When students begin portfolio development it is important that they understand how to create a web presence. It is essential that all of the personal identity elements match and securing the right domain name is a difficult task. Generally a portfolio website should have a name that relates to either the designers name or an alias that is created as a part of the designers identity.
Choosing a Domain Name
Your Name (will stick with you forever)
Designer Alias (think rockstar, dj, artist … what can you be called by besides your formal name?)
Studio Name (present yourself as a freelancer that’s available for hire)
Adding a suffix to identify yourself
Choosing a Hosting Package
I personally recommend HOSTGATOR since it gives you access to an INDUSTRY STANDARD Control Panel known as CPANEL. Hostgator also allows the user to modify the PHP ini file so that the file upload size is not limited (this is very valuable if you choose to use a Content Management Framework and populate your site via the browser).
How to create a web presence
A web presence is not just the portfolio website itself. It is a living network of syndication between the website and the social media outlets that can be used to syndicate your content.
Start a Blog
Over the last 5 years more and more recruiting agencies have told me that they learn just as much about a prospect from their blog as they do from the portfolio websites creative work. I will have to save the details of blogging for another lesson but it is an important part of how to build a web presence and should be considered as an element when setting up your web presence.