Though agallery option was introduced in WordPress long back, owing to its limited functionality various plugins with improved and exciting features are now increasingly being used to power galleries. To name a few, Gallery Bank, NextGen Gallery, Photo Gallery and Lazyst Gallery address all your image gallery- related requirements. These plugins can be downloaded for free from WordPress’s storehouse of plugins, though premium versions are also available for those who require additional and more advanced features. The plugins serve a number of purposes when it comes to empowering images in your websites. Despite allowing so many features, the plugins are actually very simple to use for the end user, which is why they are so popular.
You can create beautiful gallery albums with images as well as video thumbnails and also assign special and animation effects to each of these. You are also free to choose the front-end display styles like thumbnails, filmstrips, etc., whichever goes best with your webpage’s layout. At the same time, there are umpteen options to control size and style, transitions effects and timings, lightbox effects and many more. Most plugins are available in many languages and their premium versions offer creation of unlimited albums. You can also add descriptions, captions and custom fields to individual images as well as folders or albums. To make your gallery pages more interactive, these plugins also allow for the comment option, wherein visitors to your site could leave comments on individual images.