Turn WordPress Blog into Minimalistic Business Card – Tips in Self-Branding

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Shortly after starting my SEO career and creating my online moniker, I have registered annsmarty.com domain name. I have never been able to find a good use of the site though – speaking about myself has never been something I’ve been good at. So I just kept it to occasionally share some professional news about myself and linking to friends.

Then, last week, I decided to turn it into an online business card. There seemed to be many themes that could help – but (as it always happens) when you actually start trying, it turns out most of them are broken, no longer supported or ugly.

Yet, I was able to find 2 nice-looking ones, and I am sharing them here – maybe that will inspire you to create your own online business card (share it in the comments if you do set up one!)

1. The Digital Business Card WordPress Theme

The Digital Business Card WordPress Theme – this theme is perfect for those that need a good online business card (with full control over it) or those (like myself) who have secured their (brand) name domain name and don’t know what to do with it.

The theme creates a two-page profile with your photo and social media profiles.

It has a very easy-to-customize options page that lets you set up your photo, links and professional info:

The Digital Business Card WordPress Theme

The result is simple and clean:

Wordpress business card

2. MiniCard

MiniCard is another minimalist and free option to consider (actually that’s the one I kept). It offers an array of fun features and ways to customize it:

  • Choose the theme color and pattern;
  • Generate a vCard/hCard to allow visitors to download your contact information;
  • Display your social media profiles.

Note: The great thing about this theme that you have full control over the anchor text for your social media profiles and can display many of them.

Options:

minicard options

Result:

minicard

So do you have an online self-hosted business card?

Ann Smarty
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
Ann Smarty
  • http://www.averagejoesblog.com Stuart Flatt

    You could always re-direct it to your twitter profile or use something like flavors.me?

    Minimalistic your idea is, but will it make people contact you…?

    • http://myblogguest.com/blog/ Ann Smarty

      LOL you talk like Yoda :)

      Redirecting is an option but I prefer having everything under my own roof and letting Google index my own sites. With affordable hosting and themes like that, creating a self-hosted site is easy.

      As for your Yoda-question, the purpose of a business card is rather to let people bookmark and remember you – so this all comes to your objectives.

    • http://myblogguest.com/blog/ Ann Smarty

      LOL you talk like Yoda :)

      Redirecting is an option but I prefer having everything under my own roof and letting Google index my own sites. With affordable hosting and themes like that, creating a self-hosted site is easy.

      As for your Yoda-question, the purpose of a business card is rather to let people bookmark and remember you – so this all comes to your objectives.

  • http://www.fluidcreativity.co.uk Ben

    I’m going to give this a try. Thanks for the themes. :)

  • http://twitter.com/italicmarketing Italic Marketing

    I had no idea such themes existed – nice idea.

    Personally, I like .tel domains which don’t need hosting at all. You can store lots of info (including user defined info) and it incorporates a vcard. They can even have their content dragged in to other sites. Best of all, they are very cheap.

  • http://www.deepripples.com Deep Ripples Bill

    Very timely. Was just getting ready to start looking for something like this. Once again, WP to the rescue!

  • http://John.do John Saddington

    thanks so much for showcasing digital business card!

  • http://dillon-smith.com Dillon Smith

    Flavors.me is the best option I have found for “digital business card” use. You can have a very clean design, map your domain to it and display links to whatever profiles/info that you choose.

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    It’s interesting that a simple idea such as business card integrate nicely into a wordpress blog.

  • http://twitter.com/yagraphic Ya-graphic

    Nice WordPress Theme. I’m going to try this. I think there are some others.

  • http://www.gospelrhys.co.uk/ Rhys

    Definitely going to try this!

  • http://www.gospelrhys.co.uk/ Rhys

    Definitely going to try this!

  • http://twitter.com/workboxsf Eric Weidner

    Thanks for the post! These are very handy for one-person businesses, consultants and folks who are just starting out.

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