There’s several reasons to register a personal domain name and set it up with a hosting provider right now and most of these reasons revolve around the fact that a personal website becomes something akin to a business card but on a much larger level.
It’s able to hold more information than many traditional business cards, so much information that it can replace your entire CV in certain situations. So let’s count the benefits of getting yourself a personal website and then we can look at a few innovative and unique website designs that people have come up with over the years.
- A personal website gives you a unique email address. ([email protected])
- It allows you to introduce yourself online with a single click.
- It can make possible employers make their minds about you before you even meet them.
- It can be a viable alternative for your CV for employers who prefer to seek their employees.
- It shows your commitment to your profession.
Jad Limcaco has a simple yet impressive website which puts everything up in the open for everyone to view; all they need to do is simply scroll down. The website itself is done in WordPress with a stunning theme allowing a blog to work alongside a static front page.
It can be found over here: http://jadlimcaco.com
Nathaniel took a completely different route compared to Jad when it comes to personal websites. This website has everything arranged on a single page and the only purpose for the buttons at the top is to scroll down to a certain section of the page. The website is powered by Strikingly which is quite possibly one of the easiest and quickest ways of getting a personal website up and running in no time.
Do take a look at Nathaniel Koloc’s website over here: http://www.nathanielkoloc.com/
Another personal website built completely around a single page, the change in color scheme as you scroll down certainly do set this website apart from others. Animations are also a massive plus!
You’ll be greeted with a lovely animation when you load the webpage for the first time, find it over here: http://isaacpvl.com/
Then there are websites like Chris’ which firstly prefer to make a bold statement before moving on to the introductions. This has become a fairly common practice among web designers as they believe that actions would speak louder than words.
You can take a look at Chris Thurman’s website over at: http://www.christhurman.com/
Although it doesn’t qualify as a personal website it’s still built completely like one. The website greets you with an animation and then even more videos running in the background. It uses a concept of immersion that people have just recently started to realize and the website itself feels truly unique.
Take a look at their website and do tell use what you think about it! Here’s the link: http://www.squarefactor.com
Ari Web Designer
This is a website unlike any other. It’s a single page website which is completely impossible to explain without taking a look at it yourself. It’s both clean, simple and modern at the same time.
Take a look at their website over here. http://ariwebdesigner.com/
Making your own personal website
A personal website needs to be simple yet thorough. Communication is key and a good website should be able to communicate well. Whether it’s a single pages, simple resume or a personal blog, it might even be both! You need to make sure that it doesn’t send the wrong messages to possible employers.
One of the easiest and simplest way of getting a personal website up and running is through WordPress, other content management systems (CMS) such as Drupal, Joomla, SilverStripe etc. are also considered to excel at the task but not all are as user friendly as WordPress. When it comes down to it, WordPress can also be used to run a personal forum; you can find our instructions and discussion on the using the best forum plugin for WordPress.
There’s a lot of plugins out there which will help you a lot to build your own personal website and being able to edit a theme is one of the skills that’s absolutely required if you’re not going to hire a web designer. You can find our tutorial on editing your WordPress theme, as for instructions on installing plugins you can use to customize your website, you can read our tutorial on installing WordPress plugins.