Create a personal brand – it’s an important concept and one that I’m sure you’ve had hammered into you if you were a communications student in school. I just recently overhauled my personal website where I now house a portfolio of lovely writing samples from TSL and went the whole nine yards, even buying my own domain. I’ve got some great little gems of advice from spending hours upon hours trying to get everything right. Hey, if my name’s going to be on it, you better believe it’s going to look perfect.
At first I tried to make my old WordPress site work by resetting the theme and trying to create a menu that didn’t make me want to throw up. I seriously spent a week off and on trying to make it look professional but it just wasn’t working. I switched to Wix and let me tell you, the theme and the editing was a dream! It was so much easier to adjust all the pages, the layout, the fonts, everything! Plus it all updates automatically, I just had to click save at the top to keep my progress AND the site didn’t go live until I published it. I’m a fan ladies and gents and you should be too. If you’re putting together a personal website or even trying to start your own business, check out Wix, there are a bunch of really cool features you can include with just the click of a button. I seriously cannot stress enough – this is foolproof – you CAN have your own website FO FREE!
Next came the content, of course I needed a home page with some basic info on it, an about me page because who doesn’t want to know my life story, a contact page in case people need to hit me up for any reason and a portfolio section. If you’re into content creation or writing or photography or any other artistic medium where you want to showcase your work, why not put it up online?! It’s not doing anyone any good sitting on your computer with no one to admire it. Especially if you’re trying to make a name for yourself in an artistic industry or are a freelancer, having an online portfolio is a necessity. Just simple, home, about, contact and portfolio pages will do and it’s a great jumping off point. Plus it’s important not to clutter your site with unnecessary information – let the things you want to showcase shine.
A few tips – Wix has some free images available for you to use on their site and I suggest you take them up on that. Do not use images you’ve copied and pasted from Google without citing them! Better safe than sorry, there’s enough stock photos that you’ll be able to pick what you want OR use your own images. Also, if you want to remove those pesky Wix ads and register your website with your own domain you’ll have to shell out some $$. There are a few different price packages and they are actually fairly reasonable. It doesn’t take much, just eliminate the ads, register your name or company name as your domain, connect it to your website and voila! You have a professional site to show off.
Don’t forget to adjust each pages SEO so it’s found easier on all the available search engines, plus linking your website to your social media accounts and showcasing your web address on all your social sites is fantastic cross promotion and will allow more people to access your information. When you’re making a personal brand, the more eyes on your stuff the better!
So check out the finished product HERE and see if you’d like something similar. I promise you’ll never feel more like a technologically advanced bossbabe then when you look at your finished product and say “yeah I built my own website, no big deal.”