If you don’t want the expense or hassle of creating your own website, here are some business tips to help you get a free online portfolio:
Hosted portfolio websites
There are a number of very good websites where you can create a portfolio and give information about yourself. These sites are very professional looking and user friendly. The main free ones are:
Update July 09:
New free portfolio service from the largest art community in the world.
Update Oct 09:
Krop Creative Database
Professional hosted portfolio service and resume builder.
(Free service limited to 10 images)
A web application used to build and maintain combinations of text, image, movie and sound.
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Photo management websites
There are a number of good photo management websites around, which you could also use to display images of your work.
Probably the most popular and easy to use photo management website. This is also probably the simplist way of getting an online portfolio. However, you’ll need to be aware of their usage guidelines – you’re not supposed to be selling yourself commercially. Use it to display images of work, but not actively promote your services. All you need to do is create an account, then upload your work as you would photos. You can arrange it into categories or projects and add descriptions to each picture. One downside is the lack of ability to add a personal profile, but you can have a short description of yourself.
Another neat little method is getting yourself a free blog. You can publish news and photos and put them into categories. If you’re not familiar with what sort of format a blog is I suggest you have a look at some before considering this option. Two popular free blogging platforms are:
File sharing websites
These websites are basically for online storage and sharing of your computer files. You could upload images of your work, sort them into projects or clients, and then give people the link to them – effectively making an online portfolio.
Basic option allows for 2GB free.
So there we are – many different ways to display your work online without expense. All you really need is a little bit of time to set it up and to sort your work. And that’s time well spent in today’s competitive climate.
If anyone knows of other good ways please add them to the comments below and I’ll update this article.