The best portfolio CMS?

over 9 years ago from , UI Designer [Moderator]

I just wanted to get a few suggestions for a CMS for my portfolio. I know I could use services such as a Behance Pro Site, or Cargo Collective. On the other hand, I could use Stacey CMS or even Wordpress/Drupal etc.

Saying this... Is it better just to create a site of static pages?

I'm going to leave this quite open, but I'd quite like to hear your thoughts?


  • Adam T.Adam T., over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    I'd say build it yourself. If you have photos you want to show off, use this "for-photos" CMS called Koken- I absolutely love it. Not using it now while I rebuild my (basic) portfolio but plan to again in the near future. A ton of photo-centric admin options and a super clean backend interface. Easy to theme and integrate into your handbuilt HTML/CSS site.

    4 points
    • Clay MacTavishClay MacTavish, over 9 years ago

      Doesn't Koken integrate nicely into Lightroom also? I played with the beta a while back and remember how cool it was.

      0 points
    • Bady QbBady Qb, over 9 years ago

      I used koken before, but the interface and the way it works seems not really suitable for me. I think it's more suitable for photographer given the way how it was designed and the way it works.

      0 points
  • Cory GibbonsCory Gibbons, over 9 years ago

    After using WordPress for years I switched over to Kirby and love it.

    4 points
  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 9 years ago

    I highly recommend http://www.siteleaf.com a Jekyll logic based static site CMS with a well designed GUI and excellent flexibility.

    3 points
    • Account deleted over 9 years ago

      I've only heard great things about siteleaf.

      1 point
  • Jordan BowmanJordan Bowman, over 9 years ago

    I've done a lot of research on CMS's and Statamic is my favorite one. It would be particularly nice for a portfolio site because it's extremely easy to create and use custom fields and post types. It's also flat–file, which I love. It's what I'm using for my own site.

    1 point
  • Account deleted over 9 years ago

    I recommend doing a static site mostly because it's great to learn and fun to mess around. You can even mess around with different frameworks and what not.

    I just started using Metalsmith and it's really awesome and crazy flexible.

    Great thing about static sites is that you can throw them on github pages also.

    1 point
  • Ariel HajbosAriel Hajbos, over 9 years ago

    I would highly recommend Indexhibit CMS (http://www.indexhibit.org), which has really nice support and it's fully customizable.

    1 point
  • James Lane, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    WOW! Thanks for all the replies guys, what a response!

    I'm sure this will help others in my situation in the future so it really is appreciated.

    I think I'm going to go with Vincent's advice...

    I agree that it's going to be better to test (play) with my own site and try new things, where I have more time, than a client's site where a CMS would make more sense.

    0 points
  • Nick WNick W, over 9 years ago

    Thanks everyone for posting all these great static website resources.

    My short two cents on CMS vs static is that it all depends on how you're positioning your portfolio. If you're regularly updating it, then it makes sense to use a CMS. I personally wouldn't.

    0 points
  • Daniël van der Winden, over 9 years ago

    I'm going to try Statamic soon, should be good.

    0 points
  • Tim GauthierTim Gauthier, over 9 years ago

    I use Kirby for client work and so I considered it. I wanted to try out Jekyll and I built 90% of my site in it. Pretty awesome, there was something I wanted to do that went beyond Kirby do now I am using middleman. Middleman is a bit more like doing front end development for a ruby app but it is stills static site generator and pretty nice.

    0 points
  • Tori ZTori Z, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    I recently get an invite from www.dropr.com and I really like it. Try it out. Very minimal, simple and clean. And RESPONSIVE, which is a big plus.

    0 points
  • Jesse VenticinqueJesse Venticinque, over 9 years ago

    I did this research recently, and here was the consideration set:


    I ended up going with Cactus for Mac, and have been very happy with how well it works out of the box, while remaining heavily customizable.

    0 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, over 9 years ago

    If you manage to make all in 1 page, with decent result I think it will be enough.

    0 points
  • Lukas DryjaLukas Dryja, over 9 years ago

    4ormat - http://4ormat.com

    0 points
  • Eray BasarEray Basar, over 9 years ago

    Try http://salon.io - it has a neat drag 'n drop interface + a large community of photographers and designer showcasing their work. It's also free.

    0 points
  • Jordan BorthJordan Borth, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    I fully plan on building out a custom portfolio, but have used Dunked in the meantime and find it super intuitive, easy to use, and very affordable.

    You can check out the result here: crispypixels.me

    0 points
  • Account deleted over 9 years ago

    I just built mine out with Jekyll and hosted it on github. It's nice to have things templated so you aren't copying and pasting your base html on every single page, but still keeps it simple.

    0 points
    • Iheanyi Ekechukwu, over 9 years ago

      How do you handle images and the like?

      0 points
    • Jeffrey LarrimoreJeffrey Larrimore, over 9 years ago

      I second the Jekyll/github pages, what's great about it is even just doing static html on github pages is github as a web editor built in! So then it's a rad little almost CMS... That's free & not confusing at all like the wordpress templating nightmare.

      You handle the photos by either pushing them from your local machine or just hosting them on S3 or something like that.

      If you learn who to use Jekyll (which is fairly simple) it supports markdown files so you can basically make your html/liquid templates then never have to really mess with html to create actual pages/posts

      0 points
  • Eduardo Ramirez HolguinEduardo Ramirez Holguin, over 9 years ago

    If what Vincent said doesn't match your preference http://www.squarespace.com/ is a solid solution that requires little actual management of content and gives you responsiveness from the get go. If you want your portfolio to just be a barely-there holder of your work that might be for you.

    There's also http://dunked.com/ which is similar.

    0 points
    • James Lane, over 9 years ago

      Whilst I do like what Squarespace do, I just can't help but feel it would be a bit of a slap in the face to potential and previous clients, because it would look like I don't have the skill to create my own site. This is one of the reasons I was unsure about the Behance Prosite option.

      Saying that, it could be argued that you would then have more time to devote to client's websites.

      0 points