I am in the midst of setting up my new personal website, and during the process, I looked at several tools that could be used for the job.
WordPress would be my default option, but it’s always good to be on the lookout for new innovative tools to get the job done. Besides that, I work with WordPress every day, a personal project is a great opportunity to learn something new on the side.
Here’s a list of web apps that you can use to create your personal website without writing code.
“Build one-page sites for pretty much anything”
I do mention Carrd first on purpose. With Carrd, you have your personal website up in minutes.
Super simple sign up process, beautiful templates, and all that at no cost for the essentials.
Carrd asks you to choose a “starting point” for your site, meaning you should choose a template first that fits your needs.
I’ve recommended the service to several people in my network and they all managed to get their site up.
If none of the available templates fits your needs you can also build your own site from scratch. That, of course, will take more time, but the website builder within cards is really easy to use.
This is what the editing experience looks like if you choose a blank page.
Pro (paid) features:
- Domain mapping
- Premium templates
- And more …
“Design from scratch and publish online, immediately.”
Readymag is a website builder that gives you more freedom to design your page. With that comes, of course, the need to get your head around the tool.
After signing up you are guided through a 14-step introduction to give you a basic understanding of how to use the website builder.
Compared to other tools this one does not guide you to choose a template at first, instead, you start out with a blank canvas.
The tool is aimed at an audience a bit more into web design, compared to others.
Still, you can choose one of the examples as a starting point.
Mailchimp Landing Page Builder
“Create must‑click destinations”
If you are already using Mailchimp you can look at their free landing page builder. Of course, you can connect a sign-up form to your newsletter, but that is not required.
You can choose from several templates and use the content editor you already know from editing your newsletter. No need to learn a new tool!
As you can see in the screenshot above, the templates are focused on conversion, like selling products or signing up for a newsletter. You can just leave out the components on your page if you do not have a need for that.
You can also use a custom domain (paid feature) and avoid having a mailchi.mp domain for your landing page.
This is how the editor for your landing page looks like.
It obviously does not make sense to use the landing page builder from Mailchimp if you do not use any of their email marketing features.
If you plan to launch your personal newsletter Mailchimp would be a good choice. You would manage both your landing page and newsletter with the same tool.
“Build better business websites, faster. Without coding.”
Within this list apps and tools shared in this post, WebFlow is the most sophisticated one. WebFlow is a “no-code” tool, meaning you can take a site from start to finish without writing code, but to really learn the tool you should have 100 hours at hand.
If a template perfectly fits with your needs and you worked with website builders in the past, you are able to get your site live quickly. Browse the available templates.
If you start from scratch with no prior web design experience, it might get tricky.
Also, having CSS and HTML know-how is a big plus and allows you to create something really unique.
I have played around with WebFlow about 20 hours so far, and still, only know about 5% of the available features (guess).
You can start using WebFlow on a free plan. Domain mapping is a paid feature, and having more than 2 projects in an account would require you to sign up for a paid plan.
“WordPress.com gives you everything you need to create anything you want.”
A safe choice if you do not know what your website might turn into. You can start out with a simple blog or one-page template for free, later buy some premium templates or a custom domain.
The number of available templates can be overwhelming.
If at one point you want to take the next step, you could also migrate your site to a web hoster of your choosing. I started out blogging on WordPress.com and used it for ten years without any issues.
“Create a profile for you or your brand”
If you really just need a simple profile up you can point people to I recommend checking out DSKO.app.
Creating a profile for yourself is as easy as signing up for Facebook or Twitter account. Upload cover and profile picture, add a few tags, link to your social media account, add a biography and you are done. Check out my profile.
Your profile on DSKO can be used to link to it from email signatures, twitter bio, etc.
Other website builders
Square, Weebly (bought by Square), Wix.
I do not link to those tools because I don’t like them, that has nothing to do with the features these tools have, but more about how the companies attacked WordPress and communicated on social media.
As you can see there are very different tools available that you can use to get your personal website up quickly. Depending on your taste, the time you have at hand and your prior experience you can make a decision.
All of the mentioned tools offer free plans, so you can start playing around with all of them and see what you like most.
Not a single week goes by without discovering new website builder tools, that said, I wanted to cover tools and services that each have a different approach and use case in mind. Now have a great time geeking out!