In the previous installment of this series, I discussed the need for portfolio websites and why WordPress is the ideal platform for such websites. In this second article, I will discuss how to use WordPress for building portfolio websites. Things will get very interesting as I will create the pages for the portfolio website, add some images and a  menu in the top bar.

For the purpose of this article, I have installed Snaps WordPress portfolio theme. The basic structure of the website now looks like:

snaps portfolio theme

I will now upload the portfolio and add several pages to the menu.

Add a Header Banner to the Website

The first step is the addition of a header image. Go to Appearance > Customize.

add a header banner

Click Header Image from the left menu.

click header image from the left menu

Using the dialog box, upload the image for the header and hit the Publish button.

upload header image

Add a Page to the Website

New pages can be easily created by going to Page > New Page

add new page

Add the title and description of the page. Once done, hit the Publish button.

add new page wordpress

Setup the Menu

Menus could be easily added by going to Appearance > Menus

setup the menu

Name the menu and click the blue  Create Menu button. Once done, add pages to the menu by following the screenshot below.

create menu

This step will create menus for both the header and the pages of the website.

All portfolio items that appear on the homepage are simple posts.

portfolio items

You can edit the portfolio via Post section.

post section

Main portfolio images can be added as featured images.

featured images

Similarly, the footer of the website can be handled through Appearance > Widget.

appearance widget

You can simply drag and drop the elements to the footer boxes, as per your requirements. as shown below

widget drag and drop

The following screenshot shows the footer of the live website. as you could see, I have added two text boxes and one menu element.

footer

Conclusion

A well-designed portfolio website could have a very positive impact on your career and employment prospects. It is often the first point of contact between your work and potential clients.

In this article, I discussed how to set up a WordPress portfolio website that is full featured with images and appropriate pages and menus.

If you have a question about this article or would like to contribute to the discussion, please leave a comment below.