Orvisby Automattic

Orvis is a clean portfolio theme puts the focus on your design and photography projects.

Created as a website template for portfolios, you can customize this WordPress photography theme to build an online experience that’s clean and full of colorful pictures. We’ve used food photography in this free theme’s demo but don’t let that fool you! Orvis is the ideal WordPress theme for all sorts of artists and professionals, including portrait, wedding, and fashion photographers, travel bloggers, photojournalists, graphic designers, and more.

Orvis is highly customizable, which helps you reflect your personal style. Experiment with background colors to help your work stand out. Add eye-catching galleries so that visitors can view slides of your work. 

Getting Started

Orvis takes advantage of the Portfolio feature on WordPress.com, offering unique layouts and organization for your portfolio projects. To get the most out of this theme, you need to have added Portfolio projects.

With a dedicated Portfolio section in your dashboard, adding portfolio items is simple. Check out our guide for full details on how to set up your portfolio.

Orvis portfolios

People love full-size images of your work, so make sure any images you include are at least 924px wide.

Orvis will extract your images, videos or galleries from the content and will display these at full width on larger screens on the single portfolio pages. Orvis will automatically place the text on the left hand side and any media on the right hand side of the single portfolio page. If you’d like to keep a line of text with the image on the right, simply add it before or after the image and do not include a line break between the two.

Orvis single portfolio project

Single portfolio project

For the main Portfolio page and/or the Portfolio Page Template that you can set as your front/home page, you will need to set a Featured Image to represent the portfolio project.

Orvis portfolio project featured image

Portfolio project featured image

Featured Images

Featured Images are important in Orvis. They work best when they’re at least 924px wide and will appear in several places, including archive pages, the portfolio page template, and whenever you use portfolio shortcodes. Don’t forget to add one to all your Portfolio projects!

Portfolio Page Template

This template will display your portfolio projects and allow you to set your portfolio as your site’s front page.

When you first activate Orvis, you’ll see your posts in a traditional blog format.

If you’d like to use the Portfolio Page Template as the front page of your site, as the demo site does, it’s simple to configure.

Create or edit a page. Under Page Options, in the Page Template section, assign the Portfolio Page Template to your page.

After you set the Portfolio Page Template, publish your page.

Go to the Customizer‘s Static Front Page panel and set “Front page displays” to “A static page.”


Select the page you just assigned the Portfolio Page Template to as “Front page” and set another page as the “Posts page” to display your blog posts.

The portfolio page title will appear by default. You can hide it if you prefer by going to Customize → Portfolio and check “Hide page title on Portfolio Page Template” option.

Where is the portfolio archive page?

Along with the Portfolio Page Template, your projects will be displayed on portfolio archive pages.

Let’s say you have a WordPress.com site at:

The URL of the Portfolio archive page will be:

If you’d like to add your portfolio archive page to your Custom Menu, create a custom link using the portfolio archive URL.

You can customize the portfolio archive page by changing the title, adding some content, and uploading a featured image. To do so, go to Customize → Portfolio.

Portfolio Shortcodes

Once you create a project, you can use the portfolio shortcode to display it anywhere on your site. Adding the [portfolio] shortcode to any post or page will insert your project. Learn more about working with the portfolio shortcode.

Multiple Color Schemes

Is the theme’s default color scheme not your style? We’ve included a few free featured color palettes to inspire you — or choose your own colors with the WordPress.com Premium or Business plan.

The options appear in your Customizer under Colors & Backgrounds.

Color schemes

Footer Social Menu

Orvis allows you to display links to your social-media profiles with perfectly sized icons. This appears in the footer at the bottom right. Learn how to set up your social links menu.

The Social Menu includes icons for the following services:

  • CodePen
  • Digg
  • Dribbble
  • Dropbox
  • Email (mailto: links)
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Foursquare
  • GitHub
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Pocket
  • Polldaddy
  • Reddit
  • RSS Feed (urls with /feed/)
  • Spotify
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • WordPress
  • YouTube

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)

  1. The main column width is 924.
  2. The sidebar width is 276.
  3. Featured Images are 924 wide with unlimited height

This theme is available for download to be used on your WordPress self-hosted installation.

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