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How to Allow Users to Download Gallery Images in WordPress

by Waseem Abbas on Jun 1, 2016

Do you want to allow your website users to download your image galleries? You may want to give your photography clients the convenience of downloading their final images straight from your website, so they don’t have to wait for you to burn a CD or flash drive for them. In this article, we will share how to allow users to download gallery images in WordPress.

Allowing Users to Download Gallery Images

By default, WordPress doesn’t have the option to add a download button to gallery images.

Since many of you have asked for it, we added this feature to download individual images–or even the entire image gallery–to the Envira Gallery plugin.

First thing you need to do is install and activate Envira Gallery. (Check out this guide on how to install and activate a plugin.)

Upon activating the plugin, go to Envira Gallery » Add New from your WordPress admin to create an image gallery in WordPress.

Go ahead and add the title for your image gallery.

Add Title

Next you can add images to the Native Envira Gallery section. (For more details, check out this guide on how to create an image gallery with thumbnails in WordPress.)

Adding the Download Button to Your Image Galleries

Once your image gallery is created, you’ll need the Downloads Addon to allow users to download gallery images in WordPress.

To access this addon, you must have Envira’s Pro or Ultimate license.

Simply go to Envira Gallery » Addons to install and activate the Downloads addon.

Downloads Addon

Upon activating the addon, you can edit your image gallery and go to the Downloads tab.

You’ll need to enable the download button for the gallery view and lightbox view separately. Go ahead and check both options.

Download Settings

It will ask you to choose the position of the button, and you’ll also have the option to force the download of the image (if you don’t check this box, then the image will open into a new browser window/tab instead).

More Settings

Once you are satisfied with your settings, simply press the Update button. Now you’ll have a download button in your gallery images!

Using Password Protection With Downloadable Image Galleries

You may want to only enable downloads for specific clients, or clients who have already paid for their photos. To do this, you can add password protection to your image galleries, so only customers with the right password can access and download gallery images.

You can learn more about how to add password protected image galleries in WordPress here.

That’s it! It’s really very easy to deliver photos to clients with the download button feature. Go to your website to see your new downloadable image gallery.

Download Gallery Images

We hope this article has helped you to learn how to allow users to download gallery images in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide on how to backup your complete WordPress website and photos.

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