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Whether you’re freelancing or looking for a full-time gig, a spectacular portfolio is a must-have when you want to get hired. Sure, a great resume and cover letter are important, but if your portfolio doesn’t stand up and show off your skills, your chances of landing the job are zilch.
That’s when a portfolio website template can save the day. Rather than having to start from scratch, you can use a pre-made template to save time and get a portfolio website up ASAP.
Below are 15 FREE portfolio website templates you can get started with right away. Some are built on Bootstrap (a starter framework that doesn’t require a content management system) and others are for WordPress (the most popular CMS on the planet).
Bootstrap Portfolio Templates
First up: a bootstrap portfolio template that’s ideal for keeping things simple. This is a great one-page design that’s mobile-optimized and flexible, so you can keep the attention on your work.
We love this bootstrap portfolio template because it’s bold and playful but still easy to find what matters. With clear call-to-actions and a simple top navigation, give this a go if you’re looking for an agency feel (even if “agency” actually means you’re a one-person team).
This portfolio template is about as minimal as it gets—and that’s ideal. It’s an especially great option if you mostly need to link out to the work you’ve created (the beautiful typography makes that easy and aesthetically pleasing). So web developers? This is one for you.
Another good option for web developers or even digital marketers, this bootstrap template lets you play up language or data-driven results over design or visual work. Want to include some client testimonials? No problem. There’s room for a Services page as well. Go with this if you’re seeking a portfolio website template that lets you show off different types of work (so for all you tech professionals out there who do a mix of UX or UI design, web development and who knows what else).
Bold, beautiful, classy. If you want to take your branding to a new, professional level, this bootstrap template will give your portfolio website the feel of a full service agency.
WordPress Portfolio Templates
Next up is our first WordPress portfolio template. If you love working in WordPress (or are a student taking our WordPress course), using a WordPress website as a portfolio of your work is a great way to show off your know-how in interactive ways. In this case, Activello is bold but minimal, so you can keep the focus on the work you’re doing.
Ideal for anyone who has a highly visual body of work (photographers, web designers, illustrators…), Hatch is a WordPress theme that’s great for a portfolio website where you want to show off a little.
This is a great portfolio template for web developers in particular because it keeps the focus on your projects without distracting visitors with unnecessary splashy visuals. (Hence the “Lite” part of the WordPress theme name).
Grid-based (obviously) and straightforward (again, obviously), use this WordPress theme when you want your visitors to dive straight into your work.
This is another WordPress theme that requires some hi-res images, but it’s well worth it. A portfolio website template for bold visuals, you can also include social links (if that’s your thing).
Sometimes less is more, and this simple WordPress theme proves just that. It’s a great portfolio website for showing off coding or other tech projects.
We like how unexpected this portfolio site template is, especially the reversal of gray and white. It’s muted but also bold (look at that font!) and a great template for showing off visual design or related work.
A unique template with a right-aligned navigation structure, try this portfolio theme if you want to highlight powerful imagery.
A little old school, this is another great option for highly visual projects.
Just as the description implies, this is a great portfolio website template for graphic designers or illustrators. Bold and playful, it has one of the most contemporary vibes on our list.
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Cameron is a staff writer here at Skillcrush, and spends most of her time writing and editing blog posts and Ultimate Guides. She's been a freelance writer, editor, and author for going on a decade, writing for some of the world's leading web design and tech blogs. When she's not writing about design, she spends her time writing screenplays and making films (and music videos for rock and metal bands!) in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.