I’d been thinking about setting up a portfolio/professional site for myself, chiefly as both a side project and possible nudge for career advancement. I was still mulling it over privately when someone else suggested I do it. Then I found a great intro deal with DreamHost — which is where I’d have wanted to host anyway — offering an entire first year for about $9 total. This was around Halloween.
November was busy with NaNoWriMo, so this month is website-building month. I’m aiming for a New Year’s launch date, but since the month is half over already, it probably won’t be up until later.
I’ve installed WordPress and built up a rough sitemap of what all I need. The problem is finding a decent template that A) has good navigation, B) looks clean, attractive, and mostly professional (but not corporate), and C) is optimized to display both text AND image galleries. See, I’m a writer and editor (much better than the posts I made here, ha!), but I also have some illustration skills, and I want to show off both in equally attractive and user-friendly formats.
And, of course, it has to have an integrated blog page. >.<
This would be so much easier if I knew how to code in anything other than basic CSS and HTML. I don’t want to learn a new programming language, though. I’m not very good at it and I don’t want to go through that much hassle. I can’t afford a designer, and even if I was willing to pay for a premade design, I have yet to see any that meet all my qualifications.
I’m actually a big fan of the SimpleFolio template, but I hate the color scheme and fonts, and there are some features I don’t need (like the cufon, and the slider… I hate automatic sliders) that I’d like to slice away, but I don’t know if that would break the code…
Really I just need to save a copy of the template as is and find one of those dumbed-down tutorials. Really I just need to stop whining and get off of 43 Things and onto Google.
EDIT: Okay, looks like it’s easier than I thought.
Note to self: Grumble less, investigate more. 2 years ago