My institution provides a dedicated storage space to host our academic websites, which is reachable via the institution domain (something like
I try to have a tidy website of a few pages listing my publications, research area, contact, etc. It is currently reachable through my institution domain. I try to also put some efforts in SEO when people look up for my name or particular research area on search engines.
I'm in my last year of Ph.D. and I will undoubtedly move to other institutions in the next few years, so I am wondering if it wouldn't be preferable to host my academic webpage on a dedicated domain
http://www.johndoe.com, which would prevent the need to do the SEO all over again each time I will switch to a new institution.
The only advantage to use my institution domain is the affiliation, but this information is present on my website anyway.
I'm a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering in France, if it matters.