Thereâ€™s a lot more to blogging than just writing compelling text. Pictures, video, and audio make your blog more exciting for readers while giving you more ways to express yourself. There are hundreds of plugins available for adding multimedia to your blog and here we take a look at more than 50 of our favorites.
Also see the other posts in this series: 30+ AJAX-Powered WordPress Plugins, 30+ Plugins for WordPress Comments and 50+ Tools For The WordPress Admin.
Image Management Tools
Aniga Gallery â€“ Allows you to create picture galleries that use the WordPress comment system.
Batch Image Uploader â€“ Upload and resize multiple images to your blog at once.
Duh Gallery â€“ Simply creates a photo gallery from your uploads folder in WordPress.
ImageManager â€“ Includes interface for browsing and uploading images and basic tools such as cropping and rotating.
WP Image Gallery â€“ Create photo galleries from within WordPress and display them in posts.
fMoblog â€“ Post pictures with descriptions from a mobile phone.
Pop-up Image Gallery â€“ Photo gallery plugin with various options for transitions
PhotoZip â€“ For quickly uploading photos; allows you to simply upload a .zip file to create an image gallery.
PictPress â€“ Automatically generates a picture post from a directory on your server. Resizes pictures on the fly.
Importing Images from Other Services
Another Flickr â€“ Allows your readers to browse thumbnails from your Flickr albums and go directly to full size images.
BubbleShare â€“ Display photo galleries from your BubbleShare account.
Facebook Photos â€“ Shows thumbnails of photos from your linked Facebook account.
Flickr Photo Album â€“ Pulls in your Flickr photo sets and displays them as albums in WordPress.
FlickrRSS â€“ Displays most recent images from any RSS feed from Flickr such as a user, group, or tags page.
Fotobook â€“ Import your Facebook photo albums into a WordPress page.
ImageShack Uploader â€“ Upload an image to ImageShackâ€™s free storage service and insert a thumbnail into your posts.
Slickr Gallery â€“ AJAX photo gallery that pulls in images and photosets from Flickr.
Smugmug Gallery Bar â€“ Insert photos from your Smugmug account into blog posts.
Image Display Effects & Hacks
Enlarger â€“ Displays a thumbnail but loads the bigger image in the background so when clicked the full size version loads instantly.
IImage Panorama â€“ Helps you create a 360 degree panorama picture to add to your blog.
Image Headlines â€“ Create cool text images for the titles of your posts.
Lightbox 2 â€“ Generates thumbnails that when clicked load in a lightbox.
Multi-Topic Icon: Shows images that represent each of the categories assigned to a blog post.
Random Image â€“ Pulls a random image you have places on your blog and links back to the post it came from.
Transparent PNG Fix â€“ Make sure your PNG files donâ€™t look nasty.
WP Wetfloor â€“ Create the ever-popular reflection effect for the images on your blog.
Del.icio.us MP3 Player â€“ Makes links to MP3s in your posts playable and easily postable to del.icio.us.
Audio Player â€“ Inserts a simple MP3 player into your posts that plays uploaded audio files.
XSFP Player â€“ Flash player that allows you to embed music on your blog via http.
What Am I Listening To?
DG PlayingNow Updater â€“ Displays the song you are currently listening to on iTunes, MSN Messenger, or J. River Media Center.
EZ-Scrobbler â€“ Displays your most recently listened to tracks on last.fm.
iTunes Spy â€“ Displays your most recently listened to tracks on iTunes.
Pandora Feeds â€“ Displays data from Pandora feeds, for example, a list of your stations, bookmarked songs, and bookmarked artists.
onAirNow â€“ Now playing plugin that displays most recent song from iTunes or WinAmp.
Odeo â€“ Embed a podcast youâ€™ve recorded on Odeo.
Podcast Release â€“ A â€œreleaseâ€ form for guests of your podcast, accepting your terms.
PodPress â€“ Full featured plugin for podcasters including feed generation, iTunes preview, and download stats.
iPodCatter â€“ Helps podcasters created a valid feed for the podcast directory on iTunes.
Miscellaneous Audio Tools
Evoca Browser Mic â€“ Allow your blog readers to send you voice comments which you can later post to your blog.
Odiogo â€“ Converts your text to speech and provides a link for your readers to listen to your posts.
Anarchy Media Player â€“ Plays a wide variety of audio/video file formats in the appropriate player on your blog.
Easy Inline SWF – Allows you to insert Flash files in .swf format into your posts without any weird tags.
SeeTheFace â€“ Complete tool for recording video and posting to your blog.
Extreme Video â€“ Plays any .flv file on your blog with support for YouTube, Google Video, Quicktime, and more.
Noembedder â€“ Automatically adds a noembed section to any embedded content that does not already have one.
YouTube Brackets â€“ Allows you to simply enter a URL for a YouTube video versus copying and pasting embed code.
wordTube â€“ Video player that includes the ability to program a menu of videos.
TubePress â€“ Display YouTube galleries as blog posts or a sidebar item.
YouTube Video Gallery â€“ Displays thumbnails for any gallery from YouTube.
vPIP â€“ vPIP stands for â€œVideos Playing In Place,â€ meaning it will only embed after a specified image or link is clicked by the user.