Today I’m launching Postcard, the easiest way to make a personal website. In 5 minutes, you can create a page that looks great on any device - with no coding or design skills required. Host it on your domain, and build a long-term mailing list.
Owning your identity on the internet
It’s simple to make a profile on a social media site. Add a name, photo, and cover photo - you’re done. Why can’t making a website be that easy?
Personal homepages have a long history on the internet. They’re a place to share your personal story - work, hobbies, interests, and more. You can link to them from your social media profiles, and they appear in Google when somebody searches your name. You can even set up a professional email address linked to your custom domain name.
But creating a personal website is hard and time-consuming to maintain. You need to learn HTML and CSS or use a website builder like Squarespace or Wix. These tools are great, but they’re expensive and complicated - because they’re built for businesses, not individuals.
Postcard is a new kind of website builder. It’s easy to use, and free to get started. You can create a page in minutes, and the site looks great on any device. And if you want to make a change, you can do it in seconds. But, under the hood - a lot of sophisticated technology keeps your site fast, responsive, and secure.
Write once, share everywhere
Over the last two years, I’ve mostly quit Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I largely replaced social media with newsletters and blogs to stay in touch. But I still wanted a long-term place to share my thoughts and ideas and connect with people.
Postcard includes a simple newsletter system with light blog functionality. You can write a post that shows up on your homepage and sends emails to your subscribers.
I’ve been writing on my Postcard for months, and it’s been a great way to stay in touch with friends, family, and my internet community. It’s even prompted me to connect with people I’ve never met before and share my ideas with a broader audience.
Postcard adds sophisticated meta tags to each post that look professional when shared on social media. So, you can write once on Postcard - then share across networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
A dependable tool
Postcard marks the first launch from Contraption Co., fulfilling the goal of building dependable tools for the internet age. Postcard is built to be stable and serve its customers long-term. There are no ads, and the business model is simple and fair.
Check out some of my favorite Postcard pages that are already online:
Try it out, and let me know what you think.