Let me first just state that if you’re starting out it’s perfectly fine to have an author website through wordpress.com (I personally find it the easiest blogging platform to use) with your own domain name. I did that for 8 years and it worked well for me but I’ve reached a point where I wanted to use plugins and where I want to start making money and sadly, to make money, I need to spend money. So, I upped my self-publishing game and took the plunge and collected together all my pennies (borrowed pennies on my credit card is more accurate) to pay for a website.
I was totally clueless about all of this but thankfully my boyfriend is also setting up a site for his business and did all the research and told me what I need to do, which was amazing but also, obviously, caused arguments. I do not like being told what to do.
So, after I’d calmed down a bit I got to work and this is how you create an author website on WordPress: