Vital WordPress Plugins for Portfolio Themes

March 2, 2010BlogLeave a reply

WordPress, conventionally perceived as a blogging platform, is actually one of the most flexible and easy-to-use content management systems. Even with limited or zero knowledge of HTML, you can still do wonders with your website by using this platform. This is especially useful for photographers, illustrators and others in the creative line who may not be well-versed with coding. After all, all you have to do is (1) pick a WordPress Portfolio theme and (2) decide on the best plugins for your website, and you will be able to create a website beyond mere text.

Yet faced with the vast amount of plugins available on WordPress, choosing the right plugins can be intimidating. To help you get started, we have listed a few plugins that we find more useful for the users creating portfolios using WordPress.

NextGEN Gallery

Simple yet professional, this plugin is popular with users for the way it displays images in a classic format with a simple-to-use back-end. It comes with a Flash slideshow option as well.

WordPress Plugins for Portfolio Themes

Flickr Gallery

Creating interesting portfolio galleries extracted with your Flickr photos cannot be easier. The plugin allows you to extract pictures and videos within seconds, saving you the trouble of uploading them one by one onto your web directory.

Thumbnail for Excerpts

It’s a well-known fact that web users are more attracted to images than chunks of text. Get more traffic by adding thumbnails to excerpts on your website with this plugin. Plus, it gives your portfolio a cleaner and crisper look, making it easier for navigation.

FlippingBook

Make your images browse like a book with FlippingBook, a plugin which also separates your images into individual albums. The interactive nature of these albums gives your visitors a little more than just a static page to interact with.

WordPress Plugins for Portfolio Themes

Image Drop Shadow

As the name suggests, this plugin automatically creates a drop-shadow effect for your images in your portfolio website. It gives them the appearance of being more three-dimensional.

Featured Content Gallery

You can embed a customizable rotating image gallery anywhere in your website by adding a Featured Content Gallery. You can also supplement your images with captions.

WordTube

With this new plugin, you can now embed your favorite videos, music, photos, and more directly on your website.

WordPress Plugins for Portfolio Themes

GD Star Rating

Let your visitors vote for how much they like your designs, photos or even comments with this plugin.

WordPress Plugins for Portfolio Themes

Cforms II

For a portfolio website, adding contact forms is crucial. This plugin helps you add multiple forms to your website based on your requirements.

PhotoQ

This plugin installs instantly to help you convert your WordPress blog into a photoblog.

Post Templates

The essential time saver, Post Templates allows you to create various templates based on the formats of previous posts. This way, you can cut down the amount of time spent creating new posts from scratch.

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