Friday, July 25, 2008

Planning Your Website, Part One: Concept

Just as planning your book helps to get it written, planning your site helps to get it--and you--published. This is not a step that you can skip. Even if you pay a professional to code your site, you still need to know what you want to put out for all the world to see. Because this is such a big deal, I'm breaking this up into a few posts. We're starting with the concept, and below are some questions to help you define what your web site is going to be.

  • Rolling back to the first post, what did you decide your web presence message is?
  • Who is in your audience?
    • For your readers, identify genre, age range, gender, politics, religion, affluence, any special nitches
  • Do you have books ready to sell to
    • publishers?
    • readers?
  • Are you published? Where?
  • How often are you going to update the site? Honestly?
  • How comfortable are you with HTML and CSS?
  • Are there any "added value" features you could add?

Now that you have some idea of what you want on the site, go read this tutorial from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Next article: Design deets!

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