Adding Image Hover Effects in WordPress (Step by Step)

Would you like to learn how to add image hover effects in WordPress?

Image hover effects can make your website more interactive and engaging. This creates a better first impression and improves the time you spend on your website.

In this article we will show you step by step how to add image hover effects in WordPress.

What are image hover effects?

Image hover effects allow you to add interactive elements to your static images, such as: B. Animations, zoom effects, popups and more.

For example, you might have pictures that flip to show your prices or links to your portfolio.

Image hovers also give you a creative way to display your photos, galleries, and thumbnails.

Interactive images and hover elements can help your website in many ways:

  • Improve the time your visitors spend on your website
  • Provide creative opportunities to present content to your visitors
  • Let your users know that a site item is clickable

How to create image hover effects in WordPress

The best way to add image hover effects to your WordPress website is to use a WordPress plugin.

With a plugin, you don’t have to spend time editing, formatting, and adding CSS to create picture effects. It just works.

There are all kinds of plugins that you can use to create unique picture hover effects and animations.

In this tutorial, we are going to show you the four different ways to add the hover effects you need.

1. Adding Image Hover Flipbox Effects in WordPress

A flip box is a box that tips over when you hover your mouse over it.

You can add this animation to your pictures to show text or change the picture while floating.

Float image flip box

You can control how the image is flipped and the design of the image on either side.

If you are a photographer it can be used to showcase your work and separate your portfolios.

The easiest way to add image flipbox effects is with a WordPress plugin. With a plugin, you can quickly create and customize these effects.

We recommend using the Flipbox – Awesomes Flip Boxes Image Overlay plug-in. It’s the best flipbox and image hover plugin for WordPress.

With this plugin, you can easily add custom flipbox effects to your WordPress images.

Image Hover Flipbox Plugin Settings

It comes with dozen of different animation effects and pre-made templates. You can even control the colors and add your own custom CSS.

For more information, see our guide on how to create Flipbox Overlays and Hovers in WordPress.

2. Adding image zoom and magnification effects in WordPress

With picture zoom effects, your users can see details that they cannot see in a full-size picture.

This is a great effect for product tutorials and high detail images.

You can also use it in your online store to add a zoom effect like Amazon.

Enlarge image zoom

The easiest way to add image zoom and magnification effects to your images is to use a WordPress plugin.

We recommend using the WP Image Zoom plugin. With this plugin you can easily add zoom and magnification effects to your pictures.

Settings for the WP Image Zoom plugin

It is also packed with features that allow you to choose the shape of the zoom lens, the zoom level, and more.

For more information, see our guide on how to add magnifying zoom to images in WordPress.

3. Adding animation effects in WordPress

There are all kinds of additional hover effects that you can add to WordPress.

For example, you have animated image galleries, light box images, comparison images, text overlays, and more.

Floating animation effect

To add such hover effects, we recommend using the Image Hover Effects Ultimate plugin.

This plugin is very light and therefore does not affect the performance of your website and the loading speed. It’s also very easy to use. With just a few clicks, you can add unique picture effects.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Image Hover Effects Ultimate plugin. For more information, see our step-by-step guide to installing a WordPress plugin.

As soon as you have installed and activated the plugin, you have to click on “Image Hover” in your WordPress administrator. This will bring up eight different image hover effects for you to choose from.

Choose the picture hover effect

In this tutorial we will use the Lettering Effects effect. This adds animated text with a mouse pointer over your picture.

First, click on the “Subtitle Effects” field. This will bring up a menu with several animation options to choose from.

Image hover animation create style

When you have found the image effect you want, click “Create Style”.

In the pop-up box, name your hover effect and choose the layout. The layout number you have selected corresponds to the ordered sequence of images.

Remember to click “Save”.

Name the new picture

On the next screen, you have several options to customize your hover effect.

However, we leave the standard animation options.

Move the mouse pointer over the animation settings

If you make changes, they will be shown in the “Preview” field.

To change the default picture, hover over the picture and click the “Edit” option.

Edit hover animation

In this popup you can change your title and description which will be shown on hover.

To upload your image, click the box under the title “Image” and upload or select an image from your media library.

Change image Hover image

You can also add a link and button text if you want your image to direct users to another page on your website.

When you’re done, click Submit.

Image hover shortcode

To add the image to your website, copy the shortcode into the “Shortcode” field.

Then open a page, post or widget that you want your picture to appear on and paste the shortcode.

Paste the shortcode for the hover animation

Make sure you click Publish or Update to save your changes and get your picture hover effect live.

4. Adding Image Hover Popup Effects in WordPress

The above plugins allow you to add features like flip boxes, hover effects, animations and more.

What if you want to add another picture hover effect that is not covered by the above plugins?

The best way to do this is with a custom WordPress CSS plugin. This allows you to make visual changes to your images without editing any code.

You can edit your CSS files manually or add CSS through the WordPress customizer. However, using a plugin is the easiest option.

We recommend using the CSS Hero plugin. This plugin allows you to edit almost every single CSS style on your WordPress site without writing a line of code.

CSS hover effects

There are all kinds of built-in CSS effects specifically for images.

For more information on installing a plugin, see our guide on installing a WordPress plugin.

Once the plugin is installed, you need to click the “Continue to Product Activation” button.

Activate CSS Hero

This will guide you through the plugin activation process.

After the plugin has been activated, you can start customizing your images.

Open a page or post that has the image or images you want to animate and click “CSS Hero” at the top of the page.

This will open the Editor menu where you can add various CSS effects.

We’re going to add an image popup to the hover effect. First you need to click on the image you want to edit and then click on “Snippets”.

Then click on “Hover Effects”.

CSS Hero hover effects

A menu with various CSS effects will appear. Next, select the ‘.hvr-pop’ effect and click ‘Apply’.

Click Save & Publish. The CSS effect is automatically applied to your images.

Save changes to the image hover

We hope this article has helped you learn how to add image hover effects in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide to optimizing images for the web and our beginner’s guide to image SEO.

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