How to Upload Photos from Adobe Lightroom to WordPress

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Many photographers use Adobe Lightroom to edit photos before uploading them to WordPress. While editing photos is essential, manually uploading them to WordPress can be a time drain. In this article, we will show you how to easily upload photos from Adobe Lightroom to WordPress with just one click.

How to Upload Photos from Adobe Lightroom to WordPress

Requirements for Adobe Lightroom to WordPress Uploads

First you will need Adobe Lightroom installed in your computer. Any version after Lightroom 5 or Creative Suite would work.

Secondly, we will be using Envira Gallery, which is the best gallery plugin for WordPress. It allows you to create beautiful responsive image galleries in WordPress.

Envira Gallery recently announced the Lightroom Addon which is available with their Gold and Platinum license. This addon provides seamless integration between Adobe Lightroom and your WordPress site.

Let’s take a look at how you can integrate Adobe Lightroom to WordPress.

Step 1. Setting Up Adobe Lightroom

First you will need to install and setup Adobe Creative Cloud app on your computer. Upon installation, creative cloud app will ask you to sign in with your Adobe ID. Once logged in, you need to make sure that file syncing is enabled.

Enable file syncing in Adobe creative cloud app

Next, you need to install the Envira Gallery addon for Adobe Lightroom. You can do this by visiting Addons for Adobe Lightroom page and searching for Envira Gallery.

Click on Envira Gallery to open the addon overview page, and then click on the Install/Free button to continue.

Installing Envira Gallery addon for Adobe Lightroom

After the installation, Adobe Creative Cloud app on your computer will show you a notification that Envira Gallery addon has been successfully installed.

The installation will also download envira-gallery.zip file to your computer. You need to go to your computer’s Downloads folder to locate the file and extract it.

In your computer’s downloads folder, you should now see a file enviralrplugin.zip. You need to extract this file because it contains a file named envira.lrplugin.

Next, you need to open Adobe Lightroom and click on File » Plugin Manager in the toolbar.

Plugin manager menu in Adobe Lightroom

This will bring up the plugin manager window. Go ahead and click on the Add button and select the envira.lrplugin file from your computer.

Add Envira Gallery plugin in Adobe Lightroom

Click ‘Done’ to close the plugin manager window. You should now see Envira Gallery in Adobe Lightroom under Publish Services.

You have successfully added Envira Gallery as a publish service to Adobe Lightroom. Now we need to setup Envira Gallery to work with Lightroom.

Step 2: Setting up Envira Gallery plugin

Envira Gallery is a premium WordPress plugin. Envira’s Adobe Lightroom addon comes with their Gold and Platinum plans.

First thing you will need to do is install and activate the Envira Gallery plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to go to Envira Gallery » Settings page. You will need to provide your license key which can be found in your accounts page on Envira Gallery website.

Envira Gallery settings page

After verifying your license key, you need to click on the Addons tab and scroll down to locate the Lightroom Addon. Go ahead and click on the Install Addon button.

Envira Gallery will install the Lightroom addon, and then you need to click on the activate button to enable it.

Installing lightroom addon in Envira Gallery plugin

You will need to reload the settings page, and you will now see a new tab labeled Lightroom. Clicking on the Lightroom tab will show you two options.

Lightroom settings in Envira Gallery plugin

First, you need to choose the user account you want to use for publishing images from Lightroom. Second, you need to generate an access token. Copy this access token as you will need it in the next step.

Don’t forget to click on the Save button to store your settings.

Step 3: Connect Lightroom to Envira Gallery on Your WordPress Site

Now that we have setup both Envira Gallery and Lightroom, the next step is to allow Lightroom to speak with Envira Gallery on your WordPress site.

Open Adobe Lightroom and click on the ‘Setup’ link next to Envira Gallery under publish services panel.

Setup Envira Gallery as publish service

This will bring up the publishing services manager window. You will need to provide the address of your WordPress website and the access token you generated earlier.

Connecting Lightroom to Envira Gallery plugin on your WordPress site

Once you do that, click on the authenticate button. Lightroom will now connect to your WordPress site, and you will see a success message when it has connected to your website successfully.

Successful authentication

Click OK button on the success message and then click on the Save button in publishing services manager window.

Step 4: Uploading Photos From Lightroom to WordPress

All the steps mentioned above were just for setting up Lightroom and Envira Gallery. You will not need to repeat those steps in the future.

Now you can easily upload photos from Adobe Lightroom to WordPress with Envira Gallery.

Start by going into Adobe Lightroom and then right clicking on Envira under the Publish Services panel. After that click on the ‘Create Published Collection…’ option from the menu.

Create new collection

This will bring up a popup window where you need to provide a name for your collection. It is important to note that this name will also become the name of your image gallery in your WordPress site.

Collection name

Once you have chosen the name, click on the create button to continue. Lightroom will now create an empty collection for you. You can drag and drop images from your library into your new collection.

As soon as you add, remove, or edit images in a collection, you will see a Publish button appear below it. Clicking on publish button will upload your photos to WordPress and store them in your Envira Gallery.

Publish from Lightroom to Envira Gallery

You can continue editing your images in Lightroom, make changes, add or remove images, and do anything you want. You can always click on the publish button and your Envira Gallery will get updated because this addon keeps Lightroom synchronized with WordPress.

You can visit your WordPress admin area and go to Envira Gallery to see your Lightroom collection added as a gallery.

New gallery created from Lightroom

This gallery will still be stored as a draft. In order to add it into your posts or pages, you will need to publish it. Take a look at our guide on how to create image galleries with Envira Gallery

Publish Envira Gallery to add it into posts or pages

That’s all. We hope this article helped you learn how to upload photos from Adobe Lightroom to WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to resize and make images larger without losing quality.

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Which is the Best WordPress Photo Gallery Plugin? (Performance + Quality Compared)

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Are you looking for a WordPress photo gallery plugin for your site? Tired of going through thousands of WordPress gallery plugins to see which one is the best? That’s why we did the research for you. In this article, we will compare the top 3 WordPress photo gallery plugins based on their speed, performance, ease of use, and over all features. The goal is to find out which is the best WordPress photo gallery plugin.

A photo gallery in a WordPress website

Many WordPress users create photo galleries at one point or another. That’s why WordPress comes with a built-in gallery feature. However, the default gallery lacks functionality and aesthetic appeal that most users want. That’s why we’re often asked which is the best WordPress gallery plugin. In this article, we will try to answer that question by comparing the best WordPress gallery plugins.

Choosing the right WordPress photo gallery plugin can not only improve the visual appeal of your photo galleries, but it also improves the overall user experience on your site.

What is Wrong With Most WordPress Photo Gallery Plugins?

The biggest problem with most WordPress gallery plugins is that they’re slow. If it is not well-coded, then a gallery can significantly slow down your website even if you have good WordPress hosting.

The other problem with WordPress gallery plugins is ease of use. Most of them are bloated with features and are overly complicated for beginners to get started with. Too many features does not always mean it’s a good product.

Last but not least, you want to make sure that your WordPress gallery plugin is responsive. A lot of them are not.

A perfect WordPress gallery plugin should be fast, easy to use, and have all the necessary features that you need to create beautiful photo galleries (such as lightboxes, image navigation, albums, pagination, etc). This allows for great user experience and helps improve your SEO as well.

So how do you go through all the WordPress gallery plugins and check for all this? Well you don’t have to. We did the research for you and below are our results for the best WordPress photo gallery plugins.

Our Top Contenders for Best WordPress Photo Gallery Plugin

We have picked the most popular WordPress photo gallery plugins in the market. In our comparison, we will look for speed, features, ease of use, and reliability. Here are the top 3 WordPress gallery plugins that most experts recommend:

Let’s get started with our comparison. First category is speed.

Speed

Speed is crucial when you are choosing a WordPress photo gallery plugin. Not only does it affect SEO, but it also affects user experience on your site.

If you are using a gallery plugin for a portfolio or photography site, then you simply cannot afford to compromise on speed. We ran a test on the plugins using the same images without modifying any default settings. Below are our results:

Gallery Plugin Page Load time Requests Page size
Envira Gallery 1.08 secs 24 1MB
Foo Gallery 1.89 secs 23 357.1KB
NextGEN 1.88 secs 33 518KB

As you can see in the above results, Envira Gallery came out as the fastest loading WordPress gallery plugin despite the fact that the page size was nearly double of NextGEN and Foo Gallery.

The reason why Enivra Gallery is the fastest is because it’s well coded and highly optimized for speed.

If you want a high performance fast WordPress site, then Envira is the photo gallery plugin for you.

Ease of Use

Creating image galleries is not as simple as uploading a single image to your posts. You need to choose layouts, select columns, add thumbnail sizes, choose lightbox and animations. Most beginners would find these things quite overwhelming. The goal here is to find a WordPress photo gallery plugin that is powerful and beginner friendly at the same time.

Envira Gallery

Envira Gallery follows and adheres to the WordPress coding standards and best practices. It provides a user interface that seamlessly blends into your WordPress admin area. Creating a new gallery is very similar to creating a new post in WordPress which makes it extremely beginner friendly.

Envira Gallery user interface

When you create a gallery, you are immediately shown the shortcode that you can use to add the gallery in any WordPress post or page. Envira Gallery also adds a button right next to the media upload button above the post editor that you can use to quickly add any gallery or album in your post / page.

Aside from that Envira Gallery also shows you the template tag that you can use it in your WordPress templates. This comes particularly handy if you are developing a site for a client and want to include galleries straight into theme files.

Foo Gallery

Foo Gallery takes the similar approach as Envira Gallery. It makes it easier for you to create photo gallery using a simple user interface that looks and feels like WordPress.

Foo Gallery user interface

Foo Gallery also adds a button on top of the post editor making it extremely simple for you to add galleries into any posts/pages.

Unlike Envira Gallery, Foo Gallery does not show the template tag to insert your galleries into theme files or templates.

NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN is a little different than our other two contenders. Instead of using the built in WordPress features, NextGEN brings its own user interface, database tables, and separate folders to store your images. This is why NextGEN user interface looks a bit complicated in WordPress.

NextGEN Gallery user interface

It will take users sometime to understand how to upload images and create a gallery. They will also find it a bit difficult to add the gallery into post/page.

NextGEN adds a button into WordPress visual editor, but if you are using the text editor, then you will not see any button.

Winner: We found Envira Gallery to be the easiest out of all. Foo Gallery is a very close second. NextGEN is not quick and easy to use and we feel that users will struggle with it a bit in the beginning.

Features

In order to create a beautiful photo gallery, you need functionality like lightboxes, full-screen mode, albums, pagination, navigation, slideshow, password protection, EXIF metadata, social media sharing, and more.

However it’s important to remember that too many features can slow down your site, so let’s take a look at how our contenders handle the balance in features and functionality.

Envira Gallery

Envira Gallery is built with a mobile first approach. This means that it is fully responsive out of the box.

It allows you to easily choose thumbnail sizes, animations, gallery layouts, add meta tags for your images all from the single user interface.

Apart from the built-in features, there are loads of features that you can add by installing addons such as: gallery templates, social sharing, videos, password protection, image protection, albums, slideshow, pinterest, deeplinking, fullscreen mode, image tags, and many more.

Foo Gallery

Foo Gallery comes with a great set of features. It is not mobile responsive out of the box, but you can select the responsive template to add a responsive photo gallery.

Another feature that we missed is the lightbox. You can install the free Foobox plugin to add lightbox functionality, but we felt that it should have been packaged with the core gallery plugin.

Foo Gallery also comes with extensions that you can install to add more features such as custom branding, cube effect, lightbox, and more.

NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN Gallery is the oldest of all three plugins, and it comes with an extensive list of features.

Many of the features that are available as addons in Envira and Foo, are available out of the box in NextGEN gallery. There are also pro and plus paid upgrades which provide additional features.

NextGEN is loaded with features, but many of these features require certain level of familiarity with the plugin. This requires spending time, reading documentation, and posting questions in support forums.

Winner NextGEN is a clear winner when it comes to total feature count. Foo Gallery has some essential features missing in the out-of-the-box experience. Envira Gallery comes with just the right balance of features and functionality combined with ease of use.

Compatability

WordPress provides you the freedom to move your site from one web host to another and even to different competitors.

We need to see if you can easily import/export and backup your photo gallery data.

Envira

Envira stores all your photo galleries as custom post types in the WordPress database. It stores your media files using the default WordPress media location. This means if you backup your WordPress site, you will have all Envira Gallery data backedup.

Envira also allows you to import/export your individual galleries. This means that you can move a single gallery from one WordPress site to another.

Envira Gallery allows you to import/export photo galleries

When you move your WordPress site, Envira will automatically detect it and will show you an option to fix the migration.

All these features make Envira Gallery the most reliable photo gallery plugin for WordPress.

Foo Gallery

Similar to Envira, Foo Gallery also stores your galleries as custom post types in the WordPress database. If you backup your WordPress site, then you will have a Foo Gallery data backup as well.

However if you just want to export individual galleries, then there is no option for that because the plugin doesn’t come with an import / export feature.

NextGEN Gallery

NextGEN gallery does not come with import/export feature. Since it stores your data in separate database tables, this means you will need to configure your WordPress backup plugin to include those tables.

NextGEN also stores your images in a separate folder. If you want to create a backup for them, then you will need to download the folder separately to your computer.

Both Envira and FooGallery offers NextGen importers to make it easy for users to switch to their platform.

Winner Enivra Gallery offers the most comprehensive set of tools to import/export your photo galleries.

Pricing

All three plugins have free versions available in the WordPress plugin directory. All three of them have paid upgrades available with more features. The pricing of your photo gallery plugin will depend on which plan you want to use for any of these plugins. You can choose a plan based on the features you need after trying the free versions.

Winner: No clear winners here – the pricing of products will vary based on what features you need and plan that you select.

Conclusion

Envira Gallery is the best WordPress photo gallery plugin. It is extremely fast, simple to use, packed with all the essential features, and is fully mobile responsive. Photo galleries created with Envira Gallery are stunningly beautiful and blazing fast at the same time.

Use our Envira Gallery coupon to get an extra 25% off their paid plans.

We hope this article answers the questions regarding the best WordPress photo gallery plugin in terms of performance and quality. Which is your favorite WordPress gallery plugin? Let us know by sending a tweet to @wpbeginner on Twitter.

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