Picture galleries are an important part of a WordPress blog. They allow you to group together pictures, and render them using a variety of compelling scripts.
You may display your picture album in a slide-show format, book format, thumbnail format and much more. Depending on your gallery plugin, you can zoom in, scroll, or otherwise navigate through all the pictures on your gallery.
Indeed, WordPress galleries are very powerful and an essential part of any blog.
But who says galleries should only contain pictures?
I started thinking about this after reading this excellent comment and list of suggestions by Keoshi. In it, he pointed me to some interesting pages that rendered a series of galleries together in a thumbnail type format. The pages were somewhat reminiscent of the WordPress native gallery, except instead of showing a series of images/attachments, it showed a series of galleries.
This made me think – should WordPress galleries only contain pictures?
Could galleries also contain posts, pages, other galleries, and pictures? With the new post thumbnail interface introduced in WordPress 2.9, this could be a very powerful addition to a blog.
Why? … The possibilities are endless.
You could render your front-page, category pages, and tag pages in a totally different way, all by just using image gallery display scripts. For example, below, we include a gallery of my most recent blog posts.
To render this gallery using the Shiba Gallery Plugin, we just use the gallery shortcode below:
[gallery type="tiny2" numberposts="10" recent="1" frame="white" tsize="none"]
We can also render the same gallery using Slimbox, or any other available image gallery script.
[gallery type="slimbox" numberposts="8" recent="1" size="thumbnail" caption="none"]
Below is an example category gallery rendered as a navigation list.
[gallery type="navlist" numberposts="3" category="1" size="(70,70)" orderby="post_date" order="DESC" post_type="post" caption="description"]
This is just the beginning … there is much more that you can do once you open up picture galleries to more than just pictures.