Meow Lightbox Coming soon
A word here about Jordy, author of these plugins. Put simply, he knows what he is doing. As you read through his documentation, you get a sense of his code-philosophy; he's been around the block and understands and avoids the pitfalls of bloated code that can slow down a site, and misbehaving code that crosses boundaries to conflict with other plugins - with resultant problems and debugging nightmares. The code is clean; to add image titles for images in Meow Gallery, I used only basic coding skills to add a title field and a corresponding enable/disable checkbox in the admin menu. In documentation, he shows how to use filters to keep this sort of custom code out of the plugin itself so you can survive updates. None of this will matter much to you if you're happy with these plugins out of the box, and you easily can be; Jordy gives plenty of configuration options in set-up menus.
If you’ve taken serious look into galleries for photography, you’ve probably fallen in love with tiled galleries, easily the most attractive way of presenting images.
And you might have seen Jetpack’s implementation. It looks good, but it comes with one major drawback – Jetpack itself, a bulky sledgehammer of a plug-in that includes many things you’re unlikely to need.
Additionally, if you use Jetpack’s CDN, your images stay on it *forever*, and to update an image, you need give it a new filename – think on that when you think “workflow”!
I rejected that solution out of hand, but soon found a plugin “Tiled Galleries without Jetpack”, that worked “pretty well”. It’s really Jetpack’s tiling software without Jetpack. The “author” cleverly removes everything else. He says he’ll update whenever Jetpack does, but he hasn’t for a year. Perhaps Jetpack hasn’t updated its tiled gallery component, but that still made me a bit nervous.
So I was delighted when I learned Meow Gallery had implemented tiled galleries. (Sidebar: I had previous experience with Jordy’s WP/LR which elegantly, wonderfully solves publishing Adobe Lightroom to WordPress. It makes maintaining galleries and collections easy and revolutionizes your Lightroom-to-WordPress workflow. Icing on the cake is that it works friendily alongside/with WordPress’ media scheme.)
I was further encouraged by the fact that I can customize Meow Gallery as I like. The code is whistle-clean; I needed only basic coding skills to add a title field and a parallel enable/disable checkbox in the admin menu.
Jordy shows how to use filters to keep your custom code out of the plug-in itself so you can easily survive the updates that would break it.
Jordy sums it up very well on his website:
“Meow Gallery is a Gallery for WordPress built for photography websites, but not only. It is polished, beautiful and works with the Gallery Block (Gutenberg), the Core WP Gallery and the official Gallery Shortcode. It is responsive, retina-friendly, uses modern layouts and is blazing fast and optimized. It uses modern CSS, and JS is only used for infinite/lazy and the slider layout.”
And I haven’t even explored the slider possibilities yet.
If you’re still reading, you want this!
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Tiled Galleries Carousel Without Jetpack
WP Real Media Library
Advance Custom Fields
Advanced Custom Fields – Real Media Field