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You’ll need a great theme to show off your portfolio. Whether you’ve got graphics, logos, or photographs to display, the right theme will make your work look even better.
Below are nine of the top WordPress themes for gallery sites. They’re highly customizable and make browsing portfolios fun and seamless.
Ready to get started? Keep reading to check out the best gallery themes below.
WordPress gallery themes
All nine of these themes work with the latest version of WordPress and are fully responsive. That means they’ll look and work great on computers, tablets, and smartphones.
These themes work perfectly for any visual media – photo albums, art galleries, and video galleries – you name it.
1. Portfolio by MyThemeShop
Portfolio is a minimalist gallery theme. Its clean design and liberal use of whitespace put all the emphasis on your images.
The homepage features a live-sorting gallery which makes browsing easy for visitors. Set up your categories to customize the filtering choices. Clicking an image instantly loads more info without loading a new page by using AJAX.
Portfolio comes with many customization options including custom fonts, colors, and background images. This minimalist theme also lets you change the number of columns in the gallery, and you can choose the image size too.
Portfolio is a well-designed and adaptable gallery theme. It would work well for graphic designers, fashion designers, and other creatives.
2. Gallery Pro by StudioPress
Gallery Pro is a sleek and stylish portfolio theme. Italicized serif fonts and a spacious layout make for a minimalist and elegant design.
This photo gallery theme is well-rounded and comes with a variety of templates. Beyond displaying your images, it’s also easy to publish text-based content. This includes a blog, multiple widget areas, and custom page templates.
Gallery Pro comes with StudioPress’ fast and customizable Genesis Framework. You’ll get access to the avid community and wealth of knowledge they have in addition to the gallery theme.
3. Origin by Elegant Themes
Origin is a unique portfolio gallery theme. Navigate the site with the sidebar layout and use the bulk of the space to show off your images. Portfolio items sit edge-to-edge creating a pleasing aesthetic.
Origin comes with many color schemes and a robust theme options panel. Customizations include background color/texture, font options, and multiple layouts.
The simple and straightforward design of Origin makes it a great fit for most gallery sites. Use it for a photo album, art gallery, or your personal portfolio.
4. Peak by Themify.me
Peak is a full-featured portfolio theme. The aesthetic is clean and friendly, and the theme is quite easy to use.
You can do a lot more than show off a few images with Peak. This gallery theme includes mega menus, a slide-out sidebar, and full WooCommerce support. That means you can sell anything you display on your site.
For the gallery, Peak has plenty of customization options. Auto-tiling will create a dynamic layout for you, or you can set custom sizes for each image (or category). You’ll even get layout options for the post pages and a customizable header image section.
5. Nico by CSSIgniter
Nico is a gorgeous personal portfolio theme. You can use this design to promote a broad range of visual work. The large sidebar creates a spacious feel without distracting from the image gallery.
Like the Portfolio theme by MyThemeShop, Nico has a filterable gallery. Visitors will have no problems browsing your work with the filterable homepage gallery.
Nico is completely responsive meaning it looks and works great on tablets and phones too. As for customization, there are color schemes, custom widgets, and a mixture of gallery layouts. Portfolio items use a custom post type which allows you to publish posts separately on the blog.
6. Expression by Pexeto (Themeforest)
If your goal is to show off photographs and images, you can’t go wrong with Expression.
The Expression theme dedicates more screen space to the gallery than any other theme on this list. If you want to show off your images, this theme may be the best choice.
Clicking an item opens a lightbox where visitors can navigate through fullscreen images. Navigation is available via arrows and by use of the mouse wheel or keyboard.
Expression includes custom image sizes, built-in social sharing, and 34 different background patterns. Pexeto also has an integration with WP/LR Sync. This integration lets you sync your Lightroom images with WordPress, so you can import your entire image library.
7. WowWay by KrownThemes (Themeforest)
The WowWay premium WordPress theme is incredibly modern and stylish. In addition to a great looking design, this theme also has beautiful CSS3 animations.
Clicking any of the portfolio items loads the content in a popup via AJAX. Each portfolio item can be a simple text post, a video, or even an image slider. Every post has social buttons that make them easy to share.
WowWay comes with custom colors, drag-and-drop gallery management, and modal window options.
8. Branis by WebAngon (Themeforest)
Branis is a simple and charming gallery style theme. It’s quick to setup, so you can launch your image collection right away with this theme.
Branis integrates with the Unyson page builder to provide layout options. Switch sidebar positions instantly and create custom layouts with the page builder.
This WP theme also comes with one-click demo data imports. If you’re starting a new site, this is an excellent way to learn the theme and create the same display as seen in the live demo.
9. Cre8or by Tesla Themes
Cre8or is a fresh, minimalist gallery theme for WordPress. This theme makes use of portrait orientation images in the gallery which gives it a unique look. Smooth animations and page transitions make this theme even more enjoyable to use.
Cre8or comes with five layouts for single portfolio items and a built-in lightbox for images and videos. You’ll also get access to dozens of shortcodes for custom content and licenses for Visual Composer and Slider Revolution.
Which gallery theme is right for you?
What did you think of the themes?
If you’re looking for a minimalist theme, Portfolio or Gallery Pro are probably the top choices. If you want to setup an ecommerce store, Peak is a great option. When considering a theme, keep your business goals in mind and choose a design that will best serve your needs.
Have any questions about these themes or setting up a WordPress gallery theme? Leave a comment below.