Writer Websites: 8 Great Mobile Examples to Attract Freelance Clients

Is Your Writer Website Mobile-Friendly? 8 Examples. Makealivingwriting.comCreating a great online home to showcase your writing was always a challenge for freelancers. Then came smartphones, iPads, and the need for mobile-responsive writer websites.

If you don’t have a mobile-responsive theme or layout to your writer site, when people look at your site on their phone, it usually looks like…crap. To be blunt.

It’s hard to find the navigation tabs. The copy you slaved over gets cut off mid-sentence. Your contacts may disappear from the top. It can be a real hot mess.

Not exactly the impression you wanted to make. Ugh! After you’ve invested all the time and energy in creating a writer site.

So, what’s a writer to do? Find a better answer.

Building better writer websites

Some of the more popular platforms for creating writer websites haven’t kept up with the times. I’m looking at you, Wix (Tablets and iPads apparently don’t work yet). And Writer’s Residence (even their own site doesn’t have mobile layout).

Once, these dirt-cheap solutions were workable for writer websites — and now, they’re not. Also, most freelance writers aren’t in a position to hire their own designer and spend thousands getting a custom site.

Because great writer websites are sort of a passion of mine, as I saw old solutions failing at mobile, I decided I had to find (or create) a better answer.

What’d I do? I basically begged my own designer, Keira Dooley, to create a new writer-website platform. I proudly affiliate sell her FolioSetup hosting and design solution now.

You’ll see an example of that simple, elegant WordPress theme below, along with several other approaches. There are other solutions out there, but they start around $1,000 or so and go up from there, and I know writers need something more affordable.

The difference mobile makes

Wondering how much better a writer website designed with mobile in mind will make you look? The writer websites below give you a guided tour.

More and more people are doing business on the go, on their phones. That trend isn’t going away. You show you get the Internet when you have a mobile writer website.

I recommend you view these examples on a laptop, where you can first see the browser version. Then, shrink your window down to phone size, to see how mobile themes keep you looking pro on any device.

Writer websites that rock mobile

Take a look at these beauties for more than the mobile angle. You’re going to see sharp Home and About page copy, terrific photos, and more. Here’s my lineup (alphabetical by last name):

1. Melissa Bein at writermelissab.com. Melissa went with Keira’s WordPress-based FolioSetup custom mobile theme, designed specifically for creatives. It’s got drag-and-drop flexibility so you can easily move elements around (so you could make yours look different than this one). Without spending thousands on a custom design, you can pop in all the key elements you need — logo, contacts in the header, shot of you, the works.

Watch it compact the menu into the classic mobile ‘hamburger’ lines when you go small. Slick! Melinda doesn’t have a portfolio up yet, but Xavier Galindo is another FolioSetup user who does, if you want to see that.

Writer Websites: Melissa Bien

 

2. Neal Eckert at That Counseling Writer. If you don’t like how you look, so you don’t have a photo of yourself on your writer site, you need to check out Neal’s site right now. Because Neal is a writer who only has one hand. And he took some cool shots for his site, that put out there who he is and what he brings to the table, and make him look pro — and you can do it, too.

The home page shot actually disappears in mobile, would be my one complaint – but you can still see him on his About. Neal hired a design firm for this one, and it’s built in WordPress using the popular Divi theme from Elegant Themes.

Writer Websites: Neal Eckert

 

3. Kari Matthews at karimatthews.com. This is another one built on Divi. Kari told me she recently updated her site for mobile, which shows you that you can improve an existing site. It was totally worth it — she goes bold with a monochromatic theme, cool little logo, and more.

Writer Websites: Kari Matthews

 

4. Matt Seidholz at mattseidholz.com. Matt has a killer ‘proof bar’ (or in his case, proof circle, of logos of his client companies). Watch how those logos scale down elegantly when you go to the phone-sized screen. Sweet!

He gets extra props for DIY-creating this nice-looking site, using WordPress’s default 2016 theme (he says he did some light CSS styling).

Writer Websites: Matt Seidholz

 

5. Jen Theuriet at ContentByJen.  If you have a strong background in the topics you write on, it rocks to show that visually. Jen does that here with her background in fitness and taking her shots in a workout mode. This is another WordPress site.

It all beautifully re-sizes down to mobile, though the white-on-white copy gets harder to read (hello, seriously nearsighted person here!). I personally like how it says ‘Menu’ by her mobile-collapsed ‘hamburger’ menu lines. I’m still not sure everybody gets that, so I think it’s smart.

Writer Websites: Jen Theuriet

6. Carol Tice at caroltice.com. Yes, I’ve taken the time to go back and get my own WordPress-based writer website updated for mobile, and I am darn happy with the results. Keira did this one by hand, as it was before FolioSetup was born.

She worked hard to make my cool little contacts header stay at the top of the page, when you look at it on the phone. Custom-developed from CyberChimps’ free Responsive theme. (Keira says she wouldn’t take this route again, BTW.)

Writer Websites: Carol Tice

 

7. Kristi Valentini at kristivalentini.com. — I love Kristi’s 1-2 punch on the Home page buttons, where you can contact her immediately, or go to her ‘Why Me?’ page as the next step. This sleek site is built on StudioPress’s WordPress-based Genesis framework.

Writer Websites: Kristi Valentini

 

8. Dana Watt at danawatt.com. I know teachers aren’t supposed to play favorites… but Dana is one of my coaching students, and I’m in love with her food-industry focused copy. Her site is also elegantly mobile — I like how her photo stays at the top for smartphones. If you hate WordPress, this is the site to check out — she built it on SquareSpace.

Writer Websites: Dana Watt

When writer websites go mobile…

The result is awesome. As you can see.

If you haven’t yet got your site up, start it off right and make sure you choose a mobile-enabled approach. If you’ve already got a site, decide if you love its basic layout and want to upgrade or update it for mobile — or if it’s time to blow it up and start over with a better, mobile theme.

What’s your reaction to these writer websites? Leave a comment and let’s discuss.

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8 comments on “Writer Websites: 8 Great Mobile Examples to Attract Freelance Clients
  1. John Waters says:

    Hi Carol. Thanks for all the great advice. I’ve read a lot of your stuff and it’s always very helpful.

    I was surprised however about your comment re Wix. I’ve found it to be very good (not perfect) and generally easy to work with. And their newest templates are responsive. I’m pleased with how mine looks…at least on Android. I’v never seen it on an iPhone.

    • Carol Tice says:

      I gather there is zero support for iPads and Tablets…and so far my experience making my browser go down to phone size is that Wix sites look like junk in what should be a mobile layout. I should check it out on my smartphone also!

  2. Neal Eckert says:

    Sweet article, Carol, and thanks for the mention!

    Yep—Don’t let insecurities over your physical appearance stop you from putting yourself out there. I placed the photo there because Carol recommended doing it that way (not because I was in a beauty contest—LOL).

    Yes, I felt insecure about putting a photo on there that shows my missing hand. Yes, I did it anyway. And, no, I don’t regret it.

    There’s no one like you in the world. Just be yourself. Some will love you for it and some won’t. Knock it out of the park and let the chips fall where they will. 🙂

    Thanks again, Carol. You’re the best writing mentor out there in my book so it’s a big honor.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Thanks Neal!

      I’m always trying to explain to writers who wonder, ‘Who would ever want to hire me?’ that the answer is…someone. Because you’re the one and only unique you. No one else can write it the way you will.

  3. What would you consider a reasonable investment in a designer–taking into account actual work done and financial ROI? The first one I tried did a good job on design, but tacked on a lot of additional marketing services at extra cost that delivered minimal results.

    • Carol Tice says:

      I really don’t recommend hiring a designer — they’re too expensive, and there’s no need, when you can get FolioSetup for $500 (for now, anyway!), and a contract for hosting along with — see the links in the post to that solution!

      I heard too many sad stories of people spending thousands, and then I’d look at their site, and it would need to be completely redone. Designers design for their portfolios, and don’t necessarily understand what makes a site convert well, especially for a home-based service business, I’ve found.

      • “Discovering” being not quite the right word, I guess. Maybe my head is a little foggy today, but after reading that paragraph three times, I THINK I’m finally clear that you’ve worked with Keira Dooley for some time, that she created the FolioSetup as your contractor, and that it’s now for sale through multiple channels.

        • Carol Tice says:

          Almost — she created FolioSetup as her own business, but I bugged her to do it, because writers needed a better solution. 😉 And now I proudly affiliate sell that solution.