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Top 10 Best Free Image Gallery Plugins for WordPress

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Are you a photographer or travel blogger?

Do you want to share some stunning photographs with the readers?

I came across several websites which showcase pictures of travel experiences, food, nature and so on. As you know, photography requires appreciable talent, dedication, technical skill and patience from the involved parties. Such a product should get special attention of your fans. Isn’t it?

Image gallery plugins will be very helpful to exhibit your production skills and make photo stories more attractive. There are too many plugins for WordPress users in the category, but always use high-level professional quality plugins to do the job. Only they can deliver the outputs as expected and let the snaps to touch viewers heart.

We made a deep research on the subject and pick 10 best image gallery plugins for you.

1. NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is the most popular plugin to display photos in WordPress. It’s downloaded more than 1 million times so far. The plugin is easy to use and lets you add images from WordPress media library, server folder or from the computer.

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NextGen Gallery allows you to create albums, slideshow, tag cloud, thumbnails and basic image browser using photos. Galleries can be customized in various ways like template types, effects, images per page etc. If you want to beautify more, apply CSS styles. No one can steal your works as they will be shown and protected with watermark feature.

After installing the plugin, you will see a new menu on the left sidebar called Gallery where you can upload and manage all galleries. If you are still confused, make use of Gallery wizard that will guide you on how to use.

2. Photo Gallery by WD

It is a responsive photo gallery plugin for WordPress. Photo gallery allows you to add as many photos, albums in posts and pages.

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After installing, the plugin will add a new menu called Photo Gallery in the left sidebar. Tap there to create galleries, albums and tags. Why only photos? You can create a gallery of videos as well as social media feeds in an attractive layout. It can be inserted anywhere on the website using plugin link, shortcode and widgets.

3. Gallery by Envira

Envira is a widely acclaimed drag and drop photo gallery plugin. It is easy to use, fully responsive and delivers high-quality output on all devices.

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After installing, it will add Envira Gallery menu in the left sidebar where you can upload or choose images and manage the settings. When finished, you will see a shortcode, as well as template tag on the right side in which respective gallery id will be mentioned. Using them, you can insert galleries anywhere on the website including posts, pages, custom post types and widgets.

Envira lets you customize the gallery in terms of image dimensions, size, lightbox effects etc. It is limited when compared with other similar plugins. But I think those options are enough for an average photo website.

4. Image Gallery by Huge IT

Huge IT Image gallery is a powerful plugin to create unlimited galleries in WordPress. It is SEO friendly and fully responsive.

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It allows you to customize image title, description and link right from the gallery screen. So you can rename, manage original titles for better results. Animated effects, rating, copyright protection are other notable features of the plugin. The gallery can be inserted using the plugin link, shortcode or template tag.

5. FooGallery

Foo Gallery is another plugin in the category. It is simple and lets you load retina ready, stunning galleries within seconds.

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It will enable you to create various kinds of image galleries without any complex steps. Responsive image gallery, portfolio, image viewer, Masonry image gallery are some of them. You can manage their size, lightbox effects, links, caption color and much more through plugin settings. Do you want further customizations? Yes, it too possible using custom CSS code.

6. Photo Gallery by Supsystic

It is a free beautiful image gallery plugin which allows you to create galleries, portfolios in different styles and designs.

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I tested the plugin for writing this post and the result was unexpected. It is highly optimizable and you will be able to create galleries in various types, different border styles and shadow effects. Social sharing, image optimization, iCaptions are other notable features of the plugin.

7. Gallery by BestWebSoft

One of the top image gallery plugins for WordPress. It can be used to create a unlimited number of galleries, albums across categories and organize images in a well-disciplined manner.

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You can show images in any order and manage their appearance including image size, title, border size, color, album cover, lightbox, slideshow etc using the plugin. It will allow you to insert gallery by shortcode or BWS button in the post editor.

8. WP Photo Album Plus

Create albums with sub albums, photos and videos. WP Photo Album Plus is useful for creating countless galleries with a rating system, search and sidebar widgets.

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The plugin is highly customizable and you will get full control over the image size, image order, comments, widgets, tags and lightbox. The images are well protected as watermark text will be automatically applied before publishing on the site.

9. Gallery by Robo Soft

Gallery is a simple, highly configurable plugin to showcase images. It delivers fully responsive output which is compatible across the platforms and devices.

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You are able to handle galleries in line with its width, alignment, shadow, hover effects, title et al. Create post right from the galleries is another interesting feature of the plugin. So you need not go to the posts screen to create or insert gallery.

10. Gallery – Gmedia Photo Gallery

Show image galleries, play music, play videos and slideshows on WordPress using Gmedia plugin. It is SEO friendly and doesn’t slow down your website.

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Gmedia helps you to create a responsive, stunning photo gallery in a few clicks. You can create an unlimited number of galleries, playlists, group pictures, categories, tags using the plugin and edit them easily like never before.

Are you using any image gallery plugin on your WordPress site? Which is your favorite choice?

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  • shutupviv

    This is such a good idea – I’m gettign into my photography and this could be a great addition to my site, thnaks for sharing, I’ll look into them and see what works well for my site!

  • Oh this is a fantastic idea to direct my readers to new posts! I like the look of the Gallery by BestWebSoft especially as it has a landscape rectangular type of format which would be perfect. Thank you for your recommendations! x

  • Soonjoo

    I use WordPress and I never knew world press has great image editing plugin. I would love to go one by one and try them out for myself!

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    wow, Though I have been using many things for the photograph, I have not yet used these wordpress plugins for images. Thanks for sharing, shall try few of them

  • Denni

    Im going to give these plugins a try 🙆❤ i was looking for a good galery plugin to showcase my portofolio. Thank you

  • Alicia Trautwein

    I hadn’t even thought to use a plugin for images. I am definitely going to check these out and see which one works best with my theme. Thanks!

  • Maro Akamatra

    I am moving to a WordPress site soon and I will definitely need some of these. Bookmarking it.

  • Laura Dove

    This is so helpful! I’m going to give them a try for sure, they sound like they will enhance my images!

  • Thanks so much for this post, I really need to download something like this myself x

  • Style Over Coffee

    This is really helpful! Mine is a fashion blog and though I click my own pics most of the time, i do lookout for free images to use as fillers. I’ll surely check out this site! Thanks for sharing.

  • I don’t use wordpress… however this is a great plugin. Just a shame can’t use it.

  • Suchitra Narayan

    These are. Some great tips! Looking to move to WordPress soon! This looks useful!

  • Ut Minh

    Image Gallery Plugins are essential for those who are using WordPress. I always trust and use NextGEN Gallery. Your article is very useful!

  • Seems liek there are really great plugins for Word Press. I’ve been wondering if I should change for it instead of using Blogger as my platform.

  • This is great and comes in handy. Just wished that I had WordPress.

  • David E

    These look like some cool programs to store and create your own pictures with watermarks. I love that idea so I will be checking these out for sure.

  • Eliza Casipagan

    Great list! This will be a big help as many options are listed I myself was able to utilize Gallery by Envira and its truly effective.

  • I haven’t heard of these plugins. I just started with WordPress earlier this year. I need to check into these for sure!

  • Ryan Trinidad Santiago

    To be honest, I bookmarked this post for future reference. My site looks fine, but I believe I need to work on the image plugins, as well.