Skillfully constructed photo gallery allows the holder to demonstrate images, screenshots, illustrations, audio and videos files at its best. This, of course, will append further benefits to the website, which obviously, provides another avenue for customers.
The gallery plugins available today have come a long way from a simple static image display tool to a weapon with not only upload, publish or edit tools but animated effects, branding possibilities, inclusion of sub-galleries, social network integrations, and much more.
But how to find the best product among the abundance of gallery plugins available for WordPress?!
In this post I will have a look at five gallery plugins that would allow the users to bring a website into a new level, with unique and catchy features.
Let me mention that I speak about a plugin that will satisfy primary and advanced needs and enhance the website design; being responsive, with variety of options for customization.
Despite the variety of handy features, Gmedia Gallery plugin is easy to use, because of the simple and clear dashboard. Firstly, the multi-categorized gallery module includes features named Cube 3D, 3D FlatWall Module with 3D Sphere Gallery, allowing to arrange images in nice spheres which rotates and interactions on mouse move, it also allows to rearrange images in the wall. The music player with playlist mode, allowing the users to place a sidebar with favorite tracks and playlist. Some other convenient to handle features of Gmedia’s Gallery are the option to drag files quickly, the demo view ability in the admin panel , sorting by titles, file names and tags order . The best thing about this plugin is that it has plenty of cool features available in free version including plugins Slider module, Phantom and Mosaic Gallery views.
The premium license opens the options to receive updates when they become available, have access to all future capabilities, and 24/7 plugin support and Integration Help.
Stats: gallery has an average user rating of 4.6/5 stars with 10,000+ ‘Active Installs’ with the last update performed in April.
License for Premium Gmedia Modules $34.99
This Gallery plugin by BestWebSoft is a good choice for beginners. Why? Because both the customers and personal experience of many users would approve the simplicity of this plugin. It has handy interface that makes work easier. The other positive aspect of this plugin is its high level of support and regular updates. With pretty standard features such are unlimited photo uploads and albums, not all functions are available in free version, so you have to buy the pro version for more profound usage.
The pro version gives users the access to pagination for single gallery, add button function with URL to the lightbox, ability to customize the lightbox and social media buttons integration.
Stats: gallery has an average user rating of 3.7/5 stars, more than 100,000 ‘Active Installs’ and performed the last update in February.
With Pro license, one plugin with premium features unlocked can be installed on a single domain and its subdomains. That will cost $19.90/year.
With over 12 million downloads NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin. Despite the wide functionality and many options of the plugin, visually it is not hard to navigate. But it’s good to have in mind that this is an advanced plugin, which is design for pro users.In the Gallery settings you can manage between albums, link the page where the photos should appear, choose the preview image for each album on the dashboard and create a new page within the gallery.
The pro version offers a few more display options, including 6 new gallery displays such are Pro Masonry, Pro Filmstrip, Pro Film, Pro Thumbnail Grid, Pro Slideshow, and Pro Blog-style galleries. And full screen lightbox with commenting and social sharing options, which is much appealing than the basic one from free version. In addition, Nextgen Pro comes with WordPress ecommerce functionality.
There are some reports confirming that the plugin could break down when updating it to the latest version. The same is true when the users update their WordPress. It’s important to have in mind that NextGen is quite big and heavy plugin, so if you are looking for simple straight forward gallery plugin, with common customizations and themes, then you’d probably consider some alternative plugins.
Stats: gallery has an average user rating of 3/5 stars, has more than 1+ Million ‘Active Installs’, and updated at the end of March.
NextGEN Pro with 20% Off Sale costs $79.
The greatest thing about Photo Gallery how much it is customizable. The wide selection of possible customizations impresses a lot. In free version of the plugin you can create unlimited galleries and albums. Among the advantages of Photo Gallery is the lightbox. It is a nice look, with the options of full zoom/full-screen within a lightbox, allowing to hide on-screen buttons and icons; ratings and comments.The plugin has a function of displaying ads on the images. Among other features are the lightbox transition effects and the customizations in themes of the photo gallery without using CSS.
Plus, in Pro version of Photo Gallery you get Mosaic, Blog style and Masonry views, Social media sharing buttons and video embed and Instagram Integration.
Stats: gallery has an average user rating of 4.5/5 stars, has 100.000+ ‘Active Installs’, and performed the last updated in April.
Yearly membership of Photo gallery will cost $45. Membership for 6 months is available as well. Did I miss any cool plugin that haven’t been mentioned? Let me know what your suggestions are in the comments below. If you’ve been using any of these plugins, share with us your experience.