If you’re a freelancer looking for a client, a resume isn’t really what you need. What they’d be asking from you—and would be considering more than your degree or motto in life—is this:
“Can I see your works?”
For this, you would need a freelancer website. Your website is a place where you can showcase your work. It’s the place they can go to when they want to learn more about you and the services you offer. It also gives your potential client a point of reference, the means to get in touch with you, and most of all, it gives them an idea of how awesome you are!
Why you need it?
Surely, you’ve written some wonderful essays before or created an amazing piece of artwork or built a fully functioning website. Whatever work you’ve done in the past, you’ll want your potential clients to see how great you are and how you can help them with their business goals. You can send them links to your work, but really, how inefficient is this?
Plus, potential clients wouldn’t really have time to access all your links. So it would be more convenient for them if you have everything—your works, your freelancer profile, contact details, links to social accounts and your rates—in one user-friendly website.
Convinced? Great! So here’s a simple step-by-step guide on how to create your freelancer website.
Step #1: Decide on a domain name
Your domain name is the web address your potential clients will be typing into their address bar. For instance, my domain name is mommyjam.com. You can simply use your own name or think about something more creative.
Step #2: Pick a host
Hosting is different from domain name. You can’t access your domain name without a host. Imagine your domain name as Puregold Supermarket. While it has a name (domain), it needs a place where it could store and display its products. This place is your host. It is the online space where you will store all the files that make up your website.
My hosting provider is BlueHost. It offers free domain when you host with them, free site builders, 24/7 support and the one-click WordPress Install.
You can start by selecting your plan. I suggested going for the $2.95 basic monthly plan first since it’s just a simple profile website. But if you prefer the Plus or Prime plans, then go for it!
If you want to take advantage of BlueHost’s free domain name offer. Just type your desired domain name and then click Next. If your domain name is unavailable, they’ll let you know about it. Remember to have a backup domain name just in case!
After selecting a domain name, BlueHost will be asking for your contact information. You will be asked via email to verify if your information is correct. And then proceed with selecting your package info.
Step #3: Set up your WordPress website
Here comes the exciting part: designing your website!
If you look at your BlueHost cPanel, you will see the Install WordPress button. Click on it to start installing. You will be directed to the Mojo Marketplace dashboard. Click the Start button.
After this, select the domain you want to install WordPress into and click on Check Domain. Once your domain is ready, click ‘show advance options’ and fill in the required fields. Input your website name and admin credentials (your name and email address). Once you’re done, make sure you’ve gone over the terms and conditions and then click ‘Install now.’
Step #4: Customize your website
To access your website’s backend, type your domain name on your browser’s address bar and then put /wp-admin at the end of the .com (e.g. mywebsite.com/wp-admin). This will bring up your WordPress login window. Just type in your username and password, which you have entered during the installation process (see step #3). Once logged in, you will be directed to your WordPress dashboard.
Your theme is what will give your site its overall look. A default theme will be installed on your website but you can this to match your preferences. On the dashboard menu on the left side of your screen, click on ‘Appearance’ and then select ‘Themes’.
On the Themes page, click ‘Add New’ to choose a new theme. You can try on different themes just by clicking on them. Once you’ve chosen a theme, click the ‘Install’ button. You can customize your theme by going to the Customize tab under Appearance. Here you can upload an image of your logo (if you have one) and play around the different styling options, menu, widgets and other settings.
And there you have it, your own freelancer website!
On my next blog, I’ll tell you about some of the best WordPress plugins you can use on your site. Have you started building your website yet? Let me know how it went!