I am currently in the process of updating my photo galleries. WordPress.com’s image display options are pretty poor, and my previous configuration does not respond very well with changes in website themes. At least, the flora gallery is finally up. I’m still in the slow process of curating and adding images, such as the above which was just added tonight. 🙂 But I’ll also like to take an opportunity to talk about the limitations of WordPress.com’s image display features.
Let me be precise, I am only speaking about WordPress.com, not the WordPress web hosting software platform. We also have to be fair. I chose to use a managed hosting portal instead of hosting my own website, and picked a pretty cheapskate plan 😛 . It is totally reasonable that there will be limitations if I am not paying for more feature-rich plans which enable me to install a variety of WordPress plugins that makes my website management easier. You get what you pay for!
But if you are not getting those convenient plugins, then your options for image display are quite poor. Here is what a WordPress.com gallery display might look like:
Doesn’t look inspiring at all. How about this?
Better but your images may get dynamically sized in haphazard and ugly ways depending on the number of images. Try this other display format?
Now that’s just ugly. There are also other formats such as square and circle, which I dislike. In fact there is no display format offered by WordPress.com that I am satisfied with.
There are other big issues. First, WordPress.com only uses one version of your picture, so your image gallery is actually displayed with browser-scaled versions of the images you uploaded. As I explained before, this makes your work look ugly!
Second, the WordPress.com media library offers no organizational tool for the files you drop in there. No way to group your media files in sets or collections. It’s just a simple repository dump with a flat hierarchy. Good luck if you want to re-display an image you dropped in there six months ago!
The answers for a cheapskate like me are simple: Use another free photography site that has better organizational features and properly scaled images. Then write my own HTML and link to those hosted images to display a better-looking gallery. Like this:
Of course this requires that you understand HTML and writing code! If you want to take a look at the code, just select your browser’s “view source” option. My preferred gallery display is probably the only