A portfolio is a visual resume that illustrates an individual’s talents and achievement. If you’re a designer, artist, model, freelancer or photographer, you need to showcase your work and allow people to contact you. WordPress can be used to create a personal portfolio website. There are thousands of plugins available for free and below are 10 wordPress plugins for creating a better portfolio site.
Your portfolio site is there for showing how good you are and what you can do. The no #1 way to bring some organic traffic to your site from search engine is to submit a proper sitemap to them. Google XML Sitemaps plugin will generate a special XML sitemap and submit to Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask.com and other major engines. Additionally it notifies all major search engines every time you create a post about the new content.
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Adding Social Media Buttons to your WordPress Website is an extremely important part of website promotion. Sociable plugin will let you add links to your favorite social bookmarking sites on your posts, pages and in your RSS feed. You can choose from 99 different social bookmarking sites.
Optimizing Images will make your site load fast and thus reduce page response time. Smush.it will reduce image file sizes and improve performance within WordPress. After installing, it optimizes new images automatically. Your portfolio loads faster and there’s less stress on your bandwidth.
7. GD Star Rating
Star ratings on your portfolio will influence your visitor decision. GD Star Rating plugin allows you to set up rating and review system for posts, pages and comments in your blog. You can set many options for displaying the rating stars, and add widgets into the sidebars for displaying top ratings and other statistics generated by the plugin.
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Use cformsII for setting up contact forms on your portfolio site. You don’t need to know any programming or write any code. You can visually build forms in the WordPress admin panel. You can set up required fields, default values, and there are plenty of styles to make your form to suit your requirements. Then you can easily insert the forms that you have made into your page. Update your page and you the form is live.
5. WordPress Super Cache
Caching is a technique to improve performance of Web applications. Consider a case where you are not caching your pages, then every time a visitor comes to your site, WordPress has to pull together various pieces of information out of a database to put your page together. If you have a high traffic site, this is can really a costly loss of server resources. WP Super Cache plugin will store a copy of each of the pages on your website to serve to most of your users. This plugin will speed up your site and reduce the load on your server. It’s a lot quicker than serving normal WordPress php scripts and a really useful for image-heavy sites like your portfolio.
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This plugin will create an expanded-list styled or a grid-styled page containing images and supporting detail. From wordpress admin you can customize user interface via CSS and there are options for specifying some customizable settings like the number of entries to display per page. The plugin also supports video media types.
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3. Simple Portfolio
Simple and easy to use plugin to manage your portfolio. You can add your project information and any media from YouTube, code snippets or your wordpress built-in Media Library. You can easily integrate your portfolio items in your theme.
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2. HM Portfolio
HM Portfolio allows you to manage a gallery of images from the Add New/Edit Entry Page of the WordPress admin. It also creates a Portfolio post type that can be used to keep it separate from the main blog posts.
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1. Portfolio Slideshow
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