20 WordPress Plugins For Better Image Handling

Images and photos are an integral part of almost every successful blog these days. If your text isn’t accompanied by images, few people are going to be interested in what you’ve got to say- it’s sad, but true. The problem is, with so many people uploading images to their blogs in interesting and unique ways, it’s hard to make your blog stand out unless you’re doing the same.


Bruan has a great solution in presenting how they work. They’re using a slider in the gallery area and styled it to matched the overall design which is hard edges . Check their site for inspiration!


Of course, there are many various solutions in the list as well. Implementing large backgrounds, zooming images, optimizing them for retina displays, responsive/mobile friendly, using videos in your galleries – you’ll find it all below.

Slider Revolution

Slider Revolution

Slider Revolution is a responsive(mobile friendly) or fullwidth slider with must-see-effects and meanwhile keep or build your SEO optimisation (all content always readable for search engines). See the heaps of custom
transitions/animations for each object on the page! Customize this slider with our convenient drag&drop backend to your very needs.

This plugin features tons of unique transition effects, an image preloader, video embedding, autoplay that stops on user interaction and lots of easy to set options to create your own effects.

It’s a premium plugin, but I will tell you that you worth the penny you spend.

Few other important benefits to Slider Revolution:

  • Image and Thumbs fully resizable
  • Using CSS Animation with FallBack to jQuery
  • Unlimited Caption Layers
  • Captions like Video, Image and html tags can be easily Created
  • Unlimited Slides
  • iPhone & Android Swipe Touch enabled
  • jQuery Conflict free plugin
  • Customizable 100% via Plugin Backend
  • Easy installation in your Website

Worried about coding skills? Slider Revolution had a Video Support which is easy to follow no advance coding skills required, easy as cooking bacon. Ah..but what am I saying just check for yourself – Kenburner Responsive Jquery Slider has pretty good feature rundown and live examples.

WordPress doesn’t make it easy for you to engage your readers with images. You’re going to have to look beyond core to the hundreds of image/photo based plugins available to make your blog highly visual. Below, you’ll find a score of solutions to all your image/photo problems in the form of the best plugins around. There are lazy loaders, gallery creators, slideshow generators, photoblog initiators and much, much more. You’ll soon realize that there’s more to WordPress than a few lousy thumbnails!

1. jQuery Image Lazy Loader WP

Lazy Loader is the perfect plugin for those who want to upload lots of images to their blog, but maintain a snappy site. Rather than loading all of the images on a page at once, which can take a considerable amount of time, Lazy Loader loads the images at the top of each page first and continues to load images further down as the user scrolls downwards.

2. Frontpage-Slideshow

This plugin does exactly what its name suggests: it lets you create a professional slideshow on the front page of your WordPress blog. Each picture is clickable, leading you to its related post, and information about four different slides can be displayed at a time. Transitions between slides are faded to look extra sleek.

3. NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN is without question the best WordPress gallery plugin available and you should certainly try it out if you haven’t already. It’s comprehensive, with an easily understandable back-end. The only problem is that everyone’s using it. It does pretty much everything you’d want from a gallery plugin, looks professional and comes with a Flash slideshow option.

4. WP Photo Album

Unlike most of the plugins in this list, which focus more on user experience, WP Photo Album is made specifically for the blogger him- or herself. It makes creating and managing your photo albums easy, letting you move images between albums and adjust the sizes of thumbnails and full view pictures.

5. Flickr Photo Album

If you regularly upload photos to Flickr before transferring them to your WordPress blog, this plugin’s going to make your life a whole lot easier. You simply select Flickr photosets and display them on your blog as galleries, which you can customize to suit the look and feel of your site. It comes with a great widget which lets you display your latest Flickr photos in your blog’s sidebar.

6. FlippingBook

Use FlippingBook to add an extra element of interactivity to your blog and fully engage your visitors. Rather than displaying images in the standard way (a la NextGEN), FlippingBook displays them in Flash books, which can be flipped through with ease and great enjoyment. You can create these “books” in the administrator panel.

7. Cincopa: Post Videos and Photo Galleries

When it comes to displaying images, Cincopa does it all, creating polished image galleries and slideshows, not to mention videos, playlists and podcasts. It gives you access to 44 different skins to be sure that all Cincopa blogs retain a degree of individuality.

8. Lightbox2

Lightbox2 is simple, but devastatingly effective. Like all lightbox-type plugins, it lets you enlarge and overlay images on the current page, while dimming what’s left in the background. Unique to Lightbox2 is the ability to group related images and use numerous visual effects.

9. WordPress Content Slide

Use WordPress Content Slide to create jQuery slideshows anywhere within your WordPress blog. These slideshows fade in and out to add a touch of class to your site. Content Slide is fully customizable, even letting you link to another website if you like, to use the slideshow as an advertising banner.

10. Yet Another Photoblog

Far more interesting than its name suggests, Yet Another Photoblog (YAPB) is perfect for those who upload more images than text. It’s not a gallery plugin; it only lets you upload one image per post with a description. Using the YAPB Bulk Uploader plugin, you can mass upload images to your YAPB blog in an instant.

11. Lazyest Gallery

Lazyest Gallery is a powerful plugin with lots of great features. It rotates random images from your gallery, fading each one in and out. It’s fully customizable from the back end, letting you select the number of random images shown, portrait/landscape or both and various fading settings. It also allows comments on images and folders.

12. Shadowbox JS

Shadowbox is not only a great way to display images on your WordPress blog, it’s ideal for sharing videos too. Never again will you have to guide visitors away from your blog for them to view media as all images, audio files and videos, including YouTube videos will play directly on your site.

13. Sidebar Photoblog

14. Thumbnail For Excerpts

With this simple plugin, you can add thumbnail images to any excerpts you might have on your site, making it instantly more attractive and easier to navigate, improving usability and visitor experience.

15. Flickr Gallery

There are several plugins available which make uploading your photos from Flickr to WordPress easy, but this is one of the best. It lets you quickly create galleries of your most recent and most popular Flickr photos, view photos in gallery mode without leaving the page, display small images automatically in lightbox mode and embed Flickr’s Flash movie player.

16. Featured Content Gallery

Featured Content Gallery can transform your humble blog into a professional looking portfolio site. Besides other things, it creates a rotating image gallery of your posts or pages, which you can place anywhere on your blog. Each image can be overlaid with an extract from the text too.

17. Freebie Images

If stock images play a significant part in your professional (or personal) life, Freebie Images comes highly recommended. Search through a directory of thousands of regularly updated, free stock images which you can drag and drop into your posts.

18. Dynamic Content Gallery

Dynamic Content Gallery generates an image gallery with a shot for each of your latest or featured posts and pages (although default images can be added too.) What makes this plugin stand out from the rest is the slick look of the gallery itself.

19. SlideZoom

SlideZoom prides itself on its simplicity and quite rightly so. It’s particularly lightweight and straightforward. It lets you bulk or zip upload images to your blog, generating a HighSlide JS gallery that you can embed in WordPress or anywhere else you like, such as on another blog, eBay or a forum.

20. DM Albums

DM albums presents your photos in a really distinctive way, enlarging all images to perfectly fit the size of your blog, rather than showing them in a window half the size of your screen. You can add captions to individual photos and albums from within the WordPress Editor.

Let us know if we forgot some great plugin. We would love to hear your thoughts.

Tom Walker

Tom Walker is a writer and designer who is based in the UK and works for a supplier of HP laser toner cartridges as well as inks, paper and other printing accessories. For more of his writing about art, design and technology, check out CreativeCloud.

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  1. says

    WordPress Content Slide quite good plugin out of 20 , slide shows has power for good Presentation to website in WordPress ,but your suggested plugin are useful , i will try other plugin also thanks!

  2. says

    i think Flickr Photo Album is one of the best option from all of the above plugins. why flickr? because it serve as CDN for photo serving i think.

  3. Dadony says

    Excellent round up of wordpress plugins. I’ve just been through the lot and will recommend these to my list. Thanks

  4. says

    DM Albums is quite attractive and useful too….i am thinking to add this in My site. And but obvious the above list is really awesome and useful. But is this affect the Loading speed of the Site..??

  5. akhan says

    Very surprise to me. Big lists of best images plugin. I was searching best plugin but here I can see all in one. Thanks a lot.

  6. Auron says

    Hello guys,
    20 plugins and they all look great, thanks. But I don’t know which one to choose and I have no time for testing… :$
    I just need to create a page for each artist on my blog (see the link to Multipl’Art) and link that gallery from each artist’s page. Some nice thumbnail features are welcome as the ability to use video too as some artists are performers.
    Which one would you recommend?

  7. Debbie says

    Hi, what a super article. Really useful information and list. I love finding sites like yours on the internet.



  8. Carren says

    Thnaks to posting this amazing WordPress plugins. I will install “Frontpage-Slideshow” on my blog.

  9. Rian says

    Loved the post but had to ask if anyone came across a WP plugin that can take screenshots of anything on your desktop and add it to a post/page?

    I’m wanting to avoid having to import images the normal way.
    Perhaps this is an idea for a clever plugin developer out there?

    Would love to know if anyone has seen anything similar.

  10. Raj says

    what a huge collection of plugins!!!!! very helpful…nice to know. i will use some of these plugins on my web blog.

  11. Marisa says

    Great post for images. I am trying to utilize Flickr with my website and this is going to help me out a lot.

  12. Janin says

    I’ve used Dynamic Content Gallery before and it great plugin for photo gallery…nice

  13. Rex says

    One way to find the best plugins is to search for them. Fortunately, there is a search engine dedicated to the job.
    The search engine at searchwordpressplugins.com let’s you filter by:
    * minimum rating,
    * a minimum number of ratings,
    * a minimum number of downloads
    * a date since when the plugin must have been updated.
    * excluding any plugins that are reported as broken.
    Trying different search combinations, it is amazing what gems pop out from those 17,000 plugins.

  14. Steve Mills says

    I am using a few of these on my site to simplify my livecasting activities with photos

  15. Bobo says

    Hey Guys!

    Just ran across you site that has NOT DATES ANYWHERE ON ANY OF THE CONTENT.

    Since there’s no way to contextualize your software links, I guess this whole site is Spam and should be ignored.
    Thanks for nothing!

  16. Joe Gee says

    Thanks for this article. I wish the screenshots would show you what the plugins look like but i think i found what i need :) I have been using nextgen and the built in viewer in my photocrati theme :)

  17. says

    Hey Tom,

    Though you do have a few links that need repairing (someone hoodwinked the original URL you linked to), I STILL found several NEW goodies with which to choose from. WOW! …was all I could say while checking out all of these plugins.


  18. The Nerdy Nurse says

    always enjoy learning about new wordpress plugins!

    Thank you for this useful list. Like the stoke image one the best.

  19. Adam Haworth says

    NextGEN Gallery has been the best by far for me, I use it with a java plugin and modifications to achieve really good results.
    It takes a bit of tweeking wit CSS to get it to sit right but apart from that its brillaint.

  20. Steve says

    Thanks for the article, I have installed Next Gen gallery and it works great. Would recommend it.

  21. Vanessa V says

    Have you got Freebie Images to work? Whenever I perform a search with it, I get zero results. And it looks as though nobody at crestock.com is replying to comments in their page about it.

  22. Nevis1 says

    Thanks for this post. I have a villa rental site where this will come in very handy. Now I don’t have to manually change the featured villas all the time. Now all villas can have equal time.


  23. Rok Meglič says

    Maybe you could add our new module, add images from Google Image Search in posts. It’s super easy to create imagefull post within seconds.

  24. says

    This is pretty cool. I’m just looking for a plugin that makes it reeeeeally easy to add images to blog-posts. I mean, easier that WordPress’ default way of doing it. I need everyone in the world, to be able to insert an image – even my grandma… Anyone know if any such thing exists?

  25. Rahul says

    Great Collection
    I think we can find all slider wp image plugins here
    Thanks for sharing us

  26. Dave says

    Great List.

    Trying to pick one out of the many. Any favourite sliders of yours?

  27. Candy says

    I think “Netgen Gallery” is good for newbie, it have many beautiful effect. I like Netgen Plugin !

  28. Louis says

    “WordPress Flash Uploader” also good plugin to upload ! I use this plugin and it’s working perfect !

  29. Shane says

    FlippingBook sounds very interesting. I am looking for something to keep my design fresh and up to date. FlippingBook seems like it will really make the user experience worth while. Thank you for sharing.

  30. Genny Mare says

    Thanks for helping me for the plagin. They are needed so much whereas if should solve the trouble. I am experiencing the meant. Now mine has run well. Once more: thanks so much.

  31. Abhay Singh says

    I need some plugin that open images in post in some kinda style may be like Light Box, duh I’m struggling from past 1hour to get such a plugin ! LOL

  32. Adam says

    Great post, I’m always looking to see what others plugins people like to reference.

  33. John says

    Nice list.. I am having trouble finding a plugin that allows me to post multiple slideshows on different pages.. Any idea of one that can do this?

  34. Thornhill Spa says

    Wow thanks, this has been useful. I see you guys are using the Lazy Loader as well. So nice to see a website that practices what it preaches!

  35. says

    Tom, thanks for the very helpful info. I’ve never seen DM until you mentioned it. If it works as good as it looks I think I just found my blog’s new photo album.

  36. Pix says

    great list of plugins, but i gotta say the jQuery Image Lazy Loader WP is a very useful plugin that i didn’t know about. Thank you.

  37. Tim says

    I’m going to give NextGen a try on the photography portion of my site. The theme I installed didn’t come with a default.

  38. Adhie says

    Is jQuery Image Lazy Loader WP compatible with wordpress 3.0? used it but no effect…

  39. Scott says

    I have tried a couple of these, but didn’t seem to do exactly what I would like, which is…

    Display an image in my sidebar that is tag-related to the post. Ability to tag images and have them appear in the sidebar based on the tags of the respective post.

    Any ideas?


    • says

      Hi Scott! I think your need is too specific and there will not be such plugin – I know such images are handled by WP Custom fields and you could find somewhere theme supporting this features and just include it in your own site.

      If not I think you should head out to forums and just ask there it to more experienced people :)

  40. Josiah says

    Thank you so much! This was a great post and exactly the options/suggestions I was looking for today!

  41. tiara says

    Great collection. I’ve used some of the plugins myself. Although there are a few I have to try yet. Thanks!

  42. tish says

    WOW! So many choices! But I have one question — has anyone experienced any problem with their WP site after one of these plugins was enabled? Had problems in the past with a number of plugins — would love a “heads up” if you’ve had a bad experience with one of these. Thanks.

  43. Melody says

    I love the image slideshows they have now and the fact that they’re available with the free themes–makes nice site design and features affordable…I’ll be sure to check out these others :)

  44. says

    Of all the plugins listed here, I’ve tried most. But the one I’m particularly fond of is ‘Thumbnail For Excerpts’. It works right out of the box, and makes your blog instantly more attractive. I use excerpts on my main page as well as archives. Excerpts make things look more concise, while the image still make it easily scanable.

    On thing I did notice is that the last version seems to be a little bugged. The creator writes that the plugins search for a thumb first. However, in some case I’ve noticed it does not pick the thumb and just scales the original image. This leads to bad performance, which I dislike.

    Of all the plugins I haven’t used, I think I’m going to give Lazyload (#1) a try.

    • says

      To be honest, I find it strange you guys aren’t using Lazy Load. Seems to work right out of the box. If it can work for sites like Mashable, it should be pretty good on 1stwebdesigner dot com as well, don’t you agree?

        • says

          Love the feedback. Thanks for taking your time to reply to my comment. I’m looking forward to seeing how your development turns out. Be sure to make a study of performance before and after. Could make a huge impact on general web performance, if the JS can be made more compact.

      • Wammo says

        Yup, vSlider is one of the best image slider plugins and it is regularly updated with new features. Thanks Marco, I am using vslider after reading your comment on this post. I think you should add it as it is definitely better than many you’ve listed above.