With more and more people building their online identity, portfolio WordPress themes made their position in the list of best selling WordPress themes. But why do you need a portfolio? Isn’t that the stupidest question? Of course and not having your online personal portfolio today is stupid too. Well, I am talking about photographers, artists and graphic designers in particular. Since portfolios boost the probability of getting hired, they became mandatory.
When you chose WordPress to build your portfolio, there are thousands of themes some best and some not. So, to help you save your time I figure out the top 30 responsive WordPress portfolio themes which are better in all aspects like design, appearance, complexity and user friendliness etc.
Please be careful while buying a portfolio theme, because there are two types in them, personal and group portfolios. So, let’s take a glimpse at the best 30 portfolio themes now.
Hind WordPress Theme
Hind is one of the best, fastest and latest creative portfolio WordPress themes on themeforest. This theme suits all personal or business needs to easily showcase portfolios with it’s 14 homepage variations, 11 pre-made premium sliders, 14 portfolio layout variations and tons of configurable options for all features. Since Hind is multi concept portfolio theme your website will never run out of creativeness. All the premium plugins, advanced page builders help you create your dream website in minutes.
Mensch is a personal blog and portfolio WordPress theme with a creative design and layout. Just like most of the portfolio themes, the navigation menu is on the left along with category, recent post widgets and footer. Homepage can be modified with literally 8 variations (in style) and the blog is a full width one with user friendly navigation through the posts. The introduction or bio that replaced the header menu will simply add beauty to your website.
Dream is a multipurpose portfolio theme with multiple options from homepage to portfolio templates. Though dream is a portfolio WordPress theme, it can also be used by small businesses for building their online identity. This theme allows you to add multiple items to your portfolio unlike most of the themes. Also, Dream is developed with best SEO practices by the developers.
State Union is one of the best fast loading portfolio WordPress themes with a super responsive and flexible grid builder. The navigation menu is a highlight to this theme, it’s an on click on and off toggle effect over the screen menu which can deliver better results on mobile screens. There are two variations for State Union, a grid layout and a full screen slider layout. Though there’s a blog template with unique style, it has limitations and can’t be customized to get desired layout or you can’t add custom widgets.
I think Kalium has already been listed once in the photography themes. Since it’s a trending and feature rich creative portfolio theme, it deserves the respect:-) Kalium surpassed 400 sales in the first 15 days of it’s launch and became a trending portfolio theme. Kalium is not a tailor made portfolio theme, its a multipurpose minimal WordPress theme that suits every category like blog, portfolio, agency etc. This theme has been mention in Awwwards, CSS design awards and gained a lot of fame. So, trust me, this is a better choice if you are looking for a WordPress portfolio theme and wiling to switch between designs and layouts.
Ruby is a simple portfolio theme for designers to get their portfolios online. It’s simplicity can make your website look cool and spacious, Ruby simply concentrates on showcasing your work and nothing else. Ruby got a filterable portfolio and a beautiful header slider to tell your readers your story in a line. The navigation menu slides on-click from the right side and it can be given different effects from the customization options.
Vertue is a boxed layout WordPress theme with a square grid portfolio. This minimal theme has an isotope ajax portfolio and is adaptable to all kinds of screens and the navigation of Vertue is made easy with over the post navigation menu to switch between the posts. The only drawback with Vertue is, lack of regular updates.
Havva is a child theme compatible ultra responsive WordPress theme with a masonry grid portfolio layout. Havva is a creative portfolio theme with left navigation menu, auto loading feature and a clean traditional blog layout. One important feature is the live editor which lets you easily customize the front end design of your website.
An old WordPress portfolio theme with an elegant vintage look yet responsive and updated with new features. Halftone welcomes you with a boxed layout and a header slider on the homepage and a grid portfolio to showcase your work. This portfolio theme doesn’t have all those fancy features you might be looking for but has a simple and beautiful design, better navigation and a traditional blog design. There’s even a latest tweets widget above the footer and social share icons on the top.
Center is a fully responsive theme with two navigation options – top and left and is touch friendly. Center is a modern theme which features two different portfolios and in full screen portfolio users just have to scroll down to access the portfolios. This creative WordPress portfolio theme is also child theme ready and includes three premium plugins.
Daisho was originally released in 2012 but the latest version 2.2 released in April 2015 gives you two homepage variations – thumbnail grid or classic mode. Daisho is mobile ready, WooCommerce supported and has a unique blog style. The classic version can be used as a company portfolio if you had one. Overall impression of this portfolio theme is good and even has a good feedback from buyers.
Nebula comes with a clean and minimal design and had a honorable mention on Awwwards for it’s elegance. With five homepage variations, three header layouts, five blog layouts and three navigation styles this beautiful portfolio theme, Nebula the 5 star rated theme is worth having for your website.
A clean bootstrap compatible portfolio WordPress theme with ajax portfolio loader and fully responsive design. Elegant is better in all features like homepage design, portfolio layouts and blog design. You can give your portfolios five different styles with Elegant. So, this theme is no doubt a good choice to consider.
Generally, all the latest portfolio WordPress themes share the same design either grid or masonry layout which is something boring. So, if you want a new look, Millburn has it. Though it features a masonry portfolio, it’s dual color scheme on homepage kills the boredom. Navigation menu can be accessed from the top right which is again different from traditional menus. The blog design and the portfolio styles too are unique in design. So, get Millburn to stand out.
NRG themes – one of the best WordPress portfolio theme developers and best sellers of themeforest. Mi Portfolio is another creative product (I mean theme) from them with 5 homepage styles to suit freelancers, agencies, designers and writers to showcase their portfolios. Mi Portfolio as usual is supported by premium plugins like visual composer and slider revolution and responsive design. Also, this theme is different as it features agency style in all its demos.
Mango is a responsive multipurpose portfolio and business WordPress theme designed on bootstrap. With 3 homepage variations, 6 portfolio layouts, 2 blog layouts and many interactive elements to design your website. Unlike other portfolio themes, Mango features a big footer where you can place favorite widgets. However, those widgets can also sit in the sidebar of standard blog layout.
Neaty – really a neat minimal design suitable for all kinds of personal portfolios. This theme features two layouts, boxed and full width along with many custom widgets and page templates to freely customize your website. Neaty is retina ready and also child theme supported.
Barking dog’s main feature is its ability to adapt to your requirements. This agency, portfolio WordPress theme has unlimited customization options at every level like portfolio design, blog layout and homepage. This helps you design your dream portfolio website with ease.
A latest creative portfolio WordPress theme from Theme Goods for photographers and designers. Newton has a responsive design and it is a perfect choice if most of your audience are from mobile screens. This theme is more mobile friendly and also features drag and drop content builder, live editor and full screen menu navigation etc.
A simple portfolio theme suitable for both photographers and designers. Briefcase features only one homepage and standard blog template but three portfolio layouts. Navigation is easy and the “next and previous post” widget comes handy for mobile screens. Briefcase a clean and simple theme ideal for those who don’t need fancy features in their website.
Noah is a creative WordPress portfolio theme perfect for your creative studio. corporate agency and personal portfolio. Noah can also be used to showcase team portfolios, for example a small designing company with 4-5 members team. Noah is designed to match the needs of creative people and it comes with multiple customization options, mega menus, premium plugins and is also SEO optimized.
Verona is similar in design to most of our portfolio themes but has a unique feature i.e. slider homepage portfolio. Built on bootstrap, jQuery powered and with a responsive design, Verona features a grid portfolio and full width on screen navigation menu. The blog is designed to have a grid layout which actually feels better for portable screens. Verona is a minimal theme and even has customizable headers menus and homepage variations.
This $49 portfolio theme is from NRG themes, one of the best for portfolio themes. So, there’ll obviously be no worries when it comes to performance, design and beauty. All you gotta check is, if it fits your needs. This theme Gnoli is simple, fast and SEO Optimized portfolio themes with multiple background and portfolio variations. Also, its only for individual designers or photographers to showcase their talent.
A super clean built portfolio theme suitable for web designers, graphic designers, photographers, artists and more to showcase portfolios. Also, Longshore has a minimal looking beautiful blog layout if you are a writer as well. This theme doesn’t have any geeky features, its simple clean and suitable for every kind of simple and multiple portfolios as it comes with a live ajax filter.
Finally, a cool and of course creative portfolio WordPress theme with one of a kind blog. The homepage itself will be your portfolio page with masonry layout. This theme, Onion is suitable for graphic designers and web developers and artists but not for so good photographers [I guess]. Onion has unique homepage demos and as said the blog design is definitely unique and badass.
Most of the WordPress portfolio themes we see will feature filterable grid portfolios either masonry or squared because it’s the latest trend and such layouts perfectly fits the mobile screens. So, go for grids if you want your website to be ranked by Google better in search results because mobile friendliness has been added as a ranking factor by Google recently.