Building a website is something I’ve thought about doing for a long time. Increasingly, a personal website seems like a useful thing to have, especially if you do things in creative spaces. I’ve had this domain name for a couple of years now, but didn’t do anything with it. Part of the reason for dragging my feet in developing a website is that I wasn’t really sure what I wanted it to be or what I wanted out of it. Another part of it was feeling a little intimidated by the idea of coding and building out a website on my own. (I know. I could’ve used Squarespace or Wix or Wordpress or some other similar service, but stubbornly, I was really into the idea of building it on my own.) Going into this, I knew some html/css, but my knowledge was no where near that of a person who makes their living as a front-end web developer and works with markup and programming languages on a daily basis.
This post isn’t meant to be a tutorial on how to build a website from scratch. It’s more so encouragement for you if you’ve ever wanted to build a website on your own. You can do it. I believe in you. You’ll learn a lot about coding and web development in the process. I’ve gathered some of the free and widely available resources I used here. (There are paid options for some of these things, but you can get by using the free tools.)
A good place to start if you’ve never touched a coding language before is Codecademy.com. It’s a nice place to get your feet wet. The tutorials on Codecademy walk you through whatever particular language you want to learn without being too daunting.
And here I am, with a website of my own. There will always be things that I’m refining and adjusting as I go along, but I’m pretty proud of what I’ve been able to develop so far.