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Dale Nguyen
Dale Nguyen

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Want to build a career in TECH? — start with your WEBSITE!

This post includes affiliate links; I may receive compensation if you purchase products or services from the different links provided in this article.

Your personal website always belongs to you. It’s the best and easiest investment that you could make. Why do I say that? It’s because

If you are still in school — your website is your portfolio.
If you’re working — your website is your portfolio and branding.

My old website (http://dalenguyen.me) was created by using PHP Laravel Framework and hosted on Microsoft Azure. It served me well when I searched for a Developer position a few years ago. Now, it’s time to revamp it because technology has changed and my startup account on Microsoft is going to expired.

In this article, I will show you how to build your personal website in order to bootstrap or advance your career in tech.

Step one— Get a domain name (Namecheap) <-- Affiate Link ;)

You only pay around $10 for a domain name a year. What is the excuse to not get one? Search for your name or something that represents your branding. I use namecheap, but you can use any domain providers on the market.

Second step — Hosting

For your personal website, I don’t think that you should buy a shared or dedicate hosting at all. There is plenty of choices that can host your website for FREE: Github pages, Firebase or Netify.

In case of getting famous overnight, you can always migrate your website to another hosting provider.

Step three — Doing research on the design

You don’t want your website to look crappy, so doing research is essential. Just google personal website design or portfolio website design in order to get an idea on how you want to organize your website, and how does it look and feel with a color scheme.

You can always ask for a friend who knows UX/UI design or goes to Fivver to get one. And remember to treat your friend well and fair — I mean pay them or take them to a restaurant if they don’t want money.

Step four — Start building your personal website

Now, it’s the fun part. If you are a web developer, pick the langue that you want to work with. In my case, I’m redoing my website by using the Angular framework. It’s a great chance to showcase your design and coding.

If you don’t know all that stuff, ask for help or learn basic HTML/CSS would help. A simple website doesn’t need much except HTML/CSS and some JavaScript.

If you want to know how I rebuilt my personal website with Angular and Github pages, you can give this one a read.

Step five — Proofread and feedback

Before launching your personal website, it’s better to have someone to proofread or give some feedback. They may have some insights that will help to increase your personal website.

Step six — It’s time to shine

The final step is to map your domain name to the hosting. When you have everything ready, it’s time to let the world (LinkedIn, Tweeter to Facebook) know about your “child” — brag about it as much as you want. You deserve it.

One lesson that I learned is that people usually don’t know what you can do until you tell or show them.

Final step — keep improving

Never satisfied with your current achievements. Especially in the technology world, when you stop learning or improving, you will have a hard time to catch up.

P/S: I'm working on a project that can get articles from DEV.TO (Thanks DEV.TO team) and show them on my personal website, so I don't have to create one. Here is the working product: https://dalenguyen.me/blog. I will post another article that explains how I do it later. So stay tuned ;)

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ranggarifqi

Hey, thanks for the great post.
Btw I want your opinion about this, if you don't mind

I'm a Js developer usually working with NuxtJS & LoopbackJS

I have my personal Web & blog.
I use my Web to display my resume, portfolios, and blogging.

But I created it with WordPress, because i need it fast for the moment. Actually, I'm little bit lazy to develop it from scratch.

What do you think of it ? Is it good to use WordPress to display my portfolios & resume ?

Or should I push myself to build one from scratch ?

Thank you ☺️

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Dale Nguyen Author

I don't think it really matters as long as you can show your skills in the portfolios and resume. And WordPress is a very good platform to create websites and blogs.

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ranggarifqi

Allright. Thanks

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Vicente G. Reyes

Awesome content, Dale! Definitely worth a read!

I'd like to point out the affiliate link on namecheap. As it stated on the Terms of use:

If a post contains affiliate links, that fact must be clearly disclosed. For instance, with language such as: “This post includes affiliate links; I may receive compensation if you purchase products or services from the different links provided in this article.”
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Dale Nguyen Author • Edited on

You're right. I edited it. Thanks :)

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Vicente G. Reyes

No need to remove it! Just disclose it at the top of the article!

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Besong141

Thanks for that but am just a beginner how do I go about that

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Dale Nguyen Author

Start taking some beginner courses. freecodecamp.org/ is a good place to start.

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Besong141

Okay thanks will do just as you say