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Portfolio Sites

Discussion in 'Website Design Forum:' started by BenjaminHicks1994, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. BenjaminHicks1994

    BenjaminHicks1994 New Member

    Hello, my name is Ben.

    I am wanting to make a portfolio website for my photography work for the course I am doing in Web Design. I would just like to get some feedback from anyone who has a portfolio site. I would like to find out;

    How effective has your site been for getting you work? Also, if you have any advice that you could give to me with creating my site.

    Thanks for any responses.
  2. jooty

    jooty Active Member

    Hey Ben,

    I would just go ahead and use a behance portfolio. Works a treat, if you want to upgrade to a pro version ( looks a little nicer, allows urls etc) its only about 9.99 pcm

    Online Portfolios on Behance
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  3. BenjaminHicks1994

    BenjaminHicks1994 New Member

    Thanks for your reply but I have got to create my own site for my web design course. I just need to find out from people/companies with portfolio websites how effective their site is with getting them work :)
  4. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    I wouldn't say a portfolio alone will get you work. You should also present your business, explain what you do and how you do it and so on. Of course a portfolio is an important part of a designer's website but there are other things you should include if it is there to generate business. Where a portfolio only website does work is when it is a reference point for customers you have acquired through other channels and you want a nice, uncluttered design to show off your talent at its best.

    Hope that helps.
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  5. Crepston

    Crepston Member

    My advice for you is to stay away from Flash. Many photographers use it, but Google hates it.
  6. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    I use Cargo and I would recommend it, I have had lots of great feedback on my work. Plus it is incredible value for money at an extremely cheap price, (cheapest I've seen/heard of anyway).
  7. andybdesign

    andybdesign Active Member

    Hi Ben,

    I think a portfolio site when dealing with clients is hugely important.

    There was a time when my site had nothing on except contact details. I had a lot of work on and couldn't afford to spend time on my own site. Without a doubt I lost more work because my site was so insignificant. People see a site with nothing on and think well he/she doesn't know what they're doing.

    Even now my site is small and just a peak at some of my work. But this is mainly due to the amount of work I do for other design agencies that can't be shown on my own site.

    As far as creating the site I would encourage you keep things simple at the start. Focus on what a client or customer wants. Really focus on how a customer thinks. How will they be persuaded you're good enough? It probably won't just be the quality of your photos.

    Good look with the site.
  8. FurnitureGuy

    FurnitureGuy Member

    The reason I created my site Ronnoco Design was so that I had a portfolio to help me get new freelance work, but I've been so busy over the recent months with various things that it is now just used for my own pleasure, I update it when I design something new or something gets published.

    It still does however represent a portfolio, to make it I used a premium version of the TFJ YATA template on Joomla. You could do something similar with another Joomla template or Wordpress perhaps.
  9. shawnmikes

    shawnmikes New Member

    Well i have not any portfolio site & also i was not worked for any portfolio site, but i would like to say please don't use flash it will effect on site speed also check out few world best portfolio sites & there design which helps you create good design, like daviantart & behance which most popular sites & you can also take advantage from there designing.
  10. BUG4LIFE

    BUG4LIFE New Member

    Hello everyone. First post :)

    Sorry to jump on this thread but it saves creating a new one of a similar nature.

    My query is slightly different to the OP's - I'm looking to create myself a portfolio website [I'm a Graphic Designer not a Photographer] as having a web presence is a good idea in this day and age!

    Behance was my first thought, as it's a easy way of getting your work on-line etc. I should mention that I'm NOT worried about showcasing any web design ability [I'm more of a print designer with a hint of web experience, as appose to a web developer] so I'm happy with the layout of Behance. However, Cargo has also been mentioned to me - what would be the advantage of using Cargo?

    One, perhaps odd, requirement though is that I [may] need a certain level of anonymity. Behance wouldn't offer me this, a quick google of my name I'm sure would bring up my Behance profile straight away! Would Cargo be a better choice, as it's less known for example? What I could do with is a password protected site maybe?

    Cheers guys.
  11. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    It sounds to me like you'd be better off with Cargo, especially as you require some anonymity. You can simply choose which details you want to include and exclude in your settings. It has a few more options regarding customisation as well, where as Behance portfolios pretty much all follow the same structure. I can sort you out with a Cargo invite if you want to take a look and give it a try?
  12. cassiedesign

    cassiedesign New Member

    I don't suppose you have a spare cargo invite for me do you pretty please? :)
  13. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Of course, check your PMs :)
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