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 Hi all and happy holidays!

I'm sorry if this has been discussed before but I tried to find a topic and failed. So starting a new thread.

I'm redesigning my website in Wordpress (self-hosted) and am trying to figure out which software or plug in to use to create the Portfolio section(s). Can anyone recommend software they really like? I'm currently using Simpleviewer. I THINK it's the free version (It's been a little while since I set it up and I have two babies killing my braincells right now). It's _ok_ but it's not all that slick and doesn't seem to do what I really want it to do (link is here: http://www.millefiori.net/?page_id=133).
I don't mind paying for the full but not sure it's worth it.

So I figured I'd ask what software or plug ins you all are using on your portfolio sites?

Cheers!
Mishka
#1 - December 26, 2013, 12:26 PM
« Last Edit: December 26, 2013, 07:14 PM by mishka-jaeger »

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Hi Mishka,

I'm in the process of converting my (almost) updated portfolio site (originally hand-coded in html via Notepad) to a WordPress solution as well. My friend Marc, also an illustrator, has some great insights about using WordPress for portfolio building. He posted an article on his site with portfolio template links that you might also find helpful:

http://www.marcscheff.com/6-portfolio-themes-on-wordpress

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#2 - December 27, 2013, 04:33 PM
« Last Edit: December 27, 2013, 04:34 PM by TanjaW »

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Thanks, Tanja! I will check it out.
I'm trying to keep the theme I have and use a plug-in though (I bought the theme and it's SUPPOSED to have a portfolio option but danged if I can find it...
Which solution are you going with? I used to hand-code as well but it doesn't seem practical anymore. Ha.
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#3 - December 27, 2013, 04:58 PM

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I am still dancing around with the redesign, particularly since it's my first time using WordPress.
I will likely go with one of the freebies, tho, like this one: http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/nishita/).
Keeping it very simple since I want the focus (for the moment at least) to be on the illustrations, not on any of my writing aspirations.

RE Simpleviewer -- Mashable had a post about it in 2010:

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Pros: You can't beat the design.  The presentation is clean, artistic, professional, and unique.  While there is a pro version, the free download is highly customizable and full-featured. The viewers are scalable to full pages, or embeddable as part of your existing website or blog.
Cons: It's not so simple.  There is no software or user interface for SimpleViewer.  It is powered by one Flash file and one XML file, so you'll have to know how to manipulate the code, and have access to dedicated web hosting where your files will live.  The support area presupposes you know most of this, but is a good resource on how to set up and implement your viewer.
http://mashable.com/2010/02/11/web-portfolio/


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#4 - December 28, 2013, 11:26 AM

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Yep, I'd agree with that assessment of Simpleviewer. hah. You do need to know a little bit of xml. But I don't think it works very well in portables.
I'm now looking at Thumbnail Gallery - which is SUPPOSED to work in portables - and Gallery as well. Decisions, decisions. And who knows what will really work? I'd like to get on with the making art, too. I can procrastinate all day coming up with more planning.
I've been working with WP for a while now. I finally decided to buy a theme from Themify. I like the plug-in extra stuff. Makes for less coding. I'm using Elemin (http://themify.me/themes/elemin)
BTW, Tanja, I found you and am following on deviantArt.
Cheers,
Mishka
#5 - December 28, 2013, 05:55 PM

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My site is Wordpress but I set up a sub-domain to host my portfolio separately. I use Zen Portfolio - it does what I need it to do but I wish it was faster...
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 I use a portfolio specific theme from this place. http://www.dessign.net/ There are many options to choose from.
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I've had good luck with Photospace. http://wordpress.org/plugins/photospace/
#8 - February 04, 2014, 01:45 PM

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I also use wordpress and created my portfolio by setting up a page and adding in an art gallery using this tutorial:  http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/gallery/ no plugin or software needed :) hope that helps,
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