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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.

40 reviews
Average Rating
3 out of 5 stars
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Update und Plugins lassen sich nicht aktivieren
By , for WP 4.1.1

Ich habe heute auf die neueste Version geupdatet und festgestellt, dass sich nun Plugins nicht mehr aktivieren lassen. Es erscheint eine weiße Seite. Deaktiviere ich die Gallery, funktioniert wieder alles. Aktiviere ich die Gallery, besteht das Problem auch nicht sofort aber in Kürze tritt es wieder auf.

Giant, slow, complicated and not user-friendly
By , for WP 4.1

I am surprised how popular this plugin is.
It's not due to advantages, but despite its drawbacks.

It has 700 PHP files, two times more than the whole wordpress core !
It works very slow.
New users should carefully read the documentation to understand how this plugin should work.
The only good thing is its enough functionality. That is why I put 2 rating instead of 1.

Indeed, it works
By , for WP 4.1

Indeed, it works. Slow and clumsy, but still with paid add-ons.

I've used it many times and always hate to customize
By , for WP 4.1

It still doesn't play nice on multisite pages. Custom Template paths are always broken if you move the site to new domain. The UI is fucking complicated. I wish there are less functions but working well.

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.

Conflicts, overrides, and just a bully of a plugin
By , for WP 4.1

NextGen is ok. That's about all I can say for it. It does what it does about as well as can be expected but the plugin just has so much going on with it that it conflicts with everything else. First it takes over jQuery, then it takes over FontAwesome. This wouldn't be a problem except that it loads an old version of FontAwesome that doesn't include some of the newer icons for social media. If you try to override it, good luck. On an IIS server, it's even hardcoded to check and load its own copy. That's nice as a fallback, but to not give the option to override that or stop it? That seems very bullish.

If you need a robust gallery plugin, this is it. Just make sure you know what you're doing otherwise you'll waste hours trying to fix all the conflicts. I've been doing WP dev for about 6 years now and NextGen is always the one plugin I'm constantly fighting. If it didn't do its central job so well, it would have been replaced a long time ago.

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.

Not work
By , for WP 4.0

Not work!
Gallery is not displaying on page.

Don't upgrade past 2.0.66 unless you want to pay
By , for WP 4.0

This plugin does an effective job at displaying a gallery on a site. But there is a issue if you upgrade past the 2.0.66 version. Let me explain, on a clients site, I utilize the simple grid layout of thumbnail images for gallery presentation.
Upgrading to something past 2.0.66, breaks the clients site layout/presentation view by REMOVING the GRID view (4 rows, 4 cols etc.) and makes it a single row per thumbnail. I thought this was a conflict of code somewhere and after wasting my time with troubleshooting and viewing release notes found out it was due to a mischievous plugin author.
Apparently you have to now PAY for the thumbnail grid view (yes very simple image thumbnail) layout in the latest versions. I did not and still don't see that warning in any upgrade release notes.
If the plugin author(s) offered a spectacular slideshow upgrade/features in a pro version/paid that would be different. But to have to pay for a simple thumbnail grid layout, that makes the free version useless and hardly worth payment for a pro version.
So for now, no more upgrades and when required to upgrade due to conflict with WordPress functionality/security, will be pursuing a different gallery plugin for the clients site.
Hope this helps those before you waste a bunch of time wondering what your gallery looks different after upgrading.

It will create galleries, but breaks other plugins and doesn't auto-import.
By , for WP 4.0

NextGEN Gallery will not automatically incorporate the images I upload to WordPress media library into a NextGEN gallery. You must keep two separate media libraries: one for WordPress and one for NextGEN Gallery. No thanks.

NextGEN Gallery also breaks functions in TinyMCE. According to the author, NextGEN Gallery and TinyMCE have caused issues for each other in the past. The author has not offered any advice on how to remedy the problem.

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