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The Gallery widget makes it easy to display a photo gallery or slideshow in your blog’s sidebar.

It is added Appearance > Widgets when the Extra Sidebar Widgets module and Tiled Galleries module in the Jetpack plugin are activated.   To insert a slideshow you need to enable Jetpack’s Slideshow module.

Here’s what it looks like when it’s added to a blog sidebar:

Gallery widget

Settings

Once you add the widget to your sidebar in Appearance > Widgets, you’ll see the widget settings look like this:

Gallery widget settings

  • Title:   Allows you to add your own custom title.  For example, My Photos, My Slideshow, Class Photos
  • Choose Images:  You click on Choose images to upload images from your computer for your gallery or slideshow.
  • Link to:   Controls what your images are linked to.
    • Carousel:  Links the images to a full-size carousel that allows visitors to scroll through the gallery one image at a time.
    • Attachment page:   links image to its attachment page
    • Media File – links the image to its original full size version.
  • Random order:  when you check this box the images are displayed in a random order in the gallery.
  • Style:  
    • Tiles– gallery with rectangular tiles
    • Square Tiles – gallery with square tiles
    • Circles – gallery with circular tiles
    • Slideshow 

Activate Jetpack modules

To use the Gallery widget you need to activate the Jetpack modules as follows:

1.  To get started you first need to activate the Jetpack plugin:

2.  Go to Jetpack > Settings

Jetpack Settings page

3.  Hover your mouse over Tiled Galleries.  This brings up the Activate link which you click to enable the Tiled Galleries module.

Click Activate

4. Click Activate under Slideshow module.

Click Activate

5.  Click Activate under Extra Sidebar Widgets module.

Click Activate

Adding a Gallery or Slideshow

1.  Add the Gallery widget to the desired sidebar.

2.  Click on Choose Images.

Gallery widget settings

3.  Click on Select Files and upload the images from your computer.

Click on Create Gallery

Or click on Add to Gallery to select and add images that are already in your Media Library.  Click on Add to Gallery button once you have selected the images from your media library.

4.  After you’ve uploaded or added all your images, add a caption, or drag and drop to reorder them and then click Insert Gallery.

Click insert gallery

5.  Select your preferred Link to option.

Select link to optoin

  • Carousel:  Links the images to a full-size carousel that allows visitors to scroll through the gallery one image at a time.
  • Attachment page:   links image to its attachment page
  • Media File – links the image to its original full size version.

6.  Select your preferred Style.

Select style

  • Tiles– gallery with rectangular tiles
  • Square Tiles – gallery with square tiles
  • Circles – gallery with circular tiles
  • Slideshow 

7.  Click Save.

Click Save

Examples of Gallery Styles

Here is what each type of gallery style looks like:

Gallery Style:  Titles

Tiles

Gallery Style: Slideshow

Slideshow