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Portfolios

Use portfolios to manage and showcase projects on your site. Commonly used by creative professionals, this type of content is a great way to promote your work.

An example of portfolio on a website
An example of a portfolio, using the Orvis theme

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Activate Portfolios

If you don’t already see Portfolio in your list of options in the left sidebar of your dashboard, go to Settings → Writing → Content Types and turn on the Portfolio Projects option.

Choose the number of projects you’d like to display on portfolio pages. Keep in mind that some themes may override this number for design reasons, such as keeping a portfolio grid even. Your changes should be saved automatically, or use the Save Settings button.

The Content Types settings, with Portfolio Projects highlighted and enabled.

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Create and Edit Your Projects

Click on Portfolio in your list of options in the left sidebar of your dashboard:

Similar to the way you add new blog posts, you can add a new project by clicking the Add New Project button. Portfolio projects are ordered by the date they’re created, with the most recent project displayed first.


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Project Settings

When working on your portfolio projects, you’ll see the Project settings on the right side of your screen.

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If the page settings are not there, you may need to click on the ⚙️ (gear) icon in the top right corner to bring up the settings.

Here you will find the following options:

  • Status & Visibility: Tells you basic information about the project, including the author, visibility status, and publish date. Learn more about these settings.
  • Revisions: Allows you to see the most recently saved changes to the project.
  • Permalink: The URL that the project will appear at. By default, this is the title you give the project.
  • Project Types: Allows you to add or assign a type, similar to Categories for posts.
  • Project Tags: Allows you to add or assign tags, similar to Tags for posts
  • Featured Image: Allows you to display a unique custom header image for the project or set a thumbnail for special features of your theme. This is recommended to set.
  • Excerpt: Write a brief excerpt for the project that may appear on various thumbnails throughout the site, or as a preview for search engine results.
  • Discussion: Lets you enable comments.

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Display Portfolio Projects On Your Site

There are a few different ways to view your portfolio projects after you have created them.

Portfolio Page

After activating portfolios and publishing at least one project, you’ll have a new page of your site at the following address:

https://yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/portfolio/

(replace yourgroovysite.wordpress.com with your site address.)

All of your projects will automatically appear on this page of your site, in chronological order with the most recent first. You may add this page to your site’s menu for visitors to view your projects.

Project Type & Tag Pages

To keep things organized, which is especially important if you have a lot of projects, you can use Project Types and Project Tags:

  • Project Types are used to sort portfolio projects into broader groups. For example, an artist may have categories for watercolors, sketches, and sculpture.
  • Project Tags specifically describe what each portfolio project contains. For example, the artist may tag a project with painting, green, blue, sky, landscape, and texture.

When you are creating your projects, you’ll find the options to add types and tags in the project settings on the right.

You can view, edit, and delete your project types and tags by going to Portfolio → Project Types or Portfolio → Project Tags in your WordPress dashboard. You may also add them to your site’s menu for visitors to view your projects by specific types or tags.

Display Projects With Blocks

To display projects on your site and have more control over the layout and which projects are shown, use the Blog Posts block (which can be configured to show projects instead of posts.)

Portfolio Themes

Although all WordPress.com themes will display your projects, a few themes have been designed with the Portfolio content type in mind. These themes will have specific styles for projects and may provide specially designed page templates to display your portfolio in other ways.

Portfolio Shortcode

The Portfolio content type comes with a shortcode to let you display projects on posts and pages. Typing [portfolio] into a Shortcode block embeds an archive view of your portfolio projects. Learn how to customize the display here.


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Troubleshooting

If any of the Portfolio page links result in a “Page Not Found” error, this can be fixed by disabling and re-enabling the Portfolio content type. Go to Settings → Writing → Custom Content Types, uncheck the Portfolio Projects option, save your changes, and then re-check the Portfolio Projects option and save your changes again.


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Effective Portfolio Tips

Understanding how to create a portfolio is the first step — now, you have to figure out what to include and how to organize and describe your work for maximum impact. We’ve got some tips!

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