WordPress Galleries: How to Make a Portfolio Page

I want to marry WordPress and have fabulous .php babies with it.

Seriously, I love the platform. Because every time I find myself even starting to brainstorm a feature wishlist, those darned developers come out with exactly what I needed.


The most recent example is the WordPress Image Galleries feature, which is native to the WordPress.org platform (previously, there were plugins you could use to get the same effect but this is better).

You can now upload multiple photos at once — I know, hallelujah — and then either drop them in full-size OR build portfolio-like pages with image thumbnails.

For examples, check out my media kit gallery, my Paula Deen post or the Magazine Gallery I set up for a work-related website.

The process is very simple.

1) Click the upload media icon on your WordPress dashboard

2) Click “Create Gallery”

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3) Upload the photos you want – in bulk, if you prefer OR select images that already exist in your library

4) Choose your settings — is this a gallery (above) or a slideshow (below)? What order do you want the photos in? Linking to what?

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You can also use shortcodes if you prefer doing your posts in HTML, but the image gallery tool is very easy to use.

There are a million uses for this feature — a portfolio page for photographers; slideshows of your product, etc. And there are a few holes. I’ve activated the WP Gallery Custom Links plugin so that I can link the slideshows, etc. to external URLs rather than just the media file or attachment URLs, but I imagine WordPress will update its own feature soon enough.

Let me know if you try it out — come back and share the link so I can show off your work!

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  1. Jaimie says

    Katy, I hate to be the bearer of bad news (again) but the feed issue is happening still…just thought you’d want to know.

    • says

      Jaimie, this is bizarre – I checked and it’s working for me and for five others (I asked them to spot check!) and the only other person who reported the issue was able to fix it by deleting all feeds and then adding katywidrick.com/feed.

      But you’ve done all that, so I’m a bit stumped. I’ll try and dig into Feeblitz’s help section to see if there’s anything I’m missing. Tell me again – do you subscribe through Feedly, Google Reader or something else?

  2. says

    Thanks for the tutorial. I just started a little WorldPress blog in order to learn more about using it before I switch my main blog over. (fluffanstuff.wordpress.com) And the picture of your daughter in the pink hat is too adorable for words!

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