When posts and pages aren’t enough, you can now add sections for testimonials and your portfolio.
While the basic posts and pages in WordPress do the job on many blogs and sites, it can be helpful to add different content types. Jetpack’s option of adding custom content types provides WordPress personal bloggers and business sites with additional setups — primarily testimonials or profile projects for your portfolio.
This is the perfect way to highlight all of your individual work projects and past customer engagements, showing you and your business off to potential clients!
From within the admin dashboard, hover over Settings, click on Writing, then go to the Your Custom Content Types. You can activate either or both of the “Testimonials” and “Profile Projects” options by clicking on their respective boxes. Both will show up as additional menu items on your sidebar; go there to begin adding to them.
Add in your profile projects within the Portfolio menu (hover over “Portfolio”, then click on “Add New”). It’ll look just like the blog post/page editor.
With each past project I added, I made sure to input (for SEO purposes and additional information to prospective clients) a heading, photo of the project, a brief description of the job’s details, and added the appropriate project tags and project types (similar to categories for blog posts). Be sure to add in a picture in the Featured Image section of the editor; it will be visible within the Portfolio menu.
On the front side, my portfolio showed up like this:
It was fine, but with no option of adding any sort of introduction to my portfolio (and with each project’s heading cut off), I decided to create a new page with an introduction and then the portfolio — adding the portfolio with Jetpack’s [portfolio] shortcode to easily insert it. More instructions on inserting a portfolio within a post or page.
Now, my portfolio looks like this, at www.beblogsmart.com/projects:
Read more information on working with Jetpack’s Portfolios/Projects option.
Perhaps it will change later, but currently I don’t have testimonials posted on my site. However, if you would like to implement them, it’s simple to add individual clients and customers to the testimonials section — just click “add new” beneath the Testimonials menu item.
Once again, just like with the Portfolio section, adding in a new client is similar to using the post or page editor. If you’d like to have a client photo, add one in the Featured Image section on the right side of the editor, while inputting/editing the testimonial.
All of your testimonial excerpts will show up on one page, but if you’d like to add them to a page or post, just use the [testimonials] shortcode to insert them.
Check out WordPress’s article for more information on working with Jetpack’s Testimonials extension.
Once you have content within the testimonials and/or the projects section, they will be visible to your website’s visitors. Automatically added, the website extensions should be in the form of www.yoursiteaddress.com/testimonial and www.yoursiteaddress.com/portfolio. And then it’s time to continue adding to both! If you’re uncomfortable with calling past clients up for a review, how about creating and sending a soft email request? Use Constant Contact or MailChimp to create a professionally formatted email, or just create a basic and clean one from within your email provider.
A few notes:
- Portfolio projects are automatically set up to Publicize (as it does for regular blog posts once you activate it) — so uncheck all of the Publicize boxes if you don’t want them to broadcast to your social sites.
- Jetpack recommends avoiding the titles of “testimonials” and “portfolio” for any other pages or posts, as it will probably interfere with the visibility of your actual testimonial and/or portfolio sections.
- Testimonials and Project Types are available on the WordPress.com platform, too; not just on WordPress.org sites. Get to it from your WordPress.com blog’s Dashboard –> Settings –> Writing.
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