Written on July 9, 2008 by  /  with 55 comments  /  in the Wordpress Tips category.

8 Cool WordPress Photo Gallery Plugins

(last update: May 31, 2010)
Due to the lack of updates on plugins to support more recent versions of WordPress, I spent some time to go back through and find the best working and most functional photo gallery plugins for WordPress to date.

1. Fotobook

compatible up to WordPress version 3.0.2 – official WordPress.org pagedemo

Fotobook is a WordPress plugin that will link to your Facebook account(s) and import all of your photo albums for use in your WordPress installation. It uses the Facebook API so importing your photos is a breeze. Requires PHP 5. THIS IS MY FAVORITE ONE!

Features include:

  • Interfaces with Facebook’s API
  • Displays photo albums on a WordPress page
  • Import photos from mulitple Facebook accounts
  • Sidebar widgets for displaying random or recent photos & albums
  • Creates an album of photos that the user’s tagged in
  • Insert individual photos into posts/pages
  • Easy-to-use Ajax album management panel
  • Frontend validates as XHTML 1.0 Strict

2. NextGEN Gallery

compatible up to WordPress version 3.0.2 – Official WordPress.org Pagedemo

NextGEN Gallery is a full integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a Flash slideshow option. Features include…

  • Sortable Albums : Create your own sets of images
  • Upload a Zip-File with pictures : Upload pictures in a zip-file (Not in Safe-mode)
  • Watermark function : You can add a watermark image or text
  • JavaScript Effect : Use any available popular image effect : Thickbox, Lightbox or Highslide
  • Multiple CSS Stylesheet : Use a nice shadow effect for your thumbnails with your own CSS file
  • Slideshow : Full integrated flash slideshow
  • TinyMCE : Button integration for easy adding the gallery tags
  • Sidebar Widget : Show a slideshow, random or recent picture at your sidebar
  • Language support : Translated in more than 15 languages
  • Upload tab integration : You have access to all pictures via the upload tab
  • Tag support for images : Append related images to your post
  • Meta data support : Import EXIF, IPTC or XMP meta data
  • Sort images feature
  • Cool flash addons

3. Yet Another Photoblog

compatible up to WordPress version 2.9.2 – Official WordPress.org Page

Convert your WordPress Blog into a full featured photoblog in virtually no time. Use the full range of WordPress functions and plugins: Benefit from the big community WordPress has to offer. Features include…

  • A non invasive WordPress-plugin that converts wp into a easy useable photoblog system
  • Easy image upload – All wordpress post-features can be used
  • On the fly thumbnail generation – Use multiple thumbnail sizes where and when you need them: Thumbnail generation gets controlled from the template.
  • EXIF data processing and output
  • Self-learning EXIF filter – Your own cameras tags can be selected to be viewed.
  • Full i18n-Support through gnutext mo/po files
  • YAPB Plugin Infrastructure for extended functionality
  • Ping additional update-service-sites when posting a photoblog entry.
  • Nearly every WP-theme can become a photoblog in virtually no time.
  • Out of the box configurable “latest images” sidebar widget
  • You’ll get a photoblog system based on wordpress – Decide if you want to post a normal WordPress article or a photoblog entry. Be free to use all available extensions / plugins of the WordPress platform
  • Be the owner of your own photos on your own webhost

4. PhotoSmash Galleries

compatible up to WordPress version 3.0.2 – Official WordPress.org Pagedemo

PhotoSmash Galleries makes it easy to create photo galleries in posts or pages that your users can upload images to. PhotoSmash has incredibly flexible and simple models for designing custom gallery and form layouts, utilizing your own custom database fields, html, and css, or just use the standard. Features include…

  • User contributable photo galleries – allow your users to upload images to galleries
  • NEW! Media RSS is enabled, supports PicLens (activated by including piclens=true in the shortcode)
  • Link gallery thumbnails to various destinations including full-size image, related post, and WP Attachment Page when using Media Library integration
  • Add images to the WordPress Media Library so you can use them in blog posts and even the Standard WordPress Image Gallery features
  • Multiple simultaneous image uploads in Admin, using the WordPress Media Library, then import images to PhotoSmash!
  • AJAX photo uploads from within Posts and Pages
  • Star Ratings for images
  • Control who can upload images: admin only, authors & contributors (and higher), or registered users and higher
  • Moderate images uploaded by registered users (Admins and authors are automatically approved)
  • Receive email alerts for new images that need to be moderated
  • Options page for setting general defaults or specific gallery settings
  • Auto-adding of photo galleries
  • Multiple galleries per post, added using a simple tag system
  • Integrates with popular image viewing systems like Lightbox and Shadowbox
  • Tweak appearance through the included css file
  • Add Custom Fields to tile
  • Add Custom Fields to the upload form
  • Create Custom Upload forms using simple tags and HTML
  • Create Custom Layouts using simple tags and HTML

5. The PhotoBlog Theme

compatible up to WordPress version 3.0.2 – Official Theme Page from WPZOOM

Photoblog Theme for WordPress

PhotoBlog is an unique portfolio theme for Photographers, Graphic Designers, Architects, etc. With an intuitive layout and a fully widgetized sidebar, it offers the flexibility required in modern blogs. Features include…

  • Featured Content on the homepage and in the Sidebar. Number of posts is controlled on the Widgets Page in the Admin Panel.
  • Threaded Comments
  • Support for WordPress 3.0
  • Widgetized Sidebar
  • Unique Widgets Developed by WPZOOM Team
  • Dynamic image cropping for thumbnails (TimThumb script)
  • Compatible with all modern browsers
  • Integrated Social Bookmarking Plug-ins
  • Theme Options Admin Panel
  • Featured Posts on Homepage
  • Custom image sizes for uploaded images
  • Support for Google Analytics & Feedburner
  • Valid XHTML & CSS Code

6. FancyBox for WordPress

compatible up to WordPress version 2.9.2 – Official WordPress.org Pagedemo

Seamlessly integrates FancyBox into your blog: Upload, activate, and you’re done. By default, the plugin will use jQuery to apply FancyBox to ANY thumbnails that link directly to an image. This includes posts, the sidebar, etc, so you can activate it and it will be applied automatically.

7. AWSOM Pixgallery

compatible up to WordPress version 2.9.2 – Official WordPress.org Pagedemo

AWSOM Pixgallery is an Image Gallery/Archive plugin designed to make it easier for Artists or Webcomic creators to set up a portfolio of their artwork. It features Automatic Watermarking, captioning using the Visual Editor or HTML, sorting, auto-thumbnailing, Comicpress theme support, per image/gallery commenting and more. It is a WordPress native Plugin and does not require any config or file changes or outside tool integration to work; just activate the plugin and add a line of text to any post or page and your Gallery of Images will appear. All options are handled through the regular WordPress Admin interface. More features are in development now such as tagging, extensive theme control through Admin interface, and more

8. Lightbox Gallery

compatible up to WordPress version 3.0.2 – Official WordPress.org Pagedemo

The Lightbox Gallery plugin changes the view of galleries to the lightbox. Features include…

  • Lightbox display of Gallery
  • Tooltip view of caption of images
  • Displays the associated metadata with images
  • Divides Gallery into several pages
  • Extends the default Gallery options
  • Additional settings are set in the option page
  • Switch to the Highslide JS display

Photo Gallery Premium Themes for WordPress

Depending on your type of project and how much time you have to dedicate towards it, a premium wordpress theme may help you in making a photo gallery type site with WordPress. To see what’s out there you can read my page on Premium WordPress Themes where I have compiled a list of the best premium themes with added functionality to fill any project needs.