As bloggers we know how important the design of our blogs are. Our image galleries should support this design and show off our images in the best way possible all while being user-friendly to our visitors. Fortunately, we have a secret weapon: the Jetpack plugin. Jetpack is one of the most useful WordPress plugins around. One of the many features is the ability to take greater control of your image galleries. You can give your image galleries professional looking effects without touching any code or installing a fancy gallery plugin. Installing professional image gallery on your blog using Jetpack is easy, and I’ll show you how!
Meet Tiled Image Galleries & Carousel
First you will need to install the Jetpack plugin if you haven’t already. See the link above for the download location or search for it in the Plugin repository. Once your plugin is installed and activated you are almost ready to enjoy your new fancy galleries. Jetpacks’ two image gallery features are the Tiled Image Galleries and Image Carousel. To access these features you may have to enable them as they are not enabled by default. You can find them listed in the Jetpack settings as seen in the screenshots below. Simply select these two options to activate them.
Once activated you can set up your image gallery features. The image carousel gives you a sleek and modern image carousel to put the focus on your images. You have the options of either black or white backgrounds to match your theme and image style. For the photographers out there you can also automatically include EXIF data.
Don’t let the Tiled Galleries name fool you, there’s more it than tiled image galleries! The tiled image gallery does give you the option of the trendy tiled image gallery format as shown below, but that’s not all…
It’s hiding a secret! There are many more different image gallery styles you can choose from! There’s fun and modern circles, square tiles, tiled columns and of course the traditional image thumbnail grid. You can access these options either by using shortcodes or simply by clicking on your image gallery and selecting the edit icon and choosing them from the drop down menu. Additionally you can also select the size of the image thumbnails you wish to display.
Adding interesting image galleries to your blog is easy with the Jetpack plugin. You can easily add trendy and modern galleries to your blog no matter what theme you are using and without any coding knowledge or hiring a designer! Your professional looking image gallery is only a few clicks away.