It has become essential for creative professionals today to showcase their work in an online format. Whether you’re a writer, graphic/web designer, photographer, or illustrator, you need somewhere to point people who are interested in hiring you. The hiring process is continuously moving more onto the web, and having work on your own website will speak to your digital awareness, entrepreneurial spirit, and artistic abilities.
While creating your own portfolio site may seem daunting, WordPress makes it pretty easy for the inexperienced website builder.
For starters, a WordPress site is free to create and maintain. Just sign up here and you’re good to go.
WordPress also offers 20 free themes (website templates) built specifically for showcasing portfolios. WordPress makes it easy for interested parties to get in touch. Add a contact form to your site for visitors to contact you directly.
WordPress also offers a media uploader tool for you to upload a PDF of your resume, CV, or other materials. Visitors can then conveniently download these off of your site.
Using WordPress’s Publicize tool, you can easily integrate social media with your site to push your content to your personal and professional networks. It will only take one click to post your recent portfolio work, news updates, etc. to all the social networks of your choice.
Before building your site, decide on the purpose of your portfolio site, and how best to categorize your work. Don’t forget to label your pieces of work. You may even want to describe your artistic thought process for a select few pieces.
No matter what your industry, WordPress is an effective, easy-to-use platform for showing off your impressive work. Need some inspiration? Take a look at these great WordPress portfolio sites: Design by Michelle K., Photography by Harry K. Don’t waste another minute!
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Denise is a San Francisco native who loves technology, fashion, and dining out around the city. Her favorite tech inventions include the Samsung Galaxy mobile phone and of course, the WordPress blogging platform.