WordPress, one of the top open source blogging platforms and which we have reviewed here, holds a vast directory of plugins and widgets to enhance your blog functionality and performance. Here we are presenting few handy WordPress plugins for images and graphics.
Picasna lets you create professional fullscreen flash galleries from your Picasaweb account. You can upload images directly to Picasa Web Albums and they will appear on your blog or web page in no time. You can even adjust the image and album cover sizes. This plugin is platform independent and requires a browser with Flash 7 or higher.
- Fullscreen browsing.
- Show albums from your Picasaweb Account.
- Adjust thumbnail and album cover sizes.
- Next image preloading.
- UTF-8 Unicode. Now supports all languages
- Light and dark color schemes.
- Browser and platform independent. Requires a browser with Flash 7 (or higher) installed.
Flickr + Highslide
This plugin displays your Flickr photos on your WordPress blog using highslide. You just need to enter your Flickr API key and username to get it working. You can always customize the number of images to be displayed, image size, titles and order.
- Display Flickr photos on your WordPress blog.
- Options to customize the image size, titles and order.
- More screenshots here.
SuperSlider-Show is an animated show plugin to replace your gallery with a slideshow. This plugin is highly configurable for theme based design and CSS based animations. It also provides you with a shortcode system on post and page screens to make each slideshow distinct.
- Provides many image animation and transition possibilities.
- Extract images from any post or page to any post or page.
- Options to control transition time, image display time.
- Animated controller.
Watch this plugin in action here.
WP RSS Images
This plugin allows you to include the first attached image of your posts onto your WordPress RSS feed. It also provides you with options to change the dimensions of the images.
NextGEN Gallery is a fully integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with a flash slideshow option. It allows you to add image effects, custom templates for your theme. You can even move images between galleries. Watch this plugin in action here.
- You can add custom templates for your theme.
- You can copy or move images between galleries.
- Use a nice shadow effect for your thumbnails with your own CSS file.
- Allows you to use any available popular image effect : Shutter, Thickbox, Lightbox or Highslide.
G4B Photo Gallery
G4B Photo Gallery plugin provides with a simple and effective way to include a photo album anywhere on you blog, just by typing in a keyword.
- Supports cropping both thumbnail and full view.
- Manage and create albums.
- Easily customize with CSS.
- Set thumbnail and full view sizes.
Check out the live demo of this plugin here.
PhotoSmash Galleries plugin allows you to create user contributable photo galleries in WordPress posts and pages with extensive options. It lets you control who can upload images: Admin only, Authors & Contributors or registered users and higher.
- User contributable photo galleries.
- Multiple galleries per post, added using a simple tag system.
- Moderate images uploaded by registered users (Admins and authors are automatically approved)
- Receive email alerts for new images that need to be moderated.
- Auto-adding of photo galleries.
- Integrates with popular image viewing systems like Lightbox and Shadowbox.
- Allows loading images to galleries by URL
- Option to set thumbnails to crop to size or maintain aspect ratio.
Page Flip Image Gallery
- Image gallery with page flip effects for your blog.
- Full screen mode and Navigation bar.
- Upload Images from FTP folder.
- Upload Images: Batch upload, upload from URL, Upload Zip-file.
- Flipping pages on mouse click.