We’ve written about building beautiful online portfolios and Pressfolios before. But today they are launching a completely re-hauled and re-imagined site. And I’m already pretty obsessed with it.
Pressfolios is relaunching as a single page portfolio site which means it’s going to look just as good on your tablet as on your desktop. And somehow, even my lamest clips look worth reading on my site.
They’ve added a few more features, too.
- You can now add clips via a link, or upload a story as a pdf, so if you were turned off before because you have great stuff in print, come on back.
- I’ve already wasted a good part of my morning playing around with uploading and managing my clips. It’s pretty seamless and easy. You can pick up to eight stories to ‘feature’ on your page. The others are hidden behind an ‘all stories’ tab. You can also categorize your clips, edit basic information about it like the date published, the news organization, and even write a little excerpt.
- The ‘Sections’ feature is nice for organizing your clips. If you have multiple stories on a theme or from the same place, you just tag it into a certain section. So an editor can see all of your stories on gender issues, politics, or just the ones you wrote for, say, The Huffington Post. You choose.
- Another good feature is that you can choose to display the images that go along with your clips or not. If you have great accompanying images, they’re there, but if you’re like me and write on a platform where your headshot is the ‘featured image’ it doesn’t have to be splattered across the homepage. The only bad thing about this feature is that you can’t pick and choose for each story. You either choose to display images or not across the board.
- Even if you have a personal web page, there is no way your clips are displayed or as easy to search as they are here. The personalization features, with a bio page, a place to upload a cover photo and even have a little “Available for Freelance” badge next to links to your social media accounts, is a great solution for writers who want a personal website but don’t have the time to make their own. It’s sort of like those About.me sites, but much more interesting, functional, and specialized for writers.
- Of course, there’s also a way to tweet your stories, and they come with a personalized link to your Pressfolios. I like this option. Sometimes news breaks and I remember that I wrote something about the topic and want to add to the social chatter. This way, you don’t have to go digging for the link — you can just go right to your dashboard and share from here.
The only really bad thing about Pressfolios is that it’s still in private beta, and if you manage to get an invite, you can only upload 25 stories for free. Later on, they’ll be a way to upgrade for a fee, or you can invite friends, and get an extra five stories.
Co-founder Marc Samson explains:
Eventually we will be leaving private beta and at that time we will release premium accounts that users can upgrade to for a small monthly cost. We have not determined a price point yet, but we do realize journalists aren’t flying around on private jets – so when we say small monthly cost, we truly mean it. The monthly price for a Pressfolios Pro account will easily be less per month than our users earn per hour.
Any current user who invites a friend receives +5 stories when that friend creates an account. Likewise, as an added bonus, we extend that bonus to the new user, giving them +5 stories on their new account as well. New signups invited by existing users also skip the waitlist and get instant access. There are currently no limits to the number of invites a user can send. If you have 100 journalist friends and they all sign up, we’ll give you 500 stories worth of space.
You can check out some current Pressfolios here. And if you want an invite, let me know!