16 Best WordPress Photo Gallery Plugins (Compared With Examples)

WordPress photo gallery plugins

Pretty much every website uses images and WordPress photo gallery plugins make it easy to display those images in an attractive way.

But with so many options to choose from, it can be hard to dig through everything and find the plugin that offers just the right combination of features, aesthetics, and ease of use.

To help you find that plugin, we’ve compiled a list of the best WordPress photo gallery plugins, dissected their feature lists, and grabbed a representative screenshot so that you know what types of galleries each can create.

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How to Choose the Best WordPress Photo Gallery Plugins

You have an overwhelming number of WordPress photo gallery plugins to choose from. Go to CodeCanyon, WordPress.org, or make a Google search and you’re still going to be looking at a long list, without much guidance on what you should go for.

Therefore, we compiled the best features to consider when looking through these WordPress photo gallery plugins. Everyone’s situation will be different, but try to pick out the most important features to you from the list below to narrow your search:

  • A collection of different gallery formats such as tiled, mosaic, and masonry.
  • Lightbox viewing, for users to get a larger version of the photos in your gallery.
  • Image sharing, through social media and other options like email.
  • Image commenting for creating a community and conversation behind your photos.
  • Support for both video and photos, with tools for linking to YouTube and Vimeo videos.
  • Linking options so that you can send people to descriptions of your portfolios or blog posts with more information.
  • Open graph access to integrate with third-party tools and customize the way the gallery looks.
  • Image protection for those who don’t want their photographs used without permission.
  • Ecommerce support to sell your photos through a WordPress website.
  • A digital download management system to compile the images and organize them into categories.
  • Animations and other effects to grab attention when users scroll over your photos.
  • Drag and drop builders for rapidly building a photo or video gallery without the need for complicated coding or settings.
  • Mobile-friendly galleries so that users can view your photos from tablets and phones.
  • Image optimization with lazy loading. This is essential if you plan on having lots of photos on your website. It’s bound to improve the speed of your site and make search engine happy.
  • Gallery templates

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This article was written by Matteo Duò and originally published on Blog – Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting.

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