Websites are essential for all photographers because modern day clients increasingly look to online portfolios when deciding who to hire for their next photo shoot. If you have decided to use WordPress for your photography site, then you’re half way there.
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In this article, we will share the 14 best WordPress plugins for photographers that can help enhance your site and add much needed functionality.
Envira Gallery is the best responsive gallery plugin. It allows you to create beautiful image and video galleries for your WordPress site in minutes.
Envira comes with a variety of pre-built templates and 25 different addons. This gives you tons of customization options and features, such as albums, watermarking, eCommerce integration, image proofing, tags, slideshows, and much more.
To save time, you can import your pictures directly from Lightroom, Instagram, Dropbox, and variety of other sources.
Envira Gallery is SEO friendly and helps you get discovered in search engines.
Cost: Free with paid upgrades starting at $19 / yr
Picu allows you get your photographs proof-read by your clients.
Simply create a collection of photos and send the link to your customers via email. When your client approves the photos, you will be alerted by email.
Theft is an all-too-common problem that photographers have to deal with online. Easy Watermark is a free watermark plugin that can help.
It automatically adds your watermark to all photos uploaded on your WordPress website. You can also add or edit any watermark manually.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is important for getting your photography website found by potential clients. There isn’t a better WordPress SEO plugin than Yoast SEO. It runs on millions of websites, and is by far the best solution in the market.
Yoast SEO comes with all the features you need to optimize your photography website for search engines, including page title, meta description, focus keywords, sitemap, social meta data, and much more.
This plugin is a must-have for any photography website. See this guide on how to install Yoast SEO.
Cost: Free with paid upgrades starting at $69 / yr
No photography website is complete without a contact form. WPForms is the most beginner friendly contact form plugin for WordPress. This drag & drop online form builder allows you to easily create contact forms, email subscription forms, order forms, payment forms, and other type of online forms with just a few clicks.
You can even use it to allow your clients to book and pay for their sessions right on your website! There’s a free WPForms Lite version available for those who are looking for a simple solution.
Cost: Free with paid upgrades starting at $39 / yr
Storyform allows you to create full screen, full bleed layouts to your WordPress site. You can easily add it to a post, and it will turn the post into a photo-essay for you.
This feature rich plugin comes with a responsive layout, multi-column content space, large photography, animations, captions and much more. It supports mouse and keyboard shortcuts.
If you want to attract visitors by telling them the stories behind your photos, then you definitely need to try out Storyform.
Cost: Free with upgrades starting at $8 / mo
Need an image slider? Soliloquy is the best WordPress slider plugin.
It comes with tons of features such as slider themes, dynamic sliders, video sliders and various styles of animations.
You can also import images from Flickr, Instagram, and much more.
All Soliloquy sliders are fully responsive, so they look awesome on all devices.
Cost: Plans starting at $19 / yr up to $249 (flat fee)
W3 Total Cache
The big problem with many photography websites is that they take a long time to load. Caching helps to speed up your website, making it more user friendly, reducing bounce rate, and helping you to rank higher in search. W3 Total Cache allows you to cache your WordPress photography site with ease.
With more than a million trusted users, W3 Total Cache performs great in all categories. See this guide on how to install W3 Total Cache.
If you’re a photographer who uses a lot of images on your website, then this plugin is a must.
For your business website, security is essential. Wordfence Security gives you free enterprise-class WordPress security that protects your site from hacks and malware.
Here’s how it works: Wordfence Security first analyzes your website to see if you have been previously hacked by scanning your server and source code. After that, it secures your site.
It even makes your site up to 50 times faster: a great added bonus for photography websites!
Cost: Free with paid upgrades up to $4.92 / mo
For your photography website to perform well, it is vital that you properly compress and optimize your images for the web. The problem is, compressing your images manually one-by-one can be time consuming.
Imsanity is a sane resource to free yourself from the headache of compressing images. Simply upload your photos of any size, and Imsanity will take care of it. It can bulk compress previously uploaded images as well.
You can also configure the maximum width, height and quality that you want, and Imsanity will automatically compress and resize any images above that limit.
“Lazy loading” is when resources on your website are only loaded as they are needed, and not before. This makes your website load faster.
Lazy Load plugin for WordPress speeds up your website by only loading only the images that are visible to the user. If the user never scrolls down, then that content is never loaded.
This saves your server bandwidth, and improves your page speed.
A content delivery network (CDN) increases the speed of your website by distributing your content across the globe and delivering it to users depending on their specific location. (See this infographic about how CDNs work for a more detailed explanation.)
CDN Enabler helps you to integrate your CDN with your WordPress website.
An email list is extremely important for your photography business, and OptinMonster is the best plugin for growing your email list.
You can create multiple opt-in forms such as lightbox popups, scroll-triggered slide in boxes, floating bars, after post forms, sidebar optin forms, and more. Their exit-intent technology is the best in the industry.
OptinMonster even allows you to customize all of your opt-in forms based on user behavior with page level targeting.
Cost: Starting at $9 / mo. or $49 / yr
Pinterest Pin It Button on Image Hover and Post
Pinterest is a great tool for sharing photos. The Pinterest Pin It button plugin adds a “Pin It” button to all the photos on your website. You can choose to manually add it to individual photos, if you don’t want the button on every image.
Building your photography website can take a bit of planning, but good plugins can make the process a whole lot easier. Choose one of the plugins above to start with today, and you’ll be well on your way to attracting more clients with your website.
Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner, the largest free WordPress resource site. With over 10 years of experience, he’s the leading WordPress expert in the industry. You can learn more about Syed and his portfolio of companies by following him on his social media networks.