Give your design work the online showcase it deserves. We select 20 portfolio WordPress themes that will see you right.
It's now easier than ever to use platforms such as WordPress and Tumblr to create a highly effective and professional design portfolio page, which is easy to edit and navigate as you please, similarly to the way you would a blog page.
You certainly don't need to be a web design wizard to create a decent looking portfolio site these days. There are a number of elegantly designed portfolio WordPress themes out there to get you started on showcasing your work the best way possible.
Here we've picked 20 of the best portfolio WordPress themes around. Let us know how you get on with them!
Words: Meryem Meg
The BigBang WordPress theme offers a very original editing system, working with various shaped preview thumbnails and a clean and clear layout, enabling you to control the appearance, columns, font and size easily. A great way to create a responsive WordPress portfolio site to showcase your work.
This portfolio WordPress theme is specifically aimed at designers and creatives looking to expose their work. Nemesis Clean Design has a multi-functional layout that allows multiple page editing and run across the whole digital platform, allowing you to view it on iPhone/iPad devices without any modifications.
03. Media Book
Media Book offers a perfect and refreshing WordPress theme that would work particularly well with photography and very visual imagery, giving you a professional and luxurious feel to your work.
Constrast is a WordPress theme that's ideal for large images and digital design artists. This template also provides a great way to include the detail and technique of your work, to best expose how it was made and the thinking behind it.
Imbalance is a clean and highly functional WordPress theme that provides a spacious and chic feel to a portfolio site. This template is adaptable to many different fields within the creative industry, with a built-in drop down menu and easy-to-use editing functions.
With a similar layout structure, Imbalance 2 offers a more flexible space for work that requires more copy, and description, as well as built-in Google Analytics functionality, allowing you to track and manage the traffic your WordPress portfolio is receiving.
As the name suggests, Hipster offers a modern and relaxed alternative to an overformal portfolio site, with multi-functional pages that will allow viewers to engage and interact with the content - perfect for studios and collectives. Its many editing features allow you to personalise the content to best suit the nature of your work, again viewable on a range of different digital platforms.
Photographer Portfolio is - not surprisingly - ideal for photographers and artists working with visual imagery. This layout is very user friendly, with built-in multiple pages brining out the best of your images.
The perfect creative portfolio WordPress theme made social networking friendly. A clean layout ideal for illustrators and visual designers to slideshow their work giving them good exposure, with a more interactive platform.
MiniPress offers a simple but classy black and white layout to give your work a glossy finish. This theme is functional on many platforms and easily accessible.
Singlet is a one-page WordPress theme offering a very playful and colourful layout, easy to edit and viewable across many digital platforms.
12. Pen & Paper
Pen & Paper offers a more classical and refined layout for your WordPress portfolio, with a more traditional look, yet interactive and user friendly, adapting to a modern context.
A highly modern and professional WordPress theme that's ideal for the various digital platforms with a built-in swipe system making it easy to navigate and interact with. Easy to edit and adapt to your work or collective, making the most of the content to communicate your work.
Shiny is a very delicate but at the same time co-operative portfolio WordPress theme allowing you to put focus on the work you most see fit to represent your practice. With a multi-page facility there is a clean and clear balance between the body copy and imagery.
15. Simply Infinite
The Simple Infinite WordPress theme offers a very smooth and clean layout, giving flexible editing options as well as pages to spread out and distribute your content within
Rhea is another great clean and structured layout, perfect for illustrators and visual artists. This WordPress theme is fast and smooth, allowing your work to be put forward in a user-friendly fashion.
This WordPress theme offers an alternative design for your portfolio site, with a retro inspired layout, easy editing options and multiple page facilities, with built in options including contact forms and Nivo sliders.
Opal offers very minimalist but effective portfolio WordPress theme: a great way to communicate the nature of your work, with a multi-functional page system and a original modern design.
Incorn has a stylish layout, offering up to 20 pages of content made very easy to navigate and interact with. The clean and modern design of this WordPress theme is easy to customise and edit. With built-in image, audio and video friendly facilities, it's easily connected to social networks.
Haze is a beautiful and stylish portfolio WordPress theme that offers a full screen slider welcome page and easy to use navigations options: perfect for creatives and visual imagery.
- Meryem Meg is a Leeds-based graphic designer and illustrator whose inspiration lies in melodic word play and typographic experimentation. Follow her on Twitter at @meryemmeg.
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Have you found a great portfolio WordPress theme? Let us know about your experiences in the Comments!