I do all my webwork myself using http://homestead.com
I only pay $25.99 a month (used to be less than $20, but I added some storage).
I love it! It's all drag and drop/WYSIWYG, so no html knowledge is needed. I love it that I can publish a review or article anytime I want, without having to wait for a webmaster.
I now have 800+ pages on my site. Fortunately for me, I began updating in earnest around 4 years ago. Fortunate, because, nowadays, publishers are asking "Do you have a platform?"
This can be a strong website presence with targeted content (my site is mostly known for it's reviews, especially Tarot/oracle decks), a blog, a high Amazon.com Reviewer ranking, regular podcast available on iTunes, etc.
So for me, I was blessed in that I followed my passion and built up a "platform" before I even knew what I was doing! :o) In fact, that's how I landed my first book deal: became friends with an author whose book I had reviewed.
I've made many contacts since then, including the big N.Y. houses.
Another great thing about Homestead is that you can have PayPal links and such, too, for a commercial site. I have them on my Shop page and my Tarot/Intuitive Readings page.
Even if you only do a page at a time, you'll have a decent website by the end of the month. It's important to commit to our success as authors, especially in terms of platform because in this economy, the publishers can't/won't for us.
--- In email@example.com, albiaicehouse <no_reply@...> wrote:
> I went to your web site and I am impressed with you and with it.
> I know I should work on my web presence as an author but I cannot seem to commit.
> Maybe its because I used to build web sites way back when. Now > You seem to have gone the full web site route. I don't know if you'll mind disclosing what you did to build your site, but I wish to ask: did you buy a package, did you pay someone to build it, or did you build it from scratch?
> What did you think about before selecting this full web site?
> aka albi