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Gallery Bank - Responsive Photo Gallery Albums

WP Gallery Bank is an enhanced tool to create Responsive and Beautiful Photo Galleries and Albums for WordPress Websites.

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44 reviews
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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Useless in standard edition
By , for WP 4.0

I cannot comment on any of the functions, the functionality or whether the plugin does a good job or not when setting up and managing galleries, because I deleted it right away after installing and trying to set up my first gallery with it, when I saw the notice that in the standard edition (i.e. the free version) one can only install and run 3 galleries. Any more gallery apparently requires to purchase a premium version.

This virtually renders the free standard edition useless and to me offering this standard edition is nothing more that a scam to make ppl purchase the plugin.

Nothing's wrong with trying to make money with a good premium solution, but restricting the free version so drastically is plainly wrong or at least it should be pointed out MUCH CLEARER in the initial plugin information on the wordpress.org plugin pages.

I'm looking for another solution now, no matter how good gallery bank may be.

A complete waste of time
By , for WP 4.0

If you want me to love (or buy) your product please don't give me a free version that lacks the essential tools to be useful. I have just wasted an hour on this - and it was a complete waste of time. Had it worked I would gladly have forked over the 11 pounds. Instead I am off in search of a plug in that doesn't waste my time.

No combinations and Masonry not that good
By , for WP 3.9.2

1. Slideshow format does only work with albums.
2. Social sharing or Facebook only works with GB light Box or you have to buy additional FooBox light box.
There is a lot of technique in the plugin but you can't combine them. Everything is pretty pre-formatted.
Also the Masonry does not work very good on iPad and iPhone. Pictures are squeezed of overlapped so you can't see them. You will be better off with NextGen free plugin in combination with FooBox.
When your view a masonry format on your iphone you will have to start it multiple times because the format won't load and the website crashes.

So bottom line.. this plugin has no value!

Plugin is not free!
By , for WP 3.9.1

Grr! Plugin is not free! Would-be free version is useless.

No response from their Help blog
By ,

I have put in at least three questions to their help center over the course of a week and have not received a single response. Looking at their help blog shows weeks with no response for questions that are being asked (the same issues I am having) with no response. The only responses from their help is to give them the keys to the site by giving them the FTP log in information. The ONLY answers that I have seen have come from the user community.

immediately uninstalling without trying
By , for WP 3.9.1

It has a spam-ware odor, only ads to upgrade to the pro version and warnings that you can't really use the plugin without paying

Really pushes the premium version on to you
By , for WP 3.9

Look, I get it, you need people to buy your plugin for you to survive, but I can't even test the damn thing to see if it works for me or not without having the "premium verison" rammed down my throat.

The quality of your product will make me buy it, not big red banners saying YOU'RE LIMITED TO TWO ALBUMS, PLS BUY THE PREMIUM VERSION PLS PLS PLS.

Poor quality for a paid product - don't expect to get your money back!
By , for WP 3.8.3

The "premium" product is beta quality at best. The developer is responsive to email requests for help, but their solutions involve requesting your FTP credentials, something I wasn't willing to provide to my live site because they should have been able to reproduce and correct the problems I reported in their own dev environment. The poor quality of the paid product didn't inspire any confidence on my part to give them access to high visibility site.

The responsive layouts, especially the masonry one, may be very good one day, but they have serious problems with the lightboxes. One gallery displayed squished up on the screen, another did strange things to the text case of the image captions and the color settings in the component are moot for all of them.

If they can get their lightbox issues resolved they might have a good product, but they get a big fat 0 from me for not giving me a refund when I asked for one.

Very Shady - Never received the Pro version I paid for
By , for WP 3.8.3

I tried the free version of this plugin to see if it would suit my needs and it did. I went to their website to purchase the Pro version. I made the purchase within the first week of February. By the end of February got a little nervous that I hadn't received it-- no download links or attachments via email.

I opened a ticket through their website and by mid-March was informed that I would have to provide them with my WordPress site login page and credentials in order for THEM to install the plugin. Not once during the checkout process did they mention that method of delivery. I declined and asked again for a download link or email attachment. I didn't feel comfortable giving a stranger complete access to my site. Once again I asked them to provide me a download link or email attachment.

It's poor security practice to give a stranger full access to your site. This company should know this and should deliver their product in another manner. Or at the very least make it clear prior to checkout that they require such sensitive information for delivery. I would never have completed the purchase if I had known.

Scam!
By , for WP 3.8.1

DO NOT BUY. THIS IS A SCAM!

They will not give you the version that they are advertising in their website!

- NO facebook/social integration (its not even in the settings!)
- NO tags
- NO upload window (you just clean a button and it pops up the native wordpress media upload)
- NO gallery bank button in the editor
- NO presort in the sorting page
etc...

Like what createwds said their website says they are on version 3.0 but they will only give you version 2.1.7, they will give you an inferior product even if you paid for it.

I have emailed them again and again. Every time they just ask for the wordpress login details. I gave them the login details every time. They could have just emailed me a zip file of version 3.0 and be done with it but did they do it? NO! I asked them please email me the updated version. But they did not...

They even asked for FTP access to my website and I gave them access to the admin panel of my hosting! They said they will fix it as they just need update it.

They never gave me the updated version. After giving full access to my website they just deleted the gallery bank plugin.

I raised a pay-pal dispute and escalaed it but pay-pal denied to give me a refund because the product is "intangible".

DO NOT BUY. WASTE OF MONEY.

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