Graphic Designers: Build Your Portfolio Online!

As a Graphic Designer, one of the most important things is showing the world what you have to offer. Nowadays, this includes having an online portfolio. Many people aim to have their own website but this takes time, money, and a decent knowledge of various coding languages. For those who don’t feel that they have the time or ability to do that, don’t fear: there are plenty of places to show off without creating your own site from scratch.

Blogs

Many people have gone with blogs as an easy way to create a portfolio site and to be honest, this is a great route because blogs are have a high degree of being customized while still being user friendly.

Pros: It’s FREE! Many blog sites such as Tumblr, Blogger and WordPress allow you to sign up for their services at no initial charge. You can then choose from templates or create your own custom CSS, which may incur a nominal fee. Additionally, you can register your own website address, and it is very easy to update and edit content on your site.

Cons: If you are using one of the free templates available, you run the risk of having a similar site to other designers. Many times there are limits on the types of content you can add, restrictions on file size and overall limitations on the amount of content your site can have, which prohibits you from adding that awesome brand identity that you created.

Creative Communities

Another option is creative communities. These are sites that offer both a place to show your work and network with other creative people.

Pros: There are many people who use these sites because of the great benefits of being able to host your portfolio and network at the same time. Behanced is actually connected to LinkedIn, the social network for professionals. The overall layout tends to be simple and straightforward and in many cases free. You might pay yearly fees for greater customization, more space for files, or further access to the networking capabilities.

Cons: These sites rarely (if ever) allow for custom domains and tend to be very limited in the customizable abilities for the overall look and feel. But keep in mind, these are meant for creative types so they are usually a nice way to start out. Some creative networks include:

These alternatives are great when starting out and can be used in conjunction with one another.