If you have ever looked for a job, you probably have known that an impressive resume is no more enough to make you stand out the fierce competition. Many employers, nowadays, also want to see your works attesting to your qualification to the job that they are offering.
This case not only goes with the job application field. Over the web, many customers are apt to review a collection of works before making the final decision. That’s where a portfolio comes to the rescue.
In this beginners’ guide, we will briefly analyze the applicable objects, benefits, and common qualities of an online portfolio. Then, we introduce a straightforward method in a side-by-side way to help you add a portfolio to WordPress to showcase your works.
Who and Why Need an Online Portfolio?
As a matter of fact, there is no fixed answer to this question. Anyone who is running a blog, forum, or any other types of websites can make use of an online portfolio. No matter you are a writer, designer, developer, engineer, employer, etc, you should better include a digital space on your website to keep your works structured and displayed.
On the surface, a portfolio is only an organized collection of works that tells visitors what you have done in a specific field. However, this little part, from a long-term point of view, can benefit you a lot. To be more specific, by displaying your works in this manner, you are able to attract more attention from the users’ side. Also, you can add links and contact information on a portfolio to improve your site visibility and reach more potential clients.
How to Add a Portfolio to Your WordPress Site?
Now, let’s move on to the following part about how you can actually add a portfolio to WordPress. Generally speaking, there are two solutions to integrate a portfolio section with your site, namely, using portfolio themes and utilizing related plugins. Since many site owners are likely to keep their current themes, what we are recommending here is the latter solution.
In this field, there is a variety of excellent WordPress portfolio plugins available, out of which our editors have selected the one named as Nimble Portfolio to help you with the whole process. This plugin is versatile, enabling you to display images, videos, logos, or any other things for a portfolio purpose. Refer to the following illustrations to see the detailed steps of adding a portfolio with the help of this plugin.
Step 1 – Define your portfolio purpose
Before proceeding to more operation details, we suggest you figure out your portfolio purpose in advance. As a Chinese saying goes, one who knows his own strength and that of the enemy is invincible in battle. The situation that you are facing may be a little bit different, but the argument here is the same. Only by knowing what you want to accomplish with this portfolio can you made it focused and targeted.
The common goals of using a portfolio may include trying to get a job, building a brand reputation, or triggering potential sales. By referring to these goals, you can set your own accordingly based on your preference and needs.
Step 2 – Install and activate the Nimble Portfolio plugin
After you’ve made up your mind, the next step is to initialize the Nimble Portfolio plugin. Navigate to “Plugins” > “Add New” on your dashboard. Then search for the plugin and download it to your site. If you have encountered any problems during this process, you can refer to our in-depth guide on how to install WordPress plugins.
Step 3 – Add new portfolio items
Upon activation, you will see a new item labeled as “Nimble Portfolio” on the sidebar menu. Hover your mouse over this item and then click on the “Add Portfolio Item” option in the menu that it opens up to enter the portfolio editing page.
Basically, a portfolio is a type of custom post. Therefore, you can edit it in the same way as any WordPress posts. Get started by entering a title and description of the portfolio item. It is certain that the portfolio description might vary a lot based on your fields, work types, preference, and much more. However, some elements are typically standard, such as what this portfolio is about, what meanings it has, who have conducted it, etc.
In the next, you have to set up a filter for this item. A filter is similar to a category created for easy grouping. As the following screenshot shows, you can click on the “Add New Filter” option on the right side of the portfolio editing page. Alternatively, you can head back to the subordinate menu of “Nimble Portfolio” and head over to “Filters” option to add new filters.
Except the above operations, there remain some other settings to modify. After scrolling down to the bottom of the portfolio editing page, you can see multiple options provided. Displayed as below, the plugin allows you to upload a full-sized image or video to the lightbox gallery of your portfolio. Besides, it grants you with the capability to sort the portfolio order and add excerpts.
In the end, remember to set a featured image for this portfolio item. And then, click on the “Publish” button to make it work alright. If you want to add several portfolio items, repeat these operations above.
Step 4 – Create a portfolio page
After you have created multiple portfolio items, it is time to display them on a dedicated page. Head over to “Pages” > “Add New”. Then, you can see a newly added icon on the right side of the page editing toolbar. Click on this icon and you will see a popup menu, in which all you need to do is hitting the “Insert Shortcode” button.
This is an amazing option coming with the Nimble Portfolio plugin, with which you can insert your portfolio in a shortcode manner. Finally, remember to publish this page to make it in action.
Step 5 – Modify the plugin settings
In total, this plugin comes with two types of settings – “Global Settings” and “Skin Settings”. As the following image displays, in the “Global Settings” screen, you can decide how the plugin will perform.
As for the “Skin Settings”, you are permitted to customize the portfolio skin to make it visually appealing as well as easy-to-use.
After that, you are done with the whole process. Now, you can visit your site to see the portfolios in action as below.
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From the illustrations above, it is clear that portfolios are helpful for your site. What goes without saying is that you need to make them work efficiently if you want to experience their benefits. Hopefully, after reading this comprehensive guide, you can get some inspirations when you are going to create a portfolio to improve your presence online.