Best of WordPress Themes for Portfolio Websites

Doutive Three - Complete WordPress Theme

The sequel to Duotive 2WO, Duotive 3 is a user-friendly, vibrant theme from a company that has consistently worked to improve its product. Fashion and wedding photographers will appreciate its ease of use for even the computer illiterate, but just about anyone new to the experience of building an online portfolio could enjoy it. A “colorpicker” system ensures foolproof, customizable color scheme options. Artistic professionals can choose the exact shades they prefer to highlight their portfolios. Eight pre-designed color schemes allow you to get a perfect look with no effort on your part. Nine different predefined fonts are available, giving you a custom look with no need to code.

· Color Picker

· 18 Predefined Color Schemes

· 9 Predefined Fonts

· Custom Backgrounds

· Custom Sidebar Manager

· Duotive Contact Form, Duotive Mini Gallery, Duotive Slideshow, Duotive Tabs, Duotive Testimonials, Duotive Recent Tweets.

Full Screen WordPress Portfolio Theme - Delight

Delight is a powerful, professional theme by pixedelic that offers tons of exciting, advanced features. Only those with adequate servers can use it effectively, so creative firms and businesses who want to display their work well would be its ideal users. Its profusion of jQuery effects provides plenty of interesting looking and easy to use navigation options. Nesting pages and adding different tabs for different topics is easy. For businesses, such as fashion houses or large photography firms that need huge portfolio pages, this is a definite plus. Full screen multi-platform backgrounds add visual impact. Infinite scrolling means your portfolios will stand the test of time.

· Fullscreen Backgrounds

· Sortable Portfolios with Infinite Scrolling System

· Sliding Effect for All Pages

· Sidebar Generator

· 4 Resident Widgets

· Portfolio Galleries with Lightbox

Prestige - Ultimate WordPress Theme

Prestige is the “pretty much whatever you want it to be” theme with a journalistic edge by Digital Cavalry. It would be a good fit for anyone who really wants their blog to be an expression of who they are, such as an independent artist or an indie magazine. Just a quick spin through the live demo was a blast, and the combinations to create a custom look seemed endless. And yet, a certain design aesthetic remained regardless of the changes I made-a certain polished feel. A second volume and a “light” edition include even more design choices. Over a hundred included shortcodes allow you to control even the tiniest details of your portfolio blog.

· 350 Skins

· 130 Shortcodes with live documentation

· 25 Widgets

· 30 Fonts

· 6 Header Icons Sets

Contrast - Fullscreen Background WordPress Theme

Contrast is a unique, unconventional yet professional looking theme by Themolution. Visual artists or niche photographers will appreciate its visual focus, but anyone creative would probably enjoy it as well. One of its greatest strengths is that you need not know anything about coding to set up a Contrast portfolio. Save the energy for your art; Themolution designed the control panel to be a breeze to use. Attention capturing full screen backgrounds put your favorite images, slideshows, videos, or pretty much anything you could want at the forefront of your portfolio. Six portfolio options make it easy to give your work its ideal frame.

· Simplistic to use

· Full Screen Backgrounds

· 6 Portfolio Layouts

· 2 Blog Layouts

Scope - Business and Agency WordPress Theme

Scope is a bold, professional yet fun theme by ThemeZilla.com founder Orman Clark. Creative professionals or firms would be its most obvious potential users, but anyone who would like to enhance their portfolio with striking design might appreciate it. No need to stick with black, you can choose any color to accent your portfolio blog. When used as an accent, color says more than words about the mood you’re trying to create. A filterable portfolio that supports all major formats is perfect for the creative professional who has loads to share with the world. Choose between static, fullscreen, and tiled backgrounds; they all come included.

· Customizable Accent Color

· Filterable Portfolio

· Custom Backgrounds (Tiled, Static & Fullscreen Support)

· Full Localization Support

· 5 Custom Widgets (Twitter, Flickr, Video, Portfolio, Blog)

· Post Format Support

Classica - Minimalistic WordPress Portfolio Theme

Classica is a professional, clean, no frills theme by Orman Clark, the creator of ThemeZilla.com. Anyone who needs a distraction-free place to display their work could use this theme, but artists and designers would probably appreciate it the most. Its timeless look is one of its best features; those who use it needn’t worry about it looking dated after a few years. Its clean design also makes it a good choice for people who want their portfolio to be the complete focus of their blog. You can choose between stacked or slider based portfolio pages to display your work. Plus, it includes full localization support, perfect for users in all countries.

· Clean Design & Valid HTML

· Stacked and Slider Portfolio Detail Pages

· Localization Support

· 4 Custom Widgets (Twitter, Flickr, Video Embed, Blog Widget)

· Unbranded Theme Options

· WordPress 3.4 Ready

Gridlocked - Pinterest WordPress Portfolio Theme

Gridlocked is a theme by Orman Clark, also the creator of ThemeZilla.com, based on an interlocking grid. It allows users to focus on a portfolio, blogging, or a mix of the two. As such, it would be a great choice for artists blogging about their work. Its grid format is almost Pinterest-like – a modern, fun look. The close juxtaposition of images and blog posts create a visual mosaic of your style. Take your pick of a dark or light color scheme, whichever fits you better. The included filtering option makes finding a specific post simple for your readership.

· Clean, Grid-Based Design, Valid HTML

· Dark & Light Schemes

· Filterable Portfolio

· Tumblr-style blog included

· Post Format Support (Asides, Images, Galleries, Quotes, Links, Standard, Audio, Video)

· Includes “Like” System

Yin & Yang - Clear and Slick WP Portfolio Theme

Yin & Yang is a delicate, bright theme by the Zurich based design studio of the same name. It’s modern yet elegant look would be ideal for fashion or photography blogs, although there could of course be other applications for such an easy to customize theme. Rather than looking industrial, as some minimalistic themes do, it has an original, artistic feel. This creative look would be a plus for people who worry about stark lines taking away from the delicacy of their subject matter. It offers semantic HTML for your convenience. Progressive enhancement coding improves your readership’s experience.

· Carefully Crafted Design

· Semantic, Valid HTML5

· Coded With Progessive Enhancement and SEO in Mind

· Experience Focused, Beautiful Typography

· WordPress 3.0+ Ready

· Unbranded Theme Options

Dandelion - Powerfully Elegant WP Portfolio Theme

Dandelion is a highly customizable, admin feature loaded theme by Pexeto, the creators of Anthology and Acoustic (also on this list). This theme would enhance any type of blog that includes a portfolio because of its many customization options. The fact that you can customize it with a skin of any color, logo, pattern, or photo makes it an ideal choice for those who crave control. There are no limitations to what a creative professional could choose in terms of design. As an added plus, its advanced admin features offer comprehensive customization with no need to hand code. Includes jQuery tabs and accordion sliders for multiple content presentation options.

· Unlimited Skins

· 32 Pattern Backgrounds Included

· Powerful Admin

· 3 Featured Unlimited jQuery Image Sliders

· Portfolio Showcase Template

· Portfolio Gallery Template

· Separate Portfolio Custom Types

Garnish - Clean-Cut WordPress Portfolio Theme

Garnish is a single page portfolio theme by Orman Clark that offers impact and clean design. Anyone who needs a theme that is basic and shows their best work up front could benefit from its design, particularly graphic designers and clothing or beauty professionals. Like the other Orman Clark themes, Garnish is uncluttered and perfect for showcasing art with few gimmicks. The advantage of Garnish in particular is its one page format. It’s the ideal way to show your work to potential clients with nothing in the way. With a choice between light and dark, you set the tone for your portfolio. Ajax powered and filterable, it’s uncluttered and easy for your readership to find what they want.

· Minimalistic Design

· Dark or Light Color Scheme

· Ajax Powered Filterable Portfolio

· Post Format Support

· Full Localization Support

· 3 Custom Widgets

Folioway - Portfolio Word Press Theme

Designed by Perfect Pixel, Folioway is Addway’s clean, customizable portfolio theme. Graphic designers in particular will appreciate its simplicity and streamlined look, but it would be good for anyone who wants their portfolio to be sharp. Its gridlocked design is timely without being faddish. Much as a well put together photo collage, it allows visuals to be the focus of your portfolio page. Limitless color and pattern options allow you to easily design the perfect extension of your brand. With many different widget choices, you can customize the exact homepage you want.

· Minimalist Grid Based Design

· Unlimited Background Color

· Widgeted Homepage Options

· Powerful theme options

· Tons of Slide Show Options

· Unlimited Slide Show Items

Aware - Mobile Responsive WordPress Portfolio Theme

Aware is a uniquely interactive portfolio experience packaged in a WordPress theme by 2win factor. Anyone can benefit from contact with their audience, but Aware is an especially good fit for freelance artists looking to gain exposure and feedback. It’s easily accessible by tablet PCs and smartphones, the only theme I’ve seen that touts such an advantage. With tablets and smartphones becoming the norm, Aware is at the forefront of a new kind of theme. An Ajax powered homepage streamlines your readership’s experience. It includes over 70 Google fonts for instant customization.

· Tablet and Mobile Optimized

· Ajax-Powered Homepage

· 70+ Google Fonts

· XML and SQL Files Included

· 6 Featured Section Textures

· Light and Dark Versions