Thursday Doors remains on hiatus, so I thought I’d take advantage of the hole in my schedule to explore the gallery options available in the Block Editor. I have to say, I’m not happy. I spent 30-45 minutes on a chat with a WP Happiness Engineer (HE) on Monday. No happiness was achieved.
I explained that I prefer organizing my pictures in a gallery so that people can see them in a nice mosaic. The people who are interested, can (click) step into the gallery slideshow. However, people looking at the mosaic would like to be able to see the captions (like they can in the Classic Editor galleries). I was asked to share a test post (which some of you saw) to demonstrate that feature. Then I was told that it can’t be done. I can get captions under the photos if I put them inline in the text, but I find those hard to read on a mobile device, as it’s too easy to “click” on the image while trying to scroll.
I reminded the HE that I opened a ticket on this problem in May 2019. I explained that I even worked over a period of a few weeks with the developers on GitHub (a program development repository for system developers). The problems were well known 14 months ago, but there was no agreement on how to solve them. Again, there was no happiness forthcoming. I was told that I could continue to use the classic editor galleries within a “Classic” block in the block editor. I explained that I have done that and that the results have been unpredictable – captions are mixed together on some devices and doubled up on others. The most bizarre suggestion is found in the quote below:
I don’t think there is an option to improve the way using the Block Editor, but have you considered embedding the captions on the image the way you wish locally on your computer using for example Photoshop or any other image editor and uploading the modified images with the embed captions to your site?WordPress Happiness Engineer
Below are a few sample galleries. If you’re interested, I would appreciate it if you look at them, maybe step into the slide show, and let me know what option works best for you. There’s a poll at the bottom to make it easy (at least I hope there is). Feel free to add anything else in the comments. Thanks in advance.
Note: All the images have been displayed before. All of the images have “Captions” and “Descriptions” set and all common options are set the same way.
The first block is a Tiled Gallery
The next is a Masonry gallery
The next gallery is the basic Gallery option.
The last gallery is a standard gallery within a Classic block.
If you have any problems, could you please let me know what device you’re using to view the images. Thanks!