I’ve been happily employed for awhile now, so I’ve not kept up on various trends and changes in the online portfolio field. I would like to remedy this knowledge gap.
I can do a search for “best online portfolio sites” but a search like that is a little tainted by people who want you to buy their solution.
If you’ve made a portfolio site for yourself or a client, what are you using?
It seems to me that you can use a service like Behance (but are there other services that are equal or better in terms of features, ease of use, ads, etc.?), adapt a theme to a blog/CMS WordPress or Tumblr, or build something from scratch.
If it’s necessary to narrow the scope of the question a bit, I’d say that the ideal portfolio site looks modern but not trendy, has a great user experience, and is easy to update. Preferably, it can be self-hosted, unless people have found that going on a dedicated social network is better.
It’d be interesting to hear answers from graphic designers who don’t code a lot as well as web designers who do it for a living.
I saw many websites that were prepared for portfolios only and most of them were too dynamic for me to pay attention to any of the drawings/photos/graphics.
If you would like to keep the programming minimal you may want to prepare a pdf file; I have a pdf portfolio and send it to clients who requests graphics. You can easily put it in your website too.
Another option may be to use websites like deviantART but personally I think it is not very professional.
It is worth noting that I am not a professional designer (I don’t have any degree or certificate) and I design graphics as a hobby and these are my personal opinions.