Creating a portfolio and showing off your work can be a challenge. It’s takes time to do and that’s time you’re not creating more work. But it’s also important to keep bringing in more work, so you need to find time to create and maintain your portfolio.
WordPress can make it easy. More than just a blog platform, WordPress is a content platform. Using a simple content management system is a smart way to speed up the process of creating and maintaining your portfolio. You can do it all yourself and you don’t need to bring in someone else. It also doesn’t have to be super time consuming.
While WordPress is capable of hosting a portfolio, it is designed as a blogging platform, which means that most themes are fairly text heavy. But there are a number of themes out there specifically designed for portfolios. They make it simple and easy to show off your work. All you need to do is upload images and write descriptions of your work. Easy.
Kepler, Kepler Light, Covell and Covert are a few themes from iThemes that work with the Builder platform. This makes it easy to build out extra functionality or build your portfolio in a preexisting WordPress site but with a different look and feel.
There’s also the Digital Gallery theme from iThemes, a standalone theme that will also make a portfolio quick and easy. And of course there are loads of other free and premium portfolio themes out there.
A Few Tips for Creating an Online Portfolio:
- Less is more. Put your best work forward and show a potential employer a few quick samples of your best work. Don’t flood your portfolio with everything you’ve ever created.
- Get to the point. Text explaining each project and your role in it is helpful, but keep it simple. Don’t go on and on. Potential employers need to quickly understand what’s your handiwork and what’s not.
- Keep it simple and organized. The goal is to have potential employers quickly review your material and hire you. The best way to encourage that is to keep your navigation simple and keep everything well organized. Don’t make it so complex that people get lost or use a navigation so unique no one can figure out how it works.
- Maintainability is key. You want a portfolio that you can easily add to over time. That means it has to be quick and easy to add new projects. Using WordPress will make that easy, but even still, don’t make the process of adding a new project overly complicated.