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Design

Jonny Strange
Jonny Strange
6,412 Points

Designing a website

I'm trying to promote myself as I start out as a freelancer but I'm not sure what to put on my home page, any suggestions??

Jonny Strange
Jonny Strange
6,412 Points

Craig No, I don't use codepen yet, should I?? Also, can you suggest any sites Ithat I can look at for ideas??

Craig Watson
Craig Watson
27,930 Points

I just started recently and find it useful because of the instant preview.

You can also send the link from the pen out to your mobile / ipad or other devices to check how it looks. You get a free blog to which will come in handy and loads of tutorials on how to use it to.

Takes a little bit of learning the interface as with anything but well worth a l@@k!

To get some of my ideas I go on sites creating themes for wordpress like woothemes

They have live demos of the sites to see them in action and gives you a load of different things to think about!

Craig

2 Answers

Stephen O'Connor
Stephen O'Connor
22,291 Points

I am a fan of simplicity when it comes to a portfolio: a logo, a small paragraph about you and some of your best projects, that's all I would feature, but as I said, I love clean, simple design without clutter and lots of bells and whistles.

Get some ideas from what other people are doing, check out The Best Designs, I visit this site every day for inspiration and to see what the latest trends are and what other designers in the industry are doing.

Jonny Strange
Jonny Strange
6,412 Points

Thanks guys!! It does help a lot

Craig Watson
Craig Watson
27,930 Points

No Problem Jonny,

Do you use codepen at all ??

Craig

Craig Watson
Craig Watson
27,930 Points

I agree with Stephen!

I like simplicity but that does not have to mean boring, you can use some JS and jQuery just to enhance certain features to show of some things you are capable of without going ott.

I found it difficult to start my site (which still Isn't finished) as I didn't plan well just dived straight in there.

My big suggestion would be to plan with pen and paper well and decide on your content before coding as you may waste lots of time on something that in the end is not even valid to the end user!

Hope this helps a little ! Craig