Jetpack, the WordPress plugin combo for self-hosted WordPress site, adds new “Tiled Galleries” feature in version 2.1.
“Tiled Galleries” allows you to display your in-post photo gallery in 4 new styles: Tiles, Squares, Circles, Slideshow. The Tiles and Squares layouts show captions when you hover the image. The new gallery types are mobile devices friendly, too.
Check out the live examples of all 3 options in this article.
Setup Jetpack Tiled Gallery
- Install Jetpack plugin to your self-hosted WordPress site.
- Enable the “Tiled Galleries” module in Jetpack setting.
- Done. Now you will see the new gallery types when creating a new gallery in post.
- Optionally, you can set titled gallery as default gallery type by ticking the checkbox next to “Display all your gallery pictures in a cool mosaic.” under Media Settings (Settings -> Media).
[box type=note]Note: Images in tiled galleries will be served from WordPress.com’s CDN instead of your blog’s web server. It saves your site’s bandwidth.[/box]
Compare to default gallery grid
For comparison, here is the default WordPress photo gallery grid:
And, here is the tiled gallery type:
The tiled gallery mosaic layout looks much better than the WordPress’s default dull photo gallery grid. I have set tiled gallery as default for this blog.