When entering into an online graduate program, it is imperative that students be prepared to impress their professors and potential employers with a well-put-together website; one that includes their resumes, portfolios, and an “About Me” section that gives a thorough detailing of their backgrounds. Although building a website may sound a bit difficult, with today’s technological advancements the involved processes are greatly simplified and many sites are hosted free of charge. Here’s a closer look at your website options and their pros and cons.

Wix

Wix provides you with a variety of designs and layouts to choose from. This website builder is also compatible with thousands of third-party apps, meaning you can easily add them to your site for a truly unique experience. Also, unlike many other website builders, Wix allows you to move elements to wherever you want them, allowing you to customize your pages exactly how you want.

A downside to Wix is that once you’ve chosen a template for your website, you must stick with it. You can of course change the design of the template, but the template itself cannot be replaced. It’s also important to remember that you don’t have access to the source code, meaning you can’t edit the CSS or HTML that’s associated with your website.

Weebly

Weebly is known for being much more ecommerce-friendly than Wix. This drag-and-drop site simplifies the website building process, and best of all, there’s a free option to take advantage of. The free-of-charge package even comes with unlimited pages and the ability to sell up to five products.

The only downside to Weebly is that you will have to pay to access the platform’s many available features and options. To secure a domain name that isn’t attached with the “.weebly.com” you’ll need to invest in a paid package.

WordPress

WordPress is simply amazing because you can use the website builder for many purposes, including building sites, blogs, ecommerce shops, and much more. There are literally thousands of templates to choose from as well as just as many plug-ins. If you have a specific look that you’re going after, WordPress more than likely has a template to meet your specific preferences.

On the downside, WordPress is well known for having a few cons. These cons usually specifically relate to the lack of flexibility that the site offers, meaning it’s better used for small websites. Also, it’s suboptimal for SEO. If you’re looking to build a company that benefits from SEO strategies, then WordPress isn’t for you. As a student looking for a job, you should be keen on SEO.

Squarespace

Unlike WordPress, Squarespace does allow you to optimize your site using SEO tactics, including within the titles and descriptions; this is paramount to your site’s success if you’re selling items. It also means that you’ll enjoy higher SERPs, which is paramount to employers coming across your portfolio and resume when searching online for job candidates.

You will have to pay to use the Squarespace platform to host your own site, and unless you invest in the business package, you will be limited to the number of pages you can create, which can be a hassle if you have a large portfolio.