WP Simple Galleries

A simple plugin that adds an image gallery to each post and page. Most gallery plugins seem to be fancy and advanced but sometimes you just want a simple solution to add images to a post or page. I created this to solve that problem. The plugin uses the WordPress image manager, so you can add already uploaded images too a gallery.

You can now upload a number of images and add them all at once.

If you change the size of the thumbnails after uploading images to a gallery, I suggest using Regenerate Thumbnails to regenerate the correct size thumbnails.

Requires WordPress 3.0 and PHP 5.


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53 thoughts on “WP Simple Galleries”

  1. Hey Matt,
    This is by far the best gallery plugin ever… hands down I have used it on more websites than I can count. As a site developer it the ultimate because I can easilly hand the site over to my clients and they can add images until the cows come home… however this one time the plugin is not working.
    I have tried everything from the disable of all plugins to checking out the JS and I’m stuck on stupid.
    Here is my clients site http://maximsfurniture.com/ and under furniture is where I need to add the gallery in the drop downs.
    I can email you my user/pass to look further into it, if you have the time. I have to get this plugin to work because my client is a novice and all other gallery plugin’s are to much of a learning curve for him.
    Help me just this one time and I’ll hit the donation button bigtime a second time 😀

    Thanks in Advance

  2. Congrats a ver good plugin.
    Would like to use it but there is one simple thing I can’t find.
    How do I make rows with the thumbnails. It is just showing me one vertical row.
    Please Help..Thank you

  3. Hello, thank you for this super cool plugin that works well on multi site.
    The problem is, how to describe the descriptions under the gallery?
    Thank you in advance

  4. When creating a gallery within a Page, my photos are being automatically resized to 150 pixels x 150 pixels. And the file name is being appended with “-150×150” (e.g. wp-content/uploads/filename-150×150.jpg)

    Any idea what might be causing this?

  5. Really sorry to bother you again…

    I found out how to edit the thumbnails in WP media, but your plugin doesn’t use the edited thumbnail. Is there a away to get around that?


    1. Hey
      The easiest way is going to be inserting the following CSS into the sites stylesheet:

      #wpsimplegallery {
      text-align: center;

  6. Very nice plug-in save for the fact the captions function does not work. When I try to change %title% to %caption% in the Basic Setting menu — the field defaults to ption% (instead of the whole string command %caption%) as soon as I hit “save.”

    Major bummer.

  7. Hey Matthew,

    Just wanted to say that, this plugin is awesome! So simple to use and looks really good.
    I only have one question about it. I have disabled the option to append the gallery at the bottom of the page and instead, I am using the short code “[wpsgallery]” in the middle of a page to display the gallery. My question is, is there a way to center the gallery on the page? Is this something that needs to be done in CSS?

    Once again awesome plugin, thanks once again.


  8. Hi – your gallery plugin is nearly perfect. I have a couple tweaks I’d love to be able to add to make it totally perfect.

    The first one is: Is there any way to add a magnification function within the colorbox image? I’m a painter, and ideally I’d like people to be able to click on the image of the painting to magnify it. The basic WordPress image function just used all alone offers this magnifying ability, but the problem is that when the new larger image is open, there’s no way to get back to the original page except by using the browser “back”button. That’s really clunky.

    Plus I like your gallery setup; it’s the first one that I’ve used that doesn’t give me ten thousand confusing options that I don’t need. I was hoping that maybe I could layer someone else’s magnifier plugin into the scene somehow so that it would play nice with your plugin, but I don’t know how to do that.

    The second tweak is: I like the simplicity of the white colorbox which is in the middle of the top row in your colorbox settings page. But is there any way to go in and edit the background white and grey colors? I looked at your plugin’s css, but I didn’t see any reference to color there. I’m an artist who is very painfully trying to learn the nuts and bolts of wordpress, but I’m totally illiterate in php and java and all that. I can copy and paste, though.

    Thanks so much for your work; this may actually end up being the gallery I stick with- after trying about 8 others.

  9. Thanks for this! It’s simply perfect for our photography club’s website. 🙂

    One request though, if it’s not too much, how about an option on what size to display when clicking the thumbnail? Most of our images are 1000px on the longest side and I’d like it to be shown full size when clicked.

    Thanks again man!

  10. Maca, yes I can see the shortcode option now – brilliant and many thanks. I have regenerated all my thumbnails to 180w x 136h and I have set the WP Simple Galleries thumbnail dimensions to 180 x 136. But when I set up a gallery on a page, all the thumbnails are cropped left and right to ptoduce 180 x 180 squares. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Hey
      Good to hear from you. Short codes are already there =P

      There is an option in the admin section to allow you to toggle the gallery being appended to the bottom of the post. The shortcode to use is ‘[wpsgallery]‘

  11. Hello,

    I love the plugin. I am trying to be able to add some additional data to each image, but when I use the description box before I insert the image, what I put there does not show up under the caption. I wanted to either make each image associate with an external hyperlink, pointing to where they can download the file, or have the hyperlink in the body of the text below the caption, or perhaps both. Any way I can do this?


  12. Hi. I have missed ability to describe image in gallery. (not to draw text into image data), so I have patched it (may be in stupid way, php is not my native language :-/ ) Idea was to expand/replace image-name in bottom line in gallery by caption.

    My quick implementation is here:

    Perhaps it help to someone.

    And one naive question: is there a way to link image in gallery? (When I put some of images into text, it would be nice after clicking on image, to show it as image in gallery (using lightbox), not only image in browser or wp internal gallery)

    1. Hey, you can just edit the image meta data once uploaded. Look at the first image the gallery above. I set the text in the media editor.
      Media Editor

      1. Heh. Thank you. So it look I am blind… again. 🙂 I have tried some columns before writing that patch… missed that one.

    1. Unfortunately not, this is not possible as each gallery is attached to the corresponding post/page.

      Thank you for using the plugin =)

    1. This is a weird one… I have tested it in IE8 without any issues…
      I hard to diagnose with access to the running code on your site.

  13. Hi,

    your gallery is what i want. But i can’t get the Colorbox get to work. Just a large image after clicking on the thumbs.

    thanks for help,

    1. Hey

      Could mean there is a javascript error… Please try:

      Disable all plugins
      Update everything
      Enable Wp Simple Galleries – Check it works. If it doesnt, let me know
      Enable other plugins individually and each time check Wp Simple Galleries

  14. Like the other comments I find it simple and effective. Just what I want.

    However like Marneen I cant get the red x to delete an image nor can I see how to delete the whole gallery and start again.

    A solution would be appreciated

    1. Hey
      Without looking at the site myself. The only thing i can think of is there is a javascript error happening somewhere.
      IT might be another plugin causing issues…
      I Suggest:

      1. Disable all plugins
      2. Update everything
      3. Enable Wp Simple Galleries – Check it works. If it doesnt, let me know
      4. Enable other plugins individually and each time check Wp Simple Galleries
  15. Dude your plugin is very good, simple and objective the way i was looking for. The only question I got is: how do I put the gallery in a different part of the post? Because the way it was mounted it appears only at the end of the post.

    Congratulations for the work!!

  16. And… how does it work?. I’ve uploaded the pictures to wordpress, inserted them in a post, activated the plugin, and, something is missing because it doesn’t work yet 🙁

    1. Hey
      Are you inserting them into the post? There should be a new box with Upload and attach buttons, you may need to click screen option at the top and click the ‘WP Simple Gallery’ checkbox.

  17. Just working on my site and found your Simple Galleries plugin. Seems liek a nice addition. One problem however, I click on the “x” to delete a photo fromthe gallery and it does not delete it. Please tell me how I can fix this problem.
    Thanks so much.

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