Create Managed WordPress Image Galleries

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With Managed WordPress and NextGen Gallery you can present photos on your website in interactive picture galleries with Responsive Design. The plugin optimizes the size of your images automatically, fades in a watermark if necessary and offers you different layouts, slideshows, lightbox effects for your galleries.

NextGEN Gallery is already activated for many website types. If not, you can activate NextGEN Gallery in the WordPress dashboard under Plugins.

As soon as you have activated the NextGen Gallery plugin, a new Gallery item will appear in the WordPress menu. Here you can create new galleries, manage existing galleries and merge galleries into albums. In addition to these basic settings, you can customize the display of galleries and slideshows, manage tags and customize other options.

...with pictures by Martin Wolfert and from the (German) 1&1 Blog.

Expand themes with galleries

You can insert galleries into your posts and use them directly in many themes. Themes like Argent, Dispatch or Lens offer you different possibilities to display these galleries directly in the header or footer.

Preview photo themes with pictures by Martin Wolfert

Create and manage galleries

In the WordPress admin area, click the Gallery AddImages submenu and select individual images or a ZIP file with multiple photos to appear in your gallery.

Choose the right resolution for your images

Most images that you want to use for your website have too high a resolution in their original size, which can lead to long loading times. You can have them automatically resized when you import them into a gallery. NextGEN Gallery reduces your images to 800×600 pixels by default.

To be retina-ready (optimal display on high-resolution displays), we recommend that you increase the resolution of the images for your galleries under Gallery > Other Options > Image Options.

With 2048×2048 pixel resolution, you'll get optimal results even on high-resolution Retina Macs and Windows PCS.

Overview of image options

Manage galleries

Under Manage Galleries you have an overview of all galleries that exist on your website. If you now select your created gallery, you can change the title of the gallery, add a description, edit keywords for individual images and have an overview of all images available in the gallery.

Tag your pictures with tags

Under Keyword Editing, you can rename tags of multiple images simultaneously with just one click. This handy feature eliminates the need to manually search and rename images with this keyword.

You can also use this option to completely remove keyword series or merge them with other keywords.

Customize galleries

Under Gallery Settings you can select the arrangement of your picture gallery. Depending on what you need your photo gallery for, you can create a slideshow, thumbnails or tag cloud.

Slideshow in the Theme Lens

Slideshows start automatically. You can easily adjust the resolution, cross-fade effect and duration per image.

Slideshow in Wordress

Thumbnails in Theme Lens

Thumbnails give your visitors a quick overview of the images in your gallery. You can adjust the number of images per page, the number of columns, and many other settings.

Thumbnails in Wordpress

ImageBrowser in Theme Lens

In the ImageBrowser you can display all images one after the other.

ImageBrowser in Wordpress

Customize other options

In the Other Options section you will find some important settings for your galleries:

a) Image options

You can adjust or activate these settings and options:

  • Customize the location of your galleries and images
  • Delete image files when a gallery is deleted
  • Automatically adjust image size during upload
  • Adjust image size and quality
  • Create backups of original images
  • Adjusting the Standard for Sorting

b) Options for thumbnails

  • Set default size for thumbnails
  • Use fixed image size or ignore aspect ratio - important for a consistent or dynamic look

c) Lightbox effects

Adjust the effect for the lightbox - the pop-up window - of your galleries.

(d) watermark

Automatically create a watermark. You can easily adjust position and distances in the real-time preview.

This article was published on 13 Sep 2018 by larisa as part of the topic Managed WordPress .

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