If you’re a creative-type, showing off the quality of your work will be one of the most influential factors when it comes to securing work. As such, displaying your work in a stylish portfolio is fundamentally important.
The default version of WordPress allows you to add images to posts and pages, but this is rather limited — if you’re serious about attracting new clients, it just won’t cut it. Remember: if you’re claiming to be a professional, creative individual, then you need a professional looking, creative portfolio, right?
The good news: there are loads of great portfolio plugins available for WordPress, to allow you to build a beautiful showcase for your work. Many of them are beginner-friendly, and come with enough customization options to make your portfolio your own. Today, I want to introduce you to seven of my favorite portfolio plugins.
Essential Grid Premium WordPress Plugin
Essential Grid bills itself as an all-purpose grid building solution with unlimited possibilities, and is available from CodeCanyon for $25.
The plugin comes with an impressive 30 skins, and also allows you to build your own skins using a drag and drop visual editor — these can be saved and exported. Each skin comes with its own layout and overlay style, many of which are animated. You can add images, videos, audio, WooCommerce products, blog posts, client logos, and carousels to your grid, giving you the versatility to create any type of portfolio you want.
Adding a grid to your website is as easy as choosing the content (you can choose posts, pages, custom post types, or gallery), refining it by selecting relevant categories or tags, then pasting a shortcode to the relevant post, page, or widget area. All grids are fully responsive and can be filtered down by visitors — you can turn this option on or off.
Aeolus Creative Portfolio Free WordPress Plugin
If you’d prefer a free plugin for displaying your portfolio in an eye-catching way, look no further than Aeolus Creative Portfolio. The plugin lets you display your work in a stunning, modern-style parallax showcase, or by displaying chunky thumbnails in a column showcase — you can choose one, two, or three columns.
The portfolios are fully responsive and the plugin supports unlimited colors for customization. The column showcase includes a stylish animated overlay for when visitors hover over an item, which provides additional information about it. Adding an item to your portfolio is incredibly simple, and the plugin’s drag and drop interface makes it extremely easy for you to re-order your items. You can add the portfolio anywhere on your website by using a shortcode.
Easy Media Gallery Premium WordPress Plugin
Easy Media Gallery Pro is without doubt one of the most versatile gallery portfolio plugins around, and will set you back just $24 — there is also a free version of the plugin which includes more limited functionality.
You can add images, galleries, photo albums, image carousels, videos, audio, and even Google Maps to a portfolio. The plugin optimizes images for SEO by automatically adding alt tags and title attributes to images. It is also highly versatile, supporting videos from 15 sources and audio from three sources.
Easy Media Gallery is user-friendly, allowing you to add items with just a few clicks. It is also super-easy to customize the positioning, colors (unlimited colors available), and add special effects to items in your portfolio. As an added bonus, the plugin supports ten different lightbox styles for when visitors click on an item in your portfolio. The portfolios are fully responsive and you can choose to add filters for easier navigation.
Nimble Portfolio Free WordPress Plugin
Nimble Portfolio is a feature-rich, free portfolio plugin for WordPress users. The plugin lets you add posts, pages, custom post types (including WooCommerce products), images, and videos to a gallery. The galleries themselves looks clean and stylish with attention-grabbing circular thumbnails.
The galleries are fully responsive and can be filtered down by visitors to make it easier to find the items that interest them. You can select the number of columns to include, as well as the icon displayed when a visitor hovers over an item. When a visitor clicks on one of the thumbnails, a lightbox pops up to display the expanded image, video, or audio file.
The Nimble Portfolio plugin can be extended by purchasing premium addons. There are currently seven available, each costing £6.99 (roughly $11) — two skins, four lightboxes, and one sorting feature extension.
Media Grid Premium WordPress Plugin
Media Grid is a user-friendly, premium portfolio plugin that allows you to build beautiful, responsive grids using an intuitive visual grid builder. You can add images, videos, audio, WooCommerce products, text, and image sliders to your grids. When visitors hover over an item, an overlay is displayed which provides additional information — if they click on it, a stylish lightbox appears, from which you can add a further description and display social sharing icons.
All grids can be filtered by visitors to help them find what they want. There are also plenty of customization options: you can set border size and color, margin between images, and the overlay color. If you don’t have time to endlessly customize your grid to find the perfect setup, there are ten one-click presets available. You can add your grid to any page, post, custom post, or widget area using a simple shortcode.
You can also extend Media Grid by adding more overlay styles by purchasing the Media Grid Overlay Manager add-on for $11.
Grid FX Premium WordPress Plugin
With four unique skins, Grid FX is a highly versatile portfolio plugin, available for $17 from CodeCanyon. It allows you to place images, videos, audio, blog posts and WooCommerce products in stylish grids, Pinterest-style galleries, and image carousels.
Customization is King with this plugin, with over 80 different styling options. You can choose from a range of skins, lightbox backgrounds, title animations, colors, and buttons. You can also set how many items will appear in the portfolio, the size of each item, and the number of columns.
To improve navigation, visitors can filter down the grids to find what they are looking for. Adding a portfolio to your WordPress website is as easy as pasting a simple shortcode into any post, page, or widget area.
Go Portfolio Premium WordPress Plugin
Go Portfolio is a highly customizable, responsive portfolio plugin, available from CodeCanyon for $22. Go Portfolio includes four different “styles”, all of which look stunning with an array of overlays, thumbnail size/shapes, animations, and visual effects.
Users have an unlimited number of colors to choose from, 600+ Google fonts, plus they can choose the sizing and spacing of each item to get the grid just to your liking — you can also choose whether your grids are filterable. Go Portfolio supports images, posts, videos, audio, and WooCommerce products, all of which can be combined in any grid. You can add as many grids as you want to your website, which is done by adding a shortcode to the relevant post, page, or widget area.
EnviraGallery Premium WordPress Plugin
Of course we can’t forget EnviraGallery. This plugin is yet another great option for adding responsive image galleries to your WordPress site. We did a full EnviraGallery review not long ago, but just to hit the high points this plugin includes lightbox support, custom margins, image cropping, mobile gallery options, custom thumbnails, support for custom gallery classes (great for developers) and so much more. Plus there are plenty of add-ons for any other feature you might need, like Pinterest integration, tags, slideshows, skins, fullscreen support and more.
If your prior work is an influential factor in you securing new clients, displaying your work in a portfolio is an absolute must. Remember: the way you display your work will say almost as much about you as the work itself, so show it off with pride — there are plenty of great WordPress portfolio plugins out there, so you have no excuse for a shabby-looking portfolio. Or, if plugins aren’t your thing, have a look at our previous portfolio WordPress theme roundup or our portfolio themes gallery. There are tons of great options available to you!
Are there any awesome portfolio plugins I’ve missed off this list? Let me know in the comments section below!