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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.

42 reviews
Average Rating
3.1 out of 5 stars
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Basic Functionality
By , for WP 4.2.2

This is a decent photo gallery, nothing fancy. If you have any questions, don't expect any support.

Not reliable
By , for WP 4.2.2

Not reliable

Used to be great
By , for WP 4.2.1

This used to be one of my favorite plugins but it has become so bloated, I am looking for a new solution. Not liking the change to all new html ing tags rather than shortcode. Upgrading breaks all your galleries if you are using legacy versions and shortcodes. Files have to be named perfectly and not all image formats are supported. Bummed on Photocrati. They have ruined this plugin.

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.

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