This post presents seven valuable guidelines for developers to help them create niche portfolios that will instantly impress potential clients. A well-designed niche portfolio is one of the most powerful marketing tools a developer can have to attract clients and customers.
What is the number-one thing you want your developer portfolio to focus on to impress potential clients? Naturally, it needs to indicate what you’ve already accomplished. But more importantly, it needs to show what you’re capable of doing.
Admittedly, an ability to create great code — to satisfy almost any need — would be an exceptional selling point. But even if you were capable of doing so, you’d be much better off niching down and presenting yourself as a specialist in one or several areas than portraying yourself as a Jack of all trades — and consequently, to some potential clients, a probable master of none.
That’s why you’ll be much better off designing a niche portfolio site for your business.
Let me explain.
Consider this scenario. You build a genetic portfolio site designed to reach as many potential clients as possible. If you do it right, your site may rank high for those looking to hire “a WordPress developer” or for those searching for “a web development service”. But there’s lots of competition there. That approach is not likely to bring in the good-paying assignments you’re looking for, and you end up having to work that much harder to find the types of clients you are looking for.
Now, consider an alternative scenario. You build a pair or more of portfolio sites, or a single site with two or more portfolio pages that address separate niches. It might be one site or page for a health and fitness client, another for a nutrition consultant, and so on. The narrower your niche(s), the higher your ranking is likely to be, and the easier it will be for the prospective clients you’re targeting to find you. While this approach will take a little more time, you’re having to seek out the clients you want would take much, much more.
Check out the following real-world examples and selected BeTheme pre-built websites you can use to style a niche portfolio or page.
1. Developer portfolios for the beauty industry
Websites for beauty salons, spas and the like need to convince customers that the site owners’ actions match their words and can be trusted to deliver quality services.
A sense of luxury also needs to be conveyed. Irrespective of the cost of the service, customers like to be pampered and made to feel special.
The Salon Web Studio’s website makes excellent use of these qualities to create an attractive, welcoming, and professionally designed home page. This site also features relevant images that beauty industry practitioners and their customers can easily relate to:
You could easily create a similar experience by customizing BeHairdresser to fit a prospective client’s style and brand.
2. Developer portfolios for health and wellness
Successful businesses rely heavily on building trust as a means of bringing new customers in the door, and one way they attempt to do so is to project calmness, competence, and professionalism in their online presence.
This is especially important for high-end services like those provided by health and wellness providers. Modern Website Design’s niche portfolio website is a great example of this. Note how effectively the owners of this website have made space for client observations and testimonials.
You can use the BeClinic pre-built site as the foundation from which to build a page or a portfolio website that projects a similar sense of calm and professionalism and helps you build trust with your prospective health and wellness clients:
3. Developer portfolios for trainers and coaches
Power, strength, and stamina are the keywords for this niche. Training and coaching-oriented websites tend to rely on upper-case lettering and images of strong, healthy-looking (and usually attractive) people to get their message across.
Digital agency Startup Active is a great example of this type of messaging, in which it astutely introduces the style of the coach or trainer into the elements of the design:
If you’ve been planning on creating a portfolio site for this niche, you couldn’t do better than select the BePersonalTrainer pre-built site to get your project underway.
Why Developers Should Design Their Own Niche Portfolio Sites