How I Built My Website

by Eugene Venger, Growth Marketer and Web Developer

I went through three iterations, transitioning from a self-made chaotic template to the Astro theme, and finally to Next.js with blog posts, case studies and custom web apps.

First Attempt

I used Next.js and Tailwind CSS.


  • The design had an amateur look.
  • The animations were unresponsive.
  • The showcase of my work was weak.

Second Attempt

I used Astro, Tailwind CSS, and Typescript.


  • I broke the theme's types and configs (but learned Typescript in the process).
  • The website became hard to maintain.
  • I messed up with margins and breakpoints (first I hated them, then learnt to accept and control).

During this phase, I also created an Email Marketing Checklist with React.

Third Attempt

I used Next.js, Tailwind CSS, Typescript, and MDX.

This is what I have now. I used Next.js with App Router, MDX, Tailwind, and Framer Motion for animations.


  • I implemented types.
  • The website has a cleaner look.
  • There's better modularity and separation of concerns.

As a result of all this, I believe I've become a better developer and marketer. Building a personal website forces you to think about yourself, your business, and what you bring to the table.

Also it is a journey of self-discovery and skill development. Depending on your needs and expertise, different tools can serve you best:

  • For those with coding skills, I highly recommend either Astro or Next.js. Astro is particularly powerful for content-heavy websites, while Next.js offers a robust framework for web applications to add more interactivity (this is an ideal option for me, as I like to build custom tools which would have been hard using site builders).
  • If you're less familiar with coding and need a simple landing page or a project showcase with a couple of pages, then Framer or Readymag are both excellent choices. A friend of mine built a nice portfolio using Readymag, and I know agencies and freelancers using it quite successfully.
  • For more complex needs, such as CMS or custom plugins, Webflow and WordPress are reliable, versatile platforms. They can handle a wide range of use-cases and offer extensive customization options. Though WordPress is definitely a leader in this contest!

Choose the tool that fits your needs and skills, and start building today!

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