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To get back on topic of website examples, here is a nice one from children books author:


Feel and theme works well for kids, author shows personality etc.

What do you expect to see on an author's website?
I would only go to a website if I wanted to know more about the author, such as a bio that would tell me something about their personality and background. Or if I needed to do research on their books that couldn't be found on their Amazon author page, or book pages. I might be interested in upcoming books or book launches in my area.

I expect those same things but also some exclusive content is great. Kind of like movie sites, you expect to see more 'world building'. Author websites can be used to expand that.

This post explains it a lot. Thank you. It's like the " klick and play " option. How much it suffers from the cookie cutter syndrome such toolkits can face, I couldn't really say, but since people seem to think they are recognisable, it can be assumed it does to some degree. Personally, I don't want people to look at anything I do and instantly think it was at some level not my own work. I know websites don't really count for that, just like book covers don't. But it is a hard thought to shake sometimes when you can do it yourself. If you can't, well, good on you for finding a solution which works.

All that being said, I think both my main sites are enormously overdue for overhaul... One day...

Sometimes it is obvious the site was made with Divi... but that usually means there needs to be more customisation.  I have some sites that look like Divi a lot, but that's because I just wanted to launch website as soon as possible and didn't worry too much about design. As time goes, that can be updated (if site takes off).

Haha, thanks for explaining. I was wondering if I was missing out on some magic, but I don't think I am.

I mean, I totally get ease of use and that it's worth paying for, but with websites I'm like show me the code and I'll tell you what it does. The visual editing is the first thing I turn off.

I chose my theme based on the stuff I could turn off. The header? Yup. The sidebar? Yup. The menu? Yup. Post titles? Yup. Post dates? Yup. There used to be a theme called "Blank Page" which was basically just the wordpress back-end. I looked for it, but it seemed to have fallen off the bandwagon, so this is a decent alternative, seeing as I generate most of my pages from a spreadsheet. I'm know I'm nuts, but once set up, it takes very little time, that pages are clean, the theme is mobile-friendly, I can choose whatever font I want, but yeah, it's not for everyone.

No problem!

And if it ain't broke... :D

Not to sound curmudgeonly, but I tend to use free stuff until it no longer does what I need it to do, and then I have no issue ponying up for the thing that I need.

Coming from that perspective, and looking at this Divi theme love-in with weird eyes, what do you actually get for $297 that I need to consider now or in the future?

I use a free theme for all my sites (Tempera--it's extremely versatile). I have used paid themes before but found they did nothing that I needed that a free theme couldn't do. And updating the theme was a pain in the butt. With the free theme it's a click of a button.

So, forget the love-in. Why would I need to pay for a theme (any theme) and specifically what will it do that a free theme doesn't?

This is not a joke question.

Is it ease of use and options? I tend to hand-code some of my own css but could be persuaded to pay for ease and customibility.

Is it integration with various plugins? Which ones? Do I need them?

Or is it simply the "cool dude" factor? I don't think so, but yano, I own a Mac and get the "cool dude" factor.

It's $249 ;) And it's not just Divi but few plugins, social media share buttons (Monarch) and email list building plugin Bloom (no more ugly forms!). And other themes. Price is paid for toolbox, not one tool.

As far as why would you, depends. Usually, WP themes are customisable but not as easily (not visually editable). If you know coding, then that's not an issue. Esp. if you enjoy coding, then you might as well do it if you want. You really don't 'have to' change it if you have good website and you like it.

Since most people don't want to code and can't, page builder theme like Divi is great option. It's easier to maintain for non-techies. Which is main reason why I like it. It means my clients can have good, easy to use tool.

Divi is constantly updated, has Library where you can save a design element and reuse it on other pages or even website (like saving a special look for a widget that needs to be shown in multiple pages). That is super convenient because you don't have to redesign same thing multiple times.

It has FB groups of fans where thousands of people ask and answer questions about it. Lots of tutorials and video help is made by community too on how to use Divi and make sits better.

Honestly, tho, if you're happy with your theme and want to make things a bit easier, you can try free plugin called Elementor which will enable visual editing on any theme. It has Premium version but it's not needed first.

P.S. Looks like they will have some big Black Friday deal coming https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/general-news/the-countdown-to-black-friday-and-our-craziest-sale-ever

I use Divi and I love it. I also use LayerSlider WP which is a super easy to use slideshow plugin, and the WP Rocket caching plugin for fast load times. All are easy to set up, configure, and most importantly easy to adjust and change on the fly. You definitely want something that is as easy as possible to update with whatever your latest work is.

It's awesome. I'll probably end up using it for all my clients and my websites. I am looking into Elementor for non-Divi Wordpress sites but Divi sets a high bar.

No I'm not.  Maybe it does not appeal to your aesthetic taste, but she has a massive load of books out in various genres, not just one, and has managed to combine it all into one effective website.  The book pages are great, maybe not the front page so much.  She has a lot of videos and interaction with readers too - just check all the comments on her pages - you don't often see that on other sites.

FYI the Divi-type design where everything is arranged in blocks/bands on one page and the things slightly move as you scroll down is rapidly becoming overused and old.  It is starting to annoy me actually, so I enjoy any site that does NOT look like that.  (For those that do not know it is the typical web-layout used on for example Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/home/).

It's not that the site is visually bad and it has out-dated header and uses the free theme that comes ready made in Wordpress without being customised... the massive load of info IS the biggest issue. The site's usability is poor, it's not effective. It has huge amount of links and text... don't even know where to look at. Two menus, two sidebars... it's out-dated layout and overload of info. Good design has a simple rule - there needs to be structure and hierarchy of elements for it to be effective. 

I totally get your main point tho, blocky design is very popular and will be a popular trend for a while. It can get boring (all Squarespace sites look the same).

It is also a bias of indie sites as we have lower budgets and not enough modern web designers (who still advertise 'We do Wordpress websites!' as the main innovation). Trad. Pubbers have more money and more elaborate websites but as time goes, I do think Indies will catch up. Just like the covers did! Guy like Fausga.com does do a nice job and creates good designs. So new generation of designers is coming.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover model stock photo search tips please!
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:45:23 PM »
Try using emotion-describing words too (in addition to gender and what others suggested). Sometimes that can show amazing idea that wouldn't come up at first.

As a thriller writer, I really like Brad Thor's website: http://bradthor.com/

I always visit when I'm looking for inspiration on my website. I really like the horizontal email opt-in web form he uses. It took me awhile to figure out how to put one of those on my own website.

I purchased Divi when it was on sale a few months ago, but I haven't had time to make the switch yet. I really like their bloom plugin for email web forms that comes with Divi, so I'm looking forward to playing with it.  ;D

I actually bookmarked it too, not just a good site but also cool idea for content - Ultimate Reader Experiences:


That's a cool way to make website more useful for readers and build up reader loyalty.

Bloom does look well and being from the same creators as Divi is convenient for authors, no need to buy additional plugin for email list building.

I can donate few Premade Book Covers.

Maybe a website if that's needed.

Hit me up in PMs!

I like that most of the sites work without having to make an exception for them on NoScript. (Elle Wright's fonts are all comic sans without making an exception. A bit of that on Tarryn Fisher's site, too.) This is pretty important for me. It's probably silly, but if I go to a website and it's just a blank page, especially if it isn't for someone I know, I just close the tab. I don't really want to go through the hoops to enable "Wix" or "parastorage" or something strange just to view the site. And if I do really, really want to see that site and I enable authorname.com and it then brings up a list of a dozen other scripts I'd have to enable to make it work, I'm out again. I don't expect every site to work perfectly without their scripts, but if it doesn't work at all, no way. All of these sites displayed just fine. That makes me happy.

Is Divi a free or paid theme?

Divi is a paid theme (other themes and plugins are also included into the price) from elegantthemes.com.

You're seeing Comic Sans fonts probably because you have turned off scripts and Google Fonts are not shown... Comic Sans is Windows system font so it's used as a replacement.

Interesting that most of the best ones listed here are either on Divi or the Genesis Framework. Something to think about!

Divi has good price, loads of features and huge community so it's just getting more popular. It fits lots of DIYers wants to easily work on design and updating site. That's one reason why designers often choose this theme - it is important to give your clients site that is not hard to update and which theme will not go obsolete.

I like Emily Winfield Martin's site. She is an artist and children's book author. Her blog is so whimsical and inspirational too, it makes me want to be as creative as she is!


Way to minimalistic for me but works great with her style. Very well done online presence (with Etsy shop too). She must be crushing it!

I wonder if some of these are using the WP "bookshelf" plugins? The ones that build book pages? Anyone have a favorite of those?

*scrounges up list*

Like these: https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/10/25/review-roundup-seven-wordpress-plugins-author-bookshelves/

I don't see too much need for those these days. It was great some time ago, when it was harder to customise Wordpress themes (less visual editing). This kind of plugin may have saved some time then for sure... but these days it's easy to use WP themes. Thus no need to shell out for a separate plugin.

The plugins don't create something super special or different looking (altho Novelist looks like a nice plugin and has some cool add-ons like integrating GoodReads stuff). It's not a necessary expense.

I absolutely love Cassandra Clare's website: http://cassandraclare.com/

I admit, it was a pretty big inspiration when it came to designing my own. The artwork on the front page is a huge draw for me. I've yet to read any of her books, but I love visiting her website and it's definitely made me intrigued to pick up one of her novels.

It's quite slow to load but yeah, those are cool visuals! She's got great covers too!

Some of my romance writer favorites
Tarryn Fisher: http://www.tarrynfisher.com/
Lauren Blakely: http://laurenblakely.com/
Renee Carlino: http://reneecarlino.com/
Elle Wright: http://www.ellewright.com/

Dig how Tarryn Fisher's homepage has visual categories to click. Different than most.

Renee Carlino's is also well done.

I really like Mark's website.
My website is built with a basic WordPress theme.
How easy/difficult is Divi to work with? Scale of 1 to 10, with WordPress being about a 3?   :D

7-8 at least :)

It allows visual editing too so you can create that way too. It's updated very often. Huge huge community around it (plenty of FB groups for Divi users). Lots of tutorials and resources too.

There is a reason over 400 000 people use it(and in the price the plugins are included too which are usefull).

C.J. Archer has a site that I think nails it down, top to bottom.


She has merchandise too, very cool!

I really love Jilly Coopers website. I wish I could make mine just like it.


Very feminine... sadly old a bit, not mobile responsive. But visually seems to nail her needs. Sets the correct mood etc.

I like Mark Coopers:


Good color theme that's easy on the eyes, clear navigation, and it loads fast. When I redo mine, I'll tweak my existing design to flow a bit better similar to that.

Yup! That's well done.

Always a fan of a nice big visual header to liven up the site and even better when it's promoting Reader Magnet. Smart.

Divi theme is pretty easy to use and very has lots of options.


Doing research about author websites and looking for some inspiration and examples of well-executed ones. What author sites have you seen that look great? Or are very interesting? Etc?

Share cool ones, but let's not share our own.


You can't migrate automations, that's not possible anywhere. You have to make new one on ML. Here is how to do them in Mailerlite:


What you have to do is set up automation on ML first, then integrate ML forms into your website. Migrating old subcribers would have to wait because you can't transfer them to their exact spot.

While new subscribers will be using ML automations, your old ones will finish theirs in MC and you can then migrate them all to ML. You can even keep those two lists separate. That's the only solution probably. Your MC bill will not grow because new subscribers aren't added and you can delete it once old ones finish automation.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Moving a WordPress blog/site
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:27:52 PM »
Yes, All-In-One rocks!

I moved a pretty big site with a lot of images, MP3 files using the All-In-One WP Migration plugin and it was so easy, it was scary. I recorded a video of the process for my blog. You might find it handy:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G1fOyyGOVw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G1fOyyGOVw</a>

Cool! It's harder to move big site with Podcasts so that's great job!

Actually, I have Mailerlite.  I've found that once a person is a subscriber, they will always count towards that limit.  Doesn't matter if they unsubscribe or are deleted, the 2500 limit number does not ever go down.  Kind of a drag.

Definitely a drag but seems it should reset every 30 days? That's what their documentation says: https://help.mailerlite.com/article/show/29222-how-does-unique-subscribers-used-work  or https://help.mailerlite.com/article/show/29257-how-to-replace-used-subscribers-with-a-new-list

Support says this too:

Hello! If a subscriber joins and then unsubscribes, is he still counted towards account limit forever?

Hi, if that subscriber receives a newsletter then they will be counted to unique subscribers used number. However, 30 days after the last newsletter was sent to them, they would be removed from the count.

And if it's not then both, MC and ML have it, but at least ML is way cheaper and has more features.

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