23 Mar Build a successful creative portfolio with Allyou
Every creative needs a good portfolio. Whether you’re focussed on typography or photography, layout or user experience, your portfolio is what defines you professionally.
As with most things, the quality of your portfolio is determined by the appropriateness of the tools you use. All too often we see great work, presented poorly, because the designer opted for the wrong showcase; either squeezing their work into a CMS template, or using a WYSIWYG builder aimed at online businesses.
If you want to create a successful portfolio, you need a tool that’s designed to build creative portfolios, and that’s where Allyou comes in. Allyou is literally all about you; it’s a site builder for professional portfolios focusing on photographers, stylists, architects, designers, and model agencies.
Designed from the ground up, Allyou offers creatives like you a premium grade portfolio that honors its content: your work.
What makes Allyou different from the other site builders on the market is the simplicity with which it delivers compelling, and well-coded sites.
ALLYOU is a great alternative for creatives, who are looking for a boutique provider in web-publishing—Christian Weber, founder of Allyou.net
Setup is really easy, the fastest place to start is by selecting one of the templates on offer—don’t worry about being too decisive, you can easily change your template at any time, so it’s safe to dive right in. There are dozens of templates to choose from, each structured around a case-study style portfolio. Once you’ve selected a template you’ll be asked for an email address, a name, and a password; and that’s it, you’re up and running!
Crucially, the templates on offer don’t look like generic templates, because they’re populated with original images: yours. But if templates aren’t your thing you can customise your portfolio entirely to your liking. Allyou’s flexible design system gives you the freedom to fully adapt your site.
Customization is via an intuitive drag and drop UI, meaning you don’t need any coding skills at all, just make a change and see it live instantly. Allyou is far from the most complex site builder we’ve tried, and that’s its great strength: where some site builders try to be a solution for every use case, and end up failing everybody, Allyou knows its customer base, and delivers exactly what you need, and no more. The no-nonsense approach really is a refreshing change.
Adding projects couldn’t be simpler, just click on the project in dashboard and you’ll have the option to open or edit. Edit allows you to modify the project’s title, description, and cover image. Open takes you to the project’s dedicated page, where you can add images.
Images uploaded are automatically configured for retina and mobile views, which is a huge time-saver. The sites Allyou builds are fully responsive, adapting to different viewport dimensions and screen resolutions.
You can embed multi-media content, as well as Instagram and Google Maps. Allyou has even teamed with Typekit to allow you easy access to over 1000 professional grade fonts.
Although Allyou is structured around projects, you can easily add your own pages. And yes, you can use your own domain, for that professional touch.
When you first register you’ll see a 60 second video that will teach you everything you need to know to start enjoying your own Allyou site. There’s even a free, 14-day, no obligation trial, so you can try out the system for yourself. If you decide you love it, then professional accounts start from just $8 per month.