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Initial post: 9 Jun 2012 15:21:17 BDT
A. Channelle says:
Hello all

Obviously marketing is something we all have to get to grips with and a website would appear to be a pretty good way to raise your profile. So, I'd like to see your websites (for individual books or authors), and show you mine. Any feedback would be appreciated, and I'll provide the same for you.

Posted on 9 Jun 2012 17:12:29 BDT Easy to enter, not so easy to leave :-)

Posted on 9 Jun 2012 19:45:38 BDT
Andy Barrett says:
Nice one, Andy.

Here's mine:

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2012 20:05:28 BDT
A. Channelle says:
Stephen. Very impressive, though it took an age to load and made my MacBook (new this year) run its fans quite alarmingly. I would like to have been able to navigate using the labels at the bottom of the screen so that I could return to my favourite places without having to navigate all the way through the house.
Is there a Flash-free version for people with iOS devices?

Posted on 9 Jun 2012 20:14:59 BDT
A. Channelle says:
Andy. Nice one. Good use of Joomla too. I'm assuming you chose this because it makes it easy for you to update sections dynamically? There's no easy way to get to your blog archive - and yes, I'm aware mine is the same - is there any way to add a pager to the bottom of the page or an 'older posts' button?

Do you get a lot of traffic through the site (I know that's a fairly rude question, so I'm not after actual numbers)?

Posted on 9 Jun 2012 20:34:13 BDT
Here's mine, but I've no idea about traffic...(I thought they were a band?)


Posted on 9 Jun 2012 20:40:16 BDT
A. Channelle says:
Looks cool. How is Weebly as a platform? I noticed that the author page goes to your Wordpress blog. Will you be adding a more static author page to the Weebly site? It might be a little more integrated. And is there a way to get more of the books into the top menu, or was the 'more' button used intentionally to highlight the most recent?

Wow, I'm all about the questions tonight!

Posted on 9 Jun 2012 20:49:57 BDT

Can I do any of that with a quill? I'm a complete technophobe. I didn't know I could add a more static author page, but as i blog regularly every week I did want the feed to come across. I did have all the books on the top menu, then I touched something (unintentially) with the mouse and they vanished. I don't know how to bring them back...

Posted on 9 Jun 2012 21:03:38 BDT
A. Channelle says:
I think you need to go into the Pages menu, and then you can drag the pages that are currently living in the More section slightly left and that should put them back on to the first level. And there's some stuff here ( about adding RSS feeds (ie from to your site. I think the blog would be better under a 'Blog' menu entry.

Some answers at last :)

Posted on 9 Jun 2012 21:23:23 BDT
Thanks. When i manage to understand tht, i'll have a go.

Posted on 10 Jun 2012 20:55:08 BDT
A. S. Dapre says:
Hi there - I created an author website fairly recently using a cracking good bit of software called Freeway (No, I'm not affiliated). It took some learning but hopefully enabled me to create good results.

Feel free to check my site out -

There is a blog too, which I always find helps readers get to know a bit about what makes an author tick - and a blog is a great ay of letting off steam, publicising stuff etc.



Alan Dapré

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 15:44:01 BDT
Hi A Channelle...

Nah, it's Flash only unfortunately. You can use the bottom menu after you've visited the room. So you can always go back to the hall for instance, by clicking on it. It shouldn't take more than a minute to load (I also have a MacBook).

My plan is to keep adding rooms...really make it a mansion!

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 19:30:23 BDT
Jack D says:
I've got my website, more a blog explaining about the Super Spud world:

I'd love to get a web designer in the future and turn it into something more. One day...

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jun 2012 20:32:57 BDT
A. Channelle says:
@Will. Sorry. I do that, a lot. Comes from being a techie right down to my very core.

@Alan. How is Freeway? I've some experience with Rapidweaver for static site building (which I gather is quite similar). I did mine with Hype, which is a pretty good HTML5 design app.

@Stephen "My plan is to keep adding rooms..."

Sounds like a great plan; you need to keep these things sticky. Any plans for a mobile version? Might be quite useful as more Kindle readers use apps on phone, phabs or tablets. Reload speeds are much better on second visit.

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 20:39:05 BDT
A. Channelle says:
@Michael. I like Blogger. Did my blog with that and then build an RSS feed for my actual site.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012 09:44:53 BDT
A. S. Dapre says:
@ A. Channelle

Freeway 5.5 is fairly intuitive and it helps to know some CSS as they use it. There are lots of Actions that can be dropped in so that items look great visually and interact. Took me quite a while to build my site with it. Trouble is now when I want to update bits I have problems remembering exactly how I built things in the first place. There is no Undo button and that is quite an issue as I am forever getting things muddled. Worth a look, but if you are already web proficient you might prefer something else. As I say, I am not affiliated but it seemed to do the job and the support forum is very helpful.


Posted on 12 Jun 2012 10:02:21 BDT
I'm practically flat broke and making a website costs money I've heard, is it true.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012 10:13:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2012 10:14:47 BDT
A. S. Dapre says:
@P Lingard-Smart .... It can cost - why not start with a blog? If I had not already done my site I would have filled up my page at Author Central with all the key stuff. That's a thought. Why not go to author central and get an author's page? Also is free to build a blog. You could get yourself on Freebase which is an online database and there you can link your books to yourself, which will help search engines find you. Also put a page on Goodreads, Jacketflap that sort of thing. Not saying it will get you any more publicity but the more visible you are to readers the more likely they are to try your stuff .... I am presupposing you write though ;) [Just clicked your name and I see that you do, so all of the above is probably relevant.]

Again - I have no affiliation to any of this - have simply found them useful.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012 10:19:32 BDT
Thanks Al I'll try this as soon as possible.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012 10:34:21 BDT
P L-S :

Have a look at mine;

That was entirely free. So, if you are as broke as I am, it's an option.

Posted on 12 Jun 2012 11:24:28 BDT
Tonkalou says:

Here's my website:

@ A Channelle - thanks for starting the thread. If you are going to ask me anything technical, let me apologise in advance as I can assure you I won't know the answer! I created the site myself but I don't understand how it works or anything. I've tried all the links and they seem to work for me. I can just about work out how to add pages so if anyone thinks I've missed a trick and should include something else, please say and I'll have a go. I used to have just a blog but I've started to use the website blog now as it makes sense to me to have it all in one place.

Thanks for looking!

Posted on 12 Jun 2012 11:30:21 BDT
Tonkalou says:
@ stephen - just looked at yours. What can I say? I knew it would be impressive, I was prepared for that but now I'm going to have nightmares! It's far too scary for me! It's got more in common with a video game or a horror film than a web site. I mean that in a good way!


Posted on 12 Jun 2012 13:03:20 BDT
A. Channelle says:
@Beverley. Very smart. It's clean, writerly and easy to navigate. Shows what can be done with a little effort and no money.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012 13:09:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2012 13:16:54 BDT
Tonkalou says:
Thank you!

I'm all for finding things that are free and easy to use!

Andy, I hope you don't mind me saying, but on your website, why don't you make the pictures of the Kindle and paperback version in the bottom right hand of the screen pressable (or whatever the technical term is)? You could make them go straight to the Amazon page.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012 15:30:40 BDT
A. Channelle says:
I thought about it, but then didn't do it. No idea why...
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