I am a follower of your job list and really appreciate what you do.
I’ve been working as a freelance writer for about two years now and I think it’s time to get a website. I can’t figure out whether to hire someone to create the website for me or try to create one using an online service. I’ve looked at Godaddy.com but I don’t like the templates listed there. They all look too canned. Is there another online website that allows you to build a website with templates that you could recommend? Also is there a place where I could look at other freelance writers’ websites to get some ideas?
Thanks for your help!
Glad you find the blog useful.
Yes, it’s certainly time to get a website of your own, or better yet, your own blog. The reason I like blogs so much is they are truly easy to update – a major consideration even if you’re only adding a new credit or two. And it’s perfectly okay to use a blog as an almost static website.
As far as design goes, hiring a web designer can be your best bet even for a blog. It means someone else will handle all the pesky code that underlies every site. Again, you want to be able to update the content without paying your designer every time you want to add a link, so a blog is often the best way to go.
Of course, with WordPress you can do it all yourself and there are a gagillion free templates out there to chose from. Or you can use a designer.
I currently use Bob Moyer who sets up my hosting and does some graphics for me. If you use his hosting through this link, I’ll make a nickel or so, but more importantly he can design for you or help you get it done yourself. Setting up WordPress through his control panel is a breeze. He can get your domain name, everything.
Before I found Bob I used 1and1.com as my host. They also have some templates and some ability to set up a WordPress blog.
But, the important thing is to get your own site ASAP – template or not.
As far as looking at other sites, the blog roll here over on the right links to a bunch of writers and googling freelance writers will get you more than you could ever look at.
Good luck. Let us know about your site when it’s up.
You may also want to read: You’re a Writer – You Need a Website or Better Yet, Your Own Blog
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