14 Best Photo Gallery Plugins for WordPress in 2021

14 Best Photo Gallery Plugins for WordPress in 2021

Photos can make your WordPress site more engaging, increasing the chances that people will linger on it and look at the content for longer periods. And, a WordPress photo gallery plugin is an excellent way to keep the photos organized and make it easy for people to browse through them.

Here are 14 of the best photo gallery plugins you should check out and consider adding to your site.

NextGEN Gallery

One of the advantages of this plugin is that it’s been around since 2007 and receives more than a million new downloads per year. The free version of NextGEN gallery allows creating your gallery in either a thumbnail or slideshow format.

There is also an Insert Gallery window that lets users work inside it when adding galleries to their pages instead of dealing with shortcodes. When you need to manage your photos, there are several ways to do so. Try the batch upload feature to make transfers more efficient or see how easy it is to rearrange photos or group them into albums. This is a plugin made with photo enthusiasts in mind.

If you want something more than what the free version offers, paid plans are $79 and up.

Modula Photo Gallery

This plugin offers an impressive amount of customization and doesn’t require advanced coding skills. Among the features you can enjoy are:

  • Six lightbox styles
  • 12 built-in hover effects with cross-browser compatibility
  • The ability to resize individual images or change the height and width of a gallery
  • The option to choose the size and color of photo captions

Whether you want a gallery to display wedding photos or snapshots from your recent round-the-world trip, Modula makes it easy to tweak the content so to suit your site and your needs.

Changing the dimensions of a gallery, for example, is as easy as clicking and dragging on the bottom corner. You can use Modula as a free version or opt for a premium plan ranging from $29-99 depending on the tier chosen.

Portfolio Designer Lite

Portfolio Designer is way more than just a gallery plugin. It is an extremely flexible way to build portfolio galleries to showcase your work as well as any kind of image, photo, or rich media gallery.

The free version offers the popular masonry and grid style layouts with loads of pre-defined effects and animations to make your portfolio/gallery really stand out. Obviously, everything is fully responsive as well.

The paid version of Portfolio Designer goes even further with dozens more effects and layout variations including sliders, justified layouts, infinite scrolling, and much more. Definitely worth a look if you have the budget for a premium plugin.

Envira Gallery

The creators of this plugin believe people should not have to hire developers to put visually pleasing galleries onto their WordPress sites.

When giving this plugin a try, you likely won’t need to spend much time learning your way around the plugin. Look forward to creating a gallery in five minutes or less. Key features of the plugin include:

  • Drag and drop gallery creation
  • Integration with social media feeds and WooCommerce
  • Create slideshows with manual or automatic controls
  • Protect your images with watermarks

Envira Gallery also offers 100-percent optimization for mobile devices and allows deep-linking to individual images for SEO best practices.

Regardless of if you recently started working with photo galleries on WordPress or consider yourself a seasoned expert, this plugin is one that can scale to meet your needs, making it a solid choice. Interested in a premium plan? The paid versions start at $29.

Photo Gallery by 10Web

Making your WordPress site mobile-friendly is an excellent way to cater to people who view the content on their smartphones or tablets and not risk making them feel frustrated.

The Photo Gallery by 10Web plugin is specifically for galleries that look great on mobile devices. Use the drag-and-drop functionality to make beautiful galleries without wasting time.

Alternatively, sign up for a premium plan by choosing a tier priced from $30-100. Getting one of those gives you access to ready-made themes for eye-catching results without going through any customization. However, if you prefer something custom-made, that’s possible for your gallery, too.

There is also a tagging feature for arranging your photos into groups. It’s handy for keeping things organized and giving your gallery some structure.


FooGallery includes a new Gutenberg block editor, making it compatible with a 2018 Gutenberg block editing system that WordPress rolled out.

Use a copy-to-clipboard feature to facilitate using shortcodes when adding galleries, and rely on the drag-and-drop features to rearrange the photos in a gallery. Some of the other perks available to you include:

  • A built-in image library for user-friendly photo management
  • Live previews of images on the administrator side
  • A gallery picker for inserting images
  • Support for high-quality thumbnails on retina-quality displays

The Pro version of FooGallery is $49, and there is a handy chart for comparing the features of the free and paid versions.

Gmedia Photo Gallery

Consider this plugin if you primarily want to feature photos in a WordPress gallery but may include video and audio files at some point, too. It includes support for all three types of media. Here are some other advantages of this plugin:

  • Show photos as galleries or albums
  • Create covers for albums to increase the appeal
  • Activate a geolocation feature for pictures to add location-based context
  • Add the gallery shortcode to the post with a single click
  • Works with the native Image Resizer in WordPress

You can also quickly shift images between galleries and make them appear in multiple places by adding tags to the content.

That option makes it more straightforward to manage your photos by putting them in the desired areas without extra clicks. Moreover, set permissions for albums, such as by making specific ones public or only visible to logged-in users.

Although there is a free version of this app, premium version prices begin at $29.99.

Final Tiles Grid Gallery

Use Final Tiles Grid Gallery to make fully responsive WordPress galleries that adjust the image layout based on a person’s browser or screen size.

Pick from two available layouts and decide on the size of the margins for each image you upload. This plugin works via a concept that doesn’t crop the images and retains the original size when possible. As such, you can rest assured that the images displayed on the screen appear as expected.

If you want to work with the paid features this app offers, pricing starts at $19.99, billed annually. Hover effects for captions and images, as well as WooCommerce support, are some of the extras that come with a premium plan.

Photo Gallery by Supsystic

Give this WordPress option a try when you’re eager to experiment with numerous types of galleries on your site. Some of the possibilities include a carousel gallery, full-width gallery, gallery with captions and icons, or mosaic gallery, among many others.

Many people arguably think that having all those choices is a good thing, and you may agree, but this plugin might be more than you need if simplicity is your aim.

What other features can you use? Here’s a sampling:

  • Add images to galleries from FTP or social media
  • Use shadow presets to make your images stand out
  • Put a reflected image of your company’s logo on each image to build a branded gallery
  • Include captions with the images to help viewers understand the context

Premium licenses are $39 and up depending on the number of sites using the plugin, but there is a free version too, and it gives you access to many of the features mentioned above.

Essential Grid

No matter if your images come from social media, the WordPress gallery or somewhere else, there’s a good chance Essential Grid will help you swiftly show them off in a gallery format. Making custom modifications and selecting your format is simple thanks to the user-friendly and attractive interface.

You can also:

  • Choose the number of columns displayed on desktop or mobile devices
  • Add filtering options to your galleries to help people find the content they most want to see
  • Make a gallery that matches your brand by using the visual skin editor
  • Build skins from scratch, or create one based on an existing skin inside the plugin

This is a paid plugin that costs $34.

Gallery Bank

Gallery bank is ideal if you have a large number of photos to display and want to avoid the album quantity restrictions imposed by some other plugins. It allows uploading an unlimited number of images, plus add single or multiple galleries to a page using a shortcode.

Here are some of its other features:

  • Right-click protection function to stop people from downloading and saving images without permission
  • Masonry or thumbnail gallery layouts
  • Add a title and description to each photo or album
  • User-friendly image management interface

You can use this plugin for free. Alternatively, the Pro plan starts at 29.99, billed annually. Lifetime licenses are also available. The Pro version gives you more than 200 features, including the ability to make slideshows, add watermarks and try several lightbox styles.


The name of this WordPress plugin gets right to the point by describing its purpose. The plugin has a control panel for picking colors, grid specifics, hover effects, and more, letting you take care of all the necessary tweaks in one place.


  • Create up to three galleries with the free (Lite) version
  • Make animated sliders or lightbox galleries
  • Adjust the rows, columns, and spacing in each gallery
  • Use the color picker to enjoy virtually unlimited shade possibilities for a gallery’s skin

Premium versions of this plugin start at $24 and offer support for Google Maps in a gallery, let you have up to eight columns in a gallery, and pick from more than 10 lightbox options.

Unite Gallery

Unite Gallery is an all-in-one WordPress gallery for photos and videos. Users praise it as giving them flexibility and offering a good buy for the money. You can purchase a license from CodeCanyon for $29.

Here are some of the reasons people likely think it’s a prime option to pursue:

  • Choose from 10 gallery layouts
  • Make adjustments with more than 120 gallery settings
  • Touch-enabled functionality let people control parts of the gallery on touch-sensitive devices, such as smartphones
  • Mix photo and video elements regardless of the gallery style chosen

At first, you may hesitate to buy a plugin that doesn’t have a free version. But, a look at the reviews associated with the product should be enough to show you that it’s a wise investment if you plan to prioritize photos on any WordPress site.

Justified Image Grid

This is another plugin sold at CodeCanyon, and it’s one of the best-selling WordPress gallery plugins on the site.

Arrange images in the ways that work best for you, quickly combining images of various sizes. It’s also easy to add captions to the pictures and help viewers understand where you were when you captured the image.

Justified Image Grid also gives you full control over how the plugin works with your galleries. You can embed it to apply to all your existing WordPress images automatically, or customize things as you go along by making changes with the user interface.

The plugin is also mobile-responsive and retina-ready, ensuring that your images look fantastic on an assortment of modern devices.

The plugin costs $27 for a regular license.


This plugin works with the built-in gallery options WordPress offers. You select the name of this plugin as your gallery theme, then get all your uploaded photos transformed into a mosaic-style gallery.

Here are some of the other reasons to consider this plugin:

  • Support for Lazy Loading
  • Ability to customize gallery columns
  • Includes a lightbox component, but also works with lightbox plugins you may already use
  • Option to link images to a URL

You can also make galleries from a list of images or pictures attached to posts. Those choices give you plenty of flexibility when creating your albums.

Install a Gallery Plugin With Confidence

With so many WordPress photo gallery plugins available, it can be difficult to determine the ones worth installing. This list should help cut down that uncertainty by giving you a breakdown of why these 14 outstanding options are so popular.

After learning to use one of them, you might decide to share your findings with other friends who have WordPress sites with photos.

ED: This has always been one of our most popular posts, and now thanks to Kayla it is completely overhauled and updated!

Kayla Matthews is a technology journalist and writer, as well as an avid WordPress blogger. You can check out her personal tech blog at ProductivityBytes.com

133 thoughts on “14 Best Photo Gallery Plugins for WordPress in 2021

  1. Avatar Criss says:

    I strongly recommend Simplest Gallery plugin, which supports multiple addon styles like NextGen but builds on top WordPress standard galleries so it’s simpler, lighter, more stable than many alternatives.

    1. Avatar Rama says:

      I like it, thanks for your recomm.

    2. Avatar Lyman Perrine says:

      Criss thanks for mentioning this plugin. I’ve been searching awhile trying to find it again.

  2. Avatar realmag777 says:

    InPost image and photo gallery http://wordpress.org/plugins/inpost-gallery/ free, power,simple and fun,amazing. Stay on one page, no amount of options, no amount of pages, two clicks and no more else.

    1. Avatar vihanay says:

      Hey, thanks to mention this plugin, it’s great to use and free!

  3. Avatar John Wright says:

    I am very disappointed in the open source community. I contributed for years and did it as academic advancement. Now it has become just another PBS where the commercials are longer than the ones on network/cable tv. This is not a community anymore, this is a bunch of fishermen giving you bait so that you will buy something that may or may not work. I am appalled and deeply saddened to the group I helped form and spent so much of my shared time and experience. Zero stars to all these supposedly free programs.

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi John, I’m interested in your comments. I’ve heard similar things from others who been round long enough to remember things back in the day. I’m curious though what specifically you don’t like about people making more advanced commercial versions of plugins?

      Personally I think I’d rather that than not have many of the free versions of great plugins available at all. Take Nextgen for instance. Many many happy users of the free version, myself included, but for some projects I have been happy to pay for the commercial version with more features. Doesn’t that seem like a fair way for the developer to make a living?

      I should point out that we currently make $0 from any of our themes which we’ve spent a considerable amount of time developing. We’ve release more than a dozen to date and they are used on 10’s of 1000’s of sites around the world, all open source and free (as-in-beer). People ask us all the time when there will be a Pro version available with more features and we have been considering this as a way to keep doing what we are doing.

      1. Avatar Rob says:

        Yeh, I kinda know what he means. You have to endlessly plough through plugins, install them, start using them, and then discover that some necessary functionality (such as CAPTCHA in a form plugin) is only available in the premium version. The sheer amount of time it takes to actually find a free plugin that isn’t gimped in some way means you just give in and fork out cash.

        It is imo completely against the spirit of open source, as yeh, these freebies are just adverts for the sold versions. Nothing wrong with devs making premium plugins, but tbh I would rather see the official plugin repository free of these types of bait and switch plugins to make it easier for people to find useful actual free stuff.

  4. Avatar Norah says:

    Hi all, try this one : Easy Media Gallery Pro

  5. Avatar elio says:

    Mikado Gallery is missing, looks nice http://mikado-gallery.com/wordpress/

  6. Avatar Maddy says:

    great post thanks for sharing WP is best in all 🙂

  7. Avatar John says:

    Hi . Thanks for awesome plugins list . Let me add one more WordPress gallery plugin – https://wordpress.org/plugins/photo-gallery

  8. Avatar Michael says:

    I like NextGEN Gallery, really impressive plugin.

  9. Avatar Tyson says:

    Hi . Thanks for awesome list of image gallery plugins. I would like to add one more – http://labs.hahncreativegroup.com/wordpress-gallery-plugin/

  10. Hey Nikki, definitely a great collection of gallery plugins here, but I’ve always found the available gallery plugins to be more than I’ve required for my clients.

    For this reason, I’ve actually gone and launched my own, Rocket Galleries which is available for free. It’s extremely simple – it provides an admin panel for creating & managing your galleries. Then, display them using a shortcode (as usual).

    The CSS is minimal, and I’ve included a template loader so theme’s can override the front-end with their own gallery templates. Essentially, I’ve designed it to fit into WordPress and the theme like a glove!

    It’s only new, so be nice, haha! However, I’m excited for it’s future and it’d be awesome if people could check it out 🙂

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hey Matthew, looks cool. Will definitely check it out. We’re all in favor of minimalism in themes and plugins.

  11. Avatar Tim says:

    Does any one know of a or which Gallery Plugin for WordPress has Albums and Sub-Albums or Categories and Sub-Categories. I was hoping the Albums would show a Thumbnail and text which you could click and then reveal the full set of pictures in. Thanks…

  12. Avatar Daily News Company says:

    Light box plugin is one of my most favorite plugin, thanks for sharing huge list of awesome plugins 🙂

  13. Avatar GstarCAD says:

    Thanks fo share

  14. Avatar Pled says:

    Thanks for great list of gallery plugins. I would like to add one more http://ghozylab.com/best-photo-albums-wordpress-plugin/

    And they also offer Affiliate Program to earn extra money.

  15. Avatar Tor Ivan says:

    Justified image grid. Ive never tried a more flexible gallery plugin before.

    And it can fetch images from facebook, instagram, flickr, 500px, rss feeds.

    I even use it for showing my blog posts.


  16. Avatar Sarah says:

    For Instagram I like to use Instagram Photo & Video Gallery WordPress it’s a premium plugin but is really complete. Check it out: http://bit.ly/1z8Can9

  17. Somehow I have never heard of Nextgen until finding this post while looking for a gallery for our WordPress site.


  18. Avatar Margaret Bain says:

    Love the information y’all provide!

  19. Avatar Simon says:

    Thanks for the list. I’m currently looking for a free wordpress gallery plugin for a clients website which allows you to include a caption for each image. I’m currently using next gen but with no luck. It allows you to put a description in but it never shows as a caption. It just seems to show each gallieries title on the first image of each gallery. Any body got any ideas? Many thanks.

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Simon, this sounds like a settings issue. I have just added a couple of captions to the first two images in this gallery: https://wpdevshed.com/pinterest-style-image-galleries/ – click on the first image to open in a light box and the captions are displayed. That’s not what you are after? Have you tried the Nextgen help section? http://www.nextgen-gallery.com/help/

  20. Avatar abhay sonak says:

    Hi, For NextGEN Gallery Plugin you have mentioned that “Pro version is so popular the developers are able to afford to invest in ongoing development so the free version also gets regular updates and new features like (Social sharing)”…

    However, social sharing is a part of pro version only and not available in free version.

    These are my findings just now. Basis on your inputs i installed the plugin but failed to find the facility..

  21. Wich of this plugin dont use a lot of memory , thanks.

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Wilton, I’ve never looked at this aspect of these plugins as it has never been a concern so I can’t provide a good answer. Let us know if you find any good research on this.

      1. Avatar Tecnologia Geek says:

        ok..thanks.. i just traying not to have consume the memory in the hosting..thansk.

  22. Avatar Duncan says:

    Is Photo Albums Plus responsive?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Yep, should be.

  23. Avatar Mike says:

    I used to be a big fan of NextGen Gallery until their 2.0 release. They made a huge change which broke many existing galleries. Check the comments on WordPress plugins directory and you’ll discover a large # of “1” ratings most of which happened after the 2.0 release. It broke my existing site in multiple ways including: (1) leaking database entries which slowly caused the site to use more and more memory (2) having shortcodes that never quite worked again (3) rapid fire releases which fixed some things and then broke others. The support forum tried to be helpful but eventually I had enough issues that I gave up and went back to the 1.9.13 version (last one before 2.0). Since then, I also found “Nextcellent Gallery” which is based on the earlier 1.9.x functionality for NextGen gallery. I still recommend them over the newer NextGen gallery editions.

  24. Avatar Jat Macalalad says:

    Hi all, of these photo gallery plugins. What would you suggest for a newbie like me to use. Something that a content manager like me that does not know shortcodes or html.


    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Jat, I’ve just purchased a license for SharePrints to use on a client project for precisely these reasons. It is easy to use and requires no HTML knowledge. I talked with the developer the other day and they also have some cool features in the pipeline so I think it is a great choice.

  25. Avatar Erin Burke says:

    Which is the best plug-in to allow for a mouseover effect (i.e., when you hover over a vertical row of thumbnails, it displays enlarged images to the right or left)? I don’t want the viewer to have to click the thumbnails to expand the larger image, just to be able to hover with their mouse. Thanks!

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Erin, off the top of my head I can’t think of any gallery plugins that offer this feature. That’s not to say none do, just that I am not aware of any with that feature. It’s been awhile since we took a close look at all the options we covered here, and since then I’ve continued to use SharePrints and Nextgen Gallery for my own projects and I don’t think either of these offer a mouse over feature.

      1. Avatar Erin Burke says:

        OK thanks, Charles. I’ll keep looking, or else modify the client’s wishes.

  26. Avatar Marcio Rocon says:

    I use NextGEN, and no change. Truly one of the best and most complete in the market.

  27. Avatar Francesco says:

    I would like to share with you and your readers 1 other tool you may find useful.

    It’s called Enjoy Instagram, and we let you display any instagram photos into your wordpress website.

    You will be able to autoreload and moderate photos to publish.
    You will see:

    NEW Polaroid View
    NEW Album View
    NEW Badge View
    Autoreload Stream of Photos
    Moderation Control: you can choose which photos show.
    Possibility to choose what link on the photo: Lightbox, Instagram, Custom URL or nothing.
    Custom CSS: edit CSS, set border, margin, background and much more
    Custom Transition Effect
    Custom JS: set time to autoplay and speed, set name of prev and next buttons and much more.
    Possibility to choose if show photo’s author, caption and likes number.

    Feel free to check it out for more information: http://www.mediabeta.com/enjoy-instagram-premium/


  28. Avatar Jhonea says:

    I cannot believe people are still recommending NextGen Gallery, which is a lesson in bad coding. Just go to their support page to see how many people are having problems with this plugin, and the lack of support from the developers. Unfortunately, I have this plugin for more than 100+ galleries on my website, and most galleries are now unviewable due to various errors regarding the scripts. Anyone who knows anything about coding can look at NextGen and see just how poorly it was written. When I started using it, it was a dream, but since being taken over by Photocrati it has become an albatross to my website. I wish websites would stop recommending them!!

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Thanks for the feedback. I’m curious which plugin you think is the best now? I imagine with 100+ galleries changing plugins would be a real challenge, but if they are unviewable I guess you are planning to move to another product?

      1. Avatar Joel MMCC says:

        For someone basically stuck with NextGEN 1.9.x who cannot upgrade to 2.x for reasons of add-on incompatibility but also doesn’t want to have to try to port the galleries to something new (since NextGEN didn’t do things “the WordPress way” and instead stores its gallery images in its own subfolders and its data in its own database tables, you’re pretty much locked in barring something like Envira or Foo which have NGG importers), may I recommend the free “NextCellent Gallery (NextGEN Legacy)”?

        It’s actually the legacy NextGEN 1.9.x code from before Photocrati took it over, being maintained and kept reasonably up-to-date. While NextGEN 1.x ended updates with 1.9.13, NextCellent is at 1.9.31 as I write this, and tested compatible with WP 4.4.4 (should work okay with 4.5.x and the new 4.6). Any add-ons, themes, styles, etc. you had for NextGEN 1.9.x should work as-is with NextCellent — simply move them into the appropriate subfolder under NextCellent’s plugin folder from NextGEN’s.

        It’s smart enough to disable itself if any version of NextGEN is active, so you can keep NextGEN installed while you set up NextCellent and copy over any extras needed, then activate NextCellent, then de-activate NextGEN, and no downtime. The existing albums and galleries and shortcodes and thus pages and widgets will keep right on working just as they did before.


  29. Great article, thanks for sharing it with us. I would love to know how this slide show was built of this site: http://www.thomaskeller.com/

    Any idea?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Rachida, that’s a great looking site alright. It is built on Drupal (not WordPress) though which I’m not familiar with, but it appears the slider is done with jQuery. I don’t know if this is a off the shelf Drupal module or custom code.

    2. Avatar Aloysius says:

      Hi Rachida

      Did you manage to find out if there is a slider like that available in WordPress. It’s quite nice. Your sire also looks really good. Saw you have Ads on the site. Are they generating you any income?

  30. Avatar Aaliya says:

    Is it possible to add page link to the gallery image?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Aaliya, what gallery plugin are you using? Or are you using the standard WordPress gallery features?

  31. Avatar Phroso says:


    Thanks for the article. Do any of the wordpress galleries support migrating/converting from Photopost?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Phroso, I’m not aware of any that do support this.

  32. Avatar James says:

    Shareprints update is now a year behind almost and they keep promising an update. There are some main common sense things this plugin cannot do and that effect what would otherwise be possible the best gallery plugin.

    1. Avatar Deva says:

      I think Shareprints is close to being the best gallery plugin I’ve tried. The visual shortcodes are great and once used, make everything else seem clunky.

      It is fast and easy to use but…

      Shareprints does not have good handling of image captions. Only 1 of the 7 gallery types supports captions (Blog). And the lightbox does not show image captions by default. And when you turn click to show captions/descriptions, the image in the lightbox gets tiny. On mobile, you cannot show the image and caption at the same time.

      Also, the developers have not responded to support requests for the past month. I sent half a dozen requests via their support form or directly via email and nothing but silence. I am concerned that something is wrong with their company or they are going out of business.

      1. Charles Charles says:

        Hi Deva, thanks for your comment. I’ve reached out to the developer myself and pointed him to this comment. I hope you hear back soon.

        1. Avatar Deva says:

          Hi Charles,

          Thanks for your effort. I never heard back from the Shareprints Devs.

          I consider the Shareprints plugin no longer developed and have stopped using it on my own site and the sites I maintain for others.

          It’s a shame as it has much promise.

  33. Avatar dorian says:

    Try Mosaic gallery as well, I think it’s on themeForest. I am still searching for the best one though…

  34. Avatar Matt says:

    So far, no complaints, as a matter of fact- very glad to have found this plugin (shareprint) as it’s built on bootstrap, so very responsive friendly. Love the sharing functionality and ux.

  35. Avatar Sammy says:

    Looking for a Image/Content Slider that resembles the link below. Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you!


  36. I am searching for wordpress multi category gallery. which of this galleries is multi category?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Ahmad, what do you mean by multi-category gallery? I’m not sure what this means in terms of how the gallery is displayed.

  37. Avatar Ed' says:

    Anyone know of an easy gallery plugin where you can download different sizes of the photo? (e.g. 1 low-res and 1 high-res image)

    I think i’ll have to add some php to lightbox where a 1st link downloads the thumbnail and a 2nd link downloads the full size image

    Not sure how though.

    1. Avatar Kiki says:

      I need the same thing.

      1. Charles Charles says:

        Hi Kiki, this isn’t a baked feature I’ve seen in any gallery plugin. WordPress will generate different sizes on upload, so it is totally doable, either by manually adding links to the display captions or could be coded to display dyanmically. Though in the latter case you are going to need to get a developer to help. If that is an option you’d consider then I would try Codeable.

  38. Avatar Izrabotka Strani says:

    Thank you for the suggestions on WordPress photo gallery plugins!
    It was a helpful article.

  39. Avatar Max says:

    I would like to suggest the “Unite Gallery”.

    It has 9 gallery types, responsive play youtube, video and images, and has a lot of customizing features.


    You can browse it’s demo here.

  40. Avatar Jessica says:

    Thanks for the interesting review. I have tried some different gallery plugins, and stopped on Gmedia Gallery so far. It’s powerful yet user-friendly. You can show image galleries, photo slideshows, play music and videos. 14 modules will help you customize media content the way you like. Responsive on all devices. And it’s FREE. https://wordpress.org/plugins/grand-media/

  41. Avatar Zero says:

    I would like to add one more, it’s really new but fully integrated with the WordPress media section…check it out! Zero Gallery

  42. Avatar Zahi says:

    thanks for sharing i need photo gallery plugin for my site. your article is very helpful for me or all new members of wordpress.

  43. Hello, I love this blog post. I’ve read each one and have looked into each one but haven’t worked with them as much as you have. I currently have a site I designed for a client but it is so slow because it loads all the images at once that it makes the experience miserable. I’m using currently GoPortfolio.

    All I need is a gallery that displays all the images with infinite scroll not to bog down load time, a filter to sort each category of photos, and a Lightbox.

    It just needs to be simple as possible, tiled gallery or masonry gallery (preferred)… Any recommendations?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Alex, I’m a big fan of Shareprints. It is very simple to use and offers a range of gallery styles including the masonry layout. I’d give that a go.

    2. Avatar Nabeel says:

      That is exactly what I am looking for as well.

      Just want to be able to filter my gallery based on different tags.

      Can’t seem to find a good reliable plugin that can do that simply.

      1. Charles Charles says:

        Hi Nabeel, I’m not sure I understand the use case exactly. Do you mean you want to be able to tag images in your media library so that visitors can filter a gallery by tag? Or you want to be able to create different galleries around different keyword tags?

    3. Avatar Carole Hayes says:

      Alex, did you ever find what you were looking for? I’m looking for pretty much the same thing, with the addition of being able to turn off image titles/captions/descriptions, etc…, and it’s giving me an ulcer….

  44. Avatar david says:

    i have been looking for an image gallery for my blog picture gallery
    i got the solution from that problem in your blog
    thanks a lot for this

  45. Avatar Fernando says:


    I hope somebody could help me. I’m using NGG but I’m tired about his performance and I have decided to change. I have two questions
    1. which gallery plugin is the best performant?
    2. Which is the easiest for migrating from NGG?

    If somebody could help I will be very grateful.

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Fernando, I think Envira Gallery is your best option. Envira is fast and they have a free NGG importer addon which I havn’t used, but I understand does a good job.

  46. Avatar kymberley says:

    I am looking for a wp gallery plugin for this model, she wants to charge for downloads of her images….. any suggestions?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Kymberley, I would go with Nextgen Pro. It has great photo commerce features.

  47. Hi all,

    I came across this post doing a little research on people linking to our plugins (FooBox listed above) and wanted to chime in to make a small correction and also invite you to try our free gallery plugin named FooGallery.

    FooBox is listed as a gallery plugin above, but it’s actually not a gallery plugin, it’s a responsive lightbox plugin that works with several galleries including WP galleries, NextGen, Envira, Justified Image Grid, etc.

    FooBox has been around for more than three years and we still actively develop and support it, but I also wanted you to know that we developed FooGallery as free plugin (found on the .org repo and also here: http://foo.gallery/ )

    FooBox works with FooGallery of course and FooGallery was built to be extensible by developers so there are several extensions to choose from if you need them.

    I hope you all will take some time to check out FooGallery and see how it works for you. Our goal was to build it with tight integration into the Media Library and to keep it light and fast while still providing some great built-in features.


  48. Avatar Del says:

    Looking for a photo plugin that handles comments nicely. Also – I’d really like to be able to allow tagging on the photos to help identify individuals or objects. Anyone have a suggestion?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Del, I’d try Envira Gallery.

  49. Avatar Carol says:

    Seems I always have to buy the paid version to figure out whether it can do what I need, and I waste money.

    I need a plugin that will show a single preview image, around which text can wrap like a regular JPG, then only when clicked does the single image open to a lightbox or image viewer.

    I can’t see whether this is possible for anything until I install it, configure it, plow through all the settings, then MAYBE guess as to whether the paid version will work, and wait 24-48 hours for response to a pre-sales question. Meanwhile, client is waiting…… waiting….

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Carol, have you tried Simple Lightbox? It’s free and based on the description of what you want I think it will meet your needs.

  50. Avatar Criss says:

    Very nice overview of the available software. I am the author of Simplest Gallery so I was definitely happy to see it reviewed here.

  51. Thank you for the comprehensive review of the various galleries. My client list varies, from sculptors to learning centers to authors, and each is very unique in what they want for a gallery. Your list helped immensely, and we’ve chosen SharePrints for it’s diverse options. Thank you again, SP

    1. Avatar Del says:

      Suzanne – I’m very interested in SharePrints – but a little hesitant due to the lack of developer response to inquiries – a quite a few negative posts on their FB page. Can you provide some links to sites using SharePrints for me to visit? I need some encouragement to go with them . . .

  52. Avatar David says:

    I want a plugin that will help nesting and backing the Thumbnail Gallery . anyone who knows would help me please. I will appreciate so much

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi David, can you elaborate a little more on your requirements. I’m not sure what you mean by “nesting and backing the Thumbnail Gallery”.

  53. Avatar karen says:

    Love this post, I’ve learned so much but still don’t see what I need. Site I’m currently building needs the ability for visitors of the site to be able to load their own images. Client wants also wants ability to review their images before she tags and categorizes them appropriately. Any ideas?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Karen, yeah these plugins are all about displaying images on your site rather than managing user submissions. Have you looked at Frontend Loader.

  54. Avatar Raf says:

    Hi! I’ve just wanted to get some info or recommendations about Focuson Parallax Responsive Gallery.

    Has anyone got experience with this plugin? Is it worth the shot?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Raf, I’ve not used this one myself so I can’t comment. The demo certainly looks interesting.

  55. Avatar Kim says:

    Great list, thanks a lot! I’m a photographer from Germany and I’m using some of the listed plugins, too 🙂
    But I think there is one brilliant WP-plugin missing.
    One year ago I needed a plugin for my WP-portfolio to organize my clients and provide their photos in a secure way. I found the plugin “Photograhy Management”. It is exactly what I was looking for. I’m so glad I found it and my clients love it, too.: https://wordpress.org/plugins/photography-management/

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Kim, that looks like a great client work management solution for professional photographers.

  56. This site/thread is a great exchange of ideas and information.
    Hope you can help me.
    I am developing a social networking site that will have a lot of users (hopefully) and I am looking for a plugin that will allow each of my users to be able to create their own library and add photos to that library. Similar to the Facebook model.
    Any suggestions?

    Thank you!!!

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi David, are you are planning to use https://buddypress.org/ to power your social network? I’m not a BuddyPress expert myself, but it would be to be the obvious choice if you are starting a social network with WordPress. There are many 3rd party BuddyPress plugins and I feel sure you could find something that would support your use case there.

      1. Thanks Charles, I guess I should have added that detail.
        Yes, I am using WordPress, with Ultimate Member instead of Buddypress. But, basically both are similar, but the UM has out of the box the features I wanted.
        I looked many times at the gallery plugins, but none indicated the ability to allow each registered user of the site to have the ability to create their own library.
        I was thinking that Nextgen would do this, but playing with the setup, it too seems to only support the galleries for the owner of the site. This is where I am stuck.

  57. Charles, it seems that WP Photo Album Plus will do what i want. https://wordpress.org/support/topic/user-gallery?replies=78
    Installing and testing it now and will let you know. From first glance, there are a TON of settings. Not sure how well it will work yet, but the options seem endless.

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi David, thanks for the followup WP Photo Album Plus is definitely feature rich, but I wasn’t actually aware it could handle albums per user, nice! I’ll be really interested to know how you get on with this project. It’s not a scenario I’ve thought of before, but given this possibility it’s not hard to imagine lots of use cases.

      1. Getting close to being finished:

        + Incredible support. I don’t think better support is possible.
        + Versatile
        + CSS classes and easy to find with Chrome inspector. Seems not much is hidden.

        – Complex
        – Developer is clearly a great coder, but surely lacks design skills as the layout needs a lot css work.

  58. Avatar Hugh Nicholas says:

    I’m looking for a new on-line gallery system and will checkout your recommendations.
    Thanks for the info.

  59. Avatar Sarah Jay says:

    Really great photo gallery plugin list.Thanks for sharing that information.

  60. Avatar Rajan says:

    Hello, I’m having a website on fashion and I want a better gallery look. Currently, I’m using wp photo gallery and I want to change plugin because that plugin doesn’t have many designs. So can anyone help me in choosing the better plugin from the list? Thanks for sharing the list.

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Rajan, for what you describe I’d probably go with Envira, but you might also checkout a new one I’ve just become aware of, Lemon Grid, it looks like a great option too.

  61. Avatar Louis says:

    I am currently using the gallery bank plugin for my businesses website. Do you know if it’s possible to caption my pictures on the free version? Or do I need to upgrade? Cheers.

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Louis, I’ve not tried Gallery Bank, but it seems you need to upgrade to get the full set of features.

  62. Avatar harsh says:

    i am having a galley in wp where i have 500 images and i want to keep a next page and per page 30 image than how should i do ??

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Harsh, good question. I know that Envira has pagination functionality for their galleries so that would be a good option.

  63. Avatar karen says:

    I’m just starting to learn WordPress in order to create a website to showcase 2,000+ photos and videos aimed at international film location managers. The images are in a variety of aspect ratios, which must be retained.

    I’m seeking a program that will a) not change the aspect ratio and b) offer a simple interface that will allow a user to hover/click on a “main image” to reveal its sub-images.

    There seem to be so many products out there and I am totally confused.

    Upfront? Envira? Justified Image? Photo Gallery? Awesome Gallery?


    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Karen, I would be inclined to use either Envira or Nextgen, both are very capable plugins. In terms of the UI, I think what you describe is basically a series of galleries which are accessed from a single index page, yes? This shouldn’t be hard to achieve with either of these plugins.

  64. Avatar aburi says:

    If you are looking for a simple, but flexible lightbox gallery with support of videos, I can recommend you Pronto Gallery.

  65. Avatar Kami says:

    if there is a plug that allows you to create a gallery where each picture has a different url?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Kami, Have you taken a look at some of the great photography themes out there? There are lots of free and premium photography themes which might suit your needs.

      I suggest looking at these because they have great post formats for photos so you can upload each photo as a post (with an individual permalink URL), and in many cases they have category templates which can act as galleries.

  66. Avatar Rich says:

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a plugin that does nested albums? We have our images on Amazon S3 so it would need to play nice with that. Essentially if we cover an event say comic con we want albums with the main comic con album broken down by artists, cosplay etc. I tried Envira and unfortunately, it did not meet my needs.

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Rich, I’m not aware of a gallery plugin with that functionality off the top of my head. My immediate thought is why not arrange your coverage of an event as a category, and then have different galleries as separate posts in that category…but I guess you’ve already considered that.

  67. Avatar chuyen nghiep says:

    I’d love to see a WordPress plugin that brings in Flickr photos as native WordPress posts.

  68. Avatar Danial Wilson says:

    Thanks for sharing such an amazing list.

  69. Avatar Jeremy Holden says:

    The thumbnail gallery is exactly what I’m looking for. I just don’t like that there is no support and it hasn’t been updated in over 3 years.

    Is there anything else that has the same style of filmstrip style gallery?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Jeremy, have you looked at Shareprints?

  70. Avatar Ray Boller says:

    Thanks for awesome list!

  71. Avatar abdullah says:

    There is a free plugin you can use for nextgen gallery image searching. its simple and works fine. it gives search box by shortcode and returns list of matched images with a lightbox image popup slider.


    It has a pro version too with more features.

    you guys can have a look.

  72. Avatar Prabhu says:

    Thanks for the post. It is really a great information and effective for the beginners. All these plugin setups are quite simple. Can you tell me among the listed plugins which plugin seems to be the best?

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Prabhu, I’ve become a big fan of Envira, but they all have their pros and cons. I think the best one really depends on the specific requirements of a particular project.

  73. Avatar Ruperth Simth says:

    Hi Guys
    I was searching for the best gallery plugins. Your article helped me. It’s a clean and clear article. Keep updating posts like this.

  74. Avatar Iftekhar says:

    WOW! nice collection of plugins! I have used many of these. I also want to mention http://wordpress.org/plugins/awesome-responsive-photo-gallery this gallery plugin which is also very nice. It has 3 different popular lightbox scripts with a wide range of customizable options. You can check it too.

  75. Avatar Linda says:

    Any suggestions for the best gallery for user’s submitting their own photos/layouts using our products? Each user would have their own ID/PW and create their own album. Our old websites used Coppermine Gallery and Photo Sharing Gallery by PhotoPost, but those are not being updated anymore.

    1. Charles Charles says:

      Hi Linda, have you looked at User Post Gallery?

  76. Avatar Simon says:

    Just want to share..

    I have used this wordpress plugin called “Innozilla Image Gallery 8” and its really simple to use and very lightweight. 😀

  77. Avatar Spencer says:

    Feed Them Gallery is great too, and the paid version lets you drag images into a gallery and converts them into WooCommerce products. https://wordpress.org/plugins/feed-them-gallery/

  78. Avatar Abhinandan says:

    Thanks for the superb list of gallery plugins.

    We use nextgen gallery most of the time. but after reading your reviews we will also try Gallery Bank.

  79. Avatar Naina Singh says:

    Thanks for sharing this amazing guide for the best WordPress gallery plugins. Can you cover and explain a bit about some of the best plugins for the slider for images in a blog post on the WordPress website?

  80. Avatar Joy Dhar says:

    Hi Kayla,

    Thanks for the list of Photo gallery Plugins.

    Can you suggest which one would be profitable in the long run? based on budget and service!

  81. Nice article. But you did not mention Meow Gallery. It is a simple WordPress gallery plugin that works natively inside the WordPress block editor.

  82. Avatar Karan Pandey says:

    Thanks for sharing such a best plugins for photo gallery.

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