Plugin Reviews

NextGEN Gallery

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


932 reviews
Average Rating
3.1 out of 5 stars
I hate this thing.
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This plugin is a pain in the butt. It takes forever for galleries to load on my site's pages, the widget it too limited, it's really tedious to add multiple images per post, and it doesn't even have that many features. You can't control thumbnail size, and the watermark feature is basically pointless because of how limited and hideous it is. I don't like the way this orders images either. It's extremely basic and lets me have a gallery, but i'd really like something better. When I first made my website a year ago, this plug-in was pretty much my only option for an image gallery. Now when I search 'gallery' in plug-in, a lot more show up, so I am definitely switching.

Crashes site on update, 3 days to get a response
By , for WP 3.9.2

Updated to the latest version only to find there is a known issue effecting many people that crashes your entire site which they have been aware of for 3+ weeks yet they are still releasing it without warning. See http://www.nextgen-gallery.com/open-letter-to-the-nextgen-community-from-erick-danzer/

I am a paying customer and have been told they will start helping me in 3 days, meanwhile my site is down unless I turn off NGG which means all my galleries are broken.

Unless they fix the issue, don't risk breaking your site and definitely don't pay for this as the paid support means nothing, they are happy for your site to be down

basic functionality missing, difficult to implement
By , for WP 3.9.2

Installed and attempted to use the imagebrowser feature. The alt text is displayed above each image. How do you get rid of it? Good luck! Wait, I have to install another plugin just to do this, and make custom fields, and then make changes to the template files with code from a support forum that's five years old? What about just letting me enter nothing in the alt text field that's already provided?


Let's not even get started on allowing your images to link to something other than a lightbox enlargement of themselves. What's crazy is plain ol' WordPress without any plugins already lets you do both the alt text customization and the URL links. So you install this and lose functionality, just so you can get "previous" and "next" in buttons underneath your images, and a border around them that you don't even want? No thanks.

great but still missing basic features
By , for WP 3.9.2

Great gallery. It is basically my favourite Menaltoo Gallery fully integrated into WP. Only missing features is SEARCH a NAVIGATION is crazy. Hopefully, they will add these later on...when I bought Pro version

Updated gallery messed my pictures and page - help!
By , for WP 3.9


I am using a free website that I am not hosting. They updated the gallery. Since then my pictures are all messed up. Is this the place to voice my concern and ask for help as I don't host the server myself?



CSS File can't be found. This is a useless plugin without it
By , for WP 3.9.2

** Update! **

I reinstalled the plugin (a third time after an update to WP) and was able to manipulate the css just fine. The incompatibility issue must've been just a bug.

I looked everywhere for the stylesheet and it is not where any supporting documentation says it's supposed to be.

When you fix this, I might fix my rating, in the meantime this plugin is worthless.

An Excellent Plugin
By , for WP 3.9.2

It is taking me a while to learn all the features of this plugin, but the more I learn the more I am amazed. You can edit the thumbnails to show exactly what you want, you can add custom CSS, and best of all, the forum is supported by other users and by knowledgeable moderators.

With most plugins, you are on your own, but not this one. I am really pleased.

Coming back on top....
By , for WP 3.9.2

We've used NextGEN for years on a number of sites. For a while, our trust really started to fail, we even pulled it off of several due to compatibility and speed issues. Two days ago I had an issue with NextGEN and because of the above history, I simply assumed that it was their issue and not my site's issue.

In an effort to help their team, I shared my findings. To my surprise, I got a quick and VERY HELPFUL response. We worked together and solved the issue (which was due to a customization of my theme and not NextGEN's issue at all).

....really impressed NextGEN on how far your tool has come and the support. Well done!

Nice Gallery, But Poor Development
By , for WP 3.9.2

The gallery features are in NextGen are great, and they integrate well into my website. For the most part, the plugin worked as expected. But here are some things to consider: the plugin in creates multiple versions of your images for caching, which is understandable, but this creates bloat on your server and can slow down your site. Also, the NextGen developers at Photocrati tend to release bad updates - the last update rendered my galleries useless - and this is not the first time it's happened. When this happens, you'll need to uninstall the plugin and reinstall the previous release, which is needlessly complicated. Based on these issues, I can only give a maximum of 3 stars, although the product (when it works) is worth 4.The smart thing to do is simply not to apply the update and check the forums for complaints.

By , for WP 3.9.2

Great background image platform with additional third party plugins.

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