Welcome to day nine of the Portfolio challenge – we are almost to the finish line! Today we are going to take a look at ways to take advantage of Portfolio’s advanced settings.
Edit Settings. In the left margin, click the Settings Icon.
Landing Page. Your landing page is your opportunity to make your best impression. I kept my portfolio simple with only a single gallery and use it as my landing page so that viewers of my site immediately see and gain insight into the type of work I create. Of course you can set your landing page to be a different page (like your contact page) or specific portfolio – it’s up to you how you guide your viewer though your site. You will also want to set a default page to be displayed if a page can’t be found.
Analytics. If you want to use Google Analytics to track visitors to your portfolio, enter your tracking ID.
Use this link for step by step instructions for finding your tracking ID.
Domain Name. Every Portfolio user has a unique URL (username.myportfolio.com). You can simply use your default user name or modify it (jkost.myportfolio.com or julieanne.myportfolio.com for example), and be done with it.
Or, if you want to get more advanced, you can use a custom domain name (which you will need to purchase and point to the Adobe Portfolio servers). Custom domains can give you improved exposure on search engines, add a personal touch to your site, and are easier to promote (jkost.net might be easier for my viewers to remember than jkost.myportfolio.com). To use a custom domain, follow the instructions here to make sure that it’s pointing to the Adobe servers. Note: modifying your domain’s DNS settings has to be done through your DNS provider, not Adobe Portfolio.
Search Optimization. This is where you want to add information to help search engines get to know your site and its contents. Be sure to add the website title, a description of the site, and meta tags that will help search engines find you.
Favicon. You want to select an image/icon that best represents your work or brand. The image needs to be square and look good really small (but larger than 16 x16 pixels) because it’s going to appear as a little image/icon in the browser tab when people visit your portfolio.
Web Clip Icon. You want to select an image/icon that best represents your work or brand. The image needs to be square (the corners will be rounded automatically), and look good fairly small (but larger than 180 x180 pixels). When someone saves your website to their mobile home screen as a quick link to your portfolio, this image/icon will appear (as if your site was an app).
Password Protection. If you need to make the content of your website private, then enter a password. Password options can be set globally (for the whole site or for specific galleries, pages, or projects).
Unpublish Portfolio. If you ever need to temporarily hide your portfolio, you can choose to post a temporary message (a holding page) or, you can remove it completely by clicking unpublish.
Manage Account. Here is a direct link to your Adobe Account if you ever need to review your information (change password, communication preferences, etc.).
That’s it for today! If you have any additional projects and pages that you want to make, be sure to get them posted as tomorrow we will wrap things up by previewing, publishing, and sharing our Portfolios!