A personal website can do wonders for your personal brand. Whether you are a student or a seasoned professional, a personal website does for you what flying does for Superman, it makes you stand out!
And today, with so many no code design options available in the market, you don’t need to get discouraged by the amount of coding language that website designing required earlier. All you need is a running internet and a functioning web browser.
So let’s get started!
Step 1: Choose your hosting platform
When it comes to website hosting, there are literally a million options available out there.
First, if you are really low on the budget, you could just create a free blog at Weebly, Tumblr, or WordPress.com, but of course then you will only have access to their subdomain, for instance, xyz.tumblr.com.
A self-hosted website is much more impressive. It makes people take you seriously and portrays you as a person who knows their game. Therefore, this is the second option.
For a self-hosted website, you need to buy a domain name as well as a web hosting service. These days, most website hosting services offer domain names as well, so you won’t need to look for them separately. You can use any of the myriad web hosting services on the internet – Bluehost, Hostgator, Hostinger – the choice is yours.
Step 2: Set up WordPress
After you have your domain name and web hosting, you are ready to move on to the next step which is installing a website building platform. There are plenty of website building platforms or CMS on the internet. However, we recommend WordPress since it is efficient, has lots of free designs and add-ons and gets the work done with the least amount of effort on your part.
Plus, it is compatible with most web hosting platforms and you will find an option of WordPress Install in all hosting cPanels.
Step 3: Customise your website
With WordPress installed and your basic website in place, you can move on to making your website your own. Personalise it, select and install themes, add elements, put fonts of your choice, change color schemes to your preference and add the widgets you want to see in your sidebar.
By this point in the process, WordPress is your oyster. You can structure and design your website however you like.
A good tip is to take a second opinion when designing. What may look good to you may not make sense to others so take feedback and check.
Step 4: Add content
With the look of your website finalised, you can start adding the pages you want and write the content you would like to see. For a personal branding website, you should cover the basic pages like About, Services, Blogs/Articles and Contact.
Simply start from your homepage on WordPress and click on the ‘edit with elementor’ option. With that you would be able to directly change the content and elements on your website.
For adding other pages, go to Pages and select Add new. Just like the homepage, you can select from different templates and start editing them directly.
Step 5: Publish and Review
Side by side with adding all the pages and elements, you can start publishing them. And once you are done with all the heavy work of content and design, you will be able to see the changes collectively in your website.
Here comes the last and most important step. Review. We know you have worked hard and you are keen to publish and share, but make sure everything is in place first. Edit the content, delete the typos and change the colors and fonts if they are clashing with each other.
Again, take a second opinion and ensure that all the dots are connecting.
Voila! You have a website on your hands, alive and kicking. Add it to your social media, share it with clients, recruiters, customers and make a hell of a lasting impression!