The WordPress Media Library has come along way since I start using WordPress back at version 2.6. Internet connections are faster too (is anyone still on dial-up?). Having faster computers and lightening speed internet means that we don’t have to use thumbnail images as much.
You have probably seen this concept on sites like This is Colossal and others. I decided to use this WordPress single image gallery on my fine art site as is evident from the image to the left.
To do this insert large uncropped images (meaning no thumbnails) directly on the page using WordPress’s built-in media library.
If you link the image to the media file, when people click on it, it will enlarge to full size but on a white screen. To avoid this and have the image pop up to full size use a plugin like Auto Thickbox
The other option is to have the image open on the image attachment template should your theme have one. All Artbiz David themes have an image attachment template.
The last option is not to link the image at all. Often the large image on the page is large enough and doesn’t require an enlargement
Here’s some guidelines that will help format and make this type of WordPress single image gallery look and work the best.
- Because the images are going to be large it is imperative that they load fast. Optimize your images for the web!
- Make sure all the images are the same width. This blocks the images into a clean and simple column.
- Align the images with the “none” option so they stack nicely.
- If you add metadata to your jpegs using Photoshop the data will be extracted to fill in the image description only. You will want to copy and paste that into the image caption box so it shows under the image.
A number of artists I threw this out to on my Facebook page are looking for alternatives to NextGen-Gallery plugin. I think there’s a way to use both as can be seen on the Face series at my fine art site.