Creating a personal website doesn’t have to be hard.
Yes, the process can seem intimidating, and it does take a little work to figure out how you want to represent yourself. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that your website doesn’t have to be this multi-page, multi-media endeavor to be impressive. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be more than one page.
Don’t believe us? As proof that a one page website can really make your personality and professional experiences shine, we’ve gathered 24 of our favorites. Check them out for inspiration, pick up a few pro tips from their successes, and then follow our instructions to build your own one page website in no time at all.
Just the Basics
These sites may look bare-bones, but they pack a surprising punch of information and allow the creators to own their little corner of the web—without putting in too much work.
1. Jon Phillips
This website is the definition of basic; what you see here is the whole of it. And while there could be a bit more info—like links to his work samples or social networks where you can learn more about him—this is a great example of a page you could get up super fast while working on something more robust (I’m talking 10 minutes, especially if you use a one page website template like Squarespace’s cover pages).
2. Dave Gamache
This one takes the simple landing page to the next level with the addition of social buttons at the bottom. You get a basic sense of Gamache’s work and aesthetic, and then have plenty of options to explore his work further.
The snazzy animations and design elements certainly elevate this basic site, but what we love more is how Slawek approaches his copy—like a little elevator pitch (complete with links to the places he’s worked), giving you a full view of his career in two short paragraphs.
4. Greg Levine
In case you were doubting that you could build your own website, this example is proof positive that anyone can. Greg Levine threw this landing page on the web in less than an hour after reading our article on resume websites—and while he eventually went on to build out a multi-page hub, we think this one pager absolutely gets the job done. (And get the job done it did—Levine informed us that he landed a new gig just under a month after building it!)
5. Kim Gardner
This simple page allows Gardner to share links to the many projects she’s currently working on without overwhelming a viewer. We could even envision her swapping out the projects every so often, so she can share her most relevant and impressive work at any given time.
Even though Oconnell is a creative and probably has a pretty impressive portfolio he could show off, he doesn’t host his creative work here. Instead, he keeps it basic but with a little personality, and then allows people to explore his work on whichever social platform they’re most interested in.
A Smile and a Bio
Often, the most powerful thing you can do on your personal site is add a great picture of yourself, which allows people to connect with you as a person and makes you seem like someone they want to work with. These examples really leaned into that, with photos front and center paired with just a little bit of text.
By choosing a bright photo of herself, Franklin balances out the simplicity of the other half of her site nicely and ends up with a splashy page that will make anyone want to learn more. Plus it’s incredibly simple to build—using Squarespace’s “Spotlight” cover page for the design, the hardest part of building this will be writing your bio!
Conversely, if you want to use bright colors in the text portion, tone down your photo like Lane does here so your site doesn’t feel overwhelming. We love how he starts his copy with “Hi friend” so you feel like you’re standing there talking with him.
Maschmeyer teaches us all an important lesson here—the photo you choose doesn’t always have to be “professional” in a traditional sense. The shot of him laughing slightly makes him seem incredibly approachable, friendly, and exactly like someone we’d want to work with.
10. Visual Idiot
Visual Idiot took quite a different approach with his photo-based site, choosing a hilarious photo instead of one of himself (in fact, all of his social profiles have photos of humans with animal heads). Even though we have no idea what he looks like, we feel like this says a lot about who he is—and makes us really want to reach out and get to know him.
11. Cam Strobel
Even if you don’t have a giant and beautiful photo of yourself, if you have a decent LinkedIn or Twitter photo, you can still take this approach. Just follow Strobel’s lead, creating a split site with a brightly-colored background and a thumbnail image.
Scroll All Day
Using the power of scrolling, these people were able to pack multiple pages of information into a longer one page website. If you have a lot of information to cover, this could be a great approach—just think carefully about how to organize your information so it feels cohesive to someone reading down the page.
12. Samantha Marpe
This site is undoubtedly beautiful (built with Squarespace’s Alex template!), but what we love more is how Marpe tells her story as you scroll down the page, creating a compelling narrative about her professional past—and where she wants to go next.
13. Nathan Riley
There’s a lot we love about Riley’s personal website, but our favorite is how he shows off his work while keeping things feeling cohesive and consistent as you scroll down the page. Even though he’s worked on a lot of different projects, you can see how everything fits together.
14. Gesche Haas
We love how Haas uses the different sections of this single page to bring together the different parts of herself—such as her writing and speaking. The menu bar at the top makes it easy for us to find what we’re looking for, or we can scroll if we’d rather just browse.
15. Kaysie Garza
This is a great example of a site based off a more traditional resume, giving us a simple but eye-catching look at Garza’s skill set and former experiences, as well as interactive links to her writing clips to learn more.
16. Sam Harris
Okay, Harris technically has more than one page, since each example in her portfolio links off to a page with more detail. But what we love is that you can get pretty much all of the information you want from that main page. We especially like how her portfolio section allows you to filter by specialty, giving you a clear snapshot of the skills she has to offer.
17. Ana Becker
Becker’s got it good—given that she’s a talented creative professional, she has tons of visuals to make use of. And make use of them she does—we love how she has very little text on her site and mostly relies on these images, making us want to keep scrolling to see more of her beautiful work.
18. Michael Mazur
Even though Mazur’s site is pretty short and simple, he provides plenty of ways to get around, including the top menu bar and hyperlinks in the opening text. It stands as a good reminder that sometimes, even though people could just scroll down to learn more, you need to direct them to the information you want them to see.
One Page Wow
Looking at these sites, you’ll never think the phrase “just one page” again. Each do something a little different to make full use of the little space they’ve got.
19. Paul Macgregor
As a designer and web developer, Paul Macgregor shows rather than tells his skills, using a clever little magnetic effect to move the social buttons around (go to his site and click the arrow button to understand what I’m talking about). It’s a little whimsical, a lot impressive, and definitely makes us want to click away.
20. Buster Benson
At the top, this looks like a pretty standard personal site, collecting Benson’s Twitter and Medium feeds to give people a sense of his interests and thought leadership. But when you scroll down and see his unique “life by week” summary and then his “codex vitae” of everything he has learned and believed throughout his life, you really start to see how he’s able to take big ideas and organize them into interesting things.
21. Brandon Durham
Durham has a multi-page site giving a more general overview of his work, but created this one-pager for a specific role he was applying to. It’s flashier than a normal resume or cover letter, but feels more personalized for the job than a normal personal website. Probably not feasible to build for every position you’re applying to, but if there’s one you really want, it might be just the way to stand out.
22. Meagan Durlak
This is a great example of how just a few images or icons can elevate a website into something extra special. We love how Durlak uses illustrations to draw the eye to the most important things about her and then uses a simple color scheme to keep things consistent down the page.
23. Kim Goulbourne
This one may look super simple—and for the most part it is, with little more than a short bio, a list of linked work, and contact info. But what really makes it stand out is the dropdown “weekly picks” menu that shows off what Goulbourne is reading, listening to, and otherwise finding inspiring. This is a great way for people not only to connect with her as a professional, but to get a sense of her personal interests, too.
24. Melanie DaVeid
The fancy animations and scrolling features make this really fun to explore, but for people who don’t have technical chops can still learn something from DaVeid’s site: a website doesn’t have to be long and complex to be impressive. DaVeid just gives three samples of her work and a fairly short bio, and even keeps her design simple with only three colors and a couple fonts. But the result of this simplicity is quite stunning.
TopicsTools & Skills , Social Media , Personal Branding , Design , Branding , Social Media & Blogging , Visual Resumes , Sponsored , Sponsored by Squarespace , Getting Ahead
Erin Greenawald is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist who is passionate about elevating the standard of writing on the web. Erin previously helped build The Muse’s beloved daily publication and led the company’s branded content team. If you’re an individual or company looking for help making your content better—or you just want to go out to tea—get in touch at eringreenawald.com.More from this Author
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