Organizing Portfolio samples in WordPress

Jun 03, 2016

Hi everyone!

I am in the process of setting up my portfolio using WordPress (With the Zerif Lite theme). I have an idea in my head about organizing my work samples but am not sure how to make it work. I would like to organize them into 4 categories ( WBT, ILT etc.) that would appear on a page as thumbnails with a brief description. When the user clicks on the thumbnail, I would like it to lead to another page which would then have actual content with more detailed descriptions.  So far, I have tried:

1. To include these as a Gallery with 4 images ( this is a built-in word-press feature). It does the job of leading to another page where I could add content. However, I cannot add descriptions on those first 4 images. ( Only the title shows when you hover over the image). 

2. I tried a free version of the Envira Gallery plug-in. This gives me a light box with the enlarged image. No page. No description. 

I am looking for something pretty basic - essentially what WordPress already has, with the added ability to write a description.  Am I missing something? Any ideas on how I can get this to work, without having to buy an upgraded plug-in? 

Thank you for your help!


7 Replies
Christy Tucker

Are you committed to Zerif Lite? Could you use Edin instead and use the featured pages on the front for descriptions? Those features at the bottom could be your categories.

See my site as an example:

Edin also lets you include descriptions for portfolio pages.

If Edin doesn't seem to quite fit, I'd look at other portfolio focused themes. While you could customize Zerif Lite to add a description, it might be easier to find a theme that does what you need out of the box. Here's a list of suggestions.

Aarti Ramanathan

Thank you for the great resources Christy! Your portfolio is amazing :) The way you have your courses as icons that lead to another page is what I am going for as well. I fell in love with Zerif Lite and realize now that I should have chosen a Portfolio ready theme. I may have to consider trying another theme if I cannot get Scott's advice to do what I envision. Thanks again for your guidance!


Christy Tucker

If all you really want is 4 images with descriptions and links, you can probably hard code the images with links like the directions you linked to above. You may need a table to lay them out in a grid. As long as those 4 images for your categories will be fairly stable, creating it manually isn't a terrible solution.

If it doesn't work, there are a bunch of portfolio-ready themes out there for your plan B. :)

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