Creating a WordPress photo gallery can be advisable to optimize your blog because the pictures really attract visitors. Moreover, images always convey more than the text or any other tool. That’s the reason why every blogger considers it important to upload photos of the visitors. You must add all the pictures in a professional looking gallery just like an expert blogger.
Uploading a single image does not take a lot of time, but it might take a few minutes to create a lovely WordPress photo gallery. Most of the bloggers prefer to search for reliable plugins that can serve for creating photo galleries. Well, you do not really need to have a plugin for this, instead you can manage to add photos with the help of a built-in gallery feature.
This article is going to tell you how to create a proficient image gallery within your WordPress blog.
Creating a WordPress Photo Gallery
First of all you will have to create a new post. Otherwise if you wish to add a photo gallery to an already existing post, then simply click to edit that particular post. After accessing the post edit screen, click on the “Add Media” button.
After pressing the prescribed button, you will see the WordPress media Uploader. Here you need to hit the “Create Gallery” link that appears on the upper left side. In order to add photos to the gallery, a user can either select existing images from media library (pictures that you have formerly uploaded to your blog) or upload new photos from your personal computer. Select images individually by clicking on each of them. In this way, all the selected photos will occupy a check mark that you can see in each picture given in the screenshot below.
After choosing all the photos that you wish to add in a gallery, simply hit “Create New Gallery” button appearing in the media Uploader. Afterward, the media Uploader will show the chosen pictures in the “Edit Gallery” view. This is a place where you can easily add captions to images, modify gallery settings, and reorganize their order simply by using the “drag and drop” option. Hit the “Insert Gallery” button when you are done with modifying or editing the gallery.
The media uploader will be closed once you click on the “Insert Gallery” button and insert the specific gallery code in the WordPress post. You will see a box in the post edit area showing that here is gallery code.
You will see a gallery shortcode if using the simple text editor mode.
Something looking like this one:
[gallery ids=”5, 8, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12”]
Click post preview button to check the gallery. If you do not feel satisfied with its appearance, lick “Add Media” button to edit as many times as you want. Publish your post when you are done with the gallery settings.
Important Note: The technique can also be used for the pages as well. You can follow the same procedure if want to add a photo gallery to any sort of WordPress page.
Now you have successfully created a WordPress photo gallery, let’s make it look lovely and easy to browse through.
Show Gallery photos in Carousel
The beautiful carousel view for pictures in the WordPress is somewhat like photo view in your Facebook account. The feature works as a part of the Jetpack plugin that is an assortment of plug-ins released by the WordPress.com. Nevertheless, the difficulty with the Jetpack is its requirement of connectivity with WordPress.com even when there is no requirement of doing so.
To utilize the carousel for the photo galleries, first you need to install & activate the Carousel without jetpack plugin. After activating it, the plugin will work flawlessly and you will not have to configure anything. Simply go to gallery post and then click on any image to see it in the action. Have a look at the image gallery shown below:
A few important changes can be easily made to the plugin. To configure, go to Settings>Media and scroll down to the Image gallery carousel. Now you can select either a white or black background for the carousel view.
There are numerous other workable plugins to make amazingly elegant WordPress photo gallery. Nonetheless, the default gallery feature is ideal for most of the people.
We hope that this article must be very helpful for your needs. It helped you to make a beautiful WordPress photo gallery in your blog.
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