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How to Create WordPress Gallery with Clasic Editor

How to Create WordPress Gallery with Classic Editor

The great website content isn’t only about great texts, relevant articles or inviting copy lines. To engage your readers or website visitors, you need to offer more. Nowadays, readers pay special attention to visually appealing content. This is why they can’t imagine a great website without interesting videos, GIFs or image galleries. These mediums create a whole atmosphere around the story. They don’t only illustrate the texts, but provide readers with a precious visual impression that is essential for a complete effect of the story. Whether you’re a travel blogger sharing your latest adventures or a creative with striking illustration works, galleries are the refined way to exhibit your photos and works. Fortunately, creating a WordPress gallery requires just a few clicks. There are a few options you should consider. You can either add image blocks with Gutenberg or create a WordPress gallery with Classic Editor. Additionally, there are some plugins which can help you organize your image galleries even better by changing designs and styles and other options. In this text we will teach you how to create a WordPress gallery with Classic editor through your media files.

Step #1 Upload the Images You Want to Display

WordPress has built-in options for creating galleries that will save your time and help you display your visual content in a captivating manner. To set up a WordPress gallery, first, you need to upload the images you want to share. For starters, you need to go to the page on which you want to display the images.

Log into your Dashboard and pick the page or post you want to add a gallery to, or create a new page or post. In the editor, click on the Add Media button above the editing field.

WordPress Gallery

Our recommendation is to upload all the images you want to add to your gallery at the same time. After you select multiple pictures, you will be able to follow the uploading progress of each one individually. Wait a few moments, until your uploads are done. The size of your images and your internet speed will determine the uploading time. You can optimize your gallery images by compressing them a bit. The goal is to keep their quality, yet reduce image size.

Step #2: Add the Images to Your Gallery

Your images are now ready and you can finally add them to your gallery. Go with the Create Gallery option, and choose the Media Library tab placed on the right.

Create Gallery WordPress Option

Select all the images you want to include to your gallery. Here, you can see the image’s URL, add its title, alt text, caption or description. Also, number of the images you have selected will be shown below this field.

Create Gallery WordPress

Now, it’s time to create a gallery. Click on the Create a new gallery button at the right of the screen.

Step #3: Add Your WordPress Gallery to Your Website

At this phase, you will also be able to edit your gallery. Within the screen Edit Gallery, you can rearrange the order of the images in your gallery – just drag and drop image thumbnails. Also, you can reverse the order of the images with a single click. Moreover, there is a possibility for adding image descriptions which will appear as image captions below each thumbnail in the gallery. But the story doesn’t end here. In a case you want to remove some images, just hover over thumbnail and click on the X to remove the image that is previously selected. You can, at any time, add more images by clicking on the Add to Gallery link in the left hand sidebar and choose the images for your gallery from either Upload Files or Media Library tabs. Have in mind that you can cancel your gallery if it doesn’t work for you whenever you want. Follow the Cancel Gallery link on the left to exit the Edit Gallery page. As you see, these options are completely intuitive, and easy to use. Now let’s have a look at some other Gallery Settings you can manage before inserting your gallery.

  • Links To: Use this option to link to the image to the attachment page or directly to the source image file itself.
  • Columns: Choose the number of columns you would like to have in your gallery. 3 Columns will work great for most sites.
  • Random Order: This option enables your gallery to display your image thumbnails in a random order each time they are viewed on the site.
  • Size: Here you can change the size of each image in gallery. Available options are Thumbnail, Media, Large and Full Size.
Add Your WordPress Gallery

After you’re done, just click on the Insert Gallery button, and your gallery will appear within the WordPress editor. Our gallery now looks like this:


When you click any area of the image gallery, the icon buttons will appear on the top of the area. Here you can further edit the images. Just click on the Edit button, and insert your caption, alt text and manage the display settings. Here you can set the image size (thumbnail, medium, large, full size), link to a media file or an attachment page and set the number of columns. If, for some reason, you want to remove your image gallery, just click on the Remove button, at any time.

Edit WordPress Gallery


As you can see creating a WordPress gallery with Classic Editor is pretty easy. But, the bad news is that WordPress doesn’t allow you to use the gallery you have created on your other pages. This means you can’t simply copy a gallery. You need to repeat the whole process – from choosing the images to editing and managing the settings. But the good part is that this won’t take you long since your images are already uploaded to your Media Library.  In the end, let’s not forget to mention that you can always use some amazing WordPress gallery plugins to create your galleries. It’s super easy since these plugins bring a lot of practical options for managing galleries in a professional way.

We hope this article was helpful. If you liked it, feel free to check out some of these articles as well!


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Comments (2)

  • Denis Calleja

    Fantastic documentation, I saw the video also fantastic. To be honest just a bit fast but ok. Then I studied this text. Great work, much appreciated. God Bless you


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