How to make a fast, free photo portfolio

Here’s one easy way to make a free online photo portfolio.
1. Go to WordPress.com. Create a blog. Choose the Twenty Fourteen theme.
1dashboard2. Go to your new blog’s dashboard.
2add new post3. Add a new post (not page) and give it a title.
3add-media4. Select “Add media.”
4creategallery5. Choose “Create a gallery” not “Insert media”
5upload files6. Upload a batch of photos. Make sure to resize them beforehand so that they aren’t so big that they slow down your blog. You can easily resize batches of photos using Picasa and other programs. Make photos from 1200 to 1600 pixels wide. That should drop them in size to roughly 150 to 300 kb. (See post on resizing photos using Picasa).
6select format7. Select format. Uncheck “Standard.” Choose “Gallery” instead.
7pick type8. Pick type of gallery. In the example above, I chose “Tiled Mosaic.” Other options include thumbnail grid, square tiles, circles and slideshow.
9. Add captions to your photos. WordPress automatically fills in the title using your photo’s file name. You can delete these titles so that your slideshows look cleaner and show only the captions.
10. Add a featured photo that will appear at the top of the gallery. Choose a horizontal photo so that it displays properly.
10. Hit “Publish” and you have your first gallery. Add more galleries if you wish.
custom header11. Go to your dashboard, select Appearance, then Header. Create a custom header showing the name of your photo portfolio. The header should measure 1260×240 pixels. I created the header in this example using Picasa. First I uploaded to Picasa the photos I wanted to use in the header, then used Picasa to create a collage. I chose the size of the collage as 1260×240,  exported the file as a JPEG and uploaded it to the blog.
12. Make sure to add tags to your photo galleries so that Google and other search engines will find them more easily.
13. Go to your dashboard, then select settings/sharing. Connect your blog to Facebook and other social networking sites. Fill in your URLs for Facebook and other sites, then enable the sharing buttons.
14. Create a page. Call it “About” or “About me” or something like that. Write a brief biographical sketch about yourself. Add photo of yourself and any relevant links. Click “Publish.” WordPress should automatically generate a menu that will place the About button at the top of the page. You can create a custom menu if you’d like to move the menu to a sidebar.
15. From the dashboard you can also explore the widgets that you might want to place in the right and/or left sidebars and at the bottom or footer of your blog. In this example, I created a list of links, or blogroll, along with an RSS feed that shows news related to Cuba.
16. You can also change the colors in your blog. I skipped that and left the colors at their default settings in my blog, which you can see here.

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