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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.


622 reviews
Average Rating
3 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
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Since that time Nextgen has been superseded by better gallery plugins, whilst WP's legacy image upload system has improved massively too.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.

5 stars
Beautiful Gallery
By ,

Very easy to use, and looks good!

4 stars
Excellent pugin
By , for WP 3.9

This is a cool gallery plugin. Works great in my sites. But, last version is having some comparability issues with the plugins.

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5 stars
Awesome work ...best gallery plugin ever seen
By , for WP 3.8.3

I love this plugin very much...great work by the team..best gallery plugin ever seen...keep it up

5 stars
By , for WP 3.9

I think this gallery plugin has completely transformed the way my blog does "roundups". Their customer service is excellent! I ran into a bug and they pretty much held my hand through the entire fix. So grateful for their awesome support.

1 star
Super plugin - But it does not work any longer
By , for WP 3.9

I would give it 4 of 5 stars if it worked! But there have been problems with redirect for more then 40 days or some! I even bought the plugin.
It does not work anymore with WP 3.9!!

I still hope that they fix it ASAP!! I would not write this if I thought there wasn't a chance!

I would give it 5 out of 5 if they had a more simpel and intuitiv UI with basic functions like - a Upload/create album with a push of a button in the WP editor - nothing else. Why is that so difficul to make? its the admin's job to setup the plugin and the output


1 star
Broken for 3.9
By , for WP 3.9

Does not work for 3.9
Images not clickable if open

5 stars
works fine
By , for WP 3.8.2

Does what it is outh to do.

1 star
I've never gotten it to work
By , for WP 3.9

I had it installed on 3.8 and now 3.9 and it never worked. I don't know where 9 million downloads came from, but judging from these reviews there hasn't been a satisfied customer in a long time. There have also been some previously satisfied customers who are now converts to the frustrated side.

PHP errors, at least that is what the plugin states, stare back at me. If these people would spend less time posting to Google+ and Facebook about how awesome they are maybe they could find the time to fix what they said they were going to fix.

Stay away. I usually follow 'stay away' with an 'at least for a while' but not this time. Something tells me these people are in way over their heads.

1 star
Nope - just nope!
By , for WP 3.9

NGG was a fine and good working plugin - until Photocrati took it over.
After that, the plugin got worse and worse after each update. Basic functions have been removed, fancy but useless features (like countless "social media buttons") have been added. Each update provides new surprises, starting at "oh, my layout is messed up. Again." and ending at "Holy cr*p, nothing works anymore!"

Support is quite useless, even if you paid for the plugin. At the moment you changed anything there is no support - no matter if the problem is related to the change or not.

Sadly, there is no alternative for it, and the old version from AlexRaabe can't handle really big galleries.

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