There are thousands of themes to choose from when building your portfolio. You will want to choose one that meets your logistical and creative needs. Take time to experiment with a few to see how they look before committing to one. You can always change it later.
You will want to decide which type of theme you will use for your portfolio. There are four types to choose from:
Free: WordPress offers a variety of free themes to choose from. They are fast and easy to install; though, you might need to use some code to modify certain aspects of the theme to your specifications.
Premium: A premium WordPress theme can cost from $25 and up. These themes are the optimal choice for presenting a digital portfolio because WordPress keeps them updated. Once you have selected and purchased the theme, you will be able to join a forum to get help with questions you have about your site. The other advantage of a premium theme is that the designer will update it so that it remains current with the WordPress software updates.
Frameworks: Frameworks are coded themes around which you can build your portfolio. If you are already familiar with programming code and want to focus on installing your own design, Frameworks are a good choice.
Custom: Custom themes are one-of-a-kind. They are built specifically for the features you want included in your portfolio. Pricing for these themes generally starts around $1,000. The advantage to having a custom theme built is that it will be uniquely yours, unlike a free or premium theme.
You will also want to decide if you want to include a blog component to your portfolio. Blogs often show employers that you are actively using your portfolio and you are serious about your online presence. However, remember, you will need to update it!