Make a personal website today

So, you have a LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and some other new social media platform that just popped up to connect with other professionals. Is there something else you still need? Yes, you must have a personal website.

It sounds much harder than it actually is. Several website builders exist for those of us who do not use code, such as Wix or WordPress, both of which have free basic features. Creating your own website for a portfolio or resume allows you to have control over what content you wish to publish, how it is presented and who can access it. Here are the first couple of steps you can take to join the World Wide Web.

Research website builders

Dozens of platforms for exist to build a sleek website within a day. I have previously mentioned Wix, which I use for my own portfolio website. Most of the main features are free and the website editor portion allows users to drag and drop elements they want. I have added buttons for my own LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as button to download my resume on the home page. Other pages include previous articles I have written, my photos and designs. Other builders that are very popular include WordPress, which is great if you are going to mainly publish text posts or blog, Weebly and GoDaddy. Another route to try is to use programs such as Adobe Dreamweaver, which all UK students can get for free, but it will require some coding knowledge.

Buy your domain

A domain, or your website address, is next on your list to establish. Most of the programs mentioned above have ways to set up personal domains or even buy them directly. Other website, such as Google Domains or Bluehost, can help you claim your domain. Choosing your domain will allow you to make the link shorter and personalize your site event more. You should buy your own domain for your own safety, even if you do not make a website. By owning your name online, no one else can take it in the future and post things without your permission.

Get an editor

If you are a novice when it comes to website building, make sure to have another pair of eyes look at your final product. This person should be a mentor or professor. They might recommend features you did not think of or catch a few typos. The feedback they provide will also help you understand what others see when they visit your website.

Post and update continuously

Why do you get on Facebook every day? The answer is because it is constantly changing. Therefore, keep the content coming on your website. Every time a new work of yours is published, update your website and then post it on social media to drive traffic. Being relevant also shows future employers that you are constantly at work.