Chapter 7. Creating a Profile or Portfolio Site

Creating a Profile or Portfolio Site
  • Designing a winning online profile

  • Creating a multipage portfolio site

  • Customizing the portfolio banner graphic

  • Customizing the portfolio home page

  • Adding new template pages

Introduce yourself to the world with a profile or portfolio site. A Web site about yourself is a powerful tool that can help you land your dream job, attract high-profile clients, or even reconnect with long-lost friends and family.

Perhaps the biggest challenge to creating a profile or portfolio site is determining the best way to summarize your life experience, talents, and body of work:

  • If you're an artist, you can photograph your paintings or sculptures to create a visual portfolio of your work to display online.

  • If you're a consultant, you can develop a collection of case studies describing your success with previous clients or featuring your best designs.

  • If you're a writer, you can include a collection of published articles or showcase writing that hasn't been published anywhere else — after all, a Web site enables you to become your own publisher.

No matter what you do, you probably want to create a biography about yourself. Whether your bio is serious or silly, trying to sum up your own life in a few paragraphs is likely to be one of the most challenging things you will ever write (which is why I include a few tips for writing a great biography in the sidebar "Telling ...

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