WordPress has thankfully started to shed it is reputation as only a blogging platform and is now rightly known as a very powerful content management system (CMS). As a CMS it is ideal if you need to showcase your portfolio online as the backend administration panel makes it very easy for novice users to add images and text and thanks to some great web designer creating awesome WordPress portfolio themes the front end will look amazing.
These themes are most suitable for freelancer designs or creative individuals looking to showcase their portfolio online. If you are a creative agency or you want a website more tailored to winning clients as well as showing off your works then you should check out our article on the best wordpress themes for creative agencies.
When looking at portfolio WordPress themes, or any website templates for that matter, you should decide early in your search what features and functionalities you want or need such as grid systems, responsive designs, retina display, ajax filterable images, sliders, google fonts etc. If you are not sure it will soon become apparent what your preferences are by looking through some demos and getting a feel for what you like. Make sure you check out the demos of any themes you like on multiple screens sizes (, ideal desktop, ipad and a smartphone) before you buy them to see how their responsive designs look.
Updated 26th Feb 2014
Hero is a responsive portfolio WordPress theme designed by ThemeTrust that can encourage visitor engagement through its sleek and modern design. The parallax home page banner allows you to interact with your audience in an engaging manner. Plus, unlike other parallax themes, it’s only a short way to the bottom! Telling your portfolio’s story has never been more exciting with this minimalistic, yet entertaining, theme.
Dorsey is responsive and clean porttfolio theme which you would expect from the folks at Minimal Themes who don’t like digital clutter as their name suggests. It includes a very cool hover effect on the large photos it uses which I have not seen used anywhere else.
Electra wordpress theme created by Telsa Themes should be contender if you are a creative agency looking for portfolio web template as it combines a good image filter with commercial sections (i.e. contact page, services, testimonials). Its default layout includes a fill width image slider which you can see in all its glory in the demo.
Showcase your portfolio this fashionable responsive WordPress theme by which has employed a very attractive flat design. Designed by the talented folks at ThemeJug With its filterable portfolio you can show off your creativity and have your visitors sort your projects the way they want.
Craft is a crisp, minimal them ideal for creative types to showcase their designs online. It is loaded with tons of style and plenty of funky jQuery effects.
Chancë is a responsive portfolio WordPress theme that has a minimalistic design to really accentuate your design portfolio. Setup and customize Chancë quickly with post formats and several custom page templates. Many will love its clean black and white styling.
Vertex, created by the Elegant Themes, is one of most stunning portfolio themes created for you to be able to promote your products through its amazing galleries, sliders, and testimonials. Play around with its custom headers and other customizable options and your website is sure to shine.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if many wanted their portfolios to have the look and feel of the Pinterest interface. Its crisp and clean design, coupled with an easy – not to mention addictive – navigation makes it a theme to die for. Fortunately, there’s FolioGrid Pro created by Frogs Themes which is a great looking Pinterest-inspired responsive theme. Just like the original, your visitors will spend hours viewing your portfolio. It comes with unlimited colour options, threaded comments and infinite scroll.
Display is a Creative WordPress Theme with clean, modern, responsive design and a wide set of features that are best for blogs, small businesses, creative agencies, photography sites, portfolios or any other related projects. With a Revolution Slider and a lot of awesome features on the backend you can make your site stand out and engage visitors fast.
Artifex Pro can bring life to your portfolio with its clean grid and layout. Perfect for creatives, this responsive WordPress theme utilizes jQuery masonry and infinite scroll to bring out the best in your portfolio. It’s a very simple theme with good design and easy to use features. Other features are: portfolio hover, portfolio pop-up, plenty of theme options, and more.
BigFormat, like the name implies, is a full screen responsive portfolio theme for artists, photographers and videographers. People viewing your portfolio will be amazed and stunned by the eye-catching, large scale images displayed. Features are: full screen image slideshow and YouTube and Vimeo video backgrounds, five custom widgets, translation ready, lots of theme options and more.
One of the most versatile and flexible responsive themes in this list, Cartel will show you that minimal doesn’t equate to bare. It comes in two main skins, black and white, but you also have the option to create your own look. It also offers entertaining hover over effects, a masonry gallery, full screen backgrounds, full width sliders with touch support, fashionable captions and a lot of professional styling options.
The portfolio theme for businesses, Cleanr, is a responsive WordPress theme that exudes professionalism and order. Its strong focus on user-experience, usability and clean design will help you showcase your best products and projects like no other. Some of its features are: multiple post formats (image, video, audio, standard), portfolio items support for both images, slideshow, and embedded videos and more.
CreativeGrid Pro is as minimal as can be. It has a clean grid-system that lets your audience focus on the important part, your portfolio. It’s also responsive, so your works will come out a beauty on any device. There’s also an idea page template where you can write your resume and offer visitors to download a PDF copy.
Another Pinterest-inspired theme, Folo makes looking through your portfolio light and easy. It’s complete with infinite loading, masonry layout, Lightbox and a powerful theme options panel, among others. The clean design will look and perform nicely on any screen – any size – any resolution.
Form’s sleek and modern design makes it an all-around portfolio theme that can also be used as a website for agencies, blogs and personal. It’s easy to set-up and is also easily customizable. Other features are: translation ready, unlimited skins and custom backgrounds, responsive design and more.
If you’re looking for something along the lines of modern and cool, you have to check out Marble. It’s a responsive WordPress theme that’s designed to be flat – meaning it’s as minimal as it gets. It’s a beautiful one page portfolio that can be used by photographers, designers, creative agencies, digital studios, or even entrepreneurs. It comes with an amazing revolution slider, 6 different homepage layouts, 2 blogs and a drag and drop page builder.
Me is a highly-rated portfolio WordPress theme that proves minimalistic can also be elegant. Designed by focusing on user experience, Me has an out-of-the-box look but is still easy to use. Some features are: online documentation and tutorial videos, responsive layout, a powerful portfolio system and more.
Indulge in this heart-warming WordPress theme with smooth transition effects and a set of advanced features. It aims to present your works in a fun, creative way with its clean and minimalistic layout.
MetroFolio’s organized grid and layout provide a clean interface that’s easy on the eyes and easier to navigate. It’s a responsive portfolio theme that looks very professional to present to clients. It includes a drag and drop interface, powerful customisation options like live customisation, tons of shortcodes and more.
The homepage of Showy can only show six portfolio items at most, but for a good reason: visitors sometimes get overwhelmed if you bombard them with your entire portfolio on one homepage. To avoid this, Showy forces you to choose the best in your portfolio and present them first before the rest (there’s a link for the rest of your portfolio). It’s a responsive WordPress theme that believes in the saying, “Less is more.”
Spaceship is a responsive WordPress theme that is suited for stylish and high-concept portfolios. The layouts are elegant and the navigation is user-friendly. This is perfect for creatives and artists looking to display their works in a fashionable manner. It also has Switch Glass effect, drop-down widgets, auto fit and vertical fit image slideshows, four variants for the homepage (single album, album list, blog, page).
With features that are versatile and a design that is bold and modern, Spacing is suited to serve as a portfolio theme for personal, agencies and even businesses. It’s highly rated for features like: responsive design, the sidebar and slider manager, drag and drop post re-order, Ajax contact form, simple font switcher, unlimited color variations and more.
Flexible is a responsive portfolio WordPress theme with a filterable, AJAX-powered mufti-media gallery. Flexible will showcase your works with simplicity and style.
If you want a Portfolio theme that with makes great use of a flat tiles or mosaic layout then this is worth a look. The homepage is very slick and the portfolio page template has a very cool and unique filter for different category types.
Wonder is another fantastic theme from the guys over at Theme Beanz who are definitely have a unique flat style running through all their wordpress designs. It is a simple yet powerful portfolio designed for creative minds and agencies alike. Play with its live theme customizer to create the a bespoke front end with audio, video and stacked image portfolio elements.
For photographers who want to showcase their breath-taking photos in a portfolio website, lens might be the wordpress temaplte that you are looking for. This theme uses a very attractive grid-based layout topped up with fluid transition effects that makes the presentation of your pictures smooth and natural.
Doctype is a responsive portfolio WordPress Theme which is retina ready and has a sharp style that will be very beneficial to creative professionals who love flat design.
Bold is portfolio theme is not for the faint hearted as it just big bold colours to break up sections. This would work well if you like multiple sections on long one page vertical scrolling sites.