Have you ever web-site hopped? I'm not talking about surfing, I'm talking about seeing how they're set up, what information they have to offer, or products? Maybe you're planing to set up your own web-site so you need ideas...well I've done that a lot lately, not to mention, reading up on ideas or do's and don't's.
There's quite a bit on information out there, but really, the most important is deciding what you want for your web-site and going from there. I do have the advantage of having built one in the past, so I'm up a notch on knowing what works and what doesn't, but I've never had a site for our book(s). A totally different animal.
When looking to build a web-site I believe there are a few things to consider and a few rules you DO need to follow. Of course it should be uniquely yours, and show off some of your personality, but it should not be too busy.
The first thing you should take into account is your genre. Your theme should speak to what you write about, such as pictures you've had done about your characters or scenes. Another way is book trailers, they are becoming more popular, and of course showing off your books.
You don't want too many "pages" on your site, just the basic. Your home page shouldn't be too busy. A brief synopsis about your story, or if you have multiple books, such as a lot of romance writers do then you might want to show off your latest published work. You would want to put your trailer here, and if it's a series or trilogy maybe talk about the main characters.
You should have a page about you. Not too long, just basics and how you began your journey as a writer. Next a page with your books listed and don't forget links to where to buy your books. You could attach a blog and or a gallery of pictures, and an event page for upcoming conferences or workshops and here you could do pictures from those events.
And last, but not least, a page for contact.
When starting out you don't need a fancy web-site. As time goes on you can always add to it or change it. Most of all, it should speak volumes about your books. After all, that's what it's for.
Until next week, have a wonderful weekend and if you have any ideas you wish to share, feel free. We are starting to set up our own web-site and we could always use ideas and thoughts to consider.