Making a new website much easier than it used to be, rather than learning HTML and CSS, you can simply click and drag with your mouse and have some very professional looking web in minutes.
The wealth of website builders means you have a large selection of tools to choose from, but it can be difficult to choose the best from a crowd of so many. To help you narrow down your choices, we've selected five site builders that are particularly well suited to portfolio work and offer a good balance of price and features.
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All of these site builders offer easy ways to customize your page once they're online, so you can regularly change the look of your work, and make sure your talents are always well promoted on the internet.
Weebly app was first created with the intention of making it easy to build a portfolio of work online, and those origins stand him in good stead today, even somehow expanding his horizons to become a general website builder. If you don't mind a Weebly subdomain, some ads on your site, and a 500MB storage limit, you can use it for free.
While the selection of themes is relatively small, they are fully customizable and they all work on any screen size, automatically reformatting to suit screen sizes. Weebly offers one of the most elegant and intuitive site editor interfaces we've seen, so you can customize your portfolio exactly the way you want.
One of the many areas where Weebly excels is how it quietly handles a lot of technical stuff in the background: it gives you increased default SSL security, and (on a paid option) advanced analytics for your site, plus the ability to transfer a domain name.
If you want to get up and running quickly, want to spend – but not much – long setting up your site, and need something that will be a reliable and comprehensive Weebly app is right for you. The fact that you can start for free to see if you like it is an added bonus.
There's a lot that appeals to us about a cargo builder site: the custom and varied selection of templates, the intuitive setup page interface you can change them, and the way you can create an entire site without paying a dime (you won't pay until alive).
It has certainly gained more edge than other similar website builders which can be good or bad depending on what you are looking for. The available templates are all catchy and bold, and will work best for people who want to stand out from the crowd, be it photos or letters.
Each template is flexible and works on different screens, and the load also offers some cool animated image effects you can play around with too. Also, the developer of the site deserves credit for the choice of fonts, plus even more fonts are added from time to time.
Plus, all the features are on the surface, including an online template editor that strikes a good balance between simplicity and customization - you get 6 GB of cloud storage, unlimited pages, unlimited bandwidth, the ability to transfer your domain name if needed, and T help and support (including training videos).
- Sign up for loads from $8.25 (about £6.25) per month, free trial available
Built on the latest HTML5 technology and useful extras like e-commerce and domain support included, it's a builder that's too broad and deep, but other portfolio builders will do just fine. That doesn't mean it's hard to use - there's just more going on.
You don't need to know any code to get started, there are many different themes and looks to choose from, and we love how these themes are already filled with content. This means that you can simply change the sample material that is already there, rather than starting from scratch, which can be more complicated.
If you want to go deeper into site creation and customization, then Im Creator makes it possible. The site editor includes various options and a slideshow gallery, plus image effects to drop behind your uploaded photos, and the ability to change all the fonts used in the page margins.
We would recommend Creator to them if you want to stand out from the crowd - it's a wide selection of templates and some overly detailed editing options. On the other hand, it takes a little more time and effort investment than other website builders.
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A crop is the creative work of a site and a portfolio builder rolled into one, so you know its services are trusted by people in the same industry as you (or the same industry you're trying to hack). What's more, its template options are among the most well-designed we've seen.
The tick builder's website has all the boxes you should be looking for. Setting up the site is quick and easy, you can register your own domain if you want, and making changes to the design and layout of the pages is very little. Plus, you get neat add-ons like Dropbox and Instagram sync and Google analytics integration.
If you know some CSS then you can take more control over how your site is built. If not, you can just use the simple site editor - matching colors and fonts is as easy as clicking a sidebar.
Those of you who want to find yourself a job at the same time as building your site can of course go straight to the jobs section of the crop site to find a job - there are several big-name employers on the portal. You can try out the service with a free 14-day trial.
- Sign up for a crop from $8.25 (about £6.25) a month, free trial available
Given that Adobe makes some of the best creative software in the business, you'd hope it knows what it's doing in terms of displaying portfolios on the web - and we're happy to report what's actually going on.
It's a little different from the other services we've mentioned here because it's a free add-on to the creative cloud software suite developed by Adobe. If you are not yet paying for the program, then portfolio - this is unlikely to tempt you to part with your money, but if you are a subscriber, then you should stop there before venturing elsewhere.
While it doesn't offer as many settings and layout options as some of the other site builders we've mentioned here (although a popular feature request - video backgrounds - has been added), Adobe Portfolio makes the process of getting your work online simple and fun. Of course, there's also tight integration with Adobe apps, so you can easily share your work directly from Lightroom on the web. You can also purchase and connect a domain if you wish.
Pages are optimized for any device, and some of them can be password protected if needed, and you already have the option to transfer your domain name. For a simple portfolio maker that plugs right into the apps you're already using (assuming you are), it's perfect.
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