Setting up the author website – it’s a GPS-worthy journey

Do you ever wish you were a little more high-tech? Or did you think you were already savvy in that realm, until you decided to set up a website?

I’m in the midst of setting up my father’s author website, ahead of his book launch in July. It’s almost ready, but there have been a few bumps along the way. For anyone who’s done this before me, maybe these top ten things have happened to you:

  1. You celebrate the news that the domain you want is available!
  2. You sweat as you try to learn about all the terms and conditions.
  3. You worry about how much is too much to spend on a plan.
  4. You cheer when you get through the above steps.
  5. You choose a host (WordPress) and feel good because you’ll know your way around.
  6. Your head aches when you see that your Dashboard has a lot of things you don’t recognize.
  7. You curse yourself for using the same email address as your blog.
  8. You wonder what all those plugins do.
  9. You notice that the wrong Gravatar is attached to your website.
  10. You spend hours and hours trying different themes and figuring out how the tabs work.

I’ve overcome most of these obstacles, but I’m still not ready to share. Do you just jump in with the work in progress?

I think I’ll tinker a little more…

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

11 thoughts on “Setting up the author website – it’s a GPS-worthy journey

  1. Ugh, sounds frustrating. That’s why I’ve stuck with WordPress dot com. Just don’t want to mess with the dot org stuff. Good on you for doing it for him!

  2. I have these frustrating thoughts every day I choose to think about it. I find myself putting many things off until another day. Then, when I go to do something that I think I know how to do as I’ve done it before, I realize that I’ve forgotten where that widget is, and what it is and does. And what is a widget? Then I google it all again and read articles and comments, and the cycle repeats itself. So, I hear you and I feel for you! Your father is lucky very lucky.

  3. I can relate to #10. So many themes, and then you think you’ve found the perfect one only to discover it has some weird quirk you can’t stand. Best of luck sifting through the mire.

  4. Good luck with your dad’s site. It can certainly become so overwhelming. I just stick with the free version of WordPress which seems to have less bells and whistles to figure out.

  5. Tinkering is necessary. I moan at the time it takes to figure out these techno details that have me tearing my hair out. I just realized I don’t have an author page on Goodreads, and hours later, I’m still trying to figure it out. ;-0 Good luck to you!

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