Content Creator

Web Designer Plugins Are Slightly Expensive

Free WordPress Gallery Plugins Require Upgrade to Paid Versions for Functionality

You cannot add hypertext links to the free WordPress Gallery Plugins without paying to upgrade to the pro versions. After spending a few days looking for free WordPress gallery plugins, it turns out that they probably do not exist. All plugins have free versions, but they have only limited function.

Plugins use up a lot of system resources and therefore slow your website down. The first version of this article on plugins contained demo versions of so-called free plugins. However, those “free” plugins have now all been deleted from my this site. Hackers can get in through plugins. My site runs faster without the bells and whistles and everything gets reduced down to to mobile viewers anyway.

So what I ended up doing was creating my own gallery by inserting my images into WordPress tables. My gallery does not look beautiful, but it have total functionality to add whatever links I want to my blogs and images. Plus it is free and there are no moving parts like a plugin.

This is a WordPress reusable block, it is fully functional and it belongs to me:

Gallery Made From WordPress Table

Free WordPress Gallery Widget

This simple gallery widget comes free with every WordPress site:

Making a WordPress website look good was easy when I was working and had money to spend on snazzy upgrades. For now, I will have to make do with free themes and plugins. The important thing is to make my website look good on mobile devices. So it doesn’t really matter if I have an expensive Robo Gallery on my home page.

This is the free Smart Slider 3 plug in, works pretty good for free!

By Dean McAdams

Born a poor peckerwood in a Tujunga holler, Dean practiced secrets of the ancient & modern masters to end up liberated in the coastal paradise of West L.A.