For anyone who uses WordPress as their blogging platform, there arises a need for an effective and working Gallery plugin at some point of time. If you are a photo blogger, the need for Gallery plugins is even higher. Although, after the release of WordPress versions 2.5+, a gallery feature has been integrated into WordPress, where once you upload some images on a post or a page, WordPress allows you to insert that group as an image gallery into your post or page.
In spite of this fact, sometimes using a plugin is much more efficient because not all WordPress themes contain CSS styling for the gallery feature and also, some plugins make your galleries visually better and much more accessible. So, in order to save the trouble of browsing through different gallery plugins on the Internet, I have compiled a list of the 10 best WordPress Gallery plugins. I have also inserted a poll under this post, where you can rate the listed plugins and help other users to make a better choice.
NextGen Gallery Plugin
The famous NextGen Gallery is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a Flash slideshow option. Features include custom templates, AJAX thumbnail generator, sortable Albums, Zip file uploads, Watermark function, Lightbox Effects, Sidebar Widget, Flash Goodies and much more.
Check it out here :- NextGen Gallery Plugin
Cleaner WordPress Gallery Plugin
Cleaner Gallery gives you complete control over your WordPress galleries. It provides a valid XHTML solution and supports many different Lightbox type image scripts. The plugin creates valid XHTML code and only uses the images that you want to resize. You can also control the display of your images through CSS styling.
Check it out here :- Cleaner WordPress Gallery Plugin
Lightbox Gallery Plugin
This plugin changes the view of galleries to the Lightbox view and also displays the associated metadata with the images. The caption for each image is viewed through a tooltip when you hover your mouse on a thumbnail.
Check it out here :- Lightbox Gallery Plugin
FlippingBook Gallery Plugin
FlippingBook WordPress Gallery is an excellent way of working with images in blogs. You download photos, and the plugin creates a small photo gallery out of them. If you need to post several pictures, you don’t have to make large posts. Being joint together, pictures can be put in a beautiful Flash album-book and don’t take up much space. It’s very convenient to look through the pictures, leafing through the pages. You just have to double-click to print images out. This is a real interactive book which is nice and easy to use when you turn its pages.
Check it out here :- FlippingBook Gallery Plugin
This versatile plugin uses photos from your Flickr, Picasa, and/or SmugMug accounts as well as allows you to upload and build Albums to help you build inviting Photo Galleries on and through out your site. Features include independent gallery creator, ability to customize each gallery’s appearance with a styles editor, easily create and upload Albums with a single thumbnail or two different size thumbnails and much more.
Check it out here :- PhotoXhibit
AWSOM PixGallery Plugin
Upload your images into a folder on your server, put a code in a post or page (which Pixgallery can generate for you), and immediately have an automatically created gallery with thumbnails, watermarks, pagination and more in a matter of few seconds. This is an easy solution to adding an Image, webcomic, or photo gallery to your WordPress install.
Check it out here :- AWSOM PixGallery Plugin
Falbum Gallery Plugin
This is a WordPress plugin that allows you to display your Flickr photos and photo sets on your website. It can be easily configured through the WordPress administration area and uses Flickr API to display images, EXIF data, tags, and also notes.
Check it out here :- Falbum Gallery Plugin
Lazyest Gallery Plugin
This is an excellent Gallery solution with features like automatic thumbnail and slide creation, comments on images and folders, JQuery Slideshow, Galleries and Sub-galleries, Widgets, EXIF data display, Adding captions and much more.
Check it out here :- Lazyest Gallery Plugin
WP Photo Album Plugin
This plugin is designed to easily manage and display your photo albums within your WordPress site. Plugin features include managing and creating albums, moving photos to and from albums, uploading and deleting photos, adjustment of thumbnail and full view picture sizes (set default max sizes for each).
Check it out here :- WP Photo Album Plugin
Inline Gallery Plugin
This plugin offers a way of including arbitrary amounts of images in your blog posts. The plugin does no processing on the images (except for getting the image metadata), so it’s lightning fast. You can have multiple galleries per post and the plugin is integrated with the WordPress’ WYSIWYG editor. The Admin page uses AJAX for gallery browsing and caption editing.
Check it out here :- Inline Gallery Plugin
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE GALLERY PLUGIN
I hope that this post has helped you in choosing a Gallery plugin for your WordPress blog. Why not vote for the best WordPress Gallery plugin and help others decide too!