Something you don’t get with a self-hosted WordPress.org website – which you do get with a WordPress.com blog – is a neat little “About Me” box in the right sidebar.
Now, I know that, as introverts, we like to hide – but people DO want to know what you look like, before they do business with you. And if you have an About Me box in the sidebar, it saves people having to “click” to get to your About page and see whether or not they like the look of you!
However, all is not lost – because there are a couple of handy About Me WordPress widgets that will do the job for you. This is especially handy if you don’t have your photograph in your site header.
#1 – About-me-widget
With this, you can add a short description of yourself, plus an image, to the right sidebar – and you can link to your About page for more details.
It’s a bit fiddly, though, because you have to use FTP to upload the folder, and then go to Plugins to activate the plugin – so if you don’t know how to FTP files to your website, this isn’t ideal. The instructions for uploading the widget, and for designing the box, are contained in a ReadMe text file.
Also, it hasn’t been updated since 2010, so it might not be compatible with the latest version of WordPress – and you can be pretty certain there will be no support for it.
#2 – Aboutme-widget
No, this isn’t the same widget again!
With this one, you can link to a page on About.me, a free-to-register website where you can set up a profile page, even if you don’t have a website – just so you have a presence on the internet.
You upload the plugin in the normal way – no fiddling about with FTP. Then you simply put in your About.me web address (URL) and decide whether/how to display your photograph, name, headline, biography and apps (you can add apps in About.me).
- #2 is simpler to install than #1
- #2 requires you to set up a profile on About.me – but that’s probably a good thing, because it’s yet another place you can be found on the internet, raising your profile and increasing your visibility
- #1 enables you to design your own About Me box in the right sidebar AND link to a fuller About page on your website – or you could still use it to link to your profile on About.me
- #1 downside is that it’s not up-to-date
In my view, therefore – unless you’re shy and don’t want to set up yet another profile on About.me – I think #2 is the better bet.
About the author Julia Barnickle is a film maker, photographer, artist and writer, and the founder of The Quiet Entrepreneur community for introverts in business. She offers visibility coaching to raise your online profile, and helps you create videos to promote and deliver your services.