When applying for internships and jobs it is a good idea to have an online presence in the form of an online portfolio. One way to design and develop an online portfolio site is by using a pre-designed template. These template sites will typically give you instructions on how to upload and enter content. There are general templates and more specific, field related, templates.
The following are template tools for you to consider:
- Adobe Acrobat Pro: You will need Acrobat Pro software. It allows you to create a pdf portfolio then save it, email it and/or publish it on Acrobat.com.
- iWeb: Mac users can create a site using templates then publish it to MobileMe or any other hosting site.
- Shown'd: Free online portfolio site for photographers, graphic or web designers, illustrators, writers, videographers, or, as the website states, "that guy."
- Weebly.com: Weebly.com offers dozens of free professional designers, free domain hosting and an easy to use interface.
- Wix.com: Create a free flash or HTML5 website. The free version of Wix offers flash templates, HTML5 templates, as well as a domain name.
- WordPress.com: WordPress will host your site, but your domain name will be something like www.janesmith.wordpress.com. You also have the option of using your own domain name and host.
Some template sites will give you the tools to design your portfolio site and will also provide you with (or let you choose) a domain name and host the site for you. Some sites will give you the tools to design your portfolio, but will then require you to find a domain name and a host. View the document on selecting a domain name for portfolio sites.
When designing and developing your online portfolio, consider the following examples:
When shopping for a website host and domain name, consider these questions: Is there annual/monthly fee, what type of tech support does the company offer and what is the maximum capacity?
The following are domain and hosting tools for you to consider:
During the process of creating your portfolio site remember to be accessible. Make sure all end users can easily browse your online portfolio. Meaning, ensure screen size will work for all users and images, video or other large files will load quickly for all browser and connection types.
Please view the portfolio tips and suggestion document for further information.