Today I saw on wordpress.org that NextGEN Gallery reached the download rate of WPG2 – the Gallery2 integration. So what is behind is numbers ?
WPG2 is a very good and easy to handle plugin for the best gallery system you can hosted on your own server (FlickR and Picasa are defined as external solutions). Gallery 2 is by far the most complex PHP gallery solution, I often call it the Typo3 of gallery system.
When I start to study the success of WordPress, I saw that the backend administration is the key to the success. WordPress is complex, but when you visit the first time the backend panel and play around with the option you don’t need to study any documentation.
This is now my problem, with tagging and other new features I increase the number of setting more and more, I need now longer for the design than in the startup. A good and intuitive backend is harder than the programming itself. This is the biggest trap for programmer since Microsoft introduced Windows…