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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  • Lectures 6
  • Length 25 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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    Available on iOS and Android
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • basic computer competence
  • Know how to upload images
  • comfortable with Wordpress interface

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Make their own simple academic website
  • Learn basic website design
  • Make sure that their academic website is at the top of any Google search

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The Fundamentals of a Personal Academic Website

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


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


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.

Section 2: Why every academic needs a personal academic website
Why every academic needs a personal academic website
2 pages
BONUS: How to harness the "Superstar Effect" in academia
4 pages
Section 3: Adding extra design elements to your website

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.

Section 4: Audio lectures (coming soon)

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Instructor Biography

Michael Rank, 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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