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portfolio wordpress themesBack in July I wrote an article detailing a few of my favourite portfolio themes for the excellent content management system, WordPress. Now that WordPress 3.0 is here with a truckload of new features, it only makes sense to dig out a few more portfolio WordPress themes that can take advantage of the new bells and whistles.

If you’ve not used WordPress 3.0 yet, then it’s probably worth taking a little look around. If you’re upgrading then you’re probably going to want a nice new theme to take advantage of all the new stuff.

Here’s a selection of themes for the photographers, writers, coders and designers who need a little bit more from their blog.

Boldy – Demo / Download

Proclaiming itself a “free premium WordPress theme”, Boldy certainly looks the part. Complete with a sexy-looking JavaScript 5 Extensive JavaScript Code Library Options For Developers 5 Extensive JavaScript Code Library Options For Developers Read More slider on the home page, this theme adheres to a tried-and-tested portfolio layout.

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Navigation resides at the top, then come your social networks (complete with fancy buttons), the JavaScript slider, a customizable “get a quote” button and a widgetized footer. The theme is suited to a variety of individuals including photographers, designers and artsy-types.

Also included is WordPress thumbnail support, compatibility with the menu manager, a latest Tweets widget, pagination, Ajax and jQuery contact forms and the fantastic jQuery PrettyPhoto Lightbox.

PhotoBlog – Demo / Download

Very much geared towards photographers (how did you guess?) PhotoBlog from Web2Feel is a somewhat basic yet fully functional WordPress 3.0 theme. With the emphasis very much on your portfolio, this is suitable for illustrators and photo-monkeys whose blog posts consist of their recent work.

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There’s a theme options page in the admin panel, as well as compatibility with all major new WordPress 3.0 features.  There’s even some screencast 5 Free Screencasting Apps for Creating Video Tutorials 5 Free Screencasting Apps for Creating Video Tutorials Read More video tutorials included in the admin panel to help you set up your theme.

AutoFocus+ – Demo / Download

This one’s the only theme on the list to use Thematic as a base, but worry not, the child theme comes with everything you need included and requires no more effort to set up than usual.

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This portfolio WordPress theme is the non-commercial version of AutoFocus+ Pro, which includes extended customizability over its free twin. Not to worry though, because AutoFocus+ still makes for a sexy stylistic choice for anyone working in the visual arts.

Ideal perhaps if your blog is solely your portfolio, as each update is represented by an image on your blog’s homepage. With some slick JavaScript for good measure, AutoFocus+ looks and feels beautiful.

Modernist – Demo / Download

One for the writers, proof-readers and anyone whose portfolio mainly comprises of text. The focus is heavily on minimalism and typography, with no images or dependent plugins 5 Essential Wordpress Plugins & Services for Business Blogs 5 Essential Wordpress Plugins & Services for Business Blogs Read More included. Because it’s tiny, Modernist will also keep you happy if you love an instant-loading website.

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With support for WordPress 3.0’s new features, creating a portfolio out of this one won’t be too tricky with help from the menu manager. Easy to tweak, well-commented CSS 11 Useful Tools To Check, Clean & Optimize Your CSS File 11 Useful Tools To Check, Clean & Optimize Your CSS File Read More means customizing the theme shouldn’t take you long.

There’s native support for publishing to social networks 20 Tips to Define and Manage Your Social Networks [Part 1] 20 Tips to Define and Manage Your Social Networks [Part 1] Read More including Facebook How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts [Technology Explained] How Does Facebook Work? The Nuts and Bolts [Technology Explained] Read More and Twitter Twitter Clients - Web Apps or Desktops Apps? Which is Better? Twitter Clients - Web Apps or Desktops Apps? Which is Better? Read More (without the need for any plugins whatsoever), a widgetized sidebar and the theme’s an SEO wet-dream due to its simplistic code.

Webfolio – Demo / Download

This one pretty much follows the same formula as Boldy, which isn’t surprising as it was created by the same studio – Site5. The layout is very much similar, albeit with the Stepcarousel jQuery Slider on the homepage which allows for a bit more detail than the slider included with Boldy.

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Suited to web designers and illustrators, the slider now highlights a number of “featured projects” with room for a neat little description too. There’s a widgetized footer and room for three custom fields at the foot of the slider.

Everything’s administered through the theme options in your WordPress admin panel, so no tears to be had if you can’t code.

I can’t finish this article without dropping in a sixth theme, which deserves an honourable mention”¦

Twenty-Ten – Included With WordPress

It might sound a bit bizarre, but the new default WordPress theme is incredibly customizable. The best bit is you don’t need to be a code junky to get it looking the way you’d like. Organising your sections with the new menu manager is a doddle, meaning that your portfolio is a couple of clicks away.

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We’ve already got an article 3 Reasons To Keep Twenty-Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog 3 Reasons To Keep Twenty-Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog Read More expounding the virtues of the new Twenty-Ten theme, which makes customization easy-peasy. This makes it a great choice for new users who want WordPress to just work, straight out of the box.

Have you tried the latest WordPress yet? Got any favourite themes, or does Twenty-Ten do it for you? Share your thoughts and creations in the comments below.

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