Today, I embarked on a journey to create a personal portfolio website in a day. I didn’t complete my mission but I know I can because I’ve done it before and think it’s pretty easy to create your own business website in a day, and for free.
It was part of an exercise to show my consultant clients how easy and simple it is to create an online presence for a company for no cost and in about a day.
At a cost of zero dollars, I created Ghatt Media (now defunct) and it served as a simple portfolio as well.
No one can tell it is created from a free blogging platform because I used an attractive landing page theme.
I also created a free wordpress site in about a day called Capitol Glam that I house digital assets, courses and other content I’ve created over the years, Capitol Glam.
After signing up, simply select a theme. I recommend a landing page like theme, but you can search by color, type or free theme or premium price.
A lot of the themes are plug and play, in other words very easy to customize.
Also, WordPress does not allow plugins, tools that you download that add a bunch of functionality to your website, but it does permit its own Jetpack!
That’s cool because Jetpack is an all-in-one plugin and includes tools that give you page view Stats, enables engagement via Social media buttons for each page, and functionality to Auto share each update to different social platforms, Email subscriptions, a Form builder
Video uploads, polls, security scan and anti-commenting and anti spam functions along with a PhotoCDN that enables your photos to upload fast.
When you’re ready to take interested clients and potential leads, head over to Google Voice and get a free local telephone number . Before, it was looked upon as suspect but now, so many consultants, independent contractors, lean startups, organizations and other nonprofit entities use Google Voice that it has become an industry standard.
So be proud of operating a lean machine and take advantage of the free tools available out there that will help you make your presence online in no-time!
If you want to get your own domain, you can purchase one form WordPress.com for $18 but I recommend first checking out GoDaddy.com because it sometimes has $1.99 per domain deals. And also, when you’re ready to switch to self-hosting, consider GoDaddy or my host ZenStacks!
Jeneba “JJ Ghatt”,is editor at Jenebapeaks.com, an online hub where she helps social media butterfly who empowers digital entrepreneurs and professionals to create great things online at her online learning platform Digital Publishing Academy. She is an editor of tech blog Techyaya.com and founded the annual 200 Black Women to Follow On Twitter List. Read her bio, then get all of her online & digital biz startup advice and tools in one spot here!