We are lucky. We live in a time where there are no barriers to making a name for yourself on the web. There are tons of free tools available that you can use to control what people see when they Google your name before a job interview (which they will). At FindSpark, we are huge proponents of using social media to help you along your career path, and one step along the way is to set up a digital home aka an online portfolio — aka a website.
Wix is a do-it-yourself website builder: a free online tool that lets you create and customize your own websites. Built with a powerful, user-friendly interface, Wix gives you total control over your web design without knowing the first thing about fancy coding or programming.
Wix is a great tool for emerging creative professionals and they’ve been huge supporters of FindSpark since we launched in 2010. In August 2010 they opened The Wix Lounge, a free coworking and event space. For someone just getting started or looking for a place to meet other cool creative folks, The Wix Lounge is where it’s at. They host tons of great events all the time, from Meetups to premieres to happy hours.
How We Used Wix.com: A Year in Review Microsite
We wanted to build a site that FindSpark could easily display at our Relaunch Bash to show off all photos from our past events. I picked a theme with a homepage that acts as a sideshow with a big area for images. Check out our Year in Review Site here.
The Process of Building a Wix Site
Uploading photos was a breeze and so was customizing the pages. I was also able to easily embed a Twitter stream of our hashtag and I set up the whole thing in about 20 minutes, no lie.
Community Member Highlight: Megan Nell, Graphic Designer
We wanted to show off a member of our community who’s been using Wix for their personal website. Check out Megan Nell’s thoughts on why Wix is great for her.
Why did you decide to use Wix? My sister recommended it to me when I was trying to start my portfolio after graduating from art school.
What’s your favorite part about using Wix? So easy to change the whole aesthetic of your site at any time, since it saves a database of all your images and files you upload-And no coding!
What’s a fun tip you’d give to someone setting up a Wix site? Go ahead and start creating! Don’t wast so much time getting blogged down trying to get it just right. Wix makes it easy. Building a website can be intimidating, so try a simple home page with your contact info on it first. You can always add to it.
Have you ever tried Wix? Do you have any tips? And questions about the platform? Let us know in the comments.