If you’re a photographer, a writer, or a creative of any kind, then you need a portfolio. Moreover, that collection of work needs to reflect the fact that you’re a professional who can get the job done. Without an up-to-date portfolio, finding work that befits your talents can be difficult.
The right WordPress portfolio plugin can help you showcase your work in all its glory. The following six tools go above and beyond to offer you key functionality, and also boast strong ratings and regular updates.
Let’s get to it!
1. Visual Portfolio
First on our list, Visual Portfolio is a gallery plugin that enables you to use multiple types of portfolio layouts within the Block Editor. With this plugin, you can add masonry, grid, tile, justified, and carousel galleries to any of your pages:
It also enables you to set up new categories for your work, and build a library of portfolio items. You get access to a custom post type for portfolio pages, and each module supports multiple types of files, including images as well as hosted video and audio.
Visual Portfolio offers plenty of customization settings for each of its portfolio blocks. You can modify layouts, add visual effects to individual galleries, and choose what information to display at a glance:
If you’re not using the Block Editor, Visual Portfolio also integrates with Elementor and WPBakery. In those cases, the plugin lets you create reusable portfolio layouts that you can add to any page using shortcodes.
Visual Portfolio is for you if…
…you want to access easily-customizable portfolio blocks. This plugin lets you set up as many custom portfolio galleries as you need. Plus, you can divide your portfolio into categories, which is perfect if you want to showcase a large library of work.
Price: Free, with premium licenses starting at $39 | More Information
2. Portfolio Gallery
Portfolio Gallery enables you to set up as many individual galleries as you need to showcase portfolio items. It also lets you choose between multiple styles.
Moreover, you can create sub-galleries for each entry in your portfolio. Here’s how that looks when using the Portfolio Gallery builder:
On top of adding sub-galleries for each entry, you can also include titles and descriptions, and set images to lead to external URLs. This plugin also lets you add each portfolio item under multiple categories for easier sorting. Here’s what that looks like from the front end using the Content Popup style:
Portfolio Gallery’s styles are perfect if you want to include multiple pictures for each entry in your portfolio. You can also take advantage of descriptions to talk about each project and how you approached it.
One downside of using this plugin is that it doesn’t offer many options when it comes to visual customization. Although you can choose from multiple gallery styles, you can’t modify colors, add effects to galleries, or even use custom CSS without some tinkering (at least, not without the premium version).
Portfolio Gallery is for you if…
…you want a WordPress portfolio plugin that doesn’t require much customization. The plugin’s default style works well for minimalist portfolio websites. Moreover, you can include a lot of information and display additional images for each project.
Price: Free, with premium licenses starting at $19 | More Information
3. Grid Kit Portfolio Gallery
Next up, Grid Kit Portfolio Gallery is what we’d call an all-in-one WordPress portfolio plugin. This tool enables you to set up portfolio galleries, normal photo albums, client logos, and team showcases. When you combine all of those features, you get a solution that’s perfect for large agencies:
You can add titles, descriptions, and URLs for each project in your portfolio galleries. If you set up client-based galleries, you’ll be able to add multiple projects to each of them. Each gallery that you create gets its own shortcode, which you can place anywhere you want on your website.
Although Grid Kit Portfolio is a fantastic option for agencies, the free version is missing gallery customization functionality. You don’t get to choose specific layouts or customize the style of your galleries.
Grid Kit Portfolio Gallery is for you if…
…you’re happy using basic grid galleries for your portfolio. Alternatively, the premium plugin offers a broad range of portfolio gallery types that you can use, and it’s perfect for agencies.
Price: Free, with premium licenses starting at $29.99 | More Information
4. Easy Photography Portfolio
If you’re looking for something free and simple, Easy Photography Portfolio is a plugin that lives up to its name. With this tool, you can set up portfolio pages that include brief introductions at the top of the screen, followed by a simple photography portfolio that uses a masonry layout. Creating each page is simple and works using the Block Editor:
Although you don’t get access to any customization options, Easy Photography Portfolio galleries look great on their own:
When you click on any image, it opens using a lightbox that includes options to maximize it, zoom in, or open it on a new tab. However, one downside is that you can’t include photograph titles or descriptions.
Easy Photography Portfolio is for you if…
…you want a plugin that lets you create minimalist galleries for your photos. You don’t have to spend any time customizing galleries, and the plugin looks great with most themes due to its simple style.
Price: Free | More Information
5. Divi Builder
Divi Builder is a page builder plugin that you can use alongside most modern themes, including our own Divi Theme. Particularly if you use the plugin and theme together, you’ll get access to a broad range of features that can help you build the perfect WordPress portfolio.
Using the Divi Builder, you can add a Portfolio or a Filterable Portfolio module to any of your pages. Those modules work with the custom Project post type, which the Divi Builder sets up for you. You can add project pages and divide them into categories using Divi:
You’ll also get a broad range of customization options for every module. You can modify each element’s design, layout, effects, and even custom CSS.
Moreover, the Divi Builder gives you access to a large library of pre-built page templates you can use. Among those, you have several options for full portfolio websites, focusing on different types of creative work:
The Divi Builder also includes a powerful Theme Builder tool. You can use the this to create theme templates that you can assign to custom page and post types. In addition, Divi Builder can help you add links to social media, so potential customers can follow you online.
Divi Builder is for you if…
…you’re already using the Divi theme. Even if you’re using a different theme, however, you can still use the Divi Builder page builder plugin to set up portfolios that look precisely the way you want.
Price: Licenses start at $89 | More Information
6. Portfolio Post Type
At this point on the list, we’re veering away from portfolio gallery plugins and into more niche tools. For example, Portfolio Post Type is a plugin that helps you set up a custom post type called Portfolio for your website.
The plugin also lets you set up custom portfolio tags and categories:
This tool is perfect if you want to build custom templates for your portfolio pages. It will display portfolio items using regular post styles by default. That means you’ll need to create new archive-portfolio.php and single-portfolio.php templates to customize the way your project pages look.
Portfolio Post Type is for you if…
…you’re a developer and you like working with WordPress templates. If you want to create your own templates for portfolio pages, this plugin will take care of their taxonomies for you.
Price: Free | More Information
7. GS Logo Slider
A lot of portfolios include logos for the clients that professionals work with. Displaying logos for past and current clients is a simple way to showcase that you’re in demand, and you’ve worked with companies visitors might know.
With that in mind, GS Logo Slider enables you to add each of your client’s logos to your site and display them using sliding galleries:
This plugin offers a broad range of gallery styles, and you can configure each logo to lead users to another page or website. For example, you can add URLs to project pages for each specific client, talking about the work you’ve done together.
Using GS Logo Slider, you can add sliding logo galleries to your pages using shortcodes or blocks. Moreover, the plugin lets you create categories and tags for your clients’ logos.
GS Logo Slider is for you if…
…you want a quick way to show off what clients you’ve worked with. You can also include that information within specific entries in your portfolio gallery. However, a logo slider offers a much easier (and more visually-appealing) way to impress visitors when they visit your home page.
Price: Free, with premium licenses starting at $30 | More Information
A lot of artists choose to use their social media profiles as a kind of portfolio. If you use Instagram to show off your best work, you can find a way to integrate your feed into WordPress. That way, you won’t need to create a new gallery to display your work on your website. Plus, you’ll be able to direct visitors to your social media profiles.
Spotlight is a simple plugin that enables you to embed your Instagram feed anywhere on your website. You can display your Instagram posts as a grid, and choose how many images to showcase on your site:
This plugin lets you set a custom bio description and change your account’s logo. Plus, you can include a Follow button so visitors can follow your account without leaving your website.
Using Spotlight, you can embed personal or business Instagram accounts. Moreover, the plugin lets you embed feeds from multiple accounts on the same page, or on different pages.
Spotlight is for you if…
…you use your Instagram profile as a portfolio. With this plugin, you can display that portfolio on your WordPress site, and gain more followers for your social media account.
Price: Free, with premium licenses starting at $49 | More Information
Testimonials are a key tool for encouraging potential customers to trust you. If someone is getting to know your work through your portfolio, a few positive messages from previous clients can help convince them that you’re the right person for their project.
Using the Testimonial plugin, you’ll be able to display customer testimonials using sliders. You can add testimonials manually, and include everything from custom titles and descriptions to ratings. Customers can also add links to their sites and social media profiles, and even include video testimonial recordings.
Here’s what the basic testimonial slider looks like:
You can create multiple sliders using different templates, and assign custom settings to them. For example, you can choose what order to display your testimonials in, how many to include in your slider, and whether to add schema markup.
Customers can include photographs alongside their testimonials, and you can choose where and how they’ll appear. However, one feature that is missing from the plugin’s free version is the option for customers to submit testimonials through a form. Instead, you’ll have to contact them and collect feedback personally.
Testimonial is for you if…
…you have a few previous clients you can solicit positive feedback from, and you want to add compelling social proof to your portfolio site.
Price: Free, with premium licenses starting at $39 | More Information
Using WordPress to create a portfolio is relatively simple. With the right WordPress portfolio plugins, you’ll be able to display your work, show who you’ve worked with, and even share client testimonials. All of these elements are key components of a strong portfolio, whether you’re a graphic designer, a developer, or anything in between.
If you’re still not sure which WordPress portfolio plugin to use, we’re big fans of Visual Portfolio due to its ease of use and integration with the Block Editor. However, if you want to use a page builder instead, Divi Builder offers plenty of modules and templates that will help you design a gorgeous portfolio website.
Do you have any questions about how to create an effective WordPress portfolio? Let’s talk about them in the comments section below!
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