Tiled Galleries

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By default, image galleries are inserted as a thumbnail grid style.

You can extend the types of image galleries you insert into posts and pages to include tiled mosaic, square mosaic or circular grid using the Tiled Galleries module in the Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin.

Here are examples of each:

Tile gallery examples

Enable Jetpack Plugin

To get started you first need to activate the Jetpack plugin as follows:

  1. Enable Jetpack using existing WordPress.com account
  2. Enable Jetpack by creating a new WordPress.com account

Activate Tile Galleries

You activate the tiled galleries mode as follows:

1.  Go to Jetpack > Jetpack

Go to Jetpack

2.  Click Activate under the Tile Galleries module.

Click Activate

Adding a Tiled Gallery

Once you’ve activated the Tile Galleries module it adds a Type option to your Gallery Settings and you just need to select the Gallery type you want to insert when adding an image gallery to your post.

Select gallery settings

Here’s how to add a tiled gallery:

1.  Go to Posts > Add New.

Add New Post

2.  Place your cursor in your post/page editor where you want the tiled gallery to appear.

3.  Click on the Add Media icon.

Click on Add Media

4.   In the Add Media window click on the Create Gallery and then Select Files.

Click on Create Gallery

5.  Locate the images on your hard drive using your Shift or Crtl key to select more than one image then click Open.

6.  While your images are uploading you will see a progress bar.

Click on Create Gallery

7.  Once uploaded click on Create a new Gallery.

Click on Create a new gallery

8.  This takes you to the Edit Gallery window.

9.  Click on each image to edit it’s title. caption, alternative text and description under Attachment details.

  • Title:  The title displays on the image attachment page.
  • Caption: Image caption displayed directly below the image.
  • Alt Text:  The text displayed when image is not available.

You can change the order of photos by choosing Reverse order or using Random order.  Alternatively, you can reorder photos by clicking on the photo and then dragging them to a new location.

10.  Choose how you want the gallery to be displayed in the Gallery Settings area.

  • You selected Tile gallery type using the Type option. 

Select gallery settings

  • Link to:
    • Attachment page:  links the thumbnail image to a page set up specifically to display the image with all image details.  Appearance of the attachment page varies depending on your theme.
    • Media file:  Links to the thumbnail image directly to the full size uploaded image.
  • Columns: controls the number of columns of thumbnails that are displayed in your gallery.
  • Random Order: select this option if you want the image order to change each time the page loads.
  • Type:
    • Thumbnail Grid – default gallery of thumbnail images
    • Tiled Mosaic – gallery with rectangular tiles
    • Squared Tiles – gallery with square tiles
    • Circles – gallery with circular tiles

11.  Click Insert Gallery.

Click Insert Gallery

12.  Your Add Media window will close and your image gallery will appear in your post/page editor as shown below.

Gallery in the post editor

13.  When you view your post you’ll see your gallery displayed. 

Tiled Galleries Option

You can change your default gallery option from thumbnail Grid, gallery of thumbnail image, to a tiled mosaic gallery, gallery with rectangular tiles, by selecting “Display all your gallery pictures in a cool mosaic” in Settings > Media.

Default gallery options

Choosing this option makes this the default layout for all image galleries including those you’ve already inserted.  This means if you’ve previously inserted the default image gallery it will now display as a tiled mosaic gallery instead of a thumbnail grid gallery.

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