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.
The process is very simple.
1) Click the upload media icon on your WordPress dashboard
2) Click “Create Gallery”
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?
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!