Portfolio sites have become the norm, and not just for creatives. An online portfolio lets potential employers dig into the work you've done, but also gives them a sense of you as a person. Given that, what it looks like and how people navigate through it can be just as important as the content you include. Building your portfolio can be overwhelming, so here are 4 sites you can use to build your portfolio to help you get started. (In no particular order, and minus the creative community-focused ones like Dribble, Behance and Cargo. Which are great too!)
Wix is a basic DIY website builder that focuses on making things simple and easy. If you're looking to put a portfolio together quickly and don't want to deal with any backend mumbo, Wix may be a good choice.
Pros: Drag-and-drop builder is straightforward and intuitive. Solid collection of modern designs to choose from.
Cons: Your site will include Wix ads unless you opt for its Combo plan ($10/month). The drag-and-drop builder is a little too flexible, allowing you drop things anywhere—which can result in a messy site.
Pricing: Free (500MB of storage and up to 500MB bandwidth), or choose from 5 paid plans
Carbonmade doesn't take itself too seriously, branding itself as a friendlier website builder. It gives you an easy way to showcase your work, in part by stripping away some of your customization options.
Pros: Lightweight, easy to use. The builder offers pre-made pages to include in your portfolio (like About and Contact), making the process very fill-in-the-blank.
Cons: Limits your choice of themes, fonts and colors.
Pricing: Free (5 projects and 35 images), or choose from 3 paid plans
Probably the most well-known website builder (if you've listened to any podcast ever, you know), Squarespace is all about its gorgeous and professional design templates, living up to its old "Build it Beautiful" tagline.
Pros: Pixel-perfect design templates. Beautiful UI extends to the backend website-building experience. All-in-one solution that combines website building, blogging, and hosting.
Cons: No free version, more expensive than other options. While drag-and-drop, the builder takes a little getting used to.
Pricing: Free 14-day trial, then choose from 2 paid plans
Wordpress is super versatile, powering "28% of the internet," according to its website. Its vast range of options and plug-ins is the root of its pros and cons.
Pros: Thousands of templates and plug-ins to choose from, allowing you to create the exact site your heart desires.
Cons: A bit more involved to get started, and the amount of choice can be overwhelming.
Pricing: Free (3GB storage), or choose from 3 paid plans
Whichever option you go for, remember that your portfolio is more than a receptacle for your work. While there are things everyone should include—pieces of work, your resume, an About statement, a way to get in touch—the way you present them and other elements you include will help make sure your portfolio doesn't look like everyone else's. Lastly, building your portfolio online gives you a chance to apply and demonstrate your creative, strategic and organizational thinking—so have fun with it.
Getting started is half the battle,