Image galleries are collections of multiple images you have uploaded to your site. WordPress.com provides a variety of nice gallery layouts that you can add to your content without any code. Carrie walks you through the available gallery configuration options and how you can display an image gallery to a post.
- [Voiceover] Wordpress has some really cool image gallery functions built right in. Let's go ahead and update this post, and then we'll create a new post to show off our gallery. Same as when adding a single image I'm gonna put the cursor in the Content Editor where I want the gallery to appear. Then, I'm gonna click the Add Media button. Now, instead of just selecting a single image, I'm gonna select multiple images, every image I want to include in my gallery. I'll pick six. Now, before, when I only had a single image selected, this button said Insert.
Now, with multiple selections, it's changed to say Continue. I'll click that. This brings up the Image Gallery Editor. We've got several options available to us, so let's take a look. First, you can see I'm in Preview mode. That's exactly what my gallery would look like if I click this Insert button right now. Next, I have the Edit tab. This shows me each individual image in the gallery, and gives me the option to re-order them by dragging and dropping, changing the caption by clicking in this Caption area and typing new text, or removing the image by clicking this X.
Next, we have some layout options. To see how these look I'll click back to Preview mode. The default layout is this tiled mosaic. I think it looks really sharp. I can also just show individual images. Here's what it looks like as a thumbnail grid. Thumbnails, by the way, are just a smaller version of the full image. You also have the choice with this option of how many columns you want to display. I'm gonna select five, because that's the number of pictures I have right now, but you can actually go up to as many as 12 columns.
Of course, the more columns you select, the smaller the thumbnails get in order to fit in the row. Here's what square tiles look like. This just crops your image to a perfect square, regardless of the previous orientation. Again, you can change the number of columns. After that, we have circles, which crops your photos into circles. You can still customize the number of columns here. Next, we have tiled columns, and finally, we have a slideshow. Seriously, Wordpress makes showing off your images a breeze. I'll touch on these last two options.
The first is Random Order. When you check that it'll randomize the order of images every time a visitor hits your post or page. It doesn't matter what order you've selected in the edit tab if any. Lastly, we get to specify where we want these images to link to. We can link to an attachment page. That's a separate page that looks quite like any other post in your site, except the content is the image itself, and any description you've provided is part of that image info in the media library. Next, you can link to the media file.
That's just the actual image URL, or you can choose to not link the photos at all. Once your gallery is configured the way you want it, the last step is to click this Insert button, and, just like that, I've added a beautiful gallery to my post. By the way, if you ever need to edit the gallery, just click on the gallery and then click this pencil icon, and it'll open back up the gallery editor. As a matter of fact, while we're here let's add one more photo. To do that, I'll just go back to the Media Library, select one more photo and then the Continue button.
From there, you know what to do.
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- Applying categories and tags to posts
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Creating a new page
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