The best WordPress gallery plugins make it simple and easy to set up a professional-looking image gallery on your WordPress website.
Like any decent website builder, WordPress comes with its own image gallery feature, but it doesn’t hold a candle to what third party developers can offer. With their versatile display options, lovely templates, and and greater customizability, these plugins are sure to make things easier for you.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered five of the most popular ones for you. We've compared these WordPress gallery plugins across many points, like their performance, features, and tutorials. We looked at the templates they offered, checked how responsive they were, and assessed their overall quality and variety. We considered whether there were options to link audio and videos to the gallery and if they could be connected to streaming websites, like YouTube. We also checked their pricing plans and the quality of their customer support, among other things.
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FooGallery comes in two flavors, a “free” and a “PRO” version starting at around $30 /£25 / AU$45. But although you do have access to some of its exciting features, such as drag and drop ordering, album creations, media library management, and retina thumbnail support among others, the best features - as you’d expect - can only be accessed with “PRO”.
We’re talking about fun templates such as Polaroid PRO, for instance, or support for Video Galleries (which hook up to YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia and others), and an impressive and versatile Frontend Filtering feature, which allows the viewer to find and see just the images they want based on a series of user-defined criteria.
If you decide to go for “PRO”, you have different annual subscription options open to you, depending on how many sites you manage. If you’d rather pay monthly, or grab yourself a lifetime license, those options are available on request.
Gmedia Premium is a good affordable plugin which lets you create responsive photo and video galleries. The videos can be embedded from YouTube and Vimeo, and you can display additional information on the page, such as EXIF Data. There are options to enable sharing to social media (Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest), and even allow likes and comments.
With some of the modules, you could even integrate audio and video into your galleries, and save all the settings of a gallery for later use (presets).
The price for all of this is on a sliding scale - the more sites you add the plugin to, the cheaper the price will be overall. A license for one website costs around $30 / £25 / AU$45, but drops down to $20 / £22 / AU$30 for two sites and so on. Any more than 50 licenses and you need to contact CodeEasily. The good thing about Gmedia is that all features are available for all plans.
Modula offers a good range of options, but as is the case with a plugin that offers a free version, the paid for upgrade has all the coolest features.
There’s a lot of customization open to you, right down to choosing the type of scrolling. Deep linking is a useful addition when you need to send a person directly to a specific image in your gallery, and you can also use a hover effect to reveal links to social media websites, to help visitors share your work with others. It’s disappointing though that not all features are available for all pricing plans.
You can get the Starter plan which offers support for a single site and very basic features, including support for video (either self hosted or linked to YouTube or Vimeo). Trio lets you install the plugin on up to 3 sites, with a few more features, such as password protected galleries.
Business bumps the support to 25 sites, and comes with all features, including watermarking, but not white label (ie, removing any mention of Modula from your sites) and Agency includes all features and an unlimited number of sites.
NextGEN is one of the most popular gallery plugins on Wordpress, and comes with a host of features. As usual the free option is limited but does give you an idea of what the Pro version would offer you.
We did like the option of adding extensions to the gallery - for an additional price. These extensions include Proofing, payment gateways (such as Stripe or Paypal), Coupons, Digital Downloads, and Ecommerce, among many others. There is so much available, it could overwhelm the casual user, but is bound to delight many professional photographers.
You have four plans open to you, depending on your needs, with Starter being the cheapest and also the one with the least number of features, but includes the basics such as retina images and infinite scrolling. If you don’t like the idea of annual fees, there’s Lifetime which gives you access to all features, on an unlimited number of websites, for a one-off fee.
Photo Gallery by 10Web is extremely versatile, allowing you to create fully-responsive images and video galleries, which can be displayed in one of ten ways, such as thumbnails, masonry, mosaic, carousel, or blog style, among others. Its drag and drop interface makes it easy to design and rearrange your media.
You can give it a try using the free option - although it has a limited number of features, like only offering you 5 of the 10 gallery views, but it’s nice to see that watermarking is available. The Basic plan grants you access to all ten premium gallery and album views, along with other features such as Social Sharing.
Pro lets you add the plugin on to 5 sites, and includes automatic optimization and cloud storage. The Plugin Bundle lets you use the plugin on up to 30 sites, bumps up cloud storage and comes with a range of premium plugins (hence the plan’s name).
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What is a WordPress gallery plugin?
A WordPress gallery plugin helps users set up custom galleries on their websites.
Although WordPress has built-in features to set up galleries with the block editor, it's limited in functionality. A gallery plugin makes it simple and easy to showcase images aesthetically.
How to choose the best WordPress gallery plugins for you?
To choose the best WordPress gallery plugin for yourself, you'll want to keep some key considerations in mind. Start with checking the plugin's features and how many websites you need the plugin on. The pricing plans may vary depending on the number of websites you need to add the plugin to.
When it comes to the templates, assess their quality, responsiveness, and variety. If you plan to showcase videos too, check if there's support for video galleries that link to YouTube, Vimeo, and other sites.
For users who have plenty of images to display, look for advanced filtering and search features that'll enable the viewer to find the exact image they're looking for.
Don't forget to evaluate whether the plugin has social media sharing features, watermarking, and flexible display options, among other features.
The best WordPress gallery plugins: How we test
We tested the best WordPress gallery plugins across numerous factors, starting with their features, performance, and the number of websites they can be used on.
We evaluated the quality, responsiveness, and variety of their templates, and checked whether there was support for video and audio integration. We also considered whether the video galleries could be linked to popular video streaming sites, like YouTube and Vimeo.
We looked for social media sharing features, versatile display options, watermarking, and advanced filtering and tagging. Lastly, we checked the pricing plans, tutorials, and customer support, among other things.
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