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How to Create a Personal Academic Website

This is a step-by-step guide on how to create a personal academic website. Good for PhD students, postdocs, and profs
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Created by Michael Rank
Last updated 8/2015
  • 19 mins on-demand video
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

This is a step-by-step guide on how to create a personal academic website. You will be able to build a personal academic website in approximately 10 minutes, from start to finish.

  • Great for Phd students, post-docs, adjuncts, or tenure-track professors
  • Course has videos, text, and audio guides
  • Over 30 minutes of course content
  • Control your online digital presence as an academic

The only prerequisties are to have on hand a CV, a profile picture, and a basic description of your research.

Who is the target audience?
  • Academics who want their own website
  • Academics who want a simple guide to making their own website
  • NOT for anyone who wants to make an extremely complicated website
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What Will I Learn?
Make their own simple academic website
Learn basic website design
Make sure that their academic website is at the top of any Google search
View Curriculum
  • basic computer competence
  • Know how to upload images
  • comfortable with Wordpress interface
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 6 Lectures Collapse All 6 Lectures 25:26
The Fundamentals of a Personal Academic Website
3 Lectures 16:39

This video describes how to get a hosting account for your personal academic website in a few very simple steps.

How to set up web hosting

This video describes how to add the first pages to your new website and which pages are absolutely necessary.

How to add pages to your new website - NOTE: DOWNLOAD PILCROW THEME HERE

This video shows you which design elements turn a generic page into something that fits your research field. An easy guide to design for those who know little to nothing about it.

How to design your academic website
Why every academic needs a personal academic website
2 Lectures 00:00
Why every academic needs a personal academic website
2 pages

BONUS: How to harness the "Superstar Effect" in academia
4 pages
Adding extra design elements to your website
1 Lecture 02:47

In this section we look at the websites of three academics and note the features that make for good design. Here I tell you how to find the same Wordpress themes and templates that will allow to make a website similar to theirs.

3 well-designed academic websites
Audio lectures (coming soon)
0 Lectures 00:00
About the Instructor
4.1 Average rating
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6,900 Students
5 Courses
PhD, History

Michael Rank is a PhD in Middle East history. He studied at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and holds an MA in Ottoman History from Bilgi University in Istanbul, Turkey. His research project is on Christian-Muslim intellectual and religious history in late Ottoman Istanbul. Michael has taught courses in Hungary, Turkey, and the United States on Middle East History, International Affairs, Intercultural Studies, and American History. Prior to joining academia, he worked as a journalist in Istanbul where he reported on religion and human rights in the Middle East.

Michael is the author of 12 books, including "From Muhammed to Burj Khalifa: A Crash Course in 2,000 Years of MIddle East History,"; "The Crusades and the Soldiers of the Cross"; and "The Most Powerful Women in the MIddle Ages: Queens, Saints, and Viking Slayers, From Empress Theodora to Elizabeth of Tudor."

He lives in Istanbul with his wife and two daughters.

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