How to make a gallery and slideshow in WordPress – For bloggers or website owners with any type of site, adding images or photos to their blog or website is very important. Because images and photos can make websites and content more attractive and less boring for visitors. Especially if you are a blogger who presents traveling stories, for example, adding photos of your travels in the article will make visitors more able to absorb and visualize the holidays and places you visit, and will strengthen your content.
If you build or create your blog with WordPress, then adding images and photos to your blog is very easy and there are several ways you can choose from.
WordPress is equipped with a default feature to generate custom image galleries that you can include in your post articles, by taking advantage of this WordPress gallery feature you no longer need to use plugins. But there are also many free WordPress plugins that are aimed at creating more attractive slideshow images that you can install in various areas of your WordPress blog. And if you use a WordPress theme that supports displaying slideshow images, you no longer need to bother using plugins to create slideshows on your WordPress site.
In this article I will explain in full how to make gallery images and create slideshows in WordPress both using plugins and taking advantage of WordPress’ default gallery features.
Create a Photo Gallery in WordPress
The WordPress CMS has many great, powerful and perfect features for its users, and WordPress will always be being developed and there will be new features in the future.
One of the great things about WordPress is that it has a beautiful gallery feature that is easy to use. You can use this feature directly from the media upload on any post or page.
The first step to creating a photo gallery on WordPress is to create or edit the post or page where you want your photo gallery placed.
It would be best to write content before adding a photo gallery. This way you will know exactly where the image will appear in relation to the content as in the example image above.
So in the visual editor you can create a space between two paragraphs in your writing to place the cursor as a place for your gallery later. So it looks like this:
Then click the “Add Media” button which is located just above the visual editor. This will open a new image upload page window.
After the window opens, it appears on the left sidebar there is a menu link labeled “Create Gallery”. Please click “Create Gallery” and upload or select an existing image from your gallery.
Now look at the top, you will see there are two tabs at the top. By default you will be on the upload screen, if you want to create a gallery with new images or photos that you haven’t uploaded, you can directly upload your images via this section. But if you want to select an image or photo from the media library that you uploaded earlier, then please click on the tab labeled “Media Library”.
To select the images that you want to make into a gallery, all you have to do is click on the images, and if you want to deselect images you can click again so that the check mark in the upper right corner of the thumbnail disappears.
You can add titles, alt text, and descriptions to these images in the sidebar. However, in this section you do not need to add descriptions or change these settings. However, it is recommended that you at least create a title or alt text because this additional info helps Google when indexing photos for image searches or renders SEO friendly images.
Now that all of your images have been selected and adjusted you can click the “Create New Gallery” button in the lower right corner.
This new screen contains thumbnails of the selected gallery image and there is an option to add a caption to each photo. And if you want to delete a photo from the gallery just click the little X icon in the corner of the image.
If you want to rearrange the photo layout, you can do so by clicking & dragging the image where you want it. Before finalizing your gallery, take a look at the settings on the right sidebar. Most people want direct links to photos so it’s a good idea to change the “Link To” on the “Attachment Page”
Then you can choose how many gallery columns you want to use along with the thumbnail size and thumbnail type. One type of style that is displayed is a slideshow which behaves a little differently from the regular gallery. But you can always come back to edit these options if you want to change how your gallery is displayed.
When all is done, please click the “Insert Gallery” button and the gallery will appear in your editor. And now click the “Publish” or “Update” button and see your gallery has been attached to your article posts.
All gallery images are displayed in the form of thumbnail images as above, if you click on the thumbnail of the image it will display the full size of the photo in the gallery slide. WordPress has a built-in feature by default so it will work well with any theme.
Above are the easy ways to create galleries in your WordPress posts or pages, WordPress has a very versatile method for creating brilliant image gallery slideshows. This technique works on any theme by default and is perfectly styled.
Creating Image Slideshow in WordPress
And below I will explain how to install a slideshow on WordPress using a plugin, because maybe you want to get more features, and support for customization.
In this slideshow tutorial I chose one really cool slideshow plugins that is using plugins Slideshow JQuery Image Gallery. By using plugins This allows you to place the slides anywhere you want, in posts, on Home, or on widgets.
Here are the features of the JQuery Image Gallery Slideshow Plugin
- Can Create multiple slideshows with as many slides as you want
- Image Slides
- Text slides
- YouTube Video Slides
- Place it anywhere on your website
- Run multiple slideshows on the same page
- Change animation and handling
- Can be adjusted according to taste
How to Use a JQuery Image Gallery Slideshow
1. Download plugins Slideshow JQuery Image Gallery
2. Install and Activate
3. After that go to the “Slideshow” menu on the sidebar of your WordPress admin dashboard, and create a new name for the Slideshow you want to create by clicking add new.
4. Add slides, be it slides in the form of text, images or videos you can add in a way insert below the button publish.
5. And do the settings in the right column, you can do animation setting and sizes and more here.
6. Put the slides where you want them, if on widgets there are already available widgets for these plugins, if you just insert in your post by pressing a button insert slideshow Besides add new. and to embed it in the template you can enter the generated php script and place it where you want to display it.
Above is how to create and install an Image Gallery and Slideshow in WordPress. Please follow the guide above to make your images or photos look better on your WordPress site. Good luck. 🙂