How to Show a Photo Gallery on your Site in Shopify

For every e-commerce site, the photo galleries which showcase your products are undoubtedly necessary to gain customers’ trust and attention. However, adding a nicely-displayed photo gallery in Jekyll can be such a challenge for beginners and inexperienced people. With the purpose of solving the problem for people who have troubles implementing a photo gallery, this instructional writing on how to show a photo gallery on your site will be a great help for your website.

Depending on how the gallery will be shown, there are two solutions to your problem: using front matter and using collections. Please read these following steps carefully and learn how to show a photo gallery on your site.

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The Front Matter method

This is the most suitable way for you to add the photo gallery on one page.

Step 1: Create photo-gallery.html and add an array with image data {#step-1-create-photo-gallery.html-and-add-an-array-with-image-data}

The first thing to do is forming photo-gallery.html. Then, in the front matter, add an array with image data.


---
layout: default
images:
  - image_path: /images/cakes/apple-pie.jpg
    title: Apple Pie
  - image_path: /images/cakes/birthday-cake.jpg
    title: Birthday Cake
  - image_path: /images/cakes/black-forest.jpg
    title: Black Forest
  - image_path: /images/cakes/brownie.jpg
    title: Brownie
  - image_path: /images/cakes/cheese-cake.jpg
    title: Cheese Cake
  - image_path: /images/cakes/chocolate-cake.jpg
    title: Chocolate Cake
  - image_path: /images/cakes/fruit-cake.jpg
    title: Fruit Cake
  - image_path: /images/cakes/lamington.jpg
    title: Lamington
  - image_path: /images/cakes/lemon-cake.jpg
    title: Lemon Cake
---

Step 2: Loop over the array

After getting the data in front matter, in order to output the images in a grid, you need to loop over the array.


...
<ul class="photo-gallery">
  {% for image in page.images %}
    <li><img src="{{ image.image_path }}" alt="{{ image.title}}"/></li>
  {% endfor %}
</ul>

Step 3: Add some CSS

Finally, adding some CSS will make your photo gallery display nicely.

photo gallery

Step 4: Adjust the functionality

If you want to reorder items and extend the structure to adjust the functionality, add a link field to the array.


...
- image_path: /images/cakes/lemon-cake.jpg
  title: Lemon Cake
  link: /lemon-cake.html
...

After that, you need to output the link in an a when outputting the images


...
<ul class="photo-gallery">
  {% for image in page.images %}
    <li>
      <a href="{{ image.link }}">
        <img src="{{ image.image_path }}" alt="{{ image.title}}"/>
      </a>
    </li>
  {% endfor %}
</ul>

The Collection method

If you want to display the photo gallery on multiple pages or have a lot of metadata for each image then this is the best method for you.

Firstly, create a photo_gallery collection. You need to add metadata for a single image in each document in the collection, for instance, _photo_gallery/lemon-cake.md.


---
image_path: /images/cakes/lemon-cake.jpg
title: Lemon Cake
---

To iterate over the photo_gallery collection, you can use liquid.


...
<ul class="photo-gallery">
  {% for image in site.photo_gallery %}
    <li><img src="{{ image.image_path }}" alt="{{ image.title}}"/></li>
  {% endfor %}
</ul>

Step 3: Add a weight variable

Weight is a number that helps you to indicate the photo’s position. Therefore, you can decide the photo order by adding a weight variable to the front matter of the documents in photo_gallery.


---
image_path: /images/cakes/lemon-cake.jpg
title: Lemon Cake
weight: 1
---

Step 4: Order the collection documents

Finally, before outputting the photos, you have to order the collection documents by the weight.


...
{% assign sorted_photos = site.photo_gallery | sort: "weight" %}
<ul class="photo-gallery">
  {% for image in sorted_photos %}
    <li><img src="{{ image.image_path }}" alt="{{ image.title}}"/></li>
  {% endfor %}
</ul>

Conclusion

With this detailed tutorial on how to show a photo gallery on your site, we certainly ensure that you can manipulate those above steps and make your job easier. If you want to display a photo gallery using a JavaScript photo gallery, you can apply the same techniques. For lightSlider, it expects the elements in a simple <ul> structure in the HTML. I hope this article has been helpful to you, you can check out our other articles on catalog if you want to learn more about this topic.

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