Shutter Reloaded WordPress plugin

Shutter Reloaded is an image viewer for your website that works similarly to Lightbox, Thickbox, etc. but is lean and mean at only 10KB size. It does not require any external libraries. It has all standard features: resizing large images if the window is too small to display them with option to show the image in full size, unlimited number of image sets, pre-loading of neighbour images for faster display and very good browser compatibility.

This plugin also offers customization of colour and opacity settings for the background and colour for the caption, text links (if used) and the image count.

There are options to enable Shutter Reloaded for all links pointing to an image on your site (with option to exclude some pages), or just on selected pages. It can be enabled only for image links with a specific CSS class or by using Lightbox style activation (rell=”lightbox[…]”). It also can “auto-make” sets for each post/page.

Many thanks to Gerhard Lehnhoff, for translating Shutter Reloaded to German and for the suggestions, and to Lise, for the French translation.

Shutter Reloaded is easily integrated with Alex Rabe’s excellent NextGEN Gallery plugin. More info.


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Image sets are created by using class=”shutterset” to the link pointing to the image. Adding class=”shutterset” also activates the plugin, there’s no need to add both classes, shutterset and shutter. Multiple sets are created by using class=”shutterset_setname”, where setname can be any ascii word and/or a number. If using Lightbox style activation, sets are created by adding a set name in the square brackets. More help is available on the admin page of the plugin.


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If you’re having any problems with Shutter try downloading the current development version. All bug-fixes, improvements and new features will be available there first. It should be stable enough for use, however some quick testing after activation would be a good idea. Please report any new bugs or incompatibilities with other plugins by commenting below.

Shutter Reloaded version 2.4



Standard WordPress quick and easy installation:

  1. Download.
  2. Unzip.
  3. Upload to the plugins folder.
  4. Log in WordPress and activate the plugin.
  5. Go to “Options -> Shutter Reloaded” and set your preferences.

To upgrade: deactivate and delete the old version, then follow the above instructions to install the new one.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have … plugin installed that also uses javascript, will there be any conflicts/incompatibilities?

Since Shutter Reloaded does not use any js libraries, it does not interfere with them. It uses an onload event but has a function to play nice with other scripts that use onload too (from WordPress).

  • What will happen if my site visitors have Javascript disabled?

Then none of your links will be changed and will work as usual.

  • I have a thumbnail link but it points to a webpage, not to image. Will that affect Shutter Reloaded?

No, Shutter Reloaded looks only for links pointing to an image (with thumbnails or not), and will not change any other link, even if the link has the same css class used for activation.

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  2. Thanks for the plug in. I just have one question. When someone scrolls down my page and then clicks a image , when they close the image the browser jumps to the top of the page. Is the a fix for this so the page stays where it was before the photo is enlarged ?

  3. I’ve attempted to use shutter on 2 of my WP sites. This plugin was recommended by Solostream to work with their themes. When clicking an image, the navigation menu links show ABOVE the image. This distracts from the image….is there way to resolve this?

    Thank you in advance.

  4. How exactly do you assign the class=”shutterset” to the link? Do you upload the image via the editor and assign the “class” to the link in the media center, or do you place it here -> * < a * href in the html?

  5. Great plugin! Btw, is there anyway to protect pictures from right clicking when viewing pictures with this plugin?

  6. Hi,
    I am using this plugin but image preview does not work when I use Ajax pagination. Mean first time when my page loaded and I click on any image then it shows me image preview in full size like light box. But when I use ajax pagination and click on next page’s images it show image in same browser without any effect.

    Anyone have a solution for this?


  7. HI, love your plugin, but also experiencing problems in Chrome (when showing images, some are displayed way off center (bottom of the screen, requiring a scroll down to see the whole picture), and therefore am forced to find an alternative. Will you be fixing this bug? Or can you recommend another plugin that has the same features (and speed!) as yours?

  8. Hello

    I am using your plugin Shutter reloaded and I like it.
    Up to now everything was well, but I upgraded to I.E9, and it is not working properly anymore.

    I then realized that it does not work either when using Google chrome.

    Do you intend to upgrade your plugin to fix these issues, or should I look for some other solution ?

    Thanks for your help, and for your plugin!


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