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Do you want to add an image gallery to your existing WordPress website?
If you're nodding yes, open your Wordpress dashboard, and let's create together!
Before I go on, I want to tell you that in this guide, we are going to create an image gallery with or without using a WordPress plugin.
First, we will create without using a plugin and then we will go ahead and use a plugin for the same.
Method #1 - Add Image Gallery Without Plugin
First of all, I'm gonna use the default feature of WordPress. On this note here, you do not need to use any plugin for the same.
So let's jump straight into it.
Step-1 Create the Gallery Page
First of all, you need to create a gallery page for your website. To create a page, let's go to the WordPress dashboard and click Page > Add New.
After this, name the page you like.
Once you name the page, don't forget to press the Update button.
Step- 2 Add Page to Main Menu
After creating a gallery page, head over to Appearance and then click on Menus. Now select the Main Menu and add the gallery page to it. After adding the page, hit the Save Menu button and leave the page.
Step- 3 Add Image Gallery
Now, open the gallery page again by following this pattern: Page > Gallery.
Next, click on Add Media, now you can import photos from your computer or you can select from your Media Library.
As soon as you select the pictures that you want to appear on your website, click on the 'Insert into Page' button. Now all you have to do is click on the Update button.
Next, you will see that the selected images will be added to your text editor. Now if you want to add some text with images, you can do it easily.
Once you are satisfied with the details, click on the Update button.
As soon as you click on it, open your website and click on gallery page and you will see that an image gallery has been added to your website.
Now your visitors can see this image gallery.
Method #2 - Add Image Gallery With Plugin
To perform the same task with a plugin, you need to install a free WordPress plugin on your website. To do this, take a look at the following steps:
Step-1 Install the Plugin
To install the gallery plugin, head over to Plugins > Add New. Now type in the search bar responsive lightbox and gallery.
After this, press the Install button and then Activate the plugin.
Step-2 Configure the Plugin
Now your next move is to create a gallery.
After installing the plugin, you will see that a new item called Gallery has been added to your WordPress dashboard.
All you have to do is click on the gallery item and then select Add New Gallery.
As soon as you click, you will be taken to a separate window where you can name your gallery and add as many pictures as you need.
Now type the name you want to show in your gallery and click on Select Images.
Next, you can select images from your compute or media library.
After selecting photos, the next window will look something like this:
Now press the Publish button to make this gallery live. After this, kindly follow the steps mentioned below:
Step-3 Copy the Shortcode & Create a Galley Page
After publishing the page, you need to copy the shortcode of the gallery and paste it on the gallery page.
On the right side of the screen you will find the shortcode of the gallery.
Create a Page:
If you have already created a new page, this is fine, but if not, create a new page called Gallery.
As soon as you create the new page, open it and paste the shortcode into the text area.
After this, do not forget to press the Update button.
Once this process is complete, open your website and hit the gallery page. Here you will see that a new gallery will be added to this page.
About the Plugin
This plugin has lots of back-end features to make your gallery beautiful and interactive. Please look in depth the back-end setting to explore the various functionality.
You can change the way images are displayed on the front-end, you can add effects to your gallery and more.
Additionally, you can take a look into read.me file and watch the demo to understand its features and working patterns.
In this Wordpress tutorial, I have explained how you can create an image gallery on your WordPress website. Here I have shared two ways of doing this work.
Let me know if you have any doubt regarding the same. I would be happy to assist you.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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