Hands up if dealing with technology is not your strong point.
It’s OK. You don’t have to be a wizard of web development to get your freelance writer website up and running.
Here are three simple ways to get it done without driving yourself to tears:
- Hire a web design and development team [expensive]
- Learn to use WordPress and build your own website [takes a while]
- Use a ready-made solution designed specifically for freelance writers [phew!]
Let’s assume you can’t afford #1 and don’t really want to wrestle with #2. Moving on to #3, then: ready-made website services.
There are places you can set up a website without learning to write programming code or work a WordPress content management system. Some are free to use; others charge a fee for taking your website worries off your hands.
I’ve tried out a few of the services you can use to set up a free portfolio website, and they each have different drawbacks. Some are fairly complex and “tech-y” to use, others are about as difficult to operate as a pizza delivery menu.
Some are aimed at visually creative professionals such as photographers and web designers, which means the portfolio display settings may focus more on the images than on the text.
Some just look like they’re stuck in the mid-1990s of web design. To hold a potential client’s attention, you need a site that looks and feels professional!
Get Your Site Up Today the Easy Way
A little while ago, I tried out one of the premium alternatives: a service called Writer’s Residence (affiliate link).
It’s designed to make creating a good-looking website easy —including a neatly laid out portfolio of writing samples— even if technology normally makes you cry.
I’ve tried a lot of web development services, so I didn’t expect to be much impressed by this one. But seriously, if you’re tech-terrified then you’ll love this.
When you first log in after opening an account, you’re greeted by a checklist of things to do to get your whole site set up and ready to roll.
There are only 6 things to check off the list! Suddenly the whole universe of “WTF do I need to do with my writer site?” shrinks down into a manageable six-step process. That’s impressive, and possibly against the laws of physics.
Once you’ve typed in a bit of “About me” copy and added a few samples to your portfolio page, you’ve got a website! There’s a choice of designs, so I went for a simple look:
That took me about fifteen minutes to put together. Even if you don’t know the first thing about building a website, I doubt it’ll take you more than an hour —there were helpful explanations at every stage of the setup process, so you’ll always know what to do next.
If that all sounds good to you, Writer’s Residence offers a 30 day free trial so you can get your site set up and see how easy it is before you consider signing up for membership of the service.
Win a Writer’s Residence Website
Writer’s Residence websites normally cost $8.99 (or £5.49 in the UK) per month, but they’re letting me give away a year’s membership to one Be a Freelance Blogger reader.
For your chance to win, take a look at WritersResidence.com, then come back here and leave a comment telling us what you think is the biggest benefit of the service. Bonus points if you take a free trial and give us the link to your new Writer’s Residence website!
I’ll choose the winner at the end of December 29th, 2013. Good luck. 😉