July 31, 2014
By: Morgan Brenner @morganbren
You find a personal brand, you design your social media around that brand, but then what? Resumes tell future employers about work history and special talents but they don’t cover everything you may define yourself by. Personal websites are the perfect platforms to get across every personal or professional aspect you want others to have access to. With the magic of customizable website platforms even someone with no HTML experience can make their perfect personal web page.
For the more visual based young professional this site is easy to use and easy to customize. A plus to Flavors is that it offers custom web address hosting. It is also extra easy to integrate any and all social media into your website. Many of the sites are image based so it seems to be directed more for people in a creative or visual field. It is easy to upload high quality photos (that stay high quality) to your cover page for the more artistic feel.
This platform is obviously used by the most elite, such as the wonderful student-run PR firm, Ohio U ImPRessions, but is definitely the most accessible. For those who have never touched web design before, there are many diverse templates with hundreds of color choices. For those more experienced in HTML coding, there is an option to completely do-it-yourself as far as customization goes. The domain name comes with “wordpress.com,” unless you pay for it. The platform takes up 19 percent of the Web and is considered the “most sophisticated.” There’s no doubt that WordPress is one of the most customizable and professional, it’s close to perfect.
If you have turned on a television or listened to the radio in the last year you’ve most likely heard an advertisement for Squarespace. Although there is a fee of $8 per month it is the most popular among small businesses and young professionals. However, it’s worth the price. It comes with gorgeous designs and you get constant updates and maintenance. It may not be the site for those starting out who don’t even make $8 an hour, but certainly something to have in the future.
When choosing a personal website it’s important for it to be easy to create but much more important for it to fit to your brand. There are hundreds and hundreds of easy to use sites that anyone can create their own personal page on. So don’t just settle, continue to create your brand to perfection!