Developing My Online Portfolio

To accompany my blog on WordPress, I was then required to create an online presence that will be considered my ‘Personal Foundation’ based website. I will be using and utilising the Wix online website builder, in order to help me develop and create my online platform. When I have finished creating my online presents it will act like a portal in which will evidence the work I undertake in the next 3 years.

Before I started to make my online presents I had to identify the ways I want to represent myself, what tones, colours, writing styles and so much more. To help me, I did some preparation work. These are the fundamentals I will use when developing my online presents.

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Once, I had picked Wix as a starting point I found a template in the Portfolio and CV section. To help me get started I had to make it personalised to me this meant that I had to change the preset titles, banner layout, image boxes, call buttons, below the fold and the additional information banner at the bottom of the page.

The template I used was this one below as i thought i could change this to make it a personal website:

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As my Online Portfolio will be viewable by everyone and anyone, I need to make sure it is of the best quality, it reflects on me and MY PERSONALITY. Because of this it is essential for me to consider carefully the image I want to use. In order for me to fully meet the brief I must use appropriate conventions and techniques to write and present information and ideas in a form and style, which is suitable for specified audiences and purposes.

My portfolio site will evolve over the 3 years and I am expected to incorporate any new work and skills into it as you progress this means that the ways I present myself online will change and become of a much higher standard. This will help me to develop and create a good base to be graded on alongside with my WordPress blog. The mandatory elements that I must follow are the structure formats.

My site must consist of the following:

  • Home page
  • About you
  • Gallery of your work
  • Contact
  • Link to you blog

In the images below it shows my home page: (banner, below the fold and the additional information banner at the bottom)

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This is not complete however, it shows a start to my thought process.

In the banner at the top, I made sure that i had the right pages and navigation set up. Also changing the title to something much more appropriate and personal to me. I then changed the colour of the background and to the text. There will be a colour scheme running all the way through the website. these are blacks, whites and yellows. The reasons for this is that these colours symbolise my personality

black and white = Hull F.C Wheelchair rugby league in which is a big part of my life. Yellow/Gold= Stingers wheelchair basketball team in which i played for. This also represents success and what I want from life.

Below the fold in the home page, i changed the image from a random woman to a picture of me. I also changed the headline/ title. These probably won’t stay it was just to show that i can change something to make it more personalised to me. I also changed the call buttons and navigation to make it easier for my target audience, whilst try to give them a good experience. in the image below it shows how i changed it.

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In the addition information banner at the bottom of the page I made sure that the colour schemes match that of the banner at the top. i also personalised the information adding in my personal information to make it personal.  In the screenshots below it shows how i changed the size, colour and the information.

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Overall, I believe that with time and practice i could develop my online presents and make changes that will help me develop my professionalism online. Over the next three years i do expect the website to change dramatically.

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