From inspiration and advice to tools and website builders, the internet is full of handy resources to help you improve your portfolio. However, it can be difficult to find the good stuff within a sea of dross. So in this post, we help you out by cherry-picking the best free resources on offer.
If you’ve found a cool freebie that we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments below!
01. Free ebook
Six Steps to Building the Perfect Portfolio is a free mini ebook from Flywheel, a WordPress platform built specifically for agencies, freelancers and creatives. With a fun and friendly design, it explains how to ensure your online portfolio is in tip-top shape. Admittedly, at just six pages, it’s not the most comprehensive guide, but the advice is useful and it’s totally free to download (in exchange for your email address) (opens in new tab).
02. Free WordPress themes
The world’s leading platform for building websites, WordPress powers more than 60 million websites, so anyone using it to create and host their own site is in good hands. If you don’t have design or coding smarts, you’ll want to use a prepared template (known as a theme), and the good news is that there are plenty of excellent themes available for free.
- 8 big portfolio trends for 2017 (opens in new tab)
You’ll find a great selection to choose from in our roundup of the best free WordPress themes (opens in new tab), such as Hatch (opens in new tab), shown above. Or, if none of those float your boat, this post on our sister site Tech Radar lists the best places to find free WordPress themes (opens in new tab).
03. Free platform
One of the simplest ways to create a portfolio presence online is using (opens in new tab), Adobe’s free platform for showcasing your designs. You only get a Behance page rather than a separate website, but by presenting your work on a platform that attracts millions of visitors, you’ll probably have more people actually looking it as a result.
You’ll also join huge community of creatives, such as illustrator, designer and art director (opens in new tab) (shown above), who are encouraged to support and critique each other. Plus there are other opportunities to improve your portfolio, such as by taking part in biannual (opens in new tab).
04. Free website builder
If you want to build your own portfolio bespoke website but can’t face the idea of tinkering about in WordPress, (opens in new tab) is a popular service that allows you to do so for free, even for commercial use.
Aimed at photographers, designers and other creatives who want a portfolio website with customisable design and simple user interface, the platform offers you cool features including galleries, blogs, an ecommerce facility and the ability to embed video.
The free option allows you to include a maximum of 50 images, 10 products and 10 pages on your portfolio website – although for a monthly fee you can exceed this, as well as gaining access to a custom domain name and hosting, pro templates and Google Analytics integration.
05. Free inspiration
When you’re starting to create a portfolio from scratch, it can be useful to check out other creatives’ portfolio sites for inspiration. There are a number of portfolio galleries online where you can find the latest, including (opens in new tab) (single-page portfolios), (opens in new tab) (award-nomimated portfolios), (Behance portfolios), (opens in new tab) (web design portfolios) and (opens in new tab) (portfolios of UI designers).
Alternatively, if you want something more curated, there are a number of posts on this very site bringing together some of the very best portfolios online, including 49 brilliant (opens in new tab), 10 stunning (opens in new tab), 8 great examples of (opens in new tab), 10 beautiful (opens in new tab) and why they work, 10 beautiful (opens in new tab), 10 (opens in new tab), and 6 of the best (opens in new tab) of 2016.
06. Free advice
If you want tips, advice and guidelines on building a portfolio, then again you’ll find a ton of useful information on Creative Bloq. Start with our main post, (opens in new tab), and head on to (opens in new tab) and (opens in new tab).