When showcasing your work on your own site, is it best to give live links or show static graphics/screenshots? I had always felt that links are the way to go, but that offers a potential issue: it is possible for a designer to create a wonderful looking site, add it to their own portfolio, and then for the client to then make their own changes and completely mess with the slick-looking site! There is also the possibility that a client will redesign a site some time after you deliver it, so you could end up inadvertently claiming another designer’s work as your own! Richard Coull, Dundee, UK net: You can’t expect a website you design to stay the same forever, and some of the best portfolio sites even have broken links. In theory, it’s fine to use screengrabs of sites to show off your work, and keep the link relatively hidden away (here’s one example of how you might do that: www. shanemielke.com/work/wbmadmax). And of course, you should also be checking for broken links and other issues of the sort you describe (something we’re all probably guilty of not doing regularly enough).
If you’re really proud of a particular design that goes on to be changed by the owners, I don’t see anything wrong in posting a screenshot, labelling it clearly as a mockup, and not having a link at all.
However, if clients are changing your designs after you’ve delivered them, there may be a deeper issue. Maybe you should work on persuading them to pay you to maintain the site over the longer term.
Hidden link On his portfolio site, Shane Mielke uses mainly screengrabs, but viewers can find a link to the live site by expanding the ‘info’ section