How to Create an Online Portfolio Using Blogger

by David Nield

The Blogger platform is a powerful, flexible blogging system that anyone can use free of charge to promote their work or hobby. Included in the range of themes integrated in Blogger are a number of Dynamic Views which lend themselves to displaying photography or other types of creative artwork. Further features enable you to categorize your work, promote it via Google Plus, and invite feedback through the integrated commenting system. A site analytics tool is also included for measuring the traffic that reaches your blog.

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Log into Blogger using your Google Account or sign up for a free account if you don't already have one. Click the "New Blog" button to create your online portfolio.

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Enter a title and a URL for your new blog and select "Dynamic Views" from the list of available templates. If you wish to use a custom domain name for your online portfolio this can be configured later. Click "Create Blog!" to confirm.

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Click the "Start posting" link under the new blog's title. On the subsequent post creation page, enter a title for the post. Click the "Labels" link to enter labels or tags for the post. These labels can be useful for categorizing your work into projects or topics for example.

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Click the "Insert image" icon to upload a photograph or other type of artwork. Images can be uploaded from the local system or linked to via a URL. Click "Add selected" to confirm the image import and add a caption or explanation if required.

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Click on the image and choose one of the size options underneath to resize the picture. The option required will depend on the size of your photos and the way you would like your blog to appear on screen.

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Click "Publish" to upload the post to your Blogger site. Click "Share" to link to the post from your Google Plus profile or click "Cancel" to skip this step. Add further portfolio items as required.

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Select the "Template" link on the left of the main dashboard and a series of thumbnails will appear under the Dynamic Views heading. Use the magnifying glass to preview each one. Click "Apply to Blog" under the template you'd like to use. Click "View blog" to see how the layout looks in practice.

Tips

  • check Each Dynamic View template uses images, captions and labels in slightly different ways. To tweak specific elements of the current layout, click the "Customize" button underneath the site preview on the "Template" page. Note that visitors can also select a different Dynamic View themselves, although the one that first appears and is used by default is set by the blog owner.
  • check Blogger also features a range of other theme templates, though they are less suited to online portfolio use. In addition free and paid-for templates are available from third-party sources (see link in Resources).

About the Author

An information technology journalist since 2002, David Nield writes about the Web, technology, hardware and software. He is an experienced editor, proofreader and copywriter for online publications such as CNET, TechRadar and Gizmodo. Nield holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and lives in Manchester, England.