The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 9 million downloads.
I had been using NextGen gallery 1.9.8 for a couple of years with no issues. Then they sold the business and the updates started. I tried one or two and they caused other issues I never had before.
I decided to resist any of the new updates that claimed to have fixed these issues and watched their support forum. This past week I started work on a new WP blog using one of the themes I used for another site. A popular theme with thousands of users.
I installed the latest version of NextGen 2.0.40 thinking that on a clean install and all the comments I read that it would work. It did work for two days as I happily uploaded thousands of small image files, I am a photographer with a huge gallery of images or sets of images.
All went well until I noticed that the page loading on the site had really slowed down. I mean minutes to load a page if at all. I thought it was a server side issue or a database problem because of all the files.
Well now the site is totally down and I have to remove all the files and NextGen Gallery from the site and try another one. I also had upgraded from V1.9.8 on another site to the 2.0.40 and it actually pulled the entire site down. All I get is a string of ?????????? along the top of the site and now you only see a blank page with the question marks.
I am restoring that site from a recent back up on the server and hope things will be back to normal.
I can't tell you how many hours I have wasted with this plug-in. It is horrible, stay away from it no matter what they promise in future fixes and upgrades. This plug-in is fried...it is like trying to take old code and adding features to it. They will have to start from scratch now, each time they fix one problem it creates others.
This plugin was great before version 2.0. As others have said, since then it was bought by a different company who changed the entire system and it is unusable for me in its current state.
- CSS implementation is flawed
- You can no longer organise albums like in older versions.
- Loading times are absolutely terrible.
- Some images/galleries do not load properly for no apparent reason [exact replicas of working ones]
- The thumbnail selection tool often does not work.
Prior to 2.0 this was a great plugin and very useful if you want lots of images with galleries nested in larger collections [albums]. In its current state, however, it has significant bugs.
Simply put, the free version has fallen behind to competitors. Using the gallery view or the standard thumbnail view were both disappointing. The gallery view had very ugly navigation buttons (next, previous) and did not give me the option to display the picture name anywhere. The thumbnail with caption view which has a preview image that clearly shows a title below the image, does not actually do so when you try it. There is no option to enable plus the thumbnail white box around each picture was just plain ugly and I had no option to change it. Again, it works but it is not very good. Try a modern alternative.
Nice plugin. Really.
The problem is I can only use it on one of my sites. Found six plugins by now it doesn't work with. Classic white screen in the backend.
Too many important plugins I would have to abandon with NextGEN.
I can't upload images anymore, and it seem like the marvelous (until now) NextGen cause instability in the whole system.
When I try to upload photos it says:
"An unexpected error occured. This is most likely due to a server misconfiguration. Check your PHP error log or ask your hosting provider for assistance."
It used to work fine until now, and I liked a lot.
Should we wait for an actualization?
I uploaded images and gallery don`t work. I had good memories about this plugin, but now i need to switch to another
Since the newer NextGen version (actually since Photocati..) this plugin lost its strength.
Pageload: 5 to 6 seconds for loading page (90% due to NextGen).
Used this plugin for some years now and am currently removing it from all my clients.
My new sollution: custom post types and field.
since photocrati bought this plugin its no longer any good
breaks / massive errors / terrible support
i have thousands of galleries / images and i wanted to buy pro version but afaik ppl have same amount of problem there too..
Found this either rendered my visual editor totally blank & unusable or simply took up such a huge amount of memory when running on local server that random things wouldn't load - either way it was the same result and impossible to work with.
Sites often breaks in unexpected places
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