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Dana, thank so much for mentioning BlogAid's WordPress Training. I really enjoy working with authors!

Dana Lynn Smith

My pleasure, MaAnna. And because you are also a nonfiction author I know you have a good understanding of how to build a good author website.

Fiona Ingram

I use Blogger and I think it's perfect for technologically challenged authors like me who find it difficult to wade through all the extras. It's simple, easy to use and does the job. Of course I am deeply envious of everyone else's blogs with all those bells and whistles...

Dana Lynn Smith

Fiona, thanks for sharing your experience with using Blogger.

Authors, here is a link to Fiona's blog, so you can see what it looks like. She has an excellent article about book award contests near the top of the page:


Armada Volya

I use weebly. It has a free and a paid version and it's been treating me well so far. You can set up many pages within a site, as many blogs as you wish and if you want, you can hide pages so they don't appear in the tabs.
I've only run into one bug a year ago, aside from that, everything runs smoothly and is easy to figure out.

Jordan McCollum

I love WordPress (self-hosted), but I think the way it's described here might be a bit misleading. It would be clearer to say that WordPress itself is free, but requires you to use a webhost to serve or deliver the site, which usually costs a monthly fee. (Most of WordPress's recommended hosts are well under $10/month, too, especially if you pay for a year or two up front. I pay about half the rate you cite here.)

Dana Lynn Smith

Jordan, thanks for your note clarifying the cost issue. WordPress.org is free, but you have to pay hosting fees somewhere to host the site. It's good to know that the monthly cost is so low. WordPress.com (which I don't recommend) is hosted free on the WordPress servers so there is no cost (although I think they may offer some premium services for a fee.)

Laura Pep Wu

Great post, Dana. I know that the difference between WordPress.com and .org is really confusing for many, so I hope you'll forgive me for promoting my own blogpost here that describes the differences between the two. I hope it's helpful! http://www.30daybooks.com/in-a-nutshell-the-difference-between-wordpress-com-and-wordpress-org/

Dana Lynn Smith

Laura, thanks for sharing your article outlining the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. I frequently see experts recommending "WordPress" for websites, but most people who read those articles don't understand that there are two kinds of WordPress and what the differences are. I also think authors should consider the rule against on "selling" on WordPress.com.


Thank you for this! However, I really don't see anything in Wordpress.com prohibiting selling (just prohibiting spam & ads). Can you point to what you are talking about? Thanks!

Dana Lynn Smith

Priya, thanks so much for your note. It appears that WordPress.com has changed their terms since the last time I researched this and they no longer prohibit "selling" from the site. But they do have restrictions on "advertising" which may be of concern to some authors. Details are at http://en.support.wordpress.com/advertising/.

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