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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.

21 reviews
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3 stars
3.9 out of 5 stars
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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!).

3 stars
Good but not easy to use
By ,

Nextgen gallery has become overly complicated to use unless you use it alot. The worst thing for me is that it never shows the shortcodes to use to add galleries/albums to pages and so you have to play hunt the shortcode. Even the plugin website doesn't have a shortcode page where you can easily find the code you want. I have to resort to visiting a previous website to find a code to use. Most plugins these days include what the shortcode is on the settings page of the plugin for ease of use. Nextgen would definitely benefit from this.

3 stars
Ambitious but flawed
By , for WP 3.6.1

I basically like this plugin a lot, for it gives precisely the kind of gallery I need (no-nonsense), and if it was working well, it'd get a 5-star rating. But what irks me (in this version - this could easily be fixed) is two issues, quite significant to me, and probably to many others:

1) It does not play well with WPML for multilingual sites, falling back on the primary language of the site when you browse the image gallery.

2) It is not possible to link from the widget to any URL - in fact, the default linking does not work either.

I do understand that this plugin has a history of many bugs, but these are fairly fundamental functions I'm confident that others would appreciate as well. Once they're there, I'll raise my rating.

3 stars
What happened?
By , for WP 3.6.1

Can't upload images.

3 stars
Can't upload
By , for WP 3.6.1

Will test it in the next version 3.0.0
Can't upload Images :(

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