How Portfolios Work In Avada
A portfolio is a collection of creative work intended to demonstrate a person’s ability, to a potential employer, or customer. And so websites often have a great need for such collections. Whether you are a web designer, graphic designer, photographer, artist, or in fact anyone who creates a body of work, you will probably want to display your work in a well-presented collection on your website. With Avada, we make this possible with the Portfolio Custom Post Type and the Portfolio Element.
Watch the video below and read the full set of Portfolio documents to get a clear idea of how best to use this powerful, and very flexible, set of tools.
The Portfolio Custom Post Type
The first thing to understand about setting up a portfolio is that the portfolio is a custom post type in Avada, in the same way the blog or FAQ is. So, setting up a Portfolio requires you to create Portfolio items, and then you display them on your site in various ways, by using the Portfolio Element, much like we create individual blog posts and then use the Blog Element to display them on our pages.
The Portfolio Custom Post Type is similar to the ‘Post’ Post Type in WordPress. It gathers your portfolio items together and provides options for Categories, Skills, and Tags, which allow for further filtering and sorting down the track. Categories and Skills can also be customized with language files if you want to have your own personalized headings.
The Portfolio Custom Post Type and the Portfolio Element, together with the Fusion Theme Options and the Fusion Page Options, offer an enormously wide range of choices, to give you a multitude of ways you can set up a Portfolio on your Avada site.
Overview of the Portfolio Process
In the other documents in the Portfolio Category, as you can see on the left hand side of the page, we break down the process of building a Portfolio into their individual steps, but in broad terms, to create a Portfolio on your Avada site, you will follow this general process:
Decide how you want to layout & display your portfolio items. There is a huge range of layout and display options with Portfolios. There are layout choices when working with the Single Portfolio Posts, and many display options when working with both the Theme Options and the Portfolio Element. A good place to start is to check out the various Portfolio examples shown under the Portfolio Menu item on the Avada Demo Site.
Most of the examples show the various display possibilities with the Portfolio Element, but the Single Post Layouts show the various configurations available with the Single Portfolio Posts. The “Our Work” section of the Agency Demo also is a great place to see what can be done with Portfolio posts. Watch the video at the top of the page for a detailed rundown of how that demo is using the Portfolio.
Create your individual Portfolio posts. These are the individual items in your portfolio. Each website, painting, sculpture, etc, needs its own portfolio post. The following documents go into much more detail on this process, but there is enormous flexibility here, both for how things are laid out, and options of using Categories, Skills, and Tags for further filtering and sorting.
Use the Portfolio Element to display your collection on your site. Once you have created your individual Single Portfolio Posts, you use the Portfolio Element to display them on your site. Again, there is enormous flexibility here, with innumerable, easy to use display options. The Displaying Portfolio Posts On Your Site document looks at all the possibilities.
The Portfolio options in Avada are amongst the most powerful and flexible in the theme. But Portfolios themselves are the cornerstone of some sites, and so we have created a system that provides the necessary muscle and flexibility to cover almost any scenario. Make sure you read the remaining Portfolio docs to see how this great system can work for you.