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Pile Gallery


Create beautiful sortable and stackable galeries from your WordPress posts and media items. If you’d like to take a look at the plugin in action I suggest taking a look at the Pile Gallery home page.

Pile Gallery can use any categories, tags or any custom taxonomy and create stacked galleries from your posts based on them. It will take the featured image of each post in a category and put them in a pile. The pile can be clicked to be expanded with a nice animation. The resulting images can then be clicked to go to the post or image.

A number of things can be customized on the back and the front end to make Pile Gallery more awesome. I am working on adding more andmore features, so if you need something, let me know 🙂

  • Gallery source
  • Animation delay
  • Random rotation
  • Columns
  • Gutter

Pile Gallery should also work on all your devices like tablets and phones. It is completely responsive, going into a one-column layout on smaller screens

I’d like to say a special thank you to Pedro Botelho for his Codrops Post upon which we based the Javascript functionality of the plugin. Take a look at his work, it’s awesome!


  • A simple gallery consisting of 3 piles
  • When a pile is clicked the images inside are shown with a nice animation. The titles become visible on-hover
  • The admin side of things. Clicking on a pile allows you to customize it


  1. Upload to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Unzip
  3. Activate plugin


Can Pile Gallery use tags as well as categories?

Yes, Pile Gallery can actually use any taxonomy you have set up so it will work with custom taxonomies as well

How do I add categories to my media?

Pile gallery can also assemble a gallery out of categorized media items but categorization of media is not available in WordPress by default. We recommend using Media Categories to add categories to your media.

How do I add my gallery to the site?

You’ll need to copy-paste the shortcode you see in your gallery list into a post’s content.


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Contributors & Developers

“Pile Gallery” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Added WordPress 4.1 Support


  • Fixed media categories not showing up if empty


  • Updated for new pricing
  • Fixed a class name error


  • Removed an unnecessary function
  • Updated language file


  • Made sure only posts with images show up in post galleries
  • Added an images per pile option
  • Fixed an issue with media piles not showing up


  • The ACF_LITE definition now uses a hook so it may be removed


  • Better ACF Lite definition to make sure no problems occur if the constant is already defined (even better method coming soon)
  • Added the $id argument to the pile_gallery/post_query_args hook


Initial Version