In this post, I will discuss about the features of WordPress themes for creating photo, image and video galleries. When you are picking a gallery theme for your WordPress blog then you can check the below given points, if your theme is supporting them. Here are the features of a gallery based WordPress theme:
1) Dedicated gallery section: As the name says the theme should provide an option for a dedicated gallery section for adding photos. This could be anywhere in the home page or in another page. Most of themes allow to add galleries anywhere in your blog (even in the posts) by using shortcodes.
1) Color schemes: All the gallery themes comes with different color options for the gallery which you can choose from the theme settings. Almost all the premium themes create a panel for changing the color settings.
2) Compatibility and responsiveness: This is the most important point when you are selecting a gallery theme. You need to check if the galleries are compatible with different browsers, especially the main ones like Chrome, Firefox, IE and Safari. Also, you need to check if the theme is responsive to all the devices. Here’s a nice tool to check how the theme would look in smart phones, iPads and iPhones.
4) Thumbnails support and automatic image resizing: This a must have option as the photos you are uploading may be of different sizes. If your theme can handle the thumbnails then you don’t have to worry about the image size anymore.
5) Smooth design: The inbuilt galleries should be in such a way that it should matches the theme.
6) Use of Ajax and lightbox: There are some galleries which use Ajax to create a lightbox when a user clicks on an image. This provides a smooth user experience in the gallery.
Based on the above given points I have made a list of best WordPress themes for creating a photo, video gallery. You can create image and video galleries in a fly by the help of these WordPress themes:
5) Bee Crafty:
9) Pixel Happy:
14) Brick Mason:
15) Elegant Flickr:
16) Core Minimalist: