Photos are a great source of traffic. Not only they are good at driving people to your door, but they also massively improve engagement and increase visitor time on your site. Photos enhance your site appearance, complement the text and kind of trap the readers to continue reading. The better photos are organized on your site the more engagement they are likely to drive.
For users running a website on WordPress there is a large number of plugins and tools that can help you organize your site photos into beautiful albums and galleries, and increase your chances of more content consumption. One of those plugins is Photo Gallery, with over millions of downloads, over six hundreds of 5-star ratings, and hundreds of thousands happy users.
But what makes Photo Gallery plugin so popular ?What is it distinguished for? Well, when you look through the user reviews left on wordpress.org, some pretty apparent things come up. Users recommend it for its simplicity, functionality and a timely support. It has a great support team behind it and provides quick solutions to its users. It’s user-friendly, feature-packed and does exactly what it says.
Here are some of the Photo Gallery features to get to know. Find the full list of its functionalities on the plugin’s official page.
- Seven Gallery view options
Thumbnails gallery view
Masonry gallery view for multi-size thumbnails (commercial version)
Mosaic gallery view (commercial version)
Slideshow (comes with Slideshow effects)
Image Browser for single image display with a possibility of switching between images
- Three album view options
Compact Album view
Masonry Album view (commercial version)
Extended Album view for displaying albums with descriptions
- Availability of 4 specific widgets
Dynamic Photo Gallery Tags Cloud
Photo Gallery Slideshow
Photo Gallery (similar to the main plugin option)
- Possibility of adding unlimited quantity of galleries/albums and unlimited quantity of photos in galleries/albums
- Thumbnail editing tools (Crop, rotate and flip)
- Slideshow view with autoplay and shuffle features
- Direct Image download and original image display capabilities
- Support for YouTube and Vimeo videos within Galleries.
- Possibility to add videos via YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook, Flickr or Dailymotion URL.
- Possibility to enable/disable autoplay for gallery carousel
- Front-end image sorting possibility (dropdown) for the users
- Slideshow/Lightbox 15 effects.
- Editable themes
- Commenting possibility with Captcha protection possibility.
- Social sharing possibility (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr)
Now let’s now see what you can actually do with it. I want to show you some beautiful albums and galleries made with Photo Gallery plugin. Let’s go.
Rhonda’s blog is all about happiness and personal fulfillment. She helps men and women to live their lives by what makes their hearts truly happy and shares with her audience tools, strategies, and resources that create an extraordinary life.She uses a beautiful Instagram style photo gallery on her blog, powered by Photo Gallery plugin, where she shares photos of her own Instagram account, displaying photo captions, hashtags, number of likes and comments. As you click on the images it would take you to her page on Instagram.The Instagram view of Photo Gallery also allows you to share the gallery images on Facebook,Twitter and Pinterest.
It’s been already three decades Weikel Sportswear offers full service screen printing and in-house embroidery services.Find below the catalog of their works and see how cool these tees look like.
The gallery uses the thumbnails view.
Infinite colours is a very cool photography blog, where the author writes posts and shares photos of his favourite outdoor activities; trekking and photography.He has truly stunning photo galleries really worth having a look at. His galleries use the thumbnails view to display the entire gallery. Upon clicking on any of the images the light-box will open.
Here is another beautiful photo album in slideshow format you can find on Mattawa Rockets website.It’s all about Mattawa Minor Hockey Association which organizes the minor hockey league for the Rockets.Their gallery displays the images in a slideshow view.
If you want to see some other beautiful galleries, check out Marina Belikova’s website. She’s a talented media artist and does graphic design, photography and experiments with animation.Her galleries also use the thumbnails view and are beyond beautiful.
There are actually a lot more beautiful albums out there powered by Photo Gallery, we just couldn’t put them in one post altogether. But we’re going to occasionally give them a shout out. If you’re using Photo Gallery on your website, throw us an email with your site link, and we’ll make sure to include your site in our future posts.