A portfolio is important for many reasons, but mainly it’s a way of showcasing your accomplishments, skills, experiences, and attributes. It’s also a way of showing off your best work and achievements. A portfolio is very useful when trying to find a job or freelance work in your niche. A portfolio mainly showcases images and videos, but can also include contact information, a short biography, and even a resume. There are numerous online tools for creating a portfolio and showcasing your design work. This list will go over 13 of the top tools for this purpose.
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Crevado is an easy-to-use Web app where you can create and manage an online portfolio. You won’t need any programming or web design knowledge when using this tool. The portfolio sites are setup like photo albums: you have the currently viewed image front and center, while the others show as thumbnails below. You’ll also get an About page where you can give a little information about yourself. Other features include: Google Analytics reporting, Facebook “Like” integration, Twitter support, iPhone/Android optimization, and custom domains (at an additional cost).
Crevado’s plan pricing:
- Free – 30 images, 5 galleries, 0 videos
- Plus – $3/month, 120 images, 10 galleries, 0 videos
- Premium – $7/month, 700 images, 50 galleries, 10 videos
The setup of Behance Network is kind of like a social networking for designers and is totally free to use. It’s a great place to showcase your work, but it’s also great for discovering and connecting with other creative professionals. The large amount of traffic that the site receives, allows you to build a decent following. You can add an unlimited number of images, text, audio, and video and build unlimited multimedia projects. There is also social integration so that you can share your profile on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
If you’re looking to build more of a personal and professional portfolio site, you may enjoy Behance ProSite. It syncs with the Behance Network and includes unlimited hosting, unlimited projects, and no programming knowledge is required. While it’s free to build your site, you’ll need to pay $11/month in order to “go live.”
Host My Portfolio
Host My Portfolio is a free online portfolio service that also has social integration so that you can share your work across the Web on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and more. You can watch and keep up with portfolios and projects that you like; likewise, others can keep up with your portfolio and projects as well. There are numerous file types supported such as jpg, gif, png, pdf, doc, txt, html and more. All files that you upload are safely stored in your “Locker” until you’re ready to add them to one or more projects.
Paspartout is setup a lot like Crevado (mentioned above) and is in the form of photo albums as opposed to a profile. It includes an image editor, web shop (included in the Biz plan), social integration, statistics (via Google Analytics, Mint, or GoSquared), mobile optimization (for smartphones and tablets), and code editing (for those who want more control). You can easily customize the colors and fonts of your theme to suit your needs. You’ll also feel comfort in knowing that you’re helping the planet by using a “green” company. With Paspartout, their servers in Germany run on the energy created by flowing water, which is considered ecologically to be the best form of power generation.
- Free – 5 projects, 35 images, 1 video
- Plus – $46/year, 10 projects, 200 images, 10 videos
- Pro – $93/year, 20 projects, 600 images, 20 videos
- Biz – $156/year, unlimited projects, unlimited images, 50 videos, unlimited pages
Carbonmade is a fun, easy-to-use tool that is also much like Crevado (mentioned above), which lets you show off your work and create projects. You’ll be able to personalize the overall look and logo of your portfolio, plus there is no HTML knowledge necessary. You can also customize the display options, like the number of thumbnails that appear in each row and the location of the text that goes with your thumbnails. You’ll also get an About page so that you can give others a little information about yourself and let them know whether or not you’re available for freelance work.
- Meh. – free, 5 projects, 35 images
- Whoo! – $12/month, 50 projects, 500 images, 10 videos
“Electrofolio is a flexible, personalized free portfolio CMS tool for artists, designers, photographers and small businesses.” Electrofolio is customizable with templates, special characters, and copyright watermarks. It’s also easy-to-use, has no bandwidth limit, unlimited slides, and no advertising. There are even video tutorials that you can use to learn how to enhance your photos and images. Other features include full screen mode, slide-shows, Google Analytics, and PayPal integration so that you can sell your work.
- Standard – free, 3 pages, quarter memory block
- Pro – $71/year, unlimited pages, 2 – 10 memory blocks
- (Note: 1 memory block holds about 250-400 images)
With Shown’d you can not only create an online portfolio and customize them with themes, but you can also add your resume and view creative job listings. This tool gives you the ability to embed your personal showcase into any external Web page. Additionally, you can import your Flickr photo sets and upload up to 20 images from your computer at the same time. There is an integrated watermark tool that lets you add a copyright to your hi-res images. Google Analytics is also included so that you can measure your portfolio’s performance.
6D Portfolio is a free tool that lets you create a portfolio profile to showcase your work and increase your chances of getting hired. Each profile has a limit of 5 videos and 50 images. While it is totally free to use, you can donate via a PayPal button on the site. It includes sections for tutorials on creating 2D and 3D images, along with game and movie trailers. Each profile has an About page, images page and videos page. Other 6D Portfolio users can contact you via the internal messaging system and can also add you as a friend. This is a great way to grow your network and fan base.
Ahead has a unique design and very creative portfolio layouts; “it works like an online version of InDesign that instantly transforms your layout into a zooming presentation, personal scrapblog.” The application is Web based and runs in any browser that supports flash. Navigating an Ahead portfolio is quite different from any other tool. You can zoom in and out with the mouse wheel, pan in and out by dragging your mouse, double click objects to navigate to them, and much more. Ahead is definitely the most impressive tool in its league.
- Free – 300MB storage, 600MB monthly traffic, only public spaces, unlimited spaces
- Pro – $35/month, use your own URL, no Ahead branding, private spaces, Google Analytics, 3GB storage, 15GB monthly traffic, unlimited spaces.
Coroflot is known as the “fast, easy way to get your creative projects online and in front of the right people.” It also includes design job boards so that you can find creative work. The service is totally free and includes traffic reports, unlimited file uploads, job alerts, a drag and drop interface for organizing your projects, and more. Each portfolio has an overview page, portfolio page, profile page, and activity page. So as you can see, Coroflot doesn’t just focus on showcasing your work, it’s also a great place to connect with others and finding design jobs.
Viewbook does not only let you create stunning portfolios on your computer, but you can also create them on your iPad via free Viewbook Portfolio app. Uploading and organizing your images is a breeze thanks to the Viewbook manager; organizing your images can be done via drag and drop. It also includes a visual design editor that can be used to design your portfolio – much like a website editor, except there is no HTML knowledge needed. You can change the layout, album design, fonts, colors, backgrounds, and even the logo of your portfolio site. There are many other features like hi-res HD images, password protection for privacy, mobile optimization for viewing galleries on the iPhone and iPad, plus social integration for sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and more. Lastly, you can even set up shop and sell your work right from your Viewbook site – complete with a shopping cart interface and worldwide shipping. Viewbook comes with a 30-day free trial.
- Basic – $4/month, $48/year, unlimited galleries, unlimited albums, 1000 images
- Standard – $9/month, $90/year, single page portfolios, unlimited portfolio pages, unlimited albums, 2500 images
- Pro – $19/month, $190/year, complete portfolio websites, unlimited websites, unlimited pages, unlimited albums, 5000 images
Finally we have design:related. Although an invite is needed for this site, I wanted to include it since it definitely looks promising. Design:related is described as “your creative hub and community.” It supports high-res images for your projects and works of art. It’s also a great place for networking and building your fan base. Each user gets an influence score, which represents the number of people that refer to you as an influence. You can also search through creative job listings and share your inspirations with the rest of the community.
So there goes the 13 online portfolio tools. Albeit they are all great tools up there, some designers that I know still love to showcase their own work on their website. They claim to have better flexibility and customizations with their own webhosting services. What say you? A public services like the tools mentioned above? or your own website? Please feel free to comment. Also, are there any great tools that you would like to add in? Let us know!