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100 stunning professional portfolio WordPress themes

If you work with WordPress, you are a web developer of some kind. Whether it is your full time job or just a side gig, you may want to display your work. As WordPress themes become more and more specialized, portfolio themes have developed rapidly. From their beginnings as a simple blog built for displaying images… all the way to stunning sliders and interfaces, here are some of our favorite Portfolio themes for WordPress.

These themes are a mix of commercial and free. They are all stunningly impressive themes to display your work. This post was recently updated for October 2012.  We removed some old, dead or broken themes and we added some very cool new ones.  Enjoy and please leave your comments.  We love to hear from folks who read Pingable.

Just updated for new WordPress Portfolio Themes for March 2013, enjoy!

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Coco | Download | Demo

A nice, clean and professional business and portfolio theme with a responsive and progressive design.

coco portfolio theme

Bellezza | Download | Demo

bellezza portfolio theme

Sirens | Download | Demo

sirens portfolio theme

Photo Squares 2 | Download | Demo

With five color schemes at a price of $70, you can use this portfolio theme for displaying any kind of media.  A simple and fast theme that is open for customization.

Wordfolio | Download

This theme comes with fully layered PSD files and a very cool slider.  This portfolio theme falls into the “slick” category because of some pretty nifty features.

Display 3-in-1 | Download

A 3D and fading slider bring this portfolio theme up a notch.  Nice navigation is also hard to find with portfolio themes because designers spend all their time on the media display.

Twicet | Download

Five skins and jQuery integration make this a very solid portfolio theme option.  There are also lots of back end customization options so you won’t be left with a boring, common theme.

Smart Portfolio | Download

The Smart portfolio theme is minimalist, and done well.  A custom admin panel lets you make it your own, even changing the layout from 1-4 columns.

Folio Portfolio | Download

The Folio Portfolio Theme includes category sorting which is not common.  It also incorporates Google Analytics and a custom design-icon tagging system.

Levitation | Download

Full PSD access and a robust back end admin panel let you take this theme from boring to custom.  A nice jQuery slider complements the overall nice “feel” of this theme.

Cadmus | Download

The designers of this portfolio theme thought of almost everything.  Nested comments, AJAX under the hood, and 6 color schemes let you customize the crap out of this theme.

Pacifica | Download

Choose from three custom jQuery sliders and 8 custom skins to make Pacifica your own.  Full support of the WordPress 3.0 menu system is included as well.

Gridly | Download

Gridly is a personal favorite because it has the grungy feel without feeling dirty.  Using featured images and jQuery masonry, this portfolio theme becomes fully responsive.


10 Must Have WordPress Plugins

We have built a ton of WordPress sites. Seriously, hundreds. Maybe thousands. Over time, we have developed a short list of go-to plugins. No matter what kind of WordPress site we’re making (a blog, a community, etc.) we start by downloading the latest version of these plugins. In our humble opinion, their features should be built into the WordPress Core.

Here is our list of must-have WordPress plugins:

  1. Alex King’s 404 Notifier. Ever wonder how many visitors are lost to a 404 page?  Let’s face it, your site URL’s change from time to time, and people incorrectly link to you.  Have the chance to fix that by being notified when a 404 error is received.
  2. Fix Database Plugin. Database errors happen, and they slow down your website’s load time.  This plugin identifies errors and attempts to fix them.
  3. Auto-Hyperlink URLs. This can be a real time saver.  This plugin automatically generates hyperlinks of the URL’s you place in posts.
  4. Google (XML) Sitemaps. What good is your exceptionally informative blog if nobody finds it?  Step one to SEO is making sure the search engines are indexing your content regularly.  Just make sure your robots.txt file is updated accordingly, this plugin does not address this.
  5. Sexy Bookmarks. This is the same plugin we use below our posts. (And they happen to be using the same theme as us).  Super easy to setup with a handy AJAX settings page.
  6. Advanced Exerpt. This is the simplest way to modify what the “get_the_excerpt” template tag generates.  You can change word count and even what html tags are dropped from the excerpt.
  7. Contact Form 7. The most versatile and easy to setup contact form plugin.  It’s a little tricky to figure out the first few times, but once that time has passed, it is super easy to use.
  8. Akismet. Comes pre-installed in WordPress – but you have to set it up before it works.  Saves loads of time by auto-identifying SPAM comments.
  9. Twitter Tools.  The easiest (and most comprehensive) way to integrate your Twitter account and your WordPress blog.
  10. Wibiya.  Read this post about why we love the Wibiya plugin/toolbar.

The big list of big boys using WordPress

WordPress is so immensely popular that even some monster sites and companies are using it to manage their content.  From blogs to portals, these big boys have chosen WordPress.  Can you blame them?

If you like this post, you’ll probably like this one: 20 Reasons WordPress Gives Us Goosebumps

Where are the links? This list will grow so big that there would be too many links on this post to be search engine optimized.

  • Google
  • New York Times
  • Martha Stewart
  • Yahoo!
  • Playstation
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Meebo
  • Flickr
  • Rolling Stone
  • CNN
  • Smashing Magazine
  • TechCrunch
  • British Prime Minister
  • Ebay
  • Digg
  • Ford
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Sony
  • People
  • Samsung
  • Wired Magazine
  • Mozilla
  • Network Solutions
  • Download.com
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Cpanel
  • GE
  • Rackspace
  • Perez Hilton
  • ProBlogger
  • Copyblogger
  • Mashable
  • Engadget
  • TMZ
  • Huffington Post
  • Treehugger
  • BoingBoing
  • Gizmodo
  • A list apart
  • I can haz cheeseburger?
  • PostSecret
  • DailyKos
  • Watts up with that?
  • Hackland
  • And so many more

Sources:

  • http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/21-popular-brands-that-are-using-wordpress/
  • http://en.wordpress.com/stats/
  • http://royal.pingdom.com/2009/01/15/the-blog-platforms-of-choice-among-the-top-100-blogs/