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You already represent yourself in various ways on the web, be it your social networks or your company’s profile. But no matter who you are or what you do, it’s time to have a single portfolio online. The good news is that you don’t need any coding skills to make a beautiful personal site.
Easy-to-use site builders are nothing new, of course, but they can still be made easier, cheaper, or absolutely free. From creating a personal site out of a Dropbox folder to a professional page that auto-populates with all your social network feeds, there are dead-simple apps to make a professional online page for yourself.
Heck, you could land your dream job by showing off work online, so there’s no time to waste in getting started with this!
Somebody.io (Web): Create a Hassle-Free Introduction to Yourself
You probably don’t need to put a lot of information about yourself when making an online profile. Somebody prompts you with the kind of info you should provide to appear professional online. It’s clean, it’s responsive for mobile and desktop screens; it’s almost like creating an online resume that you can link to anyone.
Create a free account at Somebody.io, and within minutes, you’ll have a site like this. You will be prompted to add your name and what you do. Next is a brief statement about your journey so far. Remember, this isn’t a resume, it’s more personal. So write about who you are, how you came to be where you are, and what you want to do in the future.
Finally, in the space for Projects, add anything you have done which you are proud of. Ideally, add a photo and a link, so that people can visit it easily. In case you don’t have an online link for your project, create a publicly viewable Google Doc or any other file like that.
For a free of $24 per year, you can also change your Somebody.io URL into a custom domain you want. For example, instead of jonsnow.somebody.io, I could instead have my Somebody page open when someone visits www.jonsnow.com.
Carrd.co (Web): A Business Card for the Web
I’m a big fan of skipping the physical business card and just going digital. After all, Rolodexes are a thing of the past now, and what matters is whether you are in someone’s Contacts app. Carrd.co is an online business card, in the same vein as About.me, one of the easiest ways to create a small, simple site without the overkill.
The difference between Carrd and About.me is the templates and customization. Yes, you can create a simple business card-like page in a matter of minutes. But on top of that, you can add several other elements, like buttons (with links), text boxes, and more — all of which is customizable.
While Somebody or About.Me are perfect for those who don’t want to lift a finger, Carrd.co is aimed at people who want a little bit of flexibility to customize the page and make it unique.
Swite (Web): All Your Social Updates in One Page
You probably won’t regularly update your personal online portfolio. On the other hand, you probably share status messages and pictures on your Facebook or Twitter all the time. Well, why not make those into your website, so the site is automatically updated?
Swite plugs into your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+. Whatever you post to any one of those networks will be automatically added to your Swite page. Cool, eh? That’s not all.
You can actually customize each social network to say which updates you want to post automatically, and which you want ignored. For example, Twitter is more than just 140 characters, so you could disable all tweets except those with links. Similarly, Facebook check-ins can be disabled to stop boring people who don’t know you with information about where you are, and so on.
Here’s a quick comparison between the free and paid versions, but the free version should be fine for most people.
Small Victories (Web): No Coding, Just Add Files to a Dropbox Folder
One of the creative ways to use leftover Dropbox space is to turn it into a personal website. There are already several apps which offer this, but Small Victories is the easiest I have seen so far. Sign up and it’ll create a custom folder in your Dropbox. Just add files to this folder and they’ll show up online. How easy is that?
Small Victories is incredibly easy to use. You have to pick a theme, and each theme has certain custom files which you can edit to change the text displayed on your page. And then, it’s just about adding files in the right format.
For example, if you want to show off your writing, just convert articles into Markdown and add them to the folder. Small Victories will do the rest.
Adobe Spark Page (Web, iOS): Package Yourself as a Gorgeous Article
Sites like Medium have made us rethink what an online page should look like. It’s impossible to dislike the combination of beautiful transitions, gorgeous fonts, large images, and perfect formatting. Well, why not use that to make an online page about yourself?
The newly released Adobe Spark Page web app is a remarkably easy way to make this happen. Choose the “Create Page” option to get started, and add whatever you want to. The tutorial will guide you on how to add whichever elements you want, and it’s so easy and well-explained that we don’t need to bother doing that.
Play around with themes, try out different tools, and even check out the Inspiration Gallery for pointers on what you can do with it. Here’s one pro tip though. As a rule of thumb, to make your page look good, insert an image for every header+text combination you make.
Once you’re done, you’ll be able to publish it with a unique URL. Unfortunately, this can’t be customized. However, you could easily shorten it to a memorable name, or redirect your personal domain to it.
Download: Adobe Spark Page for iOS (Free)
Show Us Your Personal Page!
Whether you used one of the aforementioned apps or something else, we want to see your personal online portfolio or page. So share a link in the comments, and while you’re at it, tell us which app you used to make it.
One more thing: Share a tip on what to include or what to exclude to make your personal page look professional and cool.