Photo galleries really do bring a great deal to a website. People on the whole are very visual and love looking at photos. The better you can present them the more people will return to see the latest in your collections. Of course taking good photos is part and parcel of the presentation but with a little practice you will soon be producing well taken and edited photographs. There are many tools out on the web to edit your photos and even more that allow you to present your photos in a variety of different ways. I have a collection of plug-ins for presenting them in different ways on your website.
The first in the lineup is Altpwa
The download for this product is on Cnet.ro and it comes in a zipped file. The photos were a little slow in loading but I think that was because there were so many on one page.
It is also possible that the photos were not optimized for the web. This is generally one of the mistakes people make. It is important to optimize as best you can for faster loading. Full directions are given on the download page.
Awsome Pix Gallery
Unlike most plug-ins this one doesn’t require you to set it up in your theme and has all of its own tables. It is literally a one click operation. Photos can be dragged and dropped into place. You can also watermark the photos with this and interlink with posts. This one definitely joined my list of must haves. It works easily to add or remove photos and you can even make custom gallery and change the ways it displays and resizes images. You can add a section to your sidebar in order to hide it so as to show more images. This is a tool you won’t want to be without. This is an ongoing build so be sure to add it to your favorites so you can return and check for more updates. There is a full set of instructions and also a set of videos to watch. This is a very professionally presented site. AWsom PixGallery. It is more than just a gallery as it enable automatic watermarking of your photos and also enables you to place captions on your photos or graphics by using a visual editor. There is also the ability to create auto thumb nail. It is a fairly simple plug-in to use and is controlled via the admin box of your WordPress.
Am I Works
Presented by AmIWorks this is a light box that you can use on your site. It’s always nice to add a more professional approach to a photo site and a light box is something most photographers will use all the time.
Berry Tube Gallery
This plug-in gives you a way of presenting a gallery of Youtube videos in your sidebar without even being registered with Youtube. It’s an interesting way of entertaining visitors without too much hassle.