Yes, I know. How vain can I be when the focus of Small Business Deal: August 2023 Edition is how your author website looks like?
You can say whatever you want. But that’s the truth.
Your readers don’t just judge you by the book cover. They also judge you based on how your author website looks like.
It’s because of this reason you need to be sure that your author website looks just as good as your book cover.
The good news is you don’t need to hire a designer to come up with a custom design for your website.
There are tons of premium themes and templates that can give you a professional-looking design without breaking the bank.
And it’s even more so if you’re like me who uses a self-hosted WordPress or you opt for the Business plan on WordPress.com.
Heck, there’s a WordPress hosting that offers you a premium WordPress theme for free too when you sign up for any of their hosting plan.
If you don’t have a website yet and need a step-by-step guide to create an author website on WordPress, you can have a look at this guide right here.
With that said, let’s take a look at the WordPress themes that you can get at an affordable price plus other deals that you don’t want to miss in Small Business Deals: August 2023 Edition.
Divi theme, the premium WordPress theme that comes with design flexibility
It’s no secret here that the Divi theme from the Elegant Themes is the one that I use on both of my websites.
What I love about Divi is that you can design your website in whichever way you prefer thanks to the Divi builder.
Come across a website design that you like and want something similar on your website?
Well, you can replicate the same thing with Divi Builder. You can then customize the color palette according to your author’s branding.
Feel intimidated that you have to design the website layout from scratch?
Well, fret not since Divi also comes with many premade layouts to choose from.
Just pick whichever layout you want and you can start customizing it from there.
While you can use a free website builder such as Elementor, I find that Divi is easier to use once you get the hang of it.
Well, I could be biased about that since I’ve been using Divi for so long. I don’t see myself switching to a different WordPress theme anytime soon.
Want to see the Divi theme in action? You can learn more about the Divi theme right here:
You can read this post as well if you want to know my experience with using the Divi theme in-depth.
Bluchic, a premium WordPress theme geared for the female audience
If you’ve been reading this blog for quite some time, then the name Bluchic should sound familiar to you.
What makes the themes by Bluchic different is that they have a softer color palette, making them ideal for those who are targeting a female audience.
If you’re a romance author or any author who writes for the female audience, then the themes by Bluchic are perfect for you.
Apart from the premium WordPress themes, they also sell Canva templates and landing pages template that matches your theme.
The template bundle is available for purchase separately. But you’ll save more when you buy the theme and the templates together.
I highly recommend that you get the templates when you buy the theme since you want your marketing materials to be consistent with your website branding.
Anything mismatch will break down your marketing effort.
Another thing to note is that Bluchic tends to run a special promotion and release a new theme from time to time.
So, don’t forget to check the Small Business Deals post and my Twitter profile to get notified about the Bluchic limited-time-only promotion.
Curious about their themes? You can have a look at the Bluchic website right here to see which theme you should get for your author website:
Back to school sale with Bluchic
In case you missed it, I talked about Bluchic’s new WordPress theme in last month’s Small Business Deals post.
If you happened to miss your chance to get the ChicSplendid theme, now is your chance to get the theme at a discount.
Bluchic is currently running a Back to School sale where you can get 20% off on any of their themes.
And yes, that includes their new ChicSplendid theme.
In addition to that, you can get their Beautiful Biz Lounge marketing guides for only $9 during the sale as well.
Interested in getting any of their themes? You can take a look at them right here:
This promotion will end on August 22, 2023.
Get a free premium WordPress theme with WPEngine
Many of you may know WPEngine as a managed WordPress hosting. But did you know that you can get free premium WordPress themes when you sign up for any of their hosting plans?
Okay, I know what you’re thinking when it comes to anything that you can get for free.
The free themes that you get must be clunky and the design reminds you of websites that existed in the 90s.
Well, here’s the good news for you.
The themes that you’ll get when you sign up with any WPEngine hosting plan are the ones by StudioPress.
What’s so great about the themes by StudioPress, you wonder?
They’re the themes that come equipped with the Genesis framework. It’s a framework that makes it easy for you to optimize your website for the search engine.
And it makes your website secure too thanks to its state-of-the-art security.
Just to let you know that you can buy the themes from StudioPress. But you can only buy the ones that are from a third party.
If you want the one specifically created by StudioPress, you will need to sign up with WPEngine or Genesis Pro.
You can learn more about WPEngine right here:
Use the coupon code WPE4FREE to get four months free when you sign up for any of their annual plans.
Don’t miss this amazing offer from ProWritingAid
Okay, I admit this is a segue away from our main topic here. But I need to let you know that ProWritingAid is currently running a special promotion where you can get 25% off on your premium subscription.
That’s a lot of saving if you ask me considering that you don’t get that much saving unless you’re using someone else’s coupon code to get a discount.
If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you know how much of a game changer ProWritingAid is thanks to the rephrase feature.
Of course, ProWritingAid also has tons of sleek features such as grammar and plagiarism checker.
While those features are helpful, I will say that the rephrase feature truly does transform my writing to the next level.
This offer will only be available until September 1, 2023. If the thought of getting to save 25% off sounds like a sweet deal to you, you can take advantage of the offer right here:
And if you’d like to read about my experience with using ProWritingAid, you can read about it right here.
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