A super easy, classy (and fun) way to present your work!
UPDATE: as of January 1st, 2020, Dropr is shutting down. The site was no longer sustainable for the developers and they also wanted to focus on other projects. I really did like the site for the reasons I talked about in this post. My images were also getting a ton of views. Even older images were still getting seen. I'm not sure if that was within Dropr or if there were any search engines picking up on them. An end of an era.
I have a portfolio on a site called Dropr that I started years ago and somehow forgot about. I wish I hadn't forgotten it and I'm glad I started to add to it again. My work gets more views on it then on Behance and there's a lot less fiddling to get designs uploaded and published. Below are a collection of my favourite features. Just so you know, this post is completely unsponsored. These are my own thoughts on what makes Dropr worth using as an online portfolio website.
- It's free! There is an option to upgrade to a paid account but the free one has a good number of options to get you started. One of the draw backs with the free account though, is you can only upload a project to your portfolio once a week (although it's unlimited in the paid account). Unused free uploads do accumulate so it may not be a problem for people who don't upload more then one project every week.
- Match your brand and link to your shop. You can use your logo or other specific brand image as a header to unify your portfolio with the rest of your branding. You can also put a custom link in the nav bar to any url like a website or shop link (you'll find a place for your website on the about page of your Dropr site so there room for both). There's more customization options in the paid account too of course.
- Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Just put in the title, description and upload your work. Don't worry if the files aren't in the right order because you can just drag and drop them into any order you choose then add a title, description and optional image captions. Tweak the project settings to include a project website (people can get more info about the project or you can put a shop url here), add some tags and style preferences and publish away!
- Arrange and rearrange until you're happy. Again with the drag and drop simplicity, you can rearrange the projects in your portfolio into any order you choose. You can even divide your work into sections for different creative fields or art mediums (like graphic design and digital art in mine for example). It sure helps keep your work organized and easy to present in a clean and organized way.
- The "Full Screen splash up!" I love the name of this feature! Click the double arrows to go into a unique full screen slide show that starts with a fun animation of all the images in your portfolio popping onto your screen. When it's done, click the play button and enter the slide show mode. Definitely useful for making simple presentations of all the images in your portfolio.
- Dashboard is where you’ll find basic analytics showing you the top five most viewed projects in all time, month, week or day views. Scroll down to see a stream of work from people you follow or other work suggested to you. The one downside about the stream is you can't comment on people's work (there's always private messages if you want to reach out to fellow users). Although you you can like, curate into custom collections and share projects over social media.
I hope this brief look at some of the features of Dropr have been helpful. If you have an account and think I've missed something, please share your experiences in the comments so others can benefit from it. :)