Why do we need to add a Photo Gallery? Is it because your friends suggest to add? Or is it because you want to show-off your high definition cameras via those images?
Maybe your friends suggested to use in making your long post more appealing. But not necessarily to show-off a camera. There are tons of excellent royalty free images.
Is it necessary to add photo Gallery?
Blogging is not only about writing only text-oriented post after post. Combine all different kinds of visual contents in an equal proportion. I have mentioned this in my 30 methods to reduce bounce rate of a blog.
It’s important to add short videos, graphs, images and also infographics. I cannot agree more on the word of Harsh Agrawal: ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ He has given reasons as to why bloggers should add images in their blog posts.
Jeff Bullas also explains it with an Infographic.
This means we must add images in our blog posts not because those many pro bloggers recommend it so. But because they are important from any angle.
We can also view the importance of adding a Photo Gallery in our blogs from same angle only.
There are three methods to build and add a Photo Gallery in a WordPress Blog. I will explain them in detail individually. Those three methods are:
- WordPress Feature
- WordPress Plugins
- Third Party Tools
How to add a Photo Gallery using inbuilt WordPress Gallery Feature?
If you ask any experienced blogger, they will recommend you this method. It’s not a third party tool. It is an in-built feature of WordPress to show grid-like Photo Gallery.
It’s also an easy and risk free method. Moreover, you can add a Photo Gallery on a post or page. It doesn’t matter whether a post or page is already a published one or a new one. You can add it immediately.
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You can first create a new post or new page if you want to add a Photo Gallery in a new post/page. If you want it in older ones, open them in an edit mode and click on Add Media button.
And then click on a ‘Create Gallery’ button. You can create a Photo Gallery by using images you have already used in published posts or by uploading new photos. Once either uploading of new images or selecting already used old images is done, click on a ‘Create New Gallery’ button.
You’ll be in Edit Gallery Screen then. Do Gallery settings. Some of settings are re-positioning images by drag-and-drop, changing layout (number of columns), image size and then gallery type (slider or thumbnail Grid).
On clicking on that Gallery and then clicking on Edit Gallery, you can change everything set during in a Photo Gallery Setting screen. You can also change them once more. You can also remove some photos if you feel are good enough to be in the Gallery.
To move the same gallery to other posts or pages, open the post/page in TEXT mode and copy-paste the Photo Gallery background code. The code will be something like below:
You can even remove above code to remove a Photo Gallery completely from a post or page.
How to create a Photo Gallery using Plugins in WordPress
In WordPress, we can also create Photo Gallery using third party plugins. There are many plugins developed for creating Photo Gallery in WordPress.
Search in WordPress Plugins Directory and install any of them. But in this tutorial, I will use NextGen Gallery. You can try using other plugins. Otherwise, read this post to choose the best one.
Activate NextGen Gallery plugin from your Dashboard. Refresh it and then click on Gallery button given in the left-hand side.
You’ll be in overview of NextGEN Gallery, then proceed with clicking on Add Gallery/Images. You can either upload from your external disk, computer or select from images (ones you have already used). Once a Photo Gallery creation is completed, you can click on either of red-marked buttons to add gallery in your post or page.
It’s easy from there. You have to manage gallery, do settings and then use in your blog posts or pages. If you still need a help on this, read this post for the process.
How to add Photo Gallery in WordPress blog using Quick Gallery
Quick Gallery is a free online tool for creating a gallery. This tool is linked to 4 platforms; Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and then Instagram.
This means we can create a photo gallery using images we’ve uploaded in those platforms. I’ll explain the processes using Facebook as a platform.
Open Quick Gallery>Click on Build you Gallery>Select Facebook>Choose photo streams (I have used timeline photos) and then click on Next button. You can then select the gallery design. There are seven of them. The preview will be shown just below a list of gallery design options list.
In a next screen, you can change the size of gallery, add theme or change the background color. Once you move from that screen by clicking Next button, you are done creating Gallery for your blog. You just have to give your email and then click on Get a Code button.
Quick Gallery will then deliver the codes in your inbox. You can copy from there and then paste it in your blog’s page or post. Wherever you have pasted, the display of your gallery will become visible.
The code part of the photo Gallery created using Quick Gallery is that, we can display gallery even in sidebar by pasting the code in a text widget. Customization freedom is only limited.
Sooner or later, you’ll have to add Photo Gallery in your blog. You can do it following either of these three methods. You can use the one which you feels would be suitable looking at your tweaking skills and level of requirement.
If you are just a beginner and your requirement of photo gallery creation isn’t intense, you can use an inbuilt gallery feature of WordPress and Quick Gallery.
Otherwise, you can go on using plugins like Photo Gallery, NextGen Gallery and Evira Gallery etc. But be very selective and pick the best one only. Installation of unnecessary plugins will cost you in lowering your blog’s loading speed – this will then increase the bounce rate.