A portfolio page will automatically be set up when you install your theme. You'll see a new "Portfolio" tab in the left column of your WordPress dashboard. You can access your Portfolio page on your site at http://yourwebsite.com/portfolio
How the Portfolio Works
Click here to see an example of the portfolio.
- The portfolio is comprised of several "portfolio entries." Each entry has a featured image that displays on the main portfolio page (the square images you see). The main portfolio page will display your portfolio entries in three columns.
- When you click on one of the images on the portfolio page, you are taken to a page where more images/content/etc can be displayed. This page is the portfolio entry.
- You can categorize your portfolio entries into "types." Think of types like categories for the portfolio. Each type has its own portfolio page, so you could potentially create an unlimited number of portfolio pages.
Portfolio Initial Setup
- For the portfolio to work correctly, you’ll need to first reset your Permalinks.
- Go to your WordPress dashboard > Settings > Permalinks.
- If you have an established site with existing content, do not change your Permalink structure (can affect SEO). Just click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page. That will reset your Permalinks.
- If you have a new site and your Permalinks are set to Plain, select Post Name and then click Save Changes.
Creating Portfolio Entries
Click here to see an example of a portfolio entry.
- To add a new Portfolio entry, go to Portfolio > Add New.
- In the right sidebar, find the Featured Image section and select a featured image. This is the image that will display on your main Portfolio page for this Portfolio entry.
- In the large content area, you can add images, text, an image gallery – whatever you’d like. This is what will display after the portfolio entry's featured image is clicked on.
Think of Portfolio Types as Categories. In some cases you may want to sort your Portfolio entries into multiple pages instead of having everything on just one page.
For example, if you’re a photographer, you may want to have four separate portfolio pages: families, portraits, newborns, and weddings. To achieve this, you can use a built-in feature called Portfolio Types. In this case, a "type" simply means a category or an album.
To add a new Portfolio Type, go to Portfolio > Types and create a new type. A list of all of your active types is on the right. Once you’ve added all the types you want, you can categorize your portfolio entries under the different types you set up.
Add Title & Intro Text to Portfolio
If you'd like to add a page title and description to the main portfolio page, go to Portfolio > Archive Settings. Add your page title in the "Archive Headline" box. Add your intro text in the "Archive Intro Text" box.
To add a title to a Portfolio Type, go to Portfolio > Types. Click "Edit" on the Type you wish to edit. Add your preferred title in the "Archive Headline" box.
Portfolio & Navigation Menus
Add Portfolio link to a navigation menu
- Go to Appearance > Menus. Select the menu you want to add the Portfolio to.
- On the left, click Custom Links.
- In the URL box, put your website URL followed by /portfolio. Example: http://yourwebsite.com/portfolio.
- In the Link Text box, put Portfolio or whatever text you want to show up in the menu.
- Save Menu.
Add a Portfolio Type to a navigation menu
- Go to Appearance > Menus. Select the menu to want to add Portfolio Types to.
- At the top right corner of your screen, click Screen Options.
- Under Screen Elements, place a checkmark in the Types box. This will add a "Types" section to your menus page.
- Select the Types you'd like to add to your menu, and click Add to Menu.
- If you'd like the Types to display as a drop-down menu below your Portfolio link, drag the Types under and to the right of your Portfolio link to create a drop-down.