WordPress websites are unique at least if you want them to be. But what people often forget is that high individuality and functionality can already be achieved by using the right sidebar widgets. Thumbnails tend to be a huge part of most WordPress themes these days. Even very simple themes make use of them in different places. Here, we want to show you the 12 most interesting WordPress free thumbnail widgets for your WordPress website.
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1. Image in Widget
Add images in widget areas with lots of features. Responsive images with different styles and also link option for images.
2. Portfolio Gallery
Portfolio Gallery is perfect for using for creating various portfolios or gallery within various views. The product allows adding descriptions and titles for each portfolio gallery. It is rather useful whoever using with various pages and posts, as well as within custom location. You can use portfolio gallery plugin to make your portfolio’s projects as well as to create your own image gallery, It has also the ability to create nicely designed FAQ system.
3. Advanced Recent Posts
Responsive Grid Layout based on Masonry script and you can insert the new layout in your page or template with shortcode. Now Advanced Recent Posts plugin have only one grid layout – based on Medium (300px width) thumbnail size. Also you can Feature some posts – they will be show in the grid increased. Shortcodes are configured in plugin shortcode builder, you will see it in the admin menu of your WordPress.
4. Posts Slider
Posts Slider is a WordPress posts content slider plugin with touch for mobile devices. Posts slider displays your blog’s recent posts using beautiful slider. Description Posts slider is light weight touch supported, responsive posts content slider plugin. Manage your posts to show in slider with custom taxonomies (categories, tags,authors e.t.c), With pre-designed layouts to save your time. Simple and easy to use, no coding skills required.
5. Document Gallery
This plugin allows the user to effortlessly create a gallery of documents and other attached media, much like the gallery option already available for image attachments. Document Gallery includes features intended to make integration with other plugins simple.
6. Require Featured Image
Requires your various post types as specified in a simple options page to have a featured image set before they can be published. If a lack of featured images causes your layout to break, or just look less than-optimal, this is the plugin for you. Rather than forcing you to manually enforce your editorial standards of including a featured image in every post, if your contributors fail to add a featured image to a post before publishing it they’ll simply find it impossible to publish.
7. Unite Gallery Lite
The Unite Gallery is all in one image and video gallery for WordPress. It’s based on the unite gallery javscript version, and has a very powerful and intuitive WordPress admin for your ease of use. Every gallery option has it’s description, decided into logical sections, and the items manager is very intuitive windows explorer style. Yet this gallery is very powerful, fast and has the most of nowadays must have features like responsiveness, touch enabled and even zoom feature, it’s unique effect.
8. Amazing Hover Effects
Amazing Hover Effects is an impressive hover effects collection, powered by pure CSS3 and iHover, no dependency. 55+ effects to choose and 3 styles. You can easily add hover effects using an image & embed them in separate page post or widgets.
9. Photography Management
Photography Management is a plugin for professional photographers and designers, who need to provide their clients/customers with images and photographs. It also allows to manage the designer’s clients and projects. Your photographs are only uploaded to your own WordPress server, where you can easily password protect your galleries, such that only selected people can access it.
10. Gallery Master
Gallery Master is an advanced wordpress plugin with a list of tools and options for adding and editing images for different views. It is fully responsive. The product includes plugin for adding image galleries and albums to posts and pages. You can add images, providing detailed descriptions, organize the galleries into different albums. Add description to each album and then title & description to each image in your album.
11. Magic Post Thumbnail
Retrieve first image from Google Images thanks to Google API, based on your post title and add it as your featured thumbnail when you publish the post. Settings allow you to configure some settings for your automatics images : Language search, posts types chosen, image type, free-to-use or not, image size and much more.
12. Featured Video Plus
Featured Videos work like Featured Images, just smoother: Paste a video URL into the designated new box on the post edit screen and the video will be displayed in place of a post image. Besides Local Videos you can use videos from a whole lot of external providers like YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion. SoundCloud and Spotify (including playlists) are supported as well.