14 Best Photo Gallery Plugins for WordPress

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

nextgen wordpress plugin

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

modula photo gallery plugin

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

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

envira gallery plugin

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

photo gallery 10web demo

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

foo gallery plugin

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

gmedia plugin

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

image grid photo gallery final tiles

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

supsystic photo gallery plugin

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

essential grid gallery

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 plugin

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.

Gallery

gallery plugin

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.

Advantages:

  • 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 video gallery demo

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

justified image grid gallery demo

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.

PhotoMosaic

photomosaic plugin

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

135 thoughts on “14 Best Photo Gallery Plugins for WordPress

  1. Aaliya says:

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

    1. Charles says:

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

  2. 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?
    Thanks,
    Rachida

    1. 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. 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?

  3. 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 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. 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.

        https://wordpress.org/plugins/nextcellent-gallery-nextgen-legacy/

  4. 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.
    Autoplay
    Loop
    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/

    Thanks,

  5. Marcio Rocon says:

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

  6. 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 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. Erin Burke says:

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

  7. 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.

    Thanks!

    1. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Duncan says:

    Is Photo Albums Plus responsive?

    1. Charles says:

      Yep, should be.

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

    1. 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. Tecnologia Geek says:

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

  11. 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..

  12. 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 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/

  13. Margaret Bain says:

    Love the information y’all provide!

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

    Thanks!

  15. 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

  16. 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.

    http://bit.ly/1pNsJDs

  17. 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.

  18. GstarCAD says:

    Thanks fo share

  19. Daily News Company says:

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

  20. 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…

  21. 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 says:

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

  22. 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/

  23. Michael says:

    I like NextGEN Gallery, really impressive plugin.

  24. John says:

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

  25. Maddy says:

    great post thanks for sharing WP is best in all 🙂

  26. elio says:

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

  27. Norah says:

    Hi all, try this one : Easy Media Gallery Pro

  28. 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 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. 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.

  29. 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. vihanay says:

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

  30. 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. Rama says:

      I like it, thanks for your recomm.

    2. Lyman Perrine says:

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

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