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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.

299 reviews
Average Rating
3 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
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1 star
Crashes site on update, 3 days to get a response
By , for WP 3.9.2

Updated to the latest version only to find there is a known issue effecting many people that crashes your entire site which they have been aware of for 3+ weeks yet they are still releasing it without warning. See http://www.nextgen-gallery.com/open-letter-to-the-nextgen-community-from-erick-danzer/

I am a paying customer and have been told they will start helping me in 3 days, meanwhile my site is down unless I turn off NGG which means all my galleries are broken.

Unless they fix the issue, don't risk breaking your site and definitely don't pay for this as the paid support means nothing, they are happy for your site to be down

1 star
basic functionality missing, difficult to implement
By , for WP 3.9.2

Installed and attempted to use the imagebrowser feature. The alt text is displayed above each image. How do you get rid of it? Good luck! Wait, I have to install another plugin just to do this, and make custom fields, and then make changes to the template files with code from a support forum that's five years old? What about just letting me enter nothing in the alt text field that's already provided?


Let's not even get started on allowing your images to link to something other than a lightbox enlargement of themselves. What's crazy is plain ol' WordPress without any plugins already lets you do both the alt text customization and the URL links. So you install this and lose functionality, just so you can get "previous" and "next" in buttons underneath your images, and a border around them that you don't even want? No thanks.

1 star
CSS File can't be found. This is a useless plugin without it
By , for WP 3.9.2

I looked everywhere for the stylesheet and it is not where any supporting documentation says it's supposed to be.

When you fix this, I might fix my rating, in the meantime this plugin is worthless.

1 star
Bye, bye Photocrati
By , for WP 3.9.2

After more and more problems with more and more buggy nexgen I'm really happy that there is a fork and after hours of searching for solutions it took me some more to switch (because photocrati's f***ing write-protections), but now all is fine and nextgen is out for future.

The problems started when photocrati began to develop this fine plugin. After Updates my themes where deleted, since 2.x its only buggy an 4/5 of my gallerys did not work anymore.

So good luck in selling your premium Version.

1 star
Every Single Time...
By , for WP 3.9.2

Through the years, I've tried to install this plugin on multiple instances on various WordPresses.

Every single time, this plugin breaks whatever site I install it on.

My recent site: I'm working on a site for a client, so I decided to install this rather than take the time to develop my own plugin.

Even with Ajax pagination, navigation was broken and loaded nothing and other little issues kept popping up so I simply removed it. I KNEW, I JUST KNEW I should have made a backup of the site doing that because now the site is all jacked up.

The front page had various glitches and things moved 10 to 20 px in various directions. (Don't ask me how a gallery plugin can do this.. it's beyon me).

Also, the client needs a lot of her pages to end in .php so I have a plugin that adds the .php extension to some of those pages. Now, every single one of those pages is broken and nothing I do will work.

Needless to say, I get to spend the rest of my day shifting through a database and code to see what the hell NextGen broke. Every single time I install this damn plugin, something like this happens. EVERY.. SINGLE.. TIME.

1 star
I'm new to WP but I'm not impressed
By , for WP 3.9.1

Just started using WordPress this week, so keep that in mind. I have been developing with HTML, Javascript, PHP, MySQL, Actionscript 3.0, and others for years though, so I'm not illiterate.

I saw this had the highest rating so I tried it out on a page I'm working on for a very simple "only-for-looks" gallery with no controls.

First of all, controls aren't that obvious and menus are not logically laid out, but I could have gotten used to that. The big problem is that as soon as I figured out the shortcode and was expecting it to work, it threw a "jQuery not defined" error. I tried to look up where the problem was and added "wp_enqueue_script" for it but nothing worked. No good for me.

1 star broke my alt titles
By , for WP 3.9.1

I had NextGEN Gallery working fine at 2.0.66, but upon updating to, my ALT titles had been replaced by my descriptions, and any steps I took to reverse this error was ignored by the plugin.

I am looking to roll back to 2.0.66, and I will not be updating the program again

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.
1 star
doesn't work like before
By ,

That was the best gallery plugin. But the new version is buggy and doesn't work. If I try to put the old version also it doesn't work now.

1 star
Didn't care for it
By , for WP 3.9.1

Caused my site to load very slowly even though I wasn't using the plugin. It also seems to mess up other areas of the site not related to the plugin.

Doesn't play well with other plugins.

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