Let's face it.
Most of your potential clients don't hire you for one reason...
... they don't trust you!
And why should they?
For them, you're just one of the many. You're just a person who wants their money.
...if you can SHOW them that you can deliver the work they need, instead of just telling you can, that's a completely different story.
If you can show, instead of just talk, you immediately separate yourself from the crowd. Now, you're not just someone who wants their money.
Now, you're someone who can HELP them to do something, and who should be paid for that help.
The easiest way to show them your expertise is to show them your previous work and create a portfolio website.
Here, I'll list what I think are top WordPress portfolio themes, that can help you create your portfolio website this afternoon.
Showcase is a powerful theme that also allows you to create a blog, and not just portfolio website.
Beside this, this theme comes with demo content that you install, and just modify it. This drastically reduces the time needed to create a website. Of course, the theme is responsive.
Also, this theme comes with pre-installed Frontend Page Builder, a plugin that enables you to create pages with just drag-and-drop, and see how it will look like to your users.
Eleven is a responsive one page theme with parallax.
This theme also comes with demo content and advanced theme settings.
It's very easy to customize. And it also comes with LayerSlider, and Contact Form 7.
You can build custom pages using shortcodes included.
This is a clean, minimal, timeless design for a wide variety of users. The responsive web design adapts from desktop to tablet and mobile screens. No additional setup required. (And no need to manage a second mobile site!)
Designed to help you get your site up and running quickly by taking advantage of built in WordPress functionality and avoiding dozens of useless, complex option screens.
Almera definitely impresses you with its nice looking design and amazingly powerful functionality.
Almera best suits all types of gallery and portfolio. It's a great deal for professional photographers and artists to open their art, to share their art with the world.
With pre-installed sliders you can show your projects. Developers made it possible for you to choose how exactly to present and illuminate your works. Three different types of Home page layouts will let you do that the best way.
Quantum is a theme that combines a minimal modern design with the right amount of features to help you create an outstanding portfolio in no time.
It comes with WooCommerce support, 6 Home/Project pages and 3 single portfolio layouts.
Nostalgia is a minimal portfolio WordPress theme – personal or corporate, based on full-screen slider and sliding pages. The theme is developed in a minimalist, contrasting style. Background images kept in retro tones contrast with modern minimalist content.
The theme contains typical descriptive pages like about and services, portfolio page with categories based on accordion, built-in lightbox and possibility to play YouTube and Vimeo videos, main blog page and single post page with categories, comments and lightbox, contact page with map of location and with contact form.
The theme fullscreen background will adapt to any screen resolution.
Marble is a flat, responsive, WordPress theme built with Twitter Bootstrap with unique portfolio.
It includes 6 different homepage layouts and 2 blogs. Marble will be useful for artists, photographers, creative agencies, digital studios, personal freelancers, and any kind of business owners that would like to showcase their portfolio beautifully.
Since it is responsive, the layout will adapt to different screen sizes which will make your website be compatible with any device such as smart phones, tablets or desktop computers.
Marble has 4 different header styles and can be used as either a Multi-Page Theme, or a Single Page Theme depending on your needs.
Senna is the WordPress theme for all creatives.
Boasting a clean, minimalistic design with a bold and carefully thought typography, Senna let's your works shine and play in the eyes of your visitors. This is a very visual theme, merging pictures and text seamlessly, featuring a grid based, patchwork portfolio section and page that entices your visitors to explore and have a full experience of your creations.
Because beautiful imagery and carefully written content need to shine on any device, Senna is a fully responsive, Retina-ready WordPress theme, with adaptive images that will look great down to the phone in your pocket. It takes advantage of large screen with full width sections (like the grid based portfolio) but it scales beautifully on any device.
Kaleido is a responsive fullscreen portfolio studio theme for creative professionals and agencies.
It comes with a lot of advance options and pre-designed templates and layouts.
Vulcano is a creative WordPress theme with clean, minimalist design, smooth transition effects, a beautiful portfolio and a rich set of advanced features powered by Tesla Framework.
Vulcano is packed with latest features like responsive design with full width elements, built-in shortcodes, social media integration, filterable portfolio, AJAX contact form and newsletter subscription, Google Maps with drag & drop functionality and much more.
If you want to showcase your works in a creative manner, this template is probably good fit for you.
Cartel WordPress Theme is a fully responsive HTML5 theme that is ideal for design and photography studios or freelancers.
It offers a masonry gallery, awesome hover effects, full width sliders with touch support, fullscreen backgrounds, fashionable captions and tons of professional styling options.
This theme a packs powerful options panel to change typography, layout and colors. Cartel theme has over 200 options, several page templates, dozens of shortcodes and much more to make your own unique website.
12. The EDGE
The Edge Template is a multi-functional one page template with the ability to become any website that you need.
The transformation abilities of The Edge theme can be seen from the 12 unique demos that developer have prepared for you. Each demo looks like a different website.
Demo content that comes with the theme makes it easy for you to make a website in no time. All you need to do is to edit that content.
This theme also comes with pre-installed Frontend Page Builder.
And there you have it.
All you need to do now is to choose your theme and create your portfolio website today.
It will make all the difference in your work and career.
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