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Albums vs Galleries in WordPress

What is the Difference Between Albums vs Galleries in WordPress

Last updated on Apr 27, 2016 by Waseem Abbas

Do you want to know the difference between albums vs galleries in WordPress? When you’re first starting out, the terminology can be a bit confusing. In this article, we will explain the difference between albums vs galleries in WordPress.


An image gallery in WordPress is a set of multiple images. The purpose of an image gallery is to display your photos in one place.

You can add multiple photos of an event in the image gallery, and show them on your WordPress photography website.

If you are using the Envira Gallery plugin, then you can easily add lightbox, slideshows and other features into your galleries.


A photo album is a set of multiple image galleries in WordPress.

You can use albums to organize your photo galleries. For example, you can have an album called Cars where you have individual galleries for Ferrari, Porsche, Bentley, and Rolls Royce.

You can create as many photo albums as you need by using the available galleries.

If you are using Envira Gallery’s Albums Addon, then you can open the image galleries in a lightbox. You can also run a slideshow of images from your galleries.

See the WordPress Albums Demo in Envira.

Albums vs Galleries In WordPress

Often beginners misunderstand the difference between photo albums vs photo galleries.

Few of the major differences between albums vs galleries in Envira Gallery are:

  • Album is a set of galleries vs. Gallery is a set of images
  • In lightbox options, Albums show galleries vs Galleries show images.
  • Gallery images are shareable vs Album galleries are not.

We hope this article helped you to learn the difference between albums vs galleries in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide on how to create your portfolio in WordPress.

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  1. Envira, this seems so backwards intuitively. Albums are books we slide our photos into. We all have them. We go to a gallery to view art. You could have an album in a gallery, but not the other way around. What is the reasoning behind this?

    1. It might be worthwhile to contact support with any feature requests on updating this functionality. There are no guarantees, but it will be reviewed and discussed!

    2. FWIW, I have to agree with Joy on this. Almost certain that Envira will not change it at this point – would be too confusing to long-time users – but based on the actual meaning of the words “Album” and “Gallery”, I’ve always found this to be a bit counterintuitive.

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