If you are an artist, designer or teacher, it may be at your New Year's Resolution to find your name or to find new job openings. And one of the best ways to do both is to build an online portfolio.
No web design experience? No problem. Thanks to the rise of the freelance economy, you can now choose from a wealth of user-friendly websites that you can use to compile your own portfolio. Here are the best sites to help you present your work this year.
WordPress remains the most customizable of all options for portfolio sites. WordPress can even be used for much more than portfolios: more than a third of all sites on the internet use this platform.
Many people love WordPress because of its flexibility. You can choose from a seemingly endless list of themes for your site, and then you can further customize it with your own colors, images, logos and more.
All that adaptability, however, has a price ̵
Squarespace offers less adaptability than WordPress, but it is also considerably easier to use. If you want a simple, attractive portfolio with less effort, this might be your best choice.
Although Squarespace does not offer WordPress-level customization, it does offer beautiful templates that are automatically adjusted for mobile screens, something that not all WordPress templates do.
That said, Squarespace is still a bit harder to figure out than some of its simpler competitors because it offers quite a few features. But once you've seen some of the incredible templates on the platform, you might decide it's worth the challenge.
Try using Wix for something easier than WordPress and Squarespace. You can choose from hundreds of templates, a handful of which are specifically designed for portfolios. In addition, it has a drag and drop editor that makes it easy to customize your template by adding, removing, or moving elements.
A disadvantage, however, is that once you commit to a template, you are virtually stuck with it. You cannot change a template without building a completely new site. And the templates on Wix cannot be adjusted as extensively as WordPress templates, although they still offer considerable flexibility.
Strikingly, it is more beginner-friendly than most other portfolio builders. If you feel intimidated by the whole process, this might be the best choice for you.
The functions are simple, so don't build up your portfolio in a striking way if you have a beautiful website with specific design elements in mind. But if you like to use a preset template with just a little bit of customization and prefer to have only simple functions on your site, it is striking to be a good choice. The site also offers excellent support, so you can go to their team if you have questions or encounter problems while building your website.
If you want ease of use and super low prices, Weebly can be the ideal portfolio builder for you.
The templates from Weebly are not as extensive or beautiful as you can find on WordPress and Squarespace, but they still look professional. Some people may find the super simple designs a bonus. These designs also adapt to mobile screens, and the drag and drop editor makes it easy to build your site without previous experience building a site. Although you can adjust Weebly templates to some extent, they do not offer the same level of flexibility as many of the competitors.
People who work in visual media tend towards the visual adaptability offered by the platforms that we have mentioned so far. However, there are also some portfolio sites that are specifically aimed at writers, such as Contently. These sites focus less on the visual elements, making life even easier for those who need text-based portfolios.
Does not offer visual flexibility, so you cannot inject your portfolio with personal branding or unique design elements. Instead, the simple layout places your photo and basic information at the top of the page, followed by links to your published work. It is just as quick and easy to use as any social media site, making it a good choice for writers who don't want to worry about design.
If you work in the writing industry but want a little more design adaptability, Journo Portfolio makes an ideal portfolio choice.
You can choose from just six themes, but they are all professional and attractive. Just like Contently, adding your previous writing is as easy as copying and pasting a link. The platform ensures that those links look good in your portfolio.
Journo Portfolio also makes blogging on the platform possible. If you want to use your name as a writer, but don't have published clips yet, it's much easier here than starting with a WordPress blog.
Press folder offers another option for writers who want a simple portfolio site.
Like the others, you mention your stories by pasting them into the links and Pressfolios does the rest of the work. This site also has a handy "download" feature, which allows you to save permanent versions of your stories in case the sites on which they are published go down.
Although you cannot choose from different templates as you can with Journo Portfolio, the Persmap layout is slightly nicer than that of Contently. You can add a profile and cover photo, a bio, skills, social media links and even a resume, so that potential customers can get a complete picture of what you are doing.
Working does not work
Finally, working does not work (WNW) uses the simplicity of the portfolios of these writers and extends them to people in all kinds of creative industries.
WNW enables creatives to create simple portfolio profiles with photos, bios, skills, experience and previous projects. It looks more like a social media site than a traditional portfolio. But because it allows you to add your projects, it can easily act as a basic portfolio for many creative employees. This means that if you invest enough work in your profile, you may be able to find your next customer through the site. Moreover, the platform is completely free to use.
Apart from WNW, you should plan to spend around $ 8 to 20 per month for the portfolio platform that you choose. The more customization you want, the higher the price. Yet those are relatively low costs for a portfolio site that is all yours.
That said, many of these sites also offer free versions. Although you cannot unlock all portfolio functions without paying, the free versions allow you to test the platform and see if it meets your needs. We recommend that you try a few of these sites before choosing the right one to invest your time and money in. You can then see your creative potential grow with a sparkling new portfolio to show off.