Galleries are an essential part of many websites, they are a sticky area where site visitors tend to linger a bit more and learn more about your or your services.
WordPress does not have any in-built photo gallery management functionalities, although it must be said that there exists a concept of galleries in the WordPress core. It allows you to insert a batch of images into a post or page, but not much more than that.
For a proper gallery solution, we have to look at third party plugins, thankfully there are quite a number of excellent ones to choose from.
This is a gallery that can host both images and videos. You can create an unlimited amount of galleries, and each gallery can contain an unlimited amount of albums. The admin side is quite user friendly and is AJAX powered.
Documentation for this plugin is good, although the English used is not perfect at times, since the developer is German.
One of the best features of this plugin is the Generator. It allows you to use galleries created in WordPress on external websites. The generator creates the code for the head and body tags and all you have to do is to copy and paste it in. Quite a handy feature.
Fancy Gallery has loads of options with which to customise the display of the gallery, including choice of lightbox, album selectors, and hover effects. Galleries can also include social media buttons so your users can easily share the images.
This is a stable plugin that has been selling well for well over a year, and is a very good option if you want a straightforward gallery plugin for your WordPress site.
Create fully responsive galleries fastly and with ease on your website. Global Gallery comes with three gallery layouts, four lightboxes ready to use and is designed to be visible on each device: whether you are using a retina MacBook or an Android phone.
Choose if display your images with a classic gallery layout, a masonry one or with the new PhothoString one (see layout examples here).
Sort images, set the author, description and title. Finally, set the thumbnail center to display images always correctly. With Global Gallery you can make everything in few seconds!
Choose the images source
Why using only wordpress images? Global Gallery is ready to catch images from:
- Your WordPress library
- WordPress category posts
- Global Galler album (created via FTP )
- Flickr sets
- Instagram accounts
- Pinterest boards
- Facebook pages
- Google+ albums
- 500px users
Everything is simple and easy. With no skills!
WP Video Gallery
This is a dedicated video gallery plugin, that includes 3 different skins and is fully responsive. Installation is easy. Just purchase, download the zip, access your WordPress Admin Menu > Plugins > Add New > Upload zip and that’s all! Go to Settings > Zoom Video Gallery and start adding videos.
You can setup unlimited number of galleries in the admin as well as put them in the content. Videos can also be imported from YouTube, you just need to enter the user’s details or a playlist’s details.
NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin, and one of the most popular WordPress plugins of any kind, with over 6 million downloads.
It provides a powerful engine for uploading and managing galleries of images, with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, add/delete/rearrange/sort images, edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, and more. It also provides two front-end display styles (slideshows and thumbnail galleries), both of which come with a wide array of options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more.
Thumbnail Gallery – NextGen Gallery Template
This NextGEN Template will help you to easily add a thumbnail gallery to your WordPress website or blog. The gallery is completely customizable, resizable and is compatible with all browsers and devices (iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones).
Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.
It consists of a number of features and can be considered a plugin full of plugins, but in this case what interests us are two items:
With Carousel active, any standard WordPress galleries you have embedded in posts or pages will launch a gorgeous full-screen photo browsing experience with comments and EXIF metadata.
The Tiled Gallery feature in Jetpack allows you to display your image galleries in three new styles: a rectangular mosaic, a square mosaic, and a circular grid. The rectangular and square tiled layouts also have hover-over captions to save space while making captions accessible. Here are some previews:
Do you know of any other great WordPress gallery plugins for WordPress? Let us know in the comments section below.
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