Freelance health journalists should have their own WordPress websites that include photos, images, pictures, audio and video alongside their writing, the Guild of Health Writers heard.
WordPress is a simple-to-use content management system (CMS). It enables freelances to run their own professional-looking website without paying for expensive web design and maintenance. It can costs less than £35 a year.
Writers should use:
- video hosting sites such as YouTube and Vimeo
- picture hosting sites such as Flickr and Instagram
- audio hosting sites such as Audioboom and Sound Cloud
This post was to demonstrate, while speaking, what could be done – actually the Audioboom file did not load in time (that is unusual) and YouTube would not let me load instantly. The photo did go to Flickr quickly though. My two slides were just my contact details and some bullet points on how easy and cheap it is to set up a WordPress website:
- cPanel hosting £2.29/month (£27.48/year)
- Register domain name £5/year
- Use Softaculous to install WordPress
- Select customisable theme (Mantra?)
- Install plug-ins for SEO, contact form, social media, anti-spam
- Put your LinkedIn, Twitter etc in a widget
- Blog/update regularly
Other speakers included Lucy Jolin, Jo Waters and Janet Murray. It was a great event, with all the speakers learning from each other.