It is now essential for every aspiring professional photographer or designer to have an online portfolio. Fortunately, over the past few years, many paid and free options have made it easy to open an online showcase. We’ve gone through the best and worst and here are our recommendations to create your very own online gallery.
Because of its endless customizability,ease of use and plans for every budget, WordPress is at the top of our list. WordPress can be easily configured with little effort to whatever specifications you need. There are two types of WordPress blog.
WordPress.com is a free online blog service that allows you to open an account and begin posting immediately. Choose from thousands of free themes to create an online identity that suits your style. You will be assigned a domain, but for amateurs, its a small price to pay for an easy to use platform.
Another option with WordPress is the ability to host your own site. This allows for a domain of your choice. Easy to use, with many theme options, both paid and free, this is the best choice for professionals with some coding experience or those willing to pay a designer to create an online identity.
Another free, blog style service, Tumblr features easy set up, free hosting and the ability to change the look of your portfolio. Users can’t use their own domain, but for artists just starting out, this can be the perfect option to showcase works in a simple, image-centric environment.
Touted as a community for every type of artist, DeviantArt has been around since 2000, making it one of the older online resources available to artists. Users are able to upload art and accept comments and critiques, a service invaluable for artists looking to refine technique and gain exposure.
An invite only community, Behance is the premiere online spot for established artists and those trying to gain a reputation as serious about their craft. Membership is coveted and if you can grab an invite, there is no better way to showcase your photos.
A paid portfolio website creation service, Viewbook specializes in clean portfolio websites. With plans starting at $4/mo, Viewbook is a great way to transfer your photos to an online space and create a portfolio that you can showcase online or on your mobile device.
Carbonmade is a free online portfolio creation service that creates a hub for artists to upload individual works and collections of photos. The layout is simple and effective, but there is not much in the way of customization.
Another invite only site, Design Related is a combination job site and artist showcase. Portfolios are free and the company touts its community and recruitment of members.
Corloflot is another job board/portfolio creation site. Membership is open and the main benefit is that your portfolio is readily available to recruiters.
So what do you think? Are there better sites for portfolios. Let us know if you have any suggestions, favorites or comments on our selections.
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