Digger's Story

Digger's Story

The latest website created by Webilicious ® is to promote "Digger's Story", a book by David Barrett and Brian Robertson and published by Five Mile Press. The book is David's own true story of his experience as a young soldier and prisoner of war of the Japanese and his subsequent journey in seeking and gaining reparations for all Australian prisoners of war.

As with any type of website I haven't tackled before, I usually follow these or similar steps:

  • find out about best practice from experts in the particular field
  • find inspiring website examples of the same type
  • draw up a list of essential and desirable features
  • find suitable Joomla extensions to implement essential and desirable features
  • create the website and then evolve in consultation with the client

From research undertaken about book and author promotion websites, it appears a common complaint is a lack of contact details for the authors and/or the publisher. To address this, I have included contact details at the bottom of every page to ensure I don't make the same mistake.

From research and discussion with the client, it became clear that essential features would need to include some exclusive content to encourage visitors to subscribe to the mailing list, author biographies and photos, an events calendar, a press kit to make it easy for media folks to help with publicising the book, a way for visitors to interact, some inside information about the book, ordering information and social networking links.

Book Promotion Features

A summary of the features that were chosen to be implemented together with the corresponding solutions are as follows:

'3D' Book Cover Image:
Created '3D' book cover image using the free online tool at http://3d-pack.com
Author Biographies:
Joomla Article
Author Photos:
Book Signing Events:
JEvents "Events" page with "Latest Events" module in sidebar
Contact Information:
Author and Publisher contact details are included at the bottom of every page
Countdown to the Launch Date:
Sourcerer and custom code
Exclusive Content/Subscription:
ChronoForms Subscription Form for PDF Book Excerpt with subscriber details collected in AcyMailing Mailing List
JComments are enabled on the home page to enable feedback from visitors. Feedback is moderated so that commends are reviewed before being published.
Inside information about the book:
Video interviews created by the authors are displayed using a customised version of RokTabs that displays the videos in articles using the AllVideos plugin
Ordering Information:
Joomla article
Press Kit:
A "Press Kit" Joomla article is included with numerous downloads such as a book synopsis, book covers, author photos, press releases etc to make it easy for media folks to help publicise the book
Social networking:
"Share" buttons implemented with PGT SocialWeb are included on every page. "Follow" buttons for the Author's Twitter and YouTube channels implemented with Social Media Icon Links and are included on every page.
Twitter Feed:

Web Design

The "Momentum" template from RocketTheme has been installed and customised with an appropriate background image, transparent main and module areas.

Search Engine Optimisation

Basic on-site SEO has been implemented using sh404SEF and an off-site SEO campaign is planned to drive traffic to the website. This will include some or all of the following:

  • posting on forums
  • promoting via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc
  • blogging
  • seeking book reviews and publishing these on the website
  • press releases
  • niche marketing such as an advertisement in veterans affairs newsletters / magazines or similar etc
  • promotional speaking and book signings

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