The Free WordPress Portfolio Lite Theme

Calling all starving artists. We’ve got a free WordPress theme for you!

I know what it’s like to pinch pennies after graduating with a BFA. Beginning a career as a freelance artist isn’t easy — or cheap. In order to secure clients, your work really needs to stand out. However, sending potential clients a link to a Deviant Art gallery or Facebook Page doesn’t exactly give a professional impression. That’s why we created the WordPress Portfolio Lite theme. Now you can create that personal portfolio website you’ve been putting off — for free!

Portfolio Lite features a minimal and professional design with the central focus where it needs to be — on the artwork. The theme is responsive, so your artwork will display beautifully on any mobile device. It’s the perfect free website solution for artists, designers, photographers and creatives. If you’re looking for a little more flexibility, options and support, check out our Portfolio Theme.

Within the Portfolio Lite theme, portfolio pages and slideshow galleries can be created with ease. There is no need for any additional plugins or custom post types. Portfolios are simply created using categories, and endless slideshows can be created using the “Gallery Slideshow” page template. Here’s how it works:

Creating Portfolios

Categories display in a portfolio layout.

  1. Navigate to Posts > Add New.
  2. Enter a Post Title.
  3. Apply a Featured Image.
  4. Add Content or an Excerpt describing the work. (optional)
  5. Add or Apply a Category. (i.e. Design)
  6. Publish the post.
  7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 for each portfolio item.
  8. Navigate to Appearance > Menus.
  9. Create a menu and apply it to the Main Menu location, if you haven’t already done so.
  10. Add the Category to the Custom Menu.
  11. Click the Save Menu button.

When clicking the category within your menu, it will take you to a page with all posts of that category displayed in a 3-column portfolio layout.

Creating Slideshows

A page using the Gallery Slideshow page template will display the first WordPress image gallery as a slideshow.

  1. Navigate to Pages > Add New.
  2. Enter a Page Title.
  3. Under Page Attributes on the right, choose the Gallery Slideshow template.
  4. Click the Add Media button.
  5. Click the Create Gallery link on the left.
  6. Upload and/or select the images for your slideshow.
  7. Click the blue Create a new gallery button.
  8. Click the blue Insert gallery button.
  9. Publish the page.

Portfolio Lite is available through Organic Themes or within the WordPress theme directory. The theme has undergone the rigorous review process from the WordPress foundation in order to be accepted into the theme directory. So you can rest assured the code is solid and secure. Additionally, you will receive access to ongoing theme updates. Not bad for a free theme, eh?

There’s no catch. We just want to help feed the starving artists. I was one of them, and I know artists don’t catch many breaks when it comes to the cost of education, student loans and software. If you appreciate the theme, please take a moment to leave us a good theme review here in the WordPress directory.

49 Comments on “The Free WordPress Portfolio Lite Theme

  1. Pardon my ignorance, but how is this different to the regular version?

    • Good question. The full version utilizes additional custom post types for more portfolio options. There are are more theme options for managing colors and layout. It is fully compatible with WooCommerce. There are additional page templates, a featured content slideshow and more. Additionally, support is included with access to our forums and documentation.

  2. Thanks for making this great theme!
    It is ideal for artists!
    I just recommended you on wordpress.org
    Keep up the good work!

  3. Recently I made a few favorable issues with WooCommerce after inspiring from some unique site to utilize WooCommerce. Do you think it would be preferable if I choose this free theme and also work with WooCommerce at the same time?

    • Hi Sara,

      Yes, that layout is a feature of the premium version of the Portfolio Theme when using the project custom post type.

      Thanks!

  4. great theme for artist – I love it – thanks so much …it works but something is still missing. What i really hate is the visualization on my ipad . here there are two logos and the social bar is up over the content . it seems that it comes out with two header. This is happening also if I browse on ipad your own demo https://organicthemes.com/demo/portfolio/. Am i the first to see it or do you have already find out this bug?

    thanks so much for your great work and help

    angie

    • Hi Angie,

      Ah, I didn’t catch this bug before. I’ll get the issue fixed and push an update to the theme. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

      Thanks!

      • Hi,
        Did you push the update ? Because now the bug is not only on the ipad !!! I have the same problem with my Mac, just after installing the theme update !!!
        Please help

        • Hi Sara,

          We did push an update. Try clearing your browser cache after updating. Styles for the old version of the theme may still be lingering in your browsers.

          Thanks!

          • But there is a bug within my iPhone. When I click on the menu nothing arrives…
            Is it related to the update ?
            Thanks

          • Am I the only one with this problem ? This is very blocking. The website does not work on mobile phones, neither iOS nor Android : when I click on the menu, nothing happens !

            I had unistalled my pluggins and updated your today latest version, and the result is still KO.
            THE WEBSITE DOES NOT WORK ON MOBILE PHONES !

            Please help, Thank you,
            Sara

          • Hi Sara,

            I recently noticed this as well. I’ll get a fix for the mobile menu pushed out soon.

            Thanks!

          • I think it is done now, my website is working again,
            thank you !

  5. Hi David and everyone else!

    I am so sorry I am basically bombarding you with some many questions but it is only because I love this template and I want to create something great! 🙂
    I have followed all the steps of the ” CREATING PORTFOLIO” stated above and it works great as in now my works are on display in the “project” page and category I have created.
    The only problem is that they also show up on my Blog Page. As the photo galleries are created as posts and as by Blog page is where “posts” get published automatically how can I differentiate between the actual blog post I want in the blog section and the posts I create for my portfolio purposes?

    Would really appreciate your help! 🙂

    thank you!

    Carmen

    • Hi Carmen,

      I’m afraid all posts will display in your blog page. You could customize your theme to add an option for the blog page template in order to only display posts from a certain category if this is an option you wanted to pursue. Feel free to contact us for a quote or more details: https://organicthemes.com/contact/.

      Thank you!

    • Actually, any posts with a category titled “Blog” will display in a blog post format instead of a gallery format. So, if you would like a typical blog displayed for some posts, apply a category titled “Blog” to those posts. Then, using the custom menu, add the blog category to your main menu. Here is an example, http://dav.idmorgan.com/category/blog/.

      Additionally, the posts page/blog page is designed to look specifically for posts with the “Blog” category applied. If there is no Blog category, all posts are displayed instead.

      Thanks!

  6. Hi,
    What’s the display order for posts when filtering them in categories ?
    In my blog, I can see posts from the newest to the oldest. But when displaying them using categories, this order is not applied.
    Can I apply the same display order ?
    Thank you !

      • Glad you got this sorted Sara! 🙂

        Please note that we have a support forum on WP.org for Portfolio Lite here: https://wordpress.org/support/theme/portfolio-lite. If you are in need of additional support, the Premium Version may be something for you to consider as it comes with access to our support forums for more in depth instructions on how to use the theme and minor customizations.

        Thank You!

    • Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Basically, there was an extra closing div tag that was messing everything up if a custom menu was not set in the WP admin.

      I’ve resolved the issue, and pushed another update with version 1.1. I apologize for the inconvenience.

      Thanks!

  7. Hello!

    I´m trying to create a portfolio with vertical images in the portfolio lite theme…but I can´t….
    When I create a post and select the featured image, the image is cropped to a horizontal image.
    Maybe, it is not possible to create a portfolio with horizontal images?
    I need to buy the complete version?

    Thanks!

      • Hi Sleight and Roberto,

        Because the width of the images is set you may need to edit this with some CSS in order to get the proper display for your vertical images. If you’re unsure how to proceed, we’re happy to help you get this sorted either with the support provided in the Premium Version of the theme or if you’d like to purchase our priority support package: https://organicthemes.com/priority-support/.

        Thank you,

        Rebecca

  8. Is there an option to only display the sub menu categories with a mouse click or mouse hover? I thought that was the default for all wordpress themes.
    Loving the theme so far though.

    • Hi Sofia,

      It looks like you have a plugin conflicting with the styling of the theme. I’d recommend disabling your plugins one by one until you find the one causing the problem with this. If you have further questions feel free to send us an email using the contact form here: https://organicthemes.com/contact.

      Thank you!

  9. Hi,

    I really like your theme and trying to make it work for my photo portfolio. I have a question regarding the slide-out menu. Is it only a menu for mobiles and tablets ? Or does it also appear on the desktop version ? Because I would like it only to appear on the mobile and tablet versions of the website, and not on the desktop one.

    Thank you !

    • Hi Laurène,

      The slide menu will display on mobile on all pages, but will only display on single post view for desktop sites. Otherwise, the slide menu doesn’t display on desktop sites.

      Thanks!

      Rebecca

  10. Do you have a wiki for WP beginners? I can’t duplicate any of your instructions on my installed theme. Can’t get slideshow gallery pages to nestle under Portfolio. Can’t find stated attributes on menu options. Not clear on the portfolio feature for photography using posts that carry blog references.

    Appreciate anything you have on these.

  11. Is it possible to display illustrations underneath slider at the same page? (basically, to combine slider page and illustrations page into one)

      • Thanks for your reply David!
        I assume that it is done with “Organic Content Slideshow” widget?
        But how did you managed to put slideshow from “gallery slideshow” template there?
        I thought that “Organic Content Slideshow” widget can only show posts and not pages, but the “gallery slideshow” template can only be applied to pages and not to posts?

        Thanks!

        • Hi Anton,

          This isn’t done with the widget, but is simply a gallery attached to a post. When you create the post, using the ‘Add new media’ button, you can create a new gallery and insert this into your post. It will then display the slideshow at the top like the example post David refers to above. If you have any further questions or require additional support, we provide some support options for free themes you can register for here: https://organicthemes.com/priority-support-registration/.

          Thank you!

          Rebecca

  12. Hi,

    I’m having an issue where my vertical images overlap other texts in the gallery slideshow template unless I zoom out on a browser (https://www.minjikong.com — second image in the slideshow). Is there a way I might be able to fix that? Thanks!

  13. Hello! Just opened my site with your great theme. Thank you for sharing it with us! One problem: My gallery at the Home page covers the website’s title! What should be the size of it for getting to see the title again? Thank you!

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