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How to make a online portfolios these days?
show user profile  Nanne
I've been hosting my own website for several years now running on WordPress.org for my online portfolio. Before that I wrote the entire website myself in HTML and a few PHP-scripts I found here and there. Then WordPress came along and made it easier to create and maintain your website.

Back then I thought it was better to have the creative freedom to customize my site the way I wanted to. But working with custom code or even WordPress is a real drag... it feels like I have to spend countless hours on looking for plugins that does what I want, and installing updates practically every week, and fighting compatibility issues and so on, and so on. It takes more time geting the website running then to create the actual art that I'm suppose to show there!

Does anyone else feel the same way?

But how about all these free online portfolio services that are available today?

I've been looking at these for some time now, and a lot of them starting to look really good. Does anyone have any experience about this to share, good or bad?

I'm using LinkedIn for my resumé and think it is a brilliant site, I even been contacted by multiple game companies interesting in hiring me, after seeing my profile.

But as a gallery site it might not be the best?

Lately I've been looking at Tumblr. I like the clean and simple layout it has that really put the art in focus.

There's also:
Behance by Adobe http://www.behance.net
ArtStation http://www.artstation.com
Carbonemade http://carbonmade.com
Cargo http://cargocollective.com
AllYou.net http://www.allyou.net
ProSite http://prosite.com
The Creative Finder http://thecreativefinder.com
Dribbble http://dribbble.com
Crevado http://crevado.com/
Coroflot http://www.coroflot.com/
DeviantArt http://www.deviantart.com/
Weebly http://www.weebly.com/
Wix http://www.wix.com/

What are you using, or considering using, for your personal portfolio?
For a company or freelance a "real" website might be more appropriate but I'm starting to feel that a portfolio service such as these and a LinkedIn profile is enough for your personal portfolio when applying for a job.

What do you think?

Kristoffer Helander
www.kristofferhelander.se
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12/10/2015 9:02:38 PM (last edit: 12/10/2015 9:04:09 PM)
show user profile  donvella
I think they are great platforms for showing you're work - just take caution as your content is kept at the discretion of a moderator. The case I'm thinking i forget their name but a popular paid 3d art platform went under last year and everyone lost their data and images hosted .

I switched from wordpress to google blog years ago - its simple, free and if you keep your images in your google drive you can place them with posts quite easy (2 clicks of a button).

In my opinion If you are not a designer i would keep your focus on your 3d and let someone else do the web content (template) as a bad website will immediately make ur work look less impressive



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12/10/2015 9:49:47 PM (last edit: 12/10/2015 9:49:47 PM)
show user profile  digs
I've really like art station, seems there are a lot more professionals using it lately

imo, it is good to post your very best art at some of/all of these places, with a link back to you main art hub (your own personal website), assuming it's not a turd of a site, like vella mentioned
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12/10/2015 10:05:27 PM (last edit: 12/10/2015 10:06:47 PM)
show user profile  gogodr
I should copy and paste this somewhere but here it goes.

There are different ways of building your brand specially for artists or designers of different industries. The first thing you have to take notice is that community profiles like FB, Thumblr and DeviantArt are great ways of building an audience and being part of the community gives you exposure. But of course this kind of websites look less "professional" than building your own portfolio website.

This second lacks the social aspect of it and basically what I try to say is that just because you have a website, doesn't mean that people are going to look at it or even find it. Furthermore, your potential clients wont be searching for portfolio websites on the internet. That's where you have to take a different approach.

With the first, being part of a community means constantly creating new content so that your user base is happy and they stay with you. A potential client can be part of that user base, or can see your talent searching in the community for popular work.

On the other hand, with the second, you will have to work your own network of contacts. Go to events, build relationship with customers so that they get you new customers. You will have to print cards and give your potential clients the link to your portfolio. That's the way you get exposure with this kind of stand alone portfolios. (Of course, you can get some clients through the internet by someone searching for someone to hire from your industry. And for that you will have to invest in doing a pretty good SEO)(And it doesn't have to be a website made from scratch, something made with SquareSpace, Wordpress or Wix is valid too)

Personally, I don't think either of the two is better than the other. They are just different approaches to self marketing. It depends of your industry and how you are used to work, pick whichever you see fit.

Hello there

beautiful ;3


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12/10/2015 10:07:44 PM (last edit: 12/10/2015 10:07:44 PM)
show user profile  donvella
gogodr makes a very good point about the social aspect. I would only change 1 variable - create less content but more accurate & researched information.

similar to http://viscorbel.com/
- he doesnt post much, but the stuff he does post is pure gold.





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12/10/2015 11:29:06 PM (last edit: 12/10/2015 11:29:22 PM)
show user profile  jStins
I use cargo collective for my site and I like it quite a bit, but I'm a fan of keeping it simple and letting the work speak for itself. I also use art station to get stuff out to a wider audience and I like the social aspects there (not over bearing, but you can follow other artists, contact them and host your own portfolio there easily). I have a tumblr as well that I use more like a sketchbook as I'm less selective in what I post there.

Whatever you do, keep it simple and focus on making good art. :)

-Joel


joelstinson.com

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12/11/2015 9:34:47 AM (last edit: 12/11/2015 9:34:47 AM)
show user profile  Nanne
Thanks for all your input! :)

jStins I like your page; simple and clean. There's some error with your domain though, it doesn't take me to your site directly but rather gives a link to click on to get to the Cargo domain and your subdomain there.

I also just discovered SquareSpace they have some really nice clean design options to choose from: http://squarespace.com/websites/
What do you think?

Kristoffer Helander
www.kristofferhelander.se
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12/13/2015 1:49:20 PM (last edit: 12/13/2015 1:49:34 PM)
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