How to Make a Simple, Yet Beautiful, Portfolio Website in WordPress
It is no secret that the web design world is changing. Not only do we have many different device types to consider (desktop, tablet, and mobile), but also the way we use the internet is evolving.
With the increasing popularity of digital nomads and entrepreneurs, more and more people are looking for ways to showcase their work. Whether you’re a graphic designer, photographer, or marketing manager, having a website that showcases your work is essential. But instead of just using any old website builder, you should really consider using a WordPress-based platform.
Well, for one thing, it’s easy to use. Even if you’re not tech-savvy, you can easily pick up a guide to help you use WordPress. (If you need a little more help, feel free to reach out to me via the contact form on this page.)
And, as I mentioned, the platform is extremely popular. According to WordPress.com, about 40% of the web’s content is currently being managed by the platform.
So, even if you’re not tech-savvy, it’s a safe bet that someone you know is. And if they’re using WordPress, then it’s a great opportunity to learn about the platform and leverage its power.
Why Should You Try WordPress?
WordPress is free. Not only is it free, but it’s also open source. This means that the software behind the platform is available to the public for anyone to inspect and use.
And what’s more is that WordPress is a very powerful tool. With the ability to create fully-customized websites with unique layouts and styling options, as well as a massive amount of plugins (more than 57,000 as of this writing) that can be installed to extend its functionality, it’s no wonder that so many people are choosing to use the platform.
Speaking of which, let’s take a quick look at how to make a simple, yet beautiful, portfolio website in WordPress. It’s pretty straightforward, so you’ll have no problem creating your own.
Step one: Choose a subject matter expert.
The first thing you need to do is choose a subject matter expert to help you build your portfolio. Not only will this person be able to give you advice on what content to include in your site (and why), but they will also be able to take care of the technicalities of web design and building a professional-looking website.
The best way to find a subject matter expert is through recommendations. Look for people whose work you admire, and ask them for help.
What I recommend is finding a designer who is extremely talented and experienced, and who is also willing to work with you on a freelancer basis. (You can find my profile here if you’d like to get in touch.)
Step two: Set your goal for the site.
After choosing a subject matter expert, the next step is to set your goal for the site. Do you want to create a blog where you can store all of your portfolio content? Or do you want to use the site to promote your products and showcase your work?
Think about what you want the site to look like and what you hope to get out of it. Setting a specific goal for the site will give you something to focus on while you’re building it, which can only result in a better-looking final product.
If you’re looking to build a blog, then you’ll want to choose a topic for the site. What are you passionate about? What niche do you want to go after?
Think about what you love doing, and then use that to figure out what niche you should go after. The ideal candidate will be someone who has a decent amount of experience, and who is willing to teach you a thing or two about blogging. (You can find my profile here if you’d like to get in touch.)
Step three: Gather your gear.
The next step is to gather your gear. This includes both your computer and your internet access. You will need a reliable computer running Windows or macOS to run WordPress. (If you’re a designer who also does client work, then you’ll want to ensure that your computer is dual-booted so that you can use both Windows and macOS.)
As for your internet access, unless you have a super-fast fiber connection, you’ll want to purchase a dedicated server from a reputable web host. (I recommend Bluehost for all of my clients, and if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop, then you should consider their custom hosting plans as well.)
This way, you can rest assured that your content will load fast and that you won’t experience any downtime.
Additionally, you might want to consider getting a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to encrypt your connection and maintain privacy while browsing the web. (I use Express VPN, and if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop, then you should check out their custom hosting plans as well.)
Step four: Install WordPress.
The last step is to install WordPress. This should be a two-step process. First, download the program from WordPress.org, and then run the installer. (On Windows, this should be a simple process. If you’re on macOS, then you’ll need to follow some extra steps. For more information, check out this helpful guide by SquareSpace.)
Once WordPress is installed, you can utilize its extensive documentation to get up and running quickly. Don’t worry, even if you’re not tech-savvy, you’ll have no trouble understanding and using WordPress.
And last but not least, take a look at how to make a simple, yet beautiful, portfolio website in WordPress. There are many different options available, so you’re sure to find something that suits your needs. (And don’t worry, even if you’re not tech-savvy, you’ll have no trouble understanding and using WordPress.)