Portfolio on a Budget: WordPress

WordPress is probably the easiest and best way to create your portfolio site for free. With tons of themes, there are many ways to customize your site’s appearance and functionality. WordPress is also updated regularly and has features that are accessible and user-friendly, so it’s definitely the better choice compared to Blogger. Let’s take a look at how you can set everything up right now.

See also: Portfolio on a Budget: Blogger


Create Website

Some Themes to Choose From

First off, Create Website and you will be given some standard themes to choose from. They all work and look great, but we will be going with something catered to portfolios, so feel free to Skip for Now.


Choosing a Domain

Option to Upgrade

Next, it’s time to choose a domain. By now you should have decided on a brand name, so use that as your address. Since we’re going with free hosting, your address will include wordpress.com at the end. It looks less professional to clients, but you always have the option to upgrade later on once you start making money as a freelance graphic designer.

See also: Planning for Success


Create an Account

Lastly, you will be asked to create an account. Just enter the necessary details and your site is good to go.


Twenty Fifteen

My Site

The first thing you will notice is that you’re given a default theme (Twenty Fifteen). Clicking My Site opens up the main menu, which is where all the magic happens. You can publish your posts and pages, personalize your menus, configure your settings and much more.


Free Themes

Your first order of business is to visit Themes and choose from the hundreds of free themes available. Here, you can preview a theme on different displays (desktop, tablet and mobile) before deciding whether to install it. Ultimately, your choice depends on what kind of portfolio site you want to create.


Blask

Save and Activate

In this example, we will be using Blask, a modern portfolio theme focused on showcasing your work in a clean and minimal way. To install, go to Try and Customize to load the Customizer. You can play around with the customization options, but it’s a better idea to put a few projects up first, so let’s Save and Activate the theme.

Most portfolio themes (such as Blask) make use of the Portfolio feature, allowing them to offer unique layouts and organization for your portfolio projects. If you would like to learn more, WordPress has a section on Portfolios. Also, be aware that your portfolio page is set to name.wordpress.com/portfolio, so you have to link clients there instead of the homepage.


Add Projects in Portfolio

Adding Images to a Project

Moving forward, go to Portfolio and Add New Project. Be sure to add images and provide details so clients have a better idea on the project. Here, you can also perform tasks such as editing the permalink, choosing the project type and adding project tags.

Set Featured Image

More importantly, most portfolio themes require you set a Featured Image so it shows on the portfolio page.


Customizing the Theme

Once done, publish the project and it should be up right away. The rest of the process is straightforward: add all the projects you want displayed and use the Customizer to customize the theme if required. Congrats, you have just created your portfolio site on WordPress!


if you understand the Portfolio feature, then using WordPress is a simple and intuitive process. What’s more, you don’t have to spend anything to make your portfolio site look professional and elegant.

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