34. Create your unique GitHub profile

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Spice Up Your GitHub Profile: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners

Are you new to GitHub and looking to enhance your profile? Spice it up with just a few simple steps! Follow this easy guide to transform your GitHub homepage into a standout profile that showcases your skills and interests.

This is how mine looks 🙂

It takes like 1-2 minutes to get it up, and I will show you how it’s done if you are new to GitHub.

I, often find myself looking through the GitHub homepages of other members to be inspired. There are so many good ones out there! If you want to do your window-shopping, all you need to do is go to github.com, and on the homepage, look for “Trending Repositories” and “Explore Repositories” on there. Click each user and see how their GitHub profile looks.

Ok, let’s get started!

Create your own unique and beautiful GitHub profile page!

FYI: The official page is very useful and this is what I used to build mine: https://docs.github.com/en/account-and-profile/setting-up-and-managing-your-github-profile/customizing-your-profile/managing-your-profile-readme

First things first, click on the “+ New” button located at the top right corner of your GitHub homepage. Alternatively, you can use the green button labeled “New.”

ALERT 1: Enter your exact GitHub username. This is crucial as GitHub recognizes it as a “Readme.md” file, which will serve as your profile page.

ALERT 2: Set the repository as Public and ensure the “Add a README file” option is ticked to make your profile public.

Click the green “Create Repository” button to proceed.

Your page is now ready for customization! Click on the pencil icon at the top left corner of your new Readme.md file to start editing.

Incorporate emojis to add flair to your profile. Use the Emoji icons cheat sheet for easy access to a variety of emojis. (https://www.webfx.com/tools/emoji-cheat-sheet/)

Just click on your favorite icon to copy the code, and just paste it to your Readme.md file you have opened for edit.

Writing tips for your profile:

  • Keep your entries concise and impactful, showcasing your work accomplishments, technical expertise, and personal interests.
  • Don’t forget to spell check and grammar check your content.

Add a cover image!

This is the spiced-up part I was telling you about! Add a cover image for a visually appealing touch.

  1. I used Canva (an affiliate link)
  2. Create a custom size of 1500×500 pixels.
  3. Choose a background color or gradient that complements your style.
  4. Utilize Canva’s Elements and Upload features to upload & personalize your artwork.
  5. Save and download your design as a PNG file.

Back on GitHub, drag and drop the downloaded PNG image to the top of your content in the edit window (line 1).

That’s it! Your GitHub profile is now spiced up and ready to impress. With just a few simple steps, you’ve transformed your standard homepage into a standout profile that reflects your unique identity and skills. Get creative and enjoy showcasing your best self on GitHub!

Any questions, please do ask and I will try to help!


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