Pictures speak louder than words.
For all its features though, WordPress has a lamentably simplistic layout for the photos and albums you might want to upload and display.
This is where a photo gallery plugin comes in.
A large number of gallery plugins are available; some opting for a minimalistic approach, some others having advanced features, some with high upload speeds, yet others with high definition displays.
Amongst this milieu, how do you select a plugin that suits your site’s requirements and yet does not bog it down and make it slow?
We list out some features here that can be used as a yardstick for measuring a GOOD photo gallery plugin.
Ease of Use
An easy to understand user interface makes arranging galleries very simple. Additionally, a bloated plugin is often difficult to navigate, loaded as it is with unnecessary features. Clean interfaces make selecting layouts, columns, animations and lightboxes straightforward, thereby making the plugin beginner friendly.
WordPress sites that are heavily photo-based, like portfolios or wildlife photography sites experience a significant increase in site load time on account of large files. A good photo gallery plugin is coded well and optimized for speed so that page load time is reduced to the maximum extent possible and viewer interest is maintained.
Apart from the standard displays, multiple view options make the website more attractive and interesting. Also, photo plugins are expected to be 100% responsive. A good display improves user experience and peripherals like descriptions and tags give a boost to the SEO ranking too.
A photo gallery plugin ought to have advanced features like pagination, social media linking, image protection, variable view modes, slideshow options, quick navigation tools, lightboxes and more. All of these work in combination to create a beautiful gallery and thereby improve site performance.
Satisfying all these requirements and having other unique functionalities is the Photo Gallery plugin for WordPress!
Photo Gallery- Responsive and Advanced Gallery Plugin for WordPress
Photo Gallery is a completely responsive plugin with over 200,000 installs and has tons of options for customization and display.
Developed by Web Dorado, Photo Gallery lets you create unlimited galleries and albums, adding descriptions and tags galore.
The plugin can be used for a wide set of applications, from adding pictures to a simple blog post to creating high-end, professional displays for mega-stores.
Let us check out the features of Photo Gallery in detail.
Multiple Gallery Views
Photo Gallery has 7 in-built view types that allow for variable display of your photos and albums. This includes a regular thumbnail view, a mosaic gallery view, single image browser view, blog style gallery view and masonry view.
- These views can be customized with the help of shortcodes, as can the other, additional views available in the Premium version.
- The plugin supports all image files and an unlimited number of photos can be added and galleries created here.
- The slideshow view allows for shuffling and auto play options; besides the layout can be customized to have a specific number of photos in any given row.
Editing and Customization
Once the photo has been uploaded successfully, Photo Gallery lets you edit and customize each picture individually. Modify the thumbnail, resize the image, provide detailed descriptions or add tags; the image display capabilities can also be varied here.
Another functionality is that tags can be added to all images simultaneously. This lets you add bulk tags instead of having to navigate to every image for one common tag.
Photo Gallery supports YouTube and Vimeo videos inside galleries. Images can be uploaded either directly here, or from the Media Library. The plugin also incorporates the audio playback feature during a slideshow of your images. The Premium version lets you add both image and video files to the same gallery.
To protect your images from being downloaded or pirated, Photo Gallery can disable the right-click feature. You can also control who can change or edit the images, galleries and albums.
The pictures themselves can be edited to have watermarks to ensure security.
Photo Gallery has numerous social links and can import images securely from Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter. Also, comments can be restricted by using the CAPTCHA protection.
Widgets and Add-Ons
Apart from the main plugin, Photo Gallery has widgets like Tag Cloud and Dynamic Photo Gallery Tags Cloud which allow the administrator to leverage image tags and text tags. The Photo Gallery Slideshow widget is used to display galleries and albums as widgets and embed them into posts and pages.
Although Photo Gallery is built for WordPress, it can be used for other applications by installing the add-ons available for the Premium version. Some of the available add-ons are:
- Facebook Integration
- Ecommerce Add-on
- Import/Export Add-on
The ecommerce add-on can be used to sell images to your customers on your WooCommerce store via payment gateways like Stripe and PayPal.
WordPress Photo Gallery is a completely responsive plugin that provides myriad options to add, edit, display and protect images on your WordPress site.
A simple user interface makes creating galleries as easy as creating posts and pages and Compact and Detailed views present them beautifully. The plugin itself is available free of cost, but the add-ons and other extensions are paid.
Available in over 50 languages, the plugin is localization and translation ready. With customizable views and themes and multi-file support, Photo Gallery has all that you could wish for in a photo management plugin for WordPress.