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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 to your WordPress website, 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.

Images added with the Image block

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.

For example, if you are creating a photography website to display your images, then adding a photo gallery allows you to display your work in an aesthetically-pleasing way.

Image gallery preview

With WordPress, you can easily create an image gallery using the Gallery block in the Gutenberg block editor.

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

Having said that, let’s see how to easily create an image gallery in WordPress.

For this tutorial, we will be showing two methods to create a gallery, and you can use the links below to jump to the method of your choice:

If you want to create an image gallery using the WordPress block editor, then this method is for you. However, keep in mind that this feature is very basic and does not have many options.

First, you need to open an existing or new post/page where you want to create the gallery from the WordPress admin sidebar.

Once you are there, just click the ‘+’ button in the top left corner of the screen.

From here, find and add the Gallery block to the page or post.

Once you have done that, you need to click the ‘Upload’ button to upload new image files from your computer.

However, if you want to upload images from the media library, then you need to click the ‘Media Library’ button instead.

Upload images for the gallery

If you click on the ‘Upload’ button, then you can generally upload one photo from the computer at a time.

However, you can select and open multiple images with the Ctrl key held down on your keyboard.

Upload images from the computer

After you have uploaded all the images, you can add captions to them by clicking on the ‘Add Caption’ icon in the block toolbar at the top of individual images.

You can also add alt text to the images from the block panel on the right.

Add caption for the uploaded image

If you select the ‘Media Library’ button, then you will be able to choose multiple 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.

Once you have added all the images, simply click the ‘Create a new gallery’ button.

Add images for the gallery from the media library

This will direct you to the ‘Edit Gallery’ page in the media library prompt.

From here, you can select individual images and add a caption, title, description, or alt text to them.

Once you are done, simply click the ‘Insert Gallery’ button in the bottom right corner.

Add captions in the Edit gallery page

The image gallery you created will now be added to the WordPress editor.

You can also further customize the gallery by selecting the Gallery block and configuring its settings from the block panel on the right.

For example, you can use the ‘Columns’ slider to decide the number of columns and rows for your galleries.

You can even toggle the ‘Crop Image’ switch to crop the thumbnails for better alignment.

Configure gallery settings in the block panel

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

However, 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 happy with the settings, click the ‘Publish’ or ‘Update’ button at the top to store your settings.

Finally, you can visit your WordPress blog to see the image gallery in action.

Image gallery preview

You have now easily created an image gallery for your website. However, you will soon notice that it lacks some essential features.

For example, your images will either be not clickable or open on 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.

This is not user-friendly and can discourage users from further exploring your website.

Similarly, the gallery’s appearance also depends on the WordPress theme that you are using.

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

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

If you want to create a more functional and aesthetically-pleasing image gallery for your WordPress site, then this method is for you.

We will be using the Envira Gallery plugin as it is the best WordPress image gallery plugin on 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 a lightbox popup, easy image navigation, drag and drop builder, and professional gallery templates.

First, you need to 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, head over to the Envira Gallery » Settings page from the WordPress dashboard to enter your license key.

You can get this key from your account on the Envira Gallery website.

Note: Envira Gallery also has a free plugin that you can use. However, we will be using the pro version for this tutorial to unlock more features.

Add the Envira Gallery license key

After verifying your license key, you can head over to the Envira Gallery » Add New page from the WordPress sidebar to start creating your first gallery.

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

Creating a New Gallery with Envira Gallery WordPress Plugin

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

Keep in mind that if you use this option, then you can only upload a single image at a time from the media library.

Upon uploading the images, scroll down to the ‘Gallery’ section, where all your photos will now appear.

Images in Envira Gallery Builder

Next, you can click on the pencil icon at the top of each image to open the ‘Edit Metadata’ prompt on the screen.

From here, you will be able to add the caption, status, title, and alternative text for individual images.

Once you are done, don’t forget to click the ‘Save Metadata’ button to save your image captions.

Edit Gallery Image Metadata

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

From here, you can change your gallery layout, including the number of columns, image lazy loading, image size, title and caption positioning, margins, heights, thumbnail sizes, image dimensions, and more.

Edit gallery configuration settings

After that, you need to switch to the ‘Lightbox’ tab from the left sidebar and check the ‘Enable Lightbox’ option.

This option will now allow users to enlarge images and browse them without ever leaving the page.

You can leave the other default settings as they are because they work very well for most websites, but you can review the options and change them if you like.

Enable the lightbox

Next, you can click on the ‘Mobile’ tab to configure your gallery settings for mobile devices.

From here, you can choose image dimensions for mobile devices, enable or disable Lightbox, enable/disable image captions, and more.

Configure settings for gallery

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

Once you are happy with your settings, just click the ‘Publish’ button at the top to store your changes.

Miscellaneous gallery settings

Next, you need to open up a post or page where you want to embed your gallery.

Once you are there, click the ‘+’ button in the top left corner of the screen to open the block menu.

Next, simply find and add the Envira Gallery block to the page or post.

Add the Envira gallery block

Once you have done that, you need to add your image gallery from the dropdown menu in the Envira Gallery block.

Finally, click the ‘Update’ or’ Publish’ button at the top to save your changes.

Now, you can view your image gallery on your WordPress website.

WordPress Photo Gallery Created with Envira Gallery

Here, you will notice that clicking on any image in the gallery will open it in full size with the lightbox popup.

You can also browse images in this popup by pressing the left and right arrow keys on the screen or on your keyboard.

Envira Gallery Image in the Lightbox Popup

We hope this article helped you learn how to create an image gallery in WordPress. You may also want to see our beginner’s guide on how to optimize images for search engines (SEO) and our expert picks for the best free WordPress photography themes.

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  1. I just started using standard wordpress image galleries. When I add images to the gallery, if I do not have enough images to fill an entire row, the last row’s image is displayed at a size that allows the image to fill the full width of the container. So the default of 3 images per row applies until the row runs out of images, then I get a final row with a giant image. Is there a way to force every image to the same size so that the gallery just has all images the same size, regardless of whether the row it appears in is full?

    • For that, you would want all of your images uploaded to be the same size and then you would uncheck the crop images checkbox that forces your images to align.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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


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

  6. 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.


  7. 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 :)


  8. 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.


  9. 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


  10. 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 :)

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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?

  14. 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’

  15. 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.


  16. 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.

  17. 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??

  18. 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?

  19. 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?


  20. 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

  21. 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?

  22. 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.)

  23. 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?

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

  25. 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.

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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!

  29. 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?

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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??

  33. 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

  34. 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.

  35. 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.


  36. 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.

  37. 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.

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

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

    • 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?

  40. 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?

  41. 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.

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