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I have tried googling this, searching etsy.com, and looking it up on NaNoWriMo.org to no avail, but I have a lot of writers on my flist, so maybe one of you has some suggestions. I am getting ready to grab a web domain for my original fiction, and need a good web designer. One of the biggest criticisms of atpobtvs.com was the design and readability. I just threw that thing together with spit, kleenex, and html circa 1999. I figured it was all about the content, not the aesthetics. I've watched enough HGTV at this point to know that the way something looks is as important for getting people to go there as the content is, whether that's fair or rational or not.

Initially, I have no ambitions to turn this website into a writer's "platform", although that's what it will eventually become, I suppose. And I want it to be creative, not look like I'm selling widgets or posting my resume. And yes, it will include a way to buy my books. But initially, it will just be a promotional site for the book I have coming out.

The problem isn't finding web designers, it's figuring out who's reliable and good at what they do.

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cornerofmadness
Mar. 24th, 2012 01:52 am (UTC)
I'm going to be watching this one. I'm at the point of wondering the same thing. I know some people use word press which they keep promising me is easy to do but I have yet to really get going on my research for it.
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 24th, 2012 02:15 am (UTC)
I've also heard of weebly.com, but both of those are do-in-yourself site design, which I'm not sure I want to do this time around.
cornerofmadness
Mar. 24th, 2012 02:51 am (UTC)
I can understand that. Then again, I also don't want to depend on someone to put stuff up for me. Been there, done that and it was miserable
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 24th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
The thought occurred. But since I'm a programmer, I thought someone could do the basic art concept design and get it initially together, then I could maintain it myself.
cornerofmadness
Mar. 24th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
ah yes, you do have an advantage there. I have zero skills in that area so I am either at the mercy of someone or need something very basic
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 24th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
And I have zero skills with design. I'm petrified of trying it myself and having it look crappy.
cornerofmadness
Mar. 24th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
rightfully so given some of the comments i've seen flying around. People are MEAN about websites. I'm trying to remember what my computer science prof friend said about easy and decent sites but i swear one was go daddy and i find their ads sexists so...
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 24th, 2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I've visited those "create your website from our templates" sites and nearly all their templates look exactly like what I mean by "looks like I'm selling widgets". I don't want "professional-looking" I want "creative and edgy".
cornerofmadness
Mar. 24th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
I do understand. I'll settle for functional and not ugly
masqthephlsphr
Mar. 30th, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
I found an interesting do-it-yourself platform I am checking out for a two-week trial: squarespace.com. Seems pretty easy to use once you get the hang of the menus and controls. Only downside I see so far is they do the hosting for you, but I suppose that's the same with WordPress. And you can plop your own domain name on top of it to hide the platform's name.
cornerofmadness
Mar. 30th, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
interesting. thank you. i'll check it out
spiletta42
Mar. 24th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I've designed a few. I recommend finding someone who is wiling to turn it all over to you when they're done, instead of someone who traps you into shelling out every time you want to change one little thing. Obviously you're more than capable of the maintenance end. Also, you want someone who listens to your input, without enabling a client who thinks yellow 8pt papyrus looks beautiful on a red background.



masqthephlsphr
Mar. 24th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I know what I want in a web designer (all the things you just said), it's finding that person that's the sticky point.
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