How To Create A WordPress Masonry Image Gallery

Wondering if WordPress provides a tool that allows you to create a masonry image gallery? There’s only one answer: YES!

Modula is the most user-friendly image gallery plugin for both professionals and beginners. It doesn’t require any coding skills, and it is fully mobile responsive (mobile, laptop, PC, tablet, or any other devices).

In this article, we will share:

  • what a masonry gallery is;
  • how to create a masonry image gallery in WordPress;
  • more tips on how to create a stunning image gallery;
  • and much more.

A WordPress masonry gallery is a type of grid layout that allows you to showcase your pictures without having to crop them. This is a popular layout that most photographers apply to their galleries because it uses an optimal space that keeps your images in full shape. 

Whether you are taking portraits or landscapes, you can display your photographs entirely shaped with Modula masonry gallery.

In this article, we will walk you through all the steps of creating such a gallery using Modula, a WordPress masonry grid gallery plugin. It is easier than you might think.

🛠 Install and activate Modula

Before starting to create our masonry grid gallery, we need to install and activate the Modula image gallery plugin. Go to your WordPress dashboard > Plugins > Add New

WordPress plugin section
Add new plugin

Here you can find all freemium WordPress plugins. Type Modula in the search bar in the upper right corner, and when you see it, press Install Now.

Modula Image gallery
Install Modula

You’ll have to wait a couple of minutes, and then you can click Activate.

Modula Image Gallery
Activate Modula

If you look in your WordPress menu, you will see Modula. So, every time you want to create an image/video gallery, click Modula > Add New.

Create a new image gallery
Create your first gallery

All you have to do in this step is type a descriptive title for your gallery and start uploading your files. For this gallery, I will add street pictures.

upload images
Add a descriptive title

After you upload images, scroll down to the Settings section. Here you can choose from 4 different grid types: creative, custom, columns, and slider. To create a WordPress masonry grid gallery, choose columns. 

Masonry image gallery
Columns – Masonry

Once you select the masonry image layout, you can benefit from several customization options for creating such a gallery.

Customization options for masonry image gallery
Columns customization

Next, if you go to Lightbox & Links, you can create a masonry gallery with Lightbox. Then, all you have to do is tick Open images in Lightbox, and your job is done.

masonry gallery with Lightbox
Open images in a Lightbox

We’ve got more and more. Create a responsive masonry image gallery by going to the Responsive section and enable Custom responsiveness. Here you can choose the number of columns displayed on tablet and mobile.

mobile friendly gallery
Create responsive masonry grid gallery

➕ Add more customization options

The best thing about Modula is that it lets you customize every piece of your gallery. You can also add

  • filterable galleries,
  • hover effects,
  • lightbox slideshow,
  • image loading effects,
  • social icons,
  • video to your galleries,
  • zoom on hover,
  • and much more.
Customize your gallery
Customize your WordPress masonry image gallery

All you have to do now is click on Save gallery, and a shortcode with your WordPress masonry grid gallery link will pop up.

Save your masonry image gallery
Save your gallery

You can copy the shortcode and paste it wherever you need it – into a post or page. For example, you can add your WordPress masonry gallery to your blog by copying the link and pasting it there.

Copy link
Modula shortcode

⭐ Final thoughts

masonry image gallery
WordPress masonry gallery

Still looking for a WordPress masonry image gallery plugin? Well, there’s one thing for sure – creating your galleries with Modula will allow you to take complete control over their appearance.

It’s up to you to decide how you want your video and image galleries to look.


Ben loves creating content that helps people get the most out of WordPress. Whether it’s how-to’s, reviews, and in-depth guides. His mission is to make things easier and bridge the gap for non-technical folks.

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