Creating an Online Resume with WordPress

In the last few days, I have spent some time creating my online resume.  I have owned my name domain name for quite some time, with that intention, but have never actually gone about doing it.  So, I took it upon myself to remedy that situation.  The result can be seen at

In doing this, there were several ways that I felt I could use to create a site that would work.  Aside from basic HTML coding, the only thing that didn’t seem like an enormous overkill was to build the online resume with WordPress as the code base.  Because of this and other blogs, I am very familiar with it and have used it on several occasions as a CMS to create static sites.  The actual install is very basic. There are only a few plugins and the theme is a basic free one from the theme gallery.

Plugins used (as of this post):

  • Akismet (This should just be on by default)
  • All in One SEO Pack
  • Contact Form 7
  • Flickr Widget
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • Google Analyticator
  • Official Statcounter Plugin
  • WP-DBManager

With the exception of the Flickr Widget, most of those are either semi-necessary or I deemed them to be relevant and useful.

The information proved to be a bit more difficult to come up with.  My main issue began when I realized that your traditional resume is generally one page and merely hits the highlights.  I wanted my online resume to do have much more information than that.  Which meant I couldn’t just copy and paste the contents of my traditional resume.  Once I had that down, typing it in was easy enough.

The information may be the most important part of the whole thing, but it becomes quite cumbersome and rote if it doesn’t have a structure that lends itself to easy browsing.  I managed to stumble upon a great resource (from which I borrowed many ideas) in Jon DiPietro’s online resume.  Jon’s resume fulfills a bit different purpose than mine does in that he is much further along in his career than I.  He wrote a very good piece on another of his blogs on Creating a Compelling Resume Online with WordPress that became the rough outline for what I was trying to accomplish.

Having completed the site, I must admit that it was one of the easier sites I’ve ever built.  It’s entirely static pages that are easy to update and change.  The structure could be easily changed or added on to and if I decided at some point to begin posting semi-regular blog posts, that could be arranged as well.  For the moment, it will stay as a static website.  It’s still an infant as far as websites go, however, so there are likely to be a few fine tunings in it’s near future.

Now, please go check out and let me know what you think.  There’s a contact form there if you like, or you can come back here and leave a comment.


As many of you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been a bit absent lately, here.  It was not by design, but I think it was a necessary thing.  It was also extended by the birth of my second child, a wonderful little girl, Madeline Grace.  She spend an extra week in the hospital, so I’ve been slightly distracted over the last few weeks from that.

That, however, is not the reason that it’s gone quiet here.  In the last several years, this site has been searching for an identity.  It’s gone from my personal blog, to a blog on blogging and finally evolving to what it is now, a blog on making money online.  Nevermore.

This site has always been, whether obvious or not, my personal blog.  That is, the personal blog of Shane M. Ede.  It will soon be returning to that capacity.  You’ll be seeing a much higher percentage of personal posts and posts on things that I hold dear.  Reading and writing, but not arithmatic.  Some tech and science fiction.  Some dogs and kids.  And maybe, just maybe, a little making money online and blogging still.  But don’t stick around for that, because I don’t currently have plans for much of it, if any.

In the coming weeks and months, you’ll see (hopefully) this site make a transformation to more clearly reflect this new (old) purpose.  A redesign is highly likely, as is some new graphics, and possibly a bit less advertising.  With the purpose of the blog to be more personal, I don’t think that advertising will have as much of an impact, nor will it likely bring in much money.  So, less clutter perhaps.

And more me.