Muddled Muggle: “I bought a website domain. Now what?”

canstockphoto18799595Hi JC,

One of my goals this year is to start a website – I just purchased my domain name on a whim, but… now what? I thought by purchasing my own domain I could just hook it up to a FREE online website builder software, but when I Googled the top ones (web.com, wix, weebly, etc.) it looks like I still have to pay a monthly fee to use my own domain? I thought the point of my already BUYING a domain was so I could set up a site for free?

Am I misunderstanding this? HELP!

 Sincerely,

A Muddled Muggle

 

Dear Muggle,

It’s confusing to me too, so don’t feel bad.

For starters, understand this: domains and hosting are two separate concepts. Your website “domain” (or address) is “hosted” (or residing) on someone’s server. You purchased an address, now it needs to reside somewhere.

If you want to keep your website free, ignore the domain. You can create a “hosted” blog on a website service provider, such as WordPress or Blogger. The catch? Since they’re providing the domain and the hosting service, your website name will look something like this: “MuddledMuggle.wordpress.com” or [WHATEVER NAME].blogspot.

If you’d like, you can keep the domain you purchased and still use WordPress or Blogger. There should be an option in your admin panel to add your purchased domain name. Once it is added, the free blog should “point” (or redirect) to the new domain name. (Google instructions on how to do this if you’re not sure.) Your website address will become the domain name you purchased. There will most likely be an annual charge for this, but probably not a monthly charge.

Finally there are services that will “host” your website for a monthly fee. Basically, your domain is living on their server. Some of these services provide website templates or you can build your own site and upload it. However, you should expect two bills — one for domain name renewal (mine is charged annually) and for the hosting service (mine is charged monthly).

There are smarter authors out there than me, and hopefully one of them will comment if I’ve missed something.

JC

 

 

Book Junkies – An online library on Pinterest

libraryWhether you’re an author or a reader, you’ve got to check out this online library! (see what I did there?)

Book Junkies is a Pinterest library devoted to indie and small press publications. There are more than 3,700 pins across 39 boards — that’s Pinterest talk for some odd 3,700 Indie and small press books divided into 38 categories.

Book Junkies was set-up by Louise Wise, a self described Indie Champion.  She lives in the UK, and has written several science fiction romance and contemporary romance novels. She runs a blog called Wise Words, which lives here.

According to Wise, Book Junkies is the only Indie library on the net. It’s definitely the largest one I’ve found. Again — with over 3700 books represented and growing — it’s easy to get lost looking around and reading. Most books are pinned from Amazon.com. Because it’s Pinterest, it’s graphicentric and feels like aisles in a library. I got a kick out of just browsing the titles.

Categories include all the basics (mystery-suspense, fantasy, science fiction, romance, horror, Christian, gay & lesbian, action & adventure, etc.) as well novella and short story boards, also divided into categories. Even for reference, you can find “great blog posts,” “promotional sites for Indie authors,” and “author websites.”

Warning though — don’t click on the link unless you’re prepared to devote some time to exploring the site. Book Junkies is addictive.

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http://www.pinterest.com/BookJunkies/

Check out this website: Kboards.com

kboardsKBoards (formerly Kindle Boards) is a website devoted to all things Kindle, and is the largest independent Kindle user site on the web. It has over 70,000 members and over 2 million posts. The site includes a Kindle user forum, a Kindle blog, and other attributes such as a Top 10 page and a Link-Maker tool. Its forums have boards categorized by genre and focused on Kindle books, accessories, reviews, user tips, and other Kindle-related topics. It also regularly runs exclusive contests and giveaways in cooperation with their Kindle accessory sponsors.

Beyond that, KBoards offers unique (and free) tools for authors, including an active Writer’s Cafe, a sorted list of bestselling KBoards authors, a Book Bazaar to promote indie books, an author services yellow pages to find people for editing and cover graphics, and a KB author books page. They also provide a book profile page  which displays all relevant book information – including online sample reading, customer reviews, video trailers, and more – on a single showcase page.

Kboards is free to sign-up and accessible at kboards.com.

Cool Website: Book Trailer Cinema

Explore, Discover, Watch, Read

BookTrailerCinemaBook Trailer Cinema – The Best Hub for Official Trailers of the Hottest Book Releases

If you are an avid reader and you want to learn more about the hottest book releases, there is no longer a need for you to search further to find the best books that will suit your taste and style. With Book Trailer Cinema, you can now find the official trailers of some of the latest book releases to help you discover and pick the best reads out of the tens of thousands of titles being published every single day!

Reading has always been one of the favorite hobbies of many people of all ages. And as more and more advancements in technology are made and introduced, the way people read their favorite books has also dramatically changed. Today, readers can have the best chance of getting a glimpse of a certain book that interests them before getting a copy of it through the so-called book trailers. With the help of book trailers, you can now have an easier way of choosing books that you will love.

However, there is only a very limited number of resources of these book trailers that you can find today. And this is the reason why Book Trailer Cinema was born.

Created by independent publishers and authors, Book Cinema Trailer is now the leading online destination for all engaged and enthusiastic readers who would like to enjoy easy access to the most entertaining and interesting book trailers.

As the official central hub for all bookworms, Book Trailer Cinema perfectly understands that avid readers are always searching for the best tools and services that can help them find the most interesting books that they can add to their personal library.

With Book Trailer Cinema, everyone can now enjoy exploring, discovering, watching and enjoying quality and top of the line book trailers that you can never find anywhere else!