If you are a creative professional or agency, you want your work to speak for you. A great option for showcasing your work — whether you're a photographer, videographer, costume designer, creative director, or more —  is a digital portfolio.

You can create a portfolio website or a portfolio section on your website in two ways. One, you can select a WordPress theme with built-in portfolio options, like Divi. Or, two, you can install a portfolio plugin on your site. This will allow you to change WordPress themes as needed — without losing the functionality to create a portfolio. 

In this post, we have collected the best WordPress portfolio plugins that will help you to create a stunning portfolio section on your WordPress website.

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The WordPress plugins below range in price, functionality, and templates so you can find the best option for your budget, business, and brand identity. Let's take a look.

1. Essential Grid Gallery WordPress Plugin

Portfolio section of furniture site demo created with Essential Grid Gallery WordPress PluginEssential Grid is the most popular WordPress portfolio plugin in the CodeCanyon marketplace. It is a powerful plugin that offers dozens of options for creating a portfolio section on your website.

You can pull grid content from Instagram, YouTube, and Vimeo as well as the plugins WP Gallery, NextGen Gallery, and WooCommerce. You can choose from three layout types for your portfolios, including cobbles, masonry, and even. Or you can start with one of the 60 example skins included with Essential Grid and customize it with its Visual Skin Editor.  

Key features

  • Responsive
  • Filter options
  • 3 styles
  • 60 example skins
  • Visual Skin Editor
  • Easy import and export options
  • Supports images, YouTube and Vimeo videos, HTML5 videos, and iFrame content
  • Sources include Instagram, YouTube, WP Gallery, NextGen Gallery, or WooCommerce plugin

2. Go Portfolio

Masonry grid demo for restaurant website created with the WordPress portfolio plugin Go Portfolio

Go Portfolio is another highly-rated and popular plugin in the CodeCanyon marketplace. Like Essential Grid, it offers tons of amazing features to help you create beautiful portfolio pages.

Go Portfolio supports a wide range of media types and formats, including images, YouTube and Vimeo videos, and SoundCloud audio files, among others. You can choose from four layout types for your portfolios. Or you can start with one of the 38 grid demos included with this premium plugin. To customize these demos, you can use the Visual Composer plugin, which is fully compatible with Go Portfolio.

Key features

  • Responsive
  • Filter options
  • 4 styles
  • 38 grid demos
  • Compatible with the Visual Composer plugin
  • Supports the following formats
    • Image (JPG, PNG, GIF)
    • Video (Vimeo, Youtube, Dailymotion, Metacafe)
    • Audio (Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Beatport)

3. Portfolio Gallery

Video gallery without spacing created with Portfolio Gallery plugin for WordPress-1If you are looking for portfolio plugin that's free but still feature-rich, Portfolio Gallery is an excellent option. This plugin offers you a stunning masonry style for your portfolio section that can easily attract your users' attention. It supports images as well as videos. 

With this plugin, you can create great-looking portfolios with two, three, or four columns with a fully responsive, filterable design. You can also opt to include spacing or no spacing and add a grayscale effect. 

Key features

      • Free
      • Responsive
      • Filter options
      • 1 style
      • Supports two-, three-, and four-column layouts
      • Can add spacing and a grayscale effect
      • Supports images and videos
      • Premium version available

4. Grid Kit Portfolio Gallery

Grid, Puzzle, and Masonry layout demos created with Grid Kit Portfolio Gallery plugin for WordPressGrid Kit Portfolio Gallery is another free and highly-rated portfolio plugin for WordPress. It offers a custom Gutenberg block so you can easily create and add portfolio sections to different pages on your site.

This free plugin supports images, videos, galleries, iFrame content, and maps. It offers three portfolio styles, including masonry, grid, and puzzle. The plugin is also fully responsive so your portfolio will look great on all devices. 

The major downside: filter options are only available with the premium version. So any portfolio built with the free version will be harder to navigate and search.

Key Features

      • Free
      • Responsive
      • 3 styles
      • Embedded layout builder
      • Provides Gutenberg block
      • Supports images, videos, galleries, iFrame content, and maps
      • Premium version available

5. Visual Portfolio, Photo Gallery & Posts Grid

Gutenberg block settings for creating a portfolio with Visual Portfolio, Photo Gallery & Posts Grid plugin for WordPressVisual Portfolio, Photo Gallery & Posts Grid is a completely modern and responsive portfolio WordPress plugin that uses WordPress's built-in block editor to help you create a stunning portfolio on your site — no coding required.

This free plugin supports images, videos, and audio from the most popular vendors including YouTube, Vimeo, Spotify, and SoundCloud. It offers five portfolio styles including masonry, justified, tiles, grid, and slider. 

In addition to being responsive, Visual Portfolio is optimized to be lightweight and fast-loading. Thanks to its modular code structure, all scripts and styles are only loaded when needed to display a gallery on the page the visitor is on. That way, your website will never load unused features.

Key Features

      • Free
      • Responsive
      • Lightweight and fast-loading 
      • Filter options
      • 5 styles
      • Provides multiple Gutenberg blocks
      • Supports the following formats
        • Images
        • Video (Youtube, Vimeo)
        • Audio (Spotify, SoundCloud, Mixcloud, Beatport, and self-hosted audio links)
      • Premium version available

6. Ultra Portfolio

Grid portfolio with spacing demo created with Ultra Portfolio plugin for WordPress-1Ultra Portfolio is a powerful and flexible portfolio plugin for WordPress that offers you dozens of designs and features to create your portfolios. You can add images, YouTube,  Vimeo, and self-hosted videos, and SoundCloud audio files.

With this plugin, you can also create unlimited layouts for your portfolios. Grid, Masonry, Carousel, Sliders, Single Slide, Classic blog, and Full-width are just a few of the possibilities. You can customize these layouts with over 20 animation effects and the live CSS editor. This plugin is also fully responsive, so your portfolios will look great even on mobile devices. 

Key features

      • Responsive
      • Filter options
      • 4 styles
      • CSS editor
      • 20+ animation effects
      • Supports images, YouTube,  Vimeo, and self-hosted videos, and SoundCloud audio files

7. Portfolio

Four column image porfolio created with RadiusThemes Portfolio plugin for WordPressPortfolio by RadiusTheme is a free portfolio plugin that provides two Gutenberg blocks for easily creating and adding portfolios to your posts and pages. 

Portfolio supports images and videos (but not audio files). It offers four styles: a two-column grid, four-column grid with titles and descriptions, four-column grid with titles only, and a slider. You can customize these layouts by adding custom CSS in the settings page. 

Key Features

      • Free
      • Responsive
      • Filter options
      • 4 styles
      • Provides 2 Gutenberg blocks
      • Custom CSS module
      • Supports images and videos
      • Premium version available

8. Portfolio Designer

Black and white image gallery that reveals color when user hovers over image created with Portfolio DesignerPortfolio Designer is a beautiful, fully responsive WordPress portfolio plugin that will help you create an unlimited number of great looking grid-based layouts.

This premium plugin supports images, videos, and audio files from popular vendors like YouTube, Vimeo, Screenr, and SoundCloud, among others. It offers four styles for your portfolios, including gallery, masonry, slider, and justify. You can make these sections pop by adding over 50 animation effects. 

Key features

      • Responsive
      • Filter options
      • 4 styles
      • 50+ animation effects
      • Easy import and export options
      • Supports the following formats
        • Images
        • Video (Youtube, Vimeo, Screenr, Dailymotion, Metacafe, HTML5)
        • Audio (Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Beatport)
      • Sources include Instagram, YouTube, WP Gallery, NextGen Gallery, or WooCommerce plugin

Adding a Portfolio to Your Site

If you are a creative professional or agency in any business niche, creating an online portfolio is an excellent way to showcase your work and attract more clients. The best part? Creating and customizing one is easy thanks to WordPress plugins.

Editor's note: This post was originally published in October 2019 and has been updated for comprehensiveness. 

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Originally published May 20, 2021 7:00:00 AM, updated May 20 2021

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