Your ePortfolio Platform Options
List of platforms and features for ePortfolios. The table below includes info on about 30 different platform choices. You can use any of them. Or any platform not on the list.
For most students, choosing a career focus is the hard part. Picking a platform is relatively easy. They’re all good choices, all based on HTML & CSS. They can produce similar front-end appearances. They will all frustrate you a little as you learn where all the buttons are hidden, but you should pick things up after you put a bit of time in.
To spare you having to sift through all 30 options, here are 4 recommendations that will probably be good for most of you:
For Visual Artist portfolios (most of you): Wix. Wix is fairly easy to use and allows the flexibility and customization most students want. If you want to show a dozen or two samples of your work, with a resume, bio, and so on, Wix is good. The free version has a Wix URL and ads. At some point you’ll want to pay them for your own URL and no ads. Squarespace & Cargo Collective are nice Wix alternatives.
For Arts Writers: Medium. Medium is a free and very cool writing platform. If you’re in Art History, Art Ed, or want to write about art, culture, art reviews, publicity, and so on, Medium is great.
If you’re a bit more technical: WordPress. WP is my personal choice. I find it easy and powerful. But it does seem like Wix is an easier, better path to a good portfolio for most students. You can use WP.org for free, but you’ll need web server space. There are lots of people who sell space, and Gwiddle will give you space for free. If you might be interested in doing Web Design for others, there is a lot of work in WordPress.
If you’re even more technical: Adobe Dreamweaver. I would have said Adobe Muse, but they’ve announced that it’s being discontinued and that support will end in 2020. Dreamweaver is more technical than most Art students. The minus: you’ll do more work and might well have less of a website. The plus: if you can make a decent website with Dreamweaver, you can find someone to pay you to do it.
Platforms & Costs
Don’t be scared away! Yes, these can add up to some cash! Hopefully, after you graduate these sums will be reasonable in the context of your career. I realize that they might be scary as a student, but you have many options. Some options are as little as $10/year for a website & me.com. Other options range from there all the way up to $200/year.
But if you put time in on a platform and end up having to move it later, that can be a substantial time cost. Cheaper now might not be cheaper in the long run.
Be sure to organize your content on Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive or iCloud. If you clearly organize your Text & Images, then it should be easy to slide them over to a different platform if you ever have to move. Plus they’ll be ready for slideshows at interviews, or any online applications you need to fill out.