The sad fact about being a graphic designer is that we need a web presence; yet even typing those two little cliché words has sent my hypothetical balls crawling back up into my body cavity. It’s partly because they’re a ball-ache to maintain, it’s also partly because there’s an expectation for these sites to be dazzling when I firmly believe portfolio sites should be anything but.
Though they’re simple enough to code —for the last two years my portfolio site was hand-coded— they probably shouldn’t be: if you want them to look so fresh and so clean, with a nice sturdy back-end —pause— then a portfolio hosting service is the clear choice.
It’s important to have a few specific needs in mind when you’re considering a portfolio service. I like to outsource as much as the hard work as I can, as I’m a lazy shiftless bastard; but you might require a service that allows you to tinker with the source code a little more; well not me.