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10 Tips for Creating a Killer Personal Portfolio Website

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As a designer or creatives you need a portfolio and have a website is the quickest and easiest ways to showcase your works. Even if you have a physical portfolio, a website is pretty much expected these days in addition.

Like have some real estate on the web and make it easier for hiring managers or prospective clients to find you, learn about you, and get in touch with you.

Then having a great web design portfolio can greatly increase your chances of gaining more work and earning more money.

To help you out, I’ve come up with a list of top tips that you should be including in your personal website. With the examples of each.

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10 Tips for Creating a Killer Portfolio Website

Here are some top tips to help you along the way:

Tips #1: Have a Logo and Tagline

Have a logo for your website is the basic. The logo is your brand and your tagline is who you are. They both will capture the potential customer attention and answer the question “why?” very quickly. Otherwise, the visitor will click the back button very quickly.

Personal Portfolio Website Tips: Logo and Tagline
Mynd Theme Logo

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Here the key, your logo is the representative of your design style and personality. Then your tagline should short and descriptive bring the value you can give to a potential client.

Personal Portfolio Website Tips: Logo and Tagline
The tagline of Studio WordPress Theme

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Tips #2: Have an Elevator Pitch

Then include an Elevator Pitch – a summary—no more than two to three paragraphs long—laying out the most important things about you. This could include major companies you’ve worked for, projects you’ve worked on that you’re most proud of, your “superpower” as a professional, and even a little personality. Imagine people coming to your site and only reading this one section. What would you want them to take away?

Personal Portfolio Website Tips: Have Elevator Pitch
The Elevator Pitch of TreeBeard Theme

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Tips #3: Easy to Navigate

Don’t make visitors hard to navigate your website. If you can’t get to your work examples easily or quickly be able to contact you, then it doesn’t really matter how good your work is: the visitor will potentially grow frustrated and try another designer.

Personal Portfolio Website Tips: Easy Menu Navigation
Easy Menu Navigation on Cherry WordPress Theme

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Make your portfolio super-easy to navigate. Simplify and streamline the menu items, reduce and consolidate pages, and keep the navigation style simple rather than getting clever with it.

Tips #4: Categorize your Works

Categorize your work samples to make the browsing of your portfolio easier. Even, say, ten items are instantly easier to make sense of if they’re categorized by logos, websites, banners, whatever.

Personal Portfolio Website Tips: Categorize Works
Portfolio works categorize of Landscape Theme

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Tips #5: Tell about yourself

Since business is personal not robots, so include your bio with your story as a person can build the relationships with your potential clients. It can be just as much about personality compatibility and your character as much as your skills.

About Page for Portfolio Website
About Section of Verk WordPress Theme

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Tips #6: Show Examples of Your Best Works

If you’re a designer, artist, photographer, or the like, you should definitely create a sort of “gallery” of the work you’re most proud of. If you’re a writer, this could be clips to articles you’ve published around the web, photos of print articles, or links to books you co-authored or ghost wrote. If you’re in marketing, you could include examples of campaigns you ran or descriptions of events you helped put on. Even if you’re in sales or business development, try talking about some of the companies you’ve sold to or from, or give some idea about your sales numbers (without giving away anything proprietary, of course).

Get creative and don’t think you can’t “show off” your work just because you don’t have anything tangible to show.

Personal Portfolio Website Tips: Show Best Your Works
The Portfolio Section of Stormday WordPress Theme

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Tips #7: Include Testimonials

Give social proof is one of the most effective ways to reduce risk for a prospective client.

Think about it: if you’re not sure of this new designer and see people raving about the quality of the work, and you see a link going to the website in question to prove that it’s legit rather than a lame fake testimonial, then you’re much more likely to take a chance. That’s what testimonials do to prospective clients – reduce their risk and make them more likely to try you out.

Personal Portfolio Website Tips: Include Testimony
The Testimony Section of Presenter Theme

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Tips #8: Show your service offer

Don’t make them figure out what type of work you do – Make theme clearly say it.

You might be noticing a theme in these tips – make it as easy as possible for the visitor. And this tip is no different: clearly say what work you’re available for to the prospective client.

Personal Portfolio Website Tips: Include service offers
The Service Offers Section of Landing Raindrops Theme

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So a visitor comes in, quickly sees your style and what value you offer, checks out the work, looks at the testimonials, and is sold – the last piece of the puzzle is for them to quickly see what kind of work you can do for them.

Tips #9: Have a great blog page

Blog is the perfect medium to share your knowledge, experience and philosophies to your potential clients. It gives you a space to become a thought leader, engage with more people around the web, and easily update your network on your career news.

Personal Portfolio Website Tips: Have a Great Blog Page
Great Blog on Camila WordPress Theme

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Tips #10: Make it easy to contact you

And the last, include a contact section in your portfolio is a must. The contact page will make a prospective client to be able to contact you easier. Then the chance you’ll end up getting his or her project will greater.

Personal Portfolio Website Tips: Have Contact Page
The Contact Section of TreeBeard Theme

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