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How to Create an Image Gallery with Thumbnails in WordPress

How to Create an Image Gallery with Thumbnails in WordPress

by Waseem Abbas on Jul 17, 2017

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Do you want to add a photo gallery to your site? Creating image galleries is a simple and yet amazing to engage the audience at your site. In this tutorial, we will share how to create an image gallery with thumbnails in WordPress.

With a gallery, you can share your photos in a unique style to attract visitors. We recommend you to use Envira Gallery plugin which has more than 25 addons to fulfill your requirements for any type of online image gallery.

To create an image gallery with thumbnails in WordPress, you’ll need to follow these 9 steps:

  • Step 1. Install and activate Envira Gallery plugin
  • Step 2. Create a new image gallery using Envira
  • Step 3. Edit the metadata information for photos
  • Step 4. Set up the config settings
  • Step 5. Enable Lightbox settings for image gallery
  • Step 6. Create mobile gallery images
  • Step 7. Look for the standalone settings
  • Step 8.Check the misc settings of gallery
  • Step 9. Add the image gallery to your site

Ready to get started? Let’s go!

Step 1: Install and Activate Envira Gallery Plugin

First thing you need to do is to install and activate Envira Gallery plugin to your site. You can learn more about how to install a WordPress plugin.

Envira Gallery

To access the features and addons, you need to be a licensed user of Envira. You can learn here about how to verify your Envira license and how to upgrade your license.

Step 2: Create a New Image Gallery Using Envira

Upon activating the plugin, you should go to Envira Gallery » Add New from your WordPress admin.

Add New Gallery

A new page will open for you to create the image gallery. Lets start by adding a title in the Enter Title Here field.

Add New Gallery

Now you need to add the photos to the image gallery. You can see two tabs: Native Envira Gallery and External Gallery.

Native Envira Gallery allows you to select images from your computer or your WordPress media library. External Gallery works with the addons that allow you to import images from other sources, such as your social media accounts or your blog posts.

In the Native Envira Gallery section, simply drop the photos from your computer.

Add Photos

To add images from external resources, you should check out this guide on how to import external images in WordPress. You may also interested in knowing how to import Instagram photos in WordPress and how to import your photos from Dropbox to WordPress Gallery.

Step 3: Edit the Metadata Information for Photos

After adding the photos, you can scroll down to Images tab. You’ll see all your images are uploaded there.

You can now add titles, captions, and other info for all the photos individually. Simply click on the edit (pencil) icon to modify images.

Modify Image

A popup will open where you can add meta information for each image individually.

Edit Metadata

You can click on the next/previous button at the top right corner of the popup. It will help you to easily add metadata to all images in one time.

Step 4: Setup the Config Settings

Next you should setup configuration. You’ll find all the basic settings for your image gallery like number of columns, rows, margins, gallery theme and more.

Config Settings

You can also sort images in galleries from the config settings.

Sort Images in WordPress

Step 5: Enable Lightbox Settings for Image Gallery

After the config settings, you can go to Lightbox tab. With the Lightbox enabled, you can select a theme for the image gallery thumbnails, image size, open/close effects, transition effects, and more.

Lightbox Settings

You can also enable keyboard navigation, mousewheel navigation, aspect ratio and loop gallery navigation.

Step 6: Create Mobile Gallery Images

You can setup your image gallery for mobile display. Simply go to the Mobile tab below to the Lightbox tab and enable it. In these settings, you can mention mobile dimensions and row height.

Mobile Settings

Next to mobile gallery settings are the mobile lightbox settings. You can enable Lightbox and gallery thumbnails for mobile devices from here.

Mobile Lightbox

Other settings are width & height of thumbnails, touchwipe and close on swipe up.

Step 7: Look for the Standalone Settings

Next tab is Standalone. If you are using a custom template with your theme, then you might need to look into this tab.

Standalone Settings

In case, if you also create photo albums using Envira, then the standalone will help in generating unique URL for your image galleries.

Step 8: Check the Misc Settings of Gallery

The Misc tab has settings mostly for admin at the backend. These settings include gallery title, slug, custom CSS, and RTL support.

Misc Settings

You can import and export image galleries in WordPress from this tab.

Step 9: Add the Image Gallery to Your Site

Once you are done with all the settings, simply hit the Publish button.

Publish Gallery

You’ll see a new widget as Envira Gallery Code below the Publish widget at the right side of your screen. In this widget, you have the shortcode, template tag and some other information to add this image gallery to your site.

Envira Gallery Code

Simply copy the shortcode from here and go to Posts » Add New or edit an existing post. In the visual editor, you need to paste the shortcode.

Add Post

If you want to add the image gallery to any template file of your theme, then you need to copy the template tag and paste it into your theme file. Make sure to click on the Update button, and your image gallery will appear to your site.

That’s all. We hope this tutorial has helped you to learn how to create an image gallery with thumbnails in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide on how to how to import NextGEN galleries, albums and tags into Envira Gallery.

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