Q&A: Looking for a Website

I thought I’d throw this one out to you all. Recently we had a question fro Nina who asked for our help. She wants to know:

“I do have a question about your personal websites. Mine is currently through Yahoo Small Business Webhosting, but I’m not particularly thrilled with it. What I’m wondering is who you all have yours through, and if there is one webhosting site that you would recommend over another – one that is more user-friendly for writers. 

Thanks!

Nina”

Can you writers out there give Nina a hand?

8 Comments

  1. Nina,

    Everything depends on what kind of website you want, how much you are willing to pay, and what your website skills are. For the two months I had JustHost.com, I loved it, but I really couldn’t afford it on my budget. So I’m actually using WordPress.com, although I hear WordPress.org is more professional. You can buy the domain name and webhosting for about $15, plus a few extra things if you want.

    You can have a static (home) page, numerous other pages, hook a merchant account to it for a store, a blog page, etc. Some themes are highly customizable.

    Personally I like it for the easy of use and cost.

  2. I have Yahoo Small Business Webhosting and love it, so I’m not much help. LOL

  3. Mari Miniatt says:

    Right now I only use blogger. It has served my needs so far. I am looking at weebly for an alternative. Some of my favorite big name authors use it, and it has a free version, so it can’t be too bad.

  4. Nina Stone says:

    Thanks, ladies, for the quick responses. I will look into your suggestions. 🙂

  5. Lovelyn says:

    I use wordpress.org. I bought my domain name for $10 and I pay about $6 a month for hosting from Bluehost. Using wordpress.org is great because it is very versatile, but it’s not for everyone because there is a big learning curve. My Bluehost account allows me to host lots of websites and that’s why I’ve chosen this option. I have a lot of websites about different subjects on this one account. When I first started blogging I used Blogger which worked fine for me in the beginning. If you’re only putting up one site you may want to just buy your own domain name and then host it on a free service like Blogger or wordpress.com. Anyway, that’s my two cents. I hope it helps.

  6. For my site – http://www.JoleeneNaylor.com – I bought my domain name for 10$ a year and host my site through orgfree.com because it’s free and has a lot of space (1.5 gigs, I believe), and also has my sql databases, runs php, has ftp etc. etc. with the free account – though I pay 12$ a year to remove advertisements. I recommend this only if you know what you’re doing and can upload a premade site because their customer support leaves a lot to be desired. They do have paid versions, and might have a site builder, but I honestly don’t know because my husband programs my site in flash.

    I am in the middle of working on a second site for a webcomic I draw and I am just hosting it on wordpress and paying the $10 to set the nameservers (I already owned the domain name before) but it’s not finished yet.

    I and a friend and are just now setting up his author site – http://jissilly.com/ (nothing to see there now but hopefully there will be soon). He is going through ipages.com. It costs, though I’m not sure how much it is a year. We’re going to use the free web builder to get it started (they have well over 100 templates) and then I will hand code the rest (the free builder will only make 9 pages) however, they have paid builders that offer unlimited pages. the builder is very easy to use, if you want to go that route, and I *think* it has a built in blog as well, but I haven’t explored that far (when I say just started I mean he made the account two days ago).

    Honestly, if you just want a simple site with an about me page, some pages about your books, and a blog, I recommend wordpress. With the right template you can even have welcome page so it would look more like a website. With a few tweaks to the widgets and custom menus, you can have it up and running pretty quick, and it’s also fast to update and you can upload your photos or videos to display on the pages directly into it on the edit screen instead of having to upload them to a database elsewhere, first. if you don’t know much about coding or web building, then I really think that’s an option to seriously look into.

    Hope this helps!

    1. Joleene is the Queen of websites and blogs. She does amazing things with them.

  7. I agree with Joleen’s recommendations above about if you want something fairly simple that a free WordPress site might be the way to go. Especially if you know a few folks who are already using it and you want a site a lot like theirs. Then you can easily ask, “How did you make it….. ”

    But if you want your own domain, or especially if you think you might want a couple different websites, then I’d recommend a web hosting package. My personal favorite is HostMonster.com which currently costs $5.95 a month (I think). I’ve used them and I’ve used Lunarpages and the customer service at HostMonster.com is FANTASTIC!!! I’ve called them recently for setting up SSL, for an email error. I always get through to their customer service (available 24×7) with no wait and they always help me. It’s amazing.

    I do want to put a disclaimer, that I used my affiliate link above. But I am sincere in my endorsement of them. I also have an affiliate account for Lunarpages, but I stopped recommending them as I think with Lunarpages, whenever you need help you have to open a support ticket and I was always forgetting my password for their support ticket website, so then I’d need support for their support ticket system….. Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh….

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