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15 Best & Free WordPress Portfolio Themes

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There are many graphic/visual designers, such as logo designers, print designers or photographers, who do not have enough knowledge of HTML and CSS to code their own customized portfolio WordPress Theme.

So if you have graphic design work or photos to show off,  then a portfolio styled theme for WordPress could be a good fit for your site. A good portfolio theme is mostly a minimal design, so it will hold back and lets the images of your work do the talking.

Last week I showed you my personal 10 best and free Minimal WordPress Themes, which can also be used as portfolio WordPress Theme. In this article I am going to showcase a small collection of free awesome Portfolio WordPress themes. Hope you will like them.

Work-a-holic WordPress Theme (You must register for a Free Account)

Work-a-holic is a free minimalistic two and three column WordPress theme that focuses mainly on showcasing portfolios for artists, web designers, photographers and illustrators. Personally I love this theme from Graph Paper Press most, although they have designed other beautiful portfolio themes (read more in this article)

Work-a-holic separates your portfolio from your blog, enabling easy navigation for clients in a clean, intuitive fashion. It also has a separate sidebar for portfolio (shows recent projects) and a separate widgetized sidebar for the blog and pages.

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Sharpfolio Wordpress Theme

Sharpfolio is a WordPress theme designed to enable Web Designers, Graphic Designers, Photographers, Motion Designers, Artists or any creative professional to showcase their work in a simple, clean, beautiful portfolio. Sharpfolio aims to focus primarily on your work, because after all, this is what’s most important.

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Viewport Wordpress Theme

The main idea behind Viewport was to present the user with a viewport showcasing the bloggers posts in a graphic form. There has been a recent trend to break away from conventional blog design, and Viewport aims to further extend that by using imagery to complement the post content. It particularly suits the creative market, providing a good platform to showcase projects and ideas.

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Fullscreen Wordpress Theme (You must register for a Free Account)

Fullscreen is a free one-column photography and multimedia theme for WordPress that can be used for portfolios, photoblogs, videoblogs, and virtually anything else where you want your content to be front and center.

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Fotofolio Wordpress Theme

Fotofolio Landscape is a WordPress theme specially designed for Visual Artist, Photographer, or any media designer, to show off their works.

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F8 Wordpress Theme (You must register for a Free Account)

The theme design was developed with users who appreciate visual browsing and prefer a minimal layout, with their photos and multimedia featured front and center. But, the theme can been used to create everything from e-commerce sites, music review sites, portfolio sites, and everything in between. Homepage designs can be turned on and off at the click of a button on the Theme Options panel.

Graph Paper Press, the firm what has developped this theme has more variations on this theme, when you register for a free account be sure to check these veriants as well: F8-Remixed, F8 static and F8 Lite.

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Nishita Wordpress Theme

Nishita is a simple yet beautiful photo blogging theme for WordPress, with a white and grey colour scheme.There are no distractions here. All the focus is on your photos or images. It’s easy to upload images and the navigation is nicely handled.

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Blue Bubble Wordpress Theme

BlueBubble is a Free, Clean, Simple Premium Portfolio WordPress Theme for Designers, Photographer or any other creative minds! It’s designed for easy showcasing your work and it comes with some very cool features.

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Free Photo Gallery Wordpress Theme

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Fhi-Zin Wordpress Theme

Fhi-zin is one of the best WordPress themes for Portfolio and Photography websites on the web, and with its unique design it doesn’t even look like a WordPress website ! On top of that, its completely driven by an AJAX engine, is Googlefriendly, SEO-optimised and capable of attaching an unlimited amount of images on each post.

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WP-Creativix Wordpress Theme

WP-Creativix offers a clean, business portfolio layout. It has a nice Javascript dropdown Menu – a predesigned Portfolio Page – Lightbox Support and a nice Javascript JQuery Slideshow on the Homepage. WP-Creativix offers you a big option set to customize everything to your own needs f.e. a custom highlight color, setting category ID’s and many more.

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Portfolium Wordpress Theme

Portfolium is a clean and flexible WordPress grid-based portfolio theme designed in a modern & minimalist style. Portfolium is ideal for designers, artists, photographers, and other creative specialists who require a professional portfolio theme.

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Imbalance Wordpress Theme

Imbalance is a modern and minimalistic WordPress theme. This jQuery powered theme will look really well under any browser and OS. Perfect fit for your photo or portfolio websites.

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AutoFocus Wordpress Theme

AutoFocus is a WordPress theme specifically for photographers looking for a simple and elegant way to display their work online.

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Style Dessign Wordpress Theme

Style Dessign is a clean, black, white and gray, grid-based design. It puts the emphasis on images for each post, and has a very modern feel. Also you must take a look on the website, because there are 3 other great themes for you to choose from. For me personally this theme just looks great as a portfolio theme.

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Author: Jan Rajtoral

Jan Rajtoral AKA Gonzo the Great is the Founder of and Designer at gonzodesign, providing design services across the full spectrum of Brand Identity, Graphic Design, Print and Advertising Design & Website Design.

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  1. your site is very helpful,pls provide me some templet for general knowledge,short question & answer site.

    • Hi Mizan,

      Donno if I understand you correctly? Do you need a kind of Q&A Template, or do you need to get answers for your questions about WordPress? For the first I really wouldn’t know, try to Google “Q&A WordPress Template”? For the 2nd one, you should go to codex.wordpress.org, it’s the online manual for the community.

      Hope one of my both answers was sufficient enough? Cheers & Ciao ..

  2. Hi Gonzo,

    First Thank you for putting together those themes – they are really great :)
    I’m trying to help a friend who is photographer to make his on-line portfolio.
    He wants something neat, simple and dark so I chose Viewport and start playing with it.
    I downloaded the last version from the author’s website and followed the instructions for uploading the images on the slider bar but they are not showing and the slider isn’t working as well. And on the dashboard it shows that I installed the older version – don’t know why?…

    Any ideas with that issue? Do I need to install some plugin in order the theme to work out?…

    Thank you :)

    • Hi Mira,

      Glad you liked my little collection here ;-P

      Normally I work with wordpress themes and instantly hack the living sh*t out of them and customize them for my client’s specific wishes and demands. So actually I never ever used a wordpress theme like you are doing ..? But I’m guessing (from a distance, cause I can’t look over your shoulder) that something went wrong while uploading the photo’s, cause you also mention your slider doesn’t work – a slider needs pictures to work.

      Maybe it’s a slider which takes the pictures from the different posts and shows your latest uploads/posts? If so, you’ll need to publish a post or two (with photo’s) so you can feed your slider ..?

      Maybe you should try deleting the theme and upload it again, because you mention the version nr’s don’t correspondent. But maybe you just should try emailing the designer of this theme to help you out, .. it’s just a thought?

      My problem is I can’t help, cause I really need to look into the installation of this specific theme? It’s very hard to guess things when you don’t have any real feedback of what’s happening?

      So, wish you lots of success and worst case scenario, maybe you should let a web designer (wordpress designer) look at this. But one who can actually take a closer look – on the spot – at the codes, dashboard and stuff. Thanks for your comment,

      Cheers & Ciao ..

  3. En natuurlijk ook in het Nederlands: hartstikke bedankt!

    • Hoi Erik,

      hihi, je kan bij mij allebei hoor, Engels of Nederlands! Ben blij dat je het een goede collectie vind, er zijn nog meer wordpress themes uitgeligd hier op de gonzoblog.nl

      Bedankt voor je bezoek en een fijne dag, groetjes,

      Cheers & Ciao .. (sorry, standaard Engelse afsluiting ;-P)

  4. Hey,

    Thanks for you’re great selection!
    It’s a wonderful collection!

    Thanks,
    Erik van Heck

  5. Hi Gonzo,

    You’ve put together a nice list of free themes; I’m building my own site using Work-a-holic.
    I notices however, that this is actually a Child theme, and while I’m able to use it, I think I am missing some functionality. Do you think it is work buying the parent theme, or just hack away at the CSS and PHP?
    For example I don’t think I have the logo uploader, homepage slideshow, post thumbnails, etc…
    Again, I can probably make due by creating a chile them and go from there. Do you have any thoughts?
    Thanks again,
    Matt

    • Hi Matt,

      For me buying the parent theme is the ‘worst-case-scenario’. If you’re comfortable coding HTML/CSS/PhP than there are a lot hacks and code snippets to get functionality in every WP site. Check out the category ‘blog/social media’ here on the gonzoblog, there you also can find some code snippets to increase your blog’s functionality. If you’re NOT comfortable with coding, then buy the parent theme if you need to upload a logo or something else.

      Putting a logo into a WP theme is changing your header.php in the code and adding style-properties into your CSS for your logo. A slideshow (using jQuery) can be embedded in a custom-page and CSS, script for post-thumbnails comes in your functions.php, etc. Most of the basic templates are the same in a child theme and if you think your missing one (e.g. authors.php or taxonomy.php) you can write these, .. once again if comfortable writing code in HTML/CSS/PhP, if not ask help from someone who is good at coding WP themes.

      Thanks for your comment, Cheers & Ciao ..

  6. thanks for helping me make a decision, to redo my site in WP

  7. Hey there. I want to drop you a quick note to state my thanks. I’ve been following your website for a month or more and have absolutely obtained quite a number of reliable information as well as liked the way you’ve organised your blog. I will be wanting to run my own, personal blog on the other hand consider its way too general and I want to focus more about smaller subjects.

    • Hi Alston,

      thanks for your comment. To make a website responsive main thing is to organize your content and layout, and then implement some (technical) magic with HTML5/CSS, but there’s no magic without re-architecting your content. If you want to run a (personal) blog and to have some success with it, it’s wise to find your niche (smaller subjects about a niche topic). For a blog to share images, vids and short texts you could maybe best use a Tumblr Blog.

      At the moment I’m writing the Tumblr Blogging Platform Series here on the gonzoblog, maybe that is a great blogging platform for you? Anyhow, success with your blog and thanks for your comment! Cheers 7 Ciao ..

  8. Hey thanks for this share very nice templates and useful, hope u will upload more, just go on i like ur site :)

  9. hello blogger, i’d been reading your posts on 15 Best & Free WordPress Portfolio Themes | gonzoblog.nl_V.02 and i genuinely liked them. 1 issue that i observed whilst browsing throughout your blog that a few of the hyperlinks are not working and return error error. this makes the reading experience a bit sour. you have a good blog and i would request you to revise the links so that fascinated folks can get all the details they intend to have. Btw are you on twitter?? i would definitely like to follow you and also get updates in your blog.

    • Hi Vladimir,

      Thanks for your comment, really appreciate it! And yes, it’s possible that links in older Articles don’t work anymore .. websites come and go ;-P But I’ll run a broken/dead link checker to see if I can find some broken links and replace them. Thanks for that remark, cause you’re absolutely right it has a sour taste to it.

      Check my sidebar, you’ll see my latest Tweets and the link to my Twitter account (@gonzodesign_). Have a nice day, Cheers & Caio ..

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  12. Just thought i would comment and say neat design, did you code it yourself? Looks great.

    • Hi Milford,

      Thanks for the compliment and yes, blood, sweat and tears .. but finally I got this design ;-P
      Cheers & Ciao ..

  13. hi-ya, I like all your posts, keep them coming.

  14. Thanks, great list, very complete. Helpful while i serch a new Wp theme for my photoblog at http://estudiodeepred.com

    • Hi Mariano,

      Thanks for your comment, much appreciated! Saw your website, but I guess you’ll be needing a premium or a very clever WP designer/developer to hack into a theme? Anyways, good luck on finding a good theme! BTW: I like yours too!

      Cheers & Ciao ..

  15. I really like the FotoFolio one!
    THX Gonzo, for putting them all together in one place :-)

    • Hi Gabi,

      Fotofolio is more a great theme when you want to show some great pictures/photo’s, but you can use it too if you make photo’s of your projects. I say so because I love the layout where you can post some extra information about the photo/project. Very clean and a nice way to show your stuff!

      Thanks for your comment, have a great weekend! Cheers & Ciao ..

  16. Really nice selection Jan! I have to check them all. Thanks for putting this together.

    • Hi Nikola,

      Thanks man, these are my favorites of the last couple of years, .. great themes for showcase your design work or a stunning photo-gallery. Some of these themes I’ve used to hack and tweak, like AutoFocus WP Theme – it’s now the photo-blog of my son (http://www.gonzobaby.nl).

      Thanks for your comment (and your RT), much appreciated! Smell ya later, have a great day ..
      Cheers & Ciao Amigo!

    • i like your comments, thank you.