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Creating a Web Design Portfolio

I have been trying to figure out how to showcase my skills. I'd like to have an online portfolio that shows some of my better designs. I have a few questions before I get started. These questions include “when to use screenshots vs. links to active sites”. I think that I should probably make screenshots whenever I make (or redesign) a page to document the site in its existing state. I may not save the old design if I redo it but the screen shot will document it. It also gives me something to look back at and compare with the new design.

I came across this one ezine article ... How to Successfully Build Your Web Design Portfolio that has some pointers. They recommend having a print version made on high quality photo paper.

Some web forums had a few recommendations but I'm not sure how useful they would be. They included trying to increase the resolution in photoshop (?) and using a higher resolution monitor (wha ?). I'm finding that a max dimension of about 750 pixels looks ok. Its ok (in my opinion) if all the text isn't legible. What matters is the presentation, organization, flow, and color. Am I wrong ?