Why It’s Important to Use Galleries in WordPress Posts and Pages

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A gallery is an excellent way to highlight a series of images of, for example, a product you want to showcase on your website. There are multiple WordPress plugins available that allow you to add a gallery to a post or page but these aren’t always necessary. WordPress has a built-in feature for this. In this blog post, our Support for WordPress team will explain why you should consider adding a gallery to your WordPress pages and shows you how to go about doing it.

Adding Images

In WordPress it’s relatively easy to add images to your blog posts. When you add the image block in the backend editor, you can insert your image. But when you want to add more images, all these images may be inserted next to each other, meaning your site won't look very well laid out. Different screen sizes will give you a range of results.

You definitely don't want potential customers being put off by layout issues, so it is important to insert a gallery section if you want to add multiple images nicely to your website page. When you create a gallery, the images will be displayed in columns and rows, also known as a Grid Layout or as a single row carousel. There are many different styling options and the users of your website will see a gallery of thumbnails and when they click on the picture it will generally open up and show them the full image.

Make sure you size your images so they look nice when opened. Galleries that jump from one size to another look unprofessional.

How To Create a Gallery in WordPress

Not so long ago the Classic editor was replaced with the Block editor also known as the Guttenburg editor. So we will first explain how to add a gallery with the Classic editor and after that we will explain the new Guttenburg editor.

Creating a Gallery With the Classic Editor

The option to create a gallery in WordPress is in the “Add Media” section. The first thing you need to do is to create a new post or page, or edit an existing one. Once you are in the post/page editor, click on “Add media”. The media library will then appear, giving you the option to upload images. On the left hand side, you should see the “Create gallery” option, which you must of course click on.

The page where you can create a gallery looks exactly like the upload page. Here you can select photos that have already been uploaded, or upload new photos from your computer. Click on each image you wish to add to your new gallery and when you’re satisfied with your chosen images, you can click on “Create a new gallery” at the bottom, on the right side.

Editing a WordPress Gallery

You will now arrive at a page where you can edit the gallery before actually adding it to your website. Here you can add captions, rearrange the order by dragging and dropping the images and adjust the gallery settings. By default, the number of columns is three, but you can choose any number between a minimum of one and a maximum of nine. You also have the option to choose to display the images in a random order. If you have forgotten to add an image, you can also click “Add to gallery” on the left to upload or select another one.

Inserting a WordPress Gallery Into a Post or Page

Have you set everything up? Great, you can now click "Insert Gallery" at the bottom right to add the gallery to your post or page. After you have done this you will see a shortcode in the text (html) editor or directly in the WYSIWYG editor (This is the editor that usually allows you to see what your page will look like when published whilst it’s being edited). Although you can see the gallery in the WYSIWYG editor, you will not yet be able to see the result as it really looks on the website. In the editor, click the preview button to see what your gallery will actually look like to those who come across your site. If you are dissatisfied with the number of columns, for example, you can click on “Add media” again or on the gallery in the WYSIWYG editor and then the edit button. This is all you need to do to get a gallery up and running in a post or page.

Creating a Gallery With the Guttenburg Editor

The new Guttenburg editor has replaced the classic editor in this paragraph we will explain how to use this new editor. The advantage of this is that it's built-in and it’s a relative easy feature in WordPress. You can find it at the top underneath the plus sign. It often depends on the WordPress theme you are using, how your gallery looks and whether the images are opened in a lightbox (pop-up).

WordPress Gallery Creation Guide

First create a page or message.
As soon as you are in the editor of a message or page you have to click on the “add media” button.
In Guttenburg you will find a block called “gallery”. If you don’t see it, search by gallery.

WordPress Gallery Add Media

You can now select photos that have already been uploaded (media library) or upload new photos for your gallery. So all you have to do is upload new images or select images that have already been uploaded by clicking on them. You can also adjust the order. If you are sure about your chosen images you can click on “create new gallery”.

Edit WordPress Gallery

Here you can add captions, rearrange the order by dragging the images and adjust the gallery settings. If you forgot to add an image, you can still click “Add to Gallery” on the left to upload or select another image.

Insert WordPress Gallery in a Post or Page

Click “Insert Gallery” in the bottom right corner to add the gallery to your post or page. you cannot immediately see the result as it looks on the website. This depends on the WordPress theme.

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