The things that people don’t like in ordinary websites are pretty much the same for online portfolios but since portfolios are professional in nature therefore you need to be extra cautious when putting up your portfolio together. There are small mistakes that may seem harmless but bear in mind even the smallest mistake has the potential to put off a prospective client.
First, the more professional aspects would be discussed about it, first and foremost, try to avoid using heavy audio in the background. There can be nothing more irritating to someone looking for a professional touch on the website and find that it is the music which first takes time to load and then has an obscured mute button somewhere. Just don’t do music and this may prove to be a very profitable trade off for you.
Your portfolio website is a view of your work and you as a person comes second. Try to give your work more space rather than a smiling grinning picture of yourself. People are more impressed with work and do not care much for people who are actually running it. And even on the normal non internet based business, the person mostly comes second to their work.
Another thing that is catching at a very fast pace nowadays is portfolios designed on Facebook. While this site may do for beginners, this really looks very odd for businesses that have spent some time in the market and people expect them to have proper professional websites.
Another thing is that samples of your work should be displayed on your site. No downloads, no mirror images or attachments, nothing, nobody wants to download a file of a sample about which they are not even certain they may like.
The above went for the professional things, now coming to the more obvious things, a professional should try to avoid making common mistakes, like bright colors, clip art, animated signs and writing, and most of all, contact information via whom people may contact you. If a person wants to talk to a photographer, they want to talk to the photographer and not some secretary. Give plain and direct contact information.
No matter how much emphasis is laid on this topic, it’s still never enough, lay off the flash, it’s a trap, it ruins the page loading speed, you do not know how different people may react and it costs more to be designed anyway so why bother taking so much risk with one thing whose results are frankly suspicious anyway.
Be clear about your skills and expertise, don’t try to use vague language and adjectives, a potential client would prefer the words ‘wildlife photographer’ than the words ‘a talented photographer’; talent or not, the client will be the judge of that.
Try to use one font if possible or stick to the minimum otherwise and the information presented should be simple to read and understand by all and people should not get turned off by your work, be very selective in showcasing your work on your portfolio, highlight only what’s very good in quality and would not offend in any way possible.
Care for these little details and you are sure to end up with a very good and successful portfolio.
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Things that Can Harm Your Portfolio Website