Neil Sangra
Neil Sangra
Feb 21, 2024

Creating a standout developer portfolio

A well-crafted developer portfolio is your digital calling card, a gateway to exciting opportunities, and a testament to your coding prowess.

Creating a standout developer portfolio


A well-crafted developer portfolio is your digital calling card, a gateway to exciting opportunities, and a testament to your coding prowess. In this blog, we'll explore the key elements and strategies to ensure your developer portfolio stands out in the crowded tech landscape.

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Define Your Purpose

Before diving into the nitty-gritty, define the purpose of your portfolio. Are you seeking job opportunities, showcasing your skills, or building a personal brand? This clarity will guide your content decisions and design theme customization.

Key Elements

Personal Introduction

Introduce yourself with a compelling personal narrative that includes your name, job, and interests. Share your coding journey, highlighting key milestones and expressing your passion for technology. Unlike a resume, add a professional profile picture to provide a personal touch.

Things to Include: 

  • A brief, engaging introduction capturing your personality 
  • An anecdote or short blurb of an experience related to your coding journey.
  • High-quality professional profile

General Tips: 

  • Take your photo with your best camera, smile, blur the background, and focus it shoulders-up
  • Avoid excessive details at this stage; keep it concise and impactful 
  • Ensure your introduction aligns with your defined purpose 
Image sourced from Agata Kukowska on Dribbble

Project Showcase

Highlight your key projects in an organized manner. Provide brief descriptions, technologies used, your role, and consider using tools like Devicons for a clean format. Include links to platforms like Codin for an interactive experience and quantify project impact.

Things to Include:

  • Concise project descriptions with technologies used
  • Utilize Devicons or similar tools to show how you built the project 
  • A sorting mechanism for visitors to easily sift through your work 
  • Add links to Codin for a seamless, interactive experience where visitors can see how many people your work has reached 

General Tips:

  • Organize your project database in a tabular format with a key image, title, and possibly a short description 
  • Prioritize quality over quantity in project selection
  • Highlight projects that showcase your specialized skills 
Image sourced from Agata Kukowska on Dribbble

Skills Section

Create an appealing skills section with technical proficiencies. Use progress bars for easy visualization, including both technical and soft skills. If you know your main language or framework thoroughly, max out the bar and reference the rest of your skills off of that. Finally, don't hesitate to showcase hardware knowledge alongside programming languages, if applicable. 

Things to Include:

  • Visual representation of technical skills using progress bars
  • Include both technical and soft skills
  • Highlight other proficiencies like hardware knowledge if applicable

General Tips:

  • Regularly update the skills section to reflect your evolving expertise
  • Prioritize showcasing skills relevant to your defined purpose
  • Gauge your skill progress bars based on either how much you have left to learn or off of your main skill; be consistent with this 
Image sourced from Mandar Bhide on Dribbble

Education and Certifications

Mention your academic background, degrees, and relevant certifications to add credibility to your profile. Provide details about your educational journey and your background.

Things to Include:

  • Clear details about academic background and degrees
  • Tag in relevant certifications such as those found on Coursera, edX, Google, or AWS with brief descriptions; order them in importance to your career path 
  • Add any notable achievements or honors related to education

General Tips:

  • Arrange education and certifications in a chronological order
  • Emphasize certifications that align with your career goals
  • Add logos attributed to the certification if possible 

Work Experience

Detail your work experience, emphasizing achievements and impact. Utilize metrics and numbers to make this section more compelling, showcasing your impact to projects and teams.

Things to Include:

  • Specific achievements and impact in previous roles
  • Utilize metrics and numbers to quantify your contributions
  • Highlight any leadership or collaboration experiences
  • Mention organizations you were a part of like student groups 

General Tips:

  • Order your experiences by relevance 
  • Describe each addition briefly and include hyperlinks to the things you worked on 


If you've written on tech-related topics, include links to research papers, open-source contributions, blogs, or articles. Showcase your knowledge and communication skills through well-crafted content.

Things to Include:

  • Links to research papers, open-source contributions, or articles
  • Brief descriptions highlighting the significance of each writing
  • Showcase a diverse range of writing styles and topics

General Tips:

  • Regularly update this section with new writings
  • Ensure clarity and coherence in your writing samples by summarizing each one for key highlights 
Image sourced from Philip Oroni on Dribbble

Contact Information

Don't forget to provide clear contact information or links to your professional social profiles. Make it easy for potential collaborators or employers to get in touch.

Things to Include:

  • Clear and updated contact information
  • Links to professional social profiles (LinkedIn, GitHub, etc.)
  • Consider adding a contact form as seen below for a seamless connection

General Tips:

  • Regularly check your inbox for opportunities and update your contact information
  • Provide the contact information of your most used means of communication
  • Test the links to ensure they lead to the correct profiles
Codin’s contact page

Design Tips

Finally, make sure to include accessibility and mobile-friendly settings if possible.

A visually appealing and user-friendly design is crucial for a standout portfolio. Incorporate screenshots, images, or project logos to enhance your narrative. Invest in a custom domain and choose a reliable, responsive hosting platform.

Things to Include:

  • Screenshots or images to complement your project descriptions; this could be code snippets or personal project logos 
  • A custom domain for a personalized and professional touch
  • Emphasize styling on the important parts of your portfolio like project headings, navigation tabs, etc. 
  • Host it on a well-established platform like Vercel or GitHub 

General Tips:

  • Keep the design clean and uncluttered for easy navigation
  • Include accessibility and mobile-friendly settings later on if you’d like 
  • Test your portfolio on different devices to ensure responsiveness
Image sourced from Eshad on Dribbble


Optimizing for SEO

Even if most visitors come via shared links, optimizing your portfolio for search engines increases opportunities. Include relevant keywords in your content and meta tags for enhanced discoverability. 

Things to Include:

  • Strategic placement of relevant keywords in your content
  • Optimize meta tags for search engine discoverability
  • Leverage tools like Google Analytics to track performance
  • Consider hosting on sites like Squarespace where the SEO is already built-in 

General Tips:

  • Regularly update content to align with trending keywords
  • Analyze SEO performance and adjust strategies accordingly
  • For additional enhancement, consider getting a free SEO certification online from places like Hubspot 


By following these tips, you’ll have advanced your digital identity. So, go ahead, implement these strategies, and let your standout developer portfolio open doors to new and exciting opportunities.