Create a Responsive Author Website with NO Prior Experience

A comprehensive beginner's course to building your own author website with no experience and at VERY little cost.
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  • Lectures 9
  • Contents Video: 1.5 hours
    Other: 26 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2014 English

Course Description

New to self publishing and need an author website?

This course will walk you step-by-step, through the details of creating a complete, professional, responsive website and it's a LOT easier than you might think.

You will learn how to:

  • Set up your webserver / hosting site
  • Set up your Wordpress installation
  • Operate the "backend" of your new website
  • Create the page framework necessary for your site
  • Setup basic options for a professional installation
  • Install new responsive website themes to change the look and feel of the site
  • Customize themes to suit your needs
  • Create your site content and post blog entries
  • Build a beautiful sliding home page banner to showcase your book(s)
  • Upload your own graphics
  • Create a secure contact form
  • Create an email signup form

You can create a really nice site with very little effort and even less money! I have created dozens of websites on many platforms and have created this course to teach to independent authors, like myself, the most effective method of creating a great author website.

In over ten years of web development I have found WordPress to be the most powerful and easy-to-use platform out there and it is continually getting better with each update.

Whether you want a blog that you can post articles to directly from your iPhone or Android, or if you want just a static informational website, this course will cover it. We'll discuss what kind of content you should provide, as an author and how best to provide it. I'll give you a simple way to collect email addresses of your fans so that you can contact them with future news.

I hope you enjoy the course - please contact me with any questions!

Tim Johnson

P.S. - I've also included a great electronic text book to help you leverage your list of email subscribers most effectively.

What are the requirements?

  • A computer with internet access
  • A head shot of yourself to use on the site (optional)
  • $5 per month for associated hosting fees
  • Basic understanding of computers

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create a stunning & professional website as the basis of your author platform
  • Build and manage the back-end framework for the site
  • Set up your webserver
  • Obtain a domain name
  • Install Wordpress on your server
  • identify which elements you need on your website

What is the target audience?

  • Self published authors
  • Authorpreneurs
  • Independent authors
  • Complete beginners with little to no technical knowledge

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
04:10

We take a look at a few different types of author websites and evaluate the structure and benefits of the different styles. Do you know what you want to include on your new author website?

Section 2: Technical Setup
07:44

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In only 7 minutes you can have the hosting and architecture of your site done and be ready to start adding content!

This lecture will guide you through, from start to finish, acquiring your domain, getting your web server account setup, and installing Wordpress in a way that anyone can easily follow along with.

Section 3: Building Your Website
05:01

In the next 5 minutes we set up the entire website architecture in preparation for theming the site in subsequent lectures.

07:16

To ensure the site is clean-looking and performs like a professional website, let's just take a few minutes to go through some basic recommended settings.

09:17

Learn how to search, preview and install themes onto your site.

Here are some great free and premium themes to peruse when you are building your site.

Sample Theme Construction
28:12
Deconstructing a Completed Website
17:44
Section 4: Send Off and Good Luck!
Send Off and Good Luck!
00:54
Section 5: Additional References
26 pages

A complete text to help you build your author mailing list. Reach out to your fans for a variety of reasons and create a win-win scenario between you and your readers by sending strategic emails.

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Instructor Biography

Tim Johnson, Children's Author, Entrepreneur, Engineer

Tim Johnson is an author in a variety of fields, most notably dual-language children's illustrated picture books and martial arts non-fiction.

In 2011 Tim published his first children's book and has now has over 50 titles on Amazon and has sold thousands of copies. His book's character, Bosley Bear, has since become popular among US and international readers, providing wholesome bedtime stories.

A product design engineer by trade, Tim's quest for knowledge and understanding is a daily pursuit. He continues to broaden the horizons of children as a martial arts instructor, always encouraging young students to become more aware of the enormous world around them.

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