Do you want to offer image search functionality to your website visitors? With the Epic Gallery Plugin you can do just that. Epic Gallery is the first gallery plugin created by Epic Plugins. It was intended to offer a gallery system like Google Images. Version 1.0 did that really well. Version 2.0 brings with it image search and a brand new image search page template. Using this plugin you can
- Create a catalogue of images that are searchable (the ‘Epic Gallery’ images)
- Have a page (similar to the screenshot below) where you can offer image search
- The results are returned in a google style image gallery viewer
- Try out the demo using search terms ‘car’ or ‘girl’ or ‘pig’
- Images are returned depending on their title or content (in the epic gallery image management admin area)
Searching using ‘car’ or ‘girl’ or ‘pig’ on the demo website here.
Once you’ve searched the image gallery the plugin returns any images which have been added to the Epic Gallery Library that match the search term. Below is what you get when you search for car
Any images returned can then be clicked on and navigated through using the awesome Epic Gallery photo viewer. Navigate either with the keyboard arrows or clicking on the arrows. You can even make the viewer full size.
This is the perfect plugin for offering an image search element to your website. But what’s more, you can embed a gallery directly onto a page (without requiring people to search).
Displaying a gallery onto a page
[[epicgallery]] can be used to embed all the photos in your Epic Gallery onto your website. Options for the shortcode allow you to display galleries by category or by gallery. The settings are
[[epicgallery cats = ID]]
[[epicgallery gallery = landscape]] //assuming you have a gallery named landscape
To find the category ID it is the
tag_ID in the URL when you click on the name of a category (on the epic category menu link).
Managing your Epic Gallery Images
The Epic Gallery can be setup with a single click which will import all of your standard WordPress Media Library items
Once added this imports all your images from your Media Library. Got images you don’t want included in the Epic Gallery? Simple. Just delete them from the Epic Gallery Management page (not the Media Library) and they won’t be returned in a search (or displayed in a gallery)
The Epic Gallery searches in the Title and the Content of the Epic Gallery posts (these act like normal posts) so if you have an image name like ‘image1.jpg’ and haven’t edited it to include the word ‘car’ in either the title or the content. It won’t be returned in the search for ‘car’.
Manually adding images
The easiest way to add images is via adding them to the Media Library and then import them (and edit appropriately). This is preferable over clicking ‘Add New’ under the Epic Gallery post type (although you can do this if you wish)
The Search Template
The plugin comes with a search template included. To set yours up like the demo link you simply
- Create a new page in your WordPress admin
- Choose the ‘Epic Gallery Image Search’ template from the page template drop downs
- Set your large logo and your search results logo in the Epic Gallery settings (I have created logos which are colourful, a bit like Google 🙂 but you can use any you like)
- Make sure your Epic Gallery has plenty of images that match possible search terms (either in the title, or in the content of each photo)
- Sit back and marvel at the amazing new page on your site which offers image search and image navigation, google images style
Why do you want this plugin?
This plugin is great if you have a photo website or any website which has a lot of images (like funny gifs, or general images like a car website, or the like). Some examples of uses of this plugin would be
- Give your visitors a searchable image archive of ebook covers (if you run a book website)
- Let your visitors search your photos if you run a photography business. Weddings, Sports, Events, etc
- You want to add an extra area to your site (or a subdomain of your site) to give image search (like stock photos, or logos)
- You are a designer, and want a way to offer searchable images that you’ve created
The Epic Gallery Plugin is packed with features that you can use to your advantage
- Searchable images using a custom page template
- NextGen compatible
- Embed galleries using the shortcode
- Embed category specific galleries
- Embed gallery specific galleries (if importing from NextGen)
- Choose between Google Style navigation and Facebook Style navigation
- Embedded galleries have each image able to be commented on and shared