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 handy WordPress tutorials and elegantly designed portfolio WordPress themes out there to get you started on showcasing your work the best way possible.
Please note, as professional quality themes, these are paid options (most cost around $50, with the cheapest priced at $9 and the most expensive on our list costing $69). For free WordPress themes, read our Best free WordPress themes post.
If you like responsive, full-screen, simple sites then this theme is for you. Designed with portfolio and photography sites in mind, but suitable for loads of other applications, Bolec is powered by Twitter's Bootstrap framework and features plenty of page designs for you to work with.
For a portfolio site with instant visual impact, Aoko is well worth a look. It'll grab attention thanks to its four-way full-screen menu complete with video navigation, and it'll keep visitors engaged with its mix of clean design and CSS3 content animations. It's fully responsive and easy to customise, and comes with free updates and support.
This theme is for creatives and designers who are looking to get a portfolio together fast. Neat and straight to the point, Paragon is a colourful responsive portfolio theme for freelancers and agencies that uses WordPress Live Customizer so you can build and edit your site and see the changes instantly.
If you work across a number of styles or disciplines and you want visitors to your portfolio to be able to filter accordingly, Fizz will make your life easier with its deeplinking and subfilters. These enable you to create category filters in a link format that instantly reorganises your portfolio when clicked; Fizz also features real-time customisation and WooCommerce support.
Lightweight and flexible, Air is a responsive, retina-ready portfolio theme with unlimited listing layouts and plenty of project layouts for you to choose from. Building your portfolio couldn't be simpler, thanks to Air's built-in page builder which includes over 20 useful modules for putting everything together, and every detail is designed to be smooth and polished for a great user experience.
A totally responsive and parallax single-page WordPress theme, North is built with creative studios and agencies in mind, and comes in 14 ready-made flavours to suit whatever work you particularly want to show off. It also makes it easy to create your own custom layout, and there's even an installation screencast available to view that will help you get set up.
Designed for creatives and photographers, Twin uses jQuery Masonry layout for dynamic grid widths that really give you the opportunity to show off your work to best effect. It's responsive and retina-ready with eight custom post formats to play with, as well as six custom widgets and all the social sharing features you're likely to need.
Keep your options open with Assemble, a theme that gives you a choice of 18 homepage layouts for your portfolio. Once you’ve picked the general style of layout for your images, it can be customised down to the finest detail including hover types, spacing and slider style.
If you've already published your work on Behance and want your own portfolio site as well, this theme enables you to import everything to your WordPress site using the BeDojo plugin. It also works as a normal theme – you don't have to have a Behance portfolio.
10. Reel Story
Opening with an impactful video is a good way to capture the viewer's attention, and this video portfolio template enables you to do just that. It's set up so that the demo content is automatically installed so you can use it as a base for your own site.
If you can't decide whether you want something minimal or versatile for your portfolio site, Stag gives you the best of both worlds. It's powered by Visual Composer, making it simple to build great-looking pages, but if you want features such as parallax backgrounds and animated content, they're easy to implement.
Responsive, retina-ready and intuitive, Vong is a modern minimalist portfolio theme suitable for both freelancers and agencies. Powered by CSS3, it features three portfolio sizes and a fully responsive lightbox, as well as WooCommerce support. And it'll even let you use HTML5 video as a page header background. Its quality is also confirmed by the fact that at $69, it's the most expensive WordPress theme on our list.
For a responsive mobile-first theme that's highly customisable and blazing fast, look no further than Alpha. It comes with an attention-grabbing, custom-built portfolio slider that works well with both scroll and touch interaction. It also uses AJAX to load portfolio projects with impressive effects, and its drag-and-drop composer means you can quickly build great-looking pages.
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If you want to get your portfolio site up and running in minutes but don't want to compromise on choice, then take a look at Hind. It comes with 14 ready made homepages and over 20 header styles, 11 pre-made sliders, plus an assortment of layout variations and animations and much more besides. And if you run into difficulties, there's a dedicated support team to help you out.
The BigBang WordPress theme offers an 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. It's great way to create a responsive WordPress portfolio site to showcase your work.
16. Nemesis Clean Design
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 runs across the whole digital platform, allowing you to view it on iPhone/iPad devices without any modifications.
MediaBook offers a refreshing WordPress theme that would work particularly well with photography and very visual imagery. The clean, chic layout lends a professional and luxurious feel to your work.
As the name suggests, Hipster offers a modern and relaxed alternative to an overly formal 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 enable you to personalise the content to best suit the nature of your work, and again it's viewable on a range of digital platforms.
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. There's also 24-hour support available, and like many portfolio themes, MiniPress comes with a ready made contact form.
20. Pen & Paper
Pen & Paper offers a more classical and refined layout for your WordPress portfolio, with a more traditional look. Yet it's interactive and user-friendly, adapting to a modern context. It also includes an optional slideshow, as well as 360 icons.
The SimplyInfinite WordPress theme offers a smooth and clean layout, giving flexible editing options as well as pages to spread out and distribute your content. Three layout options are available, as well as the ability to add audio clips.
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 is also the cheapest theme on our list, priced at just $9.
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.
Incorn has a stylish layout, offering up to 20 pages of content made 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 navigation options. It's perfect for creative portfolios with plenty of visuals.
This is an updated and expanded version of an article previously published on Creative Bloq.
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