A photo gallery or slide show can be a source of eye candy and or a functional addition to any WordPress website where grabbing and holding a website visitors attention is the order of the day. Whether one’s website is e-Commerce oriented or primarily informational; any website will benefit from well presented and optimized images. Did you know your websites’ images can help with your overall SEO?

Skilled WordPress developers have created a large number of photo gallery plugins which can be found for sale on websites such as CodeCanyon. Before you spend your hard earned $$$, consider the built in WordPress tools to add an image gallery to any of your posts or pages.

Adding a Photo Gallery – Must See Video!

For Profession Photo Gallery Display Results

Professional images are a best bet when it comes to giving your website a professional look and feel. The internet today if rife with resources where one can discover and download high quality images, many of them for free.

Stock Photo Resources

Where to Get Images

For Adding Images to Posts, Pages, Headers, Backgrounds and Featured Sliders :: The best course of action is to purchase quality stock photography from online stock houses. I have an account at http://istockphoto.com and recommend them highly. Photos for web use cost about two to ten dollars, depending upon the quality and or the photographer.

Recommended sizes vary with a users WordPress theme and overall site design. Here are some guidelines. Note, all sizes are in pixels.

Featured Sliders – 960 X 370 Header – 960 X 325 Illustrating Content on Posts/Pages: 250 X 250

Learn more about WordPress image use and functions:

Free Photos :: Here are the free photography website I use and recommend:

Paid Stock Photos :: Hee are the paid stock photo sites I’ve enjoyed using:

Using and Customizing Personal Photographs

Often times one must use ones own photographs. Typically, these ‘snapshots’ need a lot of post processing. We professional more often than not use Photoshop. Unfortunately for most this is too expensive of a solution. Do not despair, there are options you can avail yourself of.

Photo Editors

Edit Your Photos Online :: This is how one can size ones images to appropriate web specs.

Desktop Photo Re-Sizing :: Great for heavy users or those that just hate doing things online. There are many programs that will run on a Mac or PC and allow one to manipulate photos in a variety of ways.

 

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