This website is an amazing example of a highly creative usage of colors that grabs user attention in no time. Furthermore, this website is highly minimal and the navigations are like cheese. The website shows that creativity can also be achieved with simple designs and vibrant colors. This can surely make visitors stay longer on the website.
So, these are some of the great innovative examples of a portfolio website and it is highly suggested that you should take inspiration from these and create something original by yourself.
Tips on creating a portfolio website with LiquidBlox?
The examples shown earlier were custom coded by some amazing individuals. But in case you are not a developer, you are better off with a Visual Website Builder like LiquidBlox. It gives you creative freedom without need for tech skills.
With LiquidBlox I suggest you just start experimenting. You also have chat support available and a lot of tutorials like the following we recommend checking out when making a portfolio website.
For designing the look and feel
In case you know how to code
Tips on creating a portfolio website with Wordpress?
You can also make a portfolio website using WordPress. In this, you can use your pre-existing theme and incorporate a portfolio within it. Here's a list of the plug-ins that will help along the way:
Awesome filterable portfolio
Awesome is not just in this plug-in's name but also in its applications. It certainly lives up to its name to the fullest. By doing this, you can create a portfolio of your own and filter it on the basis of your criteria. There are several attractive animations and hover-effects that couple up and make an amazing user interface. Furthermore, it also allows you to add up as many categories as you want. Its simplicity is what makes it truly awesome.
The name might be simple but the design of this plug-in is highly dynamic. With this, you can certainly showcase all your work in compelling ways. This plug-in allows you to create a dedicated page for making a portfolio and you can include numerous things in it such as project details, descriptions, screenshots, URLs, and even the date when you completed that specific project. You are free to modify the slider and change the image sizes as well.
Yeah… yet another simple named plug-in but guess what, one does not need to have a fancy name if it lives up to its capabilities. With this feature-rich plug-in, you can just take a nap and when you wake up your portfolio will be ready automatically. All you need to do is add thumbnails, insert the shortcode, and say this guide is best 3 times and then voila your portfolio will be ready. This is certainly a great magic trick to show your friends (and clients as well).
With these plug-ins the major barrier - lack of coding skills, is already broken and all you need to do is install these plug-ins in your existing Wordpress website and you are good to go. Moreover, the set-up process is highly interactive due to which you will learn the process on the go. Rest assured that within an hour you will create something you’ll be proud of.
What should be included in a portfolio website?
Here are the skeletal things for a fulfilling portfolio website:
This is very important and necessary if you have a portfolio website. To make your website attractive you must choose a compelling design. When you select a good design, your customer is attracted to your website. You can provide your business information by making a list. Just remember one thing. If your work examples are highly visual and colorful, you might want to go with a plain white or black background. Another option is to select a color scheme to be different and have contrast. Both need excellent visual skills to provide a great user experience.
Logo with a tagline
When you make your portfolio website you need an attractive logo and tagline. Don't make it too complicated; make it simple text-based with your brand name. It presents and describes your business and you as well.
As we discussed above, selecting the right design for your portfolio is important, but you also need the right images to complement your layout. The images that you use on your portfolio website should be of high quality.
Services and contact information
Every customer wants the best services from their service provider. If you have a portfolio website then you must make sure that you add your contact information on your homepage. On that page, you should add the email address of your business. If you have any other source of contact, add that too. When you add proper information about contact and services, your customer can easily contact and make a connection with you. Nowadays a LinkedIn profile link is important as well.
Information about you
Most of the customers want to know your professional story. So make sure you add your life story, not personal, but how you learn, what you have achieved in this field, awards and so on. You can freely express your feelings and opinions.
No matter what services you provide on the portfolio website. To make your website generate more leads to eventually become customers you can provide one free sample for your new leads.
How do I grow the audience of my portfolio site?
Well, the only method to grow a portfolio website is to get more work done and added to your portfolio. This way it will grow with time and eventually, appear fulfilling to the clients and satisfying to you. Here are some other tips for growing your portfolio website:
Complete as many projects as you can
The major part of a portfolio website is the projects section and you need to ensure that it has plenty of content. You cannot expect the clients to trust you with just two things in the name of projects. Clients always look after diversification so make sure you can work on different niches. The best way to do this is by completing all the pending projects first, listing them and then starting new projects. You might say that you can't get projects but in that case, follow the next tip.
Create personal projects
Besides working for clients, reflect your creativity by creating projects of your own. Put yourself in the position of a client and judge a portfolio based on the number of personal projects and the projects done for the clients. Even if you don’t have enough projects done for the clients, your personal projects have got you covered. Therefore, always work on personal projects and list them on your portfolio.
Learn new skills
Our main objective throughout the beginning was to show the clients what we got for them. And that's certainly dependent on the number of skills we have. Let's say you are a content writer and you have listed all your skills such as SEO, keyword stuffing, etc. But clients need conversions so you must learn the process of making content engaging and then you can add that up to your skills list. Therefore, find out what clients are looking for, learn it, and list it. That’s the easiest way to grow your portfolio gradually.
Adopt new designs
It is also worth mentioning that trends fade away real quick and there is no such thing as a classic. Even the example websites that are mentioned above in this article might change their designs really soon. This is because it is mandatory to keep updating new designs and ensure that your portfolio always looks fresh and enriching.
So make sure that you follow the above tips not just to grow your portfolio, but to increase your skill set as well. You must aim towards being a better self than growing a mere website because that's what is going to help you in the future.
Bonus Tips: How to use Portfolio Website to grow your traffic
Admit it! We all want to elevate our professional status because there are several benefits associated with it. Promoting yourself digitally is not only cost-effective but powerful as well. Staying online doesn't attract customers but having an attractive online calling card does. Here are some tips that will help you to gain more traffic on your portfolio website and will take self-promotion to a whole new level without annoying social media spam:
Research, research, and apply
Building links and improving the website is cool but it all starts after nice keyword research, just like your day begins after a strong coffee. You must find the queries that people are searching for and on the basis of the audience you are targeting. This will also be determined by the volume of traffic on the keyword and the difficulty to rank with it.
Keywords are important but not necessarily everywhere. Be sure that your content looks realistic and doesn't highlight the keywords as if they are blueberries that are embedded on the top of a pudding. Make sure that they make sense with the sentence and the overall content creates meaning and is easily understandable. Also, stick with your niche and don’t go unnecessarily out of the topic just for the sake of using keywords.
Avoid making it "overly creative"
As Toptal's lead design Blog editor Miklos Philips point out in his blog post:
"The portfolio presentation is too idiosyncratic and “overly creative,” which hampers usability and makes navigation difficult. Make the portfolio easy to review. It’s best to impress with the work, not the portfolio’s design. The focus should be on delivering what clients are looking for without excess fancy."
Be a cheetah
The loading time of your website decides if the user will stay on your website or not. And that affects the rankings on SERP as well (which accounts for the major part of free traffic). So make sure that the loading speed of your website is pretty good and the whole content gets available to the visitor within three seconds. For that, you can optimize the images and shift to better hosting and can even remove unnecessary elements from the website. At last, you can check the loading time of your website through Google’s website speed checker tool.
So far the major ranking factor is still building relevant links to your website and you can never even think of ignoring it. Make sure that you build links on your related websites either by guest posting or by creating helpful content. Make sure that you stay away from shady practices such as PBN’s and web 2.0’s. Otherwise, you may have to face a penalty.
That was quite a long journey but finally, the guide succeeded to provide valuable and complete information on a portfolio website. Our work ends here, but yours is about to start. Follow the guide and make a stunning portfolio of your own. So go ahead and grab those clients now!