I’ve been searching for ages for gallery software that’s ‘just right’ for me. And at last I’ve found it! It’s called Hero Themes Gallery Manager and as far as I’m concerned, it’s brilliant in its simplicity. It can be downloaded for free from the usual WordPress plugin site (see above link) and not only is it a piece of cake to use but it also produces superb results. At least I think so, anyway 😉
I tried lots of alternatives but many were just thinly disguised attempts to get you to buy a ‘premium’ or ‘paid-for’ product but failed dismally because what they were offering as a ‘light’ version was either too difficult to set up and configure or, from my experience anyway, didn’t work properly! Quite often they were trying to do too much and ended up promising a lot but delivering very little. And who in their right mind is going to spend time fiddling with software that doesn’t come with some kind of user guide and requires you to join some user support forum or other to find out how to set it up and use it? Not me, that’s for sure!
Anyway, I’m now a very happy bunny. Instead of the rag-tag display of thumbnails that I used to have in my gallery I’ve now got a neat array of matching images that open on a single click, allows you to page through the original pics using backwards and forwards arrows, lets you see the full size originals immediately and allows you to exit ‘just like that’. My gallery was something that’s been bugging me for a little while and I wanted to sort it out before I posted shots of the places that Val and I visited in the Languedoc at the end of May. Now I can go ahead knowing that I’ll be able to present them in the kind of way that I wanted to and I’m glad that at last I’ve been able to put it to bed 🙂