resources February 6, 2020

9 Portfolio platforms: presenting your work the best way

Keeping a portfolio up to date is something super important for a designer or any other so-called creative professional. However, besides being very hard to curate your work, it’s also difficult to choose between portfolio platforms. Which one is better? Which one will attract the best clients, employees, and colleagues that you admire from afar?
So to keep up with the Resources topic and perhaps help out with this issue, I decided to bring you nine different options for portfolio platforms as well as some advantages of keeping an online portfolio.

Gains of having an online portfolio 

It might seem obvious, but even today, not everyone keeps an online copy of their work. Why is this an issue? Unless you’re rich or use very low-quality materials to print out your portfolio every time you need, you’re going to spend a small fortune.
Besides, isn’t it way more practical to send a link across the globe than to send out a package?
I know you’re rolling your eyes and thinking that I haven’t considered the third, obvious option. Of course, I have. You can keep a digital file of your portfolio, and send it out without having it online. I do it too. 
In practical terms, and depending on what’s available, you can be asked either for a file or a link in a form. So that’s why it’s nice to have those two options ready.

Portfolio platforms

Behance
It’s probably the most known platform for showcasing portfolios and the one I use. From designers to architects, everyone uses this option because it’s free, reliable, and there isn’t a project limit.
Recently, there’s also another option which is called Adobe Portfolio. It’s something more polished and customized than the traditional profile but, to use it, you need to be a creative cloud subscriber. It isn’t entirely free like Behance.

Dribbble
Though it’s probably the direct competitor of Behance, I feel like it’s a hipster version of it.
You can create an account but need an invitation to get your portfolio to be public. After that, it allows for a certain amount of projects freely, and it’s super simple to use.
Yet, if you want to showcase more than thumbnails (for free), it’s probably not the best option for you. 
On the other hand, if you want to showcase as well as to sell assets, subscriptions go from 5 to 15 bucks a month, with several more options. So if this interests you, you should definitely take a look.

Coroflot
It was born twelve years before Dribbble but hasn’t become nearly as popular.
It looks more like a hiring designers’ platform than a portfolio feed, but it’s a great option for someone who wants to take advantage of that.
Also, much like Dribbble, it requires the submission of an application and to be accepted by the curators of the platform. Other than that, it’s free to use.

Semplice
It’s highly suspicious for me to say this – because I don’t use it and I haven’t tried it yet – but this one is a beauty.
Semplice it’s on his 5th version right now, and it keeps getting better because it considers users’ needs.
It’s not free, but it’s completely customizable, and you only pay it once for life.
You can install it on the free WordPress host – WordPress.org – and have your own website up and running without coding.

PortfolioBox
Another option to consider is this platform. It has a free and a paid version and looks very professional in both cases.
The paid version is very affordable – 6.9 USD/month – and allows for a free domain, unlimited pages, and 24/7 support.
From the examples, it looks like it’s mainly used by photographers, but I think it can be a good option for designers as well.

Fabrik
It’s starting out (or it looks like it), but it’s promising. 
Based on the type of work you do, this platform will suggest some pre-made templates that you can try out and change slightly. 
You can try it on a 14-day trial and then go for as low as eleven dollars/month.

Instagram
It’s not a conventional portfolio platform. But, since it’s a visual social media, lot’s of agencies, artists, and freelancers are taking advantage of it.
The biggest benefits of Instagram are being free, very popular, and easy to use. You can even turn your feed into a professional account, and track all of the publications’ results.
If you aren’t looking for conventional portfolio platforms, this can be a great option.

Jimdo
This is an all-purpose website builder and not a portfolio oriented tool.
You can start for free to try it out, and upgrade according to your needs, regardless you want to showcase your work or show and sell it.
Be aware that in this case, if you want something that looks very personal, you might need to inject some code into it.

Squarespace
Lastly, but not least, this is a very popular tool among small and medium scale businesses.
Like the previous one, it’s a multi-purpose website builder that allows for both template usage and coding.
For web designers, it can be a great way to show all of their tricks, and not only showcase their portfolio, but to actually build it.

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