The potential value of a creative professional’s portfolio is beyond doubt. For that value to be realized, however, it’s vitally important that your portfolio displays your work beautifully and stands out as an extraordinary project in and of itself. Fortunately, many WordPress themes are available to help you build the perfect portfolio. This article will look at the best portfolio WordPress themes for creative professionals.
What Makes the Best Portfolio WordPress Themes?
Creativity is, of course, highly subjective. In turn, themes that appeal to one set of creative professionals might not appeal to others. This list offers various top-rated themes to cater to a broad spectrum of creative portfolio needs. Some have been included because of their built-in aesthetics, whereas others have made the list due to their high customizability or superior design features.
The Best Portfolio WordPress Themes
Although we’ve presented our list below, the examples below are not in any particular order. Our advice is to check out each theme in turn – among them, you may find the perfect one for you.
Bridge is a multipurpose WordPress that works well with Gutenberg, Elementor, and WP Bakery. The theme is one of the best-selling portfolio WordPress themes on the ThemeForest marketplace. Built with the designer in mind, Bridge allows you to build a unique portfolio website on WordPress. From interactive elements to over 600 demos you can import, designing your portfolio with Bridge is the clear choice for those who want a website that stands out.
Seven portfolio pages, list, and single portfolio layouts
200+ customizable elements
Integrated search functionality
Ajax animations and transitions
Compatible with WooCommerce
Pricing: $138 per year
Divi – our popular and versatile theme – has everything you need to display your work in the best possible light. The drag-and-drop Divi Builder is simple and intuitive, enabling you to create beautiful custom portfolio layouts without code.
Divi includes a dedicated Portfolio Module for displaying portfolio items in stunning grid layouts and a Filterable Portfolio Module that allows users to filter portfolio items by category without reloading the page.
You can even use the Portfolio Carousel Module to display items in a carousel slider. If you want to take Divi portfolios to the next level, you can use premium modules like Portfolio Grid, Packery Image Gallery, and Elastic Gallery to add impressive hover effects and fluid grid layouts.
Portfolio items are pulled from Divi’s built-in custom post type called Projects, which is a convenient feature for those wanting to separate their portfolio from their blog posts.
To jump-start the design process, you have access to 2000+ premade layouts from within the Divi Builder, with tons of stunning portfolio layouts that are only a click away. We even have complete layout packs suited to portfolio sites, including Portfolio, Art Gallery, Photography Studio, and many more. If that’s not enough, there are hundreds of premium premade layouts for Divi’s portfolio and carousel modules available with Divi Portfolio Module Pack and Divi Portfolio Carousel Module Layouts.
Includes the Divi Builder drag-and-drop page creator.
Create portfolio layouts in multiple grid layouts
Filter portfolio items by category without reloading the page
Dedicated Portfolio modules with hundreds of design options.
Hundreds of premade portfolio layouts to help design your site.
Pricing: Paid plans start at $89
If you want to build your portfolio website on a budget, consider Hestia. The theme works with the most popular page builders, including Divi, Beaver Builder, Thrive Themes, and more. With a slick material design, you can fully customize your site with WordPress’ Customizer. Hestia has enhanced WooCommerce features, so an upgrade may be needed if you want to sell products on your site. Switching to the pro version of Hestia is a good idea, as it comes with four portfolio-focused starter sites that can help you build your website faster.
Fully customizable homepage
Slider and video header
Advanced blog layouts and options
SEO friendly with optimized source code
Extended header and footer options
Pricing: Free, Paid plans start at $99 per year
PILE is specifically designed to create beautiful portfolio websites. This is one of the best portfolio WordPress themes for the creative who wants true creative control with their website. Its sophisticated, minimalist structure results in a sleek modern design. This simple and intuitive theme is a good option for beginner WordPress users looking to create a visually impactful portfolio.
Smooth parallax scrolling.
Smart layout builder.
Pricing: Paid plans start at $225 per year
LENS is a theme dedicated to helping photographers showcase their work in extraordinary ways. The minimal flat design offers a variety of visually appealing options, such as full-screen slideshows and galleries. The fast and smooth animated page transitions for a seamless viewer experience is a central feature that sets this theme apart. Also, it’s one of the best portfolio WordPress themes on our list, with a unique grid homepage layout.
Animated page transitions.
Full-screen slideshows, including videos.
Includes over 600 Google Fonts.
Price: Paid plans start at $75 per year
For SEO and performance-focused creatives, Sydney is the best portfolio WordPress theme. It has lightning-fast loading speeds, which are great for ranking in search engines, helping you find your work. Sydney has five starter sites that can help you quickly get your portfolio online. As a bonus, you have extra WooCommerce customization features, extra slider options, and more when upgrading to the theme’s pro version.
Gutenberg and translation ready
Modal popup module
5+ header and mobile header layouts
5+ blog layouts
Custom hooks system
Pricing: Free, Paid plans start at $69 per year
Astra is a well-known free theme that powers over one million WordPress websites online. With both a free and pro version, the power of this portfolio theme shines with the pro version. Build custom headers, footers, blog layouts, and more for your next portfolio website. There are also global design options that make it easy to style and brand your site quickly. Astra is WooCommerce-ready, schema-integrated, and SEO optimized, making it one of our list’s best free portfolio WordPress themes.
240+ starter templates
Advanced header builder
Multiple blog layouts
Custom layouts and hooks
Enhanced color and typography options
Native AMP support
Pricing: Free, Paid themes start at $59 per year
Kalium is a clean and crisp portfolio theme that offers many options, including over 30 portfolio item types and multiple grid listing choices. It has many other built-in elements, such as Google Maps and pricing tables.
Dozens of portfolio options.
Easily customizable blog pages.
Built-in pricing tables.
Pricing: $138 per year
Uncode is another flexible theme that comes with a variety of portfolio options. Its clean and modern layout is easy to use and offers near-endless customization. The advanced grid system is beautiful for anyone creating masonry and grid-style sites.
A range of layout options.
A library of portfolio layouts, including grid and masonry.
Includes the Visual Composer plugin.
Price: $118 per year
Oshine has been designed to combine a clean, modern design with excellent features. Although this is a multipurpose theme, it is geared toward portfolio layouts. Functionality such as sliders, parallax effects, and overlays can assist you in getting truly creative with your portfolio.
Drag-and-drop page builder.
Master Slider plugin included.
Choose from over 500 Google Fonts.
Price: $138 per year
Who are the Best Portfolio WordPress Themes?
These WordPress themes have what it takes to produce a beautiful portfolio website. With Divi, you have the power to build a bespoke portfolio website with the sky as your limit. Bridge allows you to build your portfolio with a selection of page builders and starts you off with many layouts to get your portfolio off the ground. Finally, Hestia packs a clean, modern design into its free version, helping you build a nice portfolio on a budget.
Whether you want to display your beautiful photography or show off your creative coding skills, one of these themes will fit your needs. Which theme will you try for your next portfolio project and why? Let us know in the comments section below!
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