WordPress is one of the most popular CMS platform around the world, being used by millions of users. WordPress’s CMS capabilities make it an ideal platform for 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.
The second Article in the Free WordPress Theme Series, here on the gonzoblog, was called ‘15 Best & Free WordPress Portfolio Themes‘. Since that Article (26 April 2011) there have been published some beautiful, new and free Portfolio WordPress Themes. For today’s Article I’ve hand-picked 15 free high quality portfolio wordpress themes released in 2011 that all are compatible with WordPress 3.0.
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.
I hope you like my little (minimal) collection, .. let’s get rollin’!
BizzFolio – Free Portfolio WordPress Theme
A pretty minimalistic and simple portfolio theme – although it has really a lot of features that will not let you down when you’re eager to present your work professionally.
Swatch – Free Business & Portfolio WordPress Theme
Free business theme with a portfolio module that allows it’s usage to be completely diverse. It’s packed full of the usual features you’ve come to expect from our commercial themes, and built on the WooFramework that powers all our themes.
Photum – Free HTML5 WordPress Photography Theme
Photum is a theme to use with WordPress that will turn your site into a clean portfolio that you can use to show off your photos.
Photographer – Free Portfolio WordPress Theme
Photographer Free WordPress Theme is design for amateur and professional photographers to show and display their photography. This theme was inspired by the works of Thomas Hawk.
Proyecto – Free Business & Portfolio WordPress Theme
Proyecto is a free WordPress theme that I created for those who want to setup a business and/or portfolio website.
The theme includes a custom homepage with an image slider, highlights and latest portfolio items. All you need to do is add your content and everything is setup automatically. The portfolio is created with a custom post type (portfolio) so you can add your items just like regular posts. You can have unlimited portfolio items and categories. Plus, there is a portfolio page template with a simple jQuery filter for sorting the items.
Besides the cool business/portfolio features, Proyecto also has a full blog section which you can use together with your site or if you choose, you can make the blog page the homepage and simply run a blog using the theme.
Vostok – Free and Simple WordPress Theme
Vostok is for those who don’t want attention to be distracted from content. Colors and typography have been carefully chosen to achieve maximum legibility with minimum eye fatigue. Also, code has been written with extreme care for web standards and accessibility.
Complete – Free Business & Portfolio WordPress Theme
Complete is a clean, modern and professional design that is very simplistic and content focused. Using custom post types, an advanced admin panel and meta boxes, the Complete theme will allow you to easily set up a business, portfolio and/or blog website.
Bizz – Free Minimal Business & Portfolio WordPress Theme
Bizz is a very clean and minimal free WordPress theme created by WPExplorer.com that is ideal for business and portfolio websites. The theme features a homepage built using custom post types (slider, homepage highlights and latest portfolio items) making it really easy to set everything up, you can create an unlimited amount of paginated portfolio pages to showcase your work as well as add a page template with a filterable portfolio, there is a whole blog section for sharing news and 2 widgetized areas (sidebar and footer).
Mansion – Free Portfolio WordPress Theme (You must register for a Free Account)
Mansion is a free photoblogger’s theme for WordPress. It features a flexible-width thumbnail grid for both images and photo journal entries. Mansion is perfect for those who want to primarily showcase their photographs and occasionally write blog posts.
Mixfolio – Free Portfolio WordPress Theme (You must register for a Free Account)
Mixfolio is a responsive, HTML5 portfolio theme for WordPress. Best of all, it’s free! Use it to build your portfolio or your online brand. Create Image, Gallery, Video or Standard posts using Mixfolio’ Post Formats feature.
FolioGrid – Free Portfolio WordPress Theme
FolioGrid developed and released by The Floating Frog, this theme a Free WordPress Portfolio. this theme comes in three beautifully crafted styles, Dark, Light …
Portafolio – Free Portfolio WordPress Theme
Portafolio was created with portfolio sites in mind but it also makes for an awesome business theme or a simple blogging theme. The code is slimmed down to provide you only with the basic features you’ll want to set up your elegant showcase and a very minimal admin panel with the main theme options.
MiniFolio – Free Portfolio WordPress Theme
MiniFolio is a very clean and simple free WordPress theme that will allow you to easily set up an online portfolio and a very simple blog.
The theme uses custom post types for the portfolio so you can add items easily and on the portfolio page people can either open the image with PrettyPhoto or visit the detailed portfolio page. You can have an unlimited amount of portfolio items and visitors can easily browse through these categories and from one portfolio item to the next.
The blog is very very simple. I have not included any sidebars as the focus is on your content, however, you can have author bios, related posts and threaded comments. The main focus is the homepage with the slider and the portfolio page so I’ve kept the blog very simple.
Widely – Free Business & Portfolio WordPress Theme
Widely WordPress Theme is minimalistic theme perfect for for businesses, creatives, and individuals who want to quickly publish their portfolio and anyone else who’s serious about having a simple, well designed website with a full powered content manager.
Elegantia – Free Portfolio WordPress Theme
A multi-option theme options panel, enables you to make the basic theme changings right from the backend. This theme comes with many ready to use widgets spaces, where you can insert the content of your choice. Also there are many shortcodes included in this theme, which will make enabling many options just a breeze.