The use of WordPress has been gradually increasing on the internet nowadays. Today, it runs 30% of the internet in totality. Its ease of use along with a user-friendly interface has benefited a lot of website owners too. The owners also try to make their websites visually alluring as possible. This helps the websites and their owners to attract more audience. One of the simplest tips for making your WordPress website more appealing is creating a WordPress photo gallery. You can add a collection of images in a photo gallery. In fact, people do find images more intriguing than just text as content in a website as images can give out a lot more information to the readers compared to text.
So, I’ll let you know how to add a photo gallery to your WordPress website in this article. Photo galleries are used by a lot of websites in WordPress. It also helps in bringing more viewers to your website which increases your traffic.
How to add a WordPress Photo Gallery?
There are various creative ways through which a WordPress photo gallery can be added. It all depends on how and where you want to show your photo gallery on the website. So, I think the following methods can be favorable for you to add a photo gallery to your WordPress website.
- Creating a page for the photo gallery
- Publishing photo gallery as a post
- Adding photo gallery as a widget
- Installing a WordPress photo gallery plugin
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Method 1: Creating a Page for the Photo Gallery
This is one of the most commonly used methods by beginners to add a WordPress photo gallery. Here, you can just create a separate page for the photo gallery. Open Pages>>Add New from the WordPress Dashboard and click on Add Media.
Now, select Create gallery and select or upload the images you want in your gallery. Then, click on Create a new gallery. Make sure that you use proper keywords for your image titles to make it more SEO friendly.
After that, you are provided with the options of link to, order, image size and number of columns. Make the necessary changes and click on Insert Gallery once you’re done. At last, Publish your page after giving appropriate title and information for the page and the gallery. You can now view the photo gallery in the newly created page of your WordPress website.
Method 2: Publishing the Photo Gallery as a Post
You can publish a WordPress photo gallery on your website as a post too. All you need to do is go to Posts>>Add New in your WordPress Dashboard and click on Add Media.
From here, it’s the same procedure as the first method. Create a new gallery and click on Insert gallery with the selected images and necessary changes. Lastly, Publish the post with a relevant title and description. You’ll be able to see the photo gallery as a post in your WordPress website.
Method 3: Adding Photo Gallery as a Widget
The above-mentioned methods are based on default WordPress features. Nowadays many WordPress themes like Cenote come with built-in gallery widgets. You can also use these widgets to make a WordPress photo gallery. But, you need to keep in mind that the gallery widget can be only placed in the widget ready areas.
To add the gallery widget, simply open Appearance>>Widgets from your WordPress Dashboard and drag and drop the gallery widget in the desired widget area.
Then, enter the title of the gallery and select the images by clicking on Add Images.
Similar to the first method, select or upload the images you want to display in your photo gallery and click on Create a new gallery. After that, you are provided with the options of link to, order, image size and number of columns. Make the necessary changes and click on Insert Gallery once you’re done. Finally, Save your gallery.
You can also add the gallery widget from the WordPress Customizer. For more information on how to add the gallery widget, you can refer to the following link:
Method 4: Installing a WordPress Photo Gallery Plugin
If you are not satisfied with the previous methods and want to customize your photo gallery more, you can use many WordPress photo gallery plugins for your websites like Unite Gallery, Nextgen Gallery, and Envira Gallery. For this tutorial, I’ve used EnviraGallery. Some of the features of this plugin are only available in the premium version. You can upgrade it if you want more but for now, I think the free version is sufficient.
First, you need to install the plugin and activate it. Then, you’ll see the Envira Gallery menu in the sidebar of your Dashboard. Now, click on Envira Gallery>>Add New. After that, you can enter the title of your gallery and select the images from media or upload new images.
In this free version of Envira Gallery, you can only change the config, lightbox and misc settings. Adjust the necessary changes and Publish it after you’re done. You can add your gallery as a new post or a new page now that you’ve published it in the Envira Gallery Dashboard.
Next, open Posts>>Add New or Pages>>Add New from your WordPress Dashboard depending on how you want to add your photo gallery. Then, click on Add Gallery.
After that, select the gallery you just created which is provided in the Envira Gallery menu. When you’re done, click on Insert and enter the necessary title and information for the page or post. You can now Publish it and view your WordPress photo gallery on your website.
Visual presentations are one of the best ways to get engaged with your audience. So, adding a WordPress photo gallery is a great advantage as there will be a collection of images that your audience will be able to view. We’ve also come to know that there are various ways to add WordPress photo gallery to show your creativity. Determined by the target audience and your content, you need to decide how you want to add the photo gallery to your WordPress website. You must make sure that the images in the gallery are placed in an appropriate order and proper descriptions no matter whichever method you choose.
You’ll now be able to add a photo gallery to your WordPress website without any problem. I hope that you found this article useful. Here are some more articles that you might find interesting too.
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