5 ways to a Portfolio CMS

Get a D.I.Y Portfolio website. You’ll need a web hosting server and a little bit of tech know how, but the following list is Content Management Software built specifically with artists and designers in mind.



Core CMShttp://weareastronauts.org/core-cms/ (update: discontinued)

Secretary CMShttp://www.secretarycms.com


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Luke Lux said,

October 14, 2009 @ 1:57 am

Believe, WordPress is the best choice. It’s does not matter what kind of art are you involve with.

A free CMS must have a huge community supporting it or otherwise would be outdate in few years time.

Also, if you are not a computer coding geek you would need good plug-ins to create galleries to show your work or add RSS to your site and many feature more.

I strongly recommend WordPress or at least, Drupal.

Thanks guys.

Are you disagree? Please, send me a tweet to twitter.com/Lukelux and let me know your point of view.


Nathan said,

October 14, 2009 @ 7:28 am

I disagree.

WordPress is a good system – for blogging. It requires a lot of hacking and restructuring and refactoring to get it to work really well for other purposes. For a design portfolio, the current image gallery options are not very good and don’t integrate as well as they could into the system itself. It’s much nicer having a system with this functionality built in, and as its core feature.

Drupal? Save that for larger, community based sites. A small portfolio/image showcase with a few pages of text does not require something so monolothic.

These systems are offering a super quick, easy, nice looking solution that can easily be expanded upon – especially Secretary and Indexhibit.

Billy Carlson said,

October 14, 2009 @ 7:57 am

You left off Cargo Collective. It is really cool!!! Faceout Books uses it. Its great. I use Indexhibit and like it too.

Rhett Dashwood said,

October 14, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

@Billy Carlson
Cargo is indeed a good platform, but I wanted to write this post for products you can download and install on your own server. Cargo is currently only a hosted offering. See this article for more suggestions: http://www.heavy-backpack.com/archives/articles/hosted-portfolio-roundup

@Luke Lux
I also love WordPress, I use it for this blog. But all the products above have been built from the ground up with designers in mind precisely so they won’t have to hack together a coding solution.

john said,

October 18, 2009 @ 2:42 am

I use Core cms pretty much out of the box. I cant code mutch but i have altered it slightly. The best feature is the ability to show the work in a good way.

Billy said,

October 26, 2009 @ 7:04 am

That is very true. I do enjoy indexhibit a lot. Its customizable and easy and there is a large community that helps with any issues you may have.

I definitely want to check out these other ones. I am interested to see if it is even more customizable, especially since i am not much of a coder.

Chris said,

October 26, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

for something really simple you could try profolio

comes with a standard theme, single page design, which is customizable, but because of the single page design it isn’t too hard to make your own using a nice jquery slide to simulate the different pages…

Bruno said,

October 27, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

Cargo Collective is verty nice, they work on a network context.

Jesse said,

December 22, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

Check them out for Artist portfolios

Dylan Fries said,

February 8, 2010 @ 11:57 am

Thanks for a great post! i disagree w/ wordpress/drupal. They’re ugly for art stuff. Keep things as simple as possible. Use as lightweight a tool as you can manage. leverage networks that are already built so your not reinventing the wheel.

nil said,

March 27, 2010 @ 4:32 pm

i would recommend http://www.berta.lv. it is free and simple cms, you can install it on your server and change the looks if you like some coding. hope just ampunt of templates will grow soon.

Mike said,

May 18, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

I would recommend http://4ormat.com haven’t found a simpler to use CMS to date.

socialamigo said,

October 29, 2010 @ 11:16 am

I would look at these:

also, I found WADE in australia for a wordpress portfolio that splendid

Also this note on the CORE site


I’m not going to make any improvements to the current version of Core.

Core was a project I did to improve my skills in developing, but since I can’t find the time to maintain it I think it’s best to officially declare the project dead.

However, I will continue to host the files here for some time, if you wish to help me out with the hosting fees, please make a donation!

Last but not least, I want to thank you who tried and used Core, and I thank you who made donations even more, they were very appriciated!

Thanks for the run,

Simon Jakobsson
Developer of Core CMS

tariq ahmad said,

June 13, 2011 @ 6:02 am

i tried wordpress for my portfolio it was total nightmare
but CORE is made for designers artists all i need i found in core and also its faster

twenty5media said,

October 9, 2012 @ 2:52 am

We have used all of these and think concrete5 is the best of them, We generally build custom ones with CodeIgniter. If any of you need help let us know!

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