Best Personal Websites I’ve Ever Seen (and How to Create Yours)

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  • Website Design
  • Updated: Jul 29, 2019

They say that stranger’s soul is incomprehensible, but we can’t entirely agree with the statement.

Most often we just don’t want to notice the obvious, pretending that it’s too personal matter or something of the kind.

In fact, a human soul is not as dark as it seems. It is always ready and even willing to reveal its secrets to the confidant. As a rule, web community members having their own websites are open for communication, socialization and other things like that. Besides, personal websites serve as a kind of virtual CVs for their owners. Most often, if you are as sharp as a needle, seeing a person’s website, you’ll easily tell even more about site owner than he/she wanted to say.

Note – Also check out the tutorial at the bottom to learn how you can create an awesome personal website like these.

Here's the list of my favorite personal websites. I have recorded the site's main design elements recorded in .GIF so you can have more details. The websites are ordered according to the time I discover them – they are by no means a “ranking” list.

1. Nick Jones

Example of personal website (new) - Nick

Website: narrowdesign.com

 

2. Jim Ramsden

Example of personal website (new) - JB
Website: jimramsden.com

 

3. Vladimir Strajnic

Example of personal website (new) - Vladimir
Website: strajnic.net

 

4. Gary Le Masson

Example of personal website (new) - Gary Website: garylemasson.com

 

5. Juliana Rotich

Example of personal website (new) - Juliana

Website: julia.na

 

6. Pascal van Gemert

Example of personal website (new) - Pascal

Website: pascalvangemert.nl

 

7. Daryl Thornhill

Example of personal website (new) - Daryl

Website: madebydaryl.co.uk

 

8. Anthony Wiktor

Example of personal website (new) - AW

Website: anthonydesigner.com

 

9. Adam Hartwig

Example of personal website (new) - Adam

Website: adamhartwig.co.uk

10. The Beast Is Back

Example of personal website (new) - TBIB

Website: thebeastisback.com

11. Tony D'Orio

Example of personal website (new) - Tony

Website: tonydorio.com

12. Sean Halpin

Example of personal website (new) - Sean

Website: seanhalpin.io

13. Todd Henry

Example of personal website (new) - Todd

Website: toddhenry.com

14. Gary Sheng

Example of personal website (new) - Gary Sheng

Website: garysheng.com

15. Anthony Mychal

Example of personal website (new) - AM

Website: anthonymychal.com

16. Joshua Mccartney

Example of personal website (new) - JM

Website: joshuamccartney.com

17. Lewis Howes

Example of personal website (new) - Lewis

Website: lewishowes.com

18. Pharrell Williams

Example of personal website (new) - PW

Website: pharrellwilliams.com

19. Ali Wong

Example of personal website (new) - Ali Wong

Website: aliwong.com

20. Albino Tonnina

Example of personal website (new) - Albino

Website: albinotonnina.com

21. Ellen S Riley

Example of personal website (new) - Ellen

Website: ellensriley.com

22. Simon Sinek

Example of personal website (new) - Simon

Website: simonsinek.com

 


 

How to Create Awesome Personal Website Yourself

So you are inspired and wanted to build a personal website yourself? Cool! Let's walk through the things you need to do. There are, basically, only 3 steps to start any kind of websites –

  1. Get a domain name and web host.
  2. Build from scratch or using a site builder.
  3. Add in content.

1.  Get a domain name and web host

On Internet, your domain is your identity. It's how people find you and the name others pass along. For your personal website – you'll need a good domain name. Most people use their own names as the domain for their personal website; others might go with something catchy or meaningful. Here are some suggestions and free domain name generators in case you need help.

Next, you need a good web hosting company to host your personal website.

When we talk about web host, we basically refer it to the company that lease out computer servers and networks to host your website. There are four types of web hosting services – shared, VPS, dedicated, and cloud hosting. While all these hosting will act as the storage center for your website; they differ in amount of storage capacity, control, speed, reliability, functions and features, as well as technical knowledge requirement.

If you are new – just start low and go with an affordable shared hosting provider.

Recommendation

These days I use Name Cheap to register and manage all my domain names. For personal website hosting, I recommend using Hostinger Single – mainly because they have the cheapest single website hosting (starts at $0.80/mo) and an easy-to-use website builder.

Hostinger
Hostinger shared hosting plan starts at just $0.80/mo – Perfect for those who are hosting just one personal website (visit Hostinger online).

2. Build from scratch or using a site builder

Once you have the website domain and hosting ready, the next step is to make the website itself.

There are many considerations in web designs but as a beginner my advice is to take baby step.

WYSIWYG Editor

Try output something and get it onto the web. The fine-tuning and modification can come later after you have learned your skills. One easy way to design a website is to use a WYSIWYG web editor like Adobe Dreamweaver CC. Such editors work just like a normal word processor and allow you to design your site visually without handling too much technical details.

Website Builders

If HTML and CSS are not your thing, or you simply want a simple personal website for your interview, then perhaps a drag-and-drop website builder is the better choice.

Most web hosting companies provide a drag-and-drop site builder for free. If you don't care much about the outlook or UX of the site, you can create a functioning personal website in half and hour using those free tools. Alternatively, you can skip the web design process by using a paid all-in-one website builder like Wix and Weebly. The best thing about these paid tools are made for non-techies. They are usually easy to use and come with hundreds of pre-designed templates. You can simply pick a pre-design theme and apply to your website in just a few clicks.

Here are some examples of websites built with Wix. You might also want to check out Wix built-in templates here.

Wix website example
Personal site made with Wix: Natalie Latinsky.
Wix website example
Personal site made with Wix: Lera Mishurov.
Wix website example
Personal site made with Wix: Rachel Fraser.

For those who are unfamiliar with website builder, I recommend reading these tutorials on our sister sites:

3. Add in personal content

I can't really teach you what kind of content should be added to your personal website but to help you on brainstorming – ask these questions to yourself –

  • What is the purpose of your personal website? Define and build your personal brand.
  • Who are your target audience? Students, potential clients, shoppers, etc. Get to know them.
  • What are the must-have info on the site? Job samples, contact details, product specifications, etc.
  • How do you present those info? Gallery styles, point forms, animations, etc. Or even better, tell a story.

Wrapping up: Which is your favorite?

So, do you like my collection? Which one seemed the most creative to you? What do you think is the most important in personal sites?

Please share this post and your opinion on Twitter (tag me at @WebHostingJerry).  I hope this compilation will help you to create your own personal website according to all modern tendencies.

About Jerry Low

Founder of WebHostingSecretRevealed.net (WHSR) - a hosting review trusted and used by 100,000's users. More than 15 years experience in web hosting, affiliate marketing, and SEO. Contributor to ProBlogger.net, Business.com, SocialMediaToday.com, and more.