Best Photo Galleries and Plugins for Visual Blogging

Best Photo Galleries and Plugins for Visual Blogging

Since WordPress is by far the most common and the most popular content management system in the world today, it makes sense that you’d want to maximize your usage of WordPress plug-ins and photos for visual blogging. Many bloggers today are attempting to make their websites more attractive with the stunning images available in a wide range of WordPress applications. However, there are so many of them, that it would be difficult for you to evaluate a number of them on your own. So below, we have described some of the most popular WordPress plug-ins, all of which you should consider using for your visual blogging.

NextGen Gallery

Best Photo Galleries and Plugins for Visual Blogging

If you really want to find a whole slew of brand-new imagery, this is a plug-in which you should definitely try. It’s very easy to use and it provides wonderful functionality. You can upload any of the dazzling images included in the app, and you can build your own photo galleries with those images. At one push of a button, you can provide a serious boost to the attractiveness of your website, and add sufficient appeal, so that any visitors simply won’t be able to abandon your site quickly.

Visual Composer

Optimizing your website design is an absolute must, whether you happen to be a programming nerd, or just an astute business person. But if you don’t have a strong knowledge of SEO, and you lack programming skills, how can you optimize your website design? Visual Composer is a tool which is designed specifically for non-programmers and non-tech savvy individuals.

It can work with all WordPress themes, and it’s a plug-in that allows you to have total control over each web page. It features an intuitive drag-and-drop editor which helps you design a really attractive blog. You’ll have hours of fun re-positioning elements on the screen, to see how they look together. When you’re happy with the results, you can decide on a style which will be best appreciated by your audience.

Focused Collection

This plug-in not only provides some awesome stock photos, but it can help you reduce the amount of time you spend on visual content creation. This is important for marketing personnel as well as content creators, so it’s worth taking note of. If you’ve been using worn-out, meaningless photos in your blog, chances are you’ve been irritating and annoying your readers, simply because you haven’t bothered to update your blog with more modern imagery. This site will provide you with all the fantastic stock photos you could ever hope to use, so your viewers will be satisfied and totally impressed.

Ninja Forms

Best Photo Galleries and Plugins for Visual Blogging

Your list of email subscribers is probably your most valuable resource when you get around to monetizing your blog. If you’re unsure of how to build up your list of subscribers, you can get a lot of help from Ninja Forms. This stylish plug-in from WordPress helps you to build some really catchy opt-in forms, and that will allow you to get much more attention from visitors. No one will overlook your subscription form when you’re using Ninja Forms, and thanks to a huge range of visual elements, you should have no trouble in boosting your list of email subscribers.

Fancier Author Box

In order to be successful as a blogger, you have to get your name in front of your target audience. It certainly helps to produce outstanding content, but that alone will not get you widespread attention from your target audience. In order to get your name recognized by online users, you should use Fancier Author Box to insert your name and bio on the lower part of any web page. This plug-in will allow you to make use of a great many author box templates which are ready-made for your usage. All you have to do is include your name and bio, along with a few of your favorite social links, and then experiment with how to best present it.

Everest Forms

Best Photo Galleries and Plugins for Visual Blogging

Every website will have a Contact page as one of its featured web pages. This Contact form will motivate users to share feedback with you, and it will provide suggestions or perhaps even to reach out to you with a business proposition. Everest Forms is one of the newer WordPress plug-ins, and it allows you to transform your Contact pages into beautiful and memorable looking forms.

It has a drag-and-drop interface which allows you to easily create your form, and to experiment with elements that you may or may not want to leave on the page. You can create either a basic Contact form or a much more advanced one with this plug-in, although you should always make sure to keep the form itself in sync with your business objectives. It would also be worth your while to do some A/B testing with different forms, to determine which one is more appealing to your audience.

Smush

While you’re creating your attractive and functional web pages, and loading them up with the most beautiful photos in the world, there’s another component you need to be aware of. You need to be sure that your highly visual pages can be loaded in under four or five seconds, because if they take any longer than that, there’s a good chance you’ll lose your audience. If that happens, it won’t matter how dazzling your photos are, or how stunning your video presentation is.

If the bulk of your audience has moved on to a competitor’s website, all the stylish images in the world won’t help you. This makes it imperative that you incorporate image optimization into your website design, especially when you’re including images on your web pages. Using Smush, you can experiment with all your visuals, by compressing, resizing, and optimizing, so that they load as quickly as possible. WordPress uses its own servers for this plug-in to accomplish all compression, so you can count on quickly loading images, which lose none of their original beauty or quality.

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Heather Hart

Heather Hart

Operations Manager at $99 Social
Heather began working with $99 Social in April 2014 as a content writer, but quickly moved into a customer support role, then to Operations Manager in May of 2017. She loves exploring different artistic mediums, including copywriting, drawing and painting, website coding, and helping people succeed.

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