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Setting Up Your Portfolio

By Christopher Lin on January 12th 2013

Use the Portfolio section of the site to showcase your best work. Follow these steps to set up your Portfolio.

Add a New Portfolio Entry (aka Project)

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  1. Add a new Project – Click “Add New” under projects
  2. Enter a Title – This is the name project. Consider using Keywords here for better SEO.
  3. Enter Content – Add content to the body of the post just as you would a regular blog entry. This content appears BELOW all of the images.
  4. Enter Content – Add content to the body of the post just as you would a regular blog entry. This content appears BELOW all of the images.
  5. Enter Content – Add content to the body of the post just as you would a regular blog entry. This content appears BELOW all of the images.
  6. Enter Content – Add content to the body of the post just as you would a regular blog entry. This content appears BELOW all of the images.
  7. Check the “Featured Content” Box – (Letter A in the image)  If this is left unchecked, then the content will not appear in the featured sections in the footer and sidebar.
  8. *** Upload Your Gallery Images – (Letter B in the image) These are the main images that you upload to each portfolio entry.  If you are using the tearsheet layout, make sure your images are between 1000 px and 1500 px wide.  If you’re using the hero layout, be sure to use even larger image (at least 2000px wide).
  9. Set your Featured Image – (Letter C in the image) Choose your favorite image to use as your featured image.  If you do not select a featured image, your portfolio entry may not be visible!

Accessing Your Portfolios

The portfolio Home URL is accessed via the following URL:

“http://www.yourdomain.com/portfolio”

If your WordPress installation is on a subdomain, it will be the following:

“http://www.yourdomain.com/subdomain/portfolio”

Including the Portfolio in Your Menu

To include the portfolio listing in your menu, simply add a menu item called “Portfolio” and use the URL mentioned above. Click here for more information on creating WordPress Menus.

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Setting Your Portfolio As Your Home Page

By default, your home page (http://www.yourdomain.com) is set to a listing of your blog posts. If you would like your portfolio home to show as your main home page instead, follow these instructions.

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1. Create a Page called “Portfolio”

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  1. Go to Pages -> Add New
  2. Create a Page called “Portfolio”
  3. Ensure your Permalink is http://www.yourdomain/portfolio, as you see in the image
  4. Select the “Portfolio” option from the “Template” dropdown
  5. Leave the Page Empty and “Publish”

2. Set Your “Portfolio” As Your Home

  1. Go to Settings -> Reading
  2. Change the First Option, “Front page displays” to “A Static page”
  3. Use the “Front Page” drop down menu and find “Portfolio”
  4. Create a new page called “blog” (you may also use “latest” or anything you want to call the blog).
  5. Leave it blank and publish.
  6. Use the “Posts Page” drop down menu and find “Blog” (Or whatever you called it)
  7. Note: If you do not see “Portfolio” or “Blog” in the drop downs, the be sure that you have created a page called “portfolio” with the correct permalink (see the first step)

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Portfolio Home Page Layout

The Portfolio Home Page is the full listing of your portfolio Items (also called projects). If you would like to display multiple projects, select “Pinboard Full.” If you’d like to instead display images from a single project, select the “Hero” option. Hero layout only displays the images in your first project (the oldest one) and does not display the rest. It displays it full width and height of the browser window.

If you are a photography studio with multiple portfolio galleries, we suggest using the “Pinboard Full” layout. If you are a photographer with a few select images that you would like to display, we suggest using the “Hero” layout.

pinboard-full-screenPinboard Full Screen – Displays thumbnails of the featured images from each project full screen (chronologically). ***Note: The project must have “feature this content” checkbox checked for it to display on this page. For more information on setting up your portfolio, including ideal portfolio dimension and more, click here.

hero-portfolioHero – Displays images from a single project, pulling from the images in the first project (the oldest one). ***Note: Project must have “feature this content” checkbox checked for it to display on this page.

Co-Founder of SLR Lounge and Photographer with Lin and Jirsa Photography, I’m based in Southern California but you can find me traveling the world. Click here to connect on Google +

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Martin Pemberton

    Is there any way to add text above the portfolio grid once you’ve set it as a homepage?

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  2. Larry Sandez

    Hi Chris,

    I am on WordPress 4.1.1 and just installed SLR v3. On the projects page I don’t have an option to add a Featured Image. Any thoughts?

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  3. Daniel Soñé

    I’ve followed the instructions, but keep getting a 404 Error when I click a specific project to view. Only the featured image to the post shows up, but not the gallery.

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