The Responsive Lightbox & Gallery comes with a new Remote Library feature that allows you to import images from a remote library such as Flickr, Unsplash, or Wikimedia. This way, you can easily add royalty-free, public domain, and CC0-licensed images to your website.

Once you have the Remote Library extension installed and activated on your WordPress website, it will:

  • Add a new option for importing images to your gallery.
  • Let you search for a particular image without having to leave WordPress.
  • Let you select media providers such as Flickr or Unsplash.

Usage Examples

Here, we’ll explain how Remote Library works in the classic text editor, Gutenberg editor, and how you create libraries using Responsive Lightbox & Gallery’s gallery builder.

Classic Text Editor

The simplest way to add images from a remote library to the classic text editor is by using the Add Media option that’s located directly above the WYSIWYG text editor.

WordPress classic text editor

Here’s what you need to do:

Click the Add Media button and navigate to Remote Library from the available list of Actions on the left.

WordPress media library

Next, select the image you’d like to add to your post and click the Upload and Insert button. This will automatically upload the image to your Media Libary and then insert it into your blog post. If you’d like to simply insert the image into your post, you can click the Insert into post button instead.

Upload and insert images

It will look something like this on your site’s front-end:

Preview of the image on the front-end

Gutenberg

If you’re using the new Gutenberg editor, you can use the Remote Library Image shortcode to access the remote library. Click the Select image button to get started.

Gutenberg text editor

Select the image you want to insert into the post and click the Upload and Select button. This will upload the image to your Media Libary and insert it into the post. If you simply want to insert the image, click the Select button instead.

Upload and select images

It will look something like this on your site’s front-end:

Preview of the image on the front-end

Creating Galleries

You can create galleries in WordPress using the Remote Library option available in Responsive Lightbox & Gallery’s gallery builder.

Here’s what you need to do to get started:

Head over to Gallery > Add New from the WordPress admin panel and give your gallery a title.

Create gallery using the gallery builder

Next, from the Images tab, select the Remote Library option. This will automatically show you images from the remote libraries you’ve enabled. You can use the Search string option directly under the images to search for images. You can also use the Media Providers option to filter results from a specific remote library or show all images from all enabled remote libraries.

Note: You can also configure additional gallery options from this screen by navigating through the different tabs.

Click the Publish button to proceed.

Next, head over to the post or page you’d like to insert the gallery into. Use the Responsive Lightbox Gallery shortcode and click the Select gallery button.

Responsive Lightbox gallery shortcode

Choose the gallery you just created from the Insert Gallery pop-up and click the Select gallery button to continue.

Select gallery

The gallery should look something like this on the front-end depending on your configuration settings:

Gallery preview on the front-end

Remote Library Pro Add-On

There’a Remote Library Pro add-on available that lets you access even more remote libraries like Pixabay, Pexels and others. Check it out here.

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