Self-Hosted & Good-Looking HTML5 Portfolio Websites – Showkase (3 Licenses Giveaway)

Showkase LogoIf you are looking for a quick way to create a good-looking portfolio website, there is a nice and professional option for that: Showkase.

Showkase is a self-hosted, PHP-powered and very easy-to-use app for building HTML5 portfolio websites.

It has a portfolio-focused, simplified admin interface where new pages (about and contact us pages) can be added, galleries can be created and images uploaded.


Images can be uploading with multiple ways, Showkase auto-creates the thumbnails and they can be ordered with drag ‘n’ drops.

The galleries can be presented with a choice of multiple viewers (JuiceBox or SimpleViewer) where both supports a chic navigation with thumbnails prev-next and/or bullet navigation options.

There are 3 built-in themes and new themes can be created with ease (uses Smarty 3 template engine).

Showkase Demo

Besides these galleries, there is also a “Library” feature for uploading images and using them within the site.

Websites created work pretty fast as the app creates lightweight HTML pages and doesn’t make any database queries.

Also, when it comes to different devices and browsers, Showkase themes are responsive and they work well on tablets + mobile as well.

The giveaway

Showkase is giving away 3 Standard licenses ($49/each) to WRD readers.

In order to join the giveaway, just comment this article and winners will be sent 1 week later (4 Feb 2013) randomly with the query below:

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=3627 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck.

The winners

Here they are:

  • dan linsky (comment #1066874)
  • Aaron F. (comment #1065950)
  • Barry (comment #1070139)


  • Paul

    I’m in!

  • Marc

    That’s exactly what I am looking for. I like the design and self-hosted is a good and secure thing!

  • Would be great to test it!
    Thanks in advance 🙂

  • Jordi

    I was looking for a wordpress theme to build my photography portfolio, but after take a look to Showkase, I think it’s a better solution.

  • Antanas Antaso

    WOW!Nice one!Count me in!

  • Bogdan

    It’s real cool. I want to give a Standard license. I have long read Web resources depot 🙂

  • Nice! 🙂

  • paulo oliveira

    count me in, please! Seems a great app!

  • B-RiZzY

    This seems like a pretty great solution for a portfolio.

  • muhamed

    I need free stuffz

  • Jonathan

    This looks awesome, great giveaway!

  • Jerry


  • Aaron F.

    great, i just need this!

  • This looks great and is just what I’m looking for for my personal photo portfolio website.

  • George

    This is nice, minimum features, not needing all the overhead of WP.

  • sumit

    I would love it/

  • der_robert

    Realy nice !

  • Great i want it

  • Rigoberto

    Excellent tool. I need one … Thank you very much for the gift

  • Gabo

    Thanks… I need one

  • xombie

    I could really use something like this. Good luck to everyone!

  • Cedric D

    Do want!!

  • This is me commenting. Wish me luck.

  • Cool demos. Looks pretty simple.

  • Kelly

    Oh, that would be sweet! Great contest 🙂

  • Awesome

    I am in!

  • S0nny

    me gusta!

  • nat

    sounds interesting 🙂

  • B.S. Voon

    I want that!

  • Phillip

    I liike it.

  • WK

    Trying my luck!

  • Giorgos K.

    Count me in..

  • petrivoges

    Want it!

  • Justas

    That’s nice I am in!

  • danro

    They provide a nice service. thank you

  • Stfan

    Nice, would like to try it out


  • Cyrke

    Nice and simple… I could use this! Good luck everyone =)

  • You’re giving away Showkase? I’m in! 🙂

  • Fizzvr

    Awesome ppl! th

  • Christophe

    Maybe this time i will win 🙂

  • Barry

    Looks great. Count me in.

  • drealeyece

    Nice UI!

  • brett

    I like it..

  • Haha! Love it WSD! I’m here too!

  • Krishna

    I Love it. Very Very thanks to all of god blessing People.

  • Thx for share. Good Luck!

  • george marin

    I`m in!

  • I am positive that lady luck will be with me this time

  • Paul

    Give it to me 🙂

  • Mkd

    I want it.

  • zahid

    i am in too