NextGEN Gallery

The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 27 million downloads.

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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.

Functionalities

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.

Overview
Overview

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.

Add images/gallery
Add images/gallery

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.

Manage Galleries
Manage Galleries

Also, you can manage your albums as well on the Manage Albums section. You can edit, update and delete an album.

Manage Albums
Manage Albums

For managing your tags there is also a section Manage Image Tags.

Manage Tags
Manage Image Tags

You can customize your slideshow, thumbnails from the Gallery Settings section. There are options to customize the single pics also.

Settings
Gallery Settings

NextGen Gallery plugin also has options to customize the Lightbox effects, watermarks, Roles and capabilities and more on the Other Option section.

Other options
Other options

But most of the exclusive features are available on the Pro version.

Features

As the standard of Gallery plugins in WordPress, NextGen Gallery has some unique features. Like,

  • Batch uploading images
  • Grouping galleries into albums
  • Plenty of transition effects
  • Lightbox effects
  • Control size of the image
  • Add images in bulk
  • Imports metadata from photos

Advantages

Let’s see what are advantages the users will get using the NextGen Gallery plugin.

  • You can control the size of the images. That means you can set any size for the images
  • Full control over timing and transition effects
  • Supports bulk uploading via FTP
  • No shortcode needed but there is an option to use shortcodes if any users want.

Drawbacks

  • Somewhat complex learning curve
  • Navigation is difficult
  • Time needed to configure settings
  • Use a lot of resources resulting in slowing down WordPress.

For Developers

NextGen Gallery plugin has a lot of actions and filters that will help you to change many functionalities of this plugin.

For Webmasters

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.

Technical Report

LOC

Lines of code: 78463
Logical lines of code: 50616
Comment lines of code: 27816

Object-oriented Programming

Classes 430
Interface 3
Methods 3514
Methods by class 8.17
Lack of cohesion of methods 3.28

Coupling

Average afferent coupling 2.53
Average efferent coupling 3.26
Average instability 0.75
Depth of Inheritance Tree 1.24

Package

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

Complexity

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

Bugs

Average bugs by class 0.6
Average defects by class (Kan) 1.53

Violations

Violations
Violations

Critical 0
Error 187
Warning 124
Information 62

Cyclomatic Complexity Chart

Cyclomatic Complexity Chart
Each file is symbolized by a circle. The size of the circle represents the Cyclomatic complexity. The color of the circle represents the Maintainability Index. Large red circles will be probably hard to maintain. Greens are easy to maintain.

Pricing

To unlock all the features, you can go for the premium versions of the NextGen Gallery plugin.

LifetimeProPlus
$ 399 $ 139 $ 79

Final Word

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.

  • Helpful setup wizard
  • Onboarding video to get you through
  • A lot of options for designing your gallery in the Pro version
  • Uses too many resources eventually slowing down WordPress.

The plugin have some issues.

Sorry, pal! The plugin couldn’t pass all our tests. No hard feelings, right?

Tests done by WP Hive test script Results
  • Minimal impact on memory usage The memory usage of this plugin is more than the average memory usage of other plugins on WordPress.org + 200KB
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  • Minimal impact on pagespeed The impact of this plugin on PageSpeed is less than the average impact of other plugins on WordPress.org + 1000 milliseconds
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  • No PHP errors, warning, notices WP Hive automated test found no PHP error while activating this plugin on our server
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  • No Javascript issues WP Hive automated test found no JavaScrip error while activating this plugin on our server
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  • Latest PHP 7.2.16 compatible The latest version of the plugin is compatible with the latest PHP version
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  • Latest WordPress 5.4.2 compatible The latest version of the plugin is compatible with the latest PHP version
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  • Optimized database footprint The plugin creates less than 50 database tables
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  • No activation errors WP Hive automated test found no activation error while activating this plugin on our server
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  • No resource errors WP Hive automated test found no resource error/s while trying this plugin on our server
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  • Frequently updated The plugin was updated at least once in the last 90 days
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  • All the scripts run on a VPS with 8 CPU cores and 8 GB of RAM.
  • The test sites are hosted on Google Cloud VM instances, one site/plugin per instance. The machine type is n1-standard-1. The server is a 8 core CPU with 8GB of RAM.
  • The test sites are hosted on Apache/2 server and they are tested on PHP 7.2.16 & WordPress 5.4.2.
  • The database server is MySQL 8.0.15 and the default PHP memory limit is 256MB.
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About NextGEN Gallery

Description

WordPress Gallery Plugin NextGEN Gallery has been the industry’s standard WordPress gallery plugin since 2007 and continues to receive over 1.5 million new downloads per year. It’s easy for simple photo galleries, but powerful enough for the most demanding photographers, visual artists, and imaging professionals. On the back end, NextGEN offers a complete WordPress gallery management system with the ability....

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Performance

Memory Usage

  • Download Iocn Average memory usage is 2695.49 KB
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Page Speed

  • Download Iocn Average page loading time is increased by 0.2 s
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+ 0.2s
/(front page)
- 0.11s
/wp-admin/edit-comments.php
+ 0.17s
/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=category
+ 0.18s
/wp-admin/edit.php
+ 0.19s
/wp-admin/index.php
+ 0.21s
/wp-admin/media-new.php
+ 0.16s
/wp-admin/options-discussion.php
+ 0.09s
/wp-admin/options-writing.php
+ 0.19s
/wp-admin/post-new.php
+ 0.45s
/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=page
+ 0.72s
/wp-admin/upload.php
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Memory Usage Memory Usage Benchmark Learn more how we collect the data

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+ 2695.49KB
/ (front page)
+ 284.94KB
/wp-admin/edit-comments.php
+ 333.37KB
/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=category
+ 332.39KB
/wp-admin/edit.php
+ 352.56KB
/wp-admin/index.php
+ 352.78KB
/wp-admin/media-new.php
+ 339.98KB
/wp-admin/options-discussion.php
+ 340.02KB
/wp-admin/options-writing.php
+ 328.05KB
/wp-admin/post-new.php
+ 348.65KB
/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=page
+ 347.14KB
/wp-admin/upload.php
+ 346.41KB
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  • This plugin uses 2695.49KB memory on average, which is more than a plugin should use.

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#15 in Most Downloaded of January 2020

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