10 Best Free Wordpress Portfolio Themes for Art and Design

Wordpress has traditionally been looked upon as an open-source CMS (content management system) for blogging. But, as proven by the diversity of the websites using this software, Wordpress can be used to manage just about any type of website, including online stores, membership sites, business websites and portfolio sites. Over 8 million websites use WP, and that number is increasing everyday.

Wordpress also has great support from the thousands of designers who create free and premium themes and plugins. If you are thinking of choosing Wordpress as a solution for your online portfolio, or are searching for a different look for your portfolio site, we have provided a list of free Wordpress themes for portfolios to get you started.

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How to Install Wordpress Themes

First download the theme files. Find instructions for uploading the theme files to your hosted Wordpress site. Place the folder for the theme file in wp-content/themes. Once its there, all you have to do is go to your Wordpress dashboard and activate your theme.


WP Folio

WP Folio is an open sourced and free Wordpress theme with plenty of features for visual artists and designers to showcase portfolios. Find a full review of WP Folio at our sister site Artpromotivate at this page: WP Folio Wordpress Theme

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Fotofolio is a free WP theme designed for online portfolios. Features include a great design for display of artworks, thumbnail and preview images automatically resized, theme options, and more.

fotofolio template



Snapshot can be used to showcase photography, design projects or artworks. Features include two theme layouts – photo blog or portfolio Wordpress theme. Snapshot also has three color schemes to choose from.

snapshot wordpress theme


Sharpfolio 2

Sharpfolio 2 is a free portfolio theme for Wordpress intended for designers, artists, illustrators, photographers and more.

sharpfolio theme


Portfolio Theme

Portfolio Theme is a HTML Wordpress portfolio theme which has a grid based home page, and portfolio pages with custom post types.

portfolio theme



Portfolium is a great free WP theme directed at artists, designers, illustrators, photographers and other creative people. The home page template is grid based and features a menu at the top, and a page filled with small thumbnail images linking to pages of your portfolio. The specific artwork pages are attractive in that the photo fills most of the screen, with space for a description on the side.

portfolium wordpress theme



Vivee Portfolio

Vivee Portfolio is a dark artist’s portfolio theme designed for Wordpress. The link here goes to a Polish website. To download, click on the first post here, and find the download link on that page.

vivee portfolio



suburbia wordpress theme


Suburbia is a free Wordpress magazine theme, which can function as a portfolio website, especially because of them emphasis on images. The design is minimal and suitable for blogs and portfolios.


Smashing Multimedia

Smashing Multimedia is a portfolio free theme intended for artists, podcasters and other creative people – from Smashing Magazine. This theme has an emphasis on video, whereby video can be added and rated. This theme comes with a host of options and customizations.

smashing multimedia wordpress theme



Portfolio WPESP Theme

This is a completely free minimalist portfolio theme. The theme is intended as a starting point, allowing many customizations for your art and design portfolio.

portfolio wpesp theme



Have you tried any of these free Wordpress themes for art and design? What do you think of them?

If you know of one not mentioned here, please post about it below in the comments!


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  1. as far as I can tell you need a paid wordpress .org site in order to upload your own themes, or at least as far as I have read.
    Any suggestions otherwise?

    1. Yes, you are correct..


      There are many other choices. You can get your own hosting and install Wordpress... or get a free blog from Blogger or Tumblr.

      I will be listing some great free Blogger portfolio themes soon.. and maybe Tumblr another time. :)

  2. don't you need paid wordpress org site in order to do this?

  3. No, you don't have to pay for the wordpress site, just for hosting, which you get from someone other than wordpress. Once you have the hosting set up and a domain name, you can download wordpress to your site and start building it. All you have to pay for is your hosting and the domain name.



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