10 Image Lightbox WordPress Plugins

The easiest way to create an image gallery within WordPress is by using the add feature (from WP 2.5+), but to give your gallery something extra you may wish to add the Lightbox effect. Originally developed by Lokeshdhaker.com, Lightbox has gained widespread popularity because it is easy to use and it gives a professional and stylish finish to your images.

10 Lightbox WordPress Plugins

Lightbox 2 WP Plugin

WP Lightbox Plugins

Description : Lightbox 2 allows you to present images in a slick window, while darkening the rest of the page. It gives your site a professional feel and adds very little to page load times. Lightbox 2 works on almost every web browser out there, if a browser doesn’t support javascript, the code fails gracefully.
This is the simplest and easiest plugin to use, if its an easy image gallery you want, this is for you.
Compatibility :Up to WP 2.7.
Demo : View Demo.

jQuery Lightbox Plugin WP Plugin

WP Lightbox Plugins

Description : This is WordPress’s version of the jQuery Lightbox Plugin written by Balupton, the effect keeps with the traditional lightbox effect (simple overlay), it does not offer many frills, but just like Lightbox2 above, it is simple to use and implement.
Compatibility :Up to WP 2.7.
Demo : View Demo.

Picasa LightBox WP Plugin

WP Lightbox Plugins

Description : You can add Picasa images to your posts and pages without using any custom tags, click the Picasa Photos tab, browse your albums and select the picture you want to insert. Picasa LightBox does not download Picasa images to your serve, instead it displays them directly from Picasa.
The simplest and easiest plugin to use, if its a simple gallery you want, this is for you.
Compatibility :Up to WP 2.5.
Demo : View Demo.

Lightbox Gallery WP Plugin

WP Lightbox Plugins

Description : This plugin uses add , which was introduced in WordPress 2.5. The plugin automatically converts the default view of your gallery into the lightbox view. A nice feature of this plugin are the tooltips which display the images captions.
Compatibility :WP 2.5 – WP 2.7.
Demo : View Demo.

jQuery Lightbox For Native Galleries WP Plugin

WP Lightbox Plugins

Description : This plugin allows to use the Lightbox features for images and wordpress galleries without touching the html code. It includes an option “Open using lightbox” on the Setting Panel to be used before inserting the single images on your post. And for the native WordPress galleries the plugin inserts the “lightbox” class automatically.
Compatibility :Up to WP 2.7.
Demo : View Demo.

Flexible Lightbox WP Plugin

WP Lightbox Plugins

Description : This plugin integrates nicely into the gallery features offered by WordPress, it extends the features by adding Lightbox into the mix.
Compatibility :WP 2.5 – WP 2.7.
Demo : View Demo.

Add LightBox & Title WP Plugin

WP Lightbox Plugins

Description : This plugin automatically adds the rel="lightbox[POST-ID]" to images linked in a post and in a comment, and recovers the image title. POST-ID is unique per post so all images per post are grouped in one lightbox set.
Compatibility :WP 2.5 – WP 2.7.
Screenshots : View Screenshots.

Slimbox WP Plugin

WP Lightbox Plugins

Description : This plugin includes the new Slimbox 1.64 , it is a 7kb visual clone of the popular Lightbox JS v2.0 by Lokesh Dhakar, written using the MooTools framework. It was designed to be small, efficient, more convenient and 100% compatible with the original Lightbox v2.
Compatibility :Up to WP 2.7.
Demo : View Demo.

Shadowbox JS WP Plugin

WP Lightbox Plugins

Description : A javascript media viewer similar to Lightbox and Thickbox only better, much better. It supports all types of media (flash, video, mp3…), not just images. This plugin can also be used as a drop in lightbox replacement, without requiring you to edit posts already using lightbox.
This is by far the most powerful WP Lightbox plugin, it is easy to use and install as well. Recommended.
Compatibility :WP 2.6 – WP 2.8.
Screenshots : View Screenshots.

Add Lightbox WP Plugin

Description : This plugin for WordPress automatically add the lightbox effect to all images linked within a post, all images from a post are also grouped into one lightbox set creating a simple gallery. Useful plugin, unless you only want certain images to have the lightbox effect.
Compatabilty :Up to WP 2.7.

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