40+ Best WordPress Gallery Plugins

September 13, 2016 · 94 comments

by Sonny M. Day


WordPress gallery plugins can be really useful for building a cool online portfolio. The capability to display images in an organized and attractive fashion is a very important feature of most modern websites. Photos, illustrations, screenshots etc. tend to make websites easier to digest and more interesting to the readers.

By using a WordPress image gallery plugin or one of the many WordPress Portfolio themes available, you can feature image content in an easy and elegant way. Keep in mind that far from all WordPress themes come with the needed capabilities out of the box to showcase photos the way you want without the need for coding. You can add your own jQuery image slider plugins to your theme pages, but it takes time and skills. Fortunately, there are plenty of WordPress Gallery plugins you can choose from, making it possible for your site to showcase photos in the way you like. Here in this article, we are listing some of the best WordPress gallery plugins, you can use in your own WordPress website. The article is updated regularly with new gallery plugins for WordPress and all links are checked. We will be happy to hear your thoughts and possible additions to this WordPress gallery plugin collection. By the way please check out these portfolio plugins as well.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). I recommend that you do your own independent research before purchasing any product or service. This article is not a guideline, a recommendation or endorsement of specific products.



uSquare – Universal responsive grid for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO


uSquare is a WordPress responsive squared grid that can display your content in a unique and interesting way. You can use it for displaying team members, products, services, designs, blog posts or anything else that comes to your mind. In our live preview we have included 3 modifications of the original file in order for you to see how uSquare can serve your purpose.

ZoomFolio – WordPress Portfolio Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO


DZS ZoomFolio is the ultimate plugin for displaying your creative portfolio to your clients and that’s not all. You can use it to show the recent posts from your blog or a gallery from your vacation. The possibilities are endless.

RoyalSlider – Premium WordPress Gallery Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO


New RoyalSlider for WordPress is responsive image gallery and HTML content slider plugin with touch-swipe navigation. Plugin is mobile-friendly and allows creating completely custom slideshows and css3 banner rotators with images, videos or HTML content in slides.

Gallerix – MORE INFO / DEMO


Gallerix is a WordPress plugin that allows you easy and fast to create image galleries.

Media Grid – WordPress Image Gallery and Responsive Portfolio – MORE INFO / DEMO

Create responsive and filterable portfolios with ease on your website. Media Grid comes with masonry layout, is designed to adapt each portfolio to any situation and is mobile optimized for responsive themes.


GRAND FlAGallery

GRAND FlAGallery is a Photo Gallery, Video Gallery, Music Album & Banner Rotator plugin with powerful admin to manage your media content. It is a flash and jQuery media content plugin that provides a comprehensive interface for handling image galleries, audio and video.

Global Gallery – WordPress Responsive Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO


Create fully responsive galleries fastly and with ease on your website. Global Gallery comes with three gallery layouts, four lightboxes ready to use and is designed to be visible on each device: whether you are using a retina MacBook or an Android phone.

Touch Carousel – MORE INFO / DEMO

TouchCarousel is a posts content slider WordPress plugin with touch navigation for mobile devices. The Touch feature also works when you use a mouse…pretty cool actually. You can slide custom post types, with custom taxonomies (categories, tags, e.t.c.) and create layout templates using simple templating system

Thumbnail Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO


This Plugin will help you to easily add a thumbnail gallery to your WordPress website or blog. The gallery is completely customizable, resizable and is compatible with all browsers and devices (iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones). You will be able to insert it in any page or post you want with inbuilt short code generator.

SlideDeck 2 – Responsive multi purposr slider and gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO


SlideDeck2 is one of the most feature rich slider solutions available as a WordPress plugin with many different layout options. You can create custom SlideDecks with images, video, text and HTML and pull content from a long list of sources. This plugin is worth checking out for sure if you are looking for a slider plugin!

Fancy Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO

 Fancy Gallery - Premium WordPress Gallery Plugin by Code Canyon

Fancy Gallery comes with an outstanding AJAX admin and a lot of new features. You can create unlimited of galleries and each gallery can hold unlimited of albums. You can add different types of media – Images, Video, Websites to the albums. One of the biggest feature is the Generator. It allows to use galleries, you created in wordpress, on external websites. The generator creates the code for the head and body tag and all you have to do is to copy and paste it in.

NextGEN WordPress Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO

NextGEN Gallery is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with dozens of options and features. It features AJAX based thumbnail generator, JavaScript Effects on images, Fully integrated slideshow as jQuery or Flash solution, Tag support for images, support for XML Sitemaps and many other useful functions.

Dynamic Content WordPress Gallery – MORE INFO

Dynamic Content Gallery

This plugin creates a dynamic gallery of images for latest and/or featured content using either the JonDesign SmoothGallery script for mootools, or a custom jQuery script. The plugin dynamically creates the gallery from your latest and/or featured content by either automatically pulling in the first Image Attachment from relevant Posts/Pages, or by specifying image URLs in a DCG Metabox in the Write screen for the relevant Posts/Pages. Additionally, default images can be displayed in the event that Posts/Pages don’t have an Image Attachment or manually specified image. A Dashboard Settings page gives access to a comprehensive range of options for populating the gallery and configuring its look and behaviour. The DCG can be added to your theme as a Widget, or by using a template tag.

Complete Gallery Manager for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO

With this plugin you can now create galleries using Images, Posts, Pages and Videos. Choose between 8 different layout modes; Masonry, Fit Rows, Cell by Row, Straight Down, Masonry Horizontal, Fit Columns Layout, Cells by Columns, Straight Across. All layouts are 100% responsive.

Social Gallery WordPress Photo Viewer Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO


Social Gallery is a WordPress plugin that adds Facebook-style image viewing to your blog

Lightbox Gallery – MORE INFO

As the name suggests, Lightbox Gallery plugin changes the view of galleries to the lightbox. Among others it features: Lightbox display of Gallery, Tooltip view of caption of images, Displays the associated metadata with images, and extends the default gallery options.

LayerSlider – MORE INFO / DEMO


This is the WordPress plugin of LayerSlider! You can create as many layers and sublayers as you want. You can use unlimited images with links. The script is very user-friendly, you can add global settings or local (per slide) settings to each layer or sublayer. You can change delay times, easing types, durations and much more.

PhotoMosaic – MORE INFO / DEMO

PhotoMosaic creates a shortcode ([photomosaic]) that transforms a WordPress photo gallery into a visually-striking design piece by giving it a fresh mansonry layout worthy of your favorite design blog.

Portfolio Slideshow – MORE INFO

 Portfolio Slideshow

Portfolio Slideshow is an easy to add clean and simple JavaScript slideshow to your site. The slideshow integrates well into any design, supports fluid-width themes, and offers lots of options for power users, too.

CCGallery WP – Multimedia Gallery WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO

CCGallery WP makes it easy to embed the CCGallery HTML5 Multimedia Gallery, in your WordPress theme. It displays all your images, audio files and video files in a sleek and attractive interface. You get to browse the items in Coverflow mode or in a Thumbnail grid mode. You can easily switch between the two display modes and can even filter the items by displaying only images, or audio files, or video files. Filtering of items by custom categories is also supported. Also CCGallery incorporates a responsive design so that the gallery display fits in various screen sizes ranging from mobile phones to desktop browsers.

CataBlog – MORE INFO


CataBlog allows you to catalog pretty much anything you would want and share it through your blog in a simple but elegant gallery. Upload images, give them titles, links, descriptions and then save them into your catalog. Use categories to organize and filter your catalog items into multiple different catalogs. Show off your photos in high resolution with the LightBox effect, perfect for simple galleries. Easy, intuitive and smart design makes it trivial to keep track of all your different catalogs and create amazing e-stores, galleries, lists and more.

PhotoShow for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO

PhotoShow is a plugin for WordPress and jQuery that makes it easy to add elegant style to a WordPress photo gallery with with a simple shortcode ([photoshow]).

WP Photo Album Plus – MORE INFO / DEMO

WP Photo Album Plus

This plugin is designed to easily manage and display your photo albums and slideshows within your WordPress site. With WP Photo Album plus, you can create various albums that contain photos as well as sub albums at the same time. Also, there is no limitation to the number of albums and photos; No limitation to the nesting depth of sub-albums and; You have full control over the display sizes of the photos.

nRelate – Related Content WordPress Gallery Plugin – MORE INFO

nRelate is not just another related posts plugin. It uses a technology that continuously analyzes your website content and displays other related posts from your website. This ultimately leads to higher page-views for your site, and a better user experience for your visitors. Installing this plugin is as simple as activating it, and you can leave the rest to nrelate. Once activated, the nrelate servers will immediately begin analyzing your website content and associating similar articles. Of course, we provide an options page so you can fine tune the display.

Lazyest Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO

 Lazyest Gallery

Create a photo gallery from your existing photo directories. This gallery basically needs just two settings: Your image directory and your gallery page. Lazyest Gallery automatically creates a photo gallery with folders, sub folders, thumbnail pages and slide shows. If you want more, the gallery offers a multitude of options by featuring a smart back end management site. You can sort photos through folders and add captions, comments and descriptions with minimal effort. If you are tired of uploading photos through the WordPress server, this plug-in will make it a breeze with their FTP auto-indexing integration.

Slider Evolution for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO

Slider Evolution is a JQuery plugin that lets you easily create powerful javascript sliders with very nice transition effects. Enhance your website by adding a unique and attractive slider! Create an unlimited number of sliders with customized settings for each one, and place them anywhere on your WordPress website with ease. You must check out this WordPress slider demos


Most other gallery is ordinary and looks always the same, Tiles Gallery is a new way to present your photos.



Fancybox is a WordPress gallery plugin that can provide you with zooming functionality for your images and other contents. With FancyBox, you can easily customize almost anything: the border, margin, width and color, zoom speed, animation type, close button position, overlay color and opacity and more.

PhotoSmash Galleries – MORE INFO /DEMO

PhotoSmash Galleries makes it easy to create photo galleries in posts or pages that your users can upload images to. PhotoSmash has incredibly flexible and simple models for designing custom photo gallery and form layouts, utilizing your own custom database fields, html, and css, or just use the standard.

Slideshow Gallery – MORE INFO

Slideshow Gallery

With Slideshow Gallery, you can easily display multiple galleries throughout your WordPress website displaying your custom added slides or showing slides from WordPress posts. The slideshow is flexible and all aspects can easily be configured. It is powered by JavaScript.

Thumbnail Gallery (WP NextGEN Gallery Template) – MORE INFO / DEMO

This NextGEN Template will help you to easily add a thumbnail gallery to your WordPress website or blog. The gallery is completely customizable, resizable and is compatible with all browsers and devices (iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones).

Slider gallery shortcode – MORE INFO / DEMO

 Slider gallery shortcode - Premium WordPress Gallery Plugin by Code Canyon

This plugin creates a new shortcode for WordPress. With this new shortcode, you can create a slider gallery in seconds just by typing [slider] while you’re writing your post or page. The slider will display the images that you have uploaded to the current post or page.

Justified Image Grid – Premium WordPress Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO


This WordPress jQuery plugin aligns your thumbnails into a justified and responsive grid. t can replace the standard WP gallery as [justified_image_grid] with lots of new features and options. Now you can load images directly from Facebook albums as well! You have the control over every aspect: appearance, on the fly desaturation, color overlays, captions with details, lightboxes, animation…

Video Gallery – MORE INFO / DEMO

The most advanced stock video gallery in the world! Now as a WordPress plugin! It features: Three skins for you to choose from. So now it can fit perfectly in your site design; A custom admin panel prepared for the gallery; Feeds from self hosted videos, videos hosted on s3 amazon, youtube, vimeo, images, vimeo or even audio ( so it’s a media gallery ); Has html5 functionality so that it can display on iPhone / iPad; and is cross-browser compatible. Works on every major browser.

Video Player – MORE INFO / DEMO

 Video Player

This wordpress plugin will help you administer the entire video player using a very friendly interface. You’ll be able to customize the player look & feel, playlist and CSS file. The plugin comes in two versions: Right Side playlist and Bottom Playlist.

DZS jQuery Flipbook – MORE INFO / DEMO

DZS jQuery Flipbook - Premium WordPress Gallery Plugin

WordPress DZS Flipbook jQuery powered is the ultimate interactive media gallery for your presentation. It features neat effects for your presentations; compatibility with all media, not only images- inline content, videos, audios, divs with text -all are supported; powerful ZoomVideoPlayer and lightbox support.

Smooth Slider – MORE INFO /DEMO

 Smooth Slider

Smooth Slider is a WordPress Plugin for creating a dynamic slideshow/s for featured posts, pages and media images on a blog. The slideshow created by Smooth Slider are JavaScript and Text based, that is why site owners and bloggers will get full benefit of Search Engine Optimization as the texts are readable by Search Engines. You can choose some of your posts,pages and media images as featured posts and show them into a slideshow on your blog home page (i.e. Index) as well as in sidebar. Also, you can show category posts in reverse chronological order.

Premium Gallery Manager – MORE INFO / DEMO

Premium Gallery Manager supports multiple uploads in backend and has a smart crop option to show crop image in gallery or full image. Also it is Lightbox enabled and has a full screen slideshow. You can also choose from a range of 5 effects transition available, create unlimited galleries with their own dimensions and settings and a lot more.

Yet Another Photoblog – MORE INFO

 Yet Another Photoblog

Yet Another Photoblog, is a WordPress gallery plugin which has the power to convert your WordPress Blog into a full featured photoblog in virtually no time. With YAPB, you can have multiple thumbnail sizes where and when you need them, controlled right on the theme. It also has an out of the box configurable “latest images” sidebar widget, and other features all in a non invasive WordPress-plugin that converts WordPress into an easy to use photoblog system.

Lightbox Gallery Manager – MORE INFO / DEMO

Lightbox Gallery Manager is a WordPress plugin that offers an easy way to embed unlimited lightbox galleries on your WordPress site. You can organize your images by category and add single sets or whole categories with a simple shortcode.

Content Slide – MORE INFO /DEMO

 Content Slide

Content Slide is used to create fully customizable jquery Fading image slideshow anywhere within your WordPress site. Custom options include slideshow size, color, style and more. Created using Jquery Coin Slider and the fade effect is created using jquery inner Fade effect.

Wall/Grid Gallery – Premium WordPress Gallery Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO

This Plugin will help you to easily add a grid gallery to your WordPress website or blog. The gallery is completely customizable, resizable and is compatible with all browsers and devices (iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones). You will be able to insert it in any page or post you want with inbuilt short code generator.

Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

realmag777 November 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

InPost image and photo gallery http://wordpress.org/plugins/inpost-gallery/ free, power,simple and fun,amazing. Stay on one page, no amount of options on amount pages, two cliks and no more else.


John November 18, 2013 at 6:03 pm

MaxGalleria Lite is another great free gallery plugin. Even includes a NextGEN Gallery Importer.


theraz November 12, 2013 at 6:02 am

Great list!

Try this best gallery plugin (Easy Media Gallery Lite/Pro), this plugin should be in the list above.


Anders November 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Hi Theraz
Thanks for this info. I can see they also have a free version: http://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-media-gallery/
Kind regards


Tom November 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I’m looking for something similar for my site http://rfvectors.com. Thanks for the list!


Criss September 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I strongly recommend Simplest Gallery plugin, which supports multiple addon styles like NextGen but builds on top WordPress standard galleries so it’s simpler, lighter, more stable than many alternatives.


Anders September 29, 2013 at 11:39 pm

Hi Criss
Thanks for sharing.


Cleo August 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Hello.This post was extremely motivating, particularly because I was searching
for thoughts on this subject last Friday.


Rockbridge Designs July 25, 2013 at 12:22 am

Most Excellent !!!
This is the best comprehensive listing of WP Gallery plugins I have come across. Also… very good on Elegant Themes reselling. Good luck to you…. I like that you disclose !!


Monjurul Hoque July 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Really awesome collection. thanks dude for this great post.


elio July 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm
Rohit Roy July 16, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Awsome list of wordpress gallery plugins…………..Thanks Sonny for thispost……….:)


alarmas casa July 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

40 Best WordPress Gallery Plugins, me ha parecido muy genail, me hubiera gustado que fuese más extenso pero ya saeis si lo bueno es breve es dos veces bueno. Enhorabuena por vuestra web. Besotes.


Karen June 30, 2013 at 12:19 am

Thank you so much.

This is a great list and I will use a few of these on my site.


Azhar Nadeem June 14, 2013 at 3:21 am

Really a great list of video gallery plugins


Fern June 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

Brilliant! It’s 2:00 in the morning and this is helping me so much on a client site. The Grid Builder plugin rules. Thanks for the heads up. I probably wouldn’t of stumbled across these plugins otherwise!


Saif June 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

These are great Plugins.
Great Article
Can you advise me which good Plugins have rating voting photos
thanks a lot.


Julio June 5, 2013 at 6:19 am

These are great Plugins, i´m testing some of them in my Blog.
Great Article, thanks a lot.


Fabien June 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Thanks for the article!
I am looking for a very specific gallery.
A gallery where different images are animated with timer and a mp3 (10 images for instance, one for 1 sec, the second for 5 second, … and both all this image a mp3), then the gallery continue with for instance 3 images with another mp3.
The gallery can include also local video or youtube video.
And the best the gallery can be composed of other gallery. Image that the previous gallery was called XXX1 (10 images + mp3 and 5 img + mp3 + un youtube video) and another gallery XXX2 with another media.
And then I composed a gallery call XXX3 which include by sequence gallery XXX1 and XXX2!

I know it is really specific! But this is my actual need! It is bad if I have a developped that really specific gallery with all that system which exists!!
Thanks a lot!


Homes May 29, 2013 at 9:09 pm

The best list of gallery plugin ideal for interior designs


abiodun May 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

This Portfolio List is Great …Thanks a lot for sharing


ryan May 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Hi, sorry to use this feed like this but has anyone got an idea where i can find a plugin that will allow users to ‘love’ a post or image within a site? A bit like the feature in creativemarket.com



annesofie May 27, 2013 at 9:32 am

Hi Ryan,

Thank you for your comment – I just conducted an Internet search and came up with this link. Perhaps this is what you’re looking for? http://wordpress.org/plugins/love-button/

Kind regards,


Ryan May 27, 2013 at 11:36 am

Yes, thanks Sophie, spot on!


annesofie May 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Glad I could help :)


Deb May 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I am looking for a photo gallery plugin that is SEO friendly. I have “Google XML Sitemap for Images” plugin on my site now but google has yet to index the images on the site. So I tryed SEO Friendly Images, but this has not made a difference. Webmaster tools shows the images were downloaded but they have not indexed after a months time. Any suggestions out there? Thanks for any help!


Andrea May 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Hi, I am looking for a plugin that allows multiple galleries to appear on one page. Ideally, I’d like a “cover photo” that then allows visitors to click & open the individual gallery and view all images.
Is there a plugin you recommend?
Thank you.


Cassey May 22, 2013 at 1:27 am

Great list!!


Jordan McLawrence May 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

This is a great site for bloggers looking for great plugins to use… I’m a blogger myself and had experience difficulties embedding photo galleries. This one I found lately http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/iframe-embed-for-momentme/… Best solution i found so far.


toys vibrators May 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Thanks for finally talking about > 40+ Best WordPress Gallery Plugins < Loved it!


Spence May 10, 2013 at 4:43 am

Does anyone know if there is plug-in out there where you can display a set of numbered photos for a blog and then a user can comment with one of those photos in a thumbnail size? Like http://www.thechive.com has?


Cian Murphy April 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Awesome post. It’s taken me ages to find the right type of plugin. The video player plugin is really handy. Cheers….


Rachel Torino April 19, 2013 at 12:52 am

Another cool plugin for a gallery I’m just using is:

Pressing an image and you’ll see the backside with option to add few words and a link… What a great idea! I just love using it!!


asfix90 April 1, 2013 at 8:48 am

As you may know, display advertising does not work so good on blogs or websites with rich content, and the best way to generate revenue is trough affiliate links, you can try this plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-auto-affiliate-links/


s?o?? q?? March 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Very good compilation of plugins. I love it!


Bill Gilmore March 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

This is a really excellent article thanks for publishing it. I tried about 5 of the options you provided and finally got the exact right gallery for me. Thanks for your help my friend =]


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