Sunday, January 27, 2013

10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

WordPress is widely regarded as one of the best platforms to host a blog. It’s free. It’s secure. It has tons of cool add-ons and widgets that people can use to further customize their blog and make it stand out.
The vital components of most blogs are the images that go in its posts. Without images, a blog will look lackluster and dull and can eventually lead to a reduction in web traffic.


This is the main reason why bloggers should always include multiple images in all their posts to make their content appear more enticing and appealing.
Today’s post will discuss about 10 amazing WordPress image plugins for blogs. You should seriously consider these options as they can not only make your blog stand out, but also improve web traffic while positively impact your fan following.

1. SEO Friendly Images

This plugin is extremely nifty when it comes to ranking images in Google Image searches. It helps add ALT and TITLE attributes to all your images thereby improving traffic from search results. It also makes all tags W3C compliant.
SEO Friendly Images  10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

2. Flickr Photo Album

Do you have photos on Flickr? You can share them and link them via this plugin which essentially pulls your Flickr photo stream and then displays them as albums on your blog.
Flicker Photo Album 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

3. Lightbox 2

If you or your readers don’t mind pop ups and if you are familiar with Javascript, then this is certainly one handy image plugin for blogs. Lightbox 2 allows bloggers to overlay images on the current page into neat pop-ups powered by Javascript.
Lightbox 2 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

4. Thumbnail Viewer

This Javascript plugin is a minimalist image viewer that is known for its extremely fast loading and easy coding. If you don’t want to get too deep into scripting and just want to stick with the basics, then add this plugin to your blog.
Thumbnail Viewer 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

5. Shutter Reloaded

I really like this plugin because of its smooth functionality and unique image display quality. Shutter Reloaded essentially darkens the current page and displays an image on top of it. This contrast makes images stand out and also look more appealing. Very cool plug-in indeed.
Shutter Reloaded 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

6. WordPress Photo Album

WordPress also has its own photo album that people can utilize instead of using Flickr. This plugin makes creating and moving photo albums much easier, simpler and faster. Blog owners also gain the ability to adjust the sizes of thumbnails and full size pictures as they see fit.
WordPress Photo Album 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

7. Flipping Book

This is without a doubt one of my favorite image plugins for blogs, mainly due to the extremely unique and innovative way it displays images to the end user. Rather than displaying images in a standard way, Flipping Book displays them in the form of pages from a book that can be “flipped” with an ease to view other pictures. It’s amazingly simple and very cool to use. You can create multiple “books” using this plugin.
Flipping Book  10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

8. Yet Another Photoblog

Don’t fall for the name. This plug-in is a very strong contender and deserves a mention here. People who include more images than text in their posts will absolutely love this plug-in. If that sounds like you, you need ‘Yet Another Photoblog’!
Yet Another Photoblog 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

9. Easy Image Crop

This plug-in is extremely handy! I almost always end up cropping my images to make my posts look more attractive and streamlined. This plug-in is extremely useful for such scenarios. The best part about it is that users get to crop the images on the front end and not the back end meaning that they get to see the results instantly.
Easy Image Crop 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality

10. NextGEN Gallery

Obviously, we save the best for last. NextGen Gallery is the undisputed best image WordPress plugin currently available. It is very easy to use and if you are just getting your feet wet with image plugins, this is the one you should try first. From creating albums to Flash slide shows, this plugin can do virtually anything you want it to.
NextGEN Gallery 10 Best WordPress Plugins to Enhance Image Quality