There are 101 methods and plugins to present your image slideshows. The variety that I’ve highlighted below simply represent the plugins that I have used most and know they are attractive, flexible, and reliable. They each offer different features, so before you decide on which slideshow gallery might work best for your site, think through the answers to these questions:
- Is the slideshow gallery only for your home page, or also on interior pages?
- Will you need multiple slideshow galleries to present different projects or themes?
- Will you want navigation for the slideshow, in the form of buttons, numbers, or thumbnails?
- Does it matter where the navigation appears – beneath the image or to the side?
- Do you want to display titles or captions for the images?
- Do the images need to be protected with a watermark, or prevent from download?
- Do you want the slideshow to appear in a lightbox? (a window that greys out the page and presents the image on top of the page background)
One of the most popular plugins, NextGen offers both a free version and a $39 Pro version with more options. www.nextgen-gallery.com
TN3 offers the flexibility of titles, captions, and thumbnails below or on the side. Their templates can also be customized – www.tn3gallery.com
This plugin offers a variety of options and so far has been easy to customize – Royal Slider plugin