A lightbox is one of the best ways to present images and videos in WordPress, and there are understandably quite a number of plugins to choose from.
Lets take a look at some of the best lightbox plugins out there.
FooBox is a fully responsive media lightbox plugin for WordPress, with the goal to make your images, video, and HTML content look beautiful on all devices. It transforms your dull image galleries and media elements into an awesome responsive experience, with built-in social sharing and sexy slideshow functionality to boot.
FooBox even changes at every screen resolution to best fit your mobile device, and it works immediately with your existing WordPress Galleries. NextGen Gallery, Justified Image Grid and other plugins are not required (but are fully supported).
You can check out their demos here.
Personal – $27 | Multi – $67 | Business – $97
JackBox for WordPress is built on a simple idea. The idea that you can connect your page and post content to a lightbox.This means no shortcodes and no gallery managers to figure out. Instead, JackBox is baked into your content editor and works just like the traditional “hyperlink” button. Except instead of just adding a simple link, you create a lightbox item!
It was originally built with 2 goals in mind. The first was to create a lightbox that worked on mobile devices, even smartphones. JackBox is “responsive”, which means it’s 100% compatible with responsive websites. The second was to create a lightbox where every image, video and song can be individually shared. This means when someone “likes” one of your photos, when a friend clicks on the shared link, they’ll instantly be shown the exact photo that was originally shared.
Regular License – $18 | Extended License – $90
There are a tonne of jQuery & WordPress lightbox plugins in the world but none of them are as simple to setup and use as the Nivo Lightbox while still offering the flexibility and accessibility available with the Nivo Lightbox. It is responsive, retina-ready and simple to setup for mobile too.
The Nivo Lightbox automatically detects the type of content you are trying to show and loads it correctly. No extra setup required. So no matter if you are trying to show images, image galleries, AJAX, Flash, Youtube or Vimeo videos, another website or just inline HTML, Nivo Lightbox has you covered.
Single Site – $29 | Extended – $49 | Developer – $99
Regular License – $20 | Extended License – $100
Responsive Lightbox allows users to view larger versions of images and galleries in a lightbox (overlay) effect optimized for mobile devices.
The WordPress Video Lightbox plugin allows you to embed videos on a page using lightbox overlay display.
This plugin can be used to display images, flash, YouTube, Vimeo, iFrame etc in a lightbox overlay. The embedded videos can be viewed on iPhone and iPad too.
The Easy FancyBox plugin for WordPress gives you a flexible and aesthetic lightbox solution for just about all media links on your website. Easy FancyBox uses the packed FancyBox jQuery extension and is WP 3+ Multi-Site compatible.
After activation, all links to JPG, GIF and PNG images are automatically opened in the FancyBox Mac-style lightbox that floats over the web page. Most options available can be managed with this plugin along with some extra features.
WP Colorbox plugin is a simple lightbox tool for WordPress. It allows users to pop up content in lightbox using the popular jQuery ColorBox library. They can also view the larger version of a particular media file without leaving the page.
WP Lightbox 2 adds the responsive lightbox (overlay) effect to the current page images and creates photo albums/galleries on your WordPress blog. Just install and sit back. This plugin enables the image overlay lighbox effect for all the post images on your WordPress site – no configuration required.
Huge-IT Lightbox is the perfect tool for viewing photos and videos. It is created especially for simplificity in usage, permits you to view larger version of images and videos and provides an interesting design. The video link can be from two sources – Vimeo and YouTube.
Simple Lightbox is a very simple and customizable lightbox that is easy to add to your WordPress website.
With well over half a million downloads from the WordPress.org repository it’s certainly one of the most popular lightbox plugins out there, and there is now even a new Beta version for you to check out.
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