Saturday, May 01, 2010

Web design follow up

If you would like an author website but don't know where to start, Kate has good advice for you over at her blog.

If you remember, she offered some free web redesigns the other day, but she isn't able to set a whole website up from scratch for free so instead she's offering you advice so you can do it. In part one she tells you how to know whether you need a website and crucially what to put in it and what not to.

Many of her points about the characteristics of a professional website apply to everyone, not just aspiring authors, e.g.
  • It is functional. It is clearly organized, easily navigable, there are no broken links, and it looks and behaves the way you expect it to on all major browsers.
  • It is well-written. For the love of God, have it proofread.
Worth a visit.


JaneyV said...

Excellent advice. I particularly concur with the "get it proof-read" point. There's a sign I pass every day on the way to work that says

"Great Antiques Sale Hear Today!"

On day I'll take a baseball bat to it.

fairyhedgehog said...

Jane, doesn't it just drive you crazy?

Michelle Scott said...

Great link, thanks! I teach a course in technical writing, and web design is a small part of it. Sometimes I look at professional websites and just cringe. A little research online will really give a person an eye for how a good website should look!

fairyhedgehog said...

Michelle, the course you teach sounds interesting. I think more people
who have websites could do with learning about how to make them professional.

Unknown said...

Thanks again, fairyhedgehog! I hope to have Part II up sometime tomorrow.

fairyhedgehog said...

It was a really good article, Kate. I'll look forward to reading part 2.

Robin B. said...

This is a great service your friend Kate is doing!

And Janey, your comment made me laugh!

fairyhedgehog said...

Robin, it really is!

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