WordPress Portfolios – Something to Keep in Mind

As the facets of technology continue to grow, it’s becoming more and more clear that finding and getting a job online is equal to finding and getting a job offline. There are tons of online job boards that you can look at in order to find the job or career that you’re looking for and certainly, thanks to the economic downturn within the United States and the world, the Internet has opened the door for more and more professions online.

Recently, I decided to finally go forth with putting together a portfolio. Portfolios, if you don’t know, are a bit like a resume, but will usually hold a lot more content. Photographers and designers are usually identified with having portfolios – their resume is within, however the focus is on the type of projects or assignments that they have done. For instance, a photographer will usually have visual records of where they have been or what pictures they have taken.

Portfolios are important to those that design, but as I discovered, they are equally important to anyone who considers themselves creative. For me, as a writer, I had been going back and forth on whether or not – as a writer – I should actually create one.

First off, why would anyone – besides a photographer or designer – have a portfolio? As I mentioned, a portfolio showcases the work you’ve done in a visual way; for me, it’s linking to samples of the work that I’ve done throughout my Internet career. And that’s the other thing – if like me – you spend a lot of time working online or remote/telecommuting, getting a portfolio will help showcase the things you’ve done online.

WordPress Portfolio

My commitment to going ahead with a portfolio was helped thanks in part to WordPress. WP now offers a portfolio area with themes that can be customized to work as an online resume or a portfolio. This worked wonders for me because my blog is hosted on WordPress and my website was getting ready to be ported over as well.

If you aren’t on WordPress or – heaven forbid – never even heard of WordPress, it is currently one of the most popular CMS and blogging platforms on the Internet. Several big name companies not only have blogs hosted on WordPress, but many websites are hosted on the platform as well. The free version is where most people head to, because 1. it’s free and 2. there’s a ton of free themes that work for both websites, blogs, and yes, portfolios.

What should you include in a portfolio? Well, as part of some shameless promotion, you can certainly check out my portfolio. I’ve done a gallery of thumbnails of some of the articles/blogs that I’ve done, as well as some of the social media and web design stuff I’ve done too. And then I have a resume listed.

What you put in your portfolio all depends on what you’ve done and what you want to highlight. If you’re a web designer, you’ll want to showcase the websites you’ve created or designed; if you’ve done a lot of work in social media or social networking, showcase the profile pages you’ve done.

There are a ton of really great portfolios/resumes on the Internet, which can give you some ideas on what to put up or even how to design your own portfolio. If you’re going with WordPress, it’s one of the easiest platforms to use and there are a ton of articles and support topics to help you jump in. Here are some example portfolio sites to give you an idea:

My Portfolio | Kev Quirk (RefuGeeks founder)
Matt Mullenweg (creator of WordPress) | Bill Gates (Microsoft founder)

WordPress Portfolios – Something to Keep in Mind
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