Jessie Spielvogel

How to create your own website

Having an online portfolio is the 2016 version of having a pretty (and scented) resume on paper.  As you probably already know, the first thing employers will do these days is Google you! Make sure they have something awesome to find (and while you’re at it, make sure they don’t find your drunken college party pictures instead of a beautiful website showcasing your best qualities and abilities… but that’s a post for another day).

I am going to take you through the steps to creating your own pretty website today! And don’t freak out – you don’t need to know about HTML, CSS, Dreamweaver, or anything like that to get started. Knowledge of these certainly wouldn’t hurt, but they are not required by any means.

If you’ve already got a personal website, that’s great. Send this post to a friend who doesn’t! If you don’t have any sort of personal site floating around in the interwebs, then I will make sure that you are covered and know how to make one by the end of this eBook.

Click here to download the free e-book!

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8 thoughts on “How to create your own website

  1. Ahhh how easy you make it all sound! Lets ignore the whole if you create a crappy website that its the same as sending a perspective employer a resume with the headline of “I am content with subpar quality!”. So lets not forget to include for everyone to take a look at premium themes, a good SEO pluggin and my personal favorite a comment supporting plugin such as (CommentLuv). Which by the way you should install ;p http://comluv.com/download/commentluv-wordpress/

    1. Easy, yes. Time consuming, also yes. But either way, it’s important for people to have an online presence. Whether they create a “crappy” website or not, that’s up to them. I am simply giving them the steps to getting started :) What they choose to do with it from here is their choice! Thanks for the link to the comment plugin. I’ll check it out.

  2. Great guide you have here! You’ve really laid out the basics in a concise way and made it easy for a beginner to get started – which is definitely the most important part.

    I do have a few suggestions for additions to your guide though!

    First and foremost, you should tell people to change their permalink settings right off the bat. That way their links will look like http://www.mysite.com/about instead of http://www.mysite.com/?p=4, which is the default. Settings -> Permalinks is where you go to do it.

    Super useful plugins people shouldn’t be without: Limit Login Attempts, WordPress SEO by Yoast, and WP-DBManager for backing the site up.

    It might be helpful to add screenshots in order to make this guide even easier to use. Just a thought!

    Again, great job Jessie :)

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