Introducing ProSite: A New Portfolio Service From Behance

This article is part of a series that explains the purpose and intentions behind new products and services from Behance that help empower creative professionals and teams.

Today, our team is extremely proud to introduce ProSite, a revolutionary new way to build, host, and manage your personal portfolio website. Like 99U, Action Method, and the Behance Network, we created ProSite to empower the careers of creative professionals.

So what’s revolutionary about ProSite? To explain our vision, we should first delve for a quick moment into the history of how creatives have presented their work.

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In the olden days, creatives lugged around “The Book,” a physical portfolio that was sent around to headhunters and prospective clients whenever an opportunity presented itself. These books were expensive, heavy, and outdated from the moment they were sent.

In recent years, most creative professionals have transformed their portfolio book into a stand-alone website. The stand-alone web portfolio has offered some efficiencies, but fundamental challenges remain: As with old-school portfolio books, you still need to invite, or drive, people to view your site. As we all know, “If you build it, they will come” is not always entirely true. And what if you don’t know how to code a website in the first place?!

ProSite introduces a new concept tailored to the modern creative professional: A connected portfolio website that’s fully customizable, with no coding required.

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So how did we make ProSite happen?

At the outset of an intense design and development process, we established a handful of elements that we deemed essential to creating our vision of the “connected portfolio.” These are the objectives that guided our decisions as we developed ProSite:

1. Advanced Customization, No Coding Necessary

We wanted ProSite to accommodate creative professionals regardless of their web programming knowledge. We wanted enough simplicity to empower a creative with absolutely no knowledge of web coding, while also offering enough customization options to please the most advanced designers. While developing the features, we were very focused on streamlining the website creation process. You can create a ProSite in 2 minutes or spend days customizing it.

2. A “Connected” Portfolio, In-Sync With Behance, LinkedIn, & More

ProSite seamlessly syncs your online portfolio with the Behance Network, allowing you to create and manage your entire online presence from one central place. By integrating ProSite with the Behance Network, we also empower you to broadcast your work with a single click to a variety of other platforms, including LinkedIn, AIGA, AdWeek, and more.

3. Integrate The Best Social Promotion & Marketing Tools On The Web

A great creative career requires a marketing strategy and tools to maximize exposure and opportunity. We wanted to make sure that every project you upload has the full range of social promotion options including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and StumbleUpon among others. We also built in analytics and SEO tools to help user websites get found in search engines.

4. Save Creative Professionals Time & Money

We wanted to save creative professionals TIME. Time is our most precious commodity, and we developed ProSite to reduce the time spent maintaining your personal website by 90%.

We also wanted ProSite to provide the very best hosting and support at an extremely affordable cost. Behance has invested many years in developing a large hosting infrastructure, redundant systems to ensure uptime, and services that keep your website fast and secure. ProSite offers it all for $11/month (or $8.25/month with the annual plan).

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Our team is obviously extremely excited to share ProSite with the creative world. We sincerely hope you’ll experience ProSite for yourself and share your work with the world!

Watch the ProSite Trailer:

–> View A Gallery of Websites Powered by ProSite

–> Create Your Own ProSite

Scott Belsky

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Scott Belsky is Adobe's Vice President of Community and Co-Founder & Head of Behance, the leading online platform for creatives to showcase and discover creative work. Scott has been called one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company, and is the author of the bestselling book, Making Ideas Happen.
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  • Jacques van Heerden

    Amazing product once again Scott. You guys keep raising the bar in the products you develop. Keep up the great work!

  • Scott Belsky

    Thanks Jacques; our team feels like ProSite is the best thing we’ve ever built. We also learned so much during the process that we plan to apply to our other products. 
    We really believe the future of creative production will be distributed – which means that our platform could add a lot of value to the careers of creative professionals…but only if it meets the community’s needs.

    We do feel like we’re still in the 1st or 2nd inning. ;-)

  • Creativeoverflow

    I definitely agree with you when you say, “the future of creative production will be distributed.” I definitely think that your product adds value to peoples careers, as those that haven’t been able to create their own websites in a professional, high-end setting – now has the power to do so and they are fully in control.

    Creativeoverflow would love to get involved with some promotion of the product. I will drop you a email later.

    Speak soon Scott.

  • Giulio Sciorio

    I love my ProSite! I purchased a Livebooks and Dripbook site but the ProSite is simple and effective to market my photography. Works great on ipad too. You can see it at giuliosciorio.com

  • thesis

    thanks for the review))) brilliant, as always!

  • Paulo Tavernard

    i need to post my video spots on my portfolio; how i do this?????

  • Scott Belsky

    @Paulo – The Behance Network http://be.net supports all sorts of media/video – you just create projects with the video spots and then activate/create your personal website at http://prosite.com

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  • Nick

    Hi Scott
    thanks for working so hard on behance and all other related side projects. I love the prosite’s customization tools so much that I completely moved over to ProSite. However, I am curious of how you plan to integrate prosite to the behance experience? Apart from the syncing of the projects, I don’t see how prosite is taking advantage of the actual power of behance, which is it’s search engine. Is there anything in the works that will drive client to my real professional website (prosite) as opposed to my “free” behance profile? thanks

    nick
    http://nicolasgirard.ca 

  • tareq yosef

    6$ instead of 11$ per monthly   that would be great

  • Scott Belsky

    We could have, but we wanted to provide unlimited bandwidth, media, hosting, and amazing customer service. Also, the amount of time and resources make it all worthwhile! But, FYI, purchasing the annual plan ends up making it $8.80/month. ;-)

  • Dimitri

    This is a godsend. I’ve been waiting for something like this for years.

  • Scott Belsky

    Hi Nick – since your post, we have placed ProSite badges within Behance user profiles. More integrations to come…especially when it comes to aggregated stats for your work wherever it is viewable.

    Another lesser known perk is that ProSite users can display the high-res versions of their images within the Behance Network and other Behance-powered sites (viewable in a light-box when someone visits your project and clicks on an image).
    Scott

  • Prescott Perez-Fox

    The regular Behance portfolios are a NIGHTMARE to update and add to. For those of us who know HTML (and more), the drag-and-drop system is torture. Unless they fixed this by making ProSites more codable, I will skip it.

  • Adrian Lu

    Is there a place I can contact for questions regarding the ProSite service? I have a domain and host my own portfolio site right now, and love the fact that I have control over my own hosting. I see ‘unlimited hosting’ as part of the features. Will I be able to FTP in, upload what I want, and provide links to it for download and have a webspace for general use?

    Thanks

  • Scott Belsky

    Hi Prescott – Actually – the whole system has been updated for uploading Behance projects, and the data (and recent growth) suggests it’s become quite easy. ;-)
    We also have nearly ALL elements completely customizable with sliders. There is also HTML/CSS coming soon for those advanced users.

    We encourage you to come and check out the latest…

  • Scott Belsky

    Sure thing – I would contact our customer service folks or tweet @ProSiteSupport and our team will help you. What you are describing is certainly possible.

  • Scott Belsky

    All – you may appreciate some recent data our team at Behance released about the Network. Gives you a sense of what’s going on in the creative world…

    http://www.behance.com/teamblo

  • Adrian Lu

    Thanks Scott!

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