Orvis is a portfolio theme crafted with designers and photographers in mind. It’s a minimalist, powerful, and flexible theme that puts the focus on your projects.
Orvis takes advantage of the Portfolio feature on WordPress.com, offering unique layouts and organization for your portfolio projects. To get the most out of this theme, you need to have added Portfolio projects.
With a dedicated Portfolio section in your dashboard, adding portfolio items is simple. Check out our guide for full details on how to set up your portfolio.
People love full-size images of your work, so make sure any images you include are at least
Orvis will extract your images, videos or galleries from the content and will display these at full width on larger screens on the single portfolio pages. Orvis will automatically place the text on the left hand side and any media on the right hand side of the single portfolio page. If you’d like to keep a line of text with the image on the right, simply add it before or after the image and do not include a line break between the two.
For the main Portfolio page and/or the Portfolio Page Template that you can set as your front/home page, you will need to set a Featured Image to represent the portfolio project.
Featured Images are important in Orvis. They work best when they’re at least
924px wide and will appear in several places, including archive pages, the portfolio page template, and whenever you use portfolio shortcodes. Don’t forget to add one to all your Portfolio projects!
Portfolio Page Template
This template will display your portfolio projects and allow you to set your portfolio as your site’s front page.
When you first activate Orvis, you’ll see your posts in a traditional blog format.
If you’d like to use the Portfolio Page Template as the front page of your site, as the demo site does, it’s simple to configure.
After you set the Portfolio Page Template, publish your page.
Go to the Customizer‘s Static Front Page panel and set “Front page displays” to “A static page.”
Select the page you just assigned the Portfolio Page Template to as “Front page” and set another page as the “Posts page” to display your blog posts.
The portfolio page title will appear by default. You can hide it if you prefer by going to Customize → Portfolio and check “Hide page title on Portfolio Page Template” option.
Where is the portfolio archive page?
Along with the Portfolio Page Template, your projects will be displayed on portfolio archive pages.
Let’s say you have a WordPress.com site at:
The URL of the Portfolio archive page will be:
If you’d like to add your portfolio archive page to your Custom Menu, create a custom link using the portfolio archive URL.
You can customize the portfolio archive page by changing the title, adding some content, and uploading a featured image. To do so, go to Customize → Portfolio.
Once you create a project, you can use the portfolio shortcode to display it anywhere on your site. Adding the
[portfolio] shortcode to any post or page will insert your project. Learn more about working with the portfolio shortcode.
Multiple Color Schemes
Is the theme’s default color scheme not your style? We’ve included a few free featured color palettes to inspire you — or choose your own colors with the WordPress.com Premium or Business plan.
The options appear in your Customizer under Colors & Backgrounds.
Footer Social Menu
Orvis allows you to display links to your social-media profiles with perfectly sized icons. This appears in the footer at the bottom right. Learn how to set up your social links menu.
The Social Menu includes icons for the following services:
- Email (mailto: links)
- RSS Feed (urls with /feed/)
Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)
- The main column width is
- The sidebar width is
- Featured Images are