An Image Gallery is a key component to any WordPress blog. Just think about it: our online interactions are more visual than ever before. More people have cameras (or phones with cameras). People use images to communicate more often (just think of the emoji). More photos are being shared on social media. If you aren’t including images on your blog, you aren’t capitalising on your potential.
Visual Media Is On The Rise
Images have become a part of our daily communication. Why explain how something looks, when you can just snap a quick picture and send it to someone? The same philosophy applies to how people view websites. People can learn (and remember) more when images are used, so websites and blogs with images tend to get a better response.
Visual communication also appeals to a wider, more global audience. Consider social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. You don’t need to speak someone’s language to like their image or follow their feed.
Articles with images get a better response as well. Images improve your audience’s understanding and make it easier for them to remember what was written. It’s also much easier to follow instructions when you have visual clues as to what you’re supposed to be doing or what the finished product should look like.
Why You Should Be Using Images
If you’re not yet convinced about the potential for using an Image Gallery on your site, here are some more compelling reasons. eCommerce sites rely on customers to purchase items. They do this through their use of images – a good picture (or gallery of pictures) can help make that sale. So if you’re selling anything online, you should be using images.
It’s also essential to use images if you want to feature on Google Image Search. How often have you gone to the image results of your search to find what you’re looking for? If your site or blog doesn’t have images, you’re missing out on plenty of potential traffic.
Finding The Right Image Gallery
The best way to display your images is with a WordPress Image Gallery. FooGallery is a responsive image gallery, which is easily customizable. It comes complete with media categorization and filtering. You can adjust the display, hover effects, captions, theme and more. Plus, as it’s responsive, FooGallery is well-suited to mobile-friendly sites.
Here’s a sample of FooGallery or you can have a look at the FooGallery Demos here.
FooGallery uses FooBox, an Image Lightbox, to display the images. Once you have the FooBox plugin, you can display all of your images in a lightbox. This means your users don’t need to navigate away from the page to view full-size images, which are instead opened in a frame over the webpage.
Social Sharing is a major factor when it comes to using images. You want people to share and notice your images, which helps promote your blog or site, and drives traffic there. FooGallery and FooBox both have built-in social sharing, making it simple for your users to share your images.
If you have a website or blog, you should be using images. It just makes sense. It also makes sense to use FooGallery and FooBox to display your images. These easy-to-use plugins are ready out-the-box, making them a simple choice for getting started with an Image Gallery.