As photographers, we want our content to reach as many eyes as possible and so we work hard at mastering the skill of capturing moments. However, same as we edit a picture to add effects that will increase our reach, photographers should also be looking at the optimization of other elements, such as where we post the pictures and the elements on these platforms.
In this article, we go over the top 5 plugins you should install to increase your photo’s chances of being seen by as many people as possible.
AddThis is a great social media share plugin – it’s incredibly easy to integrate social media buttons via this plugin.
The beauty of AddThis is that it comes with a lot of flexibility of where exactly you put the buttons, giving you the option to place them right next to, below or on top of your images for increased traffic from the social media channels.
Slider Revolution generally has a lot of uses in a WordPress blog, from being part of the design of the site or the theme.
When it comes to photography however, it can be a stand alone solution to make your pictures animated or with special effects. Be warned, it can take some time to set the plugin up and it’s on the complex side of WordPress plugins.
Another note to keep in mind is that Slider Revolution is a paid plugin at £15.
3. Nextgen Plus
Another paid premium plugin at the pricey price of £52 for a lifetime license. Nexgen plugin is developed by Imagely, a company that specializes in photography plugins and themes.
Over the time, the plugin has had some free versions and it’s no surprise it has become one of the best photo gallery plugins for photographers – it lets you stack images with a lot of flexibility to the layout, the images are fully responsive and what’s more, the plugin lets you sell your images right from the website!
SEO is the mother of all web traffic, so it’s important your website is optimized for the best possible rankings. When it comes to images – many people use the image search and this is a big part of Googles algorithm.
Google of course can’t read and interpret images (not yet!) so it relays on the ALT and TITLE tags people provide about the images. SEO Friendly Images helps you optimize your pictures and makes sure they can be found online.
This is a very simple and free plugin that can have a massive impact on your blog. The plugin adds very easy to use Pinterest buttons so that people can share your best pictures.
The plugin is very easy to use and install, yet comes with a few advanced options that lets you adjust the plugin to your exact needs.
Best WordPress photography plugins
There you have it – the best plugins for any photographers to use. The list is oriented at helping you to get the best out of your WordPress photography blog. From simply displaying images, to optimizing them for SEO and integrating the best social media tools with your pictures!