Medium is a publishing platform that can be used to make an online portfolio because it accepts text, images, videos, social networking links and more types of content. With this "trick" in Medium, designers, photographers, copywriters, and other creative professionals can expose their online work for free, without having to resort to hard-to-use paid sites. After creating and editing the publication, the user can post the list of completed and ongoing work to get more clients. Here's how to make your online portfolio using Medium's tools and a little creativity.
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Practical and intuitive, Medium is a great environment for creating and displaying an online portfolio. Photo: Disclosure / Creative Commons.
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Developed by Evan Willians, co-founder of Twitter, Medium's proposal is a content space of over 280 characters. It's a platform with features and characteristics between Twitter's limitations and the specialties of tools for creating blogs and websites, such as Blogger and WordPress, Wix or Joomla, as Drew Olanoff of TechCrunch explains.
Medium home page hints at users' content Photo: Reproduction / Medium
Being a social network, Medium lets you follow people, cheer on their content, save links to watch later. You can also recommend and share posts on Twitter or Facebook, as well as build collaborative spaces with up to five writers or reviewers.
The platform is widely used for social journalism and scientific dissemination, bringing together collections of lay and professional content on various subjects.
2. How to register for Medium
Step 1. To use Medium I need to create an account. At the platform home page, press the Get started button;
On the homepage of Medium click Get started Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 2. Medium offers four sign-up options: via Google account, via Facebook profile, via Twitter login or directly through an email account. Choose one of the alternatives to continue your registration;
Choose one of four user registration options: by Google, Facebook, Twitter or email Photo: Playback / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 3. After registering the login and password, select three subjects of your interest and press Start reading "to complete the registration. The chosen alternatives will be used to recommend content to you on the Medium homepage;
Choose three subjects and click on the highlighted button to complete the user registration Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
3. How to use Medium to create an online portfolio
Step 1. Before starting a portfolio itself on Medium you need to write a short presentation on Bio. So, click on your profile picture and select the Profile option;
Click on profile photo and choose alternative Profile Photo: Reproduo / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 2. Make a clear and objective presentation about yourself. Write a short biography of up to 280 characters in the Enter a short bio space, choose a profile picture, and conclude by pressing save;
Write a short presentation, choose a profile photo, and click Save Photo: Playback / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 3. Once the description is over, it is time to make your portfolio. For this you will create a publication. On this page you will promote your work. Click on the profile photo thumbnail at the top of the screen again and choose Publications;
To make a portfolio themed space, click on the profile photo and select Publications Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 4. Type in the highlighted text boxes the title and description of your Portfolio you can specify the types of jobs that will be listed, for example: "These are the subjects I wrote for dnetc". Then choose an image to identify the post and tag all posts created for the portfolio;
Give the place a name, describe its content and choose an image. Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 5. Then enter your contact information: email, Twitter or Facebook and in the "Tags" field type the topics that deal with your portfolio.
Write email, Twitter or Facebook contacts and describe portfolio content on themed tags Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 6. Finally, write contacts from Medium users who can collaborate as editors or writers of the content to be published in the portfolio. If this document has no collaborators, just click Next;
Enter the Medium user contact that will be collaborators and press Next Photo: Reproduo / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 7. In the second step of the publishing environment, you will define the layout of the posts. The top part displays a command bar with options for changing the format of the title and banner display image;
Choose title and banner setup options from the highlighted bar Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 8. Next, set up the similar issue sessions that will appear at the end of the publications page. You can change the layout of thumbnails, choose thematic relevance or add multiple sessions;
Add sessions, configure your layouts, and determine the order of relevance of similar post thumbnails. Photo: Playback / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 9. Once you have made the layout settings, complete the creation of your portfolio's public space by pressing the Create button at the top or bottom of the interface;
Finish creating the publishing environment by pressing Create Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
4. How to write and edit publications in Medium
Step 1. To write a new content in your portfolio, click on the thumbnail of the created publishing space and choose the New story alternative;
Select the publication thumbnail for the portfolio and click on New story Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 2. The environment for writing content is very simple and practical. You can write in any line, as well as format the text, as well as include images, video playbacks, Twitter posts, etc. When you are satisfied with the content, click Ready to publish? to publish it;
Enter your content and import images or embeded material and at the end press Ready to publish? to post Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 3. To insert images from your PC, left-click on any line in the publishing environment and select the camera icon to upload. At the end of the process, you can click on the image to select its size in the text;
Click with the left mouse button and choose the camera to insert images, which can change its size after upload. Photo: Playback / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 4. To embed hyperlinked links into the text content, select a snippet and choose the two-link thumbnail to place the website address. The embeded section is underlined and the link appears whenever the mouse is over it. If you just paste the link on the page and wait a few seconds, a thumbnail with the photo and title of the source publication will appear (this tip is useful for anyone who wants, for example, to link to the articles they have written and published elsewhere). site);
To create hyperlinks, select a piece of text and press the two-link icon. Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 5. Medium has the option to automatically import images into the Unsplash database. To trigger it, left-click on any line in the publishing environment and select the icon with a magnifying glass, then type the theme of the photo or picture you want to import;
Left-click and choose magnifying glass to insert from Unsplash-specific theme images. Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 6. Images imported from Unsplash will display their authors' credit in the caption and, when selected, may change in size;
Unsplash images indicate authorship and can be displayed in up to four sizes. Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 7. To add videos from YouTube or Vimeo click the left mouse button and choose the Play format icon. Then type the video link you want to import and hit Enter to get it embedded in the post.
Click with the left mouse button, choose the Play symbol and type the YouTube or Vimeo video link to embed them in the publication Foto: Playback / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 8. To insert Twitter posts, left-click and select the icon highlighted in the image below. Then enter the post link and hit Enter to get it embedded and displayed in the post.
Hit the left mouse button, choose the highlighted option and enter the twitter post link to embed it in the post Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Step 9. To insert session breaks in the Mediu publication, left-click and choose the – – shaped icon, immediately inserting the break into the body of the text;
Left-click and choose – – to insert breaks in text Photo: Reproduction / Daniel Ribeiro
Ready. After clicking "Ready to Publish", you will have your portfolio published on the Internet and you can use the link to publicize your in an organized and visually pleasing way.