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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
5 stars
Nice Gallery
By , for WP 3.8

I like this plugin, It's very easy to use.

4 stars
Worked very well
By , for WP 3.9.1

Worked well for the most part. I just couldn't get the gallery to center in the page, even though it was inside of centered paragraph tags, but whatever...minor thing which cost it the 5 star rating. Was way better and easier than other free gallery plug-ins, that's for sure.

1 star
More hassle than it's worth
By , for WP 3.9.1

Keeps breaking time after time. Every update seems to break it again. Support from the author is very rare. Not worth the hassle. Who would use a plug-in that just causes hassle and upset? Not me anymore.

4 stars
Muito bom
By , for WP 3.9.1

Is much good!

4 stars
Was a GREAT pugin before 2.0
By ,

I loved using this plugin on my sites, but since the 2.0 update and subsequent updates, it has really sucked and I HATE my galleries. I'm now looking for a different way to display photo galleries.

Many thanks to @edanzer for his help correcting my issues. I still feel the plugin is far less intuitive than older versions, but finally for the first time since July 2013, I feel satisfied with how my galleries look.

2 stars
By ,

Creo que necesita una importante actualizaciĆ³n.
Es un plugin ya bastante antiguo


1 star
Pro purchase - bad support - bad performance
By , for WP 3.8.3

I was a huge fan before Photocrati bought it and re-wrote the core. Now the performance drags down all pages. Even pages that do not have photos, galleries or NextGen widgets show really poor performance.

My client's web host has had to shut down our account for over use of shared resources. When we ran performance analyzer, NextGen libraries accounted for more than 55% of the resource usage on the homepage, where we weren't using anything NextGen.

Now that I've spent money to buy the Pro Version, I'm regretting it. I'm now searching for a really good replacement. Something that works like the original NextGen used to, before all the Photocrati tinkering and excuses.

1 star
pages cant not be displayed well in wordpress 3.9.1
By ,

it break page display of my theme that use an header made by artisteer that display 3 images loop.

5 stars
The De-facto Gallery Plugin for WP
By , for WP 3.9.1

Trust me, if it doesn't work:

  • You're doing it wrong, or
  • There is a fix, or
  • A fix is coming

This is the most widely used gallery plugin, which means it has the widest user base supporting it as well. Totally worth paying for pro.

2 stars
Never Understood Why This Was So Popular
By , for WP 3.9.1

I think the nine million downloads brag stems from the fact this is one of the oldest gallery plugins for WP and for many years there were no rival plugins that came close to doing what Nextgen could. I've only been using WordPress for six years but I installed NextGen all those years ago and never got it. I found it quite counter-intuitive, despite spending many hours with it. That said, Alex Rabe put a lot of time and effort into creating and developing NextGen and credit where credit's due, he did a valiant effort.

Since that time Nextgen has been superseded by better gallery plugins, whilst WP's legacy image upload system has improved massively too. I suspect that the high number of downloads now are based upon old WP user guides that tell the newbie how every WP user must have NextGen installed. I could be wrong, however I do feel a little uncomfortable with the fact Photocrati appears to be riding on the coat tails of the efforts Alex Rabe put into this plugin. I'm not sure why the developers feel it has to be branded as "NextGen Gallery By Photocrati". When I last tried to use it last year it was a complete mess. Perhaps I should give it another go...

Still, I'm a photographer and my photography website does not use NextGen. It may be the most downloaded gallery plugin, but its a long way from being the most intuitive.

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