Running a full WordPress blog can be a tricky business. If you want your blog to look great, then you need a lot of attractive images. Managing all these images can be a chore. Luckily, there are a few WordPress plugins that can greatly aid you in this task. Here are 10 that you might try.
Perhaps you used an image in one of your blog posts, but you would like to display that image on your home screen so that your users will know what the post is about. The Get Image From Posts plugin will grab an image that you specify from your blog post and display it in your loop.
If you’ve got a lot of your photos on Flickr, why not show them off on your blog? This is a great way to show off your photography skills while adding some good content to your blog at the same time. With the Flickr Gallery plugin, you can integrate your Flickr photos in a snap.
Ever felt like you couldn’t decide which photo to display on your blog? The Grou Random Image Widget will randomly display an image in a sidebar widget. Simply upload all your photos into a folder on your server and let the Grou Random Image Widget know which folder you’d like to display images from.
It’s nice to be able to tag your posts and pages so that you or your users can quickly find content related to a specific topic. Unfortunately, WordPress won’t let you do that with images. With WP ImageTagger, you can tag your images as well so that you can quickly find them later.
A common problem around the Internet is bandwidth theft. If another blogger likes one of your images, he may decide to use it on his blog. Rather than uploading the photo to his server, he might “hotlink” to your image – his webpage will retrieve the photo from your server every time someone loads his web page. Not only is he stealing your photo, but he is stealing your bandwidth as well. The WordPress Automatic Image Hotlink Protection will prevent this from happening.
Another way to combat theft of your images is to apply a watermark. This is a small text or image usually positioned in the corner of a photo. Rather than using expensive photo-editing software, the Watermark RELOADED plugin can apply one for you on the fly. You can customize the look of the watermark and where you want it to appear.
This is one of the most popular WordPress plugins, not just for image management, but overall. It’s not hard to understand why once you see it in action. The NextGEN Gallery plugin creates a beautiful slideshow presentation on your blog with a lot of neat special effects.
The ImgShow plugin is a great tool that makes viewing images on your blog a better experience for your users. With this plugin, your users can click on any image and quickly resize it using the scroll-wheel on their mouse.
If you don’t have a lot of images of your own but would still like to spruce up your blog, then you might consider the PDImageAnimation plugin. This plugin pulls the latest photos that have been released into the public domain and automatically displays them on your blog.
The WP-ImageFlow2 plugin lets you display your photos in an alternative format. Rather than cycling through your images one by one, this plugin will allow you to display your photos in a “carousel” format. This is great if you have a lot of images on your site, and you want your users to be able to quickly scan through all of them.
Images and photos on your blog are great, but they’re even better if you use a good piece of software to display them in an attractive way. Try some of these plugins to see which is right for you.