Essential Portfolio - Template overview

Essential Portfolio is our definitive template for portfolio sites.

Designed specifically with portfolios in mind, we took everything we learned from over 10 years of powering sites for Photographers and other creatives to make it easy to set up and straightforward to customise.

The gallery page benefits from several different layouts to choose from. Whether you arrange your images in sets, or prefer to launch straight into index view, there's no need to build a whole new site if you fancy a change. This template allows you to create completely different looks in just a few clicks.


Pre-made themes to use and customise
As soon as you’ve created your new Essential Portfolio site, you can choose from our stylish pre-made themes. These set the colours, fonts and sizes for every element of the site and we’ve spent a lot of time testing to make sure they look and perform beautifully across the full range of modern devices. They’re also a perfect starting point for any customisation you wish to make, so customising your theme is a breeze.

Change layout with one click
We’ve created layouts for each type of gallery view - Sets view, Index view and Single view. Switching between them is as easy as choosing an option in the Design section, no coding or cropping needed. You can mix and match layouts from each view, so square thumbnails for sets can click through to a masonry layout for the index view, and vice versa.

Infinite possibilities
Each layout has a number of options that can easily be configured with sliders in the design section. Choose the number of columns, tweak sizes and adjust padding to accentuate your work.

Drag and drop to arrange
Change the custom order of media on the page without leaving the Design section.


The following pages are included in this template:

  • Gallery
  • Splash
  • Contact
  • Freeform Text & Media
  • Text & Media
  • Bold Text
  • Q&A
  • Video
  • Cookie Policy

You can add as many of each page as you like and pages can utilise different layouts. For example, a portfolio gallery could use Masonry Index and a tear sheet gallery page can use Stream Index.

There are 4 options for the sets view with a variety of customisations.

There are 5 options for the sets view with a variety of customisations.

Elegant Lightbox view

Multiple single media views