Are you looking for a plugin that lets you add stunning images to your site without sacrificing speed?
If so, then Envira Gallery is the perfect plugin for you. In this review, I'll show you why this plugin is an absolute, no doubt about it must-have for sites that feature an image gallery.
About Envira Gallery
Envira Gallery has been around for a while, and during this time it has established itself as one of the leading WordPress gallery plugins. It's well-known for being able to handle many large and high-resolution image files without slowing sites down.
The standard version of Envira Gallery is free, but you should know that there's also a premium version, which includes video galleries, password-protected galleries, image printing, and other extra features.
Using Envira Gallery
Before you can use Envira Gallery, you need to install it.
Don't worry, this is easy. First, log in to WordPress and go to Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin. Then, install and activate the Envira Gallery .zip file.
Next, for the premium version, you'll need to copy and paste the license key and select “Verify”.
It's crazy, I know – but this plugin has plugins.
Actually, Envira Gallery calls them “addons”. There are 29 of them available, and they each offer a unique functionality, such as migrating images from other gallery plugins and splitting your gallery across different pages. This is a pretty flexible plugin, right?
Creating Your First Gallery
To create a gallery, go to Envira Gallery > Add New. Next, name your gallery.
You have several ways to add images to your gallery:
- Choose existing images from your WordPress Media Library.
- Upload new images by dragging and dropping them into the gallery page.
- Import images directly from Dropbox, Instagram, or Pinterest (requires addons).
- Upload a .zip file containing all the images you want to use (requires addon).
Images will be displayed as they are uploaded.
You can then modify your images and arrange them according to your needs.
Configuring The Gallery
Open the “Config” tab to adjust the plugin settings. You can change the number of columns, image dimensions, row heights, margins, and more. You can also change the way your images are sorted: by URL, file name, publication date, etc.
In the Lightbox tab, you can modify the way your images behave when a visitor clicks on them. You can change the animation effects, mouse wheel navigation, etc.
After you've created and configured your gallery, it's time to put your gallery on your site. In the left sidebar of your WordPress dashboard, select “Envira Gallery”. Copy the code in the “Shortcode” field.
Then, just paste this code where you want your gallery to go in a page or post. It's that easy!
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Do you have any questions about Envira Gallery that we didn't address in this review? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below.