• J. J. Hanna

Author Websites: Which Platform?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019


The longer you spend in the Writing Community, the more you hear about needing a platform. One of the things a platform needs is a central landing place, a place where newcomers to your brand can come to get to know you. The best way to do that is with a website.

But, for those of us who don't know any coding besides basic HTML (or less), the thought of making a website is rather terrifying. And you may think, I'll just have to pay someone to do it for me. But that can get expensive, and is no longer necessary in the current age of technology.

Thankfully, there are a few good options out there. More importantly, those options have free versions.

What follows is a list of pros and cons for the three main options out there from my experiences with each platform. The three platforms I'll be discussing are WordPress, Weebly, and WIX.

Let's start with WordPress.

Pros:

Great SEO (search engine optimization)

Wonderful for word-based websites (especially blogs)

Multiple pages

Wide selection of beautiful templates

Connect your own domain

Cons:

Arranging images on a page is hard to control

Widgets and design tools are complicated

Full websites (anything beyond a blog) cost money

Main Takeaway: If you want anything other than a blog, WordPress gets complicated.

Weebly

Pros:

More intuitive design (drag and drop options)

Beautiful templates

Multiple blog options

Multiple pages

Connect your own domain

Images and widgets work well

Works with MailChimp

Cons:

SEO is trickier

Many widgets are expensive

Doing things for free requires tricky work arounds

WIX

Pros:

Intuitive design (drag and drop works incredibly)

Beautiful templates aimed at various goals

Multiple pages

Everything is customizable

Images and widgets work well (If you want it, there's probably a widget for it, most are free)

Connect your own domain

Wonderful SEO

Multiple sites with one account

Cons:

Each plan does more and more, but costs more and more

Upgrades required to add domain

Complex widgets aren't free

Updates to how WIX offers things mean website redesigns are often required due to changes in what's offered

I'm biased, as I use WIX. I love WIX. I've been able to create this entire website with only a cost to connect the domain. I don't have a background in website creation. At least, I didn't, until I played around with WIX to make it something I wanted.

I love the drag and drop functions and the ability to create a beautiful website without much effort.

Stay tuned for more posts on website creation, such as what pages to include and why, how to increase SEO, and how to make it look good (design can be hard! I want to help).

Until next time, friends!

I'll see you then. ;)

J. J. Hanna is a Professional Writing major at Taylor University. In her spare time she creates YouTube Videos and Comics, and practices Karate at a local dojo. If you have a writing question, she'd love to hear from you! She is also looking for freelancing work, so if you have editing, beta reading, writing needs, a conference speaker, or would simply like to chat in a consultation, please let her know. Like what you see and want to get more content like this, or have your specific questions answered? Check out how you can support her on Patreon for as little as $3 a month.

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