In a world where first impressions count, having an impressive portfolio website is like wearing your best outfit to a job interview.
Whether you’re a photographer, a designer, a writer or any other kind of expert, showcasing your work in style is a crucial step in your quest to get more and better clients.
This has never been easier thanks to the magic of WordPress portfolio themes.
In this article we’ll be sharing 35 of the best personal portfolio themes you can use on your next project.
Use one of these and your portfolio is not just a record of your work but also a key piece of your conversion strategy.
Are you ready to give your online portfolio a makeover?
A portfolio website is designed to provide information on an individual or organization and provide the opportunity to view their work.
A portfolio can be anything. It can include samples of code, of music, video, text, images or anything you create.
Things To Look For in a WordPress Portfolio Theme
There are several things to consider when choosing a good theme to design your portfolio:
- Page load speed: Everyone hates slow websites. If your portfolio loads slowly it’s not a great first impression.
- SEO friendliness: SEO is the art of being found, which is the whole point of a portfolio website. SEO friendly themes can help with that.
- Testimonials section: A picture is worth a thousand words, but the testimony of a former customer will help boost conversions.
- Contact form: Portfolio themes should include an accessible way for visitors to reach out to you and a contact form provides that.
- Social media links: Your online presence extends beyond your website. Social networks are very important so you need a way to promote them on your site.
- Great user experience (UX): Opt for a theme with intuitive navigation and easy-to-find content, ensuring that visitors can effortlessly explore your portfolio.
- User interface (UI) design: With a pleasing layout and attractive elements, the design should enhance the overall appeal.
- Customization options: Your theme should be easily adaptable to your brand image by modifying colors, fonts, layouts and content.
- Pricing: Some themes are free, some cost money. A viable portfolio theme should offer great value at an accessible price.
Best WordPress Portfolio Themes
We recommend reading the entire list to get the best idea of the WordPress portfolio themes out there, but if you don’t have time, these five stand out.
|Theme||Active Installs||Pricing||Our Rating|
|Astra||1,653,898+||Free / Starting from $47 €44||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|Mai Studio||–||One time purchase of $99||⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|Divi||800,000+||Starting from $89||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|Ultra||114,669+||Starting from $59||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
|Neve||300,000+||Free / Starting from $70||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
Let’s start with the list of best portfolio WordPress themes.
Astra is a powerful WordPress theme that includes several portfolio templates, making it the perfect home base for your internet presence.
Astra offers many WordPress portfolio themes for free. But if you want to take your site to the next level, the Growth Bundle is where it’s at.
The Astra Growth Bundle:
- Unlocks all premium templates (180+)
- Gives you access to the WP Portfolio plugin so you can showcase your work in style.
- Includes Spectra Pro, our page builder that includes gallery, slider and other creative blocks.
For instance if you want to create a photography website the Instagram block will allow you to automatically display your most recent photographs with no extra effort.
If you’re creating a web design portfolio site, the scroll-based animations, different image gallery tiles or the advanced slider will make your website look much more professional.
The Personal Portfolio template has a white background with a bold black font and a sliding image functionality to present your work in the best way possible. It offers a minimalistic design adding focus to the primary elements on the site.
It provides many pre-built about, services, portfolios, and contact pages. The template has a social share icon on the top page. It is designed to present your work and the idea behind it.
The Portfolio and CV template is perfect for any individual looking to create a solid website to present their work. The template offers significant variations of silent colors and a simplified menu.
The template has sections to create your skills in the percent and an intuitive interface to beautifully present every detail about you. It is a clean template with simply designed header and footer elements.
The Photographer Portfolio template is another great template to showcase your work and establish a great impression. The template offers a sophisticated homepage and various buttons and background colors matching one another.
Each template section is designed with a clean interface with beautiful layouts and image sections. You can showcase your work, experience, clients’ review, and educational qualification and support them with the images and links everywhere on the site.
Recommended templates for portfolio websites:
- Portfolio website templates and designs
- Photography website templates
- Personal website designs and templates
- Resume, CV website templates
Pros of Astra:
- Amazing free portfolio templates
- Lightweight, reliable theme
- SEO-friendly and fast loading
- Works with leading page builders
- Has dedicated portfolio themes
Cons of Astra:
- Sometimes too much choice isn’t a good thing!
Astra has a free version with premium starting from $47 €44 per year.
We may be biased, but we think Astra is the most generous free portfolio WordPress theme in the world. It has lots of great themes, is very well-coded so is reliable and stable, loads incredibly quickly and has compatibility with some of the best page builders out there.
Mai Studio uses the Genesis Framework which works with WordPress to deliver some great-looking themes. This theme is no exception. It’s a relatively laid back theme that could be ideal for studios or creatives in markets where being composed will work best for their audience.
The design is colourful and well balanced but doesn’t exhibit some of the edgy elements we see in other themes. It’s a very well designed theme with lots of white space and a series of portfolio options to showcase your work as well as your business.
Pros of Mai Studio:
- Almost corporate style would work for some audiences
- Loads quickly and uses Genesis
- Could be customized to suit any type of medium
- Responsive and translation-ready
Cons of Mai Studio:
- Doesn’t make the immediate impact some might look for in a portfolio
Mai Studio Pricing
Mai Studio is a premium theme costing $99 per year.
Mai Studio is just on the right side of corporate. It’s clean, has nice colours and fonts and is easy to look at and to use. It could be ideal for some creatives whose target market is used to more restrained design.
The Web Freelancer Portfolio theme from Divi is similar to Mai Studio in its design. It’s light, clean and restrained but still gives a professional first impression. This theme could also be used for developers, writers and other creatives as a portfolio as it is flexible enough to handle almost anything.
This freelancer template design uses white space well with simple modern fonts and graphics down the page. A full screen section below the fold offers a pop of colour and could be the ideal place to showcase any hero pieces you might have. A standalone portfolio section could take care of the rest.
Pros of Divi:
- Divi comes with a number of free themes you can use
- Works with the Divi Builder for drag and drop efficiency
- Clean designs that are fully customizable
- Range of portfolio sections with optional effects
Cons of Divi:
- Restrained design won’t work for everyone
Divi has a free and a premium version available for $89 per year.
Divi is an excellent WordPress theme. It’s well-coded, lightweight and is flexible and customizable. The designs aren’t up to the same standard of creativity as Astra but they could be ideal for some audiences.
Ultra is another creative theme for showcasing your portfolio. This portfolio theme is much more vibrant than Mai Studio or Divi. It’s bright, colourful, energetic and works very well indeed.
The modern design is actually very simple. Some full screen elements with images, graphics and a portfolio grid with a contact form at the bottom. Combined with great use of colour and bold fonts, the overall impression is of something much bigger than the sum of its parts.
That makes it ideal for a portfolio!
Pros of Ultra:
- Vibrant and colourful design
- Loads quickly and works flawlessly
- The default grid portfolio works well
- Option to add effects and other portfolio styles
Cons of Ultra:
- There is very little to criticize about Ultra
Ultra is a premium theme available for $59 per year.
Ultra displays those qualities many would think of when looking for a portfolio. Lots of life, colour and an energy that’s difficult to resist. All that alongside a well-designed showcase for your work. There is very little to criticize here.
Neve has a couple of WordPress portfolio themes for different situations but we think Creative Portfolio is the best. It’s another agency theme, ideal for studios or creatives with an audience who would engage best with more restrained design.
The demo features a lot of white space, some content sections to explain who you are and what you do and a clean, crisp portfolio section down the page. You have the option to change the order things appear, add or remove page sections and change fonts and colours but we think this demo would work well for some.
Pros of Neve:
- Uses modern flat design
- Integrates with drag and drop page builders
- Works with most WordPress plugins
- Has a wide range of themes to choose from
Cons of Neve:
- The designs are better suited to some audiences than others
Neve has a free and a premium version. The premium version is available for $69 per year.
Neve is a very well coded WordPress theme that works well, loads quickly and is simple to customize. All themes use restrained design though, which is better suited to some audiences than others.
Zakra sits in the middle ground between Neve and Ultra. It’s a laid back, restrained design but has pops of colour and personality throughout. It’s an excellent option for creatives who need to appeal to the widest possible audience.
The portfolio demo uses a corporate-style header with a pop of colour and then unfolds into a colourful page with some graphics, lots of white space, some superb fonts and an excellent portfolio section. The combination of energy and restraint is truly excellent and makes it a firm favourite of ours.
Pros of Zakra:
- Exquisite design with both restraint and energy
- Well-coded and easy to use
- Pages load quickly
- Fully responsive
Cons of Zakra:
- Care will be needed to customize without losing the character
Zakra has a free and a premium version for $69 per year.
We rate Zakra very highly for its design, ease of use and overall appeal. It’s a very well designed WordPress portfolio theme with some great ideas, nicely balanced pages and the combination of restraint and vibrancy.
Portfolio is a clean minimalist design with a simple layout, very little content except the portfolio and modest navigation. It has clearly been designed to showcase your work and wants very little to get in the way of the audience’s enjoyment of it.
We like minimalist website design when it’s done well, as it has been done here. The intent is clear, the portfolio very well designed and the transition effects when you select a category are smooth and add a little flourish your audience will appreciate.
Pros of Portfolio:
- Clean minimalist page design
- Great use of white space
- Transitions between portfolio categories are nice
- Lots of options to customize
Cons of Portfolio:
- You will need to add content for SEO without spoiling the original design
Portfolio is a premium theme costing $49 per year.
We like Portfolio for its simplicity. It states its case immediately and makes sure nothing gets in the way of enjoying your work. That’s minimalism done well.
Coastline is the exact opposite of Portfolio. There is no white space to be seen and no respite from the content. It’s an equally appealing design, just for very different reasons.
This responsive WordPress portfolio theme uses a full screen portfolio section front and centre along with a side menu for navigation. There are simple hover effects over images and the overall impression is of a West Coast vibe, hence the name.
This is a very cool and professional portfolio theme with attractive pages, inspired font choices and an array of display options for your work.
Pros of Coastline:
- Very characterful design
- Side menu works very well in this instance
- Works with drag and drop page builder
- Fully responsive
Cons of Coastline:
- The character will need to be retained while also fitting your personal brand which may be difficult to achieve
Coastline offers a premium version starting from $49 per year.
We really like the vibe of Coastline. It’s easy going, relaxed and works for us. That said, it would be difficult to customize the design to suit a brand without losing that. If you can make it work though, this could be an exceptional WordPress portfolio theme!
Sydney is another top class WordPress theme with a portfolio demo. There are a selection of demo websites available but we think Resume has the best portfolio. It’s nothing like the previous Resume though.
This version is a lighter, easier going design with light colours, lots of white space, simple fonts and a sprinkling of personality throughout. There is a very effective portfolio section below the fold that looks modern and supports hover effects.
Overall, we rate Sydney for the quality of the code as well as the design. This demo could work for freelancers, studios or anyone with an audience who appreciates simplicity.
Pros of Sydney:
- Clean, crisp design with a modern twist
- Nice portfolio section
- Great flow down the page with lots of white space
- Works with Elementor
Cons of Sydney:
- The Resume demo isn’t available with the free version
Sydney has a free and premium version starting at $69 per year.
Sydney features frequently in our ‘best of’ lists. It is well-coded, well designed and well put together. The designs may be restrained but they still have plenty of character and can be customized to delight almost any audience.
10. Hestia Pro
Hestia Pro is brought to you by the same studio that develops Neve. This is a different template with a similar look and feel. It uses modern flat design very well with some interesting uses of colour. It’s a very flexible theme too, which could work for studios or freelancers alike.
This isn’t a dedicated WordPress portfolio theme but has portfolio elements we like a lot. Scroll down the page to the store section and further to the blog and you’ll see what we mean. Great typography, stylish page elements and an atmosphere of calm competence abound here, which is why we like it.
You would need to configure the portfolio and add it to the page but the theme makes that easy.
Pros of Hestia Pro:
- Smart modern design
- Offers personality without going overboard
- Great use of colours and fonts
- Stylish image and product sections could make superb portfolios
Cons of Hestia Pro:
- More work to do than with a dedicated WordPress portfolio theme
Hestia Pro is a premium theme available for $69 per year.
Hestia and Neve are both regulars in our ‘best of’ lists along with Sydney. Both offer a selection of great themes with real character and wide appeal. They are easy to work with, load quickly and offer almost unlimited opportunity for customization.
11. The Agency
The Agency has an old school vibe that is very attractive. It’s almost timeless, with an impression of times gone by with modernity woven throughout. It works exceptionally well and could be a superb visual portfolio template in the right hands.
The demo makes an immediate impact with a series of full screen images with a small content box in the corner. An alternative start page is available in the top menu with a masonry grid which would make a great portfolio. Whatever page you choose, this is an achingly attractive theme that looks a million dollars.
Pros of The Agency:
- Stylish with a very unique character
- Loads quickly and has clean code
- Lots of customization options
- Multiple portfolio layout options
Cons of The Agency:
- You will really need to know how to use imagery to do the design justice
The Agency costs $69 per year.
We really like The Agency. It makes a superb WordPress portfolio theme with genuine character. It’s a little different while still delivering the goods and we applaud it for that.
12. Perfect Portfolio
Perfect Portfolio is one of the better free WordPress portfolio themes out there. It does have a premium option but the free version is definitely worth checking out. It’s clean, crisp and has similar transition effects as Portfolio.
The design is clean and mainly monochrome with the odd complementing colour and imagery. It uses modern fonts, lots of white space and a simple portfolio grid to showcase your work. There are also content areas underneath to showcase yourself which might be useful.
This may be a free theme but it certainly doesn’t look or feel like one!
Pros of Perfect Portfolio:
- Very competent free WordPress portfolio theme
- Clean modern design
- Nice transition effects for images
- Fully responsive
Cons of Perfect Portfolio:
- Free themes require more work to make them shine
Perfect Portfolio has a free and premium version starting from $59 per year.
Perfect Portfolio is definitely one of the better free WordPress portfolio themes. It’s clean, crisp and well designed and has the flexibility and wide appeal you would expect from a premium theme.
13. Revolution Pro
Revolution Pro is a monochrome design with minimalist tendencies yet still delivers a genuine impact. It’s a thoroughly modern design with simple navigation, a large central image, extra content sections throughout and an innovative portfolio section halfway down the page.
Revolution Pro uses the Genesis Framework to great effect here and the innovative portfolio layout is particularly powerful. It will take some work to get it looking like this but everything is there for you to do it.
Pros of Revolution Pro:
- Uses the reliable Genesis Framework
- Clean minimalist design with a couple of flourishes
- Innovative portfolio layout works exceptionally well
- Supports a store and most WordPress plugins
Cons of Revolution Pro:
- Getting that portfolio section to work for your own work might take some time
- The price
Revolution Pro has a free version and is included with Genesis Pro costing $360 per year.
Revolution Pro is a superior WordPress portfolio theme that keeps things simple in a good way. It’s a modern showcase that could be customized for any type of work and for that we think it is well worth exploring further.
ePortfolio dares to be different and that makes it another standout free WordPress theme. It’s a very innovative full page three column design where each column scrolls independently.
It’s a smart design that works exceptionally well and offers a lot of potential in terms of design and layout.
The first column of the demo has the navigation while the second and third showcase the imagery. You could change this around or add whatever content you wanted to each column but we think this layout works best.
Pros of ePortfolio:
- Unique three column layout with individual scrolling sections
- Doesn’t look like a free WordPress theme
- Colourful and characterful layout
- Lots of customization options
Cons of ePortfolio:
- Will require more effort from you to build
ePortfolio has a free and premium version available for $49 per year.
Any free WordPress portfolio theme that delivers the same quality experience as a premium theme has to get our vote. Add that clever layout with individual scrolling columns and lots of opportunity to showcase your work and you have a winner on your hands!
Shapely is another top class free portfolio WordPress theme. This isn’t a dedicated portfolio design but does showcase imagery particularly well. It’s a one page theme that makes an immediate impact with a full screen image and scrolls down to extra content sections, including those for images.
The layout of the demo is a typical blog but could be customized to work with anything you need. It’s a flexible design compatible with most WordPress plugins so you could build whatever you want or add image effects or different portfolio types with a simple install.
Pros of Shapely:
- Excellent use of a hero image
- Opportunities to add portfolio sections down the page
- Simple design that still makes an impact
- It’s free
Cons of Shapely:
- Shapely will take work to bring it up to standard but it could be worth it
Shapely is a free WordPress theme. .
Shapely is another good example of a free portfolio WordPress theme. It’s clean, well-designed, has clean code and loads quickly. If you know your way around WordPress, you could do a lot with this!
Pile is a simple yet elegant WordPress portfolio theme, ideal for showcasing any kind of creative work. Whether you are an artist, freelancer, photographer, or architect, this theme sets you apart from your competitors with finely tuned elements and smooth parallax scrolling.
Once you’ve imported the theme, it’s super easy to customize and change the fonts, colors and even brand the website based on your preferences. A unique grid builder makes design pages simple while plentiful design options give you complete freedom to build pages however you want.
Pros of Pile:
- Mobile and responsive ready
- Fast loading speeds and SEO optimized
- Use parallax scrolling and unique transitions to set your site apart
- WPML compatible
Cons of Pile:
- It’s more expensive than many of the other WordPress portfolio themes in this list
Pile costs $225 per year.
Opinion of Pile
Pile is an excellent theme. It’s flexible and can be customized the way you want. However, the price it’s being sold at is undoubtedly a deterrent. Especially when you have similar-looking themes for far less, if not for free, with some of our Astra Starter Templates.
Looking for a WordPress theme that does away with all the bells and whistles and focuses on the content? The Corner theme is all that and more with a minimalist design that still has all the ingredients you look for in a design.
Corner is a simple yet elegant WordPress theme that lets users focus on your content and portfolio. The minimalist look helps cut all the background noise and helps focus on what’s important.
Pros of Corner:
- Minimal layout that helps visitors focus on your content
- Unlimited color variations for you to play around with
- Compatible with most popular page builders
- SEO optimized and mobile-friendly
Cons of Corner:
- Simple design may not work for everyone
Corner is a premium theme available from $49-$249, depending on the plan.
Opinion of Corner
The minimalist look of the Corner theme helps focus on the content of your site, be it text or images. If you are looking for a creative theme that lets your own work shine, this could be it.
Mozzy is a good-looking WordPress theme ideally suited for podcasters, vloggers, or even bands wanting to showcase a different kind of portfolio. The impressive homepage layout allows you to showcase your latest podcasts or other media upfront. The hero image above the fold is a great way to create that first impression.
While you have the liberty to choose your own podcast player, the theme comes with its own built-in customizable player, AudioIgniter.
Pros of Mozzy:
- One-click demo import to help you get started right away
- Compatible with most popular page builders, such as Elementor, Beaver Builder, Divi
- WooCommerce integrated to help you set up an online store
- Support most popular multilingual plugins, such as WPML, Polylang, Weglot
Cons of Mozzy:
- The theme is more suited to non-image portfolios which won’t suit everyone
Mozzy costs $49 per year.
Opinion of Mozzy
A clean and impressive WordPress theme that can be used to showcase your portfolio. While it’s built for rich media, you can certainly use it as a portfolio website with a little bit of customization.
Angle is one of those thoroughly modern WordPress portfolio themes that are all the rage right now. Light, crisp and characterful while allowing the eye to rest between elements and without overwhelming you with content or colour.
The Angle demo could be ideal for all types of creative with a smart front page and a separate portfolio page with modest effects and smooth transitions between categories. The rest of the site reflects the same quality of light and space with modern fonts and a logical flow throughout the site.
Pros of Angle:
- Very current design
- Could work for individuals or studios
- Powerful portfolio section
- Fully responsive
Cons of Angle:
- Very little to criticize here
Angle is a premium theme costing $69 per year.
Angle is a superb WordPress portfolio theme that doesn’t do anything outstandingly well but does enough across the board to make it a compelling option when considering a new theme. It’s smart, modern and very flexible and we like it for that.
Eclecticon is an elegant WordPress theme for photographers. It comes with a beautiful slider on the homepage that showcases your work from the get go. It’s fast loading, with a minimal layout that looks professional and sets you apart from the competition.
It is much more than a portfolio site though. Eclecticon has inbuilt WooCommerce functionality that lets you create online stores easily. You can sell both digital and physical products from your website and make your work pay for itself.
Pros of Eclecticon:
- Minimalist and professional design
- Mobile and responsive ready
- Fast loading speeds and SEO optimized
- WooCommerce compatible
Cons of Eclecticon:
- There is little to fault here
Eclecticon is a premium theme available for $49 per year.
Opinion of Eclecticon
Eclecticon is perfect for photographers and other visual creatives. With its minimal design, it exhibits a professional vibe that lets your work be the star.
21. True North
True North is another of our free WordPress portfolio themes. Designed by CSSIgniter, the same people behind Nico, this is another top class design well worth your attention.
True North is a simple, unfussy design built as a business or studio website with a modest header, simple navigation and introduction and then a smart portfolio section. It’s that portfolio that makes it stand out but we’re not sure why. It doesn’t shout. It isn’t particularly innovative but there is something about it that makes it shine.
Pros of True North:
- Simple, unfussy design
- Very flexible theme with the freedom to customize
- Responsive and fast loading
- Compatible with most WordPress plugins
Cons of True North:
- Will require more work from you than many premium themes
True North is a free theme.
True North is a great design done well. Simple but effective. Characterful but not overly so. We still can’t decide why we like that portfolio section so much but we think you might like it too.
Reel is designed as a video portfolio theme but could work equally well for images or artwork too. It’s a modern design with attractive aesthetics, including a full screen video header with integrated player.
The rest of the demo site is a straightforward portfolio grid of videos with a simple hover effect. Extra portfolio pages expand your options extensively.
Reel works exceptionally well because of that simplicity as it’s the content that has your complete attention and nothing else. You could add more content if you wanted as the theme is flexible enough to support it.
Pros of Reel:
- Interesting video website design
- Lots of portfolio options included within the theme
- Simple but very effective design
- Flexible and responsive
Cons of Reel:
- More expensive than some other WordPress portfolio themes
Reel is a premium theme available for $79 per year.
Reel is the ideal option for those of you that need a video WordPress portfolio theme. It’s light, easy to use, has some nice effects and a selection of portfolio layouts to choose from. What’s not to like?
Ink is a powerful WordPress portfolio theme. It’s another full screen design with a side menu that makes an immediate impact. That side menu is modest but effective and could be expanded easily to fill that side section much better than in the demo.
The main page is a grid showcase of your work with simple hover effects. Click an image and you’re taken to an attractive page that expands on it and adds content to help you showcase, promote or sell your work. It’s an intelligent design that deserves to be used.
Pros of Ink:
- Smart design with side menu layout
- Attractive portfolio grid with hover effects
- Equally attractive individual image pages
- Page loads quickly despite the number of images
Cons of Ink:
- You’re going to need an extensive portfolio to fill that page
Ink costs $49 per year.
If you have enough work to fill that main page, Ink is an excellent option as your next professional portfolio. It’s lightweight, loads quickly and includes some modern touches that will work for many types of audiences.
Avril is a free WordPress portfolio theme with a premium option. Either could work very well as they are equally flexible and offer similar opportunities for customization.
Avril is a corporate design with a full screen image header, bold colours, modern fonts and some very clever touches throughout the page. There isn’t a dedicated portfolio section but the theme includes the opportunity to add them with similar characteristics as the rest of the design. For that we recommend it.
Pros of Avril:
- Bright and attractive design
- Enough flexibility to customize to your own tastes
- Can be customized to add a portfolio with ease
- WooCommerce compatible
Cons of Avril:
- Doesn’t include a portfolio section by default
Avril has a free and premium version starting from $49 per year.
We like Avril because it’s a corporate theme with real character. If you’re looking for a portfolio for your business, combining modern design with that portfolio could be just what you’re looking for.
25. Portfolio Web Pro
Portfolio Web Pro is a smart modern theme with some nice touches. It’s part resume, part corporate and part portfolio and works for all three. It’s modern, light, engaging and uses white space exceptionally well.
The demo begins with a compelling main image and buttons to take you directly to the portfolio. The page scrolls smoothly to tell your story, past a history section, services and experience and down to the portfolio. It’s a flat grid layout with hover effects and is one of the best portfolio sections here. That section alone is why it’s in our list.
Pros of Portfolio Web Pro:
- Attractive design with wide appeal
- Works for companies, studios or individuals
- Smooth page flow
- Very compelling portfolio section
Cons of Portfolio Web Pro:
- Nothing to criticize here
Portfolio Web Pro is available for $55 per year.
Portfolio Web Pro is one of the few WordPress portfolio themes that appeals equally across the entire range of creatives. That makes it well worth exploring even for the portfolio section on its own!
Inspiro is a little controversial but is so effective that we think you should definitely check it out if you’re looking for a video portfolio theme. It’s controversial because it uses autoplay video in the header. You could disable that but would it make the same impact?
There are several demos built around different portfolio types. Each is modern, well-balanced, includes modern typography and design flourishes that make it stand out. If you can create a video intro without autoplay, it could be the only video portfolio theme you ever need!
Pros of Inspiro:
- Very impactful first impression
- Selection of predefined demo themes all ready to go
- Modern design with some nice touches
- Modern typography works well
Cons of Inspiro:
- Autoplay video is a definite no-no
Inspiro is a premium theme costing $79 per year.
Inspiro is a very competent WordPress portfolio theme that has both video and image demos that could suit almost any purpose. It’s flexible and can be fully configured how you like. That more than makes up for the autoplay faux pas.
Stack is a WordPress portfolio theme that likes to make an entrance that’s for sure. It’s a full screen design reminiscent of the Windows desktop with a colourful sidebar and animated centre tiled sections. Those tiles would be where you showcase your work be it images, art, video or something else.
Despite looking like Windows, this is a very attractive design. Bold colours, dark background, stark fonts and the animations all work well. We would suggest changing it up so it doesn’t look like your desktop but otherwise, this theme has everything you need to build a modern, attractive portfolio website.
Pros of Stack:
- Colourful and impactful
- Smart tile design works well with the animations
- Side menu done well
- Flexible and configurable
Cons of Stack:
- The Windows aesthetic won’t work for everyone
Stack costs from $59 per year.
We like Stack despite its similarity to Windows, not because of it. It’s colourful, characterful and makes a real statement. It also provides the perfect opportunity to showcase yourself and your work, if the aesthetic works for you that is.
Conceptly is another non-portfolio theme that is so strong that we think it could make a superb portfolio theme. Orange always works online and this theme takes orange and runs with it.
This is a corporate design with some nice flourishes we think could work for larger studios or companies. It uses colour well, just enough to make a statement but not too much that it hurts your eyes. Plenty of white space lets the eyes rest between sections too. Even a quick look at this theme will demonstrate quite clearly why we like it!
Pros of Conceptly:
- Bold design with great use of colour and white space
- Flexible enough to handle any customization
- The right kind of impact for a portfolio
- Fully responsive
Cons of Conceptly:
- Will take more work to customize than a dedicated WordPress portfolio theme
Conceptly has a free and premium version starting from $49 per year.
Conceptly is not a WordPress portfolio theme but it could be. We think it’s easily strong enough to take any kind of customization and would work well for larger studios or organizations who want to showcase their work.
Freedom is a free WordPress portfolio theme with a premium option. Both are light and breezy designs built for portfolios with boxed layouts, attractive background image and simple typography.
Freedom doesn’t look or feel like a free WordPress portfolio theme. The pro version just adds to that but the free version is perfectly usable. It uses white space well, has an integrated image slider, subtle hover effects and compatibility with drag and drop page builders.
Pros of Freedom:
- Works with Elementor, Brizy, Gutenberg, Beaver Builder and SiteOrigin
- Clean design with good use of white space
- Lots of opportunities to showcase images and video
- Fully responsive
Cons of Freedom:
- The free version will require more work than the premium
Freedom has a free and premium version starting from $69 per year.
Freedom is a standout free WordPress portfolio theme that is simple and sophisticated at the same time. It’s a clean design with lots of opportunities to showcase your work.
Nikkon is a multipurpose WordPress theme that lends itself well to a portfolio. There is a free and a premium version of this template and both work equally well to showcase images.
The demo template is clean with lots of white space and a portfolio grid front and centre. Images have a smart monochrome to colour transition that works well and lots of opportunities to add supporting content should you wish. Individual image pages are simple but very effective too.
Pros of Nikkon:
- Clean white design with elegant simplicity
- Image transition is particularly effective
- Compatible with most page builders
- Fully responsive
Cons of Nikkon:
- You would have to add your own content elements to help with SEO
Nikkon offers a free and premium version for $25.
Nikkon is a minimalist design that doesn’t do much but provide the foundation for your portfolio. Despite that, the overall effect is very attractive. It also means this template is flexible enough to handle all kinds of art covering most tastes.
As free WordPress portfolio themes go, Masonry is about as minimal as it gets. A stark framework with a text logo, modest navigation and nothing to distract the eye from your portfolio. It works surprisingly well considering the lack of anything else on the page.
That isn’t a criticism. We think Masonry works well, especially for a free theme. A large grid layout does the job nicely with a very simple hover effect. Individual image pages are equally simple but showcase the work without getting in the way.
Despite what it looks like, it takes great skill to do minimalism well and this is a great example of that.
Pros of Masonry:
- Unfussy design that lets the images shine
- Minimal design done well
- Fully customizable to fit your own brand
- It’s free!
Cons of Masonry:
- Very little to criticize aside from lack of page builder
Masonry is free.
Masonry does minimalism well. To get that kind of appeal with very little to create it takes a good eye for design. That’s exactly what you get here. For free.
Peak is another multipurpose theme with an appealing portfolio section. The demo opens with that portfolio in a grid layout. Images have a subtle shader hover effect and open into individual image pages with a nice top section and supporting content underneath.
Peak is a well-balanced WordPress portfolio theme. Lots of images and lots of white space. Lots of colour and lots of plain areas. It’s a great balance that is hard to design into a template that scrolls to the length of Peak.
Pros of Peak:
- Portfolio section is very pleasing to the eye
- Well-designed individual image pages
- Lots of customization options
- Masonry grid is very current
Cons of Peak:
- Themify builder is a little simplistic
Peak has a premium version starting from $59.
Peak is another of those WordPress portfolio themes that is much more than the sum of its parts. It looks simple but is complex. Looks minimal but offers a lot. It’s a genuinely compelling template that could work in a range of situations.
Pixgraphy is a free WordPress portfolio theme with a premium option that delivers a lot for no money. It opens with a full screen image slider and opens into a grid layout with a very colourful image gallery with hover effect that effortlessly draws you in.
The rest of the page is equally well designed with a range of styling options and content sections you can use to supplement the gallery. It’s a very well designed theme with a lot to recommend it.
Pros of Pixgraphy:
- Very impactful design
- Strong full screen image
- Stylish grid portfolio with hover effect
- It’s free!
Cons of Pixgraphy:
- This is another theme that will require superior image handling skills
Pixgraphy has a free and premium version starting from $59.
Pixgraphy is a strong portfolio theme with everything you need to showcase your work. It’s flexible, includes lots of styling options, a very strong portfolio section and some workable image pages. Plus it’s free.
Integral is another interesting free WordPress portfolio theme with a premium option. It’s another clean modern theme with some attractive design flourishes that make it worthy of note.
The demo for Integral is a standard corporate layout that could be customized to suit anyone. It opens with a large header image and includes the usual content elements until you get to the portfolio. Here you have a large single image portfolio section and a grid section. Both of which could showcase your work with minimal effort.
Pros of Integral:
- Modern design with some nice touches
- Great use of white space
- Single image portfolio is a nice touch
- It’s free!
Cons of Integral:
- Will require work from you to make it shine
- Some useful elements are premium only
Integral has a free and premium version available for $67.
Integral has a Euro feel brought by the font and use of white space. The portfolio sections are why the theme is here but are supported more than competently by the rest of the design.
Ignis is our final free WordPress portfolio theme. It’s an impactful design with a lovely header image with nice tinting. A scrolling headline attracts the eye almost as much as the image. The rest of the theme is equally compelling.
The rest of the page opens out into a minimal grid layout perfect for showcasing your work. There is nothing to distract the eye and some simple effects to make them more interesting. A series of optional pages just adds to the flexibility of this theme.
Pros of Ignis:
- Striking first impression
- Simple portfolio grid with no distractions
- Attractive single image pages
- Great use of white space and fonts
Cons of Ignis:
- None come to mind
Ignis is a free.
Ignis is simplicity done well. It’s a little playful too, setting you up with a fullscreen image and then switching to minimalism with a simple, unadorned portfolio grid. It’s well worth a look.
As well as a series of 35 WordPress themes, there are also three WordPress portfolio plugins we would recommend you use on your website.
WP Portfolio is a powerful plugin that helps you quickly build website, image or video portfolios. It comes with over 40 portfolio templates, provides full customization of every part of the layout and design and works seamlessly with Astra and other WordPress templates.
It’s a very powerful way to build multiple portfolios and use them on a website!
Yoast SEO is the best WordPress plugin for managing Search Engine Optimization. Once you have poured your heart and soul into your website, you want people to find it. Yoast SEO helps you with that by simplifying the many SEO tasks you need to get noticed.
It has a free or premium version that offers the opportunity to control the majority of SEO requirements you’ll need to take care of.
Schema Pro is the perfect WordPress plugin for handling schema markup. Schema markup influences how your website appears in search engine results and enables them to provide more informative results. This should in turn encourage them to visit your site.
Schema Pro handles the vast majority of the work so you don’t have to. If you care about how your site comes across in the search engines, you need Schema Pro.
Why Choose WordPress?
If you’re building your first portfolio, WordPress is a great place to begin. We’ll give you five good reasons why WordPress is the best tool for building your website.
- WordPress is free – WordPress is free and open source. You can download it onto your computer, install it on your web host and do whatever you like with it.
- Well-supported by web hosts – WordPress will work on the vast majority of web hosting plans. Some web hosts even offer WordPress-specific hosting, optimized for speed and reliability.
- WordPress themes – There are literally thousands of WordPress themes available. Some are free, some you need to pay for. All can make your website look fantastic.
- WordPress plugins – WordPress plugins install within WordPress to add functionality. If the system doesn’t have a feature you’re looking for, there will be a plugin for that.
- WordPress is easy to work with – WordPress is designed for usability. It’s easy to install, to set up, to customize and to live with on a daily basis.
These aren’t the only reasons WordPress is so popular, but they should give you an idea of why you should use it!
So that’s our list of the 35 best WordPress portfolio themes around. We think there is a good mix of designs covering every potential audience and taste.
Some stand out for being bold and colourful while others are notable for their simplicity. Either way, if you’re looking for a new WordPress portfolio theme, you’re sure to find it here!
As always, you won’t go wrong if you choose any of the themes features on this page. However, a couple stand out from the crowd.
Astra stands out because of the quality of the designs, flexibility of the layouts and power of the page builders. It is an exceptionally flexible and fast loading WordPress theme with some very cool features.
Perfect Portfolio also stands out for being a great looking free WordPress portfolio theme. Too often, free themes are obvious due to old designs, out of date typography or lack of character. This theme avoids all that.
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Do you use any of these themes? Which WordPress portfolio theme would you choose and why? Tell us your thoughts below!
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