Why Create a Personal Website?

Yell To The World! Tell Them Who You Are

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A personal website is a group of web pages that someone creates about themselves. It basically contains things that are personal. It doesn't have to be about you, and it doesn't have to contain personal information but it does need to be personal.

A personal website must exhibit content that tells your readers about your thoughts, ideas, interests, hobbies, family, friends, feelings, or something you feel strongly about. Online diaries, self-written books, poems, family, pets, or a page about your favorite topics such as a TV show, a sport, or a hobby are examples of things that could go on your personal website. Or, it could be a page written to help others with topics like health, or how to's on just about anything.

Do You Need to Know HTML?

Absolutely not! Personal Web pages have changed a lot over the years. Back in 1996 Web pages were small files with HTML code, and maybe some JavaScript thrown in for fun. There wasn't much else. They were very plain and basic. You could add graphics, but not too many because they make the pages load very slow, and back then Internet service was slow to begin with.

These days most personal Web sites are not coded by the writer of the website. They can often times add code if they want to, but they don't need to. Most free hosting services have easy to use Web page builders with them. All you have to do is click, drag, copy/paste and type, and you have your very own personal Web page. Since Internet service, and computers, are faster you can add more graphics and photos to your site too.

Why Do People Create Personal Websites?

There are tons of reasons someone would want to create a personal website of their own. One of the most popular reasons to write a personal website is simply to write about oneself. People like to talk about themselves, they also like to write about themselves and tell other people who they are.​

Another popular reason people write personal websites is to show off their family. They may include lots and lots of photos of their kids all over the site. Sometimes they create a separate page for each of their family members.

Online diaries have been popular ever since the beginning of the Web. This is where people create a website just so they can write about themselves in a more personal way than a standard personal website. They may post entries each day, weekly or monthly about what's going on in their lives. Then they let other people comment on their entries.

There are also wedding sites, memorial sites, sites about people's pets, and websites about people's interests and hobbies. Maybe you really like the show "Survivor", you could create a website about it and tell people why you like it. Maybe you like the Mets, you could keep a website that keeps track of their games and their standings.

A personal website is a place where you can relieve your soul. Create web pages about anything you like and get it all out there for everyone to see. If you're a private person, you can still do create a personal website. Just make sure not to post your name or any other personal information that may let people know who you are.