WordPress Gallery Plugins – The Best Of The Best

There are many WordPress gallery plugins on in the WordPress plugin directory. Some are simple plugins with minimal features and some have a wide range of options. Some WordPress gallery plugins use the built-in media control, some use custom post types and some have their own proprietary system.

WordPress Gallery Plugins Top 5

Below we are going to share what we believe are the best of the best, the cream of the crop. Not only from they’re functionality, but by the statics behind it. (stats as of September, 2012)

NextGEN Gallery

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Without a doubt the most popular WordPress gallery plugin, NextGEN Gallery has been proven over time. NextGEN Gallery is a fully integrated image gallery plugin for WordPress with dozens of options and features.

Requires: 3.4 or higher
Compatible up to:
Last Updated:

Portfolio Slideshow

Easily add a clean, responsive javascript slideshow to your site. The slideshow integrates well into any design and supports fluid-width themes.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-9-19
Downloads: 214,322

Lightbox Plus

Lightbox Plus permits users to view larger versions of images, simple slide shows, videos and content all in an overlay.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.3.2
Last Updated: 2012-1-1
Downloads: 554,718


This plugin allows you to implement gallery page into your website.
Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-7-27
Downloads: 159,663


A WordPress Plugin Specifically for Photographers.

Requires: 3.4 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.4.2
Last Updated: 2012-8-5
Downloads: 4,548


Each of these plugins would be great choices for your WordPress photography website. However, one clearly is the most trusted over the rest. NextGEN Gallery is soon going to hit 6 million downloads, which is pretty crazy for a WordPress gallery plugin. In addition, many WordPress portfolio themes are supporting the plugin with integration and styling.

There are also many WordPress photography themes with built-in gallery control, if you decided to not use a plugin.

What WordPress gallery plugin do you use on your website and why?

Thanks for reading


  1. says

    NextGen for me since I first switched my site to WP, in 2010. It’s not without its bugs–sorting images has been weird for some time now and there have been ongoing problems with flash upload–but it makes clean galleries and is relatively easy to use. The Photocrati Media acquisition will hopefully extend and improve this excellent plugin.

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