The No-Nonsense Tutorial On How To Build A Personal Website

828462_61439184Whether you’re a college student looking for job opportunities or a professional that needs to network and find new clients you need the best tool to achieve these goals. Contrary to popular belief that isn’t your resume. It doesn’t give any room for an individual to adequately present themselves and stand out from the crowd.

So what is one to do? What you need is a personal website. It fixes everything that’s wrong with boring resumes. In fact having a personal website is so much better than just going out and handing copies that you’re really doing yourself a disservice if you don’t have one.

Step #1: Choosing a Domain and Web Hosting

Don’t even bother with free services like Weebly if you want to be taken seriously. It actually shows your visitors that you’ve taken the extra step and put the extra effort to learn something about creating websites. Not only is your site going to look nicer but it’s a nice way to stand out.

Picking out a domain name is the first thing you should do next. I recommend that you register the combination of your first and last name. So if your name is John Doe, you should register johndoe.com. If your name is pretty common don’t be surprised if it’s already taken. Alternatively you could get the .net, .org, .me or .us domain extensions, however it’s best to stay away from .info and .biz. If these are taken too add an initial of your middle name like this johnjdoe or your full middle but be careful not to make the domain too long.

Get a hosting account somewhere. You don’t need the fancy plans so something inexpensive will do just fine. Look for a shared hosting plan and purchase a package for a year.

Step #2: Set Up WordPress and Prepare Your Website

This is the fun part where you can actually begin building your website. For ease of use we’re going to use the WordPress CMS. It’s not just a platform for blogging. It’s a full-blown website creation engine that’s well supported and is perfect for what you need it to do. Most web hosts have some sort of automation tool for installing software like Softaculous or Zacky Installer. Just select the WordPress option, fill in the required fields and your installation is going to be complete in like two minutes.

Step #3: Create The Basic Set of Pages

It’s going to be different according to who you are but these are the general pages that everybody should have on their personal website:

An About Me page – keep it brief and set it as a home page;

A Biography page  where you describe yourself with more detail;

A Resume page. Yeah, I know what I said earlier – resumes are boring but having your resume online makes it very easy to make your resume cool and interesting, while making sure it’s constantly up-to-date;

A Contact Me page – fill in your contact information so people can reach you;

A Portfolio page – showcase your work whatever field of work you’re in.

A Hire Me page – even if you’re not currently looking for work this page is going to help people understand what you do better.