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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
So… Which one is your favourite? (Poll below)
Or let us know which ones we’ve missed and are worth mentioning.