As professionals, we feel a solid portfolio is vital to being successful. What’s the point of making great looking projects if you can’t show them off a little bit. We recently redesigned and rebuilt our portfolio to showcase some of the great projects we have worked on.
We had to make many decisions when planning to build to our new portfolio. At first, we thought about showcasing the majority of our projects so viewers could see the range and extent of our work. Then we switched gears and though quality is better than content. Instead of having a bunch of projects to showcase, we though about choosing our best 3-4 and only displaying those. With each of the projects, we thought about including photographs, case studies, project requests and solutions, etc. But then we thought, all of our projects are our best. If we can’t be proud of our work, then we are in the wrong industry. Therefore, we chose to display all of our projects. We hope this will give our viewers a sense of our style, design range and coding abilities.
We are extremely happy with how the design turned out. It accurately displays our unique style. We chose a white background to help put focus on the content and help make it pop. Photography played a major role in the overall design. We love photography and based the design around it.
Another large part of the portfolio was the search engine optimization we have been doing. Using a popular WordPress plugin, we are focusing our content around keywords, proper page titles, meta descriptions and featured images. We also generated an xml site-map to help Google navigate the site.
We also paid a large amount of attention to ensuring our new portfolio was secure. We implemented several of our best practices regarding security such as:
- Brute force protection
- File change detection
- Strong password enforcement
- Lock out bad users
- Away mode
- Hide login and admin
- Geo-IP banning
For more information about our best security practices, read our blog post “Understanding Website Security“.
We put a lot of thought and a lot of work into our new portfolio. We hope you like it and encourage you to have a look around. Please leave any comments or questions you may have.