In this age of the internet, having a portfolio site is a must for any serious professional. Regardless of your profession, a portfolio site will help you display your most notable works in front of the existing and potential clients. To make this happen, good Portfolio WordPress themes needs to combine several features. Along with highlighting your work, the theme should also feature a matching description of the projects and make it easy to get an overall idea of your work at a glance.
Luckily, there are some WordPress themes which meet these requirements. Pile from Pixelgrade is one such theme.
In today’s post, I will take an in-depth look into the Pile WordPress theme review and discuss why this is one of the best theme for developing any portfolio site.
Pile WordPress Theme Review
There are some other recommended plugins too. Once you install and activate these plugins, you are ready to go.
Pile Theme Design
Pile features a modern and attractive design. At the top, there is the usual header with a transparent background. The header is divided into three sections. A full-screen hero section follows the header. Each slide includes a title, description and a call to action button. It is also possible to add the relevant categories on top of the title.
Next, there are the portfolio items. This section begins with a customizable title and a short description. By default, the portfolio items are displayed in a grid-based three column layout. Hovering over an item reveals the title and categories of the item. Clicking on the item opens that project. The project pages are provided with built-in social sharing buttons.
The simple footer section of Pile includes only the relevant information. You can provide the contact details, location, copyright text, social media links, etc. in this section.
Pile Theme Features
Being a creative portfolio theme, Pile emphasizes more on helping you create a stunning website with lots of visual attractions. In that regard, the smooth parallax effect is one of the most notable features of the theme. The remarkably unique transitions will help you capture the attention of your visitors.
The integrated smart layout builder is another interesting feature of Pile. This makes it very easy to design your individual project pages or the portfolio display page. You can add a custom image, text and choose their position. It is also possible to add a hero section to convey the central focus of your project(s) in a creative way.
Pile theme is also provided with a powerful theme options panel. It allows you to customize all the obvious options including the layout, font, colors, site identity, etc. We will discuss more these features in the ‘Customization Options‘’ section below.
Portfolio Management Options
Pile allows you to add custom projects on your website. To add a new project, go to the Projects -> Add New page.
First of all, you can provide a name for the project. Then, you can add relevant images or text. These pictures will be displayed as the project images. You can align the image and text on the top, bottom, left, right or middle positions.
Next, there is the hero section. By default, it includes the project categories, project title, and a short description. You can edit, reorder or delete any of these elements. The last two options enable you to choose the hero area height and fix content alignment.
On the right side, you will find options to choose the project category, background image, color or video, and an option to set the background opacity.
You will find a list of all the projects in the Projects -> All Projects page. From this page, you can easily edit, delete or view any project.
The Projects -> Portfolio Categories page allows you to add new project category or edit the existing ones.
Theme Customization Options
As you can guess, the customization options are located at the Appearance -> Customize page. As the available options are divided into separate sections, I will discuss them one by one.
‘Theme Options,’ the first section is divided into several categories. In ‘General‘, you will find options to choose the logo, enable AJAX loading for the contents, provide a custom footer text and prevent right-click for the images.
The theme uses ‘AddThis‘ for providing social options. You will find the necessary options in the ‘Share Services‘ category. You can also enable AddThis tracking, for Analytics and social tracking.
The ‘Layout‘ section includes various sizing options and other design options. Like the previous section, it is also divided into several categories.
The ‘Header‘ category includes options to choose the logo and header height, menu items spacing, etc. You can also opt to display the hamburger menu and customize the trigger icon or text.
The ‘Content‘ category allows you to choose the site container width. In the ‘Footer‘ category, you can choose the number of footer widgets and the width for each column.
In the ‘Portfolio Archive‘ category, you will find options to choose the container width for portfolio section and opt to enable 3D grid. Below, there are separate options to choose the horizontal and vertical spacing between items.
More interestingly, you are also able to choose the number of portfolio columns for big, medium and small screens.
Then, the ‘Single Project‘ category includes options to choose the project container width, the horizontal and vertical spacing between items, and enable project navigation and sharing buttons.
Customizing the Colors and Fonts
Next, the ‘Colors‘ section is also divided into five categories. ‘General‘ includes options to choose the text, heading and accent color. ‘Header‘ includes options to choose the header background and header content color. You can also enable transparent background for the hero area.
‘Content‘ includes options to set a color or image as the content background. In ‘Footer‘, you will find options to set the footer background, text and credit colors.
The ‘Portfolio Archive‘ category includes options to choose the items color and the items background color. It is possible to select the item background opacity as well.
In the ‘Fonts‘ section, you can choose a custom font, font weight, the font size for the headings, descriptions, navigation text, body text, etc. You can also choose transform text styles for the navigation text.
The ‘Blog‘ section includes all the options related to your blog. For the single posts, you can enable the sharing buttons, show comment avatar and comments number.
For the archive, you can customize the read more text and the excerpt sign. You can also define the number of characters for the excerpt.
Other Setup Options
The theme customizer also includes some other sections for most common personalization options. Among them, ‘CSS Editor‘ allow you to provide custom CSS.
‘Site Identity‘ includes options to customize the site title, tagline and add a custom site icon. ‘Menus‘ allow you to create custom menus for various menu locations. The available locations include a header, header menu, footer, footer menu and social icons header menu.
‘Widgets‘ allow you to add and customize the necessary widgets. And the last section, ‘Static Front Page‘ includes an option to set up dedicated pages for the home and blog.
Creating a New Page
To create a new page, you have to go to Pages -> Add New or hover over the ‘+New‘ link on the top bar and choose Page.
Unlike most other premium themes, Pile allows you to integrate the hero section in your regular posts as well. You will find the hero options right after the regular title and body sections. What’s more, Pile also allows you to apply custom styles to individual pages. You will find a ‘Custom CSS‘ box at the bottom of the page.
Pile comes with three-page templates – Contact, Page Builder, and Portfolio Archive. The contact template includes options to provide the Google Maps URL, choose the map height and customize the pinned content.
Selecting the Page Builder templates allows you to add custom image and text within the content body. Like you did in the projects, you can select custom locations for these elements too.
Lastly, the Portfolio Archive allows you to show selected projects on the portfolio page. Excluding specific projects from the page is possible. Below, you will find more options to choose the number of projects per page, pagination style and the view more button label.
Theme Price and License
You can get Pile from ThemeForest for $225 only. With all these customization options and attractive portfolio display features, it is a bargain price for the theme. What’s more, the pricing also includes six months of support from the developer.
As I have said in the beginning, modern portfolio themes need to combine multiple features in a single package. And Pile does that in an excellent way.
Features like the powerful customization options and active portfolio management options make it the perfect choice for creating your portfolio site. What do you think about the Pile theme? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.