Best platforms for personal websites?

I've seen some conversation suggesting Notion is a great place to host your personal website (i.e. the place you share personal work and projects outside of your main job).

I currently use Wordpress, and find it a little cumbersome.

What does everyone use for their personal websites? Post your websites here for reference!

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    https://wunderbucket.io 😋It's my product but I'm also using it to host my personal website.

    I like hand-written html.

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      Wunderbucket looks fantastic. Did you design it?

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      Typo: Allow your teammates to made edits --> make

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      This landing page is phenomenal 👌

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      Just requested access! Love the design. How long have you been working on this?

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        Awesome! This is about a year in the making. Longer than I anticipated but 🤷‍♂️

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      Wunderbucket.io is one of the creative website I have seen recently. Also @levinunnink is one of the nicest guy I know here.

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      How do you make money? OR what is the pricing model?

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        • The first site is free for everyone
        • The first five sites are free for students learning how to build a website
        • Freelancers: $5/mo/site
        • Agencies: $250/mo + $5/mo/site.

        That's what I'm kicking around right now. I guarantee it'll will change but I want to keep my costs low for people who are learning how to code.

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          Your idea & implementation is cool. Just on pricing, $5/mo/site - how is this different from Medium for blogs? Medium charges same & adds social spin + comments.

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      I love the landing page, and how simple the setup is. However is there any kind of file versioning? I would be worried about loosing work.

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        There isn't any file versioning currently. I've considered adding in a "rollback" feature but that would be for published versions of the site.

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          That would be a pretty neat feature. In my development stack, built with bash scripts, I have something similar where I backup the previous deploy along with configuration in case I need to revert.

          I think probably you are targeting a different user type than me, perhaps focussed on frontend devs. My current feeling is that I wouldn’t be able to build software without git.

          Having said that, it might be a nice tool to have for simpler projects where all I want is to easily get some HTML/CSS/JS up online with a minimum of fussing around.

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            I think you're 100% right. The point where you need to control changes, merges, etc is where Wunderbucket probably is the wrong solution. There's great options for this that run off of Git.

            I built Wunderbucket for the websites where Git just doesn't make sense.

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              Haha, I would argue that git always makes sense, even for the smallest of projects.

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      Love the way you promote it. Very original.

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      This is amazing! I especially liked the video! That being said, I don't see any mention of custom domain support. Is that missing?

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        @RestitutorOrbis It's definitely there. Much more prominently featured in the next beta release

        @marvindanig Thanks so much. Yeah, I did the design. :-)

        @prakis Aw, thanks Kishore. :-)

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      Upvoted this as was about to mention Carrd.co! It’s built for this kind of thing, but powerful enough to do much more. Completely no code.

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        i was just looking for this, couldn't remember the name (of course), and saw this comment, muchas gracias.

        i actually just started a group called 'Name that product/service', but don't know if anyone besides me would need that.

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      Ooooh, I love the simplicity of this! Do you have a website you build using this that I can look at for reference?

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        No, I personally didn't. The carrd has use cases on their website.

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    I am a minimal kind of person and I use Gatsby for my personal website . It does fine!

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      +1 for Gatsby. It's fast and simple.

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      Seen that pop up a few times. Going to check it out over this weekend. Love how easy your website is, clean and clear.

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        Well, Thank you :)

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    Github + Netlify is a pretty solid combination too!

    I mean for those who love using git to upcycle their stories. 😎


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      I just switched to GitHub+Netlify (and static site generated by Hugo) from WordPress+Bluehost. I like writing posts from my code editor and pushing them from the command line; it suits my workflow.

      However, I think this approach favors those who are more technical and wouldn’t recommend it to someone who didn’t understand git or modifying some html if they want to make changes.

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      This is what I'm using as well. Really happy with it but now @levinunnink got me thinking about wonderbucket :)

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      +1 for Github + Netlify.
      If you care about site speed, its a good option 'cos you get Netlify CDN support in the free tier as well.

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      I've got to put this out there if Netlify isn't your thing: GitHub + Vercel is practically the same (with added serverless functionality if you want to expand beyond a static HTML site) and I like Vercel's UX a lot better than Netlify's. But that's just IMO.

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      I'm just getting into Github right now! Still getting the hang of it, can you tell me a bit more about upcycling?

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        It's actually quite simple.

        Connect your Github with Netlify and simply add/update content to your repo. All the changes on your repo will automatically be reflected on your website. ;-)

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          Awesome! Thanks :)

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    If you are looking to showcase your portfolio and projects, then you can go for Webflow. Total creative control. No code.

    P.S. it'll require some tinkering to figure it out.

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      We use webflow as well at Keypup and don't regret it:

      • Their editor is really powerful - html/css/animations
      • Pages are fast (if you don't bloat them of course)
      • They have a concept of CMS/database to generate pages dynamically
      • You still have the flexibility to embed html/js if required
      • Native support for custom fonts or Google Fonts
      • SEO is fairly easy to manage
      • Lots of documentation / video / great customer support
      • They have prebuilt templates
      • Ability to manage multiple domains (e.g. test domain + production domain)

      There is a learning curve for the editor - it's way easier if you already understand html/css. But it's not a major blocker.

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      Webflow looks like a great way to make a beautifully designed site. How's their customer support? I usually rely heavily on their help when figuring out a new platform like this.

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        Their customer support is super prompt. However, you won't need to rely on it heavily. Webflow has a highly active support community which will help you with figuring out and navigating the platform with ease.

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          Oh that's really nice to have. Is it a reddit community or is it built into the the platform?

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            It's built into the platform. Plus, they have a repository of learning videos under the section Webflow University so that helps as well.

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              Oh that sounds perfect!

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    For my personal site I recently switched from Weebly to Squarespace. I left Weebly because they stopped adding new features or templates since being acquired by Square a few years ago.

    I have always used site builders for my site.

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      @Maxsper WP has a ton of headaches, plugin issues, security, DB backups and just general slowness.

      If you plan on using a site builder please try https://versoly.com/, we have a lot of IH customers who swapped from WP and Squarespace.

      All websites are fast, no plugin issues and world class support, me haha

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        Great to know! I will add this to my list of things to check out this weekend. How long has versoly been around? What's the backstory?

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          19 months, I built it because I felt the tool needed to exist :)

          A ton of websites are being converted from WP to static sites, but they have huge problems as well (need a developer to make any serious changes)

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            Ahh I see. That's great for someone like me who doesn't want to rely on someone else to build/maintain my site.

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        Yes, updates and maintenance are other tasks I don't look forward to doind.

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      Any thoughts on WP vs. Squarespace? Why didn't you use WP?

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        WordPress is an awesome tool.

        But site builders have a feature I personally value much more: a team of engineers who fix technical issues and address vulnerabilities 24/7, even while I sleep. I don't want to maintain a self-hosted WordPress installation and be the guy who has to fix the mess when the site is compromised at the worst possible time, such as in the middle of the night or while on vacation.

        Also, WordPress is overkill by orders of magnitude for my current and anticipated needs.

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          Good to know. Looking into switching to squarespace now...Always felt like WP was overly technical for what I was looking for.

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            If you do, be sure to invest some timo into learning Squarespace and getting familiar with it during the 14-days trial. Ask any questions to their (good) customer support.

            The platform is, um, opinionated and a bit counterintuitive. For example, you can't change a site template once you set it. There are other ways of customizing the design, but not by changing templates as you'd do with other paltforms or WordPress themes.

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              Will do. I've heard great things about their customer support.

              That's frustrating about templates. Do you know if you can get their team to migrate your website and content to another template if you want to change it? I was able to get the WP to do something like that for free.

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                It's not technically possible to migrate to a different template with Squarespace 7.1. I know because I asked Squarespace's support about this. The only workaround is to cancel the payment plan associated with the site, delete the site, create a new site with the template you want, and pay again for the new site.

                You pay by the site. If you want 2 sites, you pay for 2 plans.

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                  That seems a little inconvenient...But sounds like squarespace is still worth it compared to WP.

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                    Other than that Squarespace is a great tool with unique features. It's important to send them feedback and let them know not supporting changing templates is really inconvenient.

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                      I will do that! Signing up for my free trial this weekend.

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    Notion works well as a personal site if you update very often, tend to be more text and information than visuals and aesthetics, and don't mind the slightly awkward navigation UI (or lack thereof). If you brand yourself around web dev/design work though, maybe not the best initial impression for your personal site.

    I've been using https://carrd.co/ and I love it. Incredibly affordable pricing, easy to use and customize. If you plan on having a lot of pages/subpages though, maybe not the right tool.

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      Most of my content is written, so Notion may actually be a fit. That's the second time I've been referred to carrd, I'm loving the simple design of it. Which one of the two would you recommend more for a blog/written content-heavy website?

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        Sadly, probably not carrd then. It's not really intended to support a blog with many posts kind of structure, you could hack it but it'll be a problem in the long-run when you get to needing pagination / organization over the posts (e.g. by date, topic).

        As for Notion, it'll be able to handle the content perfectly fine BUT it won't give you any analytics which would be important unless you're absolutely sure this is for personal use only and don't care about growing it / audience engagement.

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          Thanks for that breakdown. It's looking like Notion is my best option.

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      Github is a good option if you know your way around the platform. It's only responsible for hosting though. It's your job to choose the tools to generate your site. One good thing about github pages is that it comes integrated with Jekyll, one of the most popular static site generators. So, if you have a Jekyll site, it will automatically get built and deployed for you on every push

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        Agreed. Jekyll is a great option.

        But I am actually switching over to Vercel and am changing my stack to a NextJS-based one soon. Super quick and efficient, easy to deploy.

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      Wow! That is really sleek – looks like I need to look more into github.

      How was the building process, was it easy? Is coding necessary?

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        Oh no. GitHub is a huge open-source tool. I coded my own design and deployed with the .github.io domain.

        You'll need an account first.

        Then when you are ready with your design and code, check out this: https://gist.github.com/TylerFisher/6127328

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          Checking it out during my lunch! Thanks the sharing.

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    arent there indiehackers who can generate 500 personal websites in like an hour?

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      That's me except I can only do 1 in an hour 😂

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      Me too,in 15 minutes only 1 file.

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    It depend on what you want, and what you can do. I like technical control, so I use netlify and generate the site myself. I tried a few generators, but I settled on MetalSmith because it does very little out of the box, you just put the bits together you need to get your site working (vs. things that do everything then you need to "undo" what they are doing). Obviously I'm quite technical, this wouldn't suit everyone!

    However if you are not technical, but want free static hosting try Netlify (just create an account) and Publii (desktop software that will push to Netlify) then get a techie friend to help you set up the domain to point to Netlify, and you are done. Publii is like having wordpress on your desktop.


    All free!

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      Interesting! Haven't heard of Publii. Will check this out.

      Edit: Ha, Publii & Netfliy - that works brilliantly!.

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        Publii is almost perfect but one feature they left out is pages. Everything you add has to be a blog post. If they fix that I’ll use it. I just remembered this when I opened it up again today.

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          Oh wauw, really. I was looking for that actually in the app just now.

          Can't you create a custom route in the Theme or something?

          it's not on their roadmap even? Lol https://getpublii.com/roadmap/

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      Netlify has been a popular recommendation. Can you explain the difference between static vs. other sites? I'm a bit of a newbie to website building...

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        You can create website as a bunch of files. Usually HTML, CSS and JS. You can upload them to a server to host them and thats a static site.

        On the other hand tools like Wordpress will create the page content as requested by running code on every visit to a page.

        The advantage of static sites is getting speed and security at a very low cost or free.

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          Thanks for explaining that a little more...Evidently, I have a lot to learn about web development.

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            Web development is complex these days. That said a nice way to get started is get a free hosting account with a file manager, create a .html file, maybe a .css and .js and upload it there, then view it online right away.

            This will give you a more raw feel for it, before you move onto more complex tools.

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              Appreciate the tip. Time to learn how to code...

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    I'd suggest carrd.co for personal websites, because of the simplicity :)

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      Hearing lots of great things about carrd! Definitely going to check it out. Have you built a site with it? I'd love to check it out if so

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    Unless you want comments, I like the S3 bucket and CloundFront approach.

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      I've never used AWS for this kind of stuff. Would you recommend this for someone who isn't very code-savvy and looking to build more of a simple website? What are the merits of using these?

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        The merits is it's pretty much free, and scales infinitely. The drawback is you do have to learn a bit about AWS to get it running. But deploying the site can be as simple as dropping the directory into S3.
        To automate is another question.

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          Hmm good to know. Any resources you can point me to that would help with understanding AWS?

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            At Uclusion, we do something similar to this, https://www.davidbaumgold.com/tutorials/host-static-site-aws-s3-cloudfront/
            Ours is hooked into our build system so I'll see if I can get a post out with detailed descriptions on how to hook that into CircleCI.

            AWS is itself a big topic because they have so many services. Anything in particular you're looking for?

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              Not specifically. I've just never used AWS before and was wondering if there was anything important to know before diving in.

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    I use Gridsome mostly because it's built on VueJS and I'm a big fan of the language. It's hosted with Netlify and I use Forestry as the backend.

    There's plenty of Static Site Generators that can actually work with WordPress so you could potentially use WP as your backend and have your frontend with Gridsome or Gatsby for example.

    Mine was previously with WP and although the frontend is kind of cumbersome, I wish I kept it as my backend since you have some WP goodness like JetPack which can connect you with the community and other great plugins.

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      Good to know! I used WP because it was easy to sort of design it nicely without needing to code – my coding knowledge is very minimal. Any resources you might suggest for a beginner?

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        It seems Gridsome is lacking in WP starters, but Gatsby has a couple which look okay to get started with. https://www.gatsbyjs.org/starters/?s=cms%3Awordpress&v=2

        Netlify would be a great choice in hosting your frontend which you can read more of here https://docs.netlify.com/ and their support is fantastic. I think you would have to host your current WP install on a subdomain and Netlify would use the main domain name.

        This article has the info you need on setting up WP as a headless CMS - https://www.sitepoint.com/wordpress-headless-cms/

        Hopefully that's everything, but if you have any questions, then feel free to message me.

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          This is great, really appreciate the help! Will do.

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    I've been working for a few months on a new web editor for fullscreen pages that can serve as well to create landing page or one-page sites.

    It still need some work but here's another option for your list :)

    Comming soon:

    • Forms
    • Zappier integration
    • Gumroad / Paypal...
    • CSS classes
    • More block templates
    • Re-ordering
    • Save custom blocks
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      I'll check it out, thanks! How come you decided to make your own web editor instead of using others available online?

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        It is specific editor for full-screen snap scrolling pages.
        I'm the creator of a popular JS component ( fullPage.js) and this is another product I had in mind since more than 5 years ago :)

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    WP is great for SEO and pretty cheap.

    Carrd is another great option if you're going for a one-page landing page.

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      Looking to move off of WP and carrd may be the best option I've seen so far.

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    ‪I use Wordpress for my personal blog https://timleland.com/‬

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    I use netlify and hugo. I write most of stuff in markdown and so this combination works great for me. https://www.vivekv.info

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    I made mine like it's 1995, I wrote the HTML and uploaded to netlify.

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      I hope to get to the point where I can do that! Hearing great things about Netlify

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    I find Github pages to be the easiest option since I already store the source code there.

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    Haven't spent much time on this. But my personal website is Elementor. Whipped it up real quick (https://chrisjayden.com)

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      Great looking site. I'm a big fan of simplicity.

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    For my personal site, I use Wordpress with Elementor, because it is a really cheap way to host and mantain a website.

    I use it mainly as a portfolio, to showcase my photography and videography projects, planning on giving it a revamp soon.

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      Would you recommend it for a blog-heavy site?

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        Sure, Wordpress is a sure bet in regard to blogging.

        I actually tried to give life to a Blog but ended leaving the project without doing much.

        But it really is a good way to have a blog on the cheap side.

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          Yeah that's where I'm at now but I just want something a little more snazzy.

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    If you have some basic programming skills, why not use a static site generate, such as Hugo?

    I have a detailed post explaining the set up of my own personal site: https://tkainrad.dev/posts/using-hugo-gitlab-pages-and-cloudflare-to-create-and-run-this-website/

    I draft most of my blog posts with Notion, but there are certainly some benefits to having your own site that you can control 100%. Also, hosting static sites is essentially free nowadays.

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      Will check out Hugo! That explainer is great.

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    I use Github pages: https://github.com/vasanthv/vasanthv.github.io
    I also use surge.sh to host my other web sites, thats super simple & fast.

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      Hmm would you recommend either of these for someone with a lot more written content? I come from a journalism background and would be sharing past news and feature stories I've written.

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    Might not be what you are looking for, but midnight.pub (my current side-project) offers pages to host writing where the theme is highly customizable. Here are some examples:

    Happy to provide keys to anyone interested

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      Love the minimalist look. I'm curious, what's the most common type of content you see being shared there? I come from a journalism background and have a lot of more newsy or featurey kind of work.

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        Appreciate that! At the moment, it’s mainly journaling or entries about writing. A good amount of people are writers. But it doesn’t have to be limited to that. Happy to provide you a key if you’re interested!

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          Would love a key, thanks! You can send it here [email protected]

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            Awesome! Just sent you some. :)

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    We built this!

    My team and I have been working on a platform called Urspace(https://urspace.io) for the past two years! Urspace is a platform that generates a personal website, blog, and resume instantly! Would love to hear any feedback you have on it :)

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      Ok this is AWESOME! I'd have to transfer all my old written work (spread out amongst various media outlets) to Medium, LinkedIn or one of the others you feature. Will you be expanding the sites it can connect to? For example, I have most of my work from the past 5 years on a personal WP account. It'd be great if I could just port all of that over.

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    Go with gatsbyjs or Hugo

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    Notion is awesome, has very robust platform, is free for personal accounts and there's no space limit.

    The other extreme is to write the html yourself and host it on a static site solution like GitHub pages or Vercel for free.

    I created my "About" and blog that way, created a very simple page that I use as template, and then each new page I just modify the "main text" with the help of https://prosemirror.net/

    It work for me for something as simple as this: https://oscarryz.now.sh/about-me.html

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      Love that your website features a test feature right at the top. Has that garnered a lot of engagement for you?

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        What test feature? The gradient?

        Has that garnered a lot of engagement for you?

        I will never know, I don't have analytics nor comments there. So this is basically a "for myself" thing.

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          Ahh ok makes sense. Really like your layout!

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            Oh, thank you. I appreciate that. Have you decided yet on what platform to use?

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              I'm leaning heavily towards Notion. Seems like the best fit considering my website will be blog/written content-heavy.

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    A personal site has some unique criteria:

    • you may never want to take it offline
    • only one user (you)
    • probably don't need to update it that much
    • but you may want to drastically change the design and purpose over time
    • you probably want 100% control over how it looks and works
    • you want zero maintenance overhead (as it's not making you money directly)

    For those reasons and others I would never host a personal site on someone else's proprietary site-builder platform like Squarespace etc.

    Personal sites are an excellent use-case for static site builders. Pick one, such as Gatsby or Jekyll and learn how to build and deploy. Personally I use Middleman and deploy to Netlify.com but I could also deploy it to my own server if I needed to move away from Netlify for whatever reason.

    Middleman runs my personal site (just a one pager): https://www.yongfook.com

    And also runs my personal blog (the design is deliberately minimal here): https://blog.yongfook.com

    But it also runs my product marketing site! https://www.bannerbear.com

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      Thanks for all that info, Jon! A lot to think about...I feel like going the route you suggest would be a good exercise in learning to code and build a website from scratch. Bannerbear is very cool! Where does Bannerbear source its images from?

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    I like WordPress and I've been using it for 16 years.

    good extension capabilities
    plug-in marketplace
    Easy to find talent if you need a contractor or a freelancer to work on a customized plugin

    maintenance - it’s not set and forget. You need to remember to upgrade regularly
    Not as good WYSIWYG like wix or square

    You can check it out at http://eisabainyo.net/weblog

    What do you find cumbersome about WordPress?

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    I personally use Gatsby JS on AWS: S3, CloudFront, and Lambda.

    My reasoning is pretty simple:

    • No Compromise on Web Performance, great speed, great SEO
    • Decent Developer Experience (not quite WordPress but still got plugins to make life easier)
    • Almost free to host. ( AWS makes it practically free to host projects in this way)
      (Pay around 5 a month but that includes WorkMail, Route 53, and Taxes.
      Just the hosting is 1 dollar because the only thing I'm paying there is Route 53)

    Not sure I should care so much about web optimization for my personal sites but Gatsby makes it pretty easy so why not.
    And there is something satisfying about seeing green scores in google's page speed insights apart from the SEO benefits.

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    Essentially, if the personal site you're asking about is the showcase/portfolio type of site, the best stack is the one you're already familiar with.

    It gives you the best effect in the shortest time. I'd opt for keeping it simple, without overengineering.

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    I use notion and wunderbucket as well.

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    I'm a fan of Vercel or Netlify for personal sites - simple, cheap, easy, free - boom done.

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    I vote for PHP and WordPress.

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    Wordspress it is. How the website look you can check https://vidmateapp.pro

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    Check out Packetriot (https://packetriot.com) for hosting any personal site or app.

    I built it for just this need. It's a secure tunneling service and it's extremely reliable for hosting applications under development, testing or just personal sites that don't require the SLA of a public cloud provider.

    It's competitive to low-cost private servers and makes it simple to host on your existing hardware. One of our users had this two say after a couple of months of use:

    We have a lot of tutorials on our site with examples of what you can host but I'm glad to help if anyone wants to reach out.

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    I use self-hosted Ghost at stefan-majiros.com. (portfolio site).
    I plan to add more blog posts, maybe create "learning platform" (Ghost manages subscriptions with Strapi with almost zero-configuration).

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    Hi, this is not exactly a website, but it can help to some developers.

    I just launched this website last week. Here you can create a public developer profile - kind of CV - with an URL like found.dev/me/your-name. Example: https://found.dev/me/antonio

    It is totally for free and I will be adding some more skins very soon, so that the developer can chose the style of the profile.


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    I use carrd for the basics and it’s been great so far

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    You can try Wix + Hostman for deploying. I've made mine pretty fast

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    I don't see this combination below, and although this is a thread from last year, I wanted to add a couple of cents to this discussion.

    For hosting, I am using Netlify for all my static sites, deploying the code from my Github repositories.

    As for the development and building of the sites, I am using a static site generator called Eleventy, so if you have some coding knowledge, this is a very easy tool to generate lean and fast performing sites.

    For styling, I am using Tailwind, a utility based CSS framework.

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    Seems like an old thread, however, couldn't resist writing this comment - I was in the same boat a few months back and decided to create a small & minimal Jekyll theme, called Moonwalk.

    Demo - my own personal website (https://www.abhinav.co)
    Code - https://github.com/abhinavs/moonwalk

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    I splurged on Ghost Pro... https://www.dingran.me/ for blogging, and then I build some small things on different subdomains, like this one https://ghutils.dingran.me/

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    I used Gatsby to develop my personal site. It is still under construction but I like the developer experience of using Gatsby.

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    Previous frustrated Wordpress site owner too. I only just recently pulled the plug on all my Wordpress sites (blog, some side projects), terminated my wp hosting. Now in transition to JAMstack sites - free hosting on Netlify, Gatsby for static site generation, Stackbit for frontend UI layer. All the speed and security of static sites, none of the woes that come with constantly having to update plugins, wordpress version and worrying about SQL injection attacks. Good riddance..

  44. 1

    AWS Lightsail now offers Ghost for less than $4 a month.

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    Webflow. Or if you want to write code, 11ty + Netlify

  46. 1

    I'm rebuilding my personal website with TailwindCSS and GatsbyJS, they work so well together :)

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    there's many way to host a website, all with pros and cons. I say, like always, depends on your need: who's your target, what's your main skills (if you're a designer and you need to show hi-res mockups a Wordpress theme could be a good solution, for a writer could be enough Medium, for a coder GitHub), what's your code knowlegde, your budget and your time to invest. I use WP - https://www.lucavercellio.com - but I made a public space even in Trello https://trello.com/b/Ttzb2aaR/luca-vercellio-digital-designer

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    Shameless plug: Our service fortrabbit is suited for freelancers, agencies and startups building stuff with PHP, mostly Laravel and Craft CMS.

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    Github pages is pretty solid.

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    I have a love hate relationship with Wordpress.

    • Love it because it's easy to hand-off to non-tech people without a lot of maintenance requirements, and over the years its saved me time by using page builders to build things like landing pages.
    • Hate it, because of the all the plugins (especially when they reach end-of-life and become a security issue) , it feels archaic to me somehow, the annoying, constant automated attacks (even when you are properly configured), etc, etc.

    Nowadays, I much rather roll my own, even if the setup takes much longer. So with the current state of JS I prefer: GatsbyJS or just straight React.

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    Webflow is a pretty good solution for simple websites

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    If you're looking to do static site generation, a new up and coming one is Toast (https://www.toast.dev/) by Chris Biscardi. It has a great community around it. I believe you can just use something like Netlify with GitHub hooks to deploy it.

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    I second Gatsby + Netlify. Extremely fast development and with Netlify you can preview the changes you just pushed before making them in production.

  54. 1

    Any static site generator and Netlify are my go-to.

    I’m using Gatsby at the moment to generate a site from markdown but you could use anything. The best thing is that Netlify is easy to use and deploys effortlessly.

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    Html/JS/CSS on GitHub pages — https://Jonathanadly.com - took ~4 hrs to do on a weekend learning halfmoon ( awesome css framework!)

  56. 1

    My personal website is built with Gatsby and hosted on Netlify: https://connorlindsey.dev/

    I chose Gatsby as a good mix of developer experience and new technologies I wanted to learn (GraphQL and getting better at React).

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    Also if your on a budget, you can't go wrong with gatsby+netlify... you only need to buy a domain or use one you already own...there are many really good templates.. or you can create your own....

  58. 1

    Hi, If your goal is to get hired through this personal website...Look at wannahireme.com you can create a page, generate a hire me button and add it to your git repo readme so prospective recruiters can hire you through your side projects. Full disclosure I made wannahireme.com

  59. 1

    If you’re a developer I’d choose one of the most popular static site generators in the language or framework you’re most comfortable with. Eg Jekyll (Ruby), Gatsby/NextJs (React), Gridsome/Nuxt (Vue)

    There’s a good list of open source SSGs here:

    This will generally give you the fastest site with the best developer experience.

  60. 1

    I use Hugo for managing/building my personal websites, blogs, etc... It's a static website generate and uses markdown for content. There is some advanced usage that I haven't dived into but you can build very complex websites with it.

    And I use Packetriot (https://packetriot.com) to host it :)

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    Hola! You could perhaps try my blogging platform DynaBlogger (https://www.dynablogger.com/), which is great for blogs (and example is my personal blog at https://vitobotta.com/) and simple websites (like the marketing site itself).

    It supports themes with Liquid markup language which is very easy and powerful, allowing you to customise basically everything. There's a free plan so it's easy to give it a try and if you decide to upgrade to a paid plan please use the coupon code EARLYBIRD so you get 50% off for the first three months. Two months are also free with a yearly plan.

    But you can do almost everything with the free plan already so check it out! :)

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    I'm a fairly simple guy so I hand-coded the mine and hosted it on firebase.

    ain't much but it's accessible, loads equally fast on 2G connections and doesn't rely on Javascript or additional plug-ins :)

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      Hearing a lot of good things about notion so far, definitely going to give it a try.

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      Yeah I'm unfamiliar with git, but always looking to learn more. Any tips?

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