8 Most Popular Free WordPress Gallery Plugins

A Gallery Plugin is a main part of many websites today, it allows you to showcase your photographs, screenshots, videos and many more. A portfolio website is incomplete without image gallery. There are lots of gallery plugins in WordPress repository, so i have chosen the best plugins which will satisfy your needs.

In this article, I have collected popular WordPress gallery plugins 2015. You can download free from the official WordPress plugin repository.

1. Envira Gallery Lite

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Envira Gallery is the best responsive WordPress gallery plugin now available in its Lite form. Envira Gallery is the absolute easiest, fastest and most efficient gallery plugin for WordPress. Creating galleries is intuitive using all native WordPress features, and your galleries are responsive right out of the box. You can create global and post dependent responsive WordPress galleries that can be exported and imported anywhere. This plugin is insanely fast, and unlike some other popular gallery plugins, Envira Gallery is built with an incredibly slim but powerful code-base that is optimized for performance. All of your gallery queries using SMART caching and query technology to allow you to showcase your content with worrying about speed.

Features :

  • Create galleries right within your posts or pages, or create “global” galleries to be used anywhere.
  • Responsive right out of the box, from gallery display to lightbox views.
  • Ridiculously fast queries and caching everywhere. From the admin to the frontend, Envira Gallery is incredibly lightweight without sacrificing features.
  • Dynamic asynchronous ajax preloading of images for insanely fast gallery load times.
  • Simplified gallery workflows to make creating, modifying and using your galleries easier than ever before.
  • Modular so that you can start small and grow with Addons as you need.

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2. NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is the most popular WordPress gallery plugin and it’s all time most popular plugin with over 10 million downloads. This plugin gives you two front-end display styles like slideshows and thumbnail galleries, both style comes with the options for controlling size, style, timing, transitions, controls, lightbox effects, and more.

 Features:

  • Title and Description
  • Add/ Delete/ Rearrange/ Sort Images
  • Edit Thumbnails
  • Group Galleries into Albums
  • Quickly add watermarks to batches or galleries of images
  • and Much More.

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3. Gallery Photo :

Photo Gallery is an advanced plugin with fully responsive. It gives you a list of tools and options to add and edit images for different views. You can add an image gallery and albums to posts and pages, as well as multiple widgets. You can add images, providing detailed descriptions and tags, organize the galleries into different albums.

Features:

  • Thumbnails for image thumbnails
  • Masonry for multi-size thumbnails (commercial version)
  • Slideshow
  • Extended Album for displaying images with descriptions
  • Blog Style (commercial version)
  • and Much More.

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4. Awesome Flickr Gallery

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Awesome Flickr Gallery is a simple, fast and light plugin to create a gallery of your Flickr photos on your WordPress enabled website. This plugin aims at providing a simple yet customizable way to create clean and professional looking Flickr galleries.

Features :

  • Fast and light – uses intelligent caching to load galleries instantly
  • Support for both Public and Private photos
  • Create multiple galleries with different parameters
  • Select Photos from your Flickr Photostream, a Photoset, a Gallery, a Group or a set of tags
  • Multiple sorting options available so that you don’t have to rely on Flickr’s sorting options
  • Customizable image sizes with cropping settings
  • Infinitely customizable with custom CSS field
  • Fits into a sidebar widget too
  • Insert multiple galleries on same page with independent slideshow and pagination
  • Fits automatically according to the width of the theme or you can select the width of the gallery yourself
  • Ability to disable built-in slideshow so that you can use a slideshow plugin of your choice
  • Intuitive menu pages with easy configuration options and photo previews
  • SEO friendly, all your photos are available to search engine crawlers

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5. WordPress Video Gallery

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WordPress Video Gallery is a sturdy tool from Contus, that helps in erecting a video sharing website in WordPress quite effortlessly. Using this script managing a video sharing website becomes easy. This plugin has an inbuilt HD FLV Player which delivers video contents in crystal clear quality and support FLV & H.264 encoded video formats like MP4, M4V, M4A, MOV, Mp4v etc. HTML 5 support enables uninterrupted video viewing in mobile devices. Sharing of videos can be done from popular third-party websites like YouTube, Vimeo etc.

Features :

  • Supports Lighttpd, RTMP, Live telecast and Amazon S3 Streaming
  • Facility to add YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler, Daily Motion videos and embed code videos from other sites
  • Supports ffmpeg which generates duration of the video uploaded from PC
  • Facility to monetize by displaying preroll, postroll, midroll, google adsense and IMA ads in the player
  • Simple to customize/manage widgets
  • Option to choose WordPress/Facebook/Disqus commenting system from backend
  • Option to Enable/disable the following options on the player from backend: Download, Share, Volume, Full screen, High definition, Timer, Zoom, Playlist
  • Option to hide the entire skin from the player
  • Option to set logo target from the backend
  • Simple drag and drop option to sort videos/categories from backend
  • Facility to “set your own logo/copyright/edit logo position” on purchasing premium license
  • Offers complete control over number of columns and rows of thumb images
  • Facility to customize the color of player from backend
  • Facility to display Captions in player by adding upto 2 SRT files from backend
  • Option to store media files in Amazon S3 bucket
  • Facility to set the native language for tool tips of player buttons
  • Admin can limit the number of related videos to be displayed inside the player
  • Admin can enable/disable RSS feed icon along with Social Icons in video detail page
  • Option to enable/disable Video title in video home page
  • Option to restrict upload methods for users
  • Packed with seven different video widgets such as Featured, Recent etc.,(Refer document for more info)
  • SEO friendly video URL
  • Supports HTML5 to play videos in iOS devices
  • Enthralls with responsive designing to help your visitors view your website on mobile
  • Supports RTL feature

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6. Gallery by BestWebSoft

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Gallery plugin makes it possible to implement unlimited galleries on your website. You can add multiple images and description for each gallery, also you can show them all at one page and view galleries separately.

Features :

  • Create any amount of albums in the gallery
  • Set a featured image as an album cover
  • Change the size of album cover thumbnails and photos in the album
  • Choose a number of pictures to display in one row in the gallery album
  • View pictures as a slide show and in a full size
  • and Much More.

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7. Smooth Slider

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Most Popular Responsive WordPress Slider for Featured Content, Videos and Media Images. In less than 50 seconds, embed a recent posts, category specific or featured posts slider using Smooth Slider. It creates a dynamic slideshow/s for featured Posts, Pages, Media Images and Custom Post Types on a WordPress site. With live preview on admin panel, one can customize the slider before implementation. Smooth Slider is a basic slider WordPress plugin but is capable of adding a nice carousel in no time. With shortcode, widgets and template tag, one can embed Smooth SLider anywhere in the site.

Features :

  • Responsive Design
  • Six transition effects ( Fade transition supported )
  • Custom Slider, Category Slider and Recent Posts Slider supported ( Template tags, Shortcode and Widget available )
  • Slider Preview in admin panel
  • Search Engine Optimized Slideshow
  • Full control over the looks thru the Settings Panel
  • Permission setting option to restrict the users from adding posts to Smooth Slider
  • The posts/pages/media library images/custom post types added to the slider can be re-ordered
  • No Need Of Knowledge of PHP, HTML or CSS. But for those having knowledge of CSS, you can create your own stylesheet.
  • Slides can be removed from the slider in single click thru ‘Sliders’ admin panel

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8. Responsive Photo Gallery

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Responsive Photo Gallery is based on bootstrap framework. You can Add unlimited images on your blog site. Responsive Photo Gallery is provide fade animation, light box image preview and two gallery layout with various fonts. It’s also provide isotope effect to adjust your image size according to screen resolution.

Features :

  • Responsive Gallery
  • Multiple Gallery Option (new)
  • Multiple Gallery Shortcode (new)
  • Simple & Very Easy Admin Gallery Dashboard
  • Fade Animation Effect
  • Two Design Layout
  • Two Types of Color Scheme
  • Hover color opacity effect
  • Integrated with Isotope Effect
  • Two Different Font Awesome Icon
  • Light Box Integrated
  • Browser Compatible
  • Add Unlimited Images into Gallery
  • Multilingual Translation Ready

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