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Ten Content Management Systems for Photo Galleries

Ten Content Management Systems for Photo Galleries

When it comes to sharing your images on your website in the form of a web gallery, the CMS options for managing the same are many. Whether you wish to create an online portfolio, or simply want to share some photos, choosing the ideal CMS for your web gallery goes a long way in effectively managing the gallery! In this article, we bring to you some of the best known CMS options for web gallery management.


Format is hands down the best of the bunch and offers the most diverse feature set and the best selection of themes in my opinion. If you are looking for a high quality photography website, these are the guys to go with.

Every photographer needs a portfolio. Format is focused on delivering high-quality photography portfolios. These are portfolios that go way beyond the average, allowing for endless customization and more options than you could possibly exhaust in a lifetime of photography.

Many of the themes are dynamic, and all of them feature vivid photo prominence. The editor side of Format is a blissfully easy drag-and-drop experience. For its pro-level service, the prices aren't too bad, either ($6.99 - 24.99/mo).

The best part? You can sign up for a free trial with no credit card required so you can see how right I am! ;)

Website: Format


Zenfolio allows you to create beautiful galleries for your photographs with an easy to use and incredibly powerful platform. Features include a portfolio style home page, customizable slideshows with music, custom page elements, photo blogging, scores of themes, pre-built pages that you can choose from, mobile optimization (for tablets and phones, multiple user accounts and much more. There's even an e-Commerce component should you choose to sell your photos for a fee.

Website: Zenfolio


Wix is a website builder but it has some amazing functionality for managing picture galleries as well. From sliders to full galleries for your photos, you are sure to find a way to showcase your pictures. The advantage to using a hosted solution such as the one that Wix offers is the speed at which the site loads. With a hosted solution like Wix, your site will not be bogged down with media.

Here's an example of one of their templates:

wix template

Website: Wix


Weebly is a popular website builder with a ton of excellent templates well suited to those looking to display their photography, art or other media. It's easy to use and quick to build websites with this popular tool.

Website: Weebly


There are numerous themes available for creating amazing galleries with WordPress. Here is a list of direct links to places where you can find some amazing gallery / photo based WordPress themes and Plugins:

  1. Photocrati is one of the most advanced gallery centric setups for WordPress you can find - Try the demo
  2. Envato has a wide selection of gallery / photo based WordPress themes - Visit Envato
  3. ElegantThemes has a ton of amazing themes and you get every theme they have for one price (less than $50) - Check them out


Coppermine is one of the most popular web gallery CMS based on PHP scripts. It employs a MySQL back end. It is highly customizable by means of plugins and seems to be a perfect choice for creating a photo blog or image gallery online.

Website: Coppermine


Zenphoto is arguably the most popular CMS when it comes to sharing images. The goal behind Zenphoto is simple: web gallery management! The interface is sleek and wonderful, with separate tabs for configuring the different components of your gallery. Further more, Zenphoto is supplemented by numerous templates and plugins (including some that feature integration with a WordPress blog).

Website: Zenphoto


If you prefer having a gorgeous theme or template for your gallery (who doesn't, by the way?), Piwigo might just be the right CMS for you. With numerous themes and plugins in its arsenal, Piwigo is a popular open source CMS for web gallery management. It is packed with features, and just in case you are still looking for a web host, also provides web hosting!

Website: Piwig


Another photo-specific CMS is PhotoShelter, a wildly popular website creator. It has a cult following of photographers, with good reason. There are ten templates with layout options for each template. Each template delivers a stunning photo-centric appearance. Some of the icing on the PhotoShelter cake is unique features like automatic fulfillment from printers (only two printers available) and their powerful ecommerce tools. If you're looking for a site with strong conversion funnel for photo sales, PhotoShelter is the way to go.

Website: PhotoShelter


Pixpa is an online platform that lets you easily create and manage your professional portfolio website, client galleries, e-commerce store and blog - all in one place. Pixpa's all-in-one platform requires no coding knowledge and saves time and money for photographers by enabling them to manage their complete online presence through one platform.

Whether it’s a portfolio website, an e-commerce store or a blog, it's easy to build a professional website on Pixpa using its beautiful, customisable themes that help you get off to a fast start. Pixpa includes all the features you need to showcase, share and sell online with ease and style. You can get started for free and then choose from their affordable pricing plans that start at just $5/month.

Sign up today using coupon code CMSCRITIC10 and get 10% off your first year!

Website: Pixpa

There you have it. Ten excellent content management systems for photo galleries. I also recommend reading: Top Website Builders for Photography Websites.

Did I miss one on this list? Let me know in the comments!

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