There is an English idiom, “An image is worth of thousand words.” Image or Photo can convey your message and connect with your target audience more influentially. If you are a website owner, photos are important for a website.
But sometimes managing photos on gallery can be overwhelming and messy. Though WordPress comes with built in photo gallery feature, it doesn’t fulfill most of the user’s requirements. The default photo gallery lacks functionality and aesthetic appeal. That’s the reason most often you will seek an alternative solution for your photo gallery.
You can find a ton of plugins for your photo gallery. But most of them have three common problems.
First, most of the photo gallery plugins will slow down your website. It will affect your SEO ranking. Furthermore, many of them aren’t well coded which can hurt your website badly.
Second, they are bloated with features and functionalities. This turn users or beginners overwhelmed. You want it easy to use, right? But, you will get lost with this bloated features. Thus you will need more time to set up your photo gallery.
Third, and this one is very much important. Most of the plugins that you will find in WordPress Plugin Repository aren’t responsive. It is very much crucial for your website.
With these problems, most of you find it hard to choose the best photo gallery plugin for you. That is why we made the list of 5 best photo gallery plugin for WordPress.
While making this list, we considered problems most of the plugins face, how often the authors update plugins and the number of active installs. Let’s dive deep into it…
Gallery by Envira – Responsive Photo Gallery for WordPress is one of the most popular and quality photo gallery plugin you will find in the WordPress plugin repository. The plugin has downloaded over 500,000 times. Currently, it has 90,000 plus active install and 4.9-star satisfactory rating.
Envira is a drag and drop photo gallery plugin. It’s the easiest plugin available in the market right now! You will also get various templates to make your gallery editing more hassle free.
After installing Envira, it will add “Envira Gallery” option to your WordPress dashboard. So, setting up and adding photos to your gallery is easy and fun. But the free version comes with a gallery theme.
Envira also doesn’t slow down your website. For a page size of 1mb Envira Gallery only needs 1.08 second to load. It is the fastest photo gallery plugin you can find.
And, yes! It’s responsive.
Foo Gallery also has over 90,000 active install and 4.9-star satisfactory rating. For user experience, Foo Gallery takes the similar approach as Envira Gallery. This photo gallery plugin uses a simple user interface which looks and feels like WordPress.
When it comes to features, Foo is one of the best solutions for you. This plugin is feature rich, and you will get tons of useful things. You will get retina display support, gallery templates, responsiveness with this plugin.
Foo Gallery is unique from other plugins available on the market in two ways. Now, you can add videos to your photo gallery. Second, it has a built-in album as an extension. Go to the extension page and enable the extension. Bang! You can easily add albums like galleries.
And, if all of this, isn’t enough for you! No worry. You can build custom extensions of your own.
The only lacking is, it doesn’t come with built-in lightbox feature and sometimes all that extension can slow down your website a bit. For that, you have to install Foobox and use a minimal extension as possible.
Fancy Gallery offers you thousands of layout, hover-effect variations, and tons of options for customization control. It has been sold over 5000 times on Envato Marketplace with a 4.5-star rating.
Fancy Gallery comes with an user-friendly AJAX-driven administration that allows creating galleries easily and quickly. You can display the gallery in a post, a page, or even in a widget area. It differs from other plugins in that it can deliver both video and photos in a single gallery.
You can create your galleries by using the administration surface or drag and drop your images into a separate folder. The plugin has HTML Generator to use galleries on external websites. It also has Auto-Thumbnail, so you don’t need to create thumbnails by yourself.
You can create unlimited amounts of photo galleries for your WordPress site or another website. All you have to do is copy and paste the code after your generate galleries.
Fancy Gallery is available for just $25 with a regular license.
Some call it the mother of WordPress gallery plugins. It has been the most popular plugin and continues to receive over 1.5 million new downloads per year (overall 14 million!). Currently, it has over one million active installs.
Though it has a 3.5-star rating on plugin directory, don’t get frightened. This plugin has a powerful punch in term of features for you.
NextGEN offers a complete WordPress gallery management system with the ability to batch upload, import meta data, make a group of galleries into albums, and more.
Most important note on NextGEN is that it is under active development. The Pro version is very popular. So, the developers are able to invest in the ongoing development process. And, the free version also gets regular updates for this reason.
You can add images to a gallery from the Media Library, a server folder (within the wp-content folder of your WordPress install), or from your computer.
Photo Gallery by Web Dorado will take your gallery to a whole new level. The plugin is fully responsive with advanced functionalities. It uses user-friendly interface which makes it easy to use.
This photo gallery plugin has over 300,000 active installs, thousands of downloads daily and 4.5-star satisfactory rating on WordPress plugin repository. It adds “Photo Gallery” option to your WordPress dashboard. From there you can add a gallery like you add a post.
You can add photo gallery & album to post & page, provide detailed gallery descriptions and tags, add an audio track to your image slide. This plugin also has video support on it. It will enable you to create a Youtube gallery or Vimeo video gallery.
Now you can sell your image with Photo Gallery. It added e-commerce add-on to their add-on shop. With the add-on installed, you can sell digital photos and prints.
It’s one of the best gallery plugin available. So don’t hesitate to download this plugin.
These plugins can help you to make attractive and appealing galleries. You can pick one among them, and we can bet it will match your requirements. If you need extra features, try their premium versions.
If you think these five plugins aren’t sufficient, you can research your own.
Did you use any of these plugins before? Or, did we miss any plugin that you think should be on the list? What is your experience? Share with us in comments.