About six months later, I finally finished my personal website/portfolio. In June 2020, I posted a piece asking for advice and seeing if a personal website is necessary. After a generous amount of replies, I decided to start working on my website. I used GitHub Pages to host my website which creates a website for your projects, hosted directly from your GitHub repository. For more information, I created another post sharing the beginning stages of the website.
The website is a basic website from HTML5 UP!. I took the layout of it because I liked its styling and thought it would be easier to get started with an outline. However, HTML5 UP! is very customizable, and I added my personality and elements. I broke the website down into five parts: home, my projects, about me, blog, and contact.
The homepage is the star page of any website. It is the initial page that should draw the users/customers. My website is supposed to show my purpose and describe my online presence or brand. The first thing you see is my name, as well as a cool automated typewriter animation. I added that customized effect to show my creativity and to feel as if you're welcome on my site. As you scroll further down on the homepage, I display a couple of key facts about me and my interests. Overall I wanted to keep the homepage simple and easy to follow, so I chose to use a static page. Additionally, a couple of interactive pieces like buttons on the page give it a more dynamic feel.
With any website/portfolio, you need to showcase your projects and work. As a college student, I feel it's even more crucial, especially if you are using your site to get a job. I added a couple of projects that I have done in college, along with a brief description. I have also included some screenshots and images of the project and a button to download the full project if they are interested.
The about me page is crucial to describe yourself further. I didn't want to talk about my education and career interests but wanted to share a story about how I got to where I am now. I wanted to portray myself expressively and cleverly that people are fascinated by. I also mentioned some hobbies and future goals to explain the direction I am looking to go towards. Lastly, I included some awards/honors and my social media links.
The blog page opens a new tab to my DEV profile. I wanted to include my writings from DEV because it shows another side of my life, and I am very proud of it.
The contact page opens to your mail and creates a new email with my email address. It's an easy way to contact me if you would like!
If anyone has additional comments or feedback, I would love to hear them!