What’s the best website builder to create a clean online portfolio?

Whether you are a photographer, graphic designer or student, it is essential to have an online portfolio to help you promote your work and find clients. We have gathered in this list the best websites that allow you to create a portfolio on the web.


  • Website builders

    A website builder to help you create a beautiful portfolio to showcase your work.

  • WordPress

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted PHP Cloudron Website

    WordPress is an obvious choice since it's powering more than 34% of all websites in the world. It's a free, open source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and based on a MySQL database. WordPress' functionalities allow it to create and manage different types of websites: blogs, e-commerce platforms, portfolios… You can also use it with other tools like Small Semplice iconSemplice to create a beautiful portfolio to showcase your best work.

     

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  • Squarespace

    Commercial Web Website

    Squarespace is a popular and versatile CMS, adapted to bloggers, online merchants, companies wishing to present their activity, creators, photographers.... The platform features aesthetic and modern themes, and the administration interface is clear and well designed. Several metrics are also provided: page views, RSS feed subscriptions, most popular pages....

     

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  • Webflow

    Freemium Web Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    Founded by two brothers in 2013, Webflow is a rather special CMS. It allows you to create websites without in-depth knowledge of code, such as Small Wix iconWix or Small Shopify iconShopify. But unlike its competitors, Webflow is primarily aimed at web designers. The great strength of Webflow, in addition to its intuitive interface, is that it allows you to create websites with a highly personalized design thanks to their well thought-out drag and drop interface.

     

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  • Wix

    Freemium Web Website

    Speaking of which… Known for the quality and modernity of its templates, Wix is nowadays one of the main software for creating websites. Created in 2006 by an Israeli startup and used by more than 160 million people worldwide, Wix is a complete and easy-to-use website creation software, suitable for both simple showcase websites and complex professional platforms.

     

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  • Koken.me

    Free MySQL Community Edition Self-Hosted PHP Website

    You're a photographer and you want to publish your photos on the web, by deploying your own website? Fast, simple and free, Koken might be the right solution for you… Koken is a CMS specifically designed for photographers that allows you to set up an online portfolio of your photos. It supports several media formats and has a very complete back office dedicated to creating albums and managing your images.

     

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  • Cargo

    Freemium Web Website

    Cargo is a platform that allows artists, photographers, architects... to publish their portfolio simply and elegantly. Technically, the platform offers the same features as the aging software Indexhibit with cloud hosting and a series of beautiful and mobile-optimized graphic themes. The marketing choice is to present portfolios of prestigious artists to encourage peers to join.

     

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  • Weebly

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    Quality websites without any technical skills required: that's what Weebly promises.
    Weebly is one of the best-known online website publishers in the United States. It claims more than 40 million users worldwide. Weebly's interface is well organized and allows you to see all the available features at a glance. Several menus at the top of the page provide easy access to the main functions. You can add text, images or shapes to your website with simple drag and drop.

     

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  • Carbonmade

    Commercial Web Website

    Carbonmade allows designers to create their own portfolio to display their creations. The site is very easy to use: in a few clicks the portfolio is created, all that remains is to fill it in! You can add projects and creations, tag them and classify them. More detailed options (client, project URL, notes…) can also be added.

     

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  • Graphic communities

    Graphic communities to share your work and get noticed by companies and clients.

  • Behance

    Freemium Web iPhone iPad Website

    Behance is a social media platform owned by Adobe which aims to showcase and discover creative work. Users can sign up to Behance and build profiles consisting of projects. Both registered and unregistered users can "appreciate" any particular project, as well as comment on them. Its biggest competitors are Small Dribbble iconDribbble and Small DeviantArt iconDeviantArt which we'll cover next. Alternatively, you can also use Small Adobe Portfolio iconAdobe Portfolio to create an online portfolio based on your Lightroom photos or Behance projects.

    /!\ Just be aware that Adobe has recently cut off all of Venezuela from using their products, including Behance, due to U.S. sanctions.

     

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  • Dribbble

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Dribbble is a self-promotion and networking platform for digital designers of various disciplines, including graphic design, web design, UX/UI, web design, illustration, and branding. Dribbble serves as a design portfolio platform. It is one of the largest platforms for designers to share their work online.

     

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  • DeviantArt

    Freemium Web Android iPhone iPad Website

    DeviantArt is an online art community, where everyone can register and exhibit their own graphic or literary creations. On its 15th anniversary (August 7, 2015), the site had more than 36.4 million registered users and more than 200 million deviations.

     

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  • Flickr

    Freemium Mac Windows Web Android iPhone ... Chrome Website

    Flickr, from the English verb to flick through, is a free photo and video sharing website, with some paid features, owned by Small SmugMug iconSmugMug. In addition to being a popular website for users to share their personal photos, it is also often used by professional photographers. In August 2011, the site reached six billion hosted photos. By February 2017, the site hosted approximately thirteen billion photos for one hundred and twenty-two million members and two million groups.

     

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  • 500px

    Freemium Windows Web Android iPhone Windows S ... Android Tablet iPad Software as a Service (SaaS) Website

    500px is a community photo sharing website. It is perceived as a place of exhibition, inspiration and connection between photographers. It facilitates direct communication between photographers and clients, since photographers can sell their pictures on the platform. In January 2018, the site claims 13 million registered users.

     

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Of course, there are many more website builders to create an online portfolio like Small Fabrik iconFabrik, Small Format iconFormat, Small Viewbook iconViewbook, Small Pixpa iconPixpa, Small Strikingly iconStrikingly… but this list would be endless if I were to mention them all. You already have a good selection here and the choice of the tool you'll want to use to build your portfolio is now yours. 🙂 Let me know in the comments if you know other great website builders that you think should be included in this list.



Comments on What’s the best website builder to create a clean online portfolio?

Blouko
· Oct 2019 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

For the graphic communities there's also Artstation which has a fairly good alternative.

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EtchyLitchi
· Oct 2019 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Unfortunately, Koken is discontinue : the last update where in 2017.
You can add Ello as a community too.

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