best way to create writer's portfolio?

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  • #1603939

    anamacha
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    I have an empty blog hosted on WP.com that I want to turn into a showcase for my writing work – a portfolio that I can point people to when they want to see what I’ve written.

    In other words, I don’t want a traditional blog; I want a header graphic, under which would be some categories such as Home, Animation Writing, Relationship Writing, Short Form, Poetry, Contact Me, etc etc. Then maybe a picture of myself along one side or the other, as putting a face on one’s business tends to make things better.

    Is there a theme or a plugin that will make doing this easier for me? Right now I’m using the Typo theme, but I’m not attached to that.

    I recently heard about the Portfolio plugin for WP, but I haven’t the first idea about how to go about implementing that.

    Any help would be appreciated – many thanks!

    The blog I need help with is threeowlmedia.wordpress.com.

    #1604035

    hfzrhmn
    Member

    Hi, I think you should take a look at the various available themes and find one that fits your need layout-wise. E.g: to display your picture on a sidebar, you might want to find a theme with left/right sidebar layout available.

    Check out this theme showcase page to help find the best theme for you.

    #1604037

    timethief
    Member

    See here for 46 WordPress Themes that result from the search for “portfolio” http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/search/portfolio/

    #1604038

    timethief
    Member

    re: plugins
    This is a multiuser blogging platform. Our blogs are not free standing. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.com blogs and we bloggers cannot install any plugins. There is no upgrade you can purchase that will provide FTP access and the ability to install plugins, upload themes, and/or edit templates and themes in a free hosted WordPress.com blog.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/ftp-access/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/themes/adding-new-themes/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/plugins/
    To use plugins you must hire a web host and then set up your own WordPress.org install. Please read this comparison > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    #1604039

    auxclass
    Member

    Please don’t get the “shinny Plug-in syndrome” – for a Writers Portfolio you should be able to find everything you need here & the cost here is much less than a .ORG site as well as the staff watches over your blog keeping it safe 24 / 7 for you

    #1604050

    raincoaster
    Member

    You don’t need any plugins for a writer’s portfolio. Sounds like you’ve got a good idea for layout. Just follow the instructions here: http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/posts-on-pages/

    And also note that you sort of DO want to use it like a regular blog, in that you want to keep it updated. If you’re looking at working for a periodical or website, they want to know you’re prolific. Sticky-Post the best of each category.

    #1604088

    anamacha
    Member

    I should have mentioned in my OP that it’s my plan to ultimately move to a self-hosted solution – in other words, if I am able to in the future, I’d drop the $99 to upgrade my blog here, or I might move to a cheaper solution like WPWebHost.

    Would that have a bearing on what theme I chose? If I change providers, I’d want that to be as transparent as possible. I wouldn’t want the look and feel of my site to change radically because of a back-end change.

    #1604089

    anamacha
    Member

    at any rate, thank you all for the information; I’ll get to it all when I’m working again tomorrow :)

    #1604092

    raincoaster
    Member

    If you change to WordPress.org, you can’t export your theme so don’t buy a premium theme here.

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