In the blog post, Why an Author Website is a Must for Every Self-published Author, I explain just how important it is for a self-published author to have a website as the central hub of their book promotions.
In the article, I stress that you should be prepared for a financial commitment when building an online presence, indeed I consider it to be one of the 4 Key Financial Investments that every author should make. How much of a financial investment, however, depends in part on how much of the work you are able to carry out yourself.
In my premium course, How to Build a Responsive Author Website, I give you a step-by-step, over-the-shoulder view of how to build a responsive author website from scratch, so that you can do it yourself.
Creating your website yourself will, of course, save you a considerable amount of money, but some costs are unavoidable, such as the purchasing of a domain name, for example. And you will also need to invest in a hosting service for your website.
In the following 5 videos, I show you step-by-step how to go about setting up the hosting for your author website using Bluehost (the hosting company that I use for my own websites), including what factors to consider when purchasing a hosting package and how to propagate and assign your domain name.
Video One: How to Choose Your Hosting Package
Video Two: Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Hosting Package
Video Three: A Look Around the Control Panel of Your Hosting Package
Video Four: How to Propagate Your Domain Name from Your Domain Name Provider to Your Host Provider
Video Five: Assigning Your Domain to Your Hosting Account