Plugin Review: Justified Image Grid
A lot of times as you are building a new website you will run across unplanned problems that you need solutions to. I just love all the tools I have access to at Envato! In this case I was making a page that was reviewing my trip to Ireland and I have a whole lot of photos I wanted to share on the page. Photo galleries in wordpress have gotten easier and better over the years but I still don’t like how the wordpress galleries look on the page and their functions are limited.
Some of the features I wanted for my photo galleries were:
- Show the full image without much or any cropping
- Display the title and caption with an overlay that still let you view the photo
- Use a lightbox to display the larger version of the image
- Integrate social sharing options
- Create gallery directly on the page for easy editing later on (very important)
- Work on mobile browsers and within my responsive design
I found a few that i liked before stumbling upon Justified Image Grid on CodeCanyon but each of them had one or two things from my list missing. My other favorite Mikado made a beautiful layout and I loved that it was a perfect block but I had to create the image block in the plugin and then insert a shortcode to use it in the post. I figure in a couple of years I could have hundreds upon hundreds of galleries and I didn’t want to have to be searching through pages of galleries to find the one I needed to modify so having the galleries directly on the page was a big must for me.
In the end the Justified Image Gallery met all my requirements and many many more. It’s a great plugin that helped me speed up my workflow and gave me gorgeous looking galleries directly in my articles. Just look at the example below!
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