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Discussion on: My first portfolio site. Some feeback / tips?

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ardennl profile image
Arden de Raaij

First of all, congrats on the new site!! Somehow I could instantly see that this site was React based. My personal site has been made with Gatsby as well.

I'd advice you to prototype your site in HTML and CSS first. Seeing this is your first portfolio site I'm guessing your experience in plain CSS and HTML isn't huge yet. Starting out with Gatsby means that you've probably spend more time on playing around with it's nifty functions (it is really awesome, isn't it?) and less on creating sound HTML and CSS.

When you prototype in just CSS and HTML + maybe a bit of JavaScript first, it might be a lot easier to experiment and find a consistent style.

Also, the homepage is really empty!

These are just words of advice, I hope they don't discourage you because it's definitely a good first try!

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M. Shemayev

Agreed especially RE prototyping it yourself. I am not HR, but for code, I'd rather open up the source and see something simple but clearly human-made.

Hell, as you come up with different designs, add a project for various portfolio designs. Why not?

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Natti Katz Author

That's a great idea! Then the projects can also serve as a record of progress.

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Natti Katz Author

The homepage is kinda just a top level navigation type page that says hello then navigates to other pages. I was actually debating between having a home page that routes to other pages, or one page that scrolls down to other sections.

If I kept it as a simple navigation landing, what else should I add to the home page?

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Arden de Raaij

I think I'd go for some links to social networks / github / dev.to(?) / and contact. It's not much more but gives you another few elements to play with. If you want to fill up some space or don't like icons, you could also make that into a little story about where people can find you / contact you.

Btw, here's my portfolio site; also simple and made with Gatsbsy! arden.nl