Building a simple static web page
March 19, 2018 7:30 AM   Subscribe

I want to make a simple personal home page. I have a domain and a host. I know a bit about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. How can I make this easier?

I'm probably overthinking a plate of beans here.

I want to create a very simple website for myself for professional purposes—basically just for establishing my "personal brand" / making myself findable.

I would like to have some kind of blog functionality. It might include a portfolio. Beyond that, I just want something simple but that doesn't look like every other website that is out there. I want something that's pretty easy to manage.

I know a bit about web design and am familiar with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and NodeJS, but not an expert. I've played with Bootstrap a bit, too.

I can install WordPress, but I can't find a free template that strikes the right balance between customizability and ease of use.

I've been thinking about static site generators, but I don't know how or where to get started with those. SquareSpace is nice, but as I already have a domain and much cheaper hosting, I don't think I want to spring for that.
posted by synecdoche to Technology (4 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Lonely page: one page is all you need.
posted by rada at 7:32 AM on March 19, 2018 [2 favorites]

I've used Jekyll for a lot of little personal projects. It's very easy to get started with, but you can get surprisingly advanced.
posted by roll truck roll at 7:55 AM on March 19, 2018 [1 favorite]

Maybe the Origami Wordpress theme would work.
posted by The Deej at 8:01 AM on March 19, 2018

These HTML 5 templates are nice looking, and free. Simply download, edit the source with your info, and upload to your web space. You can have a nice looking homepage in 30 minutes.

Also, your hosting probably comes with at least a couple of site builders tools you can play with, but unless you are a designer, you aren't going to produce anything as nice looking at the templates above.
posted by COD at 8:58 AM on March 19, 2018 [7 favorites]

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