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.
Let’s Take a Look at The Best WordPress Gallery Plugins
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.
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uSquare – Universal responsive grid for WordPress
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
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
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.
Media Grid – WordPress Image Gallery and Responsive Portfolio
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 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
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.
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
Social Gallery WordPress Photo Viewer Plugin
Social Gallery is a WordPress lightbox plugin that adds Facebook-style image-viewing to your blog. The plugin allows you to transforms your best photos and galleries into a full social experience for enhanced sharing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Slideshow Gallery – MORE INFO
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.
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Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.
Nice post! You can also try Portfolio Designer Lite. It’s a free and wonderful WordPress Plugin with grid layout and masonry layout that helps to showcase your image gallery in a much sophisticated way. To know more visit here: https://goo.gl/fRKoQG
I’m using lightbox gallary plugin and i’m satisfied with this
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.
MaxGalleria Lite is another great free gallery plugin. Even includes a NextGEN Gallery Importer.
Try this best gallery plugin (Easy Media Gallery Lite/Pro), this plugin should be in the list above.
Thanks for this info. I can see they also have a free version: http://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-media-gallery/
I’m looking for something similar for my site http://rfvectors.com. Thanks for the list!
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.
Thanks for sharing.
Hello.This post was extremely motivating, particularly because I was searching
for thoughts on this subject last Friday.
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 !!
Really awesome collection. thanks dude for this great post.
Another interesting tiled gallery: http://codecanyon.net/item/final-tiles-gallery-for-wordpress/5189351
Awsome list of wordpress gallery plugins…………..Thanks Sonny for thispost……….:)
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.
Thank you so much.
This is a great list and I will use a few of these on my site.
Really a great list of video gallery plugins
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!
These are great Plugins.
Can you advise me which good Plugins have rating voting photos
thanks a lot.
These are great Plugins, i´m testing some of them in my Blog.
Great Article, thanks a lot.
Hella! 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)… Read more »
The best list of gallery plugin ideal for interior designs
This Portfolio List is Great …Thanks a lot for sharing
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
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/
Yes, thanks Sophie, spot on!
Glad I could help 🙂
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!
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?
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.
Thanks for finally talking about > 40+ Best WordPress Gallery Plugins < Loved it!
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?
Awesome post. It’s taken me ages to find the right type of plugin. The video player plugin is really handy. Cheers….
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!!
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/
Very good compilation of plugins. I love it!
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 =]
Was looking for photo plugins that have share buttons, next to photo. Any ideas?
Awesome compilation!! Can’t think of anything more to include. Thanks.
Whenever I find informational content that gives me reason to put on my thinking cap, I am satisfied. You’ve given my brain a good workout with this article. This is a well-written article. Thank you.
Useful review thanks. Was looking for photo plugins that have share buttons, next to photo. Any ideas?
Great Stuff.I have just stepped into the world of freelance web development and was looking for some gallery plugin to display client projects on my website,will give a try to some free plugins you’ve mentioned.
Thank you so much for your hard work putting this list together. I have spent over an hour watching demos. I have picked 2 that I REALLY like. Is there any conflict with the working of a wordpress site if I use two sperate ones on different pages?
Hi Janet, normally there’s no problems with using different plugins, however I will advice you to ask the developers of the plugins – they will know for sure!
Thanks for this great collection of galleries! You’ve saved me so much time and effort.
Glad we could help 🙂
This is very top quality article. I see your views as logically and intelligently presented. I concur with a lot of what you have written in this article. Thank you
That’s a good comprehesive list of galleries. I’ve always used nextgen gallery which is good but can be troublesome sometimes with wordpress updates or losing data. Complete Gallery Manager looks interesting, I’ll give this a go on a photography website, thanks.
Great collection.. Thanks for sharing !
Great reference to choose the best image gallery for my website.. thanks 🙂
Hi Baiyul – your welcome.
Oh! Brother how Beautiful this plugin is !!!
I have created a WordPress portfolio plugin that is a good option rather then trying to make a gallery plugin work. Here is a link to my plugin.
Hi Shane, thank you for sharing your newest work – It looks good 🙂
Fantastic share … All in all a wonderful collection … Thumbs Up!
Excellent resource – found and implemented a great gallery plugin from codecanyon. Thanks!