I would like to have a professional academic webpage, and for different reasons, I don't want to use the website of my current workplace (mostly because due to some external factors, it's not currently possible where I work, but also because I consider changing affiliation in the future, and I'd like to avoid moving my webpage).
A possible solution I'm considering would be to rent a server somewhere, and to manage it myself, but I was wondering if it existed some dedicated solutions for academics, ideally coming for free (after all, I can archive my papers on arXiv for free, I have a free academic licence for Bitbucket, I use Dropbox with the free version, I can also use Mendeley and academia.edu for free, I currently have a free wordpress.com blog), with the constraint that I'd like to be able to write my own scripts (for instance to publish my personal list of publications Tool to manage and/or make available a list of my publications on the web? , or to manage a list of conferences I'm interested in).
As you are looking for free online services, you should seek a free web hosting service as stated in this answer [1 and 2] by which you can make your own website or you can make use of separate free services and make a free webpage to list all your accounts there.
Recently, I have visited about.me website and I really liked the domain, it's interface and it's services.
This is my suggestion:
- Files Hosting: host your files on a dropbox, google drive or any other free hosting service;
- Publications List: list your publications in a google scholar account or academia.edu;
- Free domain and URL: build your page on about.me website;
- Weblog: If you like to write something; make a wordpress.com or blogger weblog;
- Social Media: You may have some facebook or twitter accounts too;
HOW TO MAKE YOUR WEBSITE?
Present a short biography and list of those links above in a single about.me webpage. You can have this website anywhere and anytime; even if you change your affiliation, simply change your info on your about.me website.
Also, in your institute's page, you can easily put your about.me link and by opening it, the user will have access to you publications, files you want to share with, social media sites, personal weblog, etc.