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NextGEN Gallery

The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 9 million downloads.

24 reviews
Average Rating
3 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
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2 stars
Bloat
By , for WP 3.8.1

I was trying to figure out why my site was taking so long to load and it's because of this plugin. When analyzing the network traffic on my site I noticed that there is a dynamic css file (fontawesome) getting loaded on every page regardless of whether or not a Nextgen gallery actually appears on the page. Because the file is dynamically generated it can't be cached so every page view costs at least 2 extra seconds...just for one completely unnecessary file. I haven't found a way to deactivate the fontawesome "feature" so I must now look elsewhere for a tidier, smaller photo gallery plugin.

2 stars
too slow
By , for WP 3.8.1

Seems an excellant plugin but 1 problem, slowwww!
I have a multisite and my network is 3 times slower with this plugin installed.

2 stars
Free version is functional but ugly by today's standards.
By , for WP 3.8.1

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.

2 stars
version 2.x is totally unfinished
By , for WP 3.8.1

I am not happy to say that but the newest version of this plugin is very (and that means really "very") buggy. The admin settings is complex but very unintuitive. The official pages are very outdated and are structured very badly.

But overall the basic functionality is working (creating a gallery or a album and adding photos to it). If your client is ok with the administration available only in English you can give this plugin a try.

2 stars
Used to be great
By , for WP 3.8

Our property website relies on Nextgen and worked wonderfully until Photocrati got hold of it. Now I have the nightmare of trying to get things to work again, such as reading from a feed and creating a post with nextgen galleries, with no help. Not many people have used Nextgen in the same way, so the forums do not supply the information I need. I have spent hours and have a site that now has problems and issues. Eventually, I will figure it out. Maybe it will be easier to start again with a new plugin and scratch this one.
Each problem I come to is more hours of work, with no answers.

2 stars
sort problem
By , for WP 3.7.1

NGG is a famous plugin with many bug, sorting problem, loading problem, working problem and etc. in 2.0.40 trlease I have many problem with image sorting and basic gallery preview

2 stars
2.0 has been buggy so switched back to 1.9.13
By ,

Used to be one of my favorite plugins and I used it all over my site. I liked things like being able to cross-index photos both as posts and in albums. I also liked general performance and interface.

Unfortunately, the 2.0 release has been a mess. Features that were working now got broken and major performance issues were introduced with polluting the MySQL database and using a lot more memory. There might be some new features but these seem to be over-shadowed with things that were broken.

The support forum seems to have some activity with problems reported and perhaps some being fixed. However, after still encountering more issues with this churn, I eventually gave up and reverted back to the last release in 1.9 which seems to be much more stable and works well.

When it comes time to do the next large web project - I will stop and evaluate other alternatives because NextGen used to be pretty good but at least recently is not one I recommend.

2 stars
I wanted to love it.....
By ,

I really wanted to love it, but the plugin doesn't allow you to filter using tags... Like what's the point of building a large gallery with hundreds of pictures with tags... if you can't say this page will display red, cars..... It's such a easy filter, but the plugin can't do it... and there is a addon, plugin to make it compatible.... yet the newer versions of this plugin do not support that feature... omg so frustrating... Like I said I wanted to love this plugin, such a small improvement, to benefit all its users...

2 stars
nice
By ,

I like the plugin

2 stars
Updated plugin crashed host's database
By , for WP 3.7.1

Really liked this plugin and had no issues until it was updated to version 2.x. After that, I started getting timeouts when trying to reach my site, and even received a notice from my webhost's support staff that I needed to deactivate the plugin until it was updated or risk having my site pulled.
Even after updates it still caused a ton of problems with timeouts. Found via online research that others were having similar issues, and only found relief after rolling back to a previous version. Thankfully, I got prompt help from their support site in rolling back to version 1.9.13. Plugin is now stable, and I've had no timeouts trying to reach my site.
Disappointed that plugin got worse for me with updated versions, but glad I could rollback.

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