How to Create a Simple Photo Gallery

Photo galleries are a great way to show a group of related photos on your website.  WordPress has a Create Gallery Media Library tool within the to help you create that first simple photo gallery.  Here are the steps:

Creating a Simple Photo Gallery

A photo gallery can go anywhere you’d like within a Page or Post or on a Page by itself.  Place your cursor where you want your gallery to appear and click into that spot.

Click the Add Media button

Once you’ve placed your cursor where your want to have your image gallery, click on the Add Media button to open the Media Uploader.


Create a Gallery link.

In the popup window, click the Create a Gallery option from the list on the left.  You’ll be brought to the Create Gallery page.  This is where you can click on all the images you want to add in your gallery.  If the images are not in your Media Library yet, no worries, just click on the blue Upload Files to upload your images.

Once you’ve selected your images, click on the blue Create a new gallery button in the lower right corner of the screen.

You’ll be brought to the Edit Gallery screen.

Edit Gallery

Edit Gallery screenshot.

From the Edit Gallery screen, you can give your images captions, click and drag to re-arrange the order and remove an image from the gallery.  If you decide to remove an image from the gallery, just click the X on that image.  No worries, you will not be removing the image from the Media Library.  You can use images you upload and images already in your Media Library by clicking on the Add to Gallery link on the left.

In the Gallery Settings, you can decide if the image links to its Attachment Page, Media Page or not have a link.  You can decide on the number of columns and if the images will be in a random order each time your gallery is loaded in a browser.  You can also decide if the image in your gallery will be Thumbnail, Medium, Large or Full Size.

Once you have your photos in the right order and the settings done, you are almost there.  Click on the blue Insert Gallery link at the bottom right corner of the screen.  The gallery will then be inserted in your Page or Post and you’ll see something like this:

Simple photo gallery in Page or Post.

If you want to make any changes to your gallery, click on the pencil.  To remove the gallery, click on the X.  If you’re happy with the gallery on your Page, click the Publish or Update button to save your changes.

How To Embed Videos in Your Website

Yes, you can embed videos in your website.  You could upload the videos into your Media Library, but that is not the best choice.  A much better alternative is to first upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo.   Once you have uploaded your video to YouTube or Vimeo, copy the video URL.  You can find the URL here:

Embed video using the YouTube or Vimeo URL.

Go back to your WordPress website and paste the video URL in the post or page editor and watch the magic.  WordPress will automatically fetch the embed code and display your video for you.  Publish or Update your changes.

Adding a PDF to Your Page or Post

While it may seem like a lot of steps, adding a PDF to Your Page or Post can be pretty painless.  The process is similar to adding a photo and will get easier after each time you successfully upload a PDF.  Here are the steps:

Adding a PDF to Your Page or Post

  1. Navigate to an existing Post or Page or create a new Page or Post.
  2. Adding a PDF to Your Page or Post - Insert Media screen image.Click into your Page or Post where you want your PDF link to go.
  3. Click on the Add Media button above the toolbar.
  4. In the Insert Media screen choose Upload Files.
  5. Navigate to the PDF you want uploaded to your site and click Open on the bottom right of your screen.
  6. Once the PDF has been uploaded, click on the blue Insert into post button on the lower right of your screen.
  7. The link to your PDF will be inserted into the Page or Post.
  8. Remeber to Save Draft or Publish your changes.

To Upload a PDF to Use at a Later Time

  1. From the Dashboard menu, click Media >> Add New or click Media to go to the Media Library and then click on the Add New button.
  2. Click the Select Files button to access the files on your computer.
  3. Select the file you want to upload.
  4. Click the Open button.
  5. When the upload is complete, you will see the new file in your Media Library.

Note: If the file does not open, then the file type is not supported.  There are file types WordPress won’t upload.