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NextGEN Gallery

The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 10 million downloads.

601 reviews
Average Rating
3 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
4 stars
Good but not without problems
By , for WP 3.9.1

this is a great gallery plugin and worth a try. However it does seem to have run into a few different conflicts depending on the set up of your website. Most of these conflicts are easily solved and it's just a minor annoyance more than anything.

My advice would be give it a try and see how you get on with it. Still the best gallery plugin I have come across.

4 stars
Good but not perfect!
By , for WP 3.9.1

I have had lots of problems with permissions and roles. It simply disappeared. But I saw a very useful tutorial how to fix it: https://www.role-editor.com/nextgen-gallery-restore-lost-capabilities/
There is no possibility to use this plugin for frontend users. NextGen Uploader does not work for WP 3.9. If you need this, you better choose Nextcellent Gallery.

BUT: In general this gallery is indeed the best one for WP. I would give 5-star rating if the above mentioned problems would be solved.

5 stars
Looks great on the outside but unusable once installed
By ,

I thought I would try NextGen after having no end of problems with adding a fourth photocrati album to a blog.

The synopsis of the plugin looked very encouraging but the long and the short of it is, it does not work. After installing and activating, all text in the editor buttons have turned white so you can't read them. Even if you could, the buttons are inoperative.

Back to square one....

2 stars
Gave up after almost a full day of this
By , for WP 3.9.1

Looks easy, but it isn't bc it doesn't do what you freaking set it to do doesn't take hold. Plus, it's nowhere near user friendly. There's more than one place to change the size of the thumbnails, for instance, and you can't tell which it's using. So you set the all the same. Doesn't do you any good bc when you DO change the size -- in multiple places -- you still have to go to settings again and select the gallery you've painstakingly set up and do a bulk action remake the thumbnails on it, wait for that, THEN clear your cache and then load the page. Nope, changes aren't there. I did this like 50 times. I thought well maybe I've sized these thumbnails too big, mathematically, and put them back at the default numbers. (Once I did get something to change - never could get it to go back to where it was. This is my complaint. It will NOT display 4 columns for me, for instance, will not change the thumbnail sizes, bigger or smaller, etc. SIGH. SO frustrating. The built-in gallery from WP has HUGE captions, which I hate. I like how NextGEN's captions don't show under the thumbnails, but show when you click an image. I GIVE UP.

5 stars
By , for WP 3.9.1

This is really the best free gallery WordPress plugin period.
Don't waist your time looking for similar solutions.

Better invest your time in getting to know this plugin and learning how it works!

Great job!

2 stars
huge memory hog
By , for WP 3.9.1

since the big 2.0 upgrade it has been a massive memory hog. Looking for alternatives, sadly NextGen Gallery is just not a good plugin anymore.

5 stars
By , for WP 3.9.1

Just started with WordPress and the Risen theme

Integrating the nextgen Gallery and Album plugin to replace the gallery provided by Risen was a breeze, and it works first time without any trouble at all.

Only need one album and embed it in a page to use as the photo gallery page.

Then create any number of galleries and add them to the album.

Some mods to the nggallery.css file were useful..

slip a texture_bar.png (70x6) into the same folder (wp-content\ngg_styles\)

div.ngg-imagebrowser h3 { display: none; }
div.ngg-imagebrowser .pic  { border: solid 1px #6A8FAB; border-radius: 3px; }
div.ngg-imagebrowser .pic a img { height: 400px; }
div.ngg-imagebrowser-nav { padding: 5px 0; }
div.ngg-imagebrowser-nav .counter { color: solid 1px #6A8FAB; }
div.ngg-imagebrowser-nav .back { color: solid 1px #6A8FAB; border: solid 1px #6A8FAB; border-radius: 3px; }
div.ngg-imagebrowser-nav .next { color: solid 1px #6A8FAB; border: solid 1px #6A8FAB; border-radius: 3px; }

div.ngg-album { margin-bottom: 20px; background: url("texture-bar.png") top repeat-x; }
div.ngg-album .ngg-thumbnail {  margin: 0 20px 10px 5px; padding: 5px; background: url("texture-bar.png"); border-radius: 5px; }
div.ngg-album .ngg-thumbnail a {  margin: 0; padding: 0; position: static; }
div.ngg-album .ngg-thumbnail img {  margin: 0; padding: 0; border-radius: 5px; position: static; }

div.ngg-album { border: none; padding-top: 40px; }
div.ngg-album:first-child { background: none; padding-top: 20px; }
1 star
I can't get support for NextGen Gallery
By , for WP 3.9.1
I have sent approx 4 emails now for help and have not received one response.

I can't go ahead and use it until I get support

I have inserted the short code for the basic gallery, but it doesn't work either.
2 stars
Needs a lot of work
By , for WP 3.9.1

Unfortunately it's very hard to find a decent free gallery plugin, but i ended up using this one so i guess that says something about it.

I had to switch from PhotoSmash because it stopped working with the latest software my hosting company uses on their servers, and they stopped development on it over 2 years ago.
I mention this because i wanted to reuse those images already on my website, unfortunately Nextgen doesn't give you the option to use it, you can only upload files, so i had to re-upload 30 images, thankfully they can be batch uploaded. But i have another site to fix which has about 200 images, not looking forward to that.

It needs a lot of work, for example in the basic thumbnail view, for some odd reason, the number of photos in a gallery (album) is shown far below the title and so close to the next gallery that you think it belongs to it.

Even their own demo shows it like that so it must be on purpose, why i can never understand.

Fortunately there is a fairly easy way to add custom CSS so to fix that i added:
.ngg-album-compact h4 .ngg-album-desc {height: 20px;}

I only used 5 albums in 1 row, for more rows i suppose that would need more modifications.
I would have liked to see an option to remove those completely.

Menu's are awkwardly made and unnecessarily complicated, for ex. if you make any changes in any but the first "drop-down" menu and save, it reloads the page and takes you back to the first drop-down menu, not where you where, which is quite annoying when trying to get the gallery thumbnail sizes just right, specially because it would load the album thumbnail sizes instead (because it's the 1st dropdown menu)

Putting multiple types of galleries on one page seems to brake everything, the carousel type seemed to not even work at all, but then it did, but clicking on any other image in the carousel actually reloads the whole page and it looks pretty bad too. They don't even demo it on their site, i wonder why.

I'm not surprised %50 of people say it's broken. I really don't know how 10 million people are happy with this.

2 stars
Unstable and unpredictable with each update
By , for WP 3.9.1

It works fineā€¦ only when it works. Each 'new version' notice will give you chills, because you'll never know if this plugin will actually work after the update or will it display a gallery of error messages instead of images.
Use it in conjunction with a good backup plugin in case things go south.

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