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8 books every creative should read

Tips & Tricks

July 26, 2017


Are the dog days of summer getting you down?  Do you feel like you’re in a slump lately when it comes to producing high quality materials? Is it time for an inspiration intervention? If this is you, then look no further than our article below where we describe eight art books every creative should have on their summer reading list.

 

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Why Isn't Your Site in Google?

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July 21, 2017

 

You just created your Portfoliobox website and cannot find it in Google?
Don't panic, it's completely normal!

 

 

Even if your website is online, it does not mean that Google has indexed it already. It can take time for Google bots to crawl millions of sites each day and index your newly built portfolio.

 

The first step is to verify if your website is indexed by Google. Open your web browser and type in the address bar: "site:URL-of-your-site" (ex: site:www.portfoliobox.net). If at least one result shows up, it means Google has added your site to its index. Congratulations! If not, you can accelerate the process by submitting your URL to Google or verifying the ownership of your site with Google Search Console.

 

However, your site being indexed does not mean it will rank first in search results. You first need to work on the optimisation of your website. There are three aspects to take into consideration:

 

1.  On-site optimisation: improving your Portfoliobox site.

2. Off-site optimisation: improving what is happening beyond your site.

3. Google Search Console: a tool that helps you with the presence of your site in search results.

 

After you have followed the suggestions to improve your SEO, it is up to Google when they will index your site and show it in the search results. Note that Search Engine Optimisation is a long-term project that can never be considered finished. It's important to stay up-to-date with Google latest updates and to always work on your content, meta descriptions and keywords with SEO in mind.

A Graphic Designer's Guide to Shooting Portfolio Photographs

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July 10, 2017

As a graphic designer today, you probably work solely using digital tools, and only ever present your portfolio to prospective clients on a screen. But unless you specialize entirely in web-based projects, it's likely that most of the briefs you work on are ultimately destined to be realized in physical printed form. 

 

But do the photos you take for your portfolio really show your print projects off at their very best? Read our guide to taking pictures of printed design work and you'll have your portfolio looking top notch in no time.

How to Take Photographs for a Design Portfolio

For anyone working in print design, tangible qualities such as paper stock, printing techniques, textures and finishes all form an integral part of what makes your work stand out from the competition. In this case, clearly a few screen shots from Photoshop or InDesign are never going to effectively communicate the quality of your creative output to potential clients. 

What do you want to say?

As with the design itself, you'll need to choose an appropriate creative direction for your photographs before starting work. What do you want your portfolio to communicate about you as a designer? Are you a clinical minimalist? Or a neo-classicist? A retro-futurist? Or a folksy whimsicalist? Do you want to show your work in situ, as it's intended to be seen and interacted with by users? Or would you prefer to keep things totally pared back so viewers can concentrate 100% on the work? 

How you answer these questions will dictate many of the choices you'll make from here on in. 

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The 3 most popular templates

Tips & Tricks

July 07, 2017

Thumbnails, horizontal, vertical or slideshow... you can scroll through a lot of options to find the perfect gallery template. If you don't know where to start, why not use one of Portfoliobox users' favourite templates? The gallery templates below have been well-tested by Portfoliobox users and are a safe bet.

 

Take a look!

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5 features you may have missed

Tips & Tricks

June 15, 2017

We hope that you've come far into building your site and that you start feeling like you master Portfoliobox. Even if we try to keep everything crystal clear and intuitive, some settings are less apparent. Here are five features that you may have missed about Portfoliobox. 

1. Set colors and fonts on your entire website at once

You can fine-tune your website and choose specific colors and fonts for every element of your Portfoliobox website: menu, logo, text, headers, links, etc. Or you can opt for the quick and easy way and change all of them at once by choosing one of the preset combos we've prepared for you. Go to Colors and Fonts and click on Color Scheme or Font combo. 

 

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10 Most Common Support Questions

Tips & Tricks

May 19, 2017

We like to hear from you and our support team is happy to help but we noticed the same questions come over and over again. We decided to sum them up in a blog post so that you can have all the answers at once.

 


1. How to make a page private? 

In order to make a specific page private, you need to lock it with a password. Follow the steps below:

 

1. Click on Edit this page.
2. Click on Settings.
3. Check the box Password protect.
4. Choose a password. 

 

Please note that to try this setting, you must log out from the admin panel — when you are logged in as admin, you have access to all the pages.

 

 

 

Learn how to protect the entire site with a password here.

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20 Websites To Submit Your Design Work

Tips & Tricks

May 09, 2017

As any photographer, designer, artist or creative knows all too well, gaining the exposure necessary to take your creative business to the next level can be a tall order. You know that your work is awesome, but right now it just isn’t quite reaching the people that really care about it.

 

There are literally hundreds of diverse places online that accept submissions from designers. From online art magazines and design websites to blogs and Tumblr accounts, deciding where to submit your work can be a little confusing at times.

 

In this article, we share 20 of the most well received international blogs where you can get published today. This carefully curated list provides you with some of the best platforms where you can showcase your talents and get noticed. If you want to get serious about growing your creative design business then it’s time to get your name out there and showing the world what you are capable of.

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Mistakes to Avoid when Beginning as a Photographer: 8 Tips To Instantly Improve Your Photography

Tips & Tricks

April 20, 2017

 

Perhaps you've been casually playing around with photography for a little while now, but just recently made the decision to get serious? Are you considering putting together a photography portfolio online to showcase your work? Want to be sure you're not going to embarrass yourself by displaying images filled with common beginner's mistakes? Then read on. 

 


 

Just as all successful photographers tend to share certain qualities, newbie photographers frequently make the same errors again and again. Moving beyond these simple stumbling blocks can very quickly elevate your photography to the next level. Here we take a look at some of the most common beginner's photography mistakes, and explain how to easily avoid them. 

 

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10 Qualities of a Successful Online Portfolio

Tips & Tricks

April 18, 2017

 

Even if you very actively promote your work on social media, your online portfolio is still the mothership: the primary showcase of your talents, into which all other promotional streams will flow. But putting together a successful portfolio website can often seem like a daunting task. Where to begin?

 

Actually it's pretty simple, and the best portfolio sites all tend to share the same qualities. Follow our ten-point guide to creating an effective online portfolio and you'll soon be up and running.

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