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To include or exclude from my portfolio-that is the question. Well what do you think?


Here’s some clarity for my fellow design classmates who are still debating how to go about making your portfolio site. I highy HIGHLY recommend hosting your own site through wordpress. If you (like me) have been pulling out your hair everytime you open up your dreamweaver file. If you have been plowing through tutorial after tutorial, blogs, and all the other information on the internet on how to make a website with no result other than utter confusion and hairloss…breath easy…wordpress is your friend.

I’m not saying to give up on Dreamweaver, but chances are, if your new to html and css you probably are not going to grasp how to hack through the code in less than a month. Hosting your own site through WordPress takes all the guess work out of how to make rollovers (they come stock in the themes, and can be modified if you wish) or how to de-bug your code so your site renders the same in Firefox, Safari, IE, Opera (wordpress will look the same on all browsers with no bugs to squash).

With a few simple & fast downloads, and your own domain; you can have your site up and running in less than an hour. really.

You’ve got your own domain, so what now?

log in to your domain and install wordpress, if your using hostmonster you will see the wordpress logo in the simplescripts (bottom of control panel) page. It will ask you what you want the site name to be, you probably only want to call it whatever your domain name is, if you add anything to this it will be a folder within your domain, meaning you will have to type in that extra line everytime you visit your site.

hostmonster will give you a username and password and link to get into your new blog-get in there and change the password right away, and anything else like bio if you want.

Download wordpress to your computer

open the file called: wp-config-sample.php in text edit or text wrangler (this is the best one, as it color codes the copy) DO NOT use word, it will add extra junk.

Add your domain user name where it says ‘USERNAME’:

/** MySQL database username */
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘USERNAME’);

Now enter your password, where it say’s ‘PASSWORD’:

/** MySQL database password */

The line below that, looks like this:

/** MySQL hostname */
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);

if your using godaddy you will need to enter your host name that godaddy generates for you where it says ‘localhost’

If your using hostmonster or another host site leave this line alone.

close it.

Download cyberduck or any other ftp driver you wish.

make a new bookmark in cyberduck for your site.

drag and drop all wordpress files into that bookmark.

Cyberduck is what communicates your computer files to your wordpress site. The wordpress files you just dropped in there is where you will be dropping in your jpegs for headers and downloaded themes, and anything else you want to put on your site. Think of this as your site files folder.

You will drag and drop downloaded themes into your themes folder (www / wp-content / themes) etc.

Now login to your wordpress blog and start makin’ changes!

for more in-depth instructions you can always get info directly from or or even google, this should get you started though.

oh, and for millions of free editable themes go here

and your welcome.

I really love the interface on this website, it’s so playful and creative. It definitly takes to viewer into a comfortable less-webby more printy style environment. check out the candy bouquet and see it for yourself, I had to hit the refresh button 3-4 times to get the whole picture, but when you do its gorgeous…wonder if thats a firefox glitch or something? This was designed by Mike Precious web/graphic designer extrordinaire, thanks Chris for posting a link to his site (also a totally awsome portfolio site).wb-candybouquet

another great minimalist example of a fine art portfolio. The first page of Naomi Reis’s site is very captivating, as you get to click through her insallation peice in progression. Way cool.1_reisnaomimay20091

sedimentaryrollLooking through tons of portfolio sites recently, Jen Stark’s site is a breath of fresh air. Minimal, user friendly, and clean. Her simple format lets her work take center stage. With all the crazy images/fonts/patterns etc. available to download and apply to your own site out there, its easy to get lost in complicated design. Take a look at her approach to advertising her work on the web. Here is one of her intricate hand-cut paper sculptures for your oooing and awwing pleasure! I’ve been looking into registering my portfolio on Behance , they’ve got a great format, and I like how the work is presented. There are tons out there though, its hard to choose one. Anyone have a fave web-portfolio site? Who’s portfolio have you been looking at recently?