A step-by-step guide to creating a professional looking, mobile responsive website
***** Last UPDATED in November 2016 *****
In this course, you will get an over-the-shoulder view as I build a responsive website using WordPress together with a premium theme and skin.
This course is actually the first course in my Writer Platform series, which looks at how authors and other creatives can become visible online, engage with their readers or customers and ultimately sell more books and other digital products.
And I believe, whether you are a writer or another type of creative (or pretty much any type of freelancer), it is vitally important that you have your own online presence.
This all begins with the creation of a professional looking, responsive website.
And in the first part of this course, I am going to take you through, step-by-step:
The second part of the course requires that you purchase both a Premium theme called Thesis and a premium skin called Effectus.
This requires some financial outlay, but in my opinion this is quite a small investment if you are serious about making a living, or even a part-time income from your art.
In this part of the course, I will show you:
Feel free to check out the preview videos that I have enabled for the course, to give you an idea of my teaching style and to determine whether this course is right for you.
And I hope to see you on the inside.
A look at what to consider when choosing a domain name for your author website.
A step-by-step guide to choosing and buying a domain name for your author website.
A step-by-step look at how to forward a domain name you are not using for your website to your author page on Amazon Author Central.
Once you have bought the domain name (or domain names), the next stage in the building of your author website is buying a hosting package to host your site.
This lecture is a look at what you will need to consider when choosing a host for your author website.
Please note that there is a supplementary downloadable PDF for this section, with links to the resources mentioned within the lectures.
A look at the different hosting options available for both fiction and non-fiction authors.
A look around the Control Panel of your hosting account.
The first thing that you will need to do once you have bought both your domain name and your hosting package is to propagate your domain name. This lecture shows you how to do just that, step-by-step.
Once you have changed the nameservers at your domain registrar to those of your host’s, you will need to assign your domain name to your hosting account. This lecture shows you how to do just that.
A list of tasks for you to complete for this section on hosting:
Five multiple choice question to test your knowledge on what you have learnt from this section on hosting your author website.
A look at how to install WordPress automatically through the CPanel of your hosting account.
This lecture takes a look at what to do when you first install WordPress, discusses some best practices and shows you how to configure the basic settings.
A list of tasks for you to complete for this section on setting up WordPress:
A look at a special Framework for Word Press called Thesis, which allows for a great amount of control over the look and feel of your author websites, together with a look at a paid Thesis skin called the Effectus Skin, which comes packed full of features and optimisations to enhance your website.
A look at how I created the header for my Slovakia - Heart of Europe website within the image manipulation software, Pixelmator, based around the Slovakia - Heart of Europe logo.
My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our English Bullterrier, Shaggy.
Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.
In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.
At that time I taught English as a Foreign Language, as well as Business English Mentoring, and then in 2005 I started working as a Freelance Translator, before finally setting up my own translation company.
During the last 15 years I have written a number of non-fiction books within a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various interests. More recently, I have also been writing fiction and non-fiction books for teenagers and young adults and, in January 2015, I set myself the goal of becoming a full-time author within the next two years. I am currently creating a series of online courses to impart some of the knowledge I have learned over the years to my students.