50+ Quick Setup Portfolio WordPress Themes

Being faced with the task of building a portfolio website can feel overwhelming. After all, where do you even start?

Finding a good theme is a good place, of course, but what features do you need? What’s just fluff and unnecessary? Navigating the world of portfolio themes can make you feel as though you’re swimming in uncharted waters.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In fact, if you’re building your first portfolio ever, I’d highly recommend sticking to something simple at first. You don’t need every bell and whistle on the planet to make a good site. And just because a theme comes bundled with a ton of features doesn’t mean you need to enable them all.

The old adage, “keep it simple, stupid,” comes to mind. In fact, once you have all of your portfolio content created—images resized and compressed, content written, etc –I see no reason why it shouldn’t take you an hour or less to build a compelling portfolio.

With that goal in mind, here are 50+ free and premium themes designed to make building a portfolio a snap.

  • Riviera

    If you’re on the cusp of building your very first portfolio, might as well use something as powerful as Riviera to get the job done right. This theme includes plenty of customization options so you’re certain to achieve the precise look you want without having to invest a ton of time.

    It includes a visual drag-and-drop editor so you can easily create and customize pages as you see fit. Some aspects of the editor here include sliders, featured content blocks, media, and the ability to create and save layout templates for later use. Talk about a time saver!

    Other features include the Super Extended Shortcodes pack, widgets, the Form Builder Tool, Revolution Slider, Layer Slider, SEO, the Isotope portfolio plugin, JackBox plugin, as well as a responsive and retina-ready design. It has all the features you’d ever want but presents them in such a straightforward way that even a total newbie can get a good-looking site up in no time flat.

  • Conexus

    Conexus was developed by Theme Fuse and offers an easy-to-use interface that’s highly customizable. It comes with four pre-made styles to choose from that make selecting the right look simple. It also has three slider options that can include animations, images, and videos.

    Several page layouts are also included so you can set up the various pages on your site in minutes. These templates are formulated to work for portfolios, services, pricing, FAQs, and more. This theme also comes with a MegaMenu for creating the ultimate dropdown and includes a responsive design so it looks good on any device.

    Conexus includes modules for one-click setup like a contact form, unlimited sidebars, and several other custom post types. It’s translation ready and compatible with WPML and qTranslate and comes with plenty of shortcodes that make speedy customization easy. Perhaps the most useful feature here is the inclusion of demo content.

  • Lobo

    If you’re big on the drag-and-drop page builders that are rising in prominence in WordPress these days, you’ll love Lobo. It’s designed to make building a portfolio unbelievably simple, all thanks to the built-in custom module builder. This allows you to create brand new layouts in a matter of seconds with unique text, images, backgrounds, videos, sliders, and more.

    Lobo is responsive, retina-ready, and includes options for parallax scrolling and a sticky header that offers expanded menu options to your site visitors. Make whatever changes you want to make using Customizer and Live Preview. It really couldn’t be easier.

    Other features include the Royal Slider, masonry and Isotope layouts, infinite scroll, fullscreen backgrounds, fullscreen videos, self-hosted music, Google Fonts, Font Awesome Icons, and support for WPML, iOS, WooCommerce, and touch gestures. And it comes with dummy content, too!

  • Divi

    Divi from Elegant Themes is a robust theme that lets you create any kind of site you want using a drag-and-drop interface. It’s simple, straightforward, and offers plenty of options to choose from. Despite all of those options, however, you can still build a portfolio site very quickly thanks to the included pre-made layouts.

    The Divi Builder separates each area of a page into blocks, so you can intuitively create custom layouts without having to code a single bit of it. These “blocks” are actually modules that let you customize your site to fit your needs.

    Using the built-in Customizer, you can select from unlimited colors and fonts and get a sneak peek of them using Live Preview, plus customize your site’s header with whatever information you want including contact info, social media, submenus, a shopping cart, and more.

  • Alexx

    Are you looking for a theme that can be customized to suit any purpose without having to jump through a bunch of hoops? Then Alexx is definitely worth checking out. This responsive theme can be used for your next portfolio or blog and includes 14 page building elements that you can use with click-button ease to create the perfect page.

    These page building elements include a blog box, note, simple and advanced contact forms, services, portfolio box, team members, maps, social feed, Twitter, simple and scrolling testimonials, social links, and sliding text.

    The included social stream widgets allow you to showcase images from popular social sites as well, including from Pinterest, Picassa, Instagram, and Flickr. The portfolio is filterable and the theme itself includes support for Contact Form 7, WPML, Yoast SEO, All-in-One SEO, and more. And it includes dummy content, too, so you can easily setup a site in minutes if you want.

  • Visia

    Visia is a responsive one-page theme designed to make creating a portfolio with an accompanying blog simple. It incorporates lazy loading for fast site speed and a better end-user experience. It’s also retina-ready so your images can look their best and comes with two home page styles—one features a static image while the other is a fullscreen slideshow.

    The portfolio is full-width Ajax and provides project previews on hover. It also includes support for YouTube and Vimeo videos, reveal animations, parallax effects for section backgrounds, a shortcode editor, and an Ajax contact form. Import the demo content with just one-click and set up custom thumbnails for your projects with ease. And galleries can be easily maintained thanks to a drag-and-drop interface.

    Visia is translation ready and includes support for child themes.

  • Infinity

    Here’s a minimal theme that offers a clean and stylish layout for your best work. Infinity is the perfect portfolio theme for getting your work out there quickly and includes project filtering and an infinite scroll feature on blog posts, making it aptly named.

    The responsive layout makes for a design that looks good no matter what device it’s viewed on and includes a shortcode for slideshows, so you can setup a quick look at your work anywhere on your site in a flash. It comes with integrated theme options, custom widgets, and page templates for full-width, portfolio, and archives.

    Three backgrounds are included as are shortcodes for columns, buttons, and videos. Upload a custom logo and choose from several Google Fonts, too.

  • Shape

    Shape is another responsive, grid-based theme, this time from Tesla Themes, that offers you the height of multi-purpose design without all the complication. It’s image-centric, so if featuring your best works in photos is what you want to do, this is a theme to consider.

    The design here is minimal but don’t mistake that to mean unsophisticated. Rather, Shape includes nice transition animations, filterable galleries, drag-and-drop page building, Google Maps, an Ajax contact form, and more, all thanks to the Tesla Framework.

    Speaking of the Tesla Framework, it enables you to control various aspects of your site without having to dive into a single line of code. For instance, you can establish the specifics of each item in your galleries; use shortcodes to add new elements to each page like columns, buttons, pricing tables, and tabs; integrate with the top social media networks and insert your Twitter feed on your site; use custom posts to quickly add new content; and select from numerous Google Fonts. And all of it is accessible through the traditional WordPress dashboard.

  • Tripod

    Tripod from CosmoThemes is a stylish choice that offers the convenience and simplicity of a drag-and-drop page builder and a thoroughly pleasing visitor experience in one tidy package. This responsive theme is ideal for photographers or bloggers looking to feature their best work. Anything visual ought to shine here.

    The drag-and-drop builder lets you create templates for displaying any kind of content you want from tags to testimonials to widgets to featured posts. From there you can select how your content is displayed. You can display it by date, number of likes, or popularity and you can use carousel, filters, or pagination. Full-width and sidebar layouts are both possible here using grid, masonry, thumbnail, list, and timeline views.

    Add background images and tooltips, use a built-in “like” system, offer Facebook commenting, integrate with any social site you want, and add as many sidebars as you want. Though Tripod has features aplenty, the backend is streamlined enough that you can get a site up quickly with no fuss. It also comes with over 100 shortcodes, dropdown menus, breadcrumbs, localization, and Revolution Slider.

  • Dorsey

    Dorsey was made with slideshows in mind. Not only is this theme infinitely interesting to look at, it’s also totally functional and allows you to display your portfolio in an interactive way. It lets you set up a large or thumbnail view for your portfolio that includes unlimited images. You can also create as many portfolios as you want and highlight captions and feature scalable images should the need arise.

    You can also edit several aspects of this theme like background colors, menu sizes, font colors, logos, widgets, and the copyright notice. It includes column shortcodes, external menu links, Google Fonts, submenus, sidebar widgets, and more.

  • Producr

    If you want something that looks professional without cramping your style, Producr is a safe theme bet. Built on Bootstrap and Vafpress, it’s totally reliable and easily extendable, which means you can turn this theme into any kind of site you want with minimal effort. And though it can be used to make any kind of site, setup is super easy and suitable for beginners.

    This theme comes with an Ajax portfolio; 35 shortcodes; custom widgets for social networks; custom templates for full-width pages, contact pages, and more; as well as Google Fonts and Font Awesome 4.0. It also comes with Slider Revolution, Isotope, PSD files, 24/7 support, documentation, and it’s translation ready, to boot.

  • Wright

    Take one look at Wright and you’ll know it’s designed for those with a keen sense of style. The minimal design makes it impossible to turn your eyes away from the work you want to display, which is a very good thing when you’re trying to sell your services or attract new clients.

    This theme allows you to create an unlimited number of portfolios with an unlimited number of images on an unlimited number of pages. It’s also responsive and lets you establish a homepage slideshow so your visitors will have no question about what your site stands for. Other features include image captions, social media icons, video support, lightbox portfolios, custom logos, custom backgrounds, custom menus, Google Fonts, and external menu links.

    Wright also lets you set whatever background and text colors you want. It supports Google Analytics and will soon feature WooCommerce compatibility as well.

  • SimpleKey

    SimpleKey is an excellent one-page responsive portfolio theme that makes it simple to show off your best work to the world. What I really like about this one is that it includes the ability to set up the theme for promoting your iPhone or Android apps. And yet, you can use it to promote your artwork or latest blog posts, too. Totally flexible and totally eye-catching.

    This theme comes with Visual Composer so building unique pages is as simple as a drag-and-drop, and Revolution Slider so you can create custom sliders whenever (and wherever) you want. It also comes with 33 shortcodes for inserting things like tweets, pricing tables, and portfolios. Other features include smooth scrolling, an Ajax contact form, documentation, custom background colors, and compatibility with WPML.

  • Executive

    The Executive theme from ThemeLab lives up to its name without being too stuffy about it. Yes, it’s totally professional and gives off the style and streamlined look of an executive’s office but it’s also quite fun. It includes plenty of whitespace to let your work do the talking and offers a slideshow for quick previews of your latest projects.

    It comes with a visual theme customizer so you can change up the look of your site without touching the code. Change things like title colors, background colors. Create things like custom menus. Use the custom page templates to build pages that fit your specific needs. The design is responsive, so you know it’ll look great on mobile devices, and it’s cross browser compatible, too.

  • Modern Portfolio Pro

    Modern Portfolio Pro is a theme available from StudioPress that’s built on the Genesis Framework. It’s responsive and perfect for building a brand image around your best work. The design itself is minimalistic, which falls right in line with all the latest trends. But it’s also inherently flexible, which means you can customize the theme to fit your exact specifications.

    A lot of that has to do with the fact it’s built on the Genesis Framework, which makes it easy to create a custom site without needing to dive into the code. Some features here include custom menus, featured images, widgets, a fixed-width layout, a built-in landing page template, a robust theme options panel, and more. There’s a footer area where you can add widgets as well as some lovely filter effects on portfolio items.

  • Parallax

    Now here’s a truly gorgeous one page theme. Parallax, as its name would suggest, includes parallax scrolling, which gives your site a dynamic, interactive quality. There’s cool animation effects that are triggered on scrolling. These fly-in elements are impressive to your site visitors but don’t bog down your site unnecessarily.

    Though the theme is designed to be used as a one-page site, you can easily use it for multi-page as well. Some features include RTL language support and a variety of custom post types like the portfolio post type, which lets you create individual posts for your portfolio items, whether they be images, videos, or galleries. The highlight post type lets you create posts that display your company or brand’s best features. Basically, anything you want to be featured prominently on your site would be rolled into this post type. Plus, there’s a team post type that lets you show off the individual members of your team with ease.

    Other awesome features include custom headers, custom backgrounds, sliders, custom menus, a variety of shortcodes, grid and list layouts that can be set from full-width to multi-column (with or without a sidebar), and infinite scroll. Parallax also comes with some standard Themify features like a drag-and-drop layout builder, widgets, shortcodes, custom logos, SEO, a custom styling panel, Google Fonts, social icons, compatibility with WPML and WooCommerce, and automatic theme updates.

  • Reveal

    Minimalism is the way to go these days, especially when it comes to portfolios. Not only does a minimal layout look nice, it also gives your work the best platform on which to shine. The Reveal theme is an excellent example of this phenomena. This responsive theme uses Ajax to showcase your latest projects and includes some nice hover description effects to give your visitors more info.

    This theme makes use of the built-in theme options panel for easy customization. Speaking of, you can change up the logo, widgets, and fonts on a whim. It comes with shortcodes for slideshows and buttons, video support, a filterable portfolio (with animation), several page templates (including full-width), Google Fonts, cross-browser compatibility, localization, and more.

  • Spun

    Here’s another extremely minimal portfolio theme that lets your work stand on its own two feet without much interference. Spun is a responsive theme that’s also very lightweight, so site visitors won’t have to wait for complicated effects to load. It’s all about your work and your audience. No more, no less.

    This theme incorporates hidden navigation so as to not interfere with the viewer experience as well. Visitors simply need to hover on the right or left of the screen to make the arrow links for previous and next posts appear. It incorporates featured images, sidebar columns that appear in the footer, and widgets. You can also use many of the standard post formats likes Image, Status, Gallery, Aside, and Quote.

  • Photo Theme

    If photography is your thing, the aptly named Photo Theme is a good choice. It’s responsive, which means it was built for mobile first. It does an excellent job of displaying your work in a simple and straightforward manner. You can showcase categories or individual projects or pieces. It also provides a righthand sidebar that offers category links and a place to tuck those all-important widgets.

    This theme is cross-browser compatible and includes regular support and updates. It’s also ready for use with SEO plugins and lets you set custom menus to suit the needs of your specific portfolio. Photo Theme makes use of the standard theme options panel and includes social icons.

  • Folo

    What a way to make your work stand out! The Folo theme is a responsive portfolio theme that offers infinite loading within a masonry layout that works hard to make each piece of your work stand on its own. The design is highly minimalistic and sports a nice hover effect that fades everything but the highlighted post to grayscale.

    You can rest assured that this theme comes with plenty of features like a portfolio lightbox, retina-readiness, SEO, localization, cross-browser support, a widget area generator, and the option to choose between a left and right sidebar. It also comes with PSD files and demo data so you can import and get your site up and running immediately.

    Folo also allows for custom post types, a customizable 404 page, post likes, custom page templates, and multiple widgets like Flickr Images, Newsletter Subscriptions, and Dribble Shots. The theme customizer is easy to use and highly functional and you can add media to your portfolio—as well as rearrange it—using a drag-and-drop interface. Contact Form 7 is integrated and it’s compatible with a ton of plugins like Bean Portfolio, Bean Tweets, and more.

  • Ink

    If you want to feature photos, artwork, video, or design, Ink is an excellent theme to consider. Not only is it great to look at, it’s also easy to setup. It’s responsive and allows for full screen background images that create a truly immersive experience for your site visitors.

    I think one of the best features here is the filterable portfolio, which offers a stylish animation when each option is clicked. There’s also a slideshow short code for simple insertion of gallery slideshows, custom widgets, multi-column layouts, button shortcodes, and page templates for full-width, portfolio, and archives pages.

  • Simple Grid

    Here’s another lovely theme for you that makes building a portfolio as painless as possible. The Simple Grid theme is responsive and looks perfect on any device. It was designed with creative agencies in mind but I see no reason why it couldn’t be adapted for use on freelancer and photographer sites as well.

    This theme comes with plenty of options for customization without overwhelming users. You can create custom menus, showcase categories or individual posts, and use widgets to display your content. It’s search engine optimized and compatible with all modern browsers. Plus, it comes with support, free updates, and includes a video overview, making setup a snap.

  • Pictorico

    Straight from the makers of WordPress itself, Pictorico is a stylish theme that offers a simple way to display a portfolio without a bunch of extra features getting in the way. It’s grid-based, which allows you to show off a lot of photos at once. It also has a post slider and featured images that really dominant your posts, which makes it a great choice for photoblogs and portfolios.

    It supports the major post formats including image, video, link quote, and aside, and allows for sticky posts to keep your most relevant content up top. There’s a widgetized footer, a custom menu, and you can set custom headers and backgrounds to further put your unique touches on your site.

    Again, the features list isn’t vast here but it’s impressive enough (and simple enough) to get a portfolio launched quickly.

  • Foliogine Lite

    The Foliogine Lite theme is a great way to show off the work of a freelancer or creative agency and still have a little bit of fun. The theme offers some stylish animation effects, hover effects, and interesting color choices that will overall make your work pop.

    It’s built on clean code and offers cross-browser compatibility as well as localization. The theme options panel makes changing things up simple, too. Feel free to add a logo, social links, and change the colors, layout, and fonts with just a few clicks. It also spots a responsive design and uses boxes on the homepage for easy customization of your projects, team members, and blog posts.

  • WPRestyle

    It doesn’t get much simpler than this and that’s really sort of the point. WPRestyle is a responsive WordPress theme that can be used in any number of ways from straightforward business sites to professional blogs. It’s built on the latest tech—Bootstrap, to be precise—so you know the code is valid and clean.

    This theme also comes with a portfolio feature that’s powered by Jetpack. And since many people use Jetpack already, this is a total win-win. Both posts and portfolio items can be displayed in a grid view and you can customize your site using the built-in theme options panel.

  • Phogra

    What a gorgeous theme this is! Phogra exudes an air of sophistication, largely due to its use of full-width photography at every turn. This theme is responsive and perfect for the professional photographer looking for a truly stunning way to display her work.

    The navigation is tucked away and only viewable upon clicking, so nothing interferes with your site visitor’s experience of your images. The menu can be used to link to any other pages on your site that aren’t so image-centric. The homepage is a large slider that shows off your best photos at high-quality resolution. Oh, and that neat little menu also gives you a chance to display your social media links and copyright info.

  • Advertica Lite

    Though Advertica Lite was designed for advertising agencies, it can easily be used as a portfolio site for any creative agency whether the focus is web design, photography, or something in between. This theme is definitely multipurpose and its responsive design makes it ideal for showcasing your work on any device.

    It’s built on the Bootstrap framework and includes parallax sections to increase visual appeal and engagement. And it includes a landing page template with a nice call-to-action should you need it. RTL support is also included along with dedicated sections for projects and team members. A Pro version is available as well, which of course incorporates a greater feature list like Revolution and Flex Sliders, custom page templates, an animated filterable portfolio, custom widgets, over 40 shortcodes, and homepage video.

  • Espied

    Espied is a great free theme you can download from the WordPress theme directory that was created with designers in mind. It can be used as a portfolio site for any creative professional (or even amateur) since it’s image centric and does a good job of putting your work front and center.

    It offers a nice grid-style view on the homepage for displaying your best projects and/or clients. It’s responsive (of course) so it looks great on mobile and actively uses the WordPress.com Portfolio feature for letting you set up interesting layouts. It supports full-size images up to 1272 px wide, so be sure to take advantage of that, especially those in your target audience who use larger screens.

    Other features include social links, widgets, featured image support, and shortcodes. As I already mentioned, Espied is totally free, so it might be worth downloading to at least try.

  • SKT Photo Session

    Here’s another theme that’s ideal for photographers. SKT Photo Session makes full use of your screen by offering a full-width layout that gives your best photos a chance to shine. The homepage boils down to a slider and a top navigation menu—that’s it. Which makes sense if you’re trying to emphasize your photos, right?

    This theme is responsive and offers compatibility with top plugins like Contact Form 7 and WooCommerce. It also makes use of the default theme options panel, which gives you a chance to customize things like colors and layout. The blog template is fairly traditional but it offers a left sidebar set atop a customizable photo background to tie everything together. And be sure to make use of the social link and contact widgets in the footer, too.

  • Sketch

    Sketch is minimal, responsive, and grid-based, which are all pretty common attributes for portfolio themes these days. However, the presentation here is so stylish and eye-catching, I couldn’t help but include it on this list. What I particularly liked is how light and airy the design feels. The main navigation menu is tucked up into a drop down so it’s out of the way until you want it.

    It also includes a slider at the top of the site for featuring your best work and uses a grid layout for the portfolio pieces you’ve selected to appear below. Subtle hover effects, clean lines, and appropriate typographical choices make this theme noteworthy. It also comes with customization support for the site logo, icons, menus, widgets, header, backgrounds, and social links.

  • Digest

    You really don’t get much simpler than this and that’s fine by me. The Digest theme is more suited toward personal sites but I could see it easily being used by a very small firm or creative freelancer. It’s a portfolio theme that lets you feature images and a decent chunk of text for each item on the homepage. The demo showcases books and their respective blurbs, which is definitely a good use of this theme.

    It comes with support for custom menus and widgets as well as post formats like image, gallery, audio, and video. Anyone who wants a quick way to display their work to the public can make use of this theme. Fast.

  • Make

    Here’s a free theme for you that packs in so many features you’d swear it was premium. Make allows you to create a website without having to even take a peek at the HTML or CSS. And still, it’s totally customizable thanks to a built-in drag-and-drop page builder. Using these tools, you can create any site you want from a basic portfolio to an online store.

    But just because a bunch of options are included, doesn’t mean the site building process is overwhelming. Quite the contrary, actually. Setup is a breeze. Just click through the options available to select a background, layout, site colors, fonts, and your site logo. Then add in your custom content using the page builder. You can put images, galleries, videos, and sliders anywhere you want.

    This theme is responsive and offers compatibility with plugins like Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, WP PageNavi, and WooCommerce, to name a few.

  • Accelerate

    Accelerate lets you set up a portfolio site quickly, easily, and with no fuss. It’s a multipurpose theme that includes support for all post formats and can be easily customized to suit any need you have in mind, from a photography portfolio to a blog to a corporate site.

    It includes a customizable header (where you can add whatever widgets you want), a custom menu, a stylish slider, grid-style image page links, and a simple portfolio layout with captions. The footer is widgetized as well.

    If you like this theme and want more customization options, the Pro version tacks on 600 Google Fonts, 35 colors, multiple font sizes, unlimited slides, social icons, eight widgets, three custom menus, five business templates, and support for WooCommerce.

  • Everest

    Build a responsive portfolio site that emphasizes images in a bold and exciting way all thanks to Everest. This theme includes both full and fixed-width layouts for the portfolio grid, which features hover effects that truly make for an engaging site experience. The full-width sliders are another stellar feature that work hard to get people interested in your work and their accompanying captions are simultaneously visually appealing and professional. And the included touch support ensures a positive mobile experience as well.

    Backgrounds are fullscreen and it comes with unlimited skins, so you can create the precise look you want. It comes with black and white skins to start with so you have a solid jumping off point. The portfolio is filterable and there’s an included Ajax contact form that makes getting visitor feedback a snap. Other major features include a lightbox, demo content, thorough documentation, PSD files, and cross browser compatibility.

  • Bedford

    Simple and just plain gorgeous are descriptors that come to mind upon viewing Bedford. This theme is made for portfolios and is built on a flexible grid system that’s both responsive and retina-ready so your work will always appear beautiful and precisely as you intended.

    It comes with the Aqua drag-and-drop page builder for quickly setting up unique pages that suit your purposes. Beyond that, it includes 3 bonus post types, XML demo content, and plenty of customization options for building a site that fits your brand. It features a left sidebar for displaying your main navigation, multiple blog layout options, multiple portfolio layout options, and neat and tidy hover effects on individual portfolio items.


    The SUPERME WP theme is ideal for creating a portfolio very quickly. It’s designed for web design newbies, which is perfect when you’re in a hurry. And it manages to pull together a site that looks professional despite the many shortcuts it offers. It comes with 13 page templates that are common fair for people looking to sell their work or services online including pages for works, news, about, archives, error 404, shortcodes, team, pricing, and more. It also comes with a coming soon page that you can put up to signal your site’s impending launch before it goes live.

    The theme is responsive and is built on HTML5 and CSS3. It comes with PSD files for greater customization should you require it along with social widgets, typography options, and full support.

  • Doctype

    Doctype is minimal and so stylish you can’t help but pay attention as soon as the site loads. It’s another portfolio solution that offers a totally modern flat design that manages to be responsive, typographically relevant, and the perfect way to showcase your work, all at the same time. It’s also retina-ready and includes a widgetized homepage that makes customizing and rearranging content blocks simple.

    This theme comes with several custom page templates and is built on the StagFramework, so it’s both customization ready and totally lightweight. It comes with support for Google Fonts, localization, FontAwesome Icons, and includes documentation, support, and PSD files. Oh, and it’s child theme ready, too.

  • Nordic

    Nordic is all about your work and what it represents. This theme is minimal, yes, but it’s also highly informative. Clean is the perfect word to describe it because it showcases your best work in a grid-style layout but you can also include descriptive text and categories beneath each item for better organization. When clicked, the portfolio item expands into a full description where you can include all the details about the project and a slider that shows off more photos of the work in question.

    This Ajax-powered theme is highly dynamic and lightweight. It comes with 8 page templates (including those for about, blog, services, and contact), two custom post types, threaded comments, nested menus, Google Fonts, PSD files, social icons, an Ajax contact form, two custom widgets, Google Maps, shortcodes, CSS3 animations, and more. It also comes with support for child themes and localization.

  • SwagMoment

    The possibilities are endless with this theme. Seriously. SwagMoment is the perfect choice for anyone with creativity coursing through their veins looking to highlight their work online. It’s easy to setup and customize thanks to an included homepage layout builder. Drag-and-drop key elements around to build the kind of site you desire.

    This responsive theme was built on the Bootstrap framework and includes a stunning parallax effect for each homepage section, giving your site the dynamic feel many people have come to expect. It also comes with shortcodes, over 600 Google Fonts, Isotope Portfolio, custom widgets, social buttons, a pricing table, a contact form, Google Maps, and custom post formats. It also includes an easy-to-use admin panel for straightforward customization.

  • Dimple

    Simple, flexible, and parallax perfection. That’s how I can best describe Dimple, a portfolio theme for creative professionals from VisualKicks. This theme supports all standard post formats, and comes with 2 custom post types. Plus, you can make as many individual portfolios as you want.

    It makes great use of the WordPress Live Customizer, too, so you can see the changes you want to make as you make them. It comes with over 500 Google Fonts, lovely typography, touch compatibility, and parallax backgrounds for every page section. You can switch between full-width and standard media if you wish and the portfolio is totally filterable, making for a convenient browsing experience for your site visitors. It comes with contact forms, a mobile sidebar, and plenty of plugins from VisualKicks to keep things interesting like Portfolio, Shortcodes, Panel Post, and more.

  • Mesh

    Mesh gives you a straightforward layout that’s perfect for portfolios. It’s responsive and lets you display your work in a grid-based layout alongside a very simple sidebar. The focus here is on fullscreen media display and it delivers precisely that.

    It includes support for a variety of post formats as well, so it’s easy to create blog posts for audio, video, images, galleries, and more. This theme includes an accent color picker, page templates, white labeling of the login screen, 3 custom widgets, localization support, and documentation. It also is compatible with a variety of plugins that are a part of the ZillaFramework including ZillaShortcodes, ZillaLikes, and ZillaShare. A PSD file is included should you wish to make further customizations.

  • Extinct

    Stylish and oh-so sophisticated, Extinct provides the kind of portfolio theme designers dream about. It has a very cohesive style that calls back to retro design trends, particularly as it relates to typographical choices. The text looks like it belongs on a vintage poster and the buttons have a purposely faded look that fits right in.

    This theme is actually multipurpose and can be used for blog sites, too, but its benefits for a portfolio are virtually limitless. For instance, it comes with short codes for inserting multicolumn portfolio items onto any page or post. It comes with several custom widgets and supports custom post types for adding things like testimonials, pricing tables, profiles, and more. Other features include a responsive design, touch-sensitive sliders, unlimited sidebars, over 500 retina icons, child theme support, PSD files, a support forum, and demo content. It’s also compatible with WPML and includes Revolution Slider, Flex 2 Slider, and Nivo Slider.

  • Nero

    Nero is ideal for any photography-based site from photoblogs to portfolios. It sports a simple design that maintains modern aesthetics without being devoid of personality. For instance, it’s responsive and retina-ready but it also comes with 14 gallery and 10 portfolio templates, ensuring you have plenty of options to choose from. You can customize site colors or select from 11 pre-defined site skins to get things up and running quickly.

    This theme offers filters on the portfolio and lets you add as many pages for your portfolios or galleries as you want. It also supports a fullscreen slideshow mode for your photos, music play on the homepage, and comments on your image galleries. For your portfolios, you can add a variety of content from static pages to self-hosted videos, to custom links. And for galleries, you can upload multiple images at once and even set up password protection.

    Nero also includes Google Fonts, social links, shortcodes, unlimited sidebars, a contact page, and more.

  • GridStack

    I took one look at GridStack and knew I had to include it on this list. Why? The super cool zoom-in animation effect on hover for portfolio items. Sure, it’s got a lot else going for it too, but this feature is just plain awesome and offers a little extra sense of whimsy that I’m totally on board with.

    This theme supports parallax media in an extra-wide layout, making it perfect for visual media of all kinds. A few prominent features include a responsive design, Ajax dynamic loading, a multitude of gallery and slideshow options, and touch support for all sliders. It also supports SEO and includes the Themewich Shortcodes Plugin, which makes customization a snap.

    GridStack comes with Google Fonts, 4 custom widgets, a contact form, child theme support, unlimited colors, a sortable portfolio, several blog styles, and more.

  • Bourne

    Bourne is a minimal portfolio theme that lets creatives do what they do best: let their work shine. The site itself is lightweight, responsive, and modern, so it’s simultaneously in keeping with the latest design trends and straight out functional from a coding perspective.

    It comes with several page templates, including a masonry portfolio, blog, full-width page, and site map, and supports the major post formats. It makes use of the theme customizer so you can modify the theme’s settings quickly and easily. Also included are 4 custom widgets, Contact Form 7 styles, and support for threaded comments.

  • Fencer 2

    Fencer 2 combines the very best in multimedia with the best of streamlined web design to produce an elegant theme that can be used for any purpose. It offers one page and multi-page capability and includes stunning parallax and video backgrounds to keep the end user experience dynamic and interesting. On the backend, you can easily create new pages using the Visual Page Builder. This responsive theme also includes the Fencer Control Panel, which makes changing settings and making customizations a snap.

    It comes with WooCommerce support and demo content so you can easily build an online store to complement your portfolio and get your site set up very quickly so it looks just like the demo. You can choose from 10 skins and make use of the included Portfolio Isotope Filter, Revolution Slider, Video Background Slider, Translation Manager plugin, and parallax effects. It also has 7 page layouts for the portfolio and features preloaded animation, and sliders for your team members and recent news. These are pretty much just scratching the surface of the feature list, by the way.


    Mimesi is a grid-based theme that puts the focus on your work. And what I think I like best here is that it offers your work in an immediately accessible way. With a bold headline and your main navigation at the top of the site and your portfolio featured immediately below, there’s no barrier for your site visitors for getting acquainted with your latest projects. Filters appear as bold tags above the portfolio items. It’s simple, professional, and offers enough whitespace to avoid feeling crowded, too.

    Okay, now for the details. Mimesi is responsive, retina-ready, and built using Ajax so it loads quickly and makes for an intuitive user experience. You can customize just about every element of this theme, too, including the colors, fonts, widgets, logos, and more. It supports Google and Web Safe Fonts as well as numerous blog post formats like status, gallery, audio, chat, video, quote, and link. It also has standard and full-width blog layouts, a filterable portfolio, infinite scroll, shortcodes, Contact Form 7, localization support, and more.

  • Cobra

    Cobra is another theme that offers an intuitive layout that’s undeniably appealing for end users but also really easy to setup and launch a site with. Select from masonry, metro, or grid layouts—all of which will look awesome on any device because the theme is responsive, by the way—and you can feel confident site visitors will have a positive experience thanks to the Ajax portfolio with infinite scroll and load more enabled.

    Other features include vertical and horizontal mega menus and a parallax menu, an Isotope Portfolio, over 640 Google Fonts, custom widgets, shortcodes, social media integration, a pricing table, multiple post format support, Google Maps, Contact Form 7 support, and more. It also includes Visual Page Builder for easy drag-and-drop customization, Revolution Slider, Layer Slider, and an easy-to-use admin panel.

  • Cubo

    Cubo is a theme that’s designed to be easy on the eyes, yes, but also inherently pleasant to use. The theme’s motto is “fast, sleek, and smooth,” and after giving this theme a test drive, I can easily see why. The navigation is seamless. You never get the sense that you’re changing pages when you click a link; rather, that you’re transitioning to another part of the site. And this theme manages to create this kind of experience without bogging down your site’s speed.

    There’s not a pre-loader to be found here and it uses lazy loading for all images, so no matter how bulky your portfolio is, it will always appear lightweight to your site visitors. And when you click on portfolio items, be prepared to be impressed! You won’t find a single lightbox here. The typography is smart and calculated and the layout is tight so you can combine whatever elements you want via shortcodes and wind up with a cohesive-looking site. Other notable features include a drag-and-drop page builder, content importer, and Revolution Slider.

  • Nonus Parallax WordPress Portfolio

    Nonus Parallax WordPress Portfolio is, as you might’ve guessed, a parallax theme that’s responsive and offers a super professional portfolio for creative agencies the world over. It can be customized for one-page and multi-page layouts and allows for numerous customizations all within the standard WordPress Theme Customizer. Choose from unlimited colors, over 600 Google Fonts, FontAwesome Icons, unlimited sidebars, custom widgets, and more.

    It also supports custom post types and comes with over 55 shortcodes that make creating new layouts and design choices simple. This theme comes with Revolution Slider, Layer Slider, Nivo Slider, and Flexslider, and includes support for Contact Form 7. You also have a choice between full-width and boxed layouts.

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