No matter what type type of designer you are there will come a time in your career where its important to showcase experience. My content management of choice is WordPress because of the simplicity of WordPress’ admin panel. As many of you have probably figured out there are tons of premium WordPress themes for sale out at places like Envato’s ThemeForest Marketplace. Now, I’m not knocking premium themes, but have you stumbled across the free ones?
Creative by Nature is a free portfolio theme created by CSSMayo.com and released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The designers created a funky theme, particularly useful for artists, photographers and designers who are looking for a flexible portfolio solution. The theme’s .zip-package includes all necessary files, server installation guide and a help file which describes how to add entries to your portfolio section. Besides, a PSD source file is available for free download as well.
Sharpfolio WordPress Theme From Web Revolutionary
Sharpfolio is a WordPress theme designed to enable Web Designers, Graphic Designers, Photographers, Motion Designers, Artists or any creative professional to showcase their work in a simple, clean, beautiful portfolio. Sharpfolio aims to focus primarily on your work, because after all, this is what’s most important.
Gallery WordPress Portfolio Theme By Chris Wallace
Gallery is a great WordPress theme Built by Chris Wallace. He’s made a recent update to the old files that were originally posted to Smashing Magazine. This theme is nice to showcase your designs by category. Each image links to a post where you can provide a write up about the project.
Portfolio WordPress Theme From DailyWP
Portfolio WordPress Theme is a wordpress theme designed for web portfolios and (for now) just for web portfolios. It is coming with an Administrative Panel from where you can edit the head quote text, you can edit all theme colors, font families, font sizes and you can fill a curriculum vitae and display it into a special page. Pretty Cool, eh?
Note: I would partner this up with the Lightbox Plus WordPress plugin to make your images come up in pop ups when clicked. Check out this article to learn more.
Fotofolio is a free wordpress template designed for easy creation online portfolio for Visual Workers; Photography, Graphic Design, Manga, Architect, etc. Fotofolio is very simple and easy to use, please read the instalation and usage for details. Fotofolio is created by Pupung Budi Purnama. Fotofolio is released under Creative Common Licence.
Viewport WordPress Theme @ Smashing Magazine
Viewport, a free WordPress theme created by Paul Bennett is focused around a clean and simple, content based layout. The aim is to grab the user’s attention and draw them straight into the content. On the single post page the content is laid out clearly in full, with post controls and a widget-enabled sidebar. The theme also allows the blog owner to change the background image and color, and the image of the ‘Where Next?’ page.
Not satisfied with the freebies? Go ahead and check out some inexpensive alternatives: Envato’s ThemeForest Marketplace