The web is a rapidly changing universe, and it can be hard to keep up with its latest trends. While for web professionals staying on top of what’s trending is a job necessity, non-techies don’t need to master every new technology in order to succeed – they can create a modern website featuring all of the latest trends without writing a single HTML tag, thanks to the ubiquitous drag-and-drop website builders.
Why you need a personal website
You may need a portfolio for a number of reasons: to showcase your work and allow people to contact you, and blog about your work. In other words, having a personal site helps you show your prospective employers how good you are and what you can do.
Steps to the perfect personal website
A personal site is all about promoting you. Your name is a brand name. Therefore, building a portfolio site is much like building a site for a company. You’ll need:
- Logo. Whether you’re using your own name or your site’s name, put your logo in the top left of your site (in the Western world, we read from left to right), so that users can immediately identify who owns the site. Linking your logo to your homepage is a common convention that users expect online. Your logo doesn’t necessarily have to be an image, it can be a text logo.
- Tagline. While your logo shows your name, your tagline should tell what you do. It should be short and summarize your services.
- Work samples. Your Portfolio page will determine whether the site is interesting or not. Visitors will want to see your previous works to decide whether you’re proficient, and for general interest, to see what you’ve done in the past. Regardless of what you do, your portfolio should include high-quality work samples, be it videos, images or whatever. If possible, include a link to the live version of your sample. It’s never a bad idea to get a testimonial from a client.
- Services. It’s important to go into a bit more detail about your services, on a separate Services page. Make it clear and break it down: web design, responsive themes, branding, SEO etc.
- About me. Let people see who’s behind the website. Show a picture of yourself, share your background, how many years you’ve been in the business etc.
- Contacts. Your contact information should be easy-to-access.
Creating a successful personal website is easier than you think. Follow the recommendations we listed above, pick a code-free website builder, and you’ll get online today:
uKit is a visual website builder designed for small businesses and individual professionals. It lets you create a beautiful responsive website in a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get editing environment. With its collection of easy-to-integrate widgets, you’ll be able to easily add your music files via SoundCloud, if you’re a musician, your photographs through the Pinterest widget, and even add an Ecwid storefront, if you have some of your works to sell online. The full version of uKit will cost you only $4/mo billed annually or $5 billed from month to month.
Wix will help you get a personal site up and running in mere minutes. It has a great collection of professional-looking themes in over 70 industry categories. The gallery is constantly updated with new themes featuring the most recent design trends.
Speaking about functionality, Wix lets you add literally any feature through its App Market – a library of in-house and third-party applications that you can easily add to your Wix site. Ad-free Wix sites on your own domain start at $8.25/mo.
Weebly is also a smart pick. With its recently introduced Page Layouts feature it makes it easy to format your information blocks just the way you want it. Weebly has its own robust eCommerce system, a feature-rich blogging solution, and also the ability to add site members. Weebly’s paid plans range from $4/mo to $25/mo.