I had a lot of trouble figuring out what to name this blog post. The problem comes from the fact that I don’t really know what the thing this post is about is called. Is it a personal splash page? A one-page résumé? An online business card? A one-stop-shop for all things YOU on the internet?
It went through about 10 or 12 variations of headlines for this post and still didn’t come out with something I liked. Oh well.
What I’m talking about here
Regardless of what you want to call it, the function of one of these simple websites is the same: to provide all of your pertinent online information in one place.
All in one place (on this single page or single small website), you can include your contact information, links to your social media profiles, links to your blogs, and whatever else you feel like.
It’s a place to send people when you want them to find out more about you and what you do.
Maybe it’s best if I just show you an example. Here’s mine, at TristanHigbee.com:
As you can see, mine includes some personal and professional info, plus links to my online profiles and online properties.
Note: It includes a link to my new personal blog. Check it out!
Why I needed one of these
Before I go into more depth about what you can do with one of these sites and what else you can put on them, let me tell you about why I created my own.
I needed a business card to hand out to people that are interested in what I do, but I couldn’t quite figure out what to put on it. Do I put all of my websites? What contact information should I include? Should I give myself a “title” of some kind? How do I fit all that stuff onto a business card? And what if I change some of the info in future? I don’t want to be stuck with a bunch of worthless business cards…
Then I realized that the easiest thing to do would be to have all of that information online in one place and just give people the URL.
How to create your own online business card
I had previously tried using both About.me and Flavors.me. Both of these are free services (though the Flavors.me free version is limited in its capabilities) that let you create a one-page business card type of thing. Here’s my About.me page [click the image to visit the page]:
It’s not a bad solution (especially for the price of FREE, eh?), but I wanted it more control over how things looked and what I included. Plus, I wanted the page to be at my own domain name.
Being something of a Thesis theme master and superfan, I just used it to get my page looking exactly how I wanted it, and you’ve seen the results (the first screenshot in this post).
Note: If you want me to create one of these for you, let me know and I’m sure we can arrange something :)
To make the four columns that house the information on TristanHigbee.com, I just created one-row-by-four-column html table. If you don’t know how to do that, check out this HTML Table Generator.
What can you include?
I included just a few things on my site, but there’s a lot more you could include:
- Professional information/history
- Personal info
- Contact information (email, phone, Skype, etc.)
- Social network profiles (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
- RSS feeds from your blogs (or Facebook or Twitter)
- Links to your blogs
- Links to other things you’re involved with
And heck, you could even include a blog along with your online business card, on the same WordPress installation.
I ended up getting “Tristan Higbee dot com” printed on a little business card (I’ll post pictures on Thursday). Now all a person has to do is visit that site to find everything they need to know about what I do and how to contact me. I’m pretty pleased with it.
The best part is that when I add or remove new blogs and products from my quiver of online endeavors, I won’t have to get new business cards printed up to reflect that! I mean, I’m never going to change my name, right?
- Do you have a one-page-tells-all spot of your own online?
- Do you need one? Do you see a need for one?
- Do you just send people to your main blog when they ask what you’re up to online?
- What would have been a better (more catchy) title for this blog post? :)