My online portfolio has been a work in progress for far longer than I like to admit. And not in a “we’re all a work in progress” kind of way. No, in a completely ripped-to-shreds reimagining kind of way. But I’m finally (mostly) happy with the current version’s representation of the skills I have to offer and some of my bigger projects.
The challenge has been how to best represent who I am and what I do in one place. As an editor, marketer, and writer, the skills are related, but clients may be looking specifically for one or another. I hope that in splitting up these service areas, I’ve also made it easy to navigate from one to the other to see the larger picture.
While the problem was largely one of organization, I was also finding myself frustrated by technical limitations. WordPress is a great platform, but I was continuously tripped up trying to find the perfect theme to accommodate my vision.
Eventually, I took an online class through Udemy that addressed both of these issues. “Create a Killer Online Portfolio to Get Your Dream Job,” taught by Dale Cody, was a huge help. The course began with a deep look at what you should include in your portfolio – and what you should leave out. From there, Cody delivered a hardcore tutorial in WordPress, introducing several tools I hadn’t used before and providing step-by-step instructions on how to customize everything from testimonials to case studies to contact pages.
The course isn’t free, but Udemy often offers promotions for 20-50% off. The regular price for this particular course is $55, but as I write this post, it’s available for only $13. Either way, it’s worth the investment if you’re working on an online presence.
I’m not sure I’ll ever quit tinkering with my site, but it’s much better than previous versions. I like that it’s adaptable going forward as well – I can easily add functionality to include my fiction writing as I complete those works.
If you need a portfolio, consider taking the course. This post isn’t sponsored, and I haven’t even included an affiliate link. I just found it very useful, so I wanted to pass it along.
Or if you don’t want to deal with the time investment but want a professional site created, you can always contact me, and I’d be happy to create one for you.