For any type of creative professional, or anybody really, one of the most important things you can have is an online portfolio. Any potential client is going to want to see examples of your work, a quick and easy way for them to check it out is to have a look at your website. If you are a photographer, artist, graphic designer, model, or any other type of creative you need need a website that looks as great as your work. Here are some of our favourite picks for portfolio style websites for showcasing your work:
$45. The top rated portfolio theme on ThemeForest comes in at a solid 5 stars. It has a minimalist design that allows your work to speak for itself, it’s very clean and easy to read with an emphasis on large pictures. I’m not crazy about the Courier font that is the default in the theme, but that would be simple enough to change. It comes with 6 free plugins: Tweets, Theme Shortcodes (for adding buttons and things), Instagram, Portfolio, Social, and Pricing Tables. It also has a custom media uploader that extends the built-in WordPress one to make uploading galleries to your portfolio a snap, and you can sell digital goods through your website via Easy Digital Downloads.
$55. This theme comes with over 30 ready to use skins, or you can make the layout 100% customized to your needs with Essential Grid. Absolutely no coding needed on your part!
Everything in this theme is configurable, and you have the entire Google Font collection to choose from for your text (that’s over 600 fonts!). It also integrates fully with WooCommerce so that you can sell products (tangible or digital) through your website. It can also be set up to post images directly from Flickr, Instagram, Vimeo and other services. This theme is a little more expensive than most other portfolio themes, but with all the features available I’d say it’s well worth the extra $10.
FREE. For people who are more hobbyists you might want a website to show off your work without spending a ton of money. There are a few good free portfolio themes out there but I’m partial to the Portfolio Press theme. I like the clean look and fair amount of options provided for a price that can’t be beat! The layout is quite flexible and can be changed. It’s very well reviewed on the WordPress theme directory, and the developer seems quite responsive to questions which is great considering it’s a free theme. He’s also provided a help video on how to use the theme: