The initial response to the question of who owns your domain name would likely be, “I do”. In most cases, you would be correct. That’s what I thought, too, when I received a renewal notice last August. As it turns out, I was wrong – sort of.
If that sounds confusing, you have it right. There is nothing straightforward about what I am about to share with you. The situation has only now been resolved, though I am still awaiting confirmation that it has successfully been transferred to a more reputable company. I am still in some confusion as to everything that happened. Here’s the short version. Continue reading “Authors with Websites: Who Owns Your Domain Name?”
by Dr. Juneau Robbins
For many years I have dabbled in penning various musings and thoughts to paper, writing countless articles…personal and professional…even completing a book or two. Many of those years I dreamed of writing seriously, on a regular schedule, with lofty thoughts of organizing my writings, growing and evolving them, and ultimately sharing chosen selections with the world. On the morning of my 45th birthday, as a concrete action step to force myself to begin writing more, I decided to start a blog.
Honestly, I had no idea where to begin. Internet technology advances at a rate exponential to human aging, and I’m somewhat of an internet dinosaur. Last week, a friend enjoyed a hearty laugh at my expense when she found out I still have and use an AOL e-mail account. What’s my point? The thought of starting a dedicated writing blog in an unfamiliar online world was intimidating. Continue reading “One Author’s Experience with MyWritingNetwork”
So, you’re a writer. Me, too! And if you’re anything like me, that probably means you want to get your words out there in front of as many people as possible.
These days, that means having an online presence.
You’d love your own website, but the idea feels overwhelming… and you’re worried it might turn out to be expensive, with hidden fees dinging you when you least expect it. In fact, just thinking about it makes you anxious, and so you put the idea aside yet again… even though you know you might be missing out.
How does a free website sound? No strings, no hidden fees, no credit card info required? Continue reading “Introducing My Writing Network: A free web platform for writers!”
I was speaking with a pal recently who bemoaned the fact that websites are so hard to edit. “I wish I could have the sort of editing I can do in WordPress for a normal website,” he wailed. “I know how to use WP but I don’t know any html.” Yours truly waved her geeky little magic wand and opined, “Oh but you can use WordPress for a normal website if you want.”
“But I don’t want a blog on this site, it’s just for my books and stuff.”
“You shall go to the ball, young fella-me-lad, you can have your heart’s desire. We’ll make you a static website in WordPress.”
I mentioned this to a few people who agreed, “I’d love the usability of WordPress but I don’t want a blog,” and I realised that there’s a thing to know here. You can use WordPress for any sort of website. It’s not difficult and you instantly have access to the usefulness of widgets and plugins, plus the ability to edit whenever you please. The SEO is a breeze, you can add all manner of social media buttons and woofers and tweeters without ever having to pay a geek to do stuff you don’t understand.
Here’s how… Continue reading “But I Don’t Want a Blog: Turning WordPress into a Website”