In the world of the internet filled with words, images stand out images and can, in fact, convey complex concepts in a simpler manner, which makes them far more valuable. Although WordPress has a built-in gallery to display images for your visitors, there is not much allure and functionality to it, and you’d be better off looking for a WordPress gallery plugin from other sources.
Fortunately for you, I took the liberty of sorting through hundreds of gallery plugins and bring to you only the ones that provide the best user experience and feedback.
Here’s what I look for in Gallery plugins:
What to look for in a WordPress Gallery Plugin
Before installing a plugin, don’t assume that the first result is the one to go with. There are some factors that you have to consider first, some of which are:
Features: Elements like navigation, lightboxes, animation, and pagination make the experience of gallery viewing more interesting.
Number of installs/rating: Before you hit that download button, it’s important to check out the number of installs and the average rating. Compare it with the others and see which plugin has a bigger adoption rate.
Compatibility: This is the most crucial! Always check if the plugin you are about to download is up to date and if it’s compatible with the latest version of the WordPress.
Speed: Like your site, your gallery should be quick in execution so as not to frustrate your users. You have to optimize each and every one of your images so that they can load quicker.
Ease of Use: We recommend trying out the free versions of the gallery plugins before you purchase them. Chances are that some of the features of a plugin may not be up to the mark, hence, you can make a better decision that way.
Let’s take a look at which plugin fulfill all these criteria, and you can pick one for your WordPress blog to further your quest to display awesome images for your visitors!
In just a short span of time, Envira Gallery has gained a lot of popularity in the WordPress community. The plugin enables you to create incredible photos as well as video galleries in under a span of few minutes.
In order to make sure your site is flexible, the plugin is powerfully light, which works great if you wish to display a number of high-quality images in your gallery. It’s also responsive, which means that the gallery can be displayed just as beautifully on a mobile device as it would on its desktop counterpart.
Here is Why Envira Gallery is a Great WordPress Gallery Plugin:
- Lightweight plugin that doesn’t affect your site’ performance.
- Highly responsive which means your images can be displayed on every device
- Simplistic interface allows you to drag and drop images to your gallery
- Import and export images with one click
This article was written by Moeez and originally published on WPblog.