In today’s world, people need websites for almost any and every kind of work. As with any other niche, if you are a photographer, chances are that you already have a website or have thought about it at some point.

The goal is to have a legitimate website that you can use to showcase your skills, sell your photographs and protect those photos from people who might steal them. A well-done website goes a long way in building your reputation as well as adding a professional touch to your approach.

We have selected eight of the best free photography plugins for WordPress websites to help you find the plugin that best suits your style.

Best Free Photography Plugins

1. Envira Gallery

Envira Gallery is one of the best plugins available and is well-known for its seamless responsiveness. It effortlessly resizes the website for any device, with no loss in the quality of the website and the elements in it.

The included gallery is quick to load and highly customizable. You can create some of the most beautiful and professional galleries, and Elvira comes out of the box with more than 25 different add-ons to help you achieve your artistic vision.

This plugin includes features that allow you to import your photographs from Instagram, Dropbox, and other sources.

Gallery by Envira

2. Soliloquy

Soliloquy is one of the best WordPress slider plugins for photography. The built-in features include slider themes, dynamic sliders, and plenty of animations, with each one having a very distinct feel.

You can also import your photographs from social media like Instagram and Tumblr into the slider with just one click. The sliders are fully responsive and will quickly and beautifully load to any device.

Slider by Soliloquy

3. Word Fence

This is a security plugin that is apt for photography websites. It protects from unauthorized access, keeping you safe from hackers. The inbuilt scanner also alerts you immediately if your site is compromised.

The plugin includes a Live Traffic View, giving you real-time visibility into your traffic and potential hacking attempts.

Word Fence Security is multisite compatible and allows for cell phone sign-in, thus securing you permanently from brute force hacks. The plugin constantly updates its Threat Defense Feed and Firewall, effectively blocking attackers even before they can access your website.

Wordfence Security

4. Easy Watermark

For photographers, one of the most nagging problems is the theft of photographs by third-party sources. The Easy Watermark plugin has been built specifically to counter such behavior.

This free plugin can help reduce image theft by adding a highly customizable watermark to your photographs. It supports image watermarks in JPG, PNG, or even GIF.

You can also set opacity levels and change the text along with other standard customizations.

5. W3 Total Cache

Photography websites and blogs are notorious for exceptionally long load times because of the full-resolution photographs. This also leads to lower search engine rankings.

To the rescue comes this plugin, which caches all your images and site data for quicker loading and better website performance. This, in turn, improves the SEO ranking of your website.

The plugin also boasts 80% bandwidth savings via minify and HTTP compression of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and feeds.

W3 Total Cache

6. Lazy Load

Lazy Load is a utility-based plugin that speeds up your site by only loading the images that are first viewable to the visitor.

As such, the plugin ensures that your audience is not annoyed by the delay caused by loading all of the images at once, and you can keep them captivated by the time the other images load.

It not only works for your audience, but it also saves your server bandwidth.

Lazy Load

7. WP Invoice

This plugin is a handy tool for professional photographers who sell their photographs to clients. The plugin helps create beautiful invoices, which you can then send to your clients online using just your website. The created invoice is sent to the client via email with a link attached, and they can follow the link and pay through the relevant payment system.

This centralization will keep your professional life organized by providing a complete solution for your e-commerce business. The plugin attaches itself to your WordPress management database to keep tabs on your clients and information.

WP-Invoice – Web Invoice and Billing

8. Imsanity

This is a plugin for size compression of your images with minimal loss in quality. The plugin allows you to define reasonable image sizes for the images that you upload to your website.

This plugin allows you to free up space on your server and optimize it for the fastest delivery. Features include bulk photograph compression and automatic downscaling of images.

Imsanity also offers multilanguage support.


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Originally published Jan 7, 2018 10:29:37 AM, updated October 18 2019