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WordPress Plugin Review: Category Grid View Gallery

When I find a plugin that kicks butt, I want to share it with everyone.

I’ve been searching everywhere for a quality WordPress plugin that allowed me to integrate a dynamic portfolio page within this blog. With the popularity of our infographic category – there had to be more of an effective means of displaying them for our readers, instead of just one at a time.

Enter Category Grid View Gallery. This plugin generates a grid view of the first images grabbed from posts of a category and displays the image and titles using a shortcode.

Since it’s based off of shortcodes, the extensibility is incredible. You can determine the size of the image displayed, the quantity of images displayed, if you want lightbox integration, you even have the flexibility to display your portfolio in a post or on a page.

To be honest – when I first saw this plugin, I immediately thought of the Jay-Z site Life + Times. You can essentially build a similar site to that, with the active and inactive tiles using this plugin – that’s how powerful this thing is.

Jay-Z | Life + Times

The plugin is available in the WordPress Plugin Directory and was updated as recent as 7/6/2011 – that’s a good thing with the new restrictions that are soon to be implemented within the Directory from Automattic for “stale” themes and plugins being hidden from view.

Checking the author’s main blog it appears as though they are actively developing the plugin and very much on top of user comments and suggestions – another good thing.

I definitely recommend this plugin if you’re in need of this type of functionality.

James Hickshttp://about.me/jameshicks
James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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    • @rhondamichelle thanks for sharing this. I was recently looking to make changes and found that the plugin author’s site was no longer active. Please keep me in the loop as you do your QA

      • Well so far I’ve not found a plugin that accomplishes the exact same thing. The closest one is Featured Posts Grid ~ it’s similar though I haven’t got it to do what I need yet ~ the spacing is off. If you try it let me know how it works for you and I’ll keep you posted on my findings/adventures as well 😉

        • @jameshicks Really, wow. I’ve found several articles on how to it w/o a plugin but it’s quite involved with multi steps and I’ve read many variations on it so I’m uncertain as to the best/right way to approach it. Gotta be another code wizard out there who could turn it into a secure plugin. I’ll germinate on this some more…

    • @rhondamichelle thanks for sharing this. I was recently looking to make changes and found that the plugin author’s site was no longer active. Please keep me in the loop as you do your QA

      • Well so far I’ve not found a plugin that accomplishes the exact same thing. The closest one is Featured Posts Grid ~ it’s similar though I haven’t got it to do what I need yet ~ the spacing is off. If you try it let me know how it works for you and I’ll keep you posted on my findings/adventures as well 😉

        • @jameshicks Really, wow. I’ve found several articles on how to it w/o a plugin but it’s quite involved with multi steps and I’ve read many variations on it so I’m uncertain as to the best/right way to approach it. Gotta be another code wizard out there who could turn it into a secure plugin. I’ll germinate on this some more…

  1. Oh dear I had only just found and used it for a project and about to use it again for another. Maybe it can be deconstructed and vulnerabilities removed?

  2. Oh dear I had only just found and used it for a project and about to use it again for another. Maybe it can be deconstructed and vulnerabilities removed?

  3. I am using this plugin for a website I am making these days. It is quite powerful and I want to know if there is a way to include the same style for search results. I mean want my search results to have the same grid style. Any help is appreciated!

  4. I am using this plugin for a website I am making these days. It is quite powerful and I want to know if there is a way to include the same style for search results. I mean want my search results to have the same grid style. Any help is appreciated!

  5. Nice information, many thanks to the author. It is incomprehensible to me now, but in general, the usefulness and significance is overwhelmingoverwhelming. Thanks again and good luck!easygovgrants

  6. Nice information, many thanks to the author. It is incomprehensible to me now, but in general, the usefulness and significance is overwhelmingoverwhelming. Thanks again and good luck!easygovgrants

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