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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.

27 reviews
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3 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
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3 stars
Nice Gallery, But Poor Development
By , for WP 3.9.2

The gallery features are in NextGen are great, and they integrate well into my website. For the most part, the plugin worked as expected. But here are some things to consider: the plugin in creates multiple versions of your images for caching, which is understandable, but this creates bloat on your server and can slow down your site. Also, the NextGen developers at Photocrati tend to release bad updates - the last update rendered my galleries useless - and this is not the first time it's happened. When this happens, you'll need to uninstall the plugin and reinstall the previous release, which is needlessly complicated. Based on these issues, I can only give a maximum of 3 stars, although the product (when it works) is worth 4.The smart thing to do is simply not to apply the update and check the forums for complaints.

3 stars
By , for WP 3.9.2

i was frustrated by not knowing where to start once I loaded it, but eventually got there. Hopefully the introduction will explain the basic idea so you dont have to go directly to the help section to understand the rudiments.

3 stars
Automatic vs manually
By , for WP 3.9.1

3 stars for so many lines of code for free.

It would be 5 if there is not this stupid drag and drop galleries thing to be visible at the front end. Not at all WordPress logic and not at all user friendly for beginners. And WordPress is made for absolute beginners.

This is CMS world and Nextgen should follow this logic. Make galleries and subgalleries as WordPress categories and subcategories. Web beginner SHOULD NEVER had to make a gallery then go somewhere and drag and drop it just to could see it on front end.

3 stars
Quite good but not compatible with multilanguage
By , for WP 3.9.1


It works fine but then I add multilanguage support and then:
- Insert album icon doesn't work
- Uploading images does not work
- Labum thumbnails are not shown

Other than that, great tool.

3 stars
Good concept, but full errors.
By , for WP 3.8.1

just downloaded this nextgen gallery together with the public uploader.
So now users can upload images in the correct gallery BUT the gallery itself doesnt seem to work properly.

What goes wrong:
In the gallery settings inside the WP dashboard, there is a lot of functions for example: Thumbnails with carrousel. There is about 10 options inside the thumbnail configuration but if you change any setting, nothing happens on my site. The gallery doesnt change at all, can't choose 4 column, or thickbox, or when using the carrousel => page reloads when clicking an image.

Also, I have an error comming from the Fancybox Jquery from this plugin.

3 stars
Interesting concept, but to many bugs
By , for WP 3.8.1

This plugin has an interesting concept, but there are too many bugs and it seems that nobody from their developers really wants to help.

3 stars
It was very nice plugin...
By , for WP 3.8.1

HI, It is difficult to state that this plugin doesn't work as expected.
It will be more correct to throw away the 2.x.x version and start it again from 1.9.3.
I still use 1.9.3 version for wp 3.8. Problems are arising when moving WordPress to another domain. Some records in database for example image gallery directories store absolute path. When doing search and replace one should change directory paths of image galleries folders manually in database cells.

2. It doesn't have option to disable all scripts and js from loading in front end. I want use it only as gallery in admin part but program my own styles and image popups. I couldn't disable native styles and js from load.

3 stars
Works, but is confusing.
By , for WP 3.8.1

The UX portion of the backend leads something to be desired. It took me hours of tinkering around to figure out how to add a gallery. Mostly, because there is no hints or descriptions of what it is that you're messing around with. It's either blatantly obvious because of the title, or confusing because.... of the title.

3 stars
Post v2.0 = Use With Caution
By , for WP 3.7.1

As someone who is well versed in working within WordPress (I'm not a PHP person) I had to seriously up my game after upgrading to anything higher then NextGEN 2.0. As a matter of fact, I downgraded to 1.9 for stability reasons.

Unfortunately NextGEN has gotten too robust for the average person like myself. Its becoming more and more incompatible with advanced themes (e.g., purchased themes) and doesn't like to play nice with certain server configurations; as you can see by the debacle that happened with release 2.0.23. I had to downgrade to 1.9 to keep my hosting environment from charging the buh-jesus out of me when my cron jobs went nuts (e.g., 1 cron job every second?!).

So please, if you are NOT a savvy coder, use NextGEN with caution. I suggest you:

    1. Get a proper back up plugin for your website and performa back up prior to NextGEN install.
    2. Install a cron manager like Debug Bar (killer plugin!) and FF-Cron Manager to watch possible server load issues.
    3. Be prepared to do some bug hunting.

NextGEN is a high quality free plugin, so I can't bash it. But after v.2.0 it gets dicy for those of us who do this as a hobby or want a site that's more then just an "out of the box" type site.

3 stars
Elegant but glitchy
By , for WP 3.7.1

I like the results of next gen galleries, but I sometimes have to attempt the same task 2 or 3 times to get it to work properly. I don't know much about this acquisition thing, but hopefully they'll smooth things out soon, because I'd really like to give this one 4 or 5 stars for the elegant results (when they work properly!).

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