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How to Create an Image Gallery in WordPress (Step by Step)

Are you looking to create an image gallery in WordPress?

An image gallery lets you add photos in rows and columns. This allows you to display more photos in less space while also making it easier for users to browse them.

In this article, we will show you how to easily create an image gallery in WordPress that makes your photos look even better.

How to create an image gallery in WordPress

Why Create an Image Gallery in WordPress?

WordPress makes it super easy to add an image to your blog posts and pages. You just need to add the image block and upload your image.

However, if you are adding multiple images, then all those images will appear one after another. It doesn’t look great, and your users will have to scroll a lot to view them all.

Adding Multiple Images in WordPress Post Without Creating a Gallery

By creating a gallery, you can display images in a grid layout with columns and rows. You can show thumbnails for your pictures, and users can click on them to see the full image.

This way, you will be able to show more photos in less space, and it will look a lot more professional.

Preview of WordPress Photo Gallery Using Default Gallery Block

WordPress actually comes with a built-in gallery feature for quickly creating photo galleries. The new WordPress block editor includes a Gallery block to let you make a WordPress gallery in just a few clicks.

You can also use WordPress image gallery plugins to create even more robust galleries with more features.

In this tutorial, we will show you both methods to make a photo gallery in WordPress.

Let’s start with the default WordPress gallery block.

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Method 1. Create an Image Gallery without a Plugin

WordPress comes with a built-in feature that lets you create a gallery. This feature is very basic and does not have many options, but it gets the job done.

Here is how you would create an image gallery in WordPress without using a plugin.

First, you need to edit the post or page where you want to add the image gallery. On the post edit screen, click on the Add New Block icon and select the Gallery block.

Add Gallery Block to WordPress Post Editor

This will add the Gallery block to your WordPress editor where you can click on the ‘Upload’ button to upload photos from your computer. You can also select from previously uploaded photos in the media library.

Image Upload Options in WordPress Gallery Block

If you click on the Upload button, then you can generally upload one photo at a time. However, you can select and open multiple images with Ctrl key pressed on your keyboard.

Upload Images to Your WordPress Photo Gallery from Computer

After you have uploaded all the images, you can add captions to your images. Simply click on the photos, and you will see ‘Write caption…’ option where you need to enter the caption.

Write Captions in Your Gallery Images

If you select the Media Library button, then you will be able to choose images for your gallery all at once. As you select images, you can also enter the image alt text, title, and caption from the attachment details panel on the right side.

Select Images from WordPress Media Library

Select the images you want to add and click on the ‘Create a new gallery’ button at the bottom right corner.

Next, you will see ‘Edit Gallery’ page where you can add/review your image captions. Once done, click on the ‘Update Gallery’ button at the bottom right corner.

Update Your WordPress Library

After that, your post edit screen will open with the gallery block settings panel on the right side. Now, you can choose the number of columns for each row, enable or disable the Crop images option, and choose where to link your gallery images.

WordPress Gallery Block Settings

From the Link to options, you can choose None if you want your users to only view your photo. This option disables clicking feature for your images.

If you select the Media File option, then the images will be clickable, and the image file will open when clicked. Similarly, the attachment page will open if you select the Attachment Page option.

Once you are satisfied with the settings, you can publish the post and preview the gallery on your live website.

For example, here is how the image gallery appeared on our demo website.

Preview of WordPress Photo Gallery Using Default Gallery Block

Wasn’t that quick and easy?

It looks pretty too. However, if you create image galleries regularly, then you will soon notice that it lacks certain essential features.

For example, your images will either be not clickable or open in a new page. If you link your gallery images to the media file or attachment page, then the users will have to click on the back button to view the gallery again.

It is not user-friendly, and your gallery’s appearance depends on your theme. In most cases, you get just one very generic style.

You can’t organize your galleries into topics, albums, tags, etc. Your gallery is not stored anywhere and if you needed to add the same gallery again, then you’ll have to recreate it.

If you want to add more professional looking image galleries on your site, then you should use the next method.

Method 2. Create an Image Gallery Using Envira Gallery

For this method, we will be using the Envira Gallery plugin. It is the best WordPress image gallery plugin in the market.

Envira allows you to easily create fully-responsive, beautiful, and modern image galleries in WordPress. It is super fast and comes with many features like lightbox popup, easy image navigation, drag and drop builder, and professional gallery templates.

Let’s get started.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Envira Gallery plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Envira Gallery » Settings page to enter your license key. You can get this key from your account on the Envira Gallery website.

Enter Envira Gallery License Key

After verifying your license key, you can head over to Envira Gallery » Add New page to create your first gallery.

Creating a New Gallery with Envira Gallery WordPress Plugin

First, you need to provide a title for your gallery and then click on ‘Select files from computer’ button to upload your images.

You can also select files from your WordPress media library by clicking on ‘Select files from other sources’ button.

Once you upload the images, they will appear in the Gallery section.

Images in Envira Gallery Builder

You can click the pencil icon on an image to add caption, title, and alt text for each image.

Edit Gallery Image Metadata

Next, you need to click on the ‘Configuration’ tab.

From here you can change your gallery settings like the number of columns, image lazy loading, title and caption positioning, margins, heights, thumbnail sizes, image dimensions, etc.

Configure Envira Gallery Settings

After that, you need to click on the ‘Lightbox’ tab.

The lightbox popup allows users to enlarge images and browse them without ever leaving the page.

The default settings will work very well for most websites, but you can review the options and change them if you like.

Envira Gallery Lightbox Options

Next, you can click on the ‘Mobile’ tab to configure your gallery settings for mobile devices. It allows you to choose image dimensions for mobile devices, enable or disable lightbox, and more.

Envira Mobile Gallery Settings

After that, you can review more options like gallery slug and add custom CSS from the ‘Misc’ section.

You can now publish your gallery which will make it available to be added anywhere on your WordPress site.

Next, you need to edit a post or page where you want to display your gallery.

On the post edit screen, click on the Add New Block icon and select the Envira Gallery block.

Add Envira Block to WordPress Post Editor

Clicking on it will add the Envira Gallery block in the post editor. Now you can search a gallery by its name or find it by clicking on the dropdown arrow icon.

Choose an Envira Gallery to Add to your WordPress Post

After that, the plugin will load your gallery in the post editor.

Envira Gallery Added to WordPress Post Editor

Next, you can review your gallery settings one more time from the block settings panel on the right side.

Envira Gallery Block Settings

You can now save your post and preview it to see the gallery on your live website.

WordPress Photo Gallery Created with Envira Gallery

Clicking on any image in the gallery will open it in the lightbox popup. You can browse images in the lightbox by pressing the left and right arrow keys on the screen or on your keyboard.

Envira Gallery Image in the Lightbox Popup

Your gallery will look equally great on mobile as well. Users will be able to tap on an image to enlarge it and swipe to view the next or previous image.

Responsive WordPress Photo Gallery

We hope this article helped you learn how to create an image gallery in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to fix common image issues in WordPress.

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  1. Can separate clickable links be attached/embedded to each picture in a gallery that will take the viewer to another web site?

    • It is a page that specifically shows your media item with your theme’s styling to include the header and footer of your site.

      Admin

  2. Hi! Great info here – we are still having no luck centreing our gallery – despite clicking centre in both wordpress and elementor post editor… any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • If you are using Elementor and the settings are being ignored, you would want to reach out to Elementor’s support and they would be able to assist.

      Admin

  3. I found this very difficult to follow, my WordPress is set up very different. The date at the top says Jan 2020, but there are comments from 2016? When was this created? Since the date at the top said January 2020 *(and it’s now June 2020), I thought this would still represent the current WordPress, but it doesn’t. So this is just very confusing…

    • This guide was updated for it to work with the block editor. If your admin area looks different, you may be using WordPress.com.

      Admin

  4. Great tutorial. However, you don’t advise worpress.com users that you need to be on a Business Plan to install plugins, which is extremely annoying.

  5. Hello, thank you for the post. I have a gallery I built in Elementor. How can I allow my client access to upload and delete photos from the gallery page?

    • You would want to reach out to Elementor’s support with what you are wanting to do for them to be able to assist you.

      Admin

  6. Please How can i create featured image gallery in new wordpress.

    i.e i what my featured image post to be made up of multiple images like a gallery

    • If your theme does not offer that ability by default, you would need to use a plugin like the one we recommend in this article :)

      Admin

  7. Is there an easy way to make all photos in the gallery the same size so it looks uniform? I’m creating the gallery for a non-profit newsletter.

    Thank you, stacey

    • With the default gallery as long as you enabled the crop images they should be uniform in size.

      Admin

  8. Hi I understood all that and thank you very much. so can you give me an idea how I can make a gallery appear by clicking on a photo.?
    I want when some one click on a photo and then the gallery will appear.
    with worpress
    Help me please

    • For what it sounds like you’re wanting, you may want to take a look at Envira Gallery and the album feature

      Admin

  9. Thanks for putting this amazing piece of content together! I ended up using the a gallery plugin because it was super easy to set up :)

  10. Hi, I have been managing a gallery on my site for years, but am only realizing now that it seems as though WP will only allow me to share 100 photos at a time. Is there a way to display more? I have a Premium plan.
    Thanks!

  11. Thank you for this helpful article. I make galleries all the time on my desktop computer, but I am hoping to blog from the trail this summer while backpacking the Colorado Trail and will be using my phone to do so. Is there any way to create galleries using the WordPress mobile app? I have been experimenting with that and can’t seem to figure out how to do so.
    Thank you!

  12. I’m using th wordpress gallery creator. When I create a gallery with 3 columns in 2 rows of pictures, it looks good. But when I click on Preview, it shows me what my webpage will look like but it has the pictures all on top of one another and not in the 3 columns & 2 rows like I wanted.
    How can I repair this?

  13. How can I display a single image and link it to a slide show in a new window?
    – I don’t want 12 thumbnails on the page – just one image the says ‘See the gallery’

  14. Yes!! Great tutorial! This saves me from having to revert to site origin builder when I have already used the reular wordpress editor. Works really well. I wish I would have realized this a long time ago but never reseached it. Thanks for this info.

    Steven

  15. Can I great a photo gallery that automatically transitions between 5-10 images automatically once my page has been loaded? I was also hoping to embed this on my homepage. Any help would be great. Thanks.

  16. Hi!

    I am trying to add an image gallery that has links to various external pages (i.e. you click on an image and it brings you to that website.) I have determined that this is difficult to do with the WP gallery because they want all the images to go to the same linked page, but I want each of my images to go to a different page. It seems envira is not free. I downloaded gridplus and gridable but am still struggling with how to do this. ideas??

  17. Hi there! I’m trying to figure out my gallery in WordPress, but when I publish it shows in one single column, but the backend looks normal and how I want. Do you know how to fix this?

  18. HI — I’m trying to update my site and have created a new gallery, but I can’t figure out if I did it in WP or NextGen. I can’t see how to insert it into the project.
    I have inserted a video successfully. Can I have a video (on Vimeo) and also a gallery?

    thanks,
    Robin

  19. great tutorial thanks!
    My blogs show as individual thimble images on the front blog page. If you hover over image you see the title. My issue is when you click on my blog page it looks like I have nil blogs as it takes up to 20 seconds for all images to show. Can you have the blogs list as titles rather images? If i hide featured image the boxed appear blank which is worse.
    Many Thanks
    Loretta

  20. I have a website I want to add gallery to my website.. This gallery will hold GBs of data more than 100GB. Is there any limitation in wordpress for that?

  21. If I create a gallery, can I then add more photos to the same gallery and somehow update the gallery post page? (I’m posting recipes of food dishes, and as I complete more of them, will want to update the post.)

  22. If I create a gallery using the default WP functionality, but decide later that I’d like to upgrade to more functionality with something you’ve mentioned, can I simply add the plug-in and have it all convert, or will I have to rebuild the gallery from scratch?

  23. Loved the tutorial. Was a stepping stone to creating a custom plugin. After a few tweaks…problem solved

  24. Thank you Wpbeginner,
    I am a regular visitor of your site for my new blog.
    Whenever I facing any problem for my new blog, I directly open your blog.
    Thanks again and keep sharing.

  25. You guys are the bomb! Thank you so much for this easy “WP for Dummies” sort of post! Keep it up!!!

  26. I have been playing with an image gallery. Once I make the gallery, can I somehow make each image clickable in order to direct people to my posts?

    • Thanks! I look forward to trying out this plugin.

      Can you recommend a plugin that will let me create a gallery of featured images from my posts, by post category? I want users to be able to click the image to view the related post. Thanks!

  27. Your plugin is a life-saver. I am unable to connect to Jetpack because of a issue with the client’s host and the other lightbox plugins I tried weren’t great. WPBeginner always has an answer, thanks for all you do!

  28. The gallery seems to default to three images across in my posts, is there any way I could have 4 or 5 images running across in each line?

  29. Thanks for an on-the-button explanation of the gallery. I must’ve tried a dozen other posts, which were all over the place, before I found this one.

    I have a question. Is it possible to bunch the images in a gallery closer together. I’ve tried all sorts and my images remain far apart

  30. How can i display the the images of the gallery along with caption.

    I want caption of each image in gallery to be stored in variable

  31. Why are there no spaces between the images on my page and in the beginning of your tutorial you mention a lightbox but you never get to explaining how to make it as you only cover the carousel part.

    Where can I find this and how can I get the spaced grid option??

  32. So does things like social media activity now count for SEO?
    I was told they help because of the Panda Google algorithm refresh
    Added to Digg, someone will like it

  33. How do you delete images from a gallery? I have tried every single thing I can possibly think of and followed all the advice given on the internet, but the images are still there on my home page, even though I have deleted them multiple times from the actual gallery. There are no problems with the Media Library, just the gallery that appears on my home page. If anyone can tell me how to get rid of these pictures, that would be greatly appreciated.

  34. I have created several image galleries which are initially uploaded in alphabetical order – I need to add large groups of additional images from time to time (this is in Word Press dot Com) – Is there anyway to re-alphabetize the entire gallery without being required to “drag and drop” – When adding 100’s of new images that is not an option.

    Thanks

  35. I just discovered this after trying some plug-ins, but the problem I’m trying to address is the same, with this and with the various plugins. Which is how to add a link to the image, so when you click on the image, it takes you to a specific page. Not the media file. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  36. I feel really stupid but just created a gallery page….updated with photos and text….simple enough. Why does “image gallery”, “slide show” and all this other stuff show up at the bottom of the page? I cannot figure out how to delete it. newby at web design.

  37. Absolutely well explained, it’s so helpful, I love it. Thank you so much for this video, great work.

  38. HI, Would be helpful to alot of people if you also suggested a free gallery plugin, rather than advertise a paid plugin
    Melanie

    • You should have kept reading. They do offer a pretty cool free plugin to add to the existing WP gallery. A nice looking carousel. Did you see?

  39. Thank you very much for the tutorial.

    I have just one question.

    I created the gallery and published it, but when i put the mouse over the picture, it show a red square with two small silver squares that says: “view attachment page’ and “view in full size”

    How can i remove it? I wanna make it like in facebook, that you just put the mouse over, click and see the carousel.

    Is that possible?

  40. I did what you suggest above to create a simple gallery on a webpage. It shows up beautifully. However whenever I click on one of the thumb nail images it says : “image cannot be loaded. Make sure path is correct and image exist”.

    • Just to clarify, I mean when I click on ANY of the thumbnails in that gallery I get that same error message.

  41. I have been using the built in gallery for wordpress but recently it has stooped resizing so my images are half off the page where you cant see them

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