05 Apr WordPress Photo Gallery Plugin Review
Photographers all over the world have been on a constant search for new ways to showcase their work. After all, you can have the best and most creative photos in the world and still get lost in the sea of other photographs and photographers currently flooding the market with their work.
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If you feel like you’ve considered all options, then think again. What you need is a WordPress plugin that showcases your work in a unique and creative way, giving you an edge on the competition, while showcasing your photos to your audience in the best way possible. Before you ask how, we will tell you: the WordPress Photo Gallery Plugin from Web Dorado.
We took a look at this WordPress gallery plugin recently, and we have to say, we were pretty impressed. See below for the full review.[wp-review]
After first look at this plugin, we were surprised to see how many different pricing options that are available for this plugin. Usually, a plugin is either free, paid, or both. But Web Dorado has upped the ante with this one, offering four levels to the plugin: Free ($0), Personal ($30), Business ($45) and Developer ($60). This means that no matter what your budget, you can make use of this great plugin.
As you can see, the Free is the most basic, offering only bug fixes within the plugin. The Personal plan offers 6 months of support and can be installed on just one domain, unlike the Business package which can be installed on 3 domains and has an entire year of support. If you truly want to get the most out of this plugin, however, you can opt for the Developer license, giving you an entire year of support, but the ability to install the plugin on as many domains as you want.
The pros to offering this kind of pricing model means that there is something for everyone. We think that the pricing is a little pricey for a simple plugin, but the features justify the price point (to an extent). The four levels of pricing is cool, but it might be easier and taken better by users if there were only two levels: free and paid. This would eliminate confusion and make the purchase decision much easier.
For this we give the plugin an 8/10.
Now that we’ve talked about the pricing, let’s take a look at the features that come standard with this plugin.
- 9 different gallery display views
- Highly customizeable galleries
- Responsive design and layout
- Support for many different file types
- Users can add unlimited amounts of photos to each gallery
- Galleries can be embedded with a simple shortcode
- Crop, flip, and rotate images within each gallery and album
- WordPress Tag Cloud support
- CAPTCHA functionality
- Ability to change playback options and speeds
- Advertisement/watermark functionality
- Manage image comments within the plugin
- Social sharing integration and features
- Photo Gallery Slideshow widget integration
- Much, much more!
- Import/Export – this add-on allows users to easily import and export galleries and images back and forth between websites. This plugin saves your data and settings, making the transfer process easy and painless
- Facebook – the Facebook add-on is a great way to integrate the content of your Facebook page directly into your website, without having to spend valuable time re-uploading your images and data. A must for media-heavy freelancers and businesses
- Gallery E-commerce – if you want to get into actually selling your images to customers, you can now do so with the Gallery E-commerce add-on from Web Dorado. This allows plugin users to list their images for sale, and recieve payments via PayPal or Stripe
As we have outlined above, featuring your photos on your WordPress page is incredibly simple with this feature-packed plugin. Take a look at the tutorial video below for more information about how the plugin actually works:
After using this plugin for only a day, we are already incredibly impressed with the features. There’s so much customization available, allowing users to tweak the albums and galleries until they achieve exactly the look they are going for.
While the actual interface is a bit confusing (more on that below), the features are there, and once you figure out how to use them, you can really create some cool stuff. For that, we give it a 9.5/10.
Reliablity & Ease of Use
After using this plugin for a while, we noticed ourselves checking YouTube, probably more than we should, for tutorials about how to actually do things within the plugin. But after watching a few, we noticed how well they explain different aspects of the plugin. Not only to these videos explain how to implement things, but they actually explain why as well, giving users an extensive understanding of not only how to make the plugin do what they want, but also why it behaves the way it does.
But don’t just take our word for it, take a look at what countless other plugin users have to say about the plugin on the official plugin review page on WordPress.org:
“I’ve only started using the plugin, but it seems very full featured and works well. An initial setup question I had was answered very quickly. Great so far!”
“I love this plugin. It works fine, easy to understand, and I got excellent and clean galleries. In addition, their Support is great ! You get answers in very short time, precise solutions to your problems. They have a great patience, and a generous devoting their time to you. I am very pleased with their product and help. Thanks !”
“This is a fantastic plug-in. I tested a few before I decided on this one and it didn’t disappoint. Set up was easy, great customization and a great looking gallery with tons of options. I recently had a problem uploading images, sent an email to Web-dorado support and it they fixed the problem within the same day. Support is fantastic, friendly and trustworthy. I highly recommend this gallery for the support alone and a great product.”
“A great plugin, simple and effective. The homepage of the author gives you all the information you (eventually) may need. Especially the explaining video’s were made the way it should be. Recommended.”
It is very evident that this plugin does what it is supposed to, and does it well. While it may take a while to get there, there are tons of video tutorials available to users that walk them through the process step-by-step. The tutorials and extensive documentation is exactly what users implementing this plugin needs, so we give the plugin a 9.5/10 for that. Score.
Take one look at the reviews and you will notice a track record of happy users who sing the praises of the Web Dorado support team. When they need help, which is fairly rarely actually, the support team helped them through their problems and helped one more site showcase photos through a beautiful, well-designed interface.
Not only is the team responsive, but they go a step further and include a wiki/forum on the official WordPress plugin listing, in which users can post their questions and concerns. This is public, so anybody can view problems others have had, which as we all know is one of the easiest ways to have our questions answered.
In addition to the WordPress support page, Web Dorado also has an interactive support hub for support as well. This forum is searchable, and very easy to navigate. In addition, users seeking support can interact with both support staff, and other users, which definitely gives this support outlet a leg up on some others that we’ve come across in the past.
Overall, there are quite a few ways to get a hold of Web Dorado if you run into trouble. Since they have multiple outlets for users seeking support, and there is extensive documentation to back their products up, we have to give the company a 9/10 for this category.
As you can tell, we had a good experience with Web Dorado’s Photo Gallery WordPress plugin. This plugin is a great solution for users looking to showcase their photos to the world, and we are sure you will agree that there are many features you will love. While there are some downsides, like the fact that the plugin is very pricey and is limited in features unless you fully upgrade, the other pros far outweigh these few downsides, making this plugin a highly recommended photo solution. If you are looking to showcase photos, you need to give this plugin a try.