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NextGEN Gallery

The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 12 million downloads.

323 reviews
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2.9 out of 5 stars
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not recommended
By , for WP 4.1.1

plugin has great functionality but each time you update it there is great chance that there would be something that is not working in galleries or even your website.

i think that developers are not reading this reviews&

i wan't to use something more stable and i am searching for another plugin

Pro version is the worst plugin I've ever had the misfortune to use
By , for WP 4.1.1

Basic version is good for what it does, but not excellent. U upgraded to the Pro version due the promise of beautiful galleries (especially Masonry) and slick eCommerce functionality. The reality is somewhat different.

Bloatware that crashed my site, incapable of operating with galleries containing hundreds of photos. I was embarrassed to have such a slow site (bear in mind I use W3total Cache and MaxCDN which mena a very fast site), God knows how slow my site would have been without the cache/CDN options. How slow? Well, over 30 seconds to load a gallery is painful and no way would a client wait that long.

I was about to ask for a refund when I was given assurances that the forthcoming Pro update would fix speed issues and mean a slicker experience. Not chance - I updated a couple of days ago and sure the basic version loads quicker, but the pro version hasn't been updated, so the Lightbox wheel-of-boredom rotates, and rotates, and rotates......still taking ages to load.

Nextgen have agreed to a full refund, and rightly so. This 'Pro' software is no more than a beta IMO, and I was the guinea pig testing it.

Another big problem, to me anyway, was the Nextgen Galleries don't get indexed by Google.

A simple fix I've settled for is using Justified image Grid to display my images. Add a gallery using the default WordPress gallery creation and use JIG to display the gallery. Voila - superfast galleries which are included with my sitemap.

So, 40K + images soon to be converted to JIG and, fingers crossed, at least a few of them will get indexed by Google. If only 10 get indexed that's 10 more than Nextgen.

At the moment I'm missing out on the eCommerce functionality, but since upgrading to the awful Nextgen Pro I've not had eCommerce functionality anyway.

Save yourself the pain of scratching your head as to why your galleries don;t load properly, it's not your website, it's not WordPress, it's not other plugins, or your CDN or whatever. It's down to the poor design of Nextgen Pro.

If anyone can recommend a slick eCommerce plugin that is compatible with JIG I'd be most grateful.




Not good anymore
By , for WP 4.1

NextGen sucks since Version 2.0 is released.

Best Gallery Plugin for a long time, but now it's just terrible and useless. Stay away from NextGen.

By , for WP 4.1

Latest update did vandalize all galleries on my site, whole website looks like S*** now.

"Thanks" for that crap version.

Go find something else
By , for WP 4.1

Plugin LOVES generating transient cron jobs.

Avoid this plugin. Unless you like having your site continually go down every 10 mins

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 :(

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.

Paid version does not work!!! ERROR trying to upload images
By , for WP 4.1

So I pay to get the full PRO version of NextGen Gallery and after installing I am immediatley confronted with an error

nextgen gallery Could not write to file. Please check filesystem permissions

Come on guys, give me a break. Can't you put some documentation together on an $80.00 PER YEAR product. Pain in the ass and your website support page as well as any link to documentation DOES NOT WORK.

Nice product....... NOT

Doesn't work anymore
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I've been using and had NextGen on my site for years - after the recent updates I have not only lost all my pictures in the portfolio I created but cannot recreate it either. All there is is a Manage tab for tags - I have no way to recreate anything using this ap anymore. I am now spending countless hours trying to find a compatible replacement.

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