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NextGEN Gallery Optimizer

The essential add-on for the NextGEN Gallery WordPress plugin.

Install NextGEN Gallery Optimizer:

  1. Download NextGEN Gallery Optimizer to your computer
  2. Log into your WordPress admin
  3. Click Plugins --> Add New
  4. Click Upload (in the header)
  5. Search your computer for nextgen-gallery-optimizer.zip
  6. Click Install Now
  7. Click Activate Plugin
  8. Click Settings --> NextGEN Optimizer to complete installation.
  • Note: If your computer automatically unzips your download, you'll need to re-compress it first.
  • On Mac OSX: Ctrl+click the plugin folder --> Compress.
  • On Windows: Right-click the plugin folder --> Send To --> Compressed (zipped) Folder.

How do I set up a gallery?

Firstly, you'll need a copy of NextGEN Gallery... http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery/

Once you've activated NextGEN Gallery on your plugins page, look for a "Gallery" tab at the bottom of your left sidebar in your WordPress admin.

  1. Go to Gallery --> Add Gallery/Images Click the "Add New Gallery" tab, enter a name for your gallery and click the "Add gallery" button.

  2. Click the "Upload Images" tab, click the "Select Files" button and choose which images you want to upload from your computer, select the gallery you just created from the "in to" dropdown menu, and click the "Upload images" button to begin the transfer.

  3. Finally, to insert your gallery, just create a new post or page (Posts --> Add New or Pages --> Add New), type the shortcode [nggallery id=1] into the editor, and click the "Publish" button on the right to save your changes. Note: The "1" in the shortcode should be the id number of the gallery you wish to display.

  4. That's it! Navigate to the page you just created and your gallery should be live!

If you'd like to optimize this for speed, and add the Fancybox lightbox effect when you click on your gallery thumbnails, simply activate NextGEN Gallery Optimizer from your plugins page. With Optimizer enabled, your site will feel lighter and faster as it ensures the required scripts and styles only load on pages with galleries.

Requires: 3.7 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.3.1
Last Updated: 2015-9-12
Active Installs: 10,000+


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