Portfolio on a Budget: Imgur

Imgur is probably the simplest and most straightforward way to set up your portfolio. However, with a lack of features compared to other free alternatives such as Blogger and Wix, it’s a good choice only if you are tight on budget and don’t have much content to show.

( updated with new information as of June 2020 )


Since created by Alan Schaaf in his Ohio University dorm room in 2009, Imgur has grown into a thriving community of over 100 million monthly active users. Like Tumblr, the social aspect means you are able to share image posts and promote your services.

Sign up for a free account before creating your portfolio. Be sure to verify your email address so you can share your posts to the gallery. Once done, it’s just a matter of uploading your work to your profile.

Signing up to Imgur
signing up to Imgur
Be sure to verify your email address to share your posts to the gallery
be sure to verify your email address to share your posts to the gallery

Let’s begin by uploading an image. In order to share your post to the community, you have to give the post a title. While not mandatory, you should also add a description and tags so visitors have a better idea of what you do.

uploading an image to Imgur

Imgur has two upload options: To Community and Hidden. We will go with Hidden for now, but you can always share your post to the community later on.

Your profile is essentially your portfolio page. Unfortunately Imgur only allows you to choose from its collection of images for your profile picture, so you can’t do much branding there. In any case, here’s what we have for now:

Your gallery profile is essentially your portfolio page
your gallery profile is essentially your portfolio page

You can make further edits to your posts by going to Images, but that’s about it for Imgur.

You can make further edits to your Imgur posts
you can make further edits to your Imgur posts

Creating a portfolio page on Imgur is straightforward and shouldn’t take more than a few hours. However, ideally Imgur should only be part of your social media strategy and not somewhere you link any potential clients — it doesn’t convey professionalism and will hurt your success as a freelance graphic designer in the long run.

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