GraphicDesign.com Makes the Case for using WordPress as a Portfolio Platform

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Online portfolios are a must for graphic designers, especially in today's competitive economic environment. But what site should a designer host their portfolio on? In this week's poll article on GraphicDesign.com, Black Cat Digital Publishing CEO Nathan Weller examines that question in an article entitled, "The Pros and Cons of Using WordPress as Your Portfolio Platform."

The reason I'm such a proponent of WordPress as a portfolio platform is because it provides its users with unparalleled flexibility and all the tools/resources you could possibly need to grow your portfolio into a full fledged brand and business

Online portfolios are a must for graphic designers, especially in today's competitive economic environment. But what site should a designer host their portfolio on? In this week's poll article on GraphicDesign.com, Black Cat Digital Publishing CEO Nathan Weller examines that question in an article entitled, "The Pros and Cons of Using WordPress as Your Portfolio Platform."

Weller started by giving an overview of some of the most popular platforms to host online portfolios like Cargo, Behance, Dribbble, Flickr, Tumblr, Blogger, and WordPress.org. The latter is Weller's top choice. Screen shots of each are displayed to help aspiring graphic designers figure out which platform most closely meets their needs.

Why does Weller champion WordPress above all? Why is the content management site so impressive? Weller told GraphicDesign.com readers, "The reason I'm such a proponent of WordPress as a portfolio platform is because it provides its users with unparalleled flexibility and all the tools/resources you could possibly need to grow your portfolio into a full fledged brand and business."

Graphic designers looking to build an online portfolio can then view the pros and cons of WordPress, which powers more than half of the top one million websites in existence. Why has WordPress become popular? Weller explained, "Thanks in large part to its ease of use and massive popularity, WordPress has fostered an enormous community of passionate designers, developers, and resource providers."

WordPress puts the user in control with infinite scalability. As Weller touted, "With WordPress, you have the freedom to grow, expand, change, or experiment as much as you want. You imagination and design/dev chops are your only limitations."

There are a few downsides to using WordPress, however. Besides a financial commitment to purchasing and hosting a domain, there's also a time commitment. Weller pointed out, "There is a bit more effort and time involved in launching a WordPress portfolio/website than say, signing up for a Behance account. So in lieu of that instant satisfaction, you need to be okay with the fact that you'll have to put a bit of work into setting everything up."

Putting in time also involves navigating a learning curve. It's here that WordPress' immense sea of options can be overwhelming. Weller remembered, "Over time, experimentation, and some reading, I was able to get a firm grasp on everything." The GraphicDesign.com article wraps up with examples of design portfolios hosted on WordPress.

In an effort to engage its readership as much as possible, GraphicDesign.com regularly publishes articles like Weller's that contain interactive polls. This week's asks readers, "What features, if any, attract you to WordPress as a portfolio platform?" The voting will remain open until October 1.

Visit GraphicDesign.com to start building an online portfolio today. The poll article can be viewed here.

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