For some time now it is been frustrating me that, as a photographer, when I want to add multiple images to a blog post using the new WordPress Gutenberg interface I have to do each image one at a time.
In fact, it annoys me so much, that I started to post multiple images as galleries instead.
WordPress galleries though, have never been ideal, as options are limited for enlarging images on click, or linking to external files, and the layout is inflexible.
I am aware, of course, that there are myriad plugins to present pretty galleries of images within your blog post but, as someone who likes to keep a WordPress site as lean and efficient as possible, unnecessary plugins are not, for me at least, the answer.
It was while trying to add a WordPress gallery and then changing my mind, that I discovered a nifty trick for adding multiple images and presenting them in classic Gutenberg image boxes image blocks, without having to do them one at a time.
So how did I do it?
At the point in your blog post where you would like the images to start, choose the Gallery style of block and proceed to add images. You will be taken to the WordPress media library to select the images you would like your gallery. Choose the images accordingly and complete the process so that WordPress inserts a gallery at that point in your post.
Then in the top left of that you can block change the style of the block from a Gallery to Image and, hey presto, the gallery unfolds and you are presented instead with a list of Gutenberg image blocks which previously would have taken you a while to add individually.