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If you’re hoping to use your WordPress.com site to show off your portfolio separate from your blog posts and pages, the Portfolio content type will let you manage all your portfolio projects in one place. It also gives you a number of different ways to display them on your site.

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If your theme doesn’t have the Portfolio feature active by default, you can turn it on by going to the WP Admin dashboard at Settings → Writing → Custom Content Types and making sure the “Portfolio Projects” option is enabled. When you’re done, save your changes.

Portfolio settings

Note: This setting is in the WP Admin dashboard, which you can reach by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site address (e.g.: yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

Adding and Managing Portfolio Projects

You can manage your projects under the Portfolio menu item in the sidebar.

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Similar to the way you add new blog posts, you can add a new project under Portfolio → Add. Portfolio projects are ordered by the date they’re created, with the most recent project displayed first. Adding a Featured Image and Custom Excerpt to each project is highly recommended, as it lets themes and the portfolio shortcode display your projects in a more visual manner.

Along with the Portfolio content type, there are two ways of categorizing your projects: Project Types (similar to Categories) and Project Tags (similar to Tags).

Portfolio Projects and Tags

Portfolio projects also support Comments to allow readers to interact with you and the Publicize feature that allows you to share your projects to a number of social networks automatically.

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Viewing Portfolio Projects

There are a few different ways to view your portfolio projects after they’ve been created.

The following links are created automatically once you add portfolio projects, types, and tags. Be sure to swap the words in bold with your real site address and the appropriate slug. For example, if your project type is called Watercolors, your default slug will be watercolors and your address for the watercolors project type archive will be http://yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/project-type/project-type-watercolors/.

  • Portfolio Archive – http://yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/portfolio/
  • Single Project Page – http://yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/portfolio/project-slug/
  • Project Type Archive – http://yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/project-type/project-type-slug/
  • Project Tag Archive – http://yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/project-tag/project-tag-slug/

Note: Since portfolios are displayed automatically at the address http://yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/portfolio/ it’s important that you don’t create any pages, categories, or tags called “portfolio,” otherwise your projects may not display as intended.

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Portfolio Shortcode

The Portfolio content type comes with a shortcode to let you display projects on posts and pages. [portfolio] embeds an archive view of your portfolio projects. See our full instructions here.

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Number of Portfolio Projects per Page

To set the number of portfolio projects displayed per page, go to Settings → Writing → Custom Content Types and set your desired number at “Portfolio pages display at most _ projects.” Keep in mind that some themes may override this number for design reasons, such as keeping a portfolio grid even.

Note: This setting is in the WP Admin dashboard, which you can reach by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site address (e.g.: yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

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Portfolio Themes

Although all WordPress.com themes will display your projects after they’ve been created, a few themes have been designed specifically with the Portfolio content type in mind. These themes will have specific styles for the project archives and portfolio shortcode, and may provide specially designed page templates to display your portfolio in other ways.

Find more themes.

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Troubleshooting

If any of the Portfolio page links result in a “Page Not Found” error, this can be fixed by disabling and re-enabling the Portfolio content type. Go to Settings → Writing → Custom Content Types, uncheck the Portfolio Projects option, save your changes, and then re-check the Portfolio Projects option and save your changes again.

Note: This setting is in the WP Admin dashboard, which you can reach by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site address (e.g.: yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/wp-admin)

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