Magntize — Your Professional Web Presence

Ever since Tim van Damme created a one page bio all about himself, similar sites have popped up all over. Along with his killer design, Tim listed his services and all his main social contact information. What wasn’t to like?

Not long after this trend was adopted by some great designers, web apps started popping up all over that offered a similar product to us mortals who can’t tell one end of Photoshop from the other. But none delivered an end product close to the quality of what the top designers were creating.

Until now that is.

I came across a service called Magntize recently. It’s premise is much the same as the others I’d seen in the past — it allows you to create a one page site all about you. Sort of a one page colophon rather than plugging in the same information into a page on your blog.

And, of course, you can do this for free.

Visually appealing, Magntize gives a good first impression.

Visually appealing, Magntize gives a good first impression.

The difference with Magntize is that it gives you all this, but with visual flair. The site looks great, and so do the themes you are able to use.

Set Up

Another well designed app, signing up is of course simple and fast. Once your account is created and you’ve logged in, you’re immediately directed through the simple process of filling in your information.

You can have your site up and running in minutes.

You can have your site up and running in minutes.

You start with the basics — your first and last name and a photo. From there, you’re guided to make your online profile in a manner that the team behind this app thinks is the best way to help others get to know you.

As such, you are encouraged to add some keywords that describe who you are and what you do. These words are intended to be you but in summary form.

From there, you had your short bio. And short is key here — the app is designed to give your visitors more than they can gleam about you from Twitter, but still with the belief that brevity is a good thing. Your bio is limited to 500 words.

Brevity — thank you Twitter!

Brevity — thank you Twitter!

Now that we’ve covered the philosophy behind the app, let’s look at the remaining steps in the set up:

  • Add your links: If these are RSS updates or social accounts, you can choose to have Magntize display your updates.
  • Contact info: Add the details you’d like people to use to get a hold of you.
  • Choose a theme: These are limited — with the free account or the Pro — but they are all pretty good. Much better than any similar service I’ve come across.
  • Site settings: Here’s where you choose your domain. The free accounts are forced to end in “.magntize.com”.
Limited themes, but they look good and have a few options included.

Limited themes, but they look good and have a few options included.

And that’s it. During this entire process, you can click on the View Site button to preview how it’s looking. The live preview is helpful when choosing a theme.

Go Pro

For those who want a serious tool to create a professional presence, the Pro plan is good value. For $9 a month, the following features are added to the free plan:

  • Custom domains.
  • Email forwarding.
  • A personal RSS feed.
  • Premium themes.
  • Resume Inclusion.
  • Mobile optimized version of your site.
  • No advertising (Magntize badge).

Unless you can afford to pay for a top-notch designer to build you your own site, Magntize seems like the best option available.

Closing

Of course, using a template is never as good as rolling your own design. But if you’re lacking skills on this area, Magntize is a great option to give your personal site a professional, aesthetically pleasing look.

As an example, here’s the result of my testing.

Visually sharp, this is a good service for non-designers.

Visually sharp, this is a good service for non-designers.


  • http://brettt.me Brett Tilford

    Thank you so much for the write up Chris!

    • http://web.appstorm.net Chris Bowler

      My pleasure Brett — it’s a great product!

  • http://human3rror.com John (Human3rror)

    This is apparently a re-brand of GetNectar.com .

  • http://human3rror.com John (Human3rror)

    Oh, and I built a free wordpress theme based on one of their templates a while back: http://human3rror.com/ipseity-personal-branding-wordpress-theme/ (You can see the GetNectar.com link there).

    Cheers! Looks great.

  • http://www.campsteve.com CampSteve

    Pretty cool. I recently discovered Hi.im which I like so far. It’s a similar concept and I really like the URL. Hi.im/yourname. Very clever, very impactful.

  • http://danielmorgan.co.uk/ Daniel

    I was really impressed with this service, especially when Brett sent me a (completely personalised) thank you email for signing up! I want to thank Brett for the great service!

    And brett.me is an awesome site!

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  • http://twitter.com/kaypearl Alexis Brille

    I completely love Magntize.

  • http://www.financialcrisis2009.org/ Economic Crisis

    Thank you Chris, this is a great resource for me, i am developing a wordpress plugin that should personalize the about page of the blog with something similar to magntize.com, i have completed approximately 30% but still a lot of work to be done…

  • http://jualrumahcibubur.com Rumah Cibubur

    This is really great. I’m looking around some tips about this wordpress trick and I found on your blog. I’m gonna try it, hope it’ll work.

  • http://anthuriumhi.com/anthurium/ Anthurium

    Thanks for finding this service and posting about it. I’ve been wondering how to do this with having to do all of the work myself.

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