This time, it's (a) personal (website)
January 21, 2017 3:08 PM   Subscribe

In-house-communications-guy-slash-occasional-freelance-writer looking to build a personal website to showcase resume/work history, portfolio/clips, etc. It would be great for the site to have blogging capability as well so that I can consolidate all of my work in one place. Any suggested platforms?
posted by shallowcenter to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
posted by DarlingBri at 3:14 PM on January 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

posted by Hermione Granger at 3:28 PM on January 21, 2017 [2 favorites]

If you have some technical experience -- and not much is necessary -- GitHub Pages gives you lots of control over your content. You will need to do some setup, but from there on it's free!
posted by miniraptor at 3:41 PM on January 21, 2017 [3 favorites]

What's your level of technical/web experience & budget?

If you have little experience (or no time) and $12/month - Squarespace without a doubt. Google around for promo codes; Squarespace sponsors a lot of podcasts and they all have specific codes for something off.

With no money and a little technical/web experience and time, Github Pages using Jekyll will do everything as well.
posted by cgg at 4:47 PM on January 21, 2017 [3 favorites]

posted by Thorzdad at 5:58 PM on January 21, 2017

I do this with Github Pages and Jekyll. See my profile for a link to my current portfolio for an example. Granted, this requires some technical skill to set up and manage, but it will do everything you want. If you're not wanting to go that route, then Squarespace.
posted by ralan at 8:02 PM on January 21, 2017

I'm an artist with those categories on my website - including a blog - and so far I love Squarespace.
posted by vegartanipla at 10:37 PM on January 21, 2017

The problem with Squarespace: You don't own the rights to your content.

Honestly, your best bet is to use Wordpress with the Genesis Framework.
posted by curTeas at 1:04 AM on January 22, 2017 [1 favorite]

curTeas got me worried that I missed something when I moved my own portfolio site to Squarespace — but (as of today, at least) Squarespace's Terms of Service state: “When you upload content to Squarespace, you still own it. You do, however, give us permission to use it in the ways necessary to provide our services. For example, when you upload a photo, you give us the right to save it, and also to display it on your site at your direction. We also may promote or feature your site, but you can opt out if you don’t want us to do that.”

My Squarespace experience has been generally positive so far, with the biggest challenge being template selection. Most of their templates look great, but they each support different features. If you do go with them, you might find this support post helpful: Understanding Squarespace Templates.
posted by D.Billy at 5:03 AM on January 22, 2017

Nthing WordPress.
posted by spinifex23 at 9:48 AM on January 22, 2017

I'd also recommend Wordpress because it's basically perfect for this. But mostly because an added bonus is it proves to potential employers that you have Wordpress experience.
posted by General Malaise at 9:50 AM on January 22, 2017 [1 favorite]

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