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Depending on the content on your site is all about, using one of the free gallery plugins from this WordPress Wednesday collection is a smart choice to make. As many of us who use WordPress we know, it comes default with a gallery; however, it lacks features and functions, and you really can’t do anything fancy with it.

If you genuinely want to impress your users with your excellent media, then today’s post is right for you.

The WordPress plugins you will find below give you with plenty of goodies. Furthermore, there some that are more on the minimal side while the other get pretty complex, but this doesn’t mean that all of you without the technical knowledge will struggle. Everyone will have a thrill of creating excellent galleries and portfolios for their WordPress sites.

Whether you have a photography website, a designer portfolio site or maybe you are a traveller with a blog, creating stunning galleries is necessary. So let’s start.

1. Envira

Envira Photo Gallery

When it comes to free WordPress gallery plugins, Envira Gallery is a highly popular one. Envira Gallery is a drag and drop gallery builder which requires zero knowledge of coding and design. It’s easy to use, yet your final product will look like an experienced professional built it.

Further, your galleries will load super fast what adds up to your site’s overall user experience. And keep your website’s search engine optimization intact. The simplicity of Envira Gallery will definitely hook you immediately when you start putting it to use. Use it to its full potential and create the much-needed photo and video galleries your users will enjoy.

Price: Free

2. Modula

Modula Photo Gallery

Modula Photo Gallery is a plugin built, maintained & operated by the friendly folks over at MachoThemes. With Modula, it’s easier than ever to build stunning lightbox galleries, masonry grids, custom grids and more in no more than a few clicks right from the WordPress dashboard.

Modula is the best WordPress gallery plugin for adding custom, unique and responsive galleries to your website. There is a free version of Modula available (Modula Lite) and a premium version (Modula Pro) both of which will allow you to add amazing, fast-loading galleries to your website.

Price: Free

3. Showcaster

Showcaster Is All In One Gallery Portfolio And Catalog

Showcaster is a portfolio gallery plugin to showcase your portfolios, products, services, photos, projects… so basically anything. The most creative designers inspire this plugin, This plugin keeps in mind all of the latest design trends, to assure you get the best portfolio gallery plugin. Different grid catalogue layouts and fancy popups been designed uniquely, so there is no doubt your website visitors would love everything you created with Showcaster product catalogue.

Showcaster creates two shortcodes every time a new image gallery been created. Those shortcodes are regular and PHP shortcodes. Shortcodes will guarantee you are adding your favourite grid anywhere across the whole website.

To minimize your time waste on creating of more image galleries, we have added the image gallery grid duplicate option which will save your time if you want to demonstrate same portfolio images in a different theme or style.

Price: Free

4. NextGEN Gallery

Nextgen Gallery WordPress Gallery Plugin

What would I be if I didn’t mention NextGEN?… NextGEN Gallery has been around since 2007 and keeps on growing and growing. While it looks very basic, it does not lack unbelievable features even for the pickiest photographers and creatives. You will be treated with an excellent solution for crafting stunning galleries full of your magnificent creations.

NextGEN Gallery offers two options on how to display your content; either as a slideshow or a thumbnail gallery. Besides, there are two albums available you can go with either compact or extended. Pick which suits your needs better and what benefit from all the tweaks you can perform. You have fully control over the size, the lightbox effects, transitions and a lot more.

With NextGEN you can edit thumbnails, group galleries into albums, upload photos and rearrange pictures however you like. Building, managing and maintaining all the unlimited galleries on your site will be hassle-free and if the free version is not enough for you can upgrade to the pro version.

Price: Free

5. Photo Gallery by 10Web

Photo Gallery By 10web Is A Mobile Friendly Image Gallery

Adding a responsive and mobile friendly photo or video gallery with plugin from 10Web will take you only a few minutes. There are advanced features that Photo Gallery by 10Web supports. Photo Gallery by 10Web gives you the opportunity to add photo galleries and albums to posts and pages smoothly. It also supports multiple widgets to help you bring your delightful galleries to even more locations on your website.

WIth this gallery plugin you can display content in a range of different views like slideshow, thumbnails, image browser, extended and compact album. There are no limits on how many images you can upload, not even how many albums you can create. There is nothing Photo Gallery by WD would shy away from.

Some of the best add-ons for Photo Gallery by WD is the eCommerce integration which unfortunately you will have to pay for that means photographers and other creatives can now sell visuals using their freshly designed gallery.

Price: Free

6. Photo Gallery by Supsystic

Photo Gallery By Supsystic

Photo Gallery by Supsystic is the last WordPress gallery plugin on the list today. With various layouts and features, you can easily create the precise look of the gallery you want to rock on your page. Visitors will enjoy clicking and checking out your photos.

The layouts you can choose are fixed, horizontal, vertical and mobile. You can benefit from the Polaroid, full-width and mosaic gallery along with watermark function and additional caption builder. Although there are some limitations with the free version, you are still able to create impressive galleries.

Even your blog and sites will look even more professional than they did so far. With easy integration of a top-notch gallery, you can have a significant impact on your visitors.

Price: Free


WordPress Wednesday – 6 Great Free WordPress Gallery Plugins