How to Make an E-Portfolio Using WordPress

WordPress is a great platform for the e-portfolio.  It is versatile and can be made to look very attractive.  It’s also easy to navigate and update.

There are basically two approaches to the WordPress Portfolio.  In a project portfolio or a class portfolio, you might insert all of your artifacts as posts, using categories and tags to organize them.  In that case, your last post, or the one that shows up at the top of the page, would be your portfolio introduction.

If you are making a professional or career portfolio, however, in which you might not have as many artifacts, you might consider putting your content in as pages with only one post serving as the portfolio introduction.

Of course, you could do a hybrid of the two.  Put your project artifacts in as posts and your CV, bio, and professional information in as pages.

WordPress gives you lots of options.  It’s a program you can make work for you.  It works much better, however, if you have a plan for what you want to accomplish and if you understand how to use the software to work with your plan.

Take a look at my e-portfolio produced in WordPress:  www.sgerald.net/portfolio

In it, the portfolio artifacts are all presented as pages.  There is only one post, and it serves as the portfolio introduction.

To make a portfolio like this, follow these steps:

1.  Set up a WordPress site.  You might do this by joining WordPress.com and creating a blog, or you might install WordPress via WordPress.org on your own server account as I did.
2. Upon first logging in to your site admin controls, go to settings and enter your site information.  You’ll want to give your portfolio a name, probably just your own name, and you’ll want delete the default tag line for the site that says “Just another WordPress blog.”  You might replace that with your own quote, or you might just delete it.
3.  Choose a theme.  Themes in WordPress control the site layout and design.  There are many possible themes to select, and in the WordPress.org version, you can even have a custom theme designed and installed.  Regardless of which version you are using, however, you choose a theme under “Appearance.”   When you select a theme, you’ll first be given a preview prompt.  From there, you click on the word “activate,” and your new theme is up and running.  My portfolio is done in a two-column theme, and I think the two-column layout is best for this type of site, but you can choose what works for you.
4. Go to “Pages” in your admin dashboard, click “Add New,” and start entering your information.  As you are working on the pages, it’s a good idea to hit “Save Draft” from time to time.  When you are finished with each page, hit “Publish.”
5. Go to “Posts” in your admin dashboard, click “Add New,” and write a portfolio introduction.  Just as you have done with the pages, save your post draft as you work on it, and click “Publish” when you are finished.

WordPress has lots of other capabilities, but these few steps are really all you need to do to create a professional portfolio.  With the right theme and the right content, you can create a very impressive portfolio in WordPress.

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