Hosted Portfolio Roundup

If you’re not tech savvy enough to set up your own web portfolio from scratch, or you just don’t have the time, then using a site designed to host portfolios might be the solution for you. Many have a free version that might be enough for your needs, but also have Pro plans that allow for more functionality. Some have social or networking elements. But all of them allow you to get your work on the web without having to deal with web hosting and set up.

Below is a roundup of 10 websites that should help you decide which hosted portfolio platform is best for you.

Hosted Portfolio Specific Websites

Quite a large following. Simple and robust system.
Cost: Free (In Beta)

Nicely designed choice of existing themes with further customisation possible and ability to use your own domain name.
Cost: To be announce (In Beta)

Krop – Creative Database
Krop is also known for it’s jobs database so the portfolio galleries fit nicely into their offering. Sleek contemporary design with a choice of themes.
Cost: Free (Limited use) or $10 per month

Boasting over 150,000 portfolios it has a broad cross section of users from the creative industry. Connected to a job board so you can find new gigs, and a simple gallery page layout for your folio.
Cost: Free

Also boasting over 150,000 portfolios it has a simple and neat grid thumbnail gallery layout.
Cost: Free (Limited use) $12 per month (Pro version)

Arlo / Artists
Well designed custom themes and layouts to choose from. Able to further customise the page. Custom domain name possible.
Cost: $100 per year

Image Gallery Websites

This site has the largest number of users. Targeted mainly towards artists, but believe me, any eight year old with a pencil drawing posts their art up on this site.
Cost: Free

Initially designed for personal photo albums creation Flickr works equally well to show off your designs or artwork. If you like the idea of using Flickr in this way you might also like Ffolio
Cost: Free (Limited use)

Computerlove Gallery
More famous for their great blog / design portal on what is the latest and greatest in creativity, you can also set up and show off your images with their profile galleries.
Cost: Free

Virb is like a well designed Myspace. Designed to set up your own profile and connect with others it allows you to have Flickr style galleries to show off your images.
Cost: Free

So… Which one is your favourite? (Poll below)

Which hosted portfolio site do you prefer
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Or let us know which ones we’ve missed and are worth mentioning.

Posted in: Articles  ·  Sep 18    

Carlo said,

September 19, 2009 @ 3:07 am

Mike said,

September 21, 2009 @ 12:36 am

I think that a customizable hosted portfolio is definitely a good option, personally I have my own website and hosting for my online portfolio but I’ve used a photoshop plug in and flash gallery called Simple Viewer which works very well for me.

Dave Tabler said,

September 21, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

The Ispot

caleb said,

October 12, 2009 @ 5:34 pm

Rhett Dashwood said,

October 14, 2009 @ 2:28 pm

@Carlo @Caleb This list is for hosted solutions. (Where you don’t have to have you’re own web hosting server) I have now posted about CMS products that have been made with designers in mind:

Mohammed Vasim Ansari said,

April 18, 2010 @ 11:52 pm

Hi! I am graphic designer, I already has a portfolio on coroflot.
it is great to see more sites.

Ziad Hilal said,

January 26, 2013 @ 8:35 am

Another great portfolio website is Sliding Boxes Brand new and really clean, check them out!

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