We almost started building our own portfolio plugin. I’m glad we didn’t. We have enough to do without following every possible development pathway. A visually compelling, functional portfolio is important to our business. We decided to search for what the options are. It’s actually tempting to just think of a portfolio as something we could easily throw together ourselves, but there is more than meets the eye in a well forged portfolio.
If you want to skip to the part where we tell you what plugin to use, our recommendation is Visual Portfolio by nK. With over 50,000 active installs, this high quality WordPress portfolio plugin is the best rated and most popular in it’s genre. It’s rival in terms of usage is another portfolio plugin which actually has more active installs, but is built exclusively for the Phlox theme. That was a surprise find when researching portfolio plugins, not only does Phlox theme have well over 100K active sites, a single plugin to provide a portfolio has over 100K active sites. Impressive growth by Phlox, and note to self to check that theme out to find out why it’s become so popular.
I tried out 3 different portfolio plugins before deciding to use Visual Portfolio. This was after an initial search yielded about 5-6 candidate plugins. What sold me almost right away about Visual Portfolio was that it’s clear the makers know something about UX design and visual presentation. Other plugins I tried were functional, but they certainly were not as impressive. Check out this screen from the WP Admin, the landing page after we install Visual Portfolio: