Crazy-Easy Awesome-Author Website Basics (WordPress)




What if you could have a website that would meet your needs whether you’re a beginner or a NYT best selling author?

What if it could be affordable and easy to maintain?

What if you could have someone hold your hand and walk you through the entire process?

Welcome to the Crazy Easy Awesome Author Website taught by Lisa Norman (Heart Ally Books, LLC and Deleyna’s Dynamic Designs).

We’ll cover each part of a website. I’ll help you choose a hosting company, get a domain name, set up the space, and build a website using the most popular platform for writers: WordPress. We’ll cover how to create your email sign-up forms and even integrate the site with your social media platforms.

Learn how to secure your website to keep it as safe as possible.

Create your proven online author platform without pain.

Lisa is available every step of the way, including doing a hands-on review of your site. You’ll learn what to do to maintain it, and how to update and make changes.

By the end of this class you’ll have a beautiful, personalized author’s website that will make you proud.

Note: a website has to live somewhere. This may incur hosting fees. We’ll talk through the options in class and each student will make their own choices about where their site will live. Free options will be included, but the best results will include purchasing hosting. Fees associated with setting up the website are not included in the cost of the course.

What You’ll Learn:

  • how to build your own website
  • how to maintain your own website
  • how your website can help grow your career
  • what pieces you need to make your website do what you want it to
  • the basics of author branding as they apply to websites
  • how to build a mailing list, and what to do with it

Who Should Take This Class:

  • authors who don’t have a website
  • authors who don’t feel like they are in control of their website

What you get:

  • A detailed, text-based, comprehensive course that you can navigate at your own pace
  • 24-Hour access to an online forum where you can connect with teachers and other students
  • An invitation to attend periodic Ask Me Anything sessions hosted by the teacher through Zoom

Lesson Plan

Week 1 — Welcome to the Web

  • Choose a domain name
  • Choose a place for your website to live on the internet
  • Decide what you want your website to do
  • Get basic security in place
  • Get ready to build your website

Week 2 — Instant Website, just add water

  • Add an About Page
  • Intro to Branding and Tag Lines
  • Daydream about your Perfect Website

Week 3 — Customization, Style, and Power

  • Pick a style and begin customizing it
  • Create more content for your website
  • Choose add-ons to customize how your site functions

Week 4 — Security, Maintenance, and Expansion

  • Site Review
  • Ensure all security is in place
  • Review how to maintain and protect your website
  • Share your finished website with the class!

11 reviews for Crazy-Easy Awesome-Author Website Basics (WordPress)

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July 15, 2024

Lisa is an amazing person and teacher. She doesn’t just teach you how to build a website, she empowers you to be your own web, career, and life manager. Lisa is very knowledgeable, nonjudgmental, and open-hearted. It is worth it to take her course just to be able to attend her Ask Me Anything sessions!

The course is easy to follow for both the absolute beginner and those (like me) who have somehow fumbled their way into building a website using pre-made themes. By following this course, I was able to rebuild a more secure, efficient, and attractive website. This course is the perfect foundation for authors looking for basic web development knowledge that can support them as they grow independently and creatively.

Van Thi Diep (verified owner)
May 2, 2023

Lisa is AMAZING, whoever thought they couldn’t… shouldn’t. I was a tiny bit dreading this experience. I just wanted to edit, write and plot the third book. But, I was “convinced” that I needed an author website, so I signed up and after working through the course lessons, several (actually a lot) ZOOM meetings (sign up for those right away), I have a live website. I cannot imagine a more patient and knowledgeable advisor. Forever grateful @lisanorman =)

March 28, 2023

I LOVE LISA!! She’s so full of information and so willing to share it! This class was often over my head but Lisa is so good at explaining it, I’ve gotten enough info to make a really cool website.

On to her next class!

Sarah-Sally Hamer
October 15, 2022

Over the years, I wrestled with my website and never got it to look or perform well. So, I chugged along with an ugly, clunky thing of a website that never made much of a splash in Google rankings or anywhere else. But at least it was there, right? (I’d say to myself). Then I met Deleyna. Six weeks later, I’m proud to say I’m super satisfied with my website. In fact, I love it! First time I’ve ever said that. My bright and shiny new website is solid and robust and pretty and I can barely believe it. Best of all, I got to know Deleyna. She’s patient and clear and so knowledgeable. She communicates without barriers. A true gem of a teacher and person! I couldn’t have achieved building my new website without her.

Anne Mortensen
July 7, 2022

For a non-techie like me, this class has been a godsend. Lisa holds your hand and leads you the jungle of the internet, making the journey both safe and fun. She’ll help you build the website of your dreams, making it both beautiful and functional. You’ll leave the class with a website that reflects your needs and your personality, and with the confidence to build on the platform you’ve created. The lessons are excellent, and Lisa’s always there to answer any questions. The one-on-one sessions are fantastic. I’ve learned so much and can’t recommend this class enough!

Becky Rawnsley

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