While the old site didn't have the exploding-scoreboard ambience of some of the fancier best-selling author websites, I didn't think it was that bad, just mildly serviceable. All the same, over time I came to view the home page as cluttered and clumsy, and a few days ago decided to do something about it. I wanted to make the new site as open, airy and simple as possible, something Mies van der Rohe might have approved of had he lived into the Internet age.
And I didn't want to spend anything on it except time.
The first thing I did was to use Photoshop Elements 10 to create a .jpg banner illustration with a photo the Lady Friend took of me a few years ago and add the name of the website in Charlemagne, the same shapely and elegant font used in the original site, finally tying title and illustration together with a rule.
On the home page I added another .jpg illustration promoting my book Zephyr, and made it clickable through to a page with full information about the book, including where to order the Kindle and Nook ebooks.
Finally I added a strip of links under the Zephyr .jpg to help readers find the ebooks of my novels.
The website still won't win any prizes for breathtaking elegance, but I do think it's not too shabby for an amateur with only a rudimentary knowledge of HTML coding.
Go have a look at it.