What should I include in my web design portfolio?

Web designers may wonder what to include in a professional web designer portfolio to increase the chance of getting hired by a web development firm or freelance clients. Naturally, a web designer portfolio should include the best examples of the web designer's work, such as online screen shots and links of custom websites. If a specific website design has been recognized or received an industry award, this can be included to emphasize the abilities of the web designer. Web designers will also want to include a listing of clients for whom work has been produced, along with testimonials and an explanation of the concept behind each website. Finally, the web designer's education, certifications earned and work history should be included in the portfolio to give more background information.