I wanted to create a website that I could expand as I produced more work, but creating it now means I have a lot less to do later on when I need it to be completed. I launched the website a couple of days ago after working on it for a couple of days before that.
Right now it shows a portfolio of my work which I will continue to add to, it also had a lot of my CV information in one place, links back to this blog, and has a domain name which I am pleased with.
The homepage shows my name, logo and my title. I think I do need to work on this page more and just add more hyperlinks on it, to important parts of my site. So far I added a link to my last module’s patterns, my CV and local inspiration of places around me.
My CV had not been updated since I applied for the Welcome Crew position last summer, so I had done a few things since then which was nice to add onto it. I kept my experience on here relevant to my field now, so I did leave out a couple of jobs in my gap year. Again this could be something I could adapt and add to easily, which is great to have where employers could access it easily if they wanted to. I would like to get a different photo, maybe of me doing my work or something as I do not have any photos where I look very professional in my field.
I took a CV workshop before and have been watching videos on a couple of different websites about CVs and job hunting, which I think were useful in me getting more serious about producing them. I worked on my LinkedIn too as it is now linked with my website, I found this quite hard as seeing there people’s can be quite intimidating, but I would like to start posting more on it.
I think having my website address now means I can put it on my business cards and get going with designing them as well.
I wanted to look at making myself a professional website where I can show my range of surface patterns and any other projects that I start to take part in, I also wanted to do a CV page as well so the option to add a few pages was very important. I wanted to look at pricing to be able to compare some and what I would get out of the price for each one as well.
I started on Wix where the pricing looked quite good, for 4.25 a month there was a great deal available when the pound less only offered a very basic package. I was also able to type in the kind of website I wanted and what I do and the builder had a go at designing something I would like for me which I thought was interesting.
I tried Go Daddy too which immediately struck me as a larger company with more plans available in a range of categories which became quite confusing. The trouble with these monthly subscriptions too, they require a year paid up front which to me defeats the purpose of a monthly price. I think looking even at WordPress and how they could be turned into a functional website could be useful as I already feel a lot more confident on working it.
WordPress offers a simple 3 pound a month upgrade which would remove advertising and give me a free domain for a year which would be useful for google searching. I think the extra storage space could be useful too as my photos do tend to take up quite a lot of room. I think I may look into this option more.
I ended up choosing WordPress for the Personal one, it had everything I needed and included the domain which is great, so I made sure to mark the date so I can keep this next year too. I also chose this because I know my way around WordPress and this will be an advantage to building the site that I want to. Next I think I will get to building it, which will in turn prompt me to create a new CV which will help in the future too, and collate some of my images together in portfolio views.