Modula Rundown: Is it really the best WordPress gallery plugin?

Short answer: Yes, it is the best WordPress gallery plugin available.

Still want to know more before choosing to redefine your gallery creation experience?

Hey, I don’t blame you – we all want to make informed buying decisions. That’s the entire reason we’re launching The Mainframe Rundown. These posts will be accurate, detailed, and in-depth reviews of products and services that we truly endorse, use, and can confidently recommend.

The 6 things I like most about Modula


1. Modula is blazing-fast

When adding any plugin to your WordPress website, you should always consider whether you really need it and how much it will negatively affect your website’s performance. This is especially the case when you’re choosing a WordPress gallery plugin.

In most cases pages are almost guaranteed to inherently load slower than normal pages because they have a large collection of images on them. However, with the introduction of the Modula Speed Up extension, website speed almost becomes an afterthought.

With the Modula Speed Up extension all Modula Pro users (a.k.a license holders) get access to ShortPixel image optimization and a blazing-fast content delivery network powered by StackPath.

This means that starting now you can stop worrying about your beautiful photographs, artwork or graphic design work going to waste as a result of a slow-loading website. For those of you who are either not tech savvy or just don’t want to spend time configuring things, Modula will actually automatically optimize your images to load as fast as possible by reducing their file sizes and serving them from a content delivery network.

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2. Modula is extremely user-friendly

Having a range of features and being customizable often leads you to believe that it must be really difficult to use. That’s because more often than not that’s how things tends to work.

With Modula though that isn’t the case. Galleries are extremely easy and quick to customize – you could actually easily set a gallery up in under than a minute.

As a matter of fact, the gallery inserted later in this post was took me no more than than one or two minutes to set up because I had some trouble choosing which which images I should use.

3. Easily customize your galleries.

Best described by the following GIF or by the YouTube video embedded at the end of this post – custom grids is a feature that is 100% unique to Modula. The custom grid functionality allows you to freely resize images within your gallery’s container, controlling everything including their heights, widths and aspect ratio.

To do this, all you need to do is switch a gallery from ‘creative gallery’ to ‘custom grid’ and start resizing by clicking and dragging from the bottom right-hand corners of the images in your gallery.

Modula’s custom grid functionality

This means you can finally stop worrying about your gallery plugin awkwardly cropping your images in such a way that cuts out your subject.

Modula gives you full control over the way the images in your galleries look (if you want it) so you can choose which image stands out.

4. Their support is extremely helpful.

Modula’s extensive plugin documentation

Although you likely won’t ever need to contact a member of Modula’s support team, it is there when you need it.

One thing I really value quite highly when choosing a WordPress plugin is how good their support is. Support isn’t just whether I can reach out to someone and get a response – it’s also how quickly I can get a response and whether I’ll ever feel the need to reach out at all.

You will be extremely pleased to hear that Modula has both extremely detailed documentation and fast (+ helpful) support responses. In the WordPress space this can be quite rare to find so it’s definitely something that sets Modula apart. It’s important to note that of all people, I am not someone who will likely ever see the need to contact a plugin’s support team, but if I’m paying for a plugin it is nice to know that it is there if I need it.

5. The user interface is really easy to work with.

Modula Gallery Creation Page

This ties in very nicely with the second reason I love Modula so much which is how user-friendly it is. A big part of how easy something is to use is how well-designed it is, and I dislike WordPress plugins which add script heavy and styles admin areas for two reasons.

  • They slow down websites.
  • They suck to work with.

With Modula this (obviously) isn’t the case, it adopts the default styling of the WordPress core, which means it loads just as fast as a page with a Modula gallery inserted on the frontend does.

6. Publishing/sharing a gallery is so easy.

Inserting a Modula gallery using the shortcode

And last but not least, inserting a gallery created using Modula is as easy as pasting the shortcode anywhere on your WordPress website.

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This is not a normal review.

Now, one thing I’m striving to avoid when reviewing products/services for The Mainframe Rundown is writing surface-level reviews.

There are enough of those available with a quick Google search.

The way I’m going to avoid that in this review of Modula is by actually using the plugin on my own website.

Yes, I honestly endorse the Modula gallery plugin so much that I’m not only writing a review of it, but I actually use it on my own website. And for those of you doubters or those who are wondering what a gallery created with Modula looks like, check one out below:

It’s also worth noting that thanks to the Modula Speed Up extension, I also don’t have to worry about the gallery I inserted above slowing down my website at all 😅

Just how fast is Modula?

We talked briefly about why Modula’s speed being one of the reasons I strongly believe it’s the best gallery plugin – now let’s take a closer look…

When adding a gallery to a post or page, you’re knowingly adding a collection of images to your website which means that a performance sacrifice is inevitable. But, you can limit the sacrifice and damage by making proper use of image compression and optimization, and serving images from a content delivery network.

Brian Jackson over at Woorkup ran a speed test of Modula’s custom grid demo page to test this. Here’s a screenshot of the test below:

Modula speed test

The test proves that the page holds up really well even when considering the number of images in the gallery and their respective file sizes. You might have also noticed that this page (which also has a Modula gallery in it) loaded extremely fast…

The page also does not exceed the recommended maximum of 1 MB and loads in under 1 second which is a win 😎

In the video below which I personally made, I walk you through creating three different and unique stunning galleries with the Modula gallery plugin:

Anything you’d like to add? Feel free to leave a comment below to share your thoughts, and tell the world how much you love the Modula gallery plugin too…

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