Ultimate Guide To Using WordPress For A Portfolio

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WordPress is often thought of as just a blogging platform. But it’s capable of so much more. Even WordPress’ documentation includes an entire section on using WordPress as a content management system1. Because WordPress is such an easy-to-use platform, it makes sense to consider using it as a platform to build just about any kind of website, a portfolio website included.

Whether you’re a photographer, graphic designer, Web designer or any other kind of visual artist, WordPress makes an excellent starting point for developing your online portfolio. And with the wealth of plug-ins and ready-made themes available, you can usually get a perfectly presentable website up and running in a matter of hours.

This article assumes that you have a clean installation of WordPress running on your website. For instructions on installing and configuring WordPress, please consult the official documentation2.

Here are additional links that may be useful when designing your portfolio website.

The first thing you’ll want to do is decide whether to use a pre-made theme or design your own. If you’re a Web designer, chances are you’ll want to design a custom theme. But if you’re any other kind of visual artist, plenty of ready-made themes are available, and with a little customization (changing the background image, logo and color scheme can go a long way), one probably exists that suits your needs and will save you time. Therefore let’s first take a look at some freely available high-quality “portfolio” WordPress themes.

1. Free WordPress Portfolio Themes

Using a pre-made theme is a great way to save time. While some of the best themes are not free, they’re still significantly less expensive than hiring a designer to build your website or spending hours of your own time when you could be doing billable work.

Sharpfolio: WordPress Portfolio Theme6 | Demo7 | Free

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Viewport: WordPress Portfolio Theme9 | Demo10 | Free
is focused around a clean and simple, content based layout. The aim is to grab the user’s attention and draw them straight into the content. On the single post page the content is laid out clearly in full, with post controls and a widget-enabled sidebar. Created by Paul Bennett11 especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Viewport WordPress Theme12

Irresistible13 | Demo14 | Download15 | Free
Irresistible is a visually-rich personal blog, with a little bit of a multimedia focus. Incorporating some nifty video-options and widgets, Irresistible should meet all of your personal blogging needs. Just add your content to the mix.

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Portfolio – WPESP Theme17 | Demo18 | Download19 | Free
The Theme is a starting point in the creation of portfolios, using WordPress as CMS. In this short tutorial are the guidelines of the design, the Codex de WordPress used, where are explained the Custom Write Panel created to edit the content, and the adaptation to the Coda Slider Effect script, create by jQuery for Designers, and can be modified depending on what the user needs.

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Linquist21 | Demo22 | Free

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Monotone24 | Demo25 | Free

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Fotofolio27 | Demo28 | Free

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2. Commercial Portfolio WordPress Themes

ProudFolio30 | Demo31 | Price: $70
ProudFolio is most definitely aimed at aspiring designers, developers, artists and photographers who’d like a framework theme which incorporates both a great-looking portfolio and a feature-rich blog.

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Photopro33 | Demo34 | Price: $29+

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Design Photography Portfolio36 | Demo37 | Price: $25

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Cassiopeia39 | Demo40 | Price: $80+

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Sofa Designer Folio42 | Demo43 | Price: $30
Sofa Designer Folio theme allows you to keep designer’s showcase separated from the blog. For that reason this theme is using two type of templates: Portfolio and Blog.

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Portfolio WordPress Theme45 | Demo46 | Price: $39

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Geometric48 | Demo49 | Price: $70
Geometric takes a structured approach to showcasing two rather non-structured things: blogs & design portfolios.

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Great Portfolio! WordPress Theme51 | Demo52 | Price: $12
Great Portfolio is a one page portfolio and a very clean template. It has 2 color options to choose from namely, dark bule and dark brown. It also has a smooth scroller to each menu of the page. Contact Form is functional and ready to use.

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Sketchbook Blog Portfolio WordPress Theme54 | Demo55 | Price: $30
Sketchbook was created with the online professional in mind and is geared towards an online showcase of blog and portfolio for the creative individual. This theme comes with a few custom options, such as you can select if you would like an overall light clean airy feel, or if you would like a more bold dark impressive look and feel.

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Goldmine Portfolio Blog WordPress Theme57 | Demo58 | Price: $25

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Ambiguous: WordPress Portfolio Theme60 | Demo61 | Price: $30
This theme was developed to showcase your work. Ambiguous has a large featured portfolio items area well placed on the homepage showcasing the best of your work. Also on the homepage are your most recent blog posts. In the sidebar there is a custom twitter feed feature, about widget displaying brief info about yourself, and a site search feature.

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Foliotastic: A Premium WordPress Portfolio Theme63 | Demo64 | Price: $30
Foliotastic is a feature-packed portfolio/blog theme that includes a full-featured, tabbed Admin Panel to change options like colors (you can even enter your own custom HEX value), category settings, logo settings and more.

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Shuffle: Portfolio Blog66 | Demo67 | Price: $30

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YourFolio69 | Demo70 | Price: $25

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Fresh Folio72 | Demo73 | Price: $70+

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eGallery75 | Demo76 | Price: $19.95 per year (membership)

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GrungeMag78 | Demo79 | Price: $19.95 per year (membership)

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Modularity81 | Demo82 | Price: $49 per 3 months membership

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Cion84 | Demo85 | Price: $19.95 per year (membership)

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Briefcast Portfolio Theme87 | Demo88 | Price: $25

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3. Designing Your Portfolio

You’ll likely use two main types of pages on your portfolio website: a home page or main portfolio page and individual project pages. Your main page will likely consist of a series of thumbnails showcasing your work. Individual project pages offer more detailed information about your work.

Designing Your Main Page

One thing all of the above themes have in common is a focus on images on the home page or main portfolio page. A regular WordPress blog usually focuses on text. But a portfolio website needs to focus on the images. Whether you want your images to appear in a grid format, in chronological order, as a slideshow or any other way is a personal choice. But make sure each image is large enough for someone to have an idea of what they’re looking at.

Along with the images for your portfolio, you may want to include some introductory information. One way to do this is to include a “sticky post” (at least two plug-ins do this: Simple Sticky Posts90 and WP-Sticky91). Another way is to use (or design) a theme with a “featured posts” function that sets apart selected posts from the rest of your content.

The way you handle images on your website is another personal choice. A variety of plug-ins are available out there to create various effects.

Plug-Ins to Handle Images

Images are the backbone of any portfolio website. Here are a few plug-ins for displaying and formatting your website’s images.

Thumbnail for Excerpts92
This plug-in automatically displays a thumbnail of a post’s first image in the post excerpt (which appears on your home page or category pages).

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Slide Press94
Integrates slideshows from SlideShowPro into WordPress.

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Carousel Gallery (jQuery) for WordPress96
Creates a jQuery-powered gallery.

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WordPress ThickBox plugin98
A plug-in for creating the Thickbox photo style. It also includes instructions for switching to the W3C-valid Smoothbox, along with some other useful modifications.

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PhotoQ WordPress Photoblog Plugin100
This plug-in turns your blog into a photoblog. Very handy if you want to use a theme that isn’t particularly suited to a portfolio but don’t have the know-how or time to customize it to your needs.

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PhotoSmash Galleries102
This plug-in allows you to manage multiple galleries and even more than one gallery per post.

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Image Drop Shadow104
Creates an automatic drop-shadow effect for all of your images.

FlippingBook WordPress Gallery105
This is one of the coolest plug-ins out there for setting up a portfolio. Instead of including a ton of thumbnail images on your project pages, why not set them up as a flip book, in which viewers can turn pages and zoom in to view details? This plug-in makes all that possible (and easy).

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Featured Content Gallery107
This plug-in creates an automated rotating gallery of images from your posts or pages that you can embed anywhere on your theme.

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NextGEN Gallery109
Another gallery plug-in with an easy-to-use back-end.

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WordPress Galleria111
Creates photo galleries automatically; all you have to do is upload a folder with the photos you want for each gallery.

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Flickr Gallery113
This is a great plug-in if you’ve already put your work up on Flickr. It lets you easily create galleries for your blog based on your Flickr photos, photosets and most popular photos.

Designing Your Project Pages

Each of your projects should have its own page providing details. The details you’ll want to include will vary based on what kind of portfolio you have. If you’re a Web designer, you’ll want to offer links to actual websites, along with a brief rundown of each project’s scope and possibly testimonials. If you’re a photographer, you’ll want to include information on the subjects, dates and locations of your photos. An artist will include information about the media used, inspirations and possibly from where and how the pieces can be purchased, or who has purchased them if they’ve already been sold.

Displaying the data for these types of posts can be a pain. You can just use a narrative format to describe the project as you would in a regular blog post. But if you’re looking for something a bit different, there are a couple of ways to deal with formatting posts like this. You can use a post template (check out the Post Templates114 plug-in) or a table (using the WP-Table115 plug-in). In any case, standardizing how information is presented for each project will make your portfolio look more professional.

No matter what kind of art or design work you’re showcasing, you may want to include additional images or screenshots of each project. Some of the image gallery plug-ins listed above are perfect for this type of usage.

What Else Should Your Portfolio Include?

Obviously, your portfolio should have images of your best work. But what else should you include? An “About” page should be included, as should contact information. (What’s the point of showing off your work if prospective clients can’t get in touch with you?)

If you’re feeling brave, you may want to set up a rating system on your website. There are plug-ins to do this (GD Star Rating116 seems to be the most popular). You can then use the ratings to feature certain projects or just use them for your own knowledge.

Whether to leave comments open on your project pages is another consideration. Again, it’s a personal choice. If you do decide to let visitors comment, I would strongly recommend setting up a moderation policy that requires all new comments to be approved. This prevents abusive comments from appearing on your website (a big concern if you’re posting projects you’ve done for clients, who might be offended if a negative comment showed up in reference to their website or logo).

4. Other Considerations And Tips

Keep the design of your portfolio website simple. You want your work to stand out, not the website’s design. A solid-colored or simple image background paired with crisp images of your projects is the way to go.

If you’re designing your portfolio theme from scratch or customizing a pre-made theme, here’s a trick I learned on my first project. Upload your theme or the basic framework of the theme to your website (or testing area). Then go to your home page and each individual page you’ll be designing and copy the source code. Save each of these pages as an HTML file. Open them up in your HTML editor of choice and attach the CSS from your theme. From there, you can edit your CSS and images and see how they affect the website’s actual design. Of course, you won’t be able to edit your PHP files, which control the functionality of your website, but it’s a great shortcut when working on the actual design.

Pick and choose the projects you upload to your website. No one says you have to include every project you’ve ever worked on. Pick the best ones, or the ones most representative of your work, and forget the rest. Better to have 10 or 20 excellent examples than 100 that are just so-so.

5. Portfolio Websites Built On WordPress

A lot of designers, photographers and artists already use WordPress to display their work. Here are just a few:

eric-powell.com117

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Delineate119

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John James Jacoby121

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Cribble123

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Lawrence Naman125

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Branded07127

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George Butler Design and Development129

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Freshivore131

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6. Further Resources

Here are additional links that may be useful when designing your portfolio website.

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Footnotes

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  66. 66 http://themeforest.net/item/shuffle-portfolio-blog/33953
  67. 67 http://themeforest.fileonfly.com/shuffle/
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  69. 69 http://themeforest.net/item/yourfolio/19729
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  72. 72 http://www.woothemes.com/2008/09/fresh-folio/
  73. 73 http://www.woothemes.com/demo/?t=10
  74. 74 http://www.woothemes.com/2008/09/fresh-folio/
  75. 75 http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/egallery/
  76. 76 http://www.elegantthemes.com/preview/eGallery/
  77. 77 http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/egallery/
  78. 78 http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/grungemag/
  79. 79 http://www.elegantthemes.com/preview/GrungeMag/
  80. 80 http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/grungemag/
  81. 81 http://graphpaperpress.com/2008/10/05/modularity-multimedia-theme-framework-for-wordpress/
  82. 82 http://graphpaperpress.com/demo/modularity/?wptheme=Modularity
  83. 83 http://graphpaperpress.com/2008/10/05/modularity-multimedia-theme-framework-for-wordpress/
  84. 84 http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/cion/
  85. 85 http://www.elegantthemes.com/preview/Cion/
  86. 86 http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/cion/
  87. 87 http://themeforest.net/item/briefcase-portfolio-theme/21212?ref=wpthemesnews
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  90. 90 http://bitworker.blogspot.com/2008/04/wordpress-plugin-my-sticky-posts.html
  91. 91 http://lesterchan.net/portfolio/programming/php/#wp-sticky
  92. 92 http://www.cnet.ro/wordpress/thumbnailforexcerpts/
  93. 93 http://www.cnet.ro/wordpress/thumbnailforexcerpts/
  94. 94 http://slidepress.net
  95. 95 http://slidepress.net
  96. 96 http://noscope.com/journal/2009/03/carousel-gallery-jquery-for-wordpress
  97. 97 http://noscope.com/journal/2009/03/carousel-gallery-jquery-for-wordpress
  98. 98 http://www.christianschenk.org/projects/wordpress-thickbox-plugin/
  99. 99 http://www.christianschenk.org/projects/wordpress-thickbox-plugin/
  100. 100 http://www.whoismanu.com/photoq-wordpress-photoblog-plugin/
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  104. 104 http://alexpolski.com/projects/image-drop-shadow-wordpress-plugin/
  105. 105 http://pageflipgallery.com
  106. 106 http://pageflipgallery.com
  107. 107 http://www.featuredcontentgallery.com/
  108. 108 http://www.featuredcontentgallery.com/
  109. 109 http://alexrabe.boelinger.com/wordpress-plugins/nextgen-gallery/
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  115. 115 http://alexrabe.boelinger.com/wordpress-plugins/wp-table/
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  119. 119 http://delineate.wahgnube.org/
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Cameron Chapman is a professional Web and graphic designer with over 6 years of experience. She writes for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman On Writing. She’s also the author of The Smashing Idea Book: From Inspiration to Application.

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    thanks, good post

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    “I hate Apple……
    Microsoft Rules……
    Don’t use a Mac, use Windows..”

    Grow up…

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    GREAT article, one of your best recent WordPress posts!

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    okay once again and without any link :-)
    great article and great tips. i used a modified version of foliagmod_v2 for my personal portfolio. wordpress + a good theme + a few mods = a highly usable portfolio page

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    Oh God, this is GREAT! :3

    Now I want to redo my site

    …again. :s

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    Awesome, I have been playing around with converting my portfolio site to WordPress. This is great! Is smashing going to design a portfolio site theme any time soon? Hint Hint… I love the “magazeen” theme you guys did.

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    John James Jacoby

    May 1, 2009 9:00 am

    Thanks Cameron for the mention and link to my portfolio. Lots of good info and examples here on how to use WordPress as a personal portfolio site.

    Great work!

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    We just re-vamped our site, using WordPress as a CMS. It’s working well so far. This article has some definitely relevant stuff, though we had to do a lot of customizing to get things to look and function the way we wanted. Take a look and let us know what you think:

    Alphabet Arm Design

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    Thanks Cameron for mentioning the SlidePress plugin!

    We wanted to create a useful tool for people to integrate SlideShowPro flash galleries in their WordPress sites, without needing to know anything about Flash or XML. The plugin has several options for data sources and nearly unlimited styling options which will hopefully make it easy for anyone to start using and create great looking slideshows.

    Thanks again,
    @slidepress

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    Great reference! Just in time for my site overhaul, will definitely go with WordPress for this revision.

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    Igor Barbashin

    May 2, 2009 1:06 am

    Picasna — widget for creating fullscreen portfolios uploaded to Picasa Web Albums. Still in beta test. Now developing flickr-friendly version.

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    Recep Kütük

    May 6, 2009 8:34 pm

    I would really like an “ultimate guide to using Expression Engine for a portfolio” post, with comparison :)

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    YAY! Thanks for mentioning cribble. x

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    Vincent Franco

    May 12, 2009 6:15 pm

    Wow thanks for featuring my site guys! I am addicted to SM!

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    May I suggest “Fresh Foto” to this awesome list…
    http://www.freshlimesoda.us/wp-themes/freshfoto-premium-wordpress-theme/

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    I have found what i was looking for !!! thx )

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    i will definatelly recomend this program to my photographer friend for his work

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    Now is too easy be a web designer

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    Interesting. I’ve also tried to use WordPress for something similar, not a portfolio but a genuinely interactive resume. http://potluck.com/2008/09/my-life-in-tags-creating-an-interactive-resume-and-biographical-website/ — may give people here some ideas about how to make their WordPress-based portfolios even more interesting/functional.

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    This is definitely a nice list for sure. I was looking forward to more tips and tricks….maybe some new one page techniques.

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    I came out with my own wordpress portfolio theme not long ago:

    silverio.sachagreif.com/

    The problem with a lot of portfolio theme is that they’re too busy and their design ends up overpowering your own work. So I tried to keep things very clean and simple.

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    I developed a free/GPL WordPress theme for artists called WPFolio. I work as an artist and with professional artists often and this theme was designed to meet their needs.

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    it is a really very great post. smashing magazine rocks. I also found some free but premium wordpress themes, which are great for portfolio too. One is named Aurelius wordpress theme, and the other is a single page wordpress theme called YourInspiration. Both are very nice, you should definitely have a look. the url is: http://pengbos.com Hope it is also valuable

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    Thanks for the great article.

    I have worked with Joomla commercially for quite some time but only started trying out WordPress recently. I would like to use it for my personal portfolio, so this article really gave me lots of useful information. Thanks once again.

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    Here’s a new free html5 theme I just released. It uses the custom post types in WordPress 3.0 to display portfolio items: http://wptheming.com/2010/07/portfolio-theme/

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    We just released a beautiful new minimalist, grid based and customiseable WordPress portfolio theme called ‘Ezri’ at http://monomoda.com/themes

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    okay once again and without any link :-)
    great article and great tips. i used a modified version of foliagmod_v2 for my personal portfolio. wordpress + a good theme + a few mods = a highly usable portfolio page

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    At last. I got this one. Thanks for the details in here.

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    Great stuff!

    Oddly enough I found a lot of marketers don’t even know how to install WordPress, check this out for help nicheoptimizer.com/free-guides/wordpress/how-to-install-wordpress/

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    I’ve powered my web design portfolio with WordPress now for 4+ years, and wouldn’t suggest anything else. It’s so easy to add a new project, and also separates the content well making it easy to update the design – something we web designer do all too often it seems.

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    The links to the other Smashing Magazine articles (on successful online portfolios and beautiful and creative designs) are no longer working…

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