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    Help Building a Portfolio/Brand and Personal Site

    I'm trying to build a personal site that acts as a freelance portfolio with a shop section and a blog section as well.

    I'm a visual/graphic designer and thought this would be useful for future endeavors, but I have very little experience coding. I'm working on learning HTML and CSS but my prime goal is to put up a nice responsive site (so it will format nicely on mobile and tablets as well), using my personal design mockup. At first I thought I could handle the work myself, but it'll take a lot of time to create such a site with the experience I have.

    I was wondering if it was possible to use an online site creator that will support adding a shop and blog section, while allowing me to control the format so that I can personalize the portfolio section and format the site to the designs that I've created. I don't mind paying some money for these services, but I cannot pay a huge amount for someone to make parts of the site for me.

    I'm open to suggestions for structure and ease of creation, but I'm hoping that someone would please suggest a site creator similar to one I've described, because I know of none that exist like that.

    I want to structure the site with a homepage describing the site, and with a header with links to the about page, as well as portfolio, shop, and blog sections.

    If anyone is willing to offer any help or advice, it would be hugely appreciated.

    Thank you!

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    why don't you register a domain based on your name, get a cheap hosting, install a wordpress theme that meets your requirements?

    for portfolio purposes, it is much more professional to go this route vs getting a free subdomain on weebly, or any other free site creation sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamalkeywest View Post
    why don't you register a domain based on your name, get a cheap hosting, install a wordpress theme that meets your requirements?

    for portfolio purposes, it is much more professional to go this route vs getting a free subdomain on weebly, or any other free site creation sites.
    Would the wordpress theme stay in that design, or could I change it freely with CSS? I also read on multiple sites that Wordpress takes a lot of time and coding knowledge to set up properly.

    I've been browsing reviews and such, and Squarespace is starting to sound pretty good to me. I like the mix of customization flexibility and tools to help you set up quickly. Do you have any thoughts on this?

    Thanks for the reply! I'll check on Wordpress a bit more.

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    my primary point is that you need to register a domain and have a specific URL to advertise.

    you dont need to know any coding to use wordpress, but if you like, yes, you can change the CSS.

    to give it a try, just go to wordpress.com and register a free account and select a theme and play around. You can also purchase a wordpress theme that comes with more bells and whistles. themeforest is a good place to start for paid wordpress themes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamalkeywest View Post
    my primary point is that you need to register a domain and have a specific URL to advertise.

    you dont need to know any coding to use wordpress, but if you like, yes, you can change the CSS.

    to give it a try, just go to wordpress.com and register a free account and select a theme and play around. You can also purchase a wordpress theme that comes with more bells and whistles. themeforest is a good place to start for paid wordpress themes.
    Alright, thank you! I'll look into Wordpress more then.


 

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