People look people up all the time online and having a personal website with your credentials helps you take control of your presence and brand online. We have well established why making a personal website makes sense for you and as I work on my own website. Now, we will find out what it takes and what we need to create one for starters.
Before we start let us answer some preliminary questions:
- What is the primary reason you want to create a website for?
- What is the message you want to communicate?
- Who do you want your audience to be?
- What do you want to put into it?
- How will you engage your audience?
- What is your budget and how do you want to split it up by domain, hosting and building?
What a personal website is not:
- A curation of your social media pages
- Just your blog
- Just your writing
- It is not your resume, it is a lot more than your resume
What you need before you start:
- Find and block a domain name for you that best fits your need
- Block web hosting for this domain
- Make sure the domain name is professional and choose wisely .com or similar options
- Figure out if you want to work on it yourself
- In either case, you will need to pick a template that best suits you
- Lots of web template sites are available with great options
- Know what the new trends in web styles are and adopt that
- Look for designs and website concepts that appeal to you
- Understand search, SEO, plugins, widgets and cross-linking platforms
- Understand speed and security for the website
Once you have this going, you will need to then work on building your website:
- Pick out the content you want to share
- Identify patterns and club similar topics for the page breakdown
- Make sure to have lots of images to make it visually appealing
- Link the content and images so your story telling is consistent
- Tell a compelling story through the website about you and who you are
- Find references and people to give you testimonials which will add to your credibility
- Add the right tracking mechanisms to keep a check on performance
- Make sure to get the right security certifications for the site so it will show up more
- There needs to be a good focus on design and aesthetic
- Content matters so write well
- UI/UX should be simple for ease of reading and use
- Make sure to add a contact page or form at the bottom of the page
- Pick the right theme to fit in with everything
- Keep it clean and clutter free
- Keep it simple and subtle
- Get feedback
- Optimise for mobile
- Make sure you promote the site and call attention to it
As we speak, I am curating the content for my site… If you want to know more, feel free to reach out to me… 😊
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