I’ve decided to dedicate time to the business of being freelance (Grace the biz) so I’ve finally decided to set up a portfolio website. Over the next weeks I’ll be writing about the steps and resources I’m using to building it :).
– I’ve set aside some time to do this because I know I wont if it’s not scheduled! Wednesday mornings every week is my chosen day.
Step 1: Research sites that I love
I came across Tyler Riewer’s site on twitter a few months ago and absolutely loved the simplicity, humour and personal touches. Also loved that all you needed to know was on one page.
I also searched “best portfolio websites” selecting websites I really liked and writing what I liked about them.
jessicahische.is/anoversharer– love the humour in this website, simple and easy to navigate and she gives us nuggets like tips page
nolowenenowak.com/– again one page will all the information; portfolio,services, works, about me, timeline. The balloon navigator is cute!
tanmade.com/bio– like the allen is…. thinking, reading, collecting, designing, editing, writing, playing around. It gives you a clear idea about what he does.
www.rleonardi.com– amazing site that really shows off his animation/ web building skills
The key things every site I saw has are;
- About me
- Works/ CV/ current projects
- Contact details
Step 2: Create a brief for the site
So I’ve decided on a one page. It’s simple and less daunting for my first website design and build!
- Simple- one page with all my key information
- Easily navigable
- Use symbols?
- logo and name
- tagline- tactician; project development, design & architecture, community engagement
- headshot/ picture of me
- text about myself, my story & what I love
- services; community arts, architecture, graphic design, project development
- working on now
- timeline (how do I show this as my experience isnt very linear, lots of simultaneous projects?)
- portfolio/ projects
- contact details
- social media (email, twitter, linked in)
- FAQs- e.g why do you laugh all the time?
- links to blogs- roller banner of interesting things or posts from blogs
Tools I want to use/ learn
- Udemy course
- key word research
- google analytics
Step 3: Decide on what platform to use
I had a look at free sites like wix, some of my friends have used it but I didn’t like the look of it particularly and I would like to use this opportunity to learn about web design & coding.
Step 5: Set up a domain name & web hosting
Choosing a domain name, I found some tips on Robert Mening’s blog post on how to make a website
- A) Is it brandable? For example, if you make a site about poetry then best-poetry-website.net is not a good choice: poetryacademy.com or poetryfall.com is much better.
- B) Is it memorable? Short, punchy and clear domain names are much easier to remember.If your domain name is too fuzzy, too long or spelled in a strange way, visitors may forget it.
- C) Is it catchy? You want a name that rolls off the tongue, describes what you do and sticks head. Coming up with a cool name can be a bit tough since there are approximately 150 million active domain names in the world right now – but don’t give up.
- There’s one rule that always applies to domain names: If you like it, go for it.
My domain name? gracemark.co.uk
Next web hosting for my website the best description I’ve heard is it’s like paying rent for a store front but online.
I used 1&1 because I’d already bought my domain name with them and they had a good deal (I thought the price was per year but t’s actually per month so read the small print!)
So I’m already to get started designing and building :). Check out week 2 soon :).