In , images can be added by the users to the page through the image block. Although it may look okay if it is a single picture, multiple images will make it look somewhat ugly. Plus, the users or visitors will need to scroll through a lot to view all the photos. It indicates poor management, which puts off potential visitors. So, all website owners want their websites to look sophisticated and clean. This is where the gallery plugins come in.

The image gallery lets the website owner add photos in columns and rows. Typically, the owner chooses the number of columns, while the number of rows depends on how many pictures are added to the mix. So, the owners can design their page according to their desires.

There are two methods to create a gallery in . The first method involves using the built-in feature in to make the gallery. On the other hand, the second method uses a third-party client to create a gallery in .

How To Make A Gallery Without A Plugin: Pros And Cons

The built-in plugin allows users to create a gallery swiftly. The steps are pretty much easy to follow.

  • From the post edit screen on the Dashboard, click the Add New Block icon.
  • Select Gallery Block. This will add the gallery block to your editor. You can obviously add this to an existing page or a new page.
  • Click Upload to upload the images. Add captions to all the uploaded images. Or, you can check the media library for the previously uploaded files. Select the images that you want and add the necessary titles and captions to them.
  • Once you have chosen the images, click ‘create a new gallery.’
  • Now you will be on the ‘Edit Gallery’ page to make changes to the images. Once you are satisfied, click on ‘update gallery.’
  • Afterwards, your post edit screen will appear in settings to the gallery block. You can choose the number of columns, crop images, add a link to options, etc.
  • Once you are satisfied with the results, you can publish the post.

Isn’t it surprising that you only need to follow seven steps to create your gallery? But while it is easy, it does not have many vital features like customising themes, albums, tags, etc. For those features, you will need to use a plugin.

How To Make A Gallery With A Plugin: Pros And Cons

There are countless plugins available in the market. But, the one that stands out the most is FooGallery, developed by FooPlugins. Creating a gallery with the aid of FooGallery is pretty much the same process as the built-in plugin.

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  • Install the FooGallery plugin.
  • Go to the ‘Add Gallery’ option.
  • Write the gallery title.
  • Choose to upload images or add them from the media library. The standard media library of will show up. You can upload the photos from your device or go through the library to select desired files. You can add captions, alternate texts, and descriptions as you go along. You can also choose the dynamic gallery option if you are a Pro user. It will let you add images from server folders, lightrooms, or media tags.
  • You can also choose the custom target to select if the images open on the same tab, new tab, or FooBox.
  • Afterwards, you can choose one of the six gallery templates available as per your need.
  • You can resize the images by dimensions, crop them, and add border effects, hover effects, spacing and alignment. This indicates that it is an image optimiser plugin as well. All your images can be optimised for better results.
  • From the Appearance section, you can select border sizes, drop and inner shadows, loading icons and effects as per your requirements.
  • From the Hover Effects section, you can choose the effect type, theme, colour and scaling effect, caption visibility, etc.
  • From the captions section, you can determine which captions are displayed with the thumbnails, etc. You can choose the default preset or select whether the titles, descriptions, etc., show up with the thumbnails or not. Also, you can set the caption alignments.
  • From the Paging section, you can select whether you want dots, numbered, infinite scroll, or load more paging types. You can also choose none, which will show all images at once.
  • From the Filtering section, you can choose to filter media tags and particular categories.
  • Moreover, as you work on your gallery, a shortcode is automatically generated. You can use it on any post or page to display your gallery.
  • Once you are satisfied with the results, click ‘publish’ to bring your gallery to life.

As determined from the steps above, FooGallery certainly provides much more features and flexibility than the standard built-in plugin of . There are other functionalities of the FooGallery, making it a convenient tool as a media gallery plugin for .