20+ Best WordPress Portfolio Themes For Creatives, Professionals, And Businesses 2015
One of the fastest growing segments of the WordPress theme marketplace are themes for creative agencies, professionals and freelancers who need ways to showcase there work in attractive ways. In an attempt to capture the interest of this intelligent and aesthetic orientated cohort, theme foundries are racing to create beautiful new portfolio themes that offer image-forward designs while not sacrificing business branding needs.
If you are on the lookout for great WordPress portfolio themes to feature your work this ongoing round-up of the very best portfolio templates the web has to offer will guide your way. Look high quality responsive designs that offer parallax content, full-width feature sliders, Masonry-style layouts, and multiple portfolio layouts.
All of the themes on this page are of the premium persuasion but it may be the case that you can get by with a less feature rich free version. If that’s the case, please review our Free Portfolio WordPress Themes collection that showcases some amazing portfolio options without the cost.
Dorsey is a supper clean, uber-minimal portfolio theme from the folks over at MadeByMinimal. If you’ve not ever checked out the themes from this foundry you should head over and see what you think. Everyone on the Nimbus Themes staff thinks they produce some of the best looking themes around at this time and we hope they continue to roll out these wonderful products moving forward. Dorsey would make an amazing showcase for a photographer or illustrator but it could also be just as powerful for professional portfolios like a draftsmen, engineers and architects.
The Reveal theme is a very simple and straightforward portfolio or business layout that would work well for photographers, architects, or creative professionals. It’s not the fanciest theme but I really like that it had an ajax display on the frontpage so that when you select one of the “projects” from the image grid it activates the ajax info display above where you can provide more detail and images. An additional detail that adds to the theme is the masonry style sorting of categories/tags on the frontpage project grid.
The Portfolio WordPress Theme from Gavick is a great example of getting a lot of great exposure for your work without having the website take away from the images and content you’re providing. I don’t think the theme demo that the Gavick team has set up does this theme justice as it has huge potential but is pretty bland looking if you can’t see past the faded images. Picture this layout with some higher contrast photos of your beautiful work and all of a sudden it comes into focus. And the best part… it’s free!!
Alona offers a light, airy aesthetic alongside a rich feature set to provide users with a great platform for showcasing past work or even for selling products and/or services. I see a huge potential with this theme for the right application especially in health, beauty, craft industries or any other where simplicity and softness are a benefit. The theme also offers a very unique blog layout that adds to it’s flexibility and usefulness beyond the traditional portfolio application. The author SubSolar has a great rating on themeforest so we hope to see many more great themes from this shop.
Lobo is a high-impact, full-screen, portfolio template that should work well for many applications in the creative industries like photography, graphic design, illustration, or even architecture and drafting. When you use a theme like Lobe you are making a statement and with the rich feature set offered with this theme you should be able to make a very positive statement indeed. As with an increasing number of themes offered on themeforest, Lobo comes with a custom page builder that allows you to develop complex layouts with responsive modules. Think of each module as a row with some number of columns and you’re building your page by stacking them. You can understand the power inherent in this approach. Lobo is fully responsive and comes packed full of additional features like multiple menus to choose from and infinite scroll baked-in.
Ananke is an awesome example of the modular design themes that have become so popular over the last year. If you want a cutting edge design with a huge array of features to choose from and a highly rated developer and support team this might be just the theme for you. We sometimes get frustrated with the bloat that builds up in these types of themes because is can adversely effect load-times. In this case the demo theme seems to load quickly and with no noticeable lag beyond some of the load animations. There are basically unlimited ways to layout this theme because it comes with a page builder and revolution slider so you can let your imagination run wild.
The first element that stands out when viewing the Portfolio theme for WordPress is the fun, playful typography that greets the user in the page header. Hover over a portfolio image and you will see a burst of color in the project info. Icons, awesome typography, a robust theme options panel, shortcodes, and multiple page templates make this theme a home run out-of-the-box, and to top it off, the blog is fully styled, with a great excerpt/date layout. Portfolio theme is fully equipped with SEO, social media and all the typical bells and whistles you expect from a great theme shop. Go get it today!
Section from Themes Kingdom is an image-centric portfolio theme built with a cascading, mobile-friendly masonry layout. The minimal design leaves room for viewers to appreciate your images and content, and the design looks great at all browser levels! The portfolio comes in 8 different formats, and the blog is formatted for various post types. The unobtrusive menu on the top right is visually pleasing and opens in a Fancybox-style fashion so it doesn’t impede on your awesome images. Section is a beautiful theme for your agency, portfolio, photographs, or blog.
What can we say about Divi? Divi is the first multipurpose, flexible theme from Elegant Themes, and it can be a great portfolio theme. Use the built-in visual builder, preset page layouts, and the module options to easily customize the template to your liking. The theme is responsive, and you can create a multitude of sites from just this theme. Think of Divi as a framework from Elegant Themes, rather than a theme in and of itself. There is endless potential with this theme, and a variety of applications!
Photex is a gorgeous, well-balanced theme from Themes Kingdom, with enough bells and whistles that users will be wowed by your from the get-go. The full-screen horizontal slider on individual posts and pages is a great addition to this already amazing theme. Theme also includes shortcodes and is formatted for eCommerce — integrates with WooCommerce and has a shop set up.
Vertex from Elegant Themes is a great all-around multipurpose WordPress theme that can specifically be used as a portfolio theme. Its frontpage full-width slider and responsive layout give it a modern edge. Parallax effects create a visually pleasing, dynamic page load, and you can populate the frontpage with all sorts of custom content like Testimonials, Team bios, client projects, and other features.
Flexible and modern, Mindfulness is a theme built on the Genesis framework by ZigZagPress. It features a transparent navigation so it sits right on top of your image slider. The specs: localization ready, cross-browser support, SEO optimization, use on unlimited domains, personal/commercial licensing, responsive, mobile ready, clean code, and a huge options panel. The full-width layout offers a beautiful slideshow, and dynamic text on the slider gives users extra eye candy.
Great for products and services, portfolios and blogs, Nimble is a portfolio theme for WordPress that offers shortcodes, responsive layout, pricing tables, full-width slider and more. You can choose from five portfolio layouts to showcase your work. There is a fully integrated and styled blog, with custom shortcodes to make your content even more dynamic.
Awaken is a gorgeous WordPress portfolio theme built for the Genesis framework, so if you are a Genesis user, please take a look at this theme. It is one of those responsive WordPress portfolio themes featuring a full-width slider, parallax image effects, row-based frontpage layout, Google maps integration, and more. There are so many customization options with this theme. The pricing table is gorgeous, and so is the portfolio section on the frontpage — perfect for artists, photographers, creatives looking to show off their work. This is a great theme, well worth checking out!
Immensely is a portfolio theme for WordPress is well work looking at, just for the sheer amount of versatility that comes with it. With a robust row-based frontpage layout, Google maps integration, portfolio, blog, and shop(!), Immensely is an awesome theme to add to your WordPress arsenal. It integrates with WooCommerce so you can have not only a website, but an eCommerce site as well! A “Latest Works” section on the frontpage allows your portfolio content to shine front-and-center, with a full-width content display option as well. Custom sharing buttons come with the theme too.
If you are in the market for a more robust freelance portfolio theme, say maybe an entire freelancer marketplace, hop over to EngineThemes and check out Freelance Engine. This framework runs on WordPress and lets users either search for, or list their services as, a freelancer. Payment and membership features are fully integrated into the theme, with a variety of payment plans available. Translation support, SEO optimization, a beautiful, unique design all make for an interesting, creative and powerful freelance portfolio theme from Engine Themes.
Neo is a responsive Genesis child theme built as a WordPress portfolio theme. It features a full-width slider, is SEO optimized, comes with a theme options panel and is mobile and localization ready. The page-like sections give the theme a unique design, and the gray-and-white design fully complement your project porfolio. If you haven’t checked out ZigZagPress, please do, their Genesis child themes are quite striking.
With a variety of page templates, a sortable AJAX-powered media gallery, unlimited color schemes and browser compatibility, Flexible is a great addition to your collection. You can choose from various background colors and pattern overlays to heighten the look and feel of your site. There are an extensive number of page templates available as well, including an image gallery, 6 portfolio templates, advanced search option, member login, full-width template, sitemap, and contact us template.
Drone from ZigZagPress is a simple, creative WordPress portfolio theme built for the Genesis framework. It is professional and modern, and integrates all the efficient, high-end elements that come with Genesis. Drone can make a large, unwieldy site look elegant and simple with a sortable portfolio that comes with 3 different layouts, multiple page templates, and value-added bonuses like shortcodes, fun typography, and an extensive theme options panel.
Radioos is, without a doubt, a fantastic WordPress portfolio theme to showcase your work. It features a Masonry-style frontpage, blog, Google maps, contact form, shortcodes, page templates, and it’s translation ready! The simplicity of the theme is really what makes it so great — the light color scheme lets your images POP, and the read more icon is a fun way to display additional content. There is a fully styled blog along with the portfolio pages and additional page templates.
So fresh and so clean — it’s Vanilla, a WordPress portfolio theme built on the Genesis framework from StudioPress! It features a responsive design, page templates, multiple portfolio layouts, shortcodes and more. The frontpage displays a variety of rows where you can enter content such as featured pages, featured projects, recent blog posts, widgets and more. Social media integration, multiple page layouts and templates, and a variety of portfolio layout options will give you everything you need in this Genesis child theme.
Originally published at www.nimbusthemes.com on March 12, 2015.