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Among the best WordPress gallery plugins, NextGen Gallery plugin has been the standard since 2007. It has received over 1.5 million downloads per year.
Today we are going to give an in-depth review of this WordPress gallery plugin.
Installing this plugin is as easy as installing any other WordPress plugin. After installing, you will see a new menu on the dashboard named Gallery and also on the top of the menu.
You will find an onboarding video on the Overview section, which is a nice touch for anyone to get an idea of how it works. Also, there is a setup wizard to guide you through your first steps.
You can create a new gallery along with a gallery tittle on the Add Gallery/Images section. You can add files or you can import images from the media library. Also, the NextGen Gallery has the feature to import the whole folder as well.
You can manage your galleries by setting a watermark, creating new thumbnails or resize the images and many more. You can do these actions in bulk. That’s all in the Manage Galleries section.
Also, you can manage your albums as well on the Manage Albums section. You can edit, update and delete an album.
For managing your tags there is also a section Manage Image Tags.
You can customize your slideshow, thumbnails from the Gallery Settings section. There are options to customize the single pics also.
NextGen Gallery plugin also has options to customize the Lightbox effects, watermarks, Roles and capabilities and more on the Other Option section.
But most of the exclusive features are available on the Pro version.
As the standard of Gallery plugins in WordPress, NextGen Gallery has some unique features. Like,
Let’s see what are advantages the users will get using the NextGen Gallery plugin.
NextGen Gallery plugin has a lot of actions and filters that will help you to change many functionalities of this plugin.
This gallery plugin helps you build a customizable gallery full of images for your page. You can make your content look more attractive and exclusive.
If your website is heavily image-focused, you’ve probably noticed WordPress’s shortcomings in that area. WordPress was built mainly for blogs with a focus on written content.
A photographer, designer, artist, or any other profession that relies on visual content, they’ll have a lot of images to share with their website visitors. However, the best way to organize and display those images is with image galleries.
The problem is finding an image gallery plugin that’s easy to use, makes your images look great. That is where the NextGen gallery plugin comes in.
You have the option to create slideshows or thumbnails giving your page a unique look and different from others. You have full control over the size of the images. You can use lightbox effects to take your webpage to the next level.
Lines of code: 78463
Logical lines of code: 50616
Comment lines of code: 27816
Methods by class 8.17
Lack of cohesion of methods 3.28
Average afferent coupling 2.53
Average efferent coupling 3.26
Average instability 0.75
Depth of Inheritance Tree 1.24
Average classes per package 54.25
Average distance 0.32
Average incoming class dependencies 28.5
Average outgoing class dependencies 14.13
Average incoming package dependencies 2.38
Average outgoing package dependencies 2.38
Average Cyclomatic complexity by class 24.3
Average Weighted method count by class 31.68
Average Relative system complexity 781.38
Average Difficulty 10.56
Average bugs by class 0.6
Average defects by class (Kan) 1.53
To unlock all the features, you can go for the premium versions of the NextGen Gallery plugin.
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NextGen Gallery plugin is one of the best gallery plugins in WordPress. Although it has an array of customized options, it is rather difficult to navigate those customizations. They have quite an efficient onboarding video after installing the plugin.
Sorry, pal! The plugin couldn’t pass all our tests. No hard feelings, right?
This section is not meant to be comprehensive.
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