I got one fresh, small project, where I needed small portfolio site for a friend. It got me thinking and lead to research what WordPress can offer to me, with its great CMS platform. I was a little bit surprised, because I got even better results than I expected- theres was a plenty of interesting portfolio, photo gallery themes, where homepage was static, but still you can tie together static with dynamic content and add blog as well. Maybe it’s nothing new or signifunt for most of you, but I wasn’t aware there is possible to get such theme so easily, where of course my friend could manually change it’s content without touching or learning any code knowledge.
It was commercial theme I tested, but since most of people look just for free stuff, I gave it a try and searched for free Portfolio, photo gallery type themes. Enjoy, by the way I also put like 3-4 best portfolio premium themes I found, I hope you wont mind, they are just beautiful alternatives and for very cheap prize!
Photocrati is a powerful WordPress theme for photographers that comes with 60 built-in styles plus an options panel that allows customization of most elements on the site. It comes with a fully featured gallery management system – and it’s the only photography theme with built-in ecommerce for selling images and prints. One of the premium themes I tested – with huge built-in power.
PhotoSquares is very flexible premium gallery WordPress theme that is perfect way for designers and photographers to display their portfolio.
This theme allows you to set your own thumbnail sizes so everyone will be able to create most suitable layout.
3. Gallery 1.2
Gallery is a beautiful, free, gallery-style Thematic child theme for WordPress, designed by Christopher Wallace especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. It is extremely flexible and can be used as a starting point for design galleries and portfolios.
I really enjoyed this theme because of it’s clean looks and in the same time powerful features built in. Beautiful theme you can easily customize.
Gridlocked is a grid-based, post-format supporting, layout-shuffling, minimalistic theme for creatives. It is both a classic portfolio for showcasing your work and a modern tumblr-style blogging system.
A truly versatile theme, Gridlocked can be configured to focus on your work, your blogging, or both. Support for post formats means you can jazz up your blog with your own self-hosted video, audio, images, galleries, asides, links, quotes and of course good old standard posts.
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. 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.
Use as a standard blog or use the customized homepage layout, as shown in our demo, that you can activate via our options panel
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.
13. Portfolio Press
This is a dark-colored theme suitable for anyone who wants to create a quick portfolio or wants to showcase his work through WordPress. The theme is fully CSS/XHTML validated, WordPress 2.6+ ready and comes with easy to modify code.
13.1. Garnish: Clean-Cut WordPress Portfolio Theme ($35)
Garnish is a clean-cut, straight to the point, simple to use portfolio theme. The uncluttered, one-page, ajax-powered portfolio is perfect for placing your most important work directly in front of your potential clients.
If you have ever used a “coming soon” page in place of your portfolio on account of being too busy, Garnish is for you. It’s simple, convenient and to the point. If you’re the modifying type, it’s a pretty decent blank canvas too!
Support for post formats means you can jazz up your blog with your own self-hosted video, audio, images, galleries, asides, links, quotes and of course good old standard posts.
AutoFocus is a WordPress theme specifically for photographers looking for a simple and elegant way to display their work online.
21. Grace Photoblog
New, just released theme from the same creators of Nishita. New theme really looks much crisper and cleaner – beautiful theme for photographers! Enjoy!
Viewport, a free WordPress theme created by Paul Bennett is focused around a clean and simple, content based layout. The aim is to grab the user’s attention and draw them straight into the content.