming I start with a new, blank website, what
should the it contain? In my current site, I have the details of my books,
of course, and the links (mainly to Amazon), and also brief details of my
earlier work i.e. the books which are now out of print, and lists of published
magazine stories and articles. There is also a ‘guest book’ (which doesn’t seem
to get many guests!) and a ‘contact me’ page.
In my new site, I would also include a page about myself –
but what else should I include?
And the final question (and perhaps the most important one): do readers actually visit authors’
websites? I admit I only do this very rarely, so there’s a part of me that
wonders whether it is actually worth the time (and possible expense) of
setting up a new website to replace my current one.
All help, ideas, and suggestions gratefully received!