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9th Mar, 2019

Block Gallery
By Rich Tabor

After the release of gutenberg, I was looking around the WordPress plugin ecosystem for a quality gallery plugin. That’s when I stumbled upon Rich Tabor’s Block Gallery, made specifically as a gutenberg block. It’s basically a 3-in-1 plugin and offers a masonry mode, gallery mode and stacked mode.

Functionality

Alright so after installing this plugin, go and create a new blog post, page, etc. When you open up the editor, you should see a gallery option in the block dropdown. This is how it look like:

Block Gallery 1

So basically it has 3 modes:


Carousel

Block Gallery 2

Arranges the images as a horizontally sliding carousel.


Masonry

Block Gallery 3

Arranges the images as a masonry layout


Stacked

The most basic mode. It just stacks the images on top of each other in this mode. Keep in mind that this mode stretches the images to full browser width on the the twenty nineteen theme. On other themes, it may look quite different.

Other than that. After selecting the mode, just supply some images to get started and Block Gallery will render a beautiful gallery based on the mode you picked.

You can always change from one mode to another quite easily from the Block Gallery menu. To do so, click on the gallery and a menu will open up on top of the block.

Block Gallery 4

From here, you can:

  1. Change mode
  2. Expanding block to full browser width
  3. Add filters
  4. Change Gallery settings. This includes many more mode specific options for customizing the gallery.

And much more. See the gallery settings options for more in-depth customizations.

TLDR

A fairly basic WordPress gallery plugin for Gutenberg. Best used on basic blogs and websites.

Keep in mind that this is a very simple plugin and can’t be extended currently. So for example, if you would like to click on an image from the masonry field and expand it to full screen as an overlay, you can’t do that.

If you’re looking for something more comprehensive, most premium themes come with their own  gallery plugin baked in the site so you need to install a gallery plugin separately.

Features

Gutenberg ready Yes
Custom styles No. You can still do basic customizations via custom css.

Verdict

You want a simple image gallery inside your WordPress post? Block gallery has got you covered fam.

  • Very easy to use. Just works.

  • No way to customize the gallery beyond the options given currently.

4/5

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