There is an old saying that a picture speaks a thousand words. Having photographs on a website is undoubtedly beneficial as it not only supports the content but also helps the reader in understanding it better. WordPress allows the website owners to add images to the site effortlessly.
However, if you add multiple images to a single post or page, then the user has to scroll all the way to the bottom to view all the photos. In addition to that, showing pictures in this format may not look appealing to the users. The best solution to this problem is creating an image gallery that can showcase all the photos at one place in an appealing rows and columns format.
Let’s look at the process of creating an image gallery in WordPress.
You don’t need an additional plugin to create a basic image gallery, but there are plugins available that can provide you with some extra features. The first thing you need to do is log in to your WordPress admin dashboard and head over to the Posts > All Posts page. Now look for the post in which you want to add your image gallery and press the Edit button.
On the post editor screen, you need to press the Add Media button which will open the media uploader. Now you need to open the Upload Files tab to upload images from your system or else you can select the previously uploaded images from the media library. Once you have decided the images, you need to click on the Create Gallery button from the left.
Here, you can enter necessary information about the photos including the caption and alt text. Once you are done with this information, click on the Create a New Gallery button and the WordPress will show you the gallery configurations like a link to page, columns and size. After configuring the gallery images, you need to press the Insert Gallery button, and the gallery will be added to your post. Make sure to save all the changes to your post.
This was the complete process of creating and adding your first image gallery to your WordPress post manually. We have already mentioned that WordPress only provides the basic options to configure the gallery.
If you want to add some more features to your gallery, then you need to follow the process mentioned below.
Using Envira Gallery Plugin
In this procedure, you need to install and activate the Envira Gallery plugin. The main reason to choose this plugin is that it provides a handful of features to create attractive image galleries. You can install this plugin by heading over to the WordPress dashboard and opening the Plugins > Add New page. Now, download the plugin from the website and press the Add New button. Upload and install the plugin on your site and click on the activation link to start using the plugin.
Once you have activated the plugin, you need to head over to the Envira Gallery > Settings page and enter the Envira license key. After this step, you need to open the Add New page from the plugin which will open the Add New Envira Gallery window.
In this page, you can see a title field and two options to upload files to your website. If you want to upload images from your system, then you need to click on the Select Files from Your Computer or else press the Select Files from Other Sources. Now, upload the images to your website and press the Edit icon which will open the Edit Metadata page. Enter the caption and alt text to images and open the Config tab.
This is the part where you will be configuring your image gallery. Here you can decide the number of gallery columns, row height, margin, last row, thumbnail size, and other layout settings. After setting up the gallery, you need to move on to the Lightbox tab.
Here you can enable the gallery lightbox, lightbox theme, the image size, whether you want to show the title or the caption and many other features. Once you are done, you can now click on the Mobile tab to configure the mobile settings of your gallery.
In this tab, you need to enable the Create Mobile Gallery Images options which will enable the gallery for mobile devices. Afterwards, you need to decide the dimensions of the images, layout settings, enable or disable mobile lightbox, gallery touch wipe, arrows, and toolbars and the gallery thumbnails for mobile devices.
Once you have made all the necessary configurations in the gallery, you can now enter that gallery to your post or page. All you need to do is open the All Posts page from your WordPress admin area and open the post in which you want to add your gallery. Here you need to click on the New Add Gallery button and choose the newly created gallery.
Once you have selected the gallery, you need to press the Insert button, and the gallery will be added to your post. Make sure to click on the Publish button, and the galley will go live on your website. You can visit your site to identify whether the gallery is working or not. Make sure to check on the mobile devices as most of the people browse a website on mobile devices.
The Envira Galley plugin also offers a great gallery import and export feature. You can access this feature by opening the Edit gallery page and then the Misc tab. This is an excellent method to keep a backup of your gallery and import it whenever you want.
The manual method is surely the easier one among the two, but only provides limited customisation options. In addition to that, you can anytime edit the gallery using the plugin and make necessary changes to make your website effective and alluring.