A guest post by Josh Olswanger of Thrive Web Designs, a Boise web design.
As most of you can already guess, being a freelance writer or for that matter, a freelance anything, should include having a website. A website is vital in the marketing of your services, building an online community, and simply existing to the online world. In today’s day in age, everyone goes online to find out information, so being accessible online is everything.
Back in the late 1990’s when the Internet was first getting started, it was pretty unique if you as a writer, business owner, artist or whomever, had a website.
Fast forward 10-15 years later, and if you are trying to pursue a freelance career, not having a website could be detrimental. Whether you’re a copywriter, an author or even poet, having a website online for the world to see should be one of your first steps in achieving new business and exposure.
Where do I start?
Being that writers are normally always adding content to their websites, most find that choosing a website that is updatable by the user is the most efficient. Luckily there are many different options for building your own website, and/or utilizing a website platform that is designed for you to go in and update your content without relying on a designer.
WordPress.com – WordPress is arguably the most widely used platform for websites and blogs online today. What started out as simply a blogging platform, has now cocooned into the most widely used website building tool.
WordPress allows you to build a free website and use thousands of free design templates. These templates help give a distinguished look to your website or blog, and are very easy to install. WordPress offers a thorough directory of website tips for setting up your site.
With WordPress.com, you are hosting your website on their servers, so your domain name would read “mydomainname.wordpress.com”
If you would rather have your own and unique domain name, WordPress.org is the route for you. WordPress.org is for people who want to host their blog on their own server. This gives you the advantage of leaving the “.wordpress.com” out of your domain name.
What is hosting you may ask? You can read more about web hosting.
I have my website setup, template picked. Now what?
Once you have you website template chosen, you can easily add new pages, put in your own content and images. The beauty of WordPress and their millions of choices available, is that if you want to use anything from a calendar, to a Facebook widget, they make a plug-in for you to easily place within your website without knowing any website coding language.
For freelance writers, artists, and like-minded individuals who are looking to expand their expertise online, the most cost-effective and efficient way to get you online is by utilizing a great service like WordPress.com and all of their resources.
What questions do you have about getting your own website up and running?
This article is brought to you by Josh Olswanger of Thrive Web Designs, a Boise web design firm helping nationwide small businesses, organizations, authors and musicians achieve professional and affordable website solutions and content creation.