After 11 years of studying and working as an Architect in Melbourne, I thought there must be more to life than this. I have always loved art. I like to explore the depth and meaning of life through the expression of visual art. Architecture can no longer satisfy this hunger in me. In early 2012, I chose not to work full time as an architect any more – I wanted to pursue a dream of art.
Whenever I sell myself to potential clients or when I try to win design jobs in freelancer.com.au, for example, I only need to give them my website address: peiwah.com. I know that the website will speak for itself. Simple and easy. My next venture will be to set up a Facebook page for my website.
As a start, I thought a personal website that puts together and exhibits all my works would be essential to promote myself to the world out there. I found out about Wix by searching for “free web hosting” in Google. There were lots of different web hosting services to choose from, of course.
I cannot recall exactly why, but before I realized, I had already started building and designing my own web site using Wix, all by myself! It must be because it was so easy, so effortless, so incredibly engaging, for a layman like me with no background knowledge of webpage design.
The best part is, even though I started out using one of the standard templates, as a designer myself, I like to do my own things, and Wix allows so much expression of individuality.
Making a website with Wix is like playing with a Lego toy. There are limitations, of course, but there’s so much that you can do with it that’s entirely original. I was given different standard functions as basic building blocks, I played with it by choosing and piecing together different blocks and put together something that represents who I am.
Within a day, I had my own website done, but I continued experimenting it with different possibilities to improve my website so it’s more representative of my own style. When I told people it only took me a day to set up my own website, they were very surprised: “What! How?”
I was so proud of this incredible feat, I wanted to upgrade my membership with Wix so they’d remove the Wix ads at the bottom of my site, and also so I could connect the site to my own domain name. Now my website looks sleek, professional and sophisticated, and it doesn’t even look like it was built with an incredibly simple website editing tool. “I like your website! Wow, did you do this yourself?” “Yes I did.” Alright – I know – I am just being cheeky and vain.