Here are ten websites that you can use in order to build your own photography portfolio. Some of them will also allow you to sell your images directly from the portfolio too. Many of them are based on some sort of content management system, which means you do not need any real website programming experience in order to use them. The list is in no particular order.
1 – FolioHD
This website has three different payment plans that you can try. It is primarily for people looking to sell very high quality images and images that are rather heavy (lots of resolution/ high megabyte content). You are able to have a basic, intermediate or premium account. The accounts are based upon how many photos you upload, for example you may upload thirty-six photos on the basic plan before they start charging you for uploads.
2 – Folio Websites
This is a content management system for building an online portfolio for images. You may build one for desktop website browsers or mobile web browsers. The user interface is fairly simple and clean and it comes across in the design of the websites that you create. The platform creates web pages that will also work with WordPress, and it comes with features that will help you to improve your SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
3 – Zenfolio
This is a website that is good for creating image-based portfolios and for creating video portfolios too. It gives you the option of selling your content online whilst giving you the tools to create a very good-looking website. There is a minimum subscription fee that will cover you for a year, or you may try to free account first in order to make up your mind. It is okay if you can drive traffic to it enough to convert into sales.
4 – Photoshelter
This is a website that allows you to build an online portfolio of your photography. It has portfolio-building tools that you may use, which allows you to create and control your own fonts, layout and images. You do not need to know how to create a website via any sort of programming code. In that respect, it is pretty close to a content management system that you may build a blog with. You may integrate social media into your site too.
5 – 500px
This is a website that will help you create a portfolio that is more about quantity than quality, although high quality will serve you better. You are able to create a highly personalized portfolio that gives you a custom domain name and unlimited image uploads. It also has a function that will allow you to sell your images online. It comes with a traffic tracking system so that you can see where your visitors are landing, and maybe even figure out why.
6 – Orosso
This is a rather easy-to-use site that allows you to build a very professional looking portfolio without having to put too much effort into it. It allows you to build what is known as a photographic website, which also means that you do not have to create a portfolio but it works well if you do. It comes with a fourteen-day free trial and may be used by anyone who wants to create an online portfolio, from photographers to interior designers.
7 – Pixpa
This is an all-round website for creating a video, photo, design or art portfolio. It comes with a portfolio-building tool that allows you to build onto a template. There are thousands of templates that you can choose from in order to build your portfolio, so there is no need to start working on building the page from scratch. It has a nice variety of customization tools to, in order to help your portfolio look different from the others with the same template.
8 – 1X
This website is a curated photography website, which means that you may gain build your own portfolio, and gain traffic from other users too. The community is pretty good, which means that you may have your photography exposed to thousands of members. The only problem is that not every photo that you upload is going to be published, meaning that only your good ones are going to attract attention. Try to upload images that stand out from the crowd or that other people have trouble replicating.
9 – SmugMug
This is a portfolio website that is more about sharing images than it is about creating a portfolio, but on the plus side, your uploaded portfolio of images may potentially be seen by thousands of people. You may select your own themes, colors and fonts as you upload your many images onto the site. You may also gain extra exposure by sharing your images across the social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook. You should upload a few pictures and see what sort of attention you can drum up for your photography skills.
10 – Foliolink
This is a good website for if you want to create an online portfolio that is also a place to sell your photographs and artwork too. You do not need to know how to program a website or anything like that. There is also an iOS site that allows you to create portfolio mobile ready websites. It allows you to create websites that work on the iPhone and iPad. You are given a week free trial before having to decide if you want to pay.