I have created many forum threads asking others which projects are the most challenging. I have created polls on Facebook and Google+ asking the same question. As I expected, I received many replies starting with “it depends on …” However, creating portfolios was another common answer. I couldn’t agree more with this fact.
A portfolio is a pretentious project. It should look nice and be eye-catching enough to capture the users’ attention. At the same time, the design should be discrete and incite users to focus on the projects exhibited. In terms of design, “eye-catching” and “discrete” are opposite. Therefore, a portfolio designer is responsible for creating a perfect balance between the two terms. It’s not an easy task at all!
Many developers are aware of this fact and have created state-of-the-art WordPress themes for portfolios. Others developed plugins that help create amazing portfolios. Such is the case of Final Tiles Gallery – a great WordPress portfolio plugin. Final Tiles Gallery isn’t just another plugin; it’s a reliable and powerful tool to create portfolios.
In this article, I will dissect this plugin and show you how to use it. It’s a premium plugin developed by GreenTreeLabs that is available for purchase at Code Canyon. If you are on a tight budget, use the lite version of it available at WordPress Repository.
Meet the Final Tiles Gallery WordPress Plugin
Final Tiles Gallery is not an ordinary WordPress plugin. Let’s drill down what makes it so special and why it is considered to be a flagship in its category.
Final Tiles Gallery is a powerful WordPress portfolio plugin that is able to create one of the best galleries. No matter if the portfolio is a designer, artist, singer, DJ, or writer, it needs a section to showcase images, videos, or screenshots. This plugin does a great job by creating image galleries and letting you customize these.
How to Use It
The real power of this WordPress portfolio plugin is the mix of user-friendliness and unlimited options. I spent more than an hour (no exaggeration) testing all its features. Usually, the most powerful plugins are targeted to medium and advanced users. Final Tiles Gallery is different—it is suitable for any kind of user. Even complete newbies won’t have any issue using the plugin. The only requirement is you should be patient and carefully check all the options.
Once you install it, you are required to create a gallery. The gallery wizard is user-friendly and intuitive. The images can be selected from the media gallery, featured images, or WooCommerce products.
Next, you choose from two types of layouts—Masonry (same size images) or Final Tiles (same width images). The galleries are customizable; you have eight sections to pass through and create the best WordPress gallery:
- Links & Lightbox
- Hover Effects
- Image Loaded Effects
Under this tab, you can change the name, description, layout, and size of the gallery. Apart from these options, you can also customize the gallery layout depending on the device used and its screen size (desktop, smartphone, or tablet and portrait or landscape). Other worth mentioning features are Allow Image Enlargement and Compress HTML.
Links & Lightbox
Here is the place where you will spend much time determining the best type of lightbox for your gallery. Final Tiles Gallery is a WordPress portfolio plugin, and it’s absolutely normal to have many features in this respect. Choose between seven lightboxes and determine its size. You can enable the images from the galleries to be shared on social networks.
Unfortunately, this plugin supports only four social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest), and the icons aren’t editable. While the social networks icons are visible on the desktop version, they are less visible on smartphones. Hopefully, a future version of this plugin will resolve this drawback.
In this section, you determine the caption behavior (desktop and mobile), add caption icons, and stylize them. Of course, there are many other options such as caption alignment, background color, and opacity. The sky is the limit!
If you want to add hover effects, here is the place to do it! You can zoom and rotate images and enable the rotation of the icon.
Image Loaded Effects
This section let you manipulate the loaded images. You can rotate, scale, and slide horizontally and vertically.
The name of this section isn’t intuitive; “Image Style” would be a better fit. Anyway, from here you can stylize the images. For instance, you can create and customize a border or add a background color.
This is a section for users who want to add their own contribution by adding custom scripts.
Final Tiles Gallery
Once you have created your creative galleries you have a great overview of the results in a clear and simple way by clicking the tab – Final Tiles Gallery. You can edit the galleries, display shortcodes, or simply delete galleries.
How to Use Final Tiles Gallery (Video)
For detailed information on Final Tiles including how it works and how to get the most out of this smart WordPress gallery plugin, watch the video tutorial.
Final Tiles Gallery is a WordPress portfolio plugin that must be part of the arsenal of any design agency or solo freelancer. It’s a priceless tool to build galleries because it has no limitations for playing with the images and videos. These demos speak for themselves.
On top of that, this plugin is SEO- and mobile-friendly, WooCommerce compatible, and allows for the addition of custom filters. It is also a very popular plugin and actually, it’s the 10th most sold gallery in CodeCanyon and is probably one of the best gallery available for WordPress. As a bonus, you get six months of support when purchasing Final Tiles Gallery.
Final Tiles Gallery is a real bargain! The multitude of options, the simplicity of use, and the Code Canyon’s reviews and ratings are all in favor of this plugin. Did you use it or it’s lite version? We are deeply interested in finding out your ideas.
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