Online Portfolio Development Tools and Suggestions
When applying for internships and jobs, it is a good idea to have an online presence in the form of an online portfolio. One way to design and develop an online portfolio site is by using a pre-designed template. These template sites will typically give you instructions on how to upload and enter content. The following are general template tools that all majors in the School of Communications can use to develop an online portfolio.
The following are easy to use template tools for you to consider:
Wix (Flash and HTML5): Create a flash or HTML5 website. The free version of Wix offers flash templates, HTML5 templates, and a customizable domain name. The domain example for the Wix platform is www.wix.com/yourname/portfolio. The Wix platform also allows users to easily link social media icons with the user's social media sites. Other Wix add-ons include apps for multimedia platforms such as SoundCloud, Vimeo, Tumblr feed, etc. without needing to code the add-ons. Users with little HTML background will be able to create an online portfolio site with ease using the Wix platform. Premium plans on Wix allow you to add a favicon, connect your domain, and view site visitors. View the Sally Sample Wix Flash site, or the sample HTML5 site. Visit Wix support for help on creating your portfolio.
WordPress.com: WordPress is a free blogging platform and content management system that allows its users to create online portfolios, websites, and blogs. WordPress will host your site for free, but your domain name will be something like to www.janesmithportfolio.wordpress.com. WordPress provides its users with free customizable themes, menu options, and a widget customization that allows for a clean website and an optional embedded blog. The free version of WordPress comes with 3000 megabytes (3 GB) of space. Premium features on the WordPress platform gives users more freedom to customize their domain name, website theme, fonts, and colors. Those with some prior coding experience will have an easier time with fully customizing WordPress and coding widgets.
Google Sites: Google Sites allows users to create a free website, using pre-built templates, that allows for collaboration among multiple users. The Premier Edition also supports the Google calendar, Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Talk function, allowing for a more multimedia and interactive portfolio site. Google Sites makes it easy to combine other Google applications, allowing you to link Google Docs and Gmail to your online portfolio site to assist in sharing the information. The free version of Google Sites offers users with 100 MB of storage. No HTML knowledge is required for creating an online portfolio using Google Sites. The domain example on the Google Sites platform is https://sites.google.com/site/yournameportfolio.
Tumblr: Tumblr is a free blogging platform that can be used to create a visually-driven portfolio site. Tumblr offers several free themes and gives users the opportunity to link their site to other social media platforms. For content that is aesthetically appealing and visually driven, Tumblr provides an image and video heavy online portfolio. Portfolio content is easily sharable on Tumblr, so be sure to copyright documents and images. The domain example on the Tumblr platform is yournameportfolio.tumblr.com.
Behance: Behance is an international online creative portfolio platform that places featured portfolio and project content from its users into galleries. The platform is simple, easy to use, and aesthetically driven. Members can comment on projects and the portfolio content of other Behance users. This allows for interaction and professional networking within the Behance community. The domain example on the Behance platform is yournameportfolio.tumblr.com.
Visit the Behance help page for assistance on creating your portfolio.
Weebly: The Weebly platform provides free, easily customizable website themes, that are clean, organized, and user- friendly. Weebly provides an expanded list of fonts, which allows users to customize their website. Weebly also offers multimedia applications, such as photo galleries, audio and video players, as well as statistics on website traffic. The free domain example on the Weebly platform is yourname.weebly.com/portfolio.
Visit the Weebly Support Center for help on creating your portfolio.
Tips and Suggestions:
Some template sites will give you the tools to design your portfolio site and will also provide you with (or let you choose) a domain name and host the site for you. When building an online portfolio site, ensure that the domain name/site address of your site is professional. Try to keep the domain name for your site similar to your email address.During the process of creating your online portfolio, remember to be accessible. Make sure all users can easily browse your online portfolio site. Ensure screen size will work for all browser and that the original images, videos, and other large files will load quickly for all browser and connection types. Make sure to view your completed online portfolio in different browsers to ensure the content and appearance of your site is consistent with what you intended.