There are a few steps which need to be accomplished to have the portfolio page up and running correctly. Following is the summary of the steps required:
The next paragraphs will be devoted to the steps described above.
It is very important that every item in portfolio is assigned to a category otherwise it will not display on items list.
This is why you should create the categories first. To create a portfolio category go to "portfolio » Categories"
section in your admin area (Screenshot 12).
The section is pretty same as category interface for regular wordpress posts so you should be comfortable dealing with this part. Add some categories and we are done with this part.:
Screenshot 12: Portfolio categories
A number of custom options is available for any portfolio post created. Some of the options common for all posts and pages have been described in the Setting the pages section of the documentation. If you haven't read it, make sure to do so before going ahead. The post-specific options available are illustrated in the Screenshot 13:
Screenshot 13: Portfolio item options
Note that assigning various sizes to posts you can achieve variable size portfolio layout. Other options are quite self-explanatory. The last thing we'd like to stop on is "Make featured" option. If selected, you can use this in portfolio listing shortcode later to list featured items only rather than listing the latest items.
Go to Portfolio => Add new section in your admin panel and create a post. Don't forget to set a featured image for each post. You will also need to assign the post at least to one category. How to create categories is described in the next paragraph
There's number of options which can be set for each individual portfolio post. We will not stop on this as the fields are very descriptive. Check Screenshot 13 for an illustration.
Go to Portfolio => Sort items section in your admin panel. Here you can sort the posts with the help of the drag&drop functionality provided. Not that the posts are not sorted on per-category basis.
Screenshot 14: Setting the portfolio template
The last step is setting the corresponding parameters for the current portfolio page. Screenshot 15 illustrates the page parameters block.
Screenshot 15: Portfolio page settings.
Following is the description of parameters available:
Check the categories the items of which you'd like to show on current portfolio page. At least one category must be chosen from this list.
This applies only to non-animated portfolio layouts with pagination.
Choose between non-animated portfolio layout with pagination or animated without pagination. In the latter case all items will be shown in one page. If the first option is selected, the number of items to show should be set from the "Portfolio items per page" field.
If selected, a button will appear after each post allowing visitors to like the post on Facebook.
The post can have a few layout combinations on listing, this is where you can choose the preferred one.
Those were the steps required to have a fully functional portfolio.
You can optionally set variety of parameters for portfolio via theme's admin panel. Screenshot 16 illustrates the page parameters block. All options are self-explanatory and wherever needed a hint is provided (check the icon with question mark).
Screenshot 16: Portfolio admin settings.