Throughout my class semesters, we had to create portfolio sites to showcase our work. These were created from scratch with hard-coding, rather than using a WordPress template or other convenient software.
As a class project, we picked a local company whose website needed a bit of help, and each of us created our own version. The Big Chill is known for its huge variety of frozen drinks.
As a personal hobby, I hosted a Minecraft server, and for a class project, built a website with Adobe Dreamweaver to showcase our server commodities and rules. I later revised the site for a cleaner look.