If you are serious in selling books or promoting your writing/publishing related talents online, then you need a website. there are other online media sites that you probably need to look into as well, but the following pages outline what you need to build a website.
This is NOT a definitive guide, it is intended to be a high-level overview of what you need. I can see a whole bunch of workshops being requested to cover these issues. Stay tuned, maybe something along these lines can be organized for you.
What is a website? Well, www.cwcsacramentowriters.org is a web site.
What is a web page? You are reading a web page, which is on this website. A web site can have one or many web pages.
What is the URL of a website? A URL (tech speak = Universal Resource Locator, or URL) is the address of the website, so “www.amazon.com” is the URL, it is also the website, and inside that website are squillions of web pages selling everything you need and don’t need. By the way, ‘www’ stands for World Wide Web.
What is a domain? This is something you need to define which identifies your website. To use a couple of examples, ‘amazon.com’ and ‘cwcsacramentowriters.org’ are both domain names. If you set up a website, it will probably be ‘yourwebsite.com’. The .com typically defines a commercial site, .org a general organization, there are others for education and government. Different countries have variations on this, an example is “.tv”, so if you have a TV channel, you can use ‘mychannel.tv’. Note that TV is sold by the pacific island Tuvalu – don’t knock it, they made a ton of money selling these domains!
What do I put on my Website? You need to tell the world a little about yourself. If you write books, you need to tell them about your books – or any other related services you offer. If you are selling something like books, you need to connect your readers to the sales outlets like Amazon, but also the review sites like Goodreads. Another prime feature is a newsletter, so you can entertain your readers while they wait for new releases.
So, what do I do next? Basically, read on…
Get a domain name.
Get a hosting site.