How to Add a WordPress Image Gallery to Your Site

A WordPress image gallery isn’t just a feature for photographers. It’s an excellent tool for anyone looking to showcase pictures in a way that’s easy to organize, share, and view.

This guide will walk you through two distinct gallery options, showing you how to implement a WordPress.com image gallery.

1. Use WordPress.com’s built-in gallery feature

This is a great option for website owners who only require basic gallery functionality.

  • Edit the post or page where your gallery will go.
  • In the visual editor, select Add Media.

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  • Select your photos and click “Create a new gallery.

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  • Follow the steps to customize and insert your gallery.

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Are you using the new WordPress Editor? Creating an image gallery just got a whole lot easier — just use the Gallery block in your post or page and your photos will be ready for their time in the spotlight in no time.

2. Use a gallery plugin

Another popular way to add a gallery to your WordPress.com site is with a plugin — which anyone with a WordPress.com Business plan can enable on their site. Photo gallery plugins are useful when you have a lot of photos to share, or require more flexibility.

  • Go to the Plugins page to view available and featured plugins.
  • Select your desired plugin and click Install.
  • Review the Plugins section in your WordPress.com admin panel to view your newly installed gallery plugin.
  • Click View Details to learn about a plugin, or Settings to customize your gallery options.

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Gallery plugin recommendations

Here’s a quick comparison of four popular WordPress image gallery plugins and their key features.

  1. NextGen Gallery: If you want a gallery that can accommodate a growing website, then give NextGen a try. It’s powerful enough to handle small or large galleries. You can even upgrade to access advanced features like watermarks and image deep links.

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  2. Envira Gallery: If you want a plugin for beginners, then Envira is your best bet. With its pre-built templates and drag-and-drop builder, it has a reputation for being user-friendly.

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  3. FooGallery: If you’re a developer or freelancer who wants to display lots of quality images, then FooGallery is a great option. The responsive design makes thumbnails crisp and ensures compatibility on any device.

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  4. Modula: If grid galleries are your thing, then Modula is the perfect choice. It boasts a quick creation process with built-in social sharing buttons.

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Once you select the right gallery for your website, you can turn your focus to taking photos. Get inspired by following a few of these stunning photography blogs.

Photo Source: Pexels/Porapak Apichodilok

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