The WP Lightbox 2 plugin for WordPress

WP Lightbox 2 plugin
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The WP Lightbox 2 plugin for WordPress effortlessly creates a beautiful lightbox effect when an image is selected — adding to the user experience.

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Introduction

WP Lightbox 2 is a free, easy to use, WordPress plugin that is used to display images in a beautiful, responsive, lightbox style overlay. It is intended to be used for photo albums or galleries but serves equally well serving single images as well.

WP Lightbox2 plugin in action

When to use the WP Lightbox 2 plugin

A lightbox is a display unit where images (e.g photos and radiographs) are viewed on a dark background. This in essence makes image colours stand out more. A lightbox effect can be imitated on a computer screen by simply having a dark background.

The WP Lightbox plugin is indicated on any website where images play an important part id the content. This can either be for pages with one or two images, or those with multiple images.

This plugin is especially handy for websites where small images or thumbnails are displayed. WP Lightbox 2 will allow a larger, full-screen version to display after it has been clicked/pressed on.

The plugin does load additional JavaScript and CSS to the frontend of a website, so for those who prefer speed over functionality, its use must be carefully considered.

The WP Lightbox 2 plugin

At the time of writing, WP Lightbox 2 plugin for WordPress had more than 70 00 active installs and an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars (from 90 user reviews). Maintenance was done about a month ago and is compatible with WordPress 3.0 or higher.

The WP Lighbox 2 plugin
The official WP Lightbox 2 plugin page on WordPress.org.

According to the author, Syed Balkhi, version 3.0.6.5 of the plugin also boasts with multi-language support and the ability to be customised.

In its simplest form, WP Lightbox 2 automatically adds functionality that creates a responsive lightbox overlay when an image is selected by the viewer. All images on the WordPress site that is linked to its media file will be opened on the screen using this overlay.

Installing the WP Lightbox plugin

Installing WP Lightbox 2 for WordPress
The WP Lightbox 2 plugin can be installed by simply typing its name in the search bar of the Add Plugins section. Plugin functionality will start working immediately after its activation. The link to its settings will be available on the WordPress Dashboard menu.

Using WP Lightbox 2 for WordPress

As mentioned earlier, the plugin will start to work immediately upon activation. The only requirement is that when Media images are added to a post/page, it needs to be Linked to its media file.

WP Lightbox 2 Media Link to settings
The default WordPress Media Display Settings where the image is linked to None. By clicking on the down arrow, the option to link the image to the media file can be selected.

WP Lightbox 2 pros

The plus points for WP Lightbox 2 is its ease of use, practical functionality. Also, remember that this plugin is free! The plugin will start to function immediately — without any additional settings — after it has been activated.

WP Lightbox 2 cons

There is a small problem with Google speed insight, this plugin is added to the critical request chain which impacts loading speed negatively. The more prominent the length of the chains and the bigger the download sizes, the more critical the effect on page load execution.

Conclusion

The WP Lightbox 2 plugin for WordPress is an easy-to-use, yet elegant way to create a lightbox overlay for images on webpages. Although the plugin is free, it allows for further customisation of what the lightbox effect looks like and how it is displayed.

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