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Custom content types (also known as custom post types) are a way of handle content that you mightn’t necessarily want to add to standard Posts or Pages.

Two custom content types are supported when the Custom Content Type module in the Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin is activated:

  • Portfolio Projects Content Type
  • Testimonials Content Type

The Portfolio Projects Content Type are ideal for showcasing photos, art work, website designs or student work that you want to show off separate from your blog posts and pages.

Custom content types work by adding a new menu item to your dashboard which you use to organize your new content within a special section of your dashboard.

When you activate the Portfolio Content Type it adds a new Portfolio menu item.

Portfolio dashboard
Portfolio dashboard

To use Portfolio Content Type the Custom Content Type module in the Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin must be activated.

Portfolio Projects vs ePortfolios

Portfolio Projects Content Type are used for specific purposes.  A different approach is used for ePortfolio.

Contact Edublogs Support if you are interested in setting up student ePortfolios so we can provide support.

Enable Jetpack plugin

To get started you first need to activate the Jetpack plugin as follows:

  1. Enable Jetpack using existing WordPress.com account
  2. Enable Jetpack by creating a new WordPress.com account

Activate Portfolio Content Type

1. Go to Settings > Writing

Writing Settings

2.  Select the check box next to Portfolio Projects under your custom content types.

Go to Jetpack > Settings and make sure Custom Content Type is activated if you don’t see ‘Your Custom Content Type’ on Settings > Writing.  

Portfolio Projects

3.  Click Save Changes.

Click Save Changes

Add Portfolio

1  Go to Portfolio > Add New

Add New Portfoliio

2.  Give your portfolio a title and add your content.

Portfolio title and content

3.  Add your Project Types (similar to Categories) and Project Tags (similar to Tags).

Add Project Types

4.  Set a featured image.

A featured image is needed for displaying your projects visually using portfolio shortcode and when using a Portfolio theme.

Set Featured image

5.  When you have finished writing click Publish.

Publish

Contact Edublogs Support if you see a “Page Not Found” error when you click on View Item.

Viewing Portfolio Projects

Your portfolio projects are displayed at the following URLs:

  • Portfolio Archive – http://mysite.edublogs.org/portfolio/
  • Single Project Page – http://mysite.edublogs.org/portfolio/project-slug/
  • Project Type Archive – http://mysite.edublogs.org/project-type/project-type-slug/
  • Project Tag Archive – http://mysite.edublogs.org/project-tag/project-tag-slug/

Portfolio Shortcode

You can use shortcode to embed portfolio projects in posts and on pages.

If you add the shortcode [portfolio] it embeds an archive view of your portfolio projects for all project types.  You customize how the projects are displayed depending on how you use the optional attributes to customize the portfolio layout.

Example

[portfolio display_types=true include_type=man-made display_content=false]

The example will display up to ten portfolio projects in two columns from the project type “Man-made”, from newest to oldest, without a content excerpt.

Portfolio demo

Attributes

You can use the following optional attributes to customize your portfolio layout.

  • display_types: display Project Types. (true/false)
  • display_tags: display Project Tags. (true/false)
  • display_content: display project content. (true/false)
  • include_type: display specific Project Types. Defaults to all. (comma-separated list of Project Type slugs)
  • include_tag: display specific Project Tags. Defaults to all. (comma-separated list of Project Tag slugs)
  • columns: number of columns in shortcode. Defaults to 2. (number, 1-6)
  • showposts: number of projects to display. Defaults to all. (number)
  • order: display projects in ascending or descending order. Defaults to ASC for sorting in ascending order, but you can reverse the order by using DESC to display projects in descending order instead. (ASC/DESC)
  • orderby: sort projects by different criteria, including author name, project title, and even rand to display in a random order. Defaults to sorting by date. (author, date, title, rand)

Portfolio Themes

All themes are designed to display projects but Portfolio themes are designed specifically with Portfolio project content type in mind.  These themes have specific styles for the project archives and may provide specially designed page templates for displaying portfolios in a visual manner.

Our Portfolio themes are:

  • Blask
  • Sketch
  • Espied
  • Illustratr
  • Orvis
  • Rebalance
  • Argent

We’ve set up a Portfolio Demo blog using the theme Sketch so you can see how these types of themes display portfolio projects.

Check out the following links to the different portfolio pages on the Portfolio Demo blog:

Troubleshooting

Contact Edublogs Support if you see a “Page Not Found” error when you click on View Item.