Fancy Gallery Pro

Fancy Gallery is the most innovative state of the art WordPress Gallery Management tool which enables you to organize image galleries easily in your WordPress backend. Furthermore this gallery plugin adds a beautiful awesome javascript lightbox effect (touch-enabled, responsive, optimized for both mobile and desktop web browsers) to all links pointing to an image anywhere on your website. This includes images in your posts, galleries, pages, sidebar widgets and anywhere else on your website.


The lightbox behavior

All links - regardless if text or image - pointing to an image will automatically opened in a responsive lightbox. You do not need to care about any tag attributes or link classes – the plugins thinks about that for you. When using the [gallery] shortcode the images will get a "previous", "next" and a slideshow button. The gallery itself will be converted to a valid HTML5 section - even if your theme does not support HTML5 galleries yet.

Gallery management features

  • Organize image galleries separated from posts or pages
  • Centralized gallery management. Enjoy a single location where you can see and manage all your galleries
  • Automatically generated index page with all galleries
  • Every gallery has its own page with unique URL
  • Taxonomies to classify your galleries: Categories, Tags, Events, Places, Dates, Persons, Photographers. (Need more? Ask us!)
  • Both tags and categories are disjunct from your post tags and post categories
  • Supports gallery comments
  • Supports featured images as gallery thumbnails
  • Supports excerpts for your uploaded galleries (the same way you already know from regular posts)
  • Excerpts can contain text description and a random set of preview images
  • Supports WordPress user rights and capabilities
  • Supports the WordPress menus and enables you to add all components of your galleries to any menu
  • Import and export directly via the official "WordPress Importer" by Automattic Inc.

Lightbox features

  • Javascript lightbox support for all linked images on your website
  • Has "Previous" and "Next" buttons
  • Shows image title and description
  • Lightbox is touch-enabled, responsive and mobile-friendly
  • Supports Swipe function for touch screens – works with every smart phone and tablet
  • Awesome image slideshow function
  • Indicator thumbnail images below the full size image
  • Uses the full screen size for presenting your image

General features

  • SEO conform URL structure for all kind of pages
  • Supports WPML flawless and enables you to create a multilingual image website
  • Supports the WordPress theme template hierarchy and the parent-child-theme paradigm
  • Supports user defined HTML templates
  • Supports RSS feeds for the gallery index and for the comments of each gallery
  • Custom thumbnail sizes and color effects
  • Fully compatible with all existing themes with archive template
  • Template engine to display your galleries in different styles
  • Widget to display random images from your galleries in the sidebar
  • Widget to display the gallery taxonomies as list or cloud in the sidebar
  • Converts all galleries in valid HTML5 blocks
  • Completely translatable - .pot file is included
  • Includes a bunch of filters to give you the control of the behavior of this piece of code
  • Clean and intuitive user interface
  • Works great with WordPress Multisite
  • Personal one-on-one real-time support by the developer
  • No ads or branding anywhere - perfect white label solution

The free Lite Version

In the lite edition of the plugin you can take a look around, you can create three galleries and you can check the lightbox functionality. On several places in the plugin you will find a notice that this or these function is included in the pro version only. Please notice that there is no support available for the free version. You can find the download here.

Backend screenshots

Create new Galleries

Image details

Edit image

Manage Taxonomies

Edit category

Galleries in Menus

Options Page

Taxonomy Widget

Random Images Widget


  1. WordPress galleries
    1. Lightbox support
  2. Gallery management
    1. Activate the gallery management
    2. Create and edit galleries
    3. Title
    4. Images
    5. Excerpt
    6. Template
    7. Owner
    8. Thumbnails
    9. Featured image
  3. Taxonomies
    1. Activate taxonomies
    2. Manage taxonomies
  4. Galleries and user rights
  5. Galleries in WordPress menus
  6. Gallery archives
  7. [gallery] shortcode
  8. Templates
    1. Create your own template
  9. Widgets
    1. Taxonomies
    2. Taxonomy clouds
    3. Random images
  10. Options page

WordPress gallery feature

In WordPress 2.5, the gallery feature allows the user to add an image gallery to a post or page on your WordPress blog.

The [gallery] shortcode is used in a post or page to display a thumbnail gallery of images attached to that post. It can be used in its simplest form like this:


The easiest way to insert the shortcode to your contents is to use the gallery button in your WYSIWYG editor. The [gallery] shortcode is completely supported by Fancy Gallery Pro and you do not need to change the posts or pages you created in the past.

All images you insert via the [gallery] shortcode will open in a beautiful jQuery lightbox and the website visitor will be able to navigate through them or watch it as a slideshow.

Gallery management

Activate the galleries

The gallery management needs to be activated via the Fancy Gallery options page. You can find the options page in your WordPress backend -> Settings -> Fancy Gallery.

Scroll down on the options page to the "User rights" box and click the title to open the box. Tick "Yes" for all user rights of your user group to activate the features you need for the gallery management.


Create and edit galleries

After setup the Fancy Gallery user capabilities there is a new admin page in your menu: "Galleries". Click on "Add Gallery" to create a new gallery. The usage and handling of the interface is very similar to the edit post or edit page screen.

Create new Galleries

Enter a title or name for the new gallery. It will be visible to website visitors like the title of a post or a page.

In the images meta box you have the ability to upload new images via Flash or HTML uploader. On the second tab "Gallery" you can see all images which belong to this gallery. Click on the "Show" link to enter details for each image.

Image details

Of course you can also modify the image if you want:

Edit image

Gallery excerpts usually contain some random images which represent a gallery on archive pages. If you prefer a text and a thumbnail as preview of a gallery click on "Text Excerpt" and enter a short description of the gallery.

In Fancy Gallery you can choose a template to display a gallery. So you have the full control about your websites design and code.

The owner of a gallery is similar to the author of a post. If a user has the right to edit others galleries he is able to change the owner of a gallery to someone else.

To customize every gallery you can change the thumbnail images height, width and appearance.

The featured Image is the main presenter of your gallery. If you use post thumbnail somewhere in your website the theme should use the featured image of the gallery on this place.


Taxonomies for galleries are similar to categories and tags for posts but they are not the same. Gallery taxonomies are separated from the post taxonomies. You can use them to categorize all galleries and to build archives and RSS feeds.

Activate taxonomies

To activate the taxonomies go to the Fancy Gallery options page and take a look on the "Taxonomies" option box. Tick the ones you want to use and hit the save button.

Manage taxonomies

Managing the gallery taxonomies is as easy as managing categories or tags for posts.

Manage Taxonomies

Galleries and user rights

Fancy Gallery Pro uses the WordPress embedded user rights system to control the access to galleries, taxonomies and options. You can change the settings directly on the Fancy Gallery options page without any external plugin. By default nobody has any right expect the admin who is able to change the settings on the options page. So the first step after activating the plugin should be the rights configuration. Go to your WP Dashboard -> Settings -> Fancy Gallery. Scroll down to the "User rights" options box and open it up with a click on the box title. Then you can set the available user rights for all existing user groups.


Galleries in WordPress menus

Nothing is cooler than a Plugin which plays well with all the cool WordPress features. You can add all galleries or taxonomies to your custom menus. Go to your WP Dashboard -> Appearance -> Menus.

Galleries in Menus

Fancy Gallery creates a gallery archive for all gallery taxonomies you created. You can find the url of each archive below the Edit Taxonomy page.

Edit category

[gallery] Shortcode

The [gallery] shortcode is used in a Post or Page to display a thumbnail gallery of images attached to that post. It can be used in its simplest form like this: [gallery].

There are several options that may be specified using this syntax:

[gallery option1="value1" option2="value2"]

The following options are supported by Fancy Gallery:


specifies the gallery ID. The gallery will display images which are attached to that gallery. The default behavior if no ID is specified is to display images attached to the current gallery. For example, to display images attached to gallery 123:

[gallery id="123"]


specify the item used to sort the display thumbnails. The default is "menu_order". Supported values are

  • id - Order by id.
  • title - Order by title.
  • date - Order by date.
  • rand - Random order


specifies the sort order used to display thumbnails. ASC or DESC. For example, to sort by ID, DESC: [gallery order="DESC" orderby="ID"]


Specifies the number of displayed images. By default all images will be shown.


comma separated image IDs (attachment IDs):[gallery include="23,39,45"] Will show only the images from these attachments.


comma separated image IDs (attachment IDs):[gallery exclude="21,32,43"] Excludes the images from these attachments. Please note that include and exclude cannot be used together.


Specify the image size to use for the thumbnail display. Valid values include "thumbnail", "medium", "large" and "full". The default is "thumbnail". The size of the images for "thumbnail", "medium" and "large" can be configured in WordPress admin panel under Settings > Media. For example, to display a gallery of medium sized images: [gallery size="medium"]

You can set it to "attachment" so each image will link to the attachment page of the image. The default value is "file" and links to the full size image.

You can use this attribute to specify a html class for each link tag of the gallery.


Specifies the width of the thumbnail images of this gallery (in px). This overrides the "size" attribute!


Specifies the height of the thumbnail images of this gallery (in px). This overrides the "size" attribute!


Set this to "1" or "yes" to display the thumbnail images in gray scale.


Set this to "1" or "yes" to display the thumbnail images negated.


The Fancy Gallery Pro plugin will use templates to display galleries. A template controls the appearance of a gallery and generates the HTML code. So you have the full control how your galleries look like and which HTML standard they follow. You can see all available templates on your options page: WordPress Dashboard -> Settings -> Fancy Gallery Pro.

Manage Templates

Create your own template

To create your own template you only need elementary HTML and PHP knowledge. Create a new HTML file and start writing the header with the template details. Here is an example how the header should look like:

Fancy Gallery Template: Template Name
Description: Your template description here.
Version: 1.0
Author: John Doe
Author URI:

To generate the HTML code you can access the gallery object via $this->gallery inside your template. A good starting point is the default gallery template.


Fancy Gallery comes with some cool widgets which displays galleries and taxonomies in your sidebars.


The "Taxonomies" widget displays your gallery categories, tags, events, etc.

Taxonomy Widget

Taxonomy Clouds

The "Taxonomy Clouds" widget displays your gallery categories, tags, events, etc as cloud like you know it from post tags.

Random Images

This widget displays random images from some random galleries.

Random Images Widget

Options page

Options Page

  1. Download the Lite or Pro version of this extension. The downloaded file should to be a .zip file. If your browser or operating system offers you a directory as download you need to re-zip it on your own or you need to find a way to get the .zip file. Please consider buying the support package. We will install the plugin for you on your server.
  2. Go to your WordPress Dashboard and log in with an administrator account.
  3. Please deactivate all other versions of the plugin. Especially deactivate the Lite version if you want to install the Pro version. Your already created data will not get lost when you deactivate the plugin!
  4. Please navigate to Plugins -> Add New -> Upload.
  5. Then please upload the before downloaded .zip file of this extension.
  6. When the upload was successful, WordPress will offer your to activate the plugin.
  7. In a final step please navigate to the options page:
    1. Scroll to the "User rights" box and setup the initial user rights for each group.
    2. Enter your license credentials to get the updates directly via the dashboard.
    3. Study the documentation attentively!
Really nice gallery

I was searching for simple and easy to use gallery with thumbnails preview in lightbox and after countless tries I finally found Fancy Gallery. :) You can also use lightbox for displaying images through whole site.

Simon Senica
Simple & reliable

This gallery works well out of the box, including on mobile devices. Swipe support on mobile touch screens is particularly useful - it's an intuitive way of moving between pics on your phone or tablet :)

Simon Maddox

The best lightbox plugin. If it were possible, it would be nice to integrate the Full Screen mode only on smartphones.

Arcangelo Saccà
Great Plugin, Extremely Responsive Support

I tried other gallery plugins before trying this one and I am very happy I made the switch. It has great features that can be adjusted to suit a variety of applications. It looks great on the web. And it is very intuitive and easy to use. Best of all, the support is great. Dennis responds immediately to support requests and issues are resolved quickly. If you haven't tried this plugin, I highly recommend it.

Joe Aragona
Great plugin

This is a well-made plugin that never gives us any problem. It's also very easy to use.

Sze Liu

Works absolutely great! just install and ready to use!

Great Product

Works great without any fuss. Just install and it is easy to use.

Matt Paz
Absolutely happy

We have used the Fancy Gallery already for numerous customer projects. The creation and management of galleries with this plugin is - especially for beginners - very easy. Of course that ensures a successful experience for our customers, too.

The support also leaves nothing to be desired. All our requests were always answered quickly and effectively and helped us to develop an individual slider template for presenting gallery pictures - with excellent results. Thank you so much!

Website As Service
First-class Plugin!

Fancy Gallery is my absolute favorite WordPress gallery plugin. With its clean and intuitive admin screens it's a pleasure to create and manage galleries. It generates clean, optimized HTML code and plays perfectly with WordPress built-in gallery feature.

A selection of fancy templates is already included. And if you want you can choose a different one for every single gallery. Thanks to the detailed documentation, it's foolproof to create your own, individual templates too!

Last but not least I should mention the nice lightbox effect, which works very well on mobile devices and is customizable with just a few clicks.

Ulrike Seddig
Simple and effective

I installed Fancy Gallery; it didn't work as expected. So I contacted support and explained the situation. They took the trouble (several emails) to fully understand what was needed. Then they explained simply how to get the wanted result. It was my implementation error. The plugin works just as it should. Simple, effective plugin.

Stephanie Walter
Best gallery plugin

I've tried different galleries but this one is the best. And support very efficient. Thanks

Anand Philip
Great support!

After trying numerous gallery plug-ins, I was so happy to discover this plug-in! I'm new to WordPress, and initially I had a problem understanding what I needed to do to get it to operate correctly. I emailed customer service and received a response within minutes! I'm very pleased with the customer service and the gallery plug-in!

Awesome + Responsive

This gallery is a whole lotta AWESOME! I had a minor issue and the support staff was on top of it and resolved the issue very quickly. This will be my go-to for all of my gallery needs!

Ricky Yean
best gallery-plugin ever

This is the best gallery-plugin I ever used. Easy to use, nice, clean and many functions.

Maythee Anegboonlap
Updates for 365 days. Support for 365 days. Usable for lifetime.
Updates for 365 days. No Support. Usable for lifetime.

This package contains the plugin itself, updates for one year and support for one year.

If you already bought the plugin, this package will add one more year of updates and support to your account.

Within the scope of the support package we will help you to install and setup the plugin properly at your website. The support does not contain code changes at your theme or our plugin.

Fancy Gallery Pro WordPress Plugin

Lifetime usage license for Fancy Gallery Pro without any additional costs

Updates for 365 days

Use in unlimited projects for you and your clients

Support for 365 days

Personal one-on-one support by our developers

This package contains the plugin itself with one year of updates. If you already bought the plugin, this package will add another year of updates to your account.

Fancy Gallery Pro WordPress Plugin

Lifetime usage license for Fancy Gallery Pro without any additional costs

Updates for 365 days

Use in unlimited projects for you and your clients

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