Support » Plugin: WordPress Gallery Plugin - NextGEN Gallery » Design is discouraging.

  • The design of certain graphics associated with the plugin looks poor and unprofessional. As a result, I have less faith in the plugin. Overall, it discourages me from wanting to use it.

    1: The green icon in the admin sidebar and editor is lazy, ugly and not in any way intuitive. It’s as if the designer was struggling to create a graphic at such small dimensions and lazily opted for a block. Screen-shot

    2: The “Add Gallery” button in the page/post editor doesn’t have the required space between the icon and text. Screen-shot

    If you look at the mark-up for the “Add Media” button to the left of your “Add Gallery” button, you’ll notice there’s a space before the word “Add” to create the required space between the icon and the text.

    <button type="button" id="insert-media-button" class="button insert-media add_media" data-editor="content"><span class="wp-media-buttons-icon"></span> Add Media</button>

    3: The logo and brand inconsistency is poor practice and confusing. I’m referring to four specific cases:

    There’s no uniformity. The one icon should be used to express all four instances of the logo and brand. The Imagely website uses no plugin logo whatsoever. The green colour scheme is not enough by itself.

    Furthermore, the plugin page banner shouldn’t contain the logo. That’s specifically what the plugin icon is for. Look at the Jetpack and bbPress plugin pages. The plugin banners don’t contain the plugin icon (logo). The purpose of the plugin page icon shouldn’t be unnecessarily reiterated in the plugin page banner.

    4: The design of the logo of the plugin banner isn’t great. The shadow of the cut-out effect of “GALLERY” is too large and too dark.

    These are all visual concerns but it makes the plugin “feel” unpolished and buggy. In terms of functionality, the NextGen Gallery is obviously the best, most capable and most reputable WordPress gallery plugin available. It’s a pity that it’s falling short on such superficial issues such as brand and UI aesthetics. Remedying these design flaws could potentially garner increased sales of the premium version of the plugin. In terms of marketing, appearance matters.

    • This topic was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  Clarus Dignus.
    • This topic was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by  Clarus Dignus.
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  • Plugin Author Imagely

    (@imagely)

    @clarus-dignus – Thanks for the feedback; have you looked at our new re-design beta(s) that will be getting released soon?

    – Cais.

    I followed the beta installation steps however running the beta plugin broke my site. I received the following errors:

    Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in […]\wp-content\plugins\nextgen-gallery\products\photocrati_nextgen\modules\fs\package.module.fs.php on line 263.

    Warning: Parameter 2 to M_DataMapper::set_custom_wp_query_fields() expected to be a reference, value given in […]\wp-includes\class-wp-hook.php on line 286

    I was unable to deactivate the plugin beyond this point as my admin menu and plugin.php page were not being presented.

    I deleted the plugin folder manually and reinstalled the official current version.

    Plugin Author Imagely

    (@imagely)

    @clarus-dignus – Sorry to read you had this problem although we have not seen anything like what you are describing in any of our tests or from any other person who has tested the latest beta of the new redesign.

    – Cais.

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