Plugin Reviews

NextGEN Gallery

The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 15 million downloads.


1092 reviews
Average Rating
3.2 out of 5 stars
Broke my site...problem has been known for years
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I read that it's incompatible with Buddypress, but it says it's fixed in the changelog. It's not. Such an obvious break leads me to belive this is some pretty poor coding. Deactivated it and my site works fine again. It's as easy to replicate as a light switch. I could probably debug it, but when something is that glaring, and I see so many dissatisfied user, it's a waste of time.

11 million downloads, doesn't mean 11 million people got it to work!

Worst support ever!!
By , for WP 4.1

I have never seen this awful support in my life, let alone the year 2015. I have been stuck with a NextGEN's problems for more than 3 months, and the owner is care free. Not even a word :(

does not run on Samsung Android mobile smart phones
By , for WP 4.0.1

Nextgen is great in many respects, but since Samsung is the dominant Android phone you will have to settle for it not working on the default Samsung browser.

I use Nextgen in all my websites
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Still im expecting them to use new features rather than the old ones

Works great
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This was just what I needed for a non-profit website that will have a large gallery of photos. Thanks!

It just works- easy to use for users who don't understand code.
By , for WP 4.1

I love that it stores the images in separate folders and resizes them as they are uploaded. I also like the "lack" of shortcodes. This makes it easy for non-code savvy users to upload and attach galleries to their posts. There are plenty of options in the free version. Great for our non-profit organization's website!

Awful programming techniques
By , for WP 4.1

There are two unforgivable things the authors of this plugin have done in the source code (well two as far as I know so far).

1. Putting absolute file paths in the database - so if you move your DB from development to production server, you'll have to fix the options - if you can find them. Paths should be relative to document root or wp-content or such.

2. Storing option info in the DB as base64. so if you search for a bad file path or such, you'll have trouble finding it. eg. "NextGEN Gallery" is "TmV4dEdFTiBHYWxsZXJ5" if you base64 encode it.

This plugin should carry a warning label - like cigarettes or other hazardous substance.

By , for WP 4.1

Exactly what I needed

meh, but still nothing better
By , for WP 4.1

tons of issues... image browser feature gives a lot of problems on mobile (no responsive lightboxes)... Needs a lot of coding to be ok, I lost all the files in my default WordPress media uploader trying to import them because Nextgen gallery is not syncronized with it. This is just for the free version, a lot of people told me the payed one is ok.

Words great for us - not as intuitive as it should be
By , for WP 4.1

I've used this plugin for a photo album now for a couple years, and it's doing the job very handily. I did need help setting it up, as I don't think it's very intuitive. I used CSS to tweak some of the settings and finally got what I wanted, but it wasn't a quick job. Now that it's all set up, I just update the files and let it go. Very nice use of captions.

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