Whether your website is already powered by a stellar photo-based WordPress theme or your business website could use a boost by featuring stunning images, these three image gallery WordPress plugins strike a beautiful balance between highlighting your creativity and being functional for visitors.
NextGEN Gallery, Free to $99
NextGEN is easily the most trusted resource for building image galleries. More than 11 million people have downloaded the plugin to share their photographic work. “It delivers a very robust system for the management, categorization and display of your photos,” notes reviewer Nicasio Design.
As expected, NextGEN offers a beautiful frame for your images. In addition to six lightbox options, you gain access to five image gallery design options with the free version, including a slideshow and a Pinterest-like masonry grid. The $99 Pro package provides up to a dozen display layouts and an e-commerce add-on that lets you sell your images. A Plus version is also available for $39.
The plugin is intuitive, making it easy to work with, even for beginners who know very little about importing meta data and enabling social sharing and commenting on photos. The software also delivers fast upload speeds, even when working with large batches or zip files.
Awesome Flickr Gallery, Free
This free plugin allows you to create a custom gallery using your Flickr Photostream. The tool, which has been downloaded more than 165,000 times, pulls Flickr photos into a sleek, professional looking gallery that is also searchable. You can customize the background color, enable titles and descriptions and change the thumbnail layout from three to 10 columns. Awesome Flickr Gallery integrates well with blog posts and looks great as a sidebar widget.
Real 3D Flipbook, $31
When you need an exceptional format to present your best images, the Real 3D Flipbook delivers a knockout punch. The plugin is perfect for creating look book projects and portfolios as well as product catalogs and company brochures. The realistic page flip effect comes alive with bending, light and shadow animations.
The plugin is lightening fast and delivers high-resolution images without needing to run a sluggish Flash Player. You can easily create a flipbook from batches of .jpg or .png images or from a PDF file. In addition to viewing the content in full-screen mode, you can insert a flipbook into a blog post and create a thumbnail lightbox that links to all the flipbooks that you have created. The developer releases regular updates and provides free support.