Personal Website

Basic Requirements

Your website will have the following components with the following requirements:

The Basics:

  • You will use WordPress, (not Blogger, not tumblr, not Weebly, etc.)
  • Your website’s url (its address) should be some form of your name. If this is an issue for some reason, please contact me. For instance, mine is but another possibility would be
  • You should choose a theme that has the capability for a static front page so that you are not obligated to keep a blog. I highly recommend that you do not plan to keep a blog, unless you are really excited about blogging.

The Pages:

There are many different ways to display information on WordPress, so a lot of this is up to you. However, you need to include the following spaces:

Static Front Page: Your front page should tell us a little about yourself. This is the kind of information that you will write about in your LinkedIn summary and your Resume Presentation. Feel free to lift words, sentences and phrases from any of those sources. Like a turn of phrase from your cover letter? Include it. This is where you talk about “you.”

If you choose to do something different with your front page (like use a beautiful image or logo), you will need to create an “About” or “Bio” page that has this kind of information. Basically, you need a space that tells us about you.

Resume: You need a dedicated space for your resume. Use the visual aspect of the text editor to enter your resume into the page itself. Treat this like a hybrid of your resume and LinkedIn profile. Feel free to try using images and linking to online projects you’ve been involved with. Take the opportunity to use the flexibility of WordPress’ publisher to create an interactive experience. Don’t just copy and paste your resume!

Contact: Somewhere, you need to include contact information. If you prefer not to give you email address, that is fine, but at the very least you must link to your LinkedIn profile (whether or not you link your PW on your LinkedIn profile is up to you). If you have social media that you feel is a credit to your professional identity, make sure there’s space somewhere for you to display it. Many WordPress themes have dedicated ways to display contact info and social media, but if the theme you love does not, you may have to create a page for it.

Under no circumstances should you publish your phone number or address anywhere on your personal website. Never give this information out publicly, for your own safety.

*If you do not want to share personal social media, but feel that a professional social presence beyond LinkedIn is something that would benefit you, you might consider using Google+ (rather than Facebook). Lots of people are using G+ as their professional social media of choice.

Other *optional: When you look at the sites linked in the Exemplar sections you will see that people choose to do a lot of different things with their personal websites. Personal websites are an awesome spot to prove that you’re a multi-faceted person. If you love photography, if you make music or other art and you want to use your website to display that part of your personality (or something I didn’t mention) give it a try! This is your space, so if you want to showcase stuff that’s not explicitly “professional” or school related, you absolutely are encouraged to do so. If you’ve always wanted to start a blog, you could give it a try. I’m interested to see what you come up with.

Design Elements:

Choose: You need to choose 3 of the following design elements to incorporate into your website:

Required: You are required to have the following design concerns covered:

  • You need a defined color scheme, set of images and theme that says something about you, specifically. Use your PBSOA to help get you started. No generic websites!
  • Images should be intentional and formatted in a similar way. Do not just throw images onto your pages. Use Canva or PicMonkey to format them all in similar ways, or use WordPress’ photo gallery options.

Required Reading


Need some extra help with WordPress? “WordPress Essential Training” with Morten Rand-Hendricksen has great videos for almost every WordPress question. You don’t have to watch the whole course to get some help, just choose the one that applies to your question!

Project Instructions

  • Take a look at the Exemplars in the link provided below.
  • Make your WordPress url.
  • Choose your theme.
  • Using the “Customizer” function, create a static front page.
  • Using the Cutomizer, add and remove widgets (do not keep any widgets you will not use like “Recent Comments” or “Meta.”
  • Create and publish pages for your content.
  • Remove the “Likes” and “Sharing” features by unchecking the boxes in the page editor.
  • Add content.
  • Edit content.
  • Ask questions if you need to!

(These steps are the basics to getting you started. Some themes will require more work for the bare minimum and you’ll still need to add images, consider colors, etc.)


Revision Options

The Personal Website is only eligible for revision if the Basic Requirements laid out in the assignment prompt have been completely fulfilled. Any failure to follow the directions may void your eligibility to revise.

Grading Rubric

Rhetorical Strategy:

How well have you identified and addressed your audience?

____ 25 (Pathos): Development of Personal Voice

  • You are using vivid first person narration to express yourself
  • You have developed the voice you’ve used in your 3AB posts to something uniquely personal (no generic text!)
  • No one else could have written your copy; it is all very individual to your circumstances

____ 25 (Ethos): Research and Style

  • Your site is well edited
  • Your site does not use any images that are not fair use

____ 25 (Logos): Organization of Information and Document Design

  • Your site’s navigation is easy to use
  • Your site’s pages are easy to understand and use
  • Your logo and/or infographic are clear (not fuzzy) and easy to read (big enough)
  • Your slideshow and/or gallery of images are full of images you took yourself

Rhetorical Awareness:

How well have you addressed the project’s requirements and objectives?

____ 25