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Do you want to create a simple gallery on your website? Sometimes you need to display images in a gallery to present them beautifully to your users. In this tutorial, we will share how to create a simple image gallery without thumbnails in WordPress.
The default image gallery in WordPress has limited options and display a thumbnail for each image. However, it is recommended to use a plugin like Envira Gallery that makes your simple image galleries look beautiful.
To create a simple image gallery without thumbnails in WordPress, you’ll need to follow these 5 steps:
- Step 1. Install and activate Envira Gallery plugin
- Step 2. Install and activate Envira’s Albums addon
- Step 3. Create a new image gallery in WordPress
- Step 4. Create a new album using the image gallery
- Step 5. Display the image gallery without thumbnails
Ready to get started? Let’s go!
Step 1: Install and Activate Envira Gallery Plugin
The first thing you need to do is to install and activate Envira Gallery plugin on the WordPress admin backend of your site.
Don’t know how to install Envira Gallery? You should check out this complete installation guide for assistance.
Step 2: Install and Activate Envira’s Albums Addon
Upon activating the plugin, you need to go to Envira Gallery » Addons to install and activate the Albums addon in WordPress.
To access this addon, you must have Envira’s Pro or Agency license. Wondering how to get it? Simply upgrade your license from here.
This addon will allow you to display multiple images attached to one thumbnail. On clicking this thumbnail, the images will open in lightbox.
Step 3: Create a New Image Gallery in WordPress
Next you should go to Envira Gallery » Add New to add a new image gallery. Start by adding the title and drop the photos in the Native Envira Gallery section.
For more settings, check this complete image gallery guide. Now you need to add this gallery in the Envira album that you’ll be creating in the next step.
Step 4: Create a New Album Using the Image Gallery
To create the album, you need to go to Envira Gallery » Albums and click on the Add New button. Simply add a title to start with it.
Now you should scroll down to Galleries tab and select the image gallery. Click on the Add Selected Galleries to Album button.
Since you want to open up the gallery in a lightbox with multiple images attached to one thumbnail, you need to go to Lightbox tab and check mark on Enable Lightbox.
If you don’t enable the lightbox, then your gallery images will open on a new page.
Step 5: Display the Image Gallery Without Thumbnails
Once you are done with the settings, simply click on the Publish button and copy the shortcode from Envira Album Code widget.
Next you need to go to Posts » Add New or edit an existing post. Simply paste the shortcode in the visual editor.
Make sure to hit the Publish/Update button on the post. You can visit your site to see the lightbox gallery from one thumbnail.
We hope this tutorial has helped you to learn how to create a simple image gallery without thumbnails in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide on how to create an image gallery with thumbnails in WordPress. In case your image gallery is loading slow, we recommend you to check this ultimate guide to boost speed and performance.
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