Want a custom portfolio solution?
There are portfolio websites like carbonmade that compress and resize your uploaded images which results in them losing a ton of quality. I personally want a portfolio that showcases my hard work without having to sacrifice quality for service. You’ll notice a lot of people believe that coming up with a custom solution is very hard and expensive when it really doesn’t have to be. Or they simply just don’t know how.
If you’re just starting out and want a solution that doesn’t compress your images a ton and is tailored the way you like, you can certainly do so. Wordpress is a wonderful software that can do just that, and you can use it for your portfolio and blog at the same time. You’ll also need hosting, any provider that has a shared hosting plan will work when you aren’t expecting an extreme amount of traffic for as little as $10 a month. You can find a host that offers even cheaper plans too.
How do I purchase a domain?
How do I find hosting for my website?
You can purchase a hosting subscription on websites like WebFaction, BlueHost, and GoDaddy. There are several free solutions that I won’t bother listing because you’ll never find a free host that is reliable as a paid subscription.
How do I setup Wordpress?
You will struggle with this at first. Luckily there are thousands upon thousands of guides and tutorials for this sort of thing so just look around. Wordpress also offers a free plan.
For those of you that are experienced with HTML/CSS and are good at solving problems.
You can take advantage of GitHub’s free service known as GitHub Pages. They will host all of your static content so you can create a portfolio with little HTML and CSS knowledge. You can use the free domain they give you (e.g. yourusernamehere.github.io) or purchase your own. GitHub also allows the use of Jekyll.
You can find more tutorials and information about graphic design, art, and photography on PixelForums, a community I started for creatives.