November 26, 2020
How to Build a Great Web App Development Portfolio?
Having a great portfolio is one of the essentials for career growth. However, building one can be a real tough task because each line of work comes with different requirements. For example, design portfolios are one of the easiest to build because all you need is to toss in some random website mockups, custom logos, a bit of finesse…and boom! You’ve got a killer portfolio. On the other hand, web app development portfolio are tricky.
Is your skill set good enough to impress potential clients? Or is it just a bunch of substandard websites that only offer a decent functioning? If so, this is not going leave a good impression on many people.
Having a great portfolio is a must if you want to make it big as a web developer. And luckily, we are going to demonstrate exactly how to build one comprising all the essential ingredients.
Start with Basic Introduction
Regardless of the profession, the first thing you’ll need is the basic introduction of yourself. Who you are? How many years of experience you have? What previous clients have you worked for?
Bear in mind that this information should be easy to find. Maybe put it on the front page or add an “about” section?
Adding a photo of yours in “about” section can do wonders too!
Add Personal Projects
Experienced web developers tend to add 5-10 projects to their portfolios. But if you are relatively new to the web development, having at least 1-2 personal projects will do equally good.
Remember that your source code should be available for public view. This will enable the potential clients or employers to dive in and see how elegant your code really is.
Mention Specialized Skills
In some cases, you’ll come across clients who only know that they need a web developer. They don’t know the specific details. All they need is someone who can build them a website.
In other cases, the clients are smart and know what they’re looking for. They choose from portfolios with required expertise mentioned in there. For example, if a client is looking for a JS developer, they’ll prefer the professionals with JS experience. The same goes for PHP developers, full stack developer, Python experts, and others.
Just putting “I write code,” on your portfolio isn’t going to be of any help at all. Rather, you will miss out on the pool of clients looking for the expertise same as yours.
Don’t be afraid of mentioning what you can and can’t do. The majority of clients will appreciate knowing upfront about your skillset.
Links to social profiles
Your web application development portfolio will remain incomplete without providing your social profiles links, particularly LinkedIn. If your reputation is good on Stack Overflow, linking its profile could also be a great idea.
If you have any career accomplishments, like winning award or recognition because of a great piece of work, highlight it on your portfolio.
Similarly, a prominent blog or publication of yours is also worth mentioning there.
In short, the more achievements and projects you add to the portfolio, the better the chances of getting hired. Good luck!