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How To Create The Ultimate Online Portfolio

How To Create The Ultimate Online Portfolio

These days it is equally as – if not more – important to create a fantastic online portfolio in order to gain a following and, depending on your industry, work. This can be tricky and it’s very difficult to build if you’re not design or web savvy, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost! Paige Donahue of Digital Information World shares everything you could possibly need to know for creating the ultimate online portfolio, from which sites to use to everything it should include:

Just imagine how much it costs to make a hard copy of your portfolio in high quality paper and top-notch printing. Then multiply it by ten. It’s enough to feed you for a week! Then imagine having an online portfolio that will cause you next to nothing and be flexible enough to send to dozens of employers and affiliates. Which one do you prefer?

Gone are the days when you have to print countless copies of your portfolio and distribute them to possible employers. In five minutes, you can set up a website that features your best works. Online portfolios serves the functions of the old-school portfolios and more. E-portfolios can widen your reach and attract opportunities you haven’t imagined in the first place.

Many professionals think a blog is enough to showcase their strengths, but it’s not. A blog is a good way to network with people from your profession, but it’s insufficient in presenting the body of your work. To highlight your best works, you need a portfolio to do it for you.

Before you move in first you need to know, why should you display your work on online portfolios.

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    Ten of the best free and paid portfolio websites:

    Behance – One of the biggest community of designers can be found on this website. Here, you can create folders for your project to create a more organized look into your works. Behance has a good categorizing system that groups illustrators, designers, painters, and photographers. This system offers a more efficient way to be discovered by companies. Members can even sell their works through this site.

    Portfoliobox – A professional-looking website is at the tip of your fingertips with Portfoliobox. No coding knowledge is necessary to create a quality portfolio using this website. Here, you can create a blog, a static page and even a gallery. An e-store can be added, and marketing tools are included in your account.

    Clippings.me – For writers, bloggers and journalists, Clippings is a good website to compile all their written works in one place. Users can easily add links of their published works online and even PDFs. This site is easy enough to customize and even provides detailed statistics of visitors on your portfolio. What gives this an edge is how you can embed any media to your works.

    Dribble – Budding artists get a better chance of being discovered through Dribble. Users can simply upload their works and have other members give them votes to help them reach the popular page. Works on Dribble can easily be shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest to direct more viewers to your portfolio.

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    4ormat – One of the easiest modifiable online portfolio, 4ormat gives users basic ways to tweak their pages. Hundreds of themes are available for your usage, from static to animated to dynamic ones. The presentation of your work in 4ormat is so simple that viewers are easily drawn to your work and not to the clutter. There’s a reason why thousands of professionals use this platform for their masterpieces.

    Writer’s Residence – For a stress-free portfolio, this one will save anyone the trouble. There’s no HTML or CSS knowledge required, just your documents that you want to present to the world. Writer’s Residence allows users to upload multiple pages of PDFs or their writing samples and instantly include them in their portfolio. For newcomers, it is an easy website to navigate.

    Dunked –  If you want a website that’s best viewed on any device, Dunked might be the one you’re searching for. Customizing the design of your portfolio is easy with their simple and advanced editing tools. It’s another good website to display diverse content from literary works to illustrations to videos and even audio clips. What’s even more amazing is it’s SEO optimized.

    Weebly – For a more customizable portfolio, Weebly can do it for you. This platform is flexible for any kinds of work. Be it a web design you created or a logotype you designed. It’s a good website to combine all sorts of works, and showcase all your talents in one place. They offer four membership packages that range from $0-$25 per month.

    Carbonmade – A nifty website that’s home to hundreds of thousands portfolios, Carbonmade is certainly one of the best portfolio websites out there. For free, users can upload up to five projects. With a paid account, they can display up to 50 of their best projects. It makes sure that every piece of work you upload in the site maintains its original quality. It’s stable so you can be reassured that your portfolio is viewable anytime.

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    Writerfolio – The no-nonsense approach of this website highlights your writings. It’s definitely the best way to showcase written works. Users has the option to categorize their works and lists them in an organized, clutter-free presentation. It will entice readers to read even further. No coding is necessary in Writerfolio since there’s a uniform theme for every portfolio, but it lets your writing shine without the glitter of a fancy design.

    Creating an online portfolio is really daunting. You have to make sure that yours stand out from the crowd. With these websites and their friendly support team, it’ll be a piece of cake to create a portfolio that will give you an edge.

    Best practices on how to use online portfolio sites:

    Display your best work – Include works that feature your current skills.

    Showcase variety – Explore different media, i.e photography, web design, freehand.

    Talk about them if you have to – If your works are abstract and obscure, you may want to provide a description text to give visitors a better understanding of your thought process.

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    Ask for feedback – Use social media or comment boxes to engage with other designers and artists for suggestions on how you could improve your work.

    Create as many portfolios as possible! – Make yourself accessible to different design sites like visual.ly to increase your chances of getting hired. Also, the sites features above aren’t the only ones where you could publish your online portfolio! Do a quick search to find more sites where you could boast your design chops.

    Paige Donahue enjoys reading historical novels and writing online articles. She considers copywriting for Rushessay her part-time and blogging at The Very Last Paige her full-time job.

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    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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