Rose, I've took a look at the sites and settled on Wordpress, but it's not free if you want the site interactive (I think). Don't ask me to explain that, but getting people's emails and other services to enhance your readership needs more than the 'free'. I could stand corrected.
I'm about three weeks of finishing my second in series with The Blue Pendant. A website is a must for me considering I'll be self-publishing. To be honest, the thought of this online stuff scares me s...less. But I'm brave, 😎 got time on my hands, and will have a go at most things.
From reading so many comments on this site, I sense conservatism on many subjects. Difficult to accept, but that won't work in todays world. We grasp the future or we perish. Trad won't cut it unless it also changes.
On the subject of social media promotions of one's work, I'll probably draw the line = just too difficult with so many options. My studies of the promotion subject has pointed me to advertising on sites such as Amazon, Bookbub, and a multitude of others. Several highly respectable authors have said these are the key to success. That's where I'll focus.i
Who dares wins, fortune favours the brave, who persists, conquers, etc etc = that's me on the condition a bottle of nice red is within arm's reach.😈