Web Presence 101

Notes from November’s Write Brain

For all of us non-technical types who have been waffling about how to go about setting up an author website, November’s Write Brain was a real bonus.

Presenter Sharon Manislovich, currently a Web Systems Administrator, has been constructing and supporting website applications and infrastructure for over 25 years. She provided an enjoyable, common-sense look at the nuts and bolts of setting up a website, from finding a good domain name to the best sources for web design and hosting.

Sharon’s presentation stressed the importance of branding for a successful website, starting with that all-important name. She led a lively discussion that helped to demystify the process of registering for a domain name – and more importantly, keeping it registered. (Did you know there are unscrupulous folks out there who will buy up your expired domain name and try to sell it back to you? Yikes!) Since your branding should ideally extend across whatever social media you use, she recommends using the same name on all platforms.

Missed the November Write Brain? You can find the PowerPoint for Sharon’s presentation at brightkitten.com/web101

 

Don’t forget – the next Write Brain, the PPW Holiday Bookie Party, will be held earlier in the month than usual, on Thursday, December 13th. (Yep, it’s on Thursday night instead of Tuesday.) Join us for a fun evening of books and cookies — no note taking required. Hope to see you there!

 


Robin LabordeThis recap from Write Brain is presented by Robin Laborde, Contributing Editor. Robin is not sure exactly how long she has been a member of Pikes Peak Writers but she enjoys it very much. She worked as a technical writer for over ten years and has had nonfiction articles published in newspapers and magazines. While she is currently writing a speculative fiction novel set in the near future, she dreams of flying to the moon in a spaceship made from butterfly wings.