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.


970 reviews
Average Rating
3.1 out of 5 stars
By , for WP 4.0


I need to add a url to every single picture in my gallery but a 404forbidden site comes up overtime i save the url to the picture..

What can i do to make the url work so i can start my buisneess?

I Have the link nextgen plugin but it still not work!!!!

Really need help!

The worst for years
By , for WP 4.0

Good luck getting this plugin to work consistently on your sites. The lightbox effects are always causing conflicts. We launched 3 sites with this lousy plugin over the past few years and each and every time we upgrade WordPress or the plugin, the pop up effects always break. The FAQ on how to fix them is useless. We develop custom themes and plugins even, and can't figure out why this bloated piece of junk of a plugin continues to exist. The admin interface is garbage, but I can deal with that. What I can't deal with is galleries all breaking whenever an upgrade comes out. If you get this plugin working, NEVER upgrade it or any of your other plugins for that matter, as they'll just blame other plugins for their own lousy code. Awful plugin, easily the worst plugin of any sort that we've used in the 8 years we've been using WP on client sites. Avoid this junk.

Very good.
By , for WP 4.0

Very good and easy plugin.

so many conflicts...
By , for WP 4.0

It's not too bad if you're running a straight-forward site. In fact it did the trick for me several years, but I found an excellent alternative and decided to get rid of this plugin.
Such a relief... the alternative even speeded up my site. :)
Sorry to say this plugin becomes too bloated and has too often too many conflicts. :(

I really wanted this to work but...
By , for WP 4.0

I was looking for an alternate image slider besides the built-in from Elegant Themes (ET). Although it's basic, ET's also fairly easy to use. The downsides were that captions weren't included (at least on a post slider, the featured slider is slick), and it doesn't show a large image when it's selected.

I tried NextGEN because of it's popularity, plus it was reviewed in an ET blog post. NextGEN seemed fairly straightforward with tons of controls & options. But here are the three strikeouts for me:

    • can't easily select images from the media library. Seriously? More than a pain in the neck, this is a UI joke with an awkward process to add images via importing folders.
    • the slider itself is visually meh. Not that it's bad looking, but the NextGEN slider is mediocre. Worse off, the captions don't follow the CSS styling from the theme. Instead, a 'Picture 1 of ...' is placed in the bottom of the frame. This is a very dated, impractical design element.
    • the page reloads when the image toggles are selected. This is just plain bad. Why does it do this? i didn't have to time or inclination to de-bug this in code.

This is difficult to go against a mainstream of users that just love this plug in. Quite honestly I find NextGEN more frustrating than useful. Don't just take my word for it – download the free version and test it out. Your opinion may differ, but I think there are way better image sliders out there for WP.

Sorry NextGEN, I wanted this to work out...

worked in testing and doesn't work live
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spent weeks getting the site looking right on a sub domain, then changed the site address - and it's broken
support are fast but that's only good if they can do anything about it, will have to pull the new site and find an alternative before publishing the site again…

new problems with bits of next gen code appearing in other pages on the website and stopping them displaying! Not Great, not even good, not even bearable! poor show

Terrible performance
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I like functionality, but I am changing the gallery plugin on my 2 websites. NextGen slows the site so much :(

Generate viruses
By , for WP 4.0


I am using latest version of WordPress with this plugin, but the hosting service message me that there are some infected files occurs in this plugin, also the htaccess file automatically changes and never let the site to run. Why such things are happening with me...?

If you have any answer, please reply me for the same.

doesn't work out of the box
By , for WP 4.0

I am very disappointed and surprised. 11m downloads??? But then again there is a reason for the 700 one star rankings too.
After I installed it and seen the chaotic admin, the crap URL structure and the buggy gallery editor in the WYSIWYG editor part I started to search through forums. I found that the developer(s) removed some nice features during the years. I also found that on the documentation page there is a HUGE "get support" button - this is also not by accident for sure. It also seems to me that at nextgen they either got greedy or are in financial trouble for having such features in pro only.

Awsome plugin
By , for WP 4.0

I tried lots of galleries but this one is the best!

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