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How to Create a WordPress Featured Gallery

How to Create a WordPress Featured Gallery to Highlight Content

Last updated on Jan 22, 2024 by Southie Williamson

Want to display featured products, blog posts, projects and more on your website? Having an image gallery with featured content is a great way to direct your visitors to your very best content and offerings. In this article, we’ll share how to create a WordPress featured gallery.

By default, WordPress doesn’t offer the option to display a featured content gallery. However, you can use an image gallery plugin to easily display featured content from your posts, pages, products, and more.

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How to Display Featured Content in WordPress

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The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Envira Gallery plugin.

Envira Gallery is the best premium WordPress gallery plugin, allowing you to create beautiful image and video displays. A drag-and-drop builder and multiple layouts including including slideshow, fullscreen, masonry, lightbox display, and more make creating a stunning gallery effortless.

Envira Gallery’s Featured Content Addon makes it easy to display featured images, products, blog posts, and more anywhere on your website.

Check out more of our most popular features:

  • Filterable galleries and albums using tags.
  • Albums to organize and manage galleries.
  • Built-in image compression.
  • eCommerce integration to display and sell photos.
  • Dynamic galleries to display content from other sources like blog posts, testimonials, Instagram posts, and more.
  • Social sharing buttons on images, galleries, and albums.
  • And lots more…

The first step is to head to the Envira pricing page and grab the license level that works for you. You’ll need the Plus plan or higher to add galleries based on your WordPress blog posts, pages, testimonials, and other custom post types.

After that, you’ll need to download the plugin’s ZIP file and install / activate it on your site. (You can learn how to install a plugin on WordPress here.)

Once activated, head to Envira Gallery » Settings and paste your license key (found in your Envira account area or your purchase confirmation email). Press Verify Key when you’re done.

Envira Gallery Verify License Key

Next, we need to install and activate the addon that will allow you to add featured images and content to your gallery.

Go to Envira Gallery » Addons and find the Featured Content Addon. Press Install.

Install Featured Content Addon

After it finishes installing, press the button that will now say Activate.

You’re ready to create a gallery with featured images in WordPress!

Navigate to Envira Gallery » Add New to create a new image gallery in WordPress.

Go ahead and add a title for your image gallery, and hit the Publish button.

Add New Gallery - title - publish

Your image gallery is ready. Now you can add featured content to it!

Click the tab in the upload box that says Galleries from Other Sources and select the Featured Content option.

Add featured content gallery wordpress

Now, if you scroll down a little, you’ll see new settings in the Gallery tab.

Remember, you can use Envira Gallery to show featured posts for a variety of content on your site. Of course it works great for displaying featured blog posts, but you can also use it for things like reviews if you use a testimonial plugin, property listings if you use a real estate plugin, and lots more.

In the Gallery Settings panel, the Gallery tab will allow you to choose your post type, taxonomies (tags and categories), specific posts to include or exclude, and more.

WordPress featured gallery settings

You can also sort your featured content posts (by date, ascending or descending orders, post status, author, etc.), edit the number of featured posts to display, set the gallery image / title to link to the post, and adjust caption content.

Pro Tip: By default, Envira Gallery will use each post’s featured image as the thumbnail image. If your images are not showing up, check your posts and add featured images if needed. Or, you can set a fallback image on this settings page for posts that don’t have a featured image.

You can use the other tabs in the settings panel to customize layout, image size, lightbox display, mobile settings, and more. For example, use the Configuration tab to choose your gallery layout (masonry, grid, carousel image slider, blogroll, etc.). Check out our guide on How to Create an Image Gallery with Thumbnails in WordPress to learn more about editing your basic gallery settings.

Once you’re satisfied with your gallery settings, click the Update button.

Update Gallery

Now it’s time to add your featured gallery to a post, page, or widget area.

There are a few ways to do this. You can use a shortcode to insert the gallery anywhere on your site, Envira’s native Gutenberg block to add it using the block editor, or the Envira widget to add it to a widget area like the sidebar. Let’s take a look at each way.

In the right sidebar, under the update button, you’ll see a shortcode and some other information about your image gallery. You’ll need to copy the shortcode from here.

Envira Gallery shortcode

Now, go to the existing post or page where you want to add your featured content image gallery, or click Post / Page » Add New to create one.

Simply paste the shortcode into the classic visual editor or into a shortcode block if you’re using the block editor.

Add Shortcode

You can click Preview Changes to see how your WordPress featured gallery looks before making it live. If you’re happy with it, hit the Publish button.

To add your featured content gallery to WordPress using Envira’s native block, head to any post or page and click + to insert a new block wherever you would like it.

Search for and select the Envira Gallery block.

Insert Envira Gallery block in post

After selecting the block, use the dropdown menu to select your featured content gallery from the list.

Envira Gallery Gutenberg block search for gallery

Make sure to press Publish or Update to save it!

Since available widgets are determined by your WordPress theme, your widget-ready areas may vary, but common ones include the sidebar or footer.

To add your gallery to a widget area, go to Appearance » Widgets. Click the expand the widget area where you’d like to insert your featured content gallery. For example, we’re adding ours to the Main Sidebar.

Click the + sign in the top left to add a new block. Now, scroll down to Widgets category and drag Envira Gallery to place it in the widget area.

Envira Gallery widget block

After dragging it over, you can add a display title, select your gallery from the dropdown list, and specify how many images to show in the widget.

When you’re done, click Update.

That’s it! You can now go to your site and see how the featured content image gallery appears on your website. For example, we added featured blog posts to our sidebar area.

Envira Gallery example of wordpress featured gallery - blog posts sidebar

Congrats, you learned how to add a WordPress featured gallery to your website! Now you can highlight important content easily.

If you enjoyed learning how to create a WordPress featured gallery, be sure to check out our guide on How to Import Instagram Photos in WordPress Image Galleries.

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  1. I just added Envira plugin to post gallery of my favorite recipes (each linking to original blogger). I’d like to post a sentence or two below each gallery image with my notes about the recipe. Any idea how I can do this?

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