In 2021, I was a full-time teacher looking for a creative new career for post retirement. I decided instructional design would be a great fit for me! After researching my options, I chose the IDOL courses Academy to help me reach my goals.
The IDOL courses Academy has a jumpstart program called #DoItMessy. It is designed to help you dive in and quickly develop the basic steps towards ID job readiness, and then go back and refine what you have created. One of the steps is building a website for your portfolio. An online portfolio, preferably a website, is part of the art of landing a job in instructional design. Since I was working full-time, I didn’t have the time to learn the ins and outs of website builders.
This way, I can share my domain name and have my Canva web page linked to it. As a bonus, anything I change on my presentation in Canva also changes on the website almost immediately - I don’t have to re-forward a new link! Yay! I have a website for my portfolio, and I can tackle the real thing later (which I intend to do.)
Keep in mind that there are limits to Canva websites. Canva does not support alt text, so you would have to add it separately. The websites are not searchable on the Internet. The only way to share them to the public is to either share a link, or use a domain name and have it forwarded. Also, on Google® Domains, the domain settings default to temporary forwarding - you have to go in and change them to a permanent redirect - otherwise, your link keeps “crashing into nothingness” after the forwarding expires.
Academy mentor and coach Chris Wertz showed me how to redirect my Google Domain name by forwarding to my Canva link. Click here to view a How-To for making a Canva temporary website and forwarding it to a Google domain.
Written By: Michelle McCrory