A personal website is a type of website written, designed, and put online by a specific person.
Personal sites can take many forms, ranging from a single web page, to a set of pages structured to form an entire site, possibly with a database.
Personal sites are often made in an amateur approach, as a hobby, to present themselves (especially with a CV) and present family and friends, talk about your passions, express your opinions, share your photo album, show your artistic work. However, they can also serve as promotional vectors for their author, or pursue a commercial goal: this is how the online auction site eBay started, as a test launched by Pierre Omidyar, which he hosted with a personal page about the ebola1 virus.
Personal sites are often hosted free of charge by private actors (such as Chez.com or formerly GeoCities, Multimania (the latter have disappeared),…) or Internet service providers who often made a few megabytes or gigabytes available to their customers (most ISPs have stopped their services); or public such as universities or research laboratories for their students, teachers and researchers. A personal site can also be hosted by its author himself, with a computer assigned to the server task and permanently connected to the network.
A personal site can be integrated within a broader domain name, or more rarely have its own domain name (which can be only a simple redirection).
There may be advertising on the pages of a personal site, in particular imposed by free hosting providers, which is often the business model, or to cover the costs of hosting and, if necessary, name registration. domain.
More recently, personal websites have evolved in the form of a blog, structured like a journal gathering dated and chronologically classified posts, with more user-friendly management and updating tools; then social networking.
Design is often done using simple solutions, for example WYSIWYG HTML editors and pre-designed templates, blog engines, or the web interfaces set up by blog hosts and social networking sites.
The author of a personal site can choose to remain anonymous, then using a pseudonym and possibly an avatar, or reveal his true identity.
The authors of personal sites are often little or unknown, but some celebrities also have one, in which case the site is said to be official, to avoid confusion with fan sites, over which the person concerned has no control. However, such sites are often maintained by web and marketing professionals, employed by the celebrity herself or her agent. They often contain promotional material and are used to distribute press releases.
Source : Wikipedia