As a blogging platform, WordPress has not always been ideal for portfolio-style websites. But things have changed.
The expansion of the WordPress community, the explosion of themes shops, improvements in design, and especially the introduction of gallery functionality and post-types – all have combined to make WordPress an awesome platform for portfolios. There are now hundreds of dedicated WordPress portfolio themes
Below we’ve selected some of the most stunning and eye-catching WordPress portfolio themes available today. They offer a tone of ways to showcase your imagery, art, or design work. Many offer prominent feature images for photography or projects, along with grid-style portfolio layouts. We’ve also included some themes that offer a unique take on “portfolio” – from a resume theme to a pure photography theme.
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For portfolio WordPress themes, we recommend Elegant Themes.
Why? Simple. For about the price of any other theme listed here ($39), you get ALL the themes from Elegant Themes. That’s over 60 themes, and at least a dozen great WordPress portfolio themes. Plus Elegant Themes has some of the most stunning designs on the market. For portfolio-style WordPress themes, the choice is really a no-brainer.
Photocrati – Designed for Photographers But Great for Portfolios
Photocrati includes 60+ styles:
And now on to other great WordPress portfolio themes..
The next six WordPress themes listed here are all by WooThemes. Woo also makes some great portfolio themes. Briefed is one it’s newer additions and offers a clean, beautiful way to showcase your portfolio.
Elefolio by Woo has a homepage dominated by a grid-style portfolio gallery. Whatever you have in your portfolio, Elefolio puts it front and center for visitors.
FreshFolio is a classic and straightforward portfolio design by Woo – one of Woo’s earliest portfolio offerings.
ProudFolio is another of Woo’s first ventures into portfolio themes, and it’s stood the test time. It offers a very simple but inviting homepage.
Simplicity is technically a business themes, but can be easily repurposed as a portfolio WordPress theme. It’s got a large feature image, with a portfolio gallery below.
Sophisticated Folio is what many people think of when they think of a WordPress portfolio theme. It’s an awesome design with your portfolio front an center and a nice home page tagline for branding.
We now move from Woo to StudioPress. The next four offerings are all built on the Genesis framework by StudioPress. Mininum is an extremely attractive – and obviously minimalist – design.
Like Woo’s simplicity, StudioPress Manhattan has a business-style design can be easily adapted with it’s feature image and homepage gallery.
Expose is another example of what we like to call “grid-style homepages.” It takes feature image from your posts and presents them front and center on the home page. Great for showcasing portfolios of images, designs, or art work.
Crystal is a beautiful portfolio WordPress theme by StudiPress that has a clean, minimalist style.
Classica is a beautiful theme and one of the top selling portfolio themes from ThemeForest MarketPlace. The rest of the themes on this page are all from ThemeForest, known for cutting edge designs. One caveat: each theme is supported individually by it’s creator, and support quality varies.
Dandelion is another top selling WordPress portfolio theme from StudioPress – it beautiful showcases a feature image and gallery on the home page.
Prestige is an edgy theme with a busy home page that still just works.
Gridlocked is a smartly designed portfolio theme with a grid style home page that brings your work front and center.
Duotive is a photography WordPress theme. It’s beautiful and obviously great for showcasing imagery. We think it would a cool adaptation to use it to showcase other kinds of design or art work.
Delight offers a full-screen background image that gives it an immediately dramatic feel. It’s a modern and cutting edge design.
Echoes takes a theme structure usually found for business themes and tries to make it specifically work for portfolios. They do it well. It has an eye-catching feature area with a creative image slider effect.
Auzora is an uniquely designed portfolio WordPress theme. There’s nothing else out there quite like it, and it’s a great way to simply showcase your work and yourself.
Garnish offers a clean, grid-style homepage design that places the full focus on your art, design work, or imagery.
WordFolio offers a very unusual but very cool way of presenting showcased work on the home page with a combined vertical and horizontal slider.
Catalyst is just a beautifully designed and perfectly laid out WordPress theme. It has a huge feature image with thumbnail filmstrip on the home page, but offers numerous other feature image layouts and customizations.