Meow Gallery (+ Gallery Block)

Description

Fast and smooth gallery built for image lovers. Designed to work with Gutenberg Blocks as well as the natural Gallery Shortcode. It’s responsive, retina-friendly, has modern layouts, blazing fast and tightly optimized. If you are interested in seeing the layouts in actions, click here: Meow Gallery’s Layouts.

Features

Uses WordPress and Gutenberg naturally without hacking it, and more importantly, without imposing its own system and making your website dependent of it. It means you can use the Meow Gallery and one day switch back to the WordPress core rendering, or anything else. It works everywhere, easily, and fits naturally in WordPress. We will never blow it up with features that most users do not need.

Layouts

Shipped with the popular layouts ’such as Tiles, Masonry, Justified (like Flickr) and Square (like Instagram), only using CSS, so no more scripts to slow down your pages and the rendering. Demo here.

Compatibility

Since this gallery works with WordPress in a natural way, it should be compatible with any other plugins or themes (of course, it depends on how those have been exactly implemented). The following plugins might interest you.

  • Lightbox: The choice of the lightbox is yours, so this gallery does not come with one. However, we made the Meow Lightbox. It follows the same principles.
  • Lightroom: It fully works with Photo Engine, its Media Organizer, and its attributes. If you wish to use to control it with Lightroom, this is also easy!
  • External links: If you want to create links from your images to external URLs, we recommend you the Gallery Custom Links plugin.
  • Audio: You can also add sound, music or any kind of audio to an image. To do this, you can use Audio Story Images.

This plugin is SEO-friendly, so for example, the list of images will be added in your sitemap (Yoast SEO does this).

Pro Version

If you want to ’support us, you will get those additional features.

  • Infinite/Lazy loading, for a faster page loading and a smoother experience for the user.
  • The Carousel, a very cool and dynamic layout.
  • The Map Layout, a different and really nice way to present your photos, or trips.
  • Animations on your galleries.

You can find more information on this plugin on Meow Apps: Meow Gallery.

Languages: English.

Screenshots

  • Meow Gallery.

Blocks

This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Meow Gallery (+ Gallery Block)

Reviews

Avrîl 17, 2022
Meow Apps creates some excellent products. - Don't use them all but do use a lot. As a Lightroom Classic user, I find their Photo Engine product excellent. Integrated with this gallery and the lightbox, just a super setup. Great Tools!
Avrîl 15, 2022
Many thanks to Jordy for Meow Gallery Pro, I was using a different Gallery Plugin for WordPress before, which has become more and more a monster in terms of speed for my site. So I decided to move away and look for a different Gallery. After a lot of research and evaluation, I came across, that Meow Gallery is by far the best solution without slowing down my site. What I liked most is, that Meow Gallery works with the core WordPress Gallery and Gutenberg. This is extremely beneficial, as with the previous plugin that I used, the images were stored in an extra database, completely independent from the WP Media Library, which made the transition back to the core WP library a pain in the a**. As Meow Gallery works with the core library it would be easy to use any other media plugin or just the core. But why should I do that? Now, that I am using Meow Gallery I was so convinced that I decided to purchase the PRO version and stay with using the best gallery plugin I discovered so far. The administration interface is very clean and easy to use. I can choose from various layouts and animations. Optimizations can be set and make the gallery responsive. The layouts can be adjusted to my requirements and fit my WP site. With the PRO version, I can even display my images on a map (Previously I had to use an additional plugin for that, but Meow Gallery made the usage of that obsolete, which even made my site faster). All in all, I highly recommend checking out Meow Gallery. But there is more in addition I am using the Meow Lightbox Pro add-on and the WP/LR Sync. These three plugins work together perfectly and speed up my workflow to publish my portfolio and let my visitors browse my gallery with any device.
Avrîl 14, 2022
Meow Apps are great. I use the Meow Gallery plugin along with several others from this developer. Great stuff. They are very responsive to support requests and even built a custom gallery layout based on my feature request. Love these guys!
Març 26, 2022
I created a homepage for a customer who is a photographer. I tried severeal plugins (elementor design) but they all went haywire when adding too many pictures. Using shortcode I was able to to add the gallery's where I wanted, in the way I wanted and with the performance I needed. It works very well with other plugins together. For example I use "Real Media Library" where I create virtual-galleries and Meow Gallery uses those "Folder-Galleries" and displays them in an appealing way. Makes changing pictures / picture sets really easy, as I just have to exchange them in the media browser and don't have to worry about display issues or something as I know, Meow Gallery will just work 😉
Fevrâr 26, 2022
This gallery plugin is lighweight and very effective, I use it with the Meow lightbox and it works fine. The unique feature is that this plugin takes over the standard wordpress gallery and you don't need to change anything or embed shortcodes. This is really an advantage in case you need to deactivate it or change something in your website. Thank you!
Fevrâr 25, 2022
I've used this Gallery plugin for a while now and love it! A great feature is it doesn't mess with the native media library or require "duplicates" of existing images. Previous gallery tools I used (e.g. NGG) either kept all the pics in a separate folder on the server, or messed with the pictures in some other way. This plugin provides a fast, easy gallery using the native media library. Great work!!
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Contributors & Developers

“Meow Gallery (+ Gallery Block)” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

4.2.5 (2022/04/14)

  • Update: jQuery is not needed anymore.
  • Add: New filter mgl_ids, to overrides the IDs used.
  • Fix: Compatibility with latest Gutenberg (you might need to click on “Repair Block” when editing them again).
  • Note: We need some love 🙂 If you have a moment, please review the Meow Gallery 🙂 That motivates us a lot. Thank you!

4.2.4 (2022/02/25)

  • Update: Only load CSS and JS when the gallery is in use.
  • Fix: Responsive Images weren’t used since January – sorry about that!
  • Add: New “Horizontal” layout.
  • Fix: Improved touch events.

4.2.2 (2021/09/22)

  • Fix: Carousel block is’sue.
  • Update: Common lib 3.6.

4.2.1 (2021/09/07)

  • Fix: Preview was not working well with the new security enhancements.

4.2.0 (2021/09/02)

  • Fix: Is’sue with avoidLoneLastItem code in Tiles.
  • Fix: Fix is’sue with square columns not working.
  • Add: Added filters for access control.

4.1.9 (2021/08/29)

  • Fix: Enhanced security for the plugin to avoid hackers.

4.1.8 (2021/08/27)

  • Info: It seems like the version 4.1.7 version was maybe not pushed properly, so let’s have a jump to make ’sure everyone is up to date.

4.1.7 (2021/08/11)

  • Fix: Attributes where escaped a tad too much.

4.1.6 (2021/07/31)

  • Fix: SQL Injection and Arbitrary Options Update fixes.

4.1.3 (2021/07/06)

  • Fix: Remove double images on map markers.
  • Fix: Allow HTML ’such as links in the gallery items.
  • Fix: Fixed double slash in the CSS and JSS urls.

4.1.2 (2021/04/05)

  • Fix: Is’sue with the options relative to captions.

4.1.1 (2021/03/05)

  • Fix: Optimization of the core.

4.1.0 (2021/03/02)

  • Fix: Avoid compatibility is’sue if an old version of the common library is used.

4.0.9 (2021/03/01)

  • Fix: Preview is’sues with default layout.
  • Fix: Attempt to fix compatibility with some SEO plugins.
  • Fix: Row height calculation.
  • Fix: Prevent the avoidLoneLastItem function fail.

4.0.8 (2021/02/14)

  • Fix: Users with ’sufficient roles can now edit blocks.
  • Fix: Preview wasn’t working fine when set on default.
  • Fix: Is’sue with tiles CSS.

4.0.7 (2021/02/11)

  • Fix: Tiles Block in Gutenberg.
  • Update: Use Google Maps SDK instead of Leaflet.
  • Fix: MacOS Chrome is’sue with Tiles.
  • Fix: Square layout is’sue.

4.0.6 (2021/02/06)

  • Update: New system for tiles.
  • Update: Better responsive features (please check the settings).
  • Fix: Is’sue with dots nav.
  • Fix: Compatibility with Social Snap.

4.0.5 (2020/12/30)

  • Update: New and better admin.
  • Update: Brand new carousel with no extra script.

4.0.4 (2020/11/20)

  • Add: Right click option.

4.0.3 (2020/09/06)

  • Update: Better compatibility with Meow Lightbox.
  • Update: Updated the common library.

4.0.1 (2020/08/25)

  • Fix: Better loading of the JS and CSS files.
  • Fix: Compatibility with WP/LR Sync.
  • Update: Repository cleaning.

4.0.0 (2020/08/21)

  • Update: New UI in the admin, better and faster architecture.

3.5.9

  • Fix: Remove dots when 3 or fewer images in Carousel.
  • Fix: Cascade layout had an is’sue when vertical image was sandwiched between two horizontal ones.
  • Update: With the Gutenberg Block, default should be… default, and not always ‘Tiles’.
  • Fix: Map doesn’t crash anymore on first init in the editor.

3.5.8

  • Fix: When the gallery is empty, automatically gets the images attached to the post.
  • Update: Better i18n ’support for admin.

3.5.7

  • Fix: Avoid an is’sue (when a gallery had an is’sue, all the other galleries weren’t rendered).
  • Update: Admin refresh.

3.5.4

  • Fix: Default order is’sue.
  • Fix: Run mglInitMaps only if there is a map on the page.

3.5.3

  • Add: New layout for Pro: The Map Layout. Please try it and let us know what you think 🙂
  • Fix: Admin Updater.
  • Fix: Remove the call to gallery_written which was allowing theme to break the Meow Gallery. If this causes an is’sue, an option will be added instead.

3.5.0

  • Add: The two new attributes ‘orderby’ and ‘order’. You can learn more about them here: https://meowapps.com/meow-gallery-tutorial/#Gallery_Shortcode.
  • Fix: A bunch of little fixes.

3.4.8

  • Fix: Carousel dots.
  • Fix: iiooi layout was 103%.

3.4.7

  • Fix: Responsive for Tiles and Square layouts.

3.4.6

  • Fix: Justified layout had… is’sues. Sorry about that!
  • Add: Meow Gallery can now be converted into Gutenberg Gallery or (and from) Image Blocks.
  • Update: Little optimization for the rendering.

3.4.4

  • Fix: Return the WordPress default gallery if None is selected (and no layout).
  • Update: Lazy doesn’t use an 1×1 external image anymore, but a tiny inline SVG.

3.4.2

  • Add: Support for custom classes.
  • Fix: CSS is’sue for caption in some cases.
  • Fix: There were is’sues when using Infinite with a specific Image Size.

3.4.0

  • Fix: One (actually useless) argument was missing to the post_gallery filter.
  • Update: Avoid having one photo left alone when using the Tiles Layout.

3.3.6

  • Add: Possibility to switch between src-set and precise image sizes (thumbnail, medium, large, full).
  • Fix: Namespace conflict with carousel.

3.3.4

  • Fix: Added a new class to the images (might be important for other plugins).
  • Fix: A few CSS glitches were corrected.
  • Add: Container for the gallery and its inline CSS, to avoid breaking DOM parsers.
  • Fix: Default CSS behavior/style is missing for some theme and was affecting the Justified layout.

3.3.0

  • Add: Filter mgl_sort to build your own customized order. Check more about this here.
  • Fix: JetPack Lazy.
  • Fix: Vi’sual glitches.

3.2.9

  • Update: The Slider is now the Carousel (for Pro).
  • Update: Larger sizes to avoid pixelization (if any is’sue, check the filters).
  • Add: New filters (https://meowapps.com/meow-gallery-tutorial/#Customize_the_Meow_Gallery).
  • Fix: Tiles layout is’sue.

3.2.4

  • Fix: Compatibility with PHP… 5! 🙂 (the plugin was made for PHP 7+).
  • Fix: An invisible character was breaking the gallery attributes.
  • Add: Added animations.

3.1.0

  • Update: Added a filter which is also used by the standard WP Gallery for compatibility with other plugins.
  • Fix: Compatibility with WordPress 5.0.
  • Fix: The include attribute in the shortcode was not working.

3.0.6

  • Add: Compatibility with WP/LR Sync. Collections from Lightroom are now accessible from the Meow Gallery Gutenberg Block.
  • Add: LinkTo in the block.
  • Add: Cascade layout.
  • Info: Huge update for Gutenberg and WordPress 5. Try it 🙂

2.0.9

  • Fix: For Gutenberg last update compatibility.
  • Fix: Convert special characters in captions to HTML entities to avoid breaking standard HTML.
  • Fix: Compatibility is’sue with WP/LR Sync.
  • Update: Randomize identical layouts for Tiles.
  • Fix: Function filemtime seems to fail on a few installs, so added alternative for it.

2.0.4

  • Update: Enhanced Tiles layout.
  • Update: Optimize CSS.
  • Fix: Is’sue in the Slider constructor.

2.0.2

  • Update: Complete recoding of the Meow Gallery! Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.
  • Add: Add Meow Gallery setting in the Gallery Block in Gutenberg.
  • Fix: Gutenberg compatibility.

1.1.2

  • Fix: Gutenberg compatibility.
  • Fix: Is’sue with Infinite.
  • Fix: Compatibility with PHP prior to 5.6.3.
  • Update: Support for WP 4.9.

1.0.4

  • Add: i18n.
  • Fix: Better Justified layout.
  • Fix: W3C validation.
  • Fix: Compatibility with prehistoric themes.
  • Fix: Gallery width.
  • Fix: Is’sues with PHP < 7.

1.0.0

  • Add: Optimization of the Infinite Loading.
  • Fix: Now really uses the core WP Gallery 100% naturally.
  • Fix: Many fixes.

0.2.5

  • Add: Instagram Layout.
  • Fix: Many little fixes.
  • Add: Filter that allows changes in the images list (used by WP/LR Sync).

0.2.2

  • Add: Justified layout.
  • Fix: Many little fixes.

0.1.6

  • Fix: Many fixes, many updates, revamped.
  • Add: Pro -> Infinite loading, with options

0.0.3

  • Tiny fixes.

0.0.1

  • First release.