Just the other day, I was like you: I would spend way too long using Google Image Search and Flickr to find the perfect image for my blog post--making sure it was safe for commercial use, and that I could modify it if I needed to. Once I found the perfect image, I'd spend a bit more time uploading and getting it to look just right in the post.
Thanks to these five plugins I have deemed the Best WordPress Photo Plugins--I am no longer wasting my time, and my websites are not suffering from terrible--or worse yet--no images at all.
Locate images at lightening speeds, highlight featured posts with photo slide shows, have more control over the way images are inserted into posts, and proudly display photos with ease using these solutions.
WordPress Content Slide
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to add a jQuery based image slideshow anywhere in your blog, WordPress Content Slide is the plugin you're looking for. This plugin not only allows for a slideshow anywhere on the site, but you can link it to an external website, to create an advertisement or a banner featuring rotating ads.
The plugin is fully customizable so you can design it to match the look and feel of your website. You can change the style, color, size, and other attributes of the slideshow.
This is an ideal choice for someone who wants a quick and easy way to showcase a selection of featured posts, either on the home page, or on a category archive post. While many slideshow plugins do not allow for great flexibility in where and how you can include it on your blog, this one does!
Download WordPress Content Slide for free.
Photodropper is a free plugin that takes all the hassle of searching for photos to accompany your content. For many bloggers, purchasing a stock photo from a website such as iStockPhoto to go with every blog post is not an option. At the same time, going out with a camera and snapping their own shot is often easier said than done.
With Photodropper, bloggers can easily search through the entire database of Creative Commons images hosted on Flickr from directly within the WordPress database. If the website where the photo will be included is used for commercial purposes, then the plugin will only search for images that are allowed to be used for commercial purposes.
When a photo is inserted from Flickr, it is transferred to the local server, so that if the photo is ever deleted, it remains attached to the blog post. Appropriate attribution is also automatically inserted in the post, to comply with the Creative Commons license.
This plugin is the ideal choice for someone who does not have a large library of their own original photos to include with their posts and who is looking to save time compared to manually searching for and locating viable pictures via the Flickr website.
Download Photodropper for free.
A bit different from Photodropper, Flickr Gallery is a good option for people who always upload their photos to Flickr before placing them anywhere on their website. This plugin allows for your personal Flickr collection to be included in your WordPress dashboard, making photo insertion much easier.
Each of the Flickr photo sets can be displayed in your blog as a gallery of its own. The plugin also includes a widget so you can display the most recently added photos on your blog's sidebar.
This is a particularly good choice for photographers who are constantly adding new shots to a portfolio. If you do not take a lot of your own photos, or you do not host your own gallery of photos on Flickr, then you will not need to use this plugin.
Download Flickr Gallery for free.
Faster Image Insert
Faster Image Insert is a WordPress plugin that allows you to insert an image without having to use the built-in Media Library. This essentially converts the media area into a small meta box included on every post and page, which gives you greater control over the image and its display. This method allows you to insert the image exactly where you want it, rather than adjusting control within the Media Library.
This plugin does not:
- hack the WordPress dashboard itself.
- use Thickbox.
This plugin does:
- allow multiple images to be inserted, with spacing control between each image.
- change multiple captions and titles at once.
This is a good option for people who use a lot of screenshots (game reviewers, tutorial writers, etc.), people who write how-to's and do-it-yourself guides, and photographers.
Download Faster Image Insert for free.
NextGEN Gallery is a feature rich, dynamic image gallery that is highly customizable, and easy to manage with a little bit of WordPress shortcode. You can:
- Customize the look and feel of the slideshow with CSS
- Use flash or jQuery to display the slideshow
- Move images freely between galleries
- Create templates to use within your theme
- Watermark all your images
and more. This plugin is probably the most commonly used gallery plugin in the plugin repository! It is widely used because it can meet the needs of several different situations, and
If you want to display a gallery of images, from an event you attended, or a photo session you just shot, this plugin makes it easy. It is also a great option for any type of portfolio: web design, landscaping, artists, etc. You can create several different galleries and control where they are posted and how they are displayed, to help organize your work into sizable chunks for your viewers.
Download NextGEN Gallery for free.
These five WordPress photo plugins are among the most useful plugins available to help you enhance the images on your blog and save time in the process. Do you have a favorite WordPress photo plugin you think should be in this list? Do you use any of these? We'd love to hear what you think!