The Top 5 WordPress Themes For Portfolio Websites
2019 January 8th at 5:22
The content of your portfolio is, of course, very important. But the way you present it is also something that shouldn't be ignored.
A portfolio website has to be perfect in both showcasing your work and presenting all relevant information in a lovely, eye-catching manner.
So, that's why I have created this article - to help you find the best portfolio WordPress themes so that it looks attractive and stands out above the competition.
Without further ado, here are my top 5 best portfolio WordPress themes (in no particular order):
- Brando (includes a drag and drop editor)
- Divi (very advanced, super customizable)
- ROUA (user-friendly, minimalist)
- Studio 8 (flexible and full of features)
- Uncode (beautiful one-page design)
$20 - one-time fee
Brando is a fresh, fun, feature-rich WordPress theme. It has a unique design that has 10 pre-built concepts you can load and edit to get the portfolio site you want.
On top of that, there are 100+ pre-built creative elements, which can be combined to make the kind of portfolio website you want. And with a simple drag and drop editor, it becomes a very easy way to make beautiful custom portfolio sites.
And what's more, there is a unique blog layout and an intuitive 'coming soon' template - all very useful if you want to share your thoughts or are working on improving your website. All of this is available to users for just $20 and is available with one-click install.
Recommended for users who want a completely unique design with a modern feeling.
- 100 pre-build creative elements included
- Simple drag and drop editor
- Interactive portfolio styles with lightbox feature
- Unique blog layout
- Not the easiest design to get used to
$89 - yearly, $249 - lifetime.Divi is one of the most advanced WordPress portfolio themes around. It combines stunning design and extensive customization.
In total, there are 15 themes designed specifically for portfolios - but there are also hundreds of customization options, you can use to achieve a unique, one of a kind website.
And this product clearly appeals to the audiences - as of today, Divi is one of the most popular premium WordPress templates with over half a million users.
With Divi, it is easier than ever to design a website due to its drag and drop Divi builder, and draggable widgets feature. Another key feature with Divi is its real-time design, allowing the user to edit their page and see the results instantly.
Divi also provides smart split testing, powerful stats and insights features, and can be translated to up to 32 languages. And what's more, additional Sucuri.net security is included free of charge.
Sure - all of that comes with a hefty price tag. But if you're looking for something beautiful and powerful, $89 a year is actually pretty good value.
Recommended for users who want a trusted, user-friendly WordPress theme.
- Hundreds of customization options
- Drag and drop builder and draggable widgets
- Real-time design feature
- Sucuri.net security
- The most expensive WordPress theme on this list
$49 - one-time fee
Up next we have ROUA. This minimalistic theme is ideal for visual artists and creative agencies everywhere. Whether your an illustrator, photographer or graphic designer, ROUA has plenty to offer.
The best feature of this theme is its design, which is both simple and eye-catching. It gives a perfect opportunity for you to showcase your pictures and video content.
Developers are going to love editing it too, as ROUA uses one of the most powerful frameworks available in Redux Framework.
And those who love to build websites from pre-made templates, well, there are 3 options to choose from - ROUA CLASSIC, ROUA VIDEO, and ROUA MENU.
ROUA CLASSIC and ROUA MENU both have image backgrounds. Unlike most of the other themes in this list, ROUA gives the user the option to have a video background too. This, of course, is great if you want to improve the visuals of your website just a little bit further.
There is also the option to have an image background, and of course, edit typography, colors, header, and footer all to your liking.
Although this may not seem like much, ROUA is focused on having a minimalistic approach to building your website, and this is what makes both a joy to use - and great value at $49. ROUA is known for being extremely user-friendly, simple, and fresh. For many portfolio websites, this is just what the doctor ordered.
Recommended for visual artists, and professionals looking for a clean, well-organized website.
- Simple design with a user-friendly interface
- Modern video background design option
- Extremely user-friendly
- No drag and drop editor
- Lacks in customization features
4. Studio 8
$87 - yearly, $247 - lifetime.Studio 8 is up next. It's one of the most powerful and flexible premium WordPress portfolio templates around. Well designed, it will surely impress creative professionals.
If you know exactly what you want from your website, but simply lack the tools to make it a reality - this theme is a theme for you.
Studio 8 has one of the more impressive features lists. Unlimited color schemes, responsive design, widget options, great customer support, and much more combine to make Studio 8 a pretty much complete portfolio website building experience.
The price for Studio 8 is currently $87.00 per year. Together with Divi, it's on the expensive side - but it's a professional solution with quick expert customer support, so for some, it's definitely worth it.
- Plenty of professional features
- eCommerce-ready with WooCommerce
- Quick and professional support service
- Quite expensive
- No drag and drop editor
$59 - one-time fee
Welcome to a world full of cutting-edge features, slides scroll, shape dividers, and a brand new gallery manager.
For artists who love to show off, or are simply looking to display their work and want a one-page design for an excellent presentation - Uncode may be a match made in heaven.
There is an impressive library of 50 premade concepts and 200 layouts, all modern, packed with features and flexible in terms of customization.
In order to give your website a dynamic visual effect, Uncode has combined some awesome gallery features. One of which allows the user to open an entire gallery from just one thumbnail.
More impressive than that is its slides scroll features, that lets you transform any one-page design into an interesting presentation. All of these features work well on a mobile device, too.
However, there is one minor downside - the scroll feature can be a little bit slow and is not as responsive as I would've liked.
There's an outstanding amount of thought and technology gone into this product, and I am surprised at how well it performs. All but the minor problems with the scroll feature, it's a very good product at a very fair price.
I would recommend Uncode to graphic designers or artists who enjoy like technology - and a challenge.
- Slides scroll and shape dividers feature
- There are 50 premade concepts and 200 layouts
- A very intuitive admin experience
- Longer learning curve than most WordPress themes
- Scroll slide is slow at times
What are the best portfolio WordPress themes for you?
Of the 5 WordPress portfolio templates I have tested - all are good options for your professional website. However, they're all slightly different and are perfectly suited for varying types of users.
- Brando would be the right choice users who want a modern looking website on a budget.
- Divi is best suited for users who want an all-around performance with drag and drop editors.
- ROUA would be a good choice for visual artist and professional looking for a simple website.
- Studio 8 would best suit professionals looking for the most extensive custom editing experience.
- Uncode will make a great choice for users who want cutting-edge features and strong presentation techniques
All of these builders fell into 3 separate price categories - but all of them represent good value for money. Brando costs only $20 but has enough templates and elements to make a great portfolio. ROUA and Uncode are more advanced and centerered on brilliant visual experiences, while Divi and Studio 8 are great options for website building professionals and enterprises.
And overall, these 5 very different options are all great WordPress portfolio themes - you won't go wrong with any one of them.
If you were surprised that a theme you had in mind didn't make the list, feel free to shout it out in the comments below. I'm interested to hear your thoughts.