WordPress Plugins: NextGEN Gallery and Photospace Gallery

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In an effort to keep track of a select number of high-quality WordPress plugins, I’m planning to write a few short blog posts. Mainly I’m doing this for personal use, but I’d also like to document some ways that I’ve implemented them on some websites I’ve developed over the past few years. The first type of plugin I’d like to write about is photo galleries.

NextGEN Gallery

Summary

“NextGEN Gallery is a fully integrated Image Gallery plugin for WordPress with dozens of options and features.”

Notes

This is definitely the more full-featured photo gallery plugin of the two I’m including in this post. It has a lot of great options so it can be a bit tricky to set everything up at the beginning. But once everything is all configured and looking just right, content managers can maintain everything in the WordPress admin interface without touching a line of code or having to open an FTP client. Some of the plugin features include: automatic generation of image thumbnails, text descriptions, watermarks, multiple JavaScript-based “lightbox” overlay effects, and sortable albums.

See It In Action Plugin Page

Photospace Gallery

Summary

“The Photospace plugin takes advantage of the built in features of WP by automatically adding any images attached to the post or page into the gallery.”

Notes

For a simple and straightforward photo gallery, give Photospace Gallery a try. It’s a nice solution for adding a no-frills, thumbnail-based photo gallery to a single post or page. If you’re familiar with WordPress’ image gallery features, you’ll appreciate the way you can upload multiple images and then attach them to a specific post/page, complete with drag-and-drop for reordering. Once attached, they’ll automatically show up on the post/page that includes the [photospace] shortcode. Via the single-screen WordPress admin settings page, you can adjust things like thumbnail number, size and shape, size of the main image, width of the gallery columns, and size of the main image. Some additional nice features include: keyboard control, pagination, and support for multiple galleries.

See It In Action Plugin Page