How To Add An Image Gallery To WordPress
Last modified: May 7, 2020
Images can be an important part of building a great presence online. They help to sell ideas, services and products. Using them can be a great way to increase conversions. And the more images you have, the better the results can be.
It’s very easy to create a gallery in WordPress using built-in functionality. In this guide, we’ll talk about what you need to do to create a great gallery on your site.
Step 1 – Add A New Page
The first thing you need to do is select the ‘Add New Page’ from the WordPress dashboard. This will take you to the ‘Create a Page’ screen.
Step 2 – Add Media
Then you need to click on the ‘Add Media’ button. This is the same button that you would click if you wanted to add a single image onto a blog post/page.
Step 3 – Media Library
On the left-hand side menu within the Media Library click on the ‘Create Gallery’ option.
Step 4 – Selecting The Images
You can then select images that have already been uploaded to your Media Library or you can upload files using the correct tab at the top. Once you’ve uploaded and selected all the images you want, click on the ‘Create a new gallery’ option in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Step 5 – Edit The Gallery
Now you’ll be able to edit your gallery before it’s inserted onto the WordPress page/post.
In this section, you can drag and drop the images into the correct order you want to have them in. You can also add a caption to each image to add more relevance or information to your audience.
Step 6 – Gallery Settings
In addition, you can select numerous conditions in the ‘Gallery Settings’ section. In this section you can choose:
- How many columns the gallery is to display the images in.
- What link you prefer.
- The size of the images.
- Whether you want to randomize the order of the images.
Step 7 – Insert The Gallery
When you’re satisfied with the settings, you can select the ‘Insert Gallery’ option. This will show you a live preview of the gallery within the editor. If you want to make changes, then you can click on the pencil icon and you can repeat the previous steps (3 to 6).
Once you’re happy, you can click on the ‘Publish’ option.
Alternatively to using this method, you can use many of the plugins available to create and publish a gallery. These can sometimes add different functionality for you. For instance, you could have a scrolling gallery, animations on your gallery or even link to different pages for each image.
Plugins vary in how you can add galleries to your page. Some of the easiest include creating a gallery in a different area of your WordPress dashboard and then insert the images into a page/post using a shortcode. This can be very useful if you want to use one standardized gallery across your site.
If you want to have a look at the gallery plugin options, click here.