I've been through a number of gallery plugins including some of the most popular ones. Nextgen is the one I'm using because it has a more complete feature set (I'm using the Plus version, the stuff in the free version is weak) and works better for me than the others. One really good thing is their support, they do pay attention and get back in good time with good answers (at least until one writes a glowing review, we'll see ;-). I wish it were fully widgetized, and I wish it could do more things, but this is the gallery plugin that works most like the way I think. Highly recommended.
Difficult for me to review properly as I only use a fraction of the features available.
Generally a really good and trouble-free plugin. :-)
Like all software it could be improved, for example the manage galleries feature is a little heavy to find the gallery one wants to manage, if you can't remember where it is - I have over a 100 to sort through...
Simplest fix imo would be a complete listing of gallery names/last updated which one could use the browser search engine on.
I also have an compatibility issue with the plugin and my php installation 5.5.24 , which I emphasise is not the plugin's fault - the way the plugin accesses the MySql db gives a warning when the returned string is empty - normally one can turn off warnings in php, but mine resists :-(
This is a fantastic plugin with a great set of options. Fast, efficient and broad. However... media handling for large sets is still less than optimal. It's significantly better than any others I've used and lightyears ahead of the non-management that generic wordpress comes with.
I'd love to see the CSS and HTML5 love given to gallery display aimed at gallery and asset management. It'd turn this great plugin in to a world class, everyone must have it, asset manager.
Works well--wish I could put videos in the galleries, but perhaps that will come later ;) Support is quick and helpful.
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 the website has inaccurate, outdated documentation.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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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