If you’re on the hunt for the best WordPress gallery plugin, Envira Gallery is probably a name that you’ve come across.
There’s a reason for that – Envira Gallery is definitely one of the top WordPress gallery plugins. One of the reasons it’s so popular is that it offers an easy way for casual users to create great-looking galleries, while at the same time also offering features for advanced users and power users like dynamic galleries, client proofing, and even eCommerce sales via WooCommerce.
In our hands-on Envira Gallery review, we’ll take a deeper look at this plugin and show you everything that it can do.
Envira Gallery Review: Introduction and Feature Overview
Envira Gallery is one of the most popular plugins in the WordPress gallery space. According to WordPress.org, it’s active on over 100,000 sites with a near-perfect 4.8-star rating on over 1,350 reviews.
Envira Gallery used to be part of the WPBeginner family of plugins, which includes other popular tools like WPForms and MonsterInsights. However, in 2018, the plugin was sold to Nathan Singh, who has been running it since then with no drop in quality.
Nathan also acquired the popular NextGEN Gallery plugin in 2020 (the most popular gallery plugin at WordPress.org), so Envira Gallery and NextGEN Gallery are now under the same parent company.
All that to say, Envira Gallery comes from a team that’s heavily invested in the WordPress gallery space, which is a good indicator of its long-term longevity.
In terms of features, Envira Gallery provides a good mix of basic features for casual users as well as advanced features for photographers and power users.
Types of Galleries That You Can Create
Envira Gallery is quite flexible in the types of galleries that it lets you create.
At a basic level, the free version lets you create image galleries. But if you upgrade, you can also create video galleries.
Where the premium version really gets fun, though, is in its dynamic gallery features. You can create galleries from blog posts, WooCommerce products, or other custom post types. Or, you can automatically create galleries from the images that are attached to a post.
You can also create galleries from external sources such as:
Finally, there’s also an Adobe Lightroom integration so that you can sync your galleries with your Lightroom collections (great for photographers)
With the premium version, Envira Gallery gives you five different layouts:
- Automatic – uses a justified image grid.
- Mason – a straightforward masonry gallery.
- Grid – a basic column gallery with equal-height rows.
- Square – an Instagram-style gallery.
- Blogroll – lets you list your images one-by-one.
You can view some demos of the various layouts
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WPKube.