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nyxmidnight
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Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:05 am

I feel like my brain is an omelette du fromage, so I turn to you, Amassment. Help me decide the best option for my upcoming professional website and portfolio!

What I need:
  • Site must be bilingual, since I am a translator
  • Quotes and Contact Forms
  • Portfolio
  • Modern look
What would be nice:
  • Nice little hover effects
  • The possibility to shift from an English page to a French page and vice versa
  • Not too complicated to build up
Technologies available to me:
  • HTML5 and CSS3 + PHP includes + Isotope
  • Bootstrap
  • Semantic UI
  • Hugo (maybe?)
  • Wordpress
  • Other?
I am tempted to try out Hugo maybe, but for a professional website I think maybe something I know in and out would be safer? A simple site using a framework like Bootstrap or Semantic UI would be easy to build up, but for a really powerful website should I got through the trouble of a custom Wordpress theme? Or am I allowed to buy a theme on like Theme Forest even if it is my pro website? Or should I use another technology entirely? I also don't know what to put in my portfolio as example but that can wait...

Throw in your $0.02, please!
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Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:42 am

Hmm...this is what I've come up with so far:
  • Building the site with a framework you're much more familiar with would be preferable, I think. Not only would you have less of a headache trying to build it, but you're more comfortable with the building blocks of the framework and could innovate, instead of using a premade/default theme like 90% of my crappy Bootstrap layouts
  • I'm not sure what kind of software could translate a page on the fly. I first thought Google Translate, but that wouldn't show off your translation skills at all. What if you created two separate pages for each page of your website, like "index-en" and "index-fr", "about-en" and "about-fr", etc.? Would that be too much trouble? And then you could have a splash page of sorts with a choice for the user between English and French...
  • I don't know that you would need a "powerful" website, per se. You might just need pages like "about," "contact," "portfolio" or "work samples," etc., and those things could be pretty easily coded without need of any additional software. (If I misunderstood your question/statement, my apologies! xD)
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Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:03 pm

You understood perfectly! The only thing is I don't need a software to translate my site on the fly, I need just... for example, on WordPress you can use a plugin to toggle between two pages with the same content but one in one language and one in the other. That would be the only reason I thought about using a WP site, honestly. The translation I can do myself.
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Wed Apr 06, 2016 6:18 pm

I can't really help with the back-end stuff for your portfolio (Masao probably can!) but I can say that you should try to create original content for your own personal portfolio. If you code, I would do all the code by hand. If you design, I would design it yourself rather than use a template. Many designers and artists do use templates for their portfolios in order to save time (esp since many may not be programmers) but I believe you will get noticed a lot more if your portfolio is entirely created by you. :)

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Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:39 am

Thanks wolfrun! I think I'll be okay, I just need to sit down and do it.

Adri, Thank you for the long feedback :D I think first and foremost, my portfolio should be about my translation stuff, because this is what I am the best at and I have a degree to show for it. My websites are nice (and I really like the paperscraps.ca design too!), but I'm entirely self-taught "web dev"-wise and I feel kinda inferior for it.

Regardless, I believe I'm gonna Bootstrap the portfolio and focus on nice, clear typography to put my written words forward. Maybe do something more fancy if I do code examples. My current idea is to market myself as a pro translator who knows her way around site code (and also naughty words but I'm gonna make a separate page for it).
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Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:44 am

Dude. Don't feel inferior for that. I think most of us are self-taught. And some of us have freakin careers in web dev!

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Thu Apr 07, 2016 12:32 pm

@Nyx: This is how I feel when I look at your web development skills:

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YOU CAN DO IT :D
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Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:14 pm

Augh, I think I might have to change gears and switch to WP, I forgot that I would need reliable, non-spammy contact and quote forms...
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Sat Apr 16, 2016 6:27 am

Echoing Contact Form 7 :D
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Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:44 am

Oh definitely! Contact Form 7 is a favourite of mine.

Still, designing an HMTL website forced me to focus on copywriting, so that was nice. My pages are mostly all written now. What's left is grabbing a theme...
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