A picture is worth more than a thousand words, and WordPress photo gallery plugins help with that.
For any blog, this holds true – and photos can become an integral part of any blogging operation. Photos allow for readers to get a glimpse into a blog author’s life, and makes for the perfect gateway in creating long-lasting connections.
I’d like to take the time now to share with you some of my favorite WordPress Photo Gallery Plugins – along with some of the most popular plugins amongst the blogging community.
A List of WordPress Photo Gallery Plugins
1. Flickr Photo Album - This WordPress Photo Gallery plugin is my all time favorite, as it allows for the integration of your Flickr photos into your own blog. What’s wonderful about this plugin is that it allows for seamless automation of photo gallery creation. As long as your blog is hooked up to your Flickr account- when you post photos to Flickr, new images are added to your blog’s photo gallery. Flickr is a powerful social imaging medium, and using it as a connection tool will bring great benefits to your blog.
2. WP Photo Album - The WP Photo Album plugin is an easy-to-use, simple photo gallery plugin. It gives you the option to setup albums and categories – and upload photos via the WordPress backend.
3. NextGEN Gallery - Known for being powerful and all-inclusive, the NextGEN Gallery plugin for WordPress aides in creating great photo galleries within any blog. Along with its many great features is the ability to use a Flash Slideshow option.
4. Fotobook - The Fotobook plugin uses Facebook’s API model to bring your Facebook photos into your blog. This plugin also has the ability to pull images from multiple Facebook accounts – which is helpful for blogs maintained by more than one individual.
5. WP-Gallery-Remote - Throughout the photo gallery industry, Gallery is amongst the best. This plugin allows your WordPress blog to pull images from a remote Gallery installation. Using this plugin will enable any blog owner to harness the great power of Gallery – while still using a WordPress based blog.
6. Picasa Photos - This plugin pulls images from a Picasa image account, and displays the images in a Widget within your WordPress installation. Great plugin for low maintenance photo integration.
7. Flash Photo Gallery - The Flash Photo Gallery creates image galleries much like the one in Adobe Photoshop CS2, and it even allows for integration within WordPress MU installations. Flash Galleries can be inserted into any page within your blog with a simple code tag.
Images are a powerful blogging tool. They add life and color, create a sense of “belonging,” and stir up the imaginations of readers. It’s important for bloggers to remember that the integration of photo galleries and images within a blog should not be overlooked – as the benefits from using such features can be great.
I know that in my own experiences on the web – I enjoy browsing through photo galleries of my favorite bloggers. It helps me to understand the blogger more as a “person” and not a blog facade.
Share with us how you incorporate photos into your blogging experience!
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