Story Show Gallery – vertical photo gallery – great on smart­phones


SSG is vertical gallery lightbox optimized for smartphones (notch area included). SSG will support your brand and marketing. It has optimally placed captions, no ugly arrows, full screen lightbox.

Try Story Show Gallery

Story Show Gallery lightbox works with existing WordPress galleries (and images) or optionally with galleries made with other plugins. SSG is Gutenberg ready and works out of the box.

Your photos in the main role

Give your photos maximum space with SSG full screen lightbox, it works on every display size. The gallery doesn’t have any ugly arrows next to a photo, vertical slider and cur­sor are subtle.

On smartphones, full screen mode works like on You­Tube. It activa­tes after rotating a phone into landscape mode. SSG can use the whole display (including notch), there are no white sidebars as other galleries have.

There is no icon for full screen mode, I did a little research and users simply don’t use it. So it’s up to you, if the gallery will go into full screen.

Browsing without clicking and thinking

Scrolling is the most natural interaction with a webpage. Story Show Gallery works like Facebook – as a user scrolls down new pictures are constantly loading.

Story Show Gallery is vertical and therefore great for use with smartphones. In portrait mode a user usually sees a part of the next photo, so he keeps scroll­ing to see it whole.

Brand building and social sharing

SSG can display your logo or some text (emoji) over images. You can configure it in the SSG settings.

Social sharing icon is not put aside, it is part of a content, but subtle. A spectator’s eyes will literally crash into the share icon at the end of a caption or in the corner of a photo. It can be disabled in the settings.

You can deep link into the gallery to show a part­icular pict­ure. Just use image name in the hashtag

Complete your photos with captions

With captions you can tell the whole story behind pictures or amuse a spec­tator with some fun fact.

Google treats captions as a text content. Especially when you haven’t much text on your page, captions will help a lot your page to rank higher in Google search.

SSG is probably the only gallery which can place each caption individually according to image size vs. screen size. It is especially important on smartphones to utilize the whole screen.

Some more features

  • Optional 3D animation of image thumbnails.
  • Support of Google analytics. Find out, how long site visitors view each photo and how many times.
  • Animated transition while scrolling is similar to old slide projectors – it is combi­nation of sliding and fading.
  • Protection of photos from being copied via right click menu.


  • Optimal fit for every display size. SSG compares image size vs. screen size and place a caption to optimal position.
  • SSG (on the left) versus usual gallery lightbox. Story Show Gallery can use whole smartphone display - even notch area.
  • Optional 3D animation of image thumbnails. View it live in demo gallery.


Installation is typical there are no special steps.

From WordPress Dashboard:

  1. From your dashboard go to Plugins (in main menu)
  2. Click on “Add New” button and search for “Story Show Gallery”
  3. Install the plugin
  4. Activate it right away
  5. Click on settings link for more options

Plugin downloaded From

  1. Unpack the downloaded package.
  2. Upload the entire directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  3. Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress.
  4. Click on settings link for more options


The gallery doesn’t activate after a click on a thumbnail

Look into Story Show Gallery settings, there is written what to set in such a case.

How to connect Story Show Gallery with Google Analytics?

Create a Google Analytics account and install GA plugin. Statistics are for the entire website (not only photos).
See detailed instructions

How to link into the gallery to show a part­icular pho­to?

By adding a hashtag with the photo’s name after a page url address – see detailed instructions


October 10, 2019
文字入りや縦長の画像など、様々な種類の画像が入り交じるサイトには、縦スクロールのこのギャラリーは最適だと思います。 However, in the case of my site, [nossg class] did not work in Internet Explorer.
April 9, 2019
Minimalistic gallery great for photos - no ugly, shining arrows around the photo. Portrait oriented photos has a caption on the left side, it saves vertical space and looks much better. There is not much settings in the admin page.
Read all 2 reviews

Contributors & Developers

“Story Show Gallery – vertical photo gallery – great on smart­phones” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




optional faster loading of SSG from JSdelivr CDN, optimization, bug fixes, better compatibility with Apple


more social sharing options with nicer colors, minified source code – faster loading, minor fixes


social sharing icon and menu, brand building settings, support for WebP image format, better full screen mode


fixed possible problem with Scroll-behavior:smooth, which could mess up the gallery scrolling. Successfuly tested on WordPress 5.4


New down arrow without text, redesign of scrollbar, more options in configuration


Newly, SSG can detect other gallery plugins and you can set if SSG should bind only onto WP galleries or if it also should try to override lightbox of other gallery plugins.


Configuration and language localization


Visual tuning, optimized colors tested on many displays


Speed optimization of the gallery scrolling (much more fluent now) and few fixes and enhacements (better GA and page’s hash, fixed tablet scrolling, fix of restoring page’s position after orientation change)


Bigger photos. Separate galleries for different posts, it plays role when your homepage contains full blogposts.


New full screen mode which works like on You­Tube – it activa­tes after rotating a phone/tablet into landscape mode. Merge CSS styles into one style for better performance.


Optimized launch and orientation change on mobiles. Added a hint for a user. Optimization of CSS styles.


Protection of photos from being copied via right click menu.


Much better positioning of final horizontal menu in the gallery, it is not so empty as before.


Tested with WP 5.2 and PHP 7.3. Tuning of CSS styles. Fixing problems with too general CSS styles of some WP themes.


Better horizontal centering of photo and caption. Minding the notch on mobile phones. New admin design.


Fixing problem with initial grouping of photos, adding fading effect to image transition animation (looks better 🙂


  • Controlling the gallery by CSS classes


  • Initial release