Ever wanted to create an image gallery in WordPress? Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’re going to take a look at the best ways to create a gallery in WordPress in under five minutes.

Before we get started, here’s a more detailed look at what we’re going to be going through in this post:

  • We will guide you through the entire process of creating your very first gallery in WordPress (step-by-step)
  • We will also look at ways you can improve and optimize your galleries.
  • And, last but not least, we will look at a few less common but great alternative ways to add image galleries to your WordPress websites.

On that note, we’d like to respect how busy a lot of you are and have put together a quick comparison table so you can jump straight to the WordPress gallery creation method you prefer – check it out below:

Modula GalleryBuilt-in WordPress Galleries
Gutenberg BlockYesYes
Built-in Image OptimizationYesNope
ShortcodeYesNope
Built-in Content Delivery NetworkYesNope
Ability to create video galleriesYesNope

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So, without further ado – let’s jump right in so you can get started and start adding image galleries to all of your websites.

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We won’t keep you waiting – let’s jump right in.

Adding Image Galleries using the Modula WordPress Gallery Plugin

Modula Image Gallery WordPress Plugin

Let’s kick this off with what we truly believe is the easiest and fastest way to add beautiful galleries to your website – Modula.

Not using Modula on your WordPress website yet? Click here.

With over 40,000 installations and a ream of gleaming 5-star reviews, it’s clear to see why Modula is the clear choice if you’re looking for a gallery plugin for WordPress. Creating galleries in WordPress with Modula can be considered to be even easier and faster than using the built-in functionality which can be a bit annoying and limiting. So, let’s jump right in.

1. Download Modula

Modula Image Gallery

Photo Gallery by Modula – an advanced solution for Photo Gallery users. Create beautiful image galleries in minutes or less.

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50,000+
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2.1.1
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2. Activate Modula

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Once installed, make sure you don’t forget to activate the Modula plugin too.

Once you’ve installed the Modula gallery plugin, make sure that you’ve also activated it.

4. Head to Modula > Add New

Once Modula is both installed and activated hover over the Modula WordPress Admin menu item and click Add New to create your first gallery in WordPress…

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Create your first gallery with Modula

This will take you to the following screen where you can immediately start uploading images to your WordPress gallery and modifying your gallery’s settings.

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Let’s start by adding a title

Using descriptive names will help you make modifications to this gallery even when you have 10s or 100s of galleries on your website.

Be sure to use a descriptive title that will help you find the gallery later – in this case, we opted to go with something factually accurate 😉

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Start uploading images to your gallery

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After choosing the images that you want to add to your Modula WordPress gallery, do not forget to click Add to gallery as this is something that’s surprisingly easy to do when you get caught up having fun using Modula 😀

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After clicking Add to gallery you’ll now see your images in the gallery edit area as shown below…

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We’ve designed this area to be extremely user-friendly and easy-to-use regardless of your experience with WordPress. Thanks to our drag-and-drop interface rearranging images is as easy as clicking and dragging them around.

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5. Publish and insert your gallery

Now that you have what I’m sure are some stunning and entertaining images in your galleries (and we do too!) – go ahead and click Publish.

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Once you’ve published your gallery, you’ll notice the gallery shortcode appear in the gallery edit area as shown below…

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Now the next step is to actually insert your gallery into the WordPress posts and pages where you want them to appear. This is really as easy as copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you’d like it to appear.

However, you can alternatively also use Modula’s Gutenberg block to insert galleries – which is also super easy to do.

Inserting Modula Galleries into Posts using the Gutenberg Block

Simply type /modula to insert the Gutenberg block and then select your gallery from the dropdown.

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Or, alternatively click the Modula icon (shown below) and then also proceed to select the gallery you wish to insert using the dropdown shown above.

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And go crazy with customization!

In the process of developing Modula to be the most user-friendly gallery plugin available, we’ve also made it extremely easy for both beginners and intermediate users to take advantage of advanced functionality which would was previously unthinkable.

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After purchasing a license of Modula, all of our users receive a series of emails that take you through how to take full advantage of Modula’s settings – to get started, click here.


Adding Image Galleries using the WordPress Gutenberg Block Editor

We decided to write our own post about inserting and creating galleries in WordPress because almost all of the other posts that show you how to create an image gallery with WordPress are out-of-date.

This is because they were written and posted before the recent WordPress Gutenberg (5.0) update and haven’t been updated to reflect how someone would go about adding a gallery after updating to Gutenberg.

So, if you’re using WordPress 5.0 (more commonly referred to as Gutenberg) one way to create a gallery is by clicking the (+) icon as shown below.

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Clicking the (+) icon will take you to what is referred to as the block switcher. This is where you can select and add a wide range of formatting elements such as singular images, text blocks and headings.

However, in this case, simply type ‘gallery’ to sort through the available blocks you have. And then select the first Gallery block that appears under the Common Blocks category.

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Once you click on the block name to insert it, you’ll see the following appear where you’ve chosen to insert the block.

Now you can click Upload or Media Library to add images to your newly created WordPress gallery.

This will depend on where your images are currently stored.

Are your images already in your WordPress Media Library or do you have to upload them from your computer locally?

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Clicking upload will simply open your computers default file manager so you can choose to upload certain files that are stored on your computer.

And you will then be able to select the images that you want to add your gallery as shown below:

The WordPress Gallery Image Selection Screen
The WordPress Gallery Image Selection Screen

And once you’ve selected, uploaded and organized the images that you want to add to your gallery, simply click Create a new gallery in the bottom right-hand corner as shown below:

Completing the WordPress Gallery Creation Process
To finish off the gallery creation process, just click ‘create a new gallery’…

And that’s it – you’ve now created a simple WordPress gallery.

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An example of what a WordPress Gutenberg gallery looks like

Wrapping up – how should you add image galleries to WordPress?

For simple and basic galleries, the built-in WordPress gallery functionality might be suitable for your website.

However, for those of you who are more serious about gallery creation, want to add as many photos as your heart desires, sort images with filters and more, you’d be better off with a gallery pluginModula’s plans start at $29.

Have a question about how to create a gallery in WordPress? Feel free to leave a comment below…