I've been interested in having my own personal site for some time, and being that my job is with SharePoint, I am pretty familiar with it. That being said, I have no idea if SP would suit well as a personal Internet facing website.

If it does or if it doesn't where should I be looking into for webhosting and any other requirements for setting this up? This doesn't completely belong here, but if it works I would like to work with SP as I'm quite comfortable with it.


You can have Office 365 personal package which comes with a site, 1 TB one drive storage, email account and etc... Also you will be able to tryout somethings in that site as well. Also 60 Skype world minutes free. It's 7 USD per month or 70 USD per year.

It depends on your requirement. If you want to maintain just a blog, buy a domain through Google or WordPress and create a simple site at almost no cost.

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  • Awesome, that helps quite a bit. So what are the differences between this and something like NetworkSolutions besides the storage? – Jordan Aug 27 '14 at 17:39
  • There are many. Given O365 is a Microsoft product, it always stays up to date. Then technical support, availability, Lync, Exchange Server all at one price. – Malin De Silva Aug 27 '14 at 17:52
  • Haven't had time til now to look at this again. So how do I set up my domain to an O365 Personal account? Looking through the site I don't see any options for it. – Jordan Aug 29 '14 at 22:13

Personal site on SharePoint can be a lot of fun indeed. Here I have a little inspirational article for you:

This is my post about my own blog. I believe it has some useful tips for those who want to take same road (main advice would be: forget the SP blog template). For me, building blog on SP was a lot of fun and great experience. So I think it's definitely worth a try!

Hosting might be considered a bit of a problem, but if you work with SharePoint seriosly, having a personal o365 portal is very convenient for all kinds of small tests. Virtual machines eat a lot of resources and generally a pain in the a$$ with all these reboots. Myself, for many years already I semiunconsciosly avoid VMs whenever possible and prefer cloud.

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