How Portfolios Work In Avada
Last Update: March 20, 2023
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. There is also the possibility to make a custom Portfolio layout with Avada Layouts.
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. Just note that this video below covers the pre Avada Layouts methods. You can still create your Portfolios this way, but with Avada Layouts, you now have the freedom to create your own layouts, while still using the Custom Post Type for the portfolio items. See the Creating Custom Portfolio Layouts With Avada Layouts video for more details on this method.
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 Avada Global Options and the Avada 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:
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.
Disabling The Portfolio Custom Post Type
If you wish to disable the Portfolio Post Type entirely, just head to Options > Advanced > Post Types, and here you can turn the Portfolio post types off. This will disable the Post type and remove it from the menu.