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THINGS TO REMEMBER WHILE CREATING YOUR PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

himanshutiwari15 profile image Himanshu Tiwari 🌼 ・2 min read

A Portfolio website is your reflection, your way to show off projects and skills. Currently, I am also trying to make my own portfolio website and thought to share these things which are important for a portfolio website to have.

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1- Home Page: Makes or Breaks

Your complete website should be of absolutely high quality but the home page decides whether the client or visitor will see the whole website or not.
Your Home Page should reflect who you are? what do you do? Also, what are your best projects? Here's a screenshot from this website.

home page

2- Second Most Visited Page: About Page

Your About Page is the second most visited page after your Home Page. This page should be all about you, from name to location or your story. Don't forget to mention work and your qualities. Try to give a story to your visitor or a fun fact about yourself.

You have to be creative and professional both at the same time. Here's an example

about page

3- No one likes you?

People like you, your work, and your projects? If yes, then add testimonials because they give social proof of how good you are at your work.

They add legitimacy to your portfolio website and reinforce your worth in the eyes of visitors. Recommendations from real people can offer an important nudge for potential clients to get in touch.

Here's a reference

testimonial page

4- Navigation -> Seamless

The most simplistic thing is navigation. You can make it creative but don't add so many options to it.

If you have too many pages on your site or a layout that’s confusing for first-time visitors, people will be focused on that, when you want them to be focused on the quality of your creative work.

Example
navigation page

5- Use your Creative Skills

If you have creative skills then why not show them? Make your website minimalistic and on a theme that reflects your interest.
Look at this example

minimalistic

6- Last but not least

  • A blog section and Project section -- Example

  • A contact form (call to action) -- Example

  • A clients section (if applied) -- Example

  • A Skills section (depends on you) -- Example

I hope this was helpful to you

Comment your Portfolio Website down in the comments, let's connect with each other.

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Joel Buenrostro

Very good examples, any recommendations on a hosting service for a developer portfolio?

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Joel Buenrostro

Thanks!!!

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Himanshu Tiwari 🌼 Author

Always there to help

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Varun S

Looks like I still need a lot of these things haha

varunsingh.dev

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Himanshu Tiwari 🌼 Author

Yeah, you need to make it look good dude and then your projects will do the magic

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K.Mohith Gupta

mohithgupta.github.io

Any feedback is much appreciated...!!

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Minhajul Karim

The 'contact me' button in your header can be replaced with 'see my projects' or something else that will lead users to your projects first before contacting you. The point is nobody would like to contact you before they about your work. Thanks :)

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Himanshu Tiwari 🌼 Author

Nice one, you are just like me
I mean your skills hehe

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Jon Randy

7 - Portfolio sites have very little impact on the hiring process

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Himanshu Tiwari 🌼 Author

Agreed,
Resume, Github etc will impact
Whereas while freelancing
Portfolio websites will impact
I am right n?

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Himanshu Tiwari 🌼 Author

Do you have a portfolio website? Can you share it with us? We can learn from that

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Jon Randy

I've never had one, and never felt like I needed one in 25 years working in Tech

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