So you need to create a portfolio website to to showcase your work - and you want to do it for free.
With plenty of website builders and portfolio services to choose from, and no time to test every single one of them, you might end up choosing the wrong option and giving up halfway through.
But don’t worry: we have reviewed dozens of services and have picked the best 100% free portfolio website services for you to choose from!
Free using subdomain, 9$/month for premium plan (includes custom domain, white label and 3rd party apps integration.)
What makes STUDIO different from other options on this list, is that it enables you to create a completely customized portfolio from scratch.
As portfolio websites are the expression of your own unique style, personality and approach to the work you do, building a website off of a template can be restrictive. Studio offers templates and wireframes, but these are 100% customizable and it is not a requirement to use them - in fact you can start right from a blank canvas.
It is free to design and publish unlimited websites (so you might make more than one portfolio and tailor it to the specific skill you want to promote, if you offer multiple services), as long as you use a subdomain.
2. Adobe Portfolio
Included in the subscription to Creative Cloud: US$9.99/month (plus photoshop and Lightroom, annual commitment necessary)
Adobes Portfolio is free to use and to publish a website as long as you are a Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber. It offers a collection of clean and creative templates for you to choose from.
The benefit of using Adobe portfolio is that you can push your work straight to Behance, if you own a profile.
Free using subdomain(limited to certain templates), $8.9/month (custom domain, access to all templates and analytics integration)
Thought specifically for creatives, Portfolio Box offers templates for artists, designers, photographers and more. Not only can you create a simple page to showcase the work you’re most proud of, you can even set up a blog and online shop. Using a blog can be a good idea to attract additional traffic and potential clients, and having an e-commerce could be an extra source of income if you have some creations to sell.
Free with subdomain and ads, subscription plans starting from $7.50/month to connect your own domain.
Wix has a selection of hundreds of templates, including portfolio themes specific to your profession. They recently added Wix ADI, a service that helps you create your site by asking you simple questions: based on your answers it will pick a template for you and update it with your info, and then take you through the process to complete it.
It is the perfect choice for everyone who is not too fussed about having a customized portfolio and just want to get the work out there as quickly as possible, with no headaches.
Other options - Not Free
The following services offer high quality portfolio themes, however publishing your website will not be free (although not very expensive either). Check out this list if the previous options do not satisfy you.
$99/year or $13/month
Cargo is not a standard website builder because its templates are all very artistic and in line with the latest web design trends. Another great feature of Cargo is Backdrop: an animation effect that can be applied to background images giving a unique look to your portfolio.
$16/month billed annually
Viewbook is a photography-focused portfolio website service. All of the templates feature galleries in a variety of layouts that you have the option to customize as you like. Although it is the most expensive option on the list and you have to commit to a yearly subscription, the plan includes the possibility to integrate an e-store.
It is wonderful how showcasing and promoting your work online through a portfolio can be free - without compromising on the quality of your website. Next, check out this tips on how to design an effective portfolio website and 6 beautiful designer portfolios to inspire yours.