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I am trying to update my portfolio with a new folder but cant

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Laura P Member Since: Jul 21, 2019
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Hi. I only want one Profile. For reasons of simplicity. I am unable to create more than one folder for my portfolio in my General Profile. DO I have to create a Specialized Profile to create another portfolio folder? I have enough to keep track of in my life without worrying about different profiles! lol

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Mahmoud M Member Since: Nov 20, 2018
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Hello, I was doing some changes to my portfolio when I realized that Upwork made new changes to the way we edit it (which is great btw), but I noticed there's one problem in the "update project" tab under "specialty", why I can't choose my general profile as an option? I am using my general profile as a specialized profile too, so technically I can do 3 different things (which are my 3 profiles).

Another thing is that I can't change the order of images, can't choose a cover image without showing it in the album, and every time I need to go to the next tab it gives a warning "Changes you made may not be saved."


Joanne Marie P Moderator Member Since: Nov 26, 2017
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Hi Mahmoud,


I'd be happy to check this further for you. Can you please share with me a screenshot via PM? I'll wait for your message. Thanks

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Matt E Member Since: Jun 18, 2019
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I am also experiencing the same problem, constant pop up for speciailisd profiles. I just want to add new project images!?

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Noe D Member Since: Jun 18, 2019
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Upwork has changed the editing on portfolio things in your profile. It now asks to submit a specialty when uploading a portfolio item. 


My problem with this is if I want to upload the portfolio item to my general profile, HOW THE HECK AM I GOING TO DO THAT!!! IT NEEDS A SPECIALTY! 


Please fix this, the old format was better and easy. Now my head is exploding. 

Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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Hi everyone, 

Thank you for your patience as I had to clarify this with the team. Please know that this is working as designed. This is to encourage users to create specialized profiles as this allow freelancers to better customize their skills and experience. You may read more about it here through this announcement post. 

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Parth P Member Since: Aug 9, 2013
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Hello Avery,


Then how clients would see my profile? i tried to apply for a job post and there is no way i can select a specilized profile to submit my cover letter while applying for a job post.


And my general profile is not good as i want to make as you're not allowing me to add or edit any portfolio items, so how will it work? can you please explain with a bit more details please,



Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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Hi Path, 

The profile that matches the skills noted on the job post, will be the profile that will be highlighted when your client receives your proposal. Your client will still be able to view your other profiles once they go to your profile page. 

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Gary B Member Since: Apr 15, 2019
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Frankly it an appalling change. It totally restricts us as users to control
what we show. You are only allowed two specialized profiles which is not
good enough. Why cant we just add our work to our portfolio as we would
prefer. We know our business and clients better than Upwork could

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Scott B Member Since: Nov 20, 2015
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Are we kidding here? Why on earth do I need to create a separate profile from the one and only profile I need just to add portfolio items? If one has multiple specialities they need to promote then differing profiles makes sense. From your own documentation:


Specialized profiles allow you to tailor your profile to your audience and to create variations of your profile that showcase your experience within specific categories. For example, you can separate out the work you've done as a mobile game developer from your work as a translator or graphic designer. 


So from the above, what if you don't have any need to separate things out? You are forced to create what is essentially a duplicate profile just so that you can add portfolio items? The announcement of these profiles and the documentation about them all suggest that they are for segment of people who need them. This is great but if you are admitting that it isn't for everyone, then why on earth are you preventing people from creating portfolio items from their main? Essentially you are now demanding that everyone has to have a speciality profile if they at all want to show their work. 


I try hard to just sigh and move on, but when the platform keeps making these kinds of arbitrary decisions that NO ONE asks for and that just adds more work and time for no benefit, I get extremely frustrated.