Fancy Gallery Pro

Fancy Gallery

Fancy Gallery is a state of the art WordPress image lightbox and gallery management you can use to create, manage and handle image galleries easily in your WordPress backend and present them to your website visitors.


  • Responsive lightbox support for all linked images on your website
  • Manage galleries separated from posts or pages
  • Gallery taxonomies to categorize and classify all your images and galleries
  • Custom thumbnail sizes and color effects
  • Fully compatible with all existing themes with archive template (nearly every theme in the official repository)
  • Template engine to display your galleries
  • Full HTML5 and CSS3 support for your galleries
  • User role and capability support
  • Gallery archives and RSS feed support
  • Clean and easy-to-use user interfaces
  • Widgets to display your galleries and images in your sidebars
  • Completely free of advertisement and brandings

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.

Real life examples

The following links and screenshots show examples of third party projects. All designs are copyrighted by their authors. Some of the designs listed here are custom-designed and could contain features that are not provided in the default edition of the product.


This package contains the plugin itself, updates1 for one year and support2,3 for one year.
1) If you have already bought the plugin (with or without updates) this package will extend your standing update subscription for one more year.
2) If you have already bought a support subscription this package will extend your standing subscription for one more year.
3) 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.


This package is aimed at usual WordPress users looking for a solid solution including updates and technical support. Through our personal assistance you are on the safe side.

Parts of this package

The WordPress Plugin itself you can use forever without any additional costs. Updates for 365 days. Support for 365 days.


  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 the plugin (it should be a .zip file).
  2. Go to your WordPress Dashboard and login.
  3. Deactivate all other versions of the plugin. (Especially deactivate the Lite version if you want to install the Pro version.)
  4. Go to Plugins -> Add New -> Upload.
  5. Upload the downloaded .zip file of the plugin.
  6. After the upload was successful activate the plugin.
  7. Now go to the options page in Settings -> Fancy Gallery.
    1. Scroll to the "User rights" box and setup the user rights.
    2. Enter your account credentials in the "Updates" box to get the updates.
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