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21 Best WordPress Plugins for Photographers

by Waseem Abbas on Nov 30, 2015

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Do you use WordPress for your photography website? Want to know the best WordPress plugins for photographers? In this article, we will share 21 best WordPress plugins for photographers.

Why choosing the best photography plugin is important?

Photographers share their work on their website to build credibility and get more clients.

Having the right photography plugin can help you get there much, much faster.

Let’s take a look at some of the best WordPress plugins available for photographers.

1. Envira Gallery

Envira Gallery

Envira Gallery is the best responsive WordPress photo gallery plugin, and it works great on all devices out of the box.

Envira comes with 25 different addons to help you create the most beautiful image gallery using WordPress. You can import your pictures from Instagram, Dropbox, and variety of other sources.

Envira Gallery is SEO friendly and helps you get discovered in search engines, and keeps your WordPress site loading fast. It comes with image widgets, shortcodes, eCommerce integration, pagination, deeplinking, and much more.

2. Storyform

Storyform

Storyform helps you add stories to your photos in a unique style. You can add it to a post, and it will turn the post into a photo-essay for you.

This feature rich plugin comes with full-screen responsive magazine layout, multi-column content space, large photography, animations, captions and much more. It supports mouse and keyboard shortcuts.

If you want to attract visitors by telling them the stories behind your photos, then you need to use Storyform.

3. Soliloquy

Soliloquy WP Slider

Soliloquy is the best WordPress slider plugin in the market. If you’re looking to add an image slider, then you need to use Soliloquy.

It comes with tons of features such as slider themes, dynamic sliders, video sliders, various style of animations, importing abilities from flickr, instagram, and much more.

All Soliloquy sliders are responsive and work great on all devices.

4. W3 Total Cache

WP Total Cache

Caching helps you speed up your website which helps you rank higher in search. W3 Total Cache helps you reduce load time of your web pages. Read more about WordPress page caching.

With more than a million trusted users, W3 Total Cache performs great in all categories.

If you are a photographer and using a lot of images on your website, then this plugin is a must.

5. Wordfence Security

Wordfence Security

Like any business, security is essential. Wordfence Security is a free plugin that helps secure your WordPress site.

It analyzes your website to see if you have been previously hacked by scanning your server and source code.

After that, it implements security measures to protect your site from known risks.

6. Easy Watermark

Easy Watermark

Theft is a common problem photographers deal with online. Easy Watermark is a free watermark plugin for WordPress that can help reduce image theft.

It automatically adds your watermark to all photos uploaded on your WordPress website. You can also add or edit any watermark manually.

If you’re using Envira Gallery, it comes with a watermark addon as well.

7. Imsanity

Imsanity

As photographers, we love large, uncompressed images. But that’s horrible for site speed.

Imsanity is a sane resource to free yourself with the headache of compressing images. Simply drop the photos of any size, and Imsanity will take care of it.

You should also check out these 9 free image compression tools.

8. Lazy Load

Lazy Load

Lazy loading speeds up your page by only loading the images that are first viewable to the user. This stimulates a faster website.

Lazy Load plugin for WordPress is a perfect solution to save your server bandwidth and improve the page speed. It only loads the content when user scroll down to it, and if the user never scrolls down, then that content is never loaded.

9. CDN Enabler – WordPress CDN Plugin

CDN Enabler - WordPress CDN Plugin

Content delivery network is a smart process to increase the speed of your website by distributing your content across the globe. Amazed? Yes, it works. See this infographic about how CDN works.

CDN Enabler plugin helps you integrate a CDN with your WordPress website.

It integrates with KeyCDN, but if you’re using other providers like Amazon, MaxCDN, Rackspace, etc then you should just use W3 Total Cache because it comes with a CDN module.

10. Yoast SEO

Yoast SEO

SEO is important for your photography website, and there isn’t a better WordPress SEO plugin than Yoast SEO. It runs on millions of websites, and is by far the best solution in the market.

Yoast SEO comes with tons of features including page title, meta description, focus keywords, sitemap, social meta data, and much more.

See this guide on how to install Yoast SEO.

11. PrePost SEO

PrePost SEO

PrePost SEO checks your content for plagiarism, grammar, spelling mistakes, broken links, keyword density and more.

For photographers, it also checks for the image alt tags and optimize them for search engines.

Aside from that, it checks the status of links for do-follow or no-follow, analyze meta data, calculate keyword density, and give suggestions to improve your website ranking.

12. Google Analytics by MonsterInsights

Google Analytics by MonsterInsights

MonsterInsights helps you monitor the traffic on your WordPress website. It shows how your visitors interact with your website and provides essential data that you can use to improve.

This plugin eliminates the need of using the much complicated Google Analytics interface, and makes it easy to set up Google Analytics on your site.

There’s also a pro version of MonsterInsights that includes even more features, including ads tracking, ecommerce tracking, custom dimensions tracking, popular post tracing, events tracking, and tons more.

13. Pinterest Pin It Button On Image Hover And Post

Pinterest Pin It Button

Pinterest is a great tool for sharing photos. Pinterest Pin It button adds the Pin It button on all the photos of your website. You can choose to manually add it to individual photos as well.

Envira Gallery also comes with a Pinterest addon that allows you to add the Pin It button to all your gallery images.

14. Tweet This

Tweet This

Tweet This plugin allows you to add tweetable quotes in your blog post.

You have probably seen these attractive quote boxes on popular media sites. When your visitors click on it, a pre-made tweet will be ready for them to post with a link to your site.

15. Simply Instagram

Simply Instagram

In today’s age, almost all photographers have an Instagram account. Simply Instagram bring all your Instagram photos to your website with just a few clicks. You can also display the trending photographs of Instagram from other users.

Envira Gallery also has an Instagram addon that allows you to selectively import photos from Instagram based on your tags and other parameters.

16. BirchPress Scheduler

BirchPress Scheduler

Dialing phone numbers to book appointments is a thing of the past. BirchPress Scheduler allow your website visitors to book appointments online. It shows your availability and also offers payment integration.

17. Picu

Picu

Picu help you get your photographs proof-read by your customers.

Simply create a collection of photos and send the link to your customers via email. When the client approve the photos, you will be alerted by email.

This is a perfect WordPress plugin for photographers. Just take photos, upload them and get the approval.

After huge request, we have added an Image Proofing addon in Envira.

18. WP-Invoice

WP-Invoice

WP-invoice help you create beautiful invoices and get paid. Send the bills of your services to your clients online using your website.

They will receive an email with the link to pay with PayPal or credit card.

19. WPForms

WP Forms

No website is complete without a contact form. WPForms is the most beginner friendly contact form plugin for WordPress. This drag & drop online form builder allows you to easily create contact forms, email subscription forms, order forms, payment forms, and other type of online forms with just a few clicks.

We use it on Envira and on all of our sites. There’s a free WPForms Lite version available for those who are looking for a simple solution.

If you want more advanced features, then get the Pro version. Use this WPForms coupon to get 10% off your purchase.

Add the contact form and start listening to your visitors.

20. OptinMonster

OptinMoster

OptinMonster is the best plugin to grow your email subscribers. You can create multiple optin forms such as lightbox popup, scroll-triggered slide in boxes, floating bars, after post forms, sidebar optin forms, and more.

It allows you to do behavioral targeting using exit-intent and page level targeting.

21. Newsletters

MailPoet Newsletter

Having a newsletter is essential. Thankfully, there are tons of great options, so it wouldn’t do justice if we mention only one.

Here are few great newsletter solutions for WordPress:

That’s all. We hope this article helped you find the best photography plugins for WordPress. You may also want to check out list of 55 best free WordPress themes for photographers.

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Comments

  1. As an Envira owner I already have a probably the best gallery software out there but I never saw some of these free resources before and I thank you very much for collecting them together in one place. Much appriciated!

  2. Thank you for enlightening me to some of the best plugins and also features within Envira, I hadn’t used up until now. Great advice!!

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