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NextGEN Gallery

The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 13 million downloads.


86 reviews
Average Rating
3.1 out of 5 stars
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pretty damn good - crappy documentation
By , for WP 4.1.1

This is a full-featured gallery plugin, and you can do a lot with it. Two thoughts though:

1) The documentation blows. Worse than having no documentation ... the website has inaccurate, outdated documentation. So you think you have the answer, and then you go crazy triple-checking your shortcode syntax and wondering why your gallery isn't working right. Bad bad bad. You shouldn't push a release until the docs are up to date. Software 101.

That said, support hooked me up with the new, correct shortcodes quickly, and were very friendly about it. So, only 1 star off for this.

2) The premium filmstrip gallery is not amazing and is limited in what it can do. So get Royalslider, which legitimately is amazing, and makes NextGen really shine.

Overall I've been able to accomplish what I wanted with this plugin. I had to hack it a bit, and I had to make a couple compromises, but it ended up fine. And the uploader makes it sort of the only game in town if you want to build an interactive gallery-based website. So there's that.

The NGG site we built is at [ link redacted, please do not post links in reviews ], if anyone wants to see it in action. That Royalslider interface though ... so sweet.

Nice gallery but...
By , for WP 4.1.1

The gallery offers everything you need. Only downside is that updates are always taking a long time and the UI/UX for adding a gallery to an album isn't as logical as it can be for the less tech savy user.

Nice gallery
By , for WP 4.1.1

I use this gallery-plugin for a couple of years now and almost all the time it works fine. Onely one version a while ago gave me some trouble, but that was quickly solved. The only disadvantage I can think of is that there are too many options. The learning curve is a bit steep. But when it works, it works well!

VG Gallery Tool (2.0.66)
By , for WP 4.1.1

2.0.66 in use now - I almost migrated to 2.0.77 but it was already time-consuming getting to know the version I started with...

Very robust tool - matter of fact I'd give it a '5' (instead of 4) if it was a bit leaner and more user-friendly. Controls are a bit old-school - though with some learning-curve action it becomes excellent.

Good plug-in
By , for WP 4.1.1

Really decent and good plug-in. Very flexible in many ways from developers view. Although the admin side could be a bit more user friendly. Because of the many options, some of my employees sometimes finding it difficult to understand.

By , for WP 4.1.1

I think this is a great plugin and when I needed some help there support team responded right a way helped me out. I'm looking forward to getting my website up and running with Nextgen Pro.

Very good!
By , for WP 4.1.1

@DareDevil73 - thanks and glad to hear it! (Erick)

Obnoxious message to regular subscriber users
By , for WP 4.1.1

Displays "Flash slideshow support has been removed from NextGEN Gallery. Please see this blog post for more information." to regular subscriber users when they are logged into my WordPress Multisite. I can see the need to have this for the admin but this is not necessary or should be allowed to be turned off at the admin level for the plugin.

incompatible after upgrading
By , for WP 4.1.1

With new upgrading nextgen can't find my images

Works great on one site, but not so much on another
By , for WP 4.1

I have two sites that I maintain and I would like to be able to use NextGen on both of them. My first site is my business site, which I have my own hosting package for. It works flawlessly on that site. So much so that I ordered the Photocrati Theme for my site as well (love that).

The other site is my wife's site. I can't get it to work properly on that site. It errors out on uploading images every time. Her site is on the same account as my personal hosting package, which runs a couple of other WordPress sites. I don't know if this is the cause of the problem, but it's unfortunate because my wife's site could definitely benefit from this plugin. I'm considering moving her site over to my other hosting account (both on the same hosting provider) and see if that helps.

Other than the problems on my wife's site, this is a great plugin and I am very happy with it.

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