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Simple Portfolio Template for WordPress

If you’re looking to set up a portfolio website for your photography, New York-based photographer Dalton Rooney has a nice WordPress template [Update: no longer available] you can download and install. We’re of the opinion that portfolios shouldn’t be flash-based, and this minimalistic design highlights your work in a simple and easy to use way. Of course, you can always use the template as a base and customize it to your liking.

Oh, and did we mention it’s completely free?


 
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  • Tricia

    Hi, I have a flash site which I was completely happy with untill my friend told me it took forever to load at her house. It comes up really quickly on my pc at home but I have a really fast internet connection. I tried it at work and it took each pic about 10mins to load which ended up really annoying me and making me want to close my own site which actually disturbs me. If it’s my site and the load speed on a slow internet connection bugs me, then why would a stranger stay on it and explore it. In my mind it defeats the whole purpose of the site. It’s made me rethink flash and consider looking at other site displays or even just making a blog instead.

  • http://[email protected] Tricia

    Hi, I have a flash site which I was completely happy with untill my friend told me it took forever to load at her house. It comes up really quickly on my pc at home but I have a really fast internet connection. I tried it at work and it took each pic about 10mins to load which ended up really annoying me and making me want to close my own site which actually disturbs me. If it’s my site and the load speed on a slow internet connection bugs me, then why would a stranger stay on it and explore it. In my mind it defeats the whole purpose of the site. It’s made me rethink flash and consider looking at other site displays or even just making a blog instead.

  • Andrew

    I need to get around to creating an online portfolio and I was interested by your assertion that portfolios should not be flashed based. How come? Is it the fact that flash isn't supported on apple mobile devices, or what? Seems like flash based portfolios are a good way to keep your average Joe from stealing photographs right off the website.

  • bretedge

    I'm also interested in learning why you don't like Flash based portfolio sites. I hired a designer to completely re-design my site using Flash for the galleries. I made this decision after much research as I was also cocerned about the use of Flash for such an application. I spoke to photo editors with whom I work on a regular basis, other photographers and graphic/web designers. Not one felt that using Flash conservatively, i.e. without stupid animations & splash pages, was detrimental in any way. In fact, I was surprised to hear from photo editors that they prefer Flash galleries!

    Definitely interested in your response.

  • philiptieu

    I'm not sure what the general rule against Flash is, but when I used to do work that revolved around SEO (Search Engine Optimization) we avoided using flash because none of the search engines could render the text used in a flash based document as any keywords.

  • http://daltonrooney.com Dalton

    I would like add my two cents to Flash debate, speaking as the guy who came up with this theme.

    I dislike Flash because it is proprietary, closed source, and doesn't work well on mobile browsers (even on ones that actually support it). It used to crash my browser frequently, until I started blocking it, as many people do. Why would you want to rely on a technology that people actively dislike and block from their system?

    I think overall the number of computer systems with Flash installed (as a percentage of all web browsers) is heading way down.

    I also agree with the commenter above that Flash applications are usually not very search engine friendly, although I have been told that Adobe has improved that situation somewhat. It has to be coded specifically with SEO in mind or it will not provide good results.

    I was looking for an easy way to link WordPress's built-in gallery tools to a clean and simple portfolio front end. I used a few javascript libraries (jquery, specifically) to enable the transitions. It was lightweight and easy to implement, and it looks good. If someone doesn't have javascript enabled—which is very rare—they can still see the images. This is not true with Flash.

    I can't speak to the issue of copyright protection as it's not a main priority to me. I post my photographs all over the web without copyright notices. Someone might borrow one of my pictures for their blog background or use it as stock art… it doesn't kill me. In fact, many people post my photos on their blog and include a link back to me, and I get lots of traffic from it. It's a generally healthy ecosystem, so I just don't worry about it too much.

    And even if you're using Flash, people can still take a screenshot of the image, so I don't consider that much of a theft-deterrent.

    One more thing I'll mention: this theme really is meant for someone who is trying to get a simple portfolio of their images online. If you are a professional and count on your photographs for your income and are seriously concerned about copyright theft, by all means hire a professional to design your site. Livebooks and A Photo Folio are great systems, but they cost money. This theme is really just meant to be a starting point.

    I'm glad to hear that people are finding the theme useful!

    Cheers,
    Dalton

  • http://daltonrooney.com Dalton

    I would like add my two cents to Flash debate, speaking as the guy who came up with this theme.

    I dislike Flash because it is proprietary, closed source, and doesn't work well on mobile browsers (even on ones that actually support it). It used to crash my browser frequently, until I started blocking it, as many people do. Why would you want to rely on a technology that people actively dislike and block from their system?

    I think overall the number of computer systems with Flash installed (as a percentage of all web browsers) is heading way down.

    I also agree with the commenter above that Flash applications are usually not very search engine friendly, although I have been told that Adobe has improved that situation somewhat. It has to be coded specifically with SEO in mind or it will not provide good results.

    I was looking for an easy way to link WordPress's built-in gallery tools to a clean and simple portfolio front end. I used a few javascript libraries (jquery, specifically) to enable the transitions. It was lightweight and easy to implement, and it looks good. If someone doesn't have javascript enabled—which is very rare—they can still see the images. This is not true with Flash.

    I can't speak to the issue of copyright protection as it's not a main priority to me. I post my photographs all over the web without copyright notices. Someone might borrow one of my pictures for their blog background or use it as stock art… it doesn't kill me. In fact, many people post my photos on their blog and include a link back to me, and I get lots of traffic from it. It's a generally healthy ecosystem, so I just don't worry about it too much.

    And even if you're using Flash, people can still take a screenshot of the image, so I don't consider that much of a theft-deterrent.

    One more thing I'll mention: this theme really is meant for someone who is trying to get a simple portfolio of their images online. If you are a professional and count on your photographs for your income and are seriously concerned about copyright theft, by all means hire a professional to design your site. Livebooks and A Photo Folio are great systems, but they cost money. This theme is really just meant to be a starting point.

    I'm glad to hear that people are finding the theme useful!

    Cheers,
    Dalton

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thanks for responding to the comments Dalton, and nice theme =)

    Regarding the flash portfolios, a number of the reasons have already been listed. If something can be seen on a screen, then it can be copied. Flash is only a very, very weak “defense” against that. A simple screenshot can steal the image.

    Another big reason is that many flash portfolios don't have permalinks to individual photos or pages, making it impossible to refer to a particular part of the portfolio page. For example, if I went to your portfolio and saw an amazing photograph I wanted to point someone to, it could be impossible if your site isn't set up correctly.

    We might write up something about this later on. =)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Just make sure each of the pages on your gallery site can be linked to. You don't want a site full of content and numerous pages, but can only be entered from the “front door”.

    I was referring more to a site completely designed in flash without being mindful of usability and linkability, not sites that simply incorporate flash in some way in their presentation.

  • Andrew

    Hey thanks everybody for the feedback to my original question. That's all very instructive. I agree with most everything, I just wanted to make sure other people were kind of thinking the same thing I was.

    And just for the record, I do know that people can take screen shots of flash based websites, I was just saying that your “average” person scrolling quickly through the internet wouldn't be able to right click and save an image. I don't make money off my images, I just don't like people claiming them as their own (as sometimes happens on sites like deviant art and such).

    The permalink thing is something I hadn't thought of, that's a pretty good piece of advice.

    In terms of discussions about portfolios, I was thinking a clean, elegant style (much like the one profiled on this post) would be the best. At the same time, if a photo editor or gallery owner is looking at your site, are they subconsciously judging your sense of style, composition, use of color, etc etc etc by the site itself as well as by the photographs? It seems possible. Should it be a concern? Feedback appreciated.

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  • http://twitter.com/promuticruz Arturo Cruz

    Hey can someone send me this theme , Is NOT free anymore , now you have to pay.

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    I dislike Flash because it is proprietary.

  • http://twitter.com/xlerate xlerate

    $12 now…. :(

  • Celax

    Great theme, so clean and simple. I love it!

  • Celax

    Great theme, so clean and simple. I love it! http://celax.me.ht/

  • Hncrod

    $35 now!!! its expensive…. can anyone please send it to me?