Most Popular ?

Today I saw on 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…

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8 thoughts on “Most Popular ?

  1. matruf says:

    I was looking for a while for a descent plugin for my wordpress blog,and actually yours was the best I found, for my needs at least.

    Keep going!!

  2. jorgent says:

    Hi! Great plugin!

    I tried to register on your forum twice but I never got my password sent to my email.

    I want to register cause I have a problem with the thumbs. I posted a question about the thumbs at but no one seems to know (they don’t answer). Here’s the post:

    I know you probably have a lot to do, but I would really appreceate if you give me a hint on what to do.

    This is/can be a really powerfull and top notch plugin!


  3. Bobsch says:

    hell yeah – NGG is great…

    too bad it’s not working on wordpress mu. if you fixed that… =) PLEASE? 🙂

  4. alex.rabe says:


    There is a workaround for now. See here :

  5. alakhnor says:

    I couldn’t agree more…
    Keep it simple but powerful is the toughest part. The difficulty I have is that I start with an idea, start doing it, then more ideas come, it becomes a mess, then it needs a clean-up, and so on…
    And then, few weeks after, I look at it and say: why have I done this this way? it would have been so much better like this (enter a 10 times more straightforward solution).
    Well, anyway, if your plugin is popular, it means you succeeded 😉

  6. nadavkav says:

    wow what an excellent plug in !!!

    i was missing and EXIF integration so i add one up.
    please use it more wisely then what i have done for my own use 😉

    get PHP Metadata toolkit from here :

    install the toolkit folder under wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery
    ( i called it jpeg-exif-tlkit )
    now, edit the file admin/manage.php
    add some includes upfront

    define(‘ABSPATH’, dirname(__FILE__).’/’);
    $Toolkit_Dir = ABSPATH.”wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/jpeg-exif-tlkit/”; // Ensure dir name includes trailing slash
    include $Toolkit_Dir . ‘Toolkit_Version.php’; // Change: added as of version 1.11
    include $Toolkit_Dir . ‘JPEG.php’; // Change: Allow this example file to be easily relocatable – as of version 1.11
    include $Toolkit_Dir . ‘PictureInfo.php’;
    include $Toolkit_Dir . ‘EXIF.php’;

    and around the “rescan folder” lines 163~
    change the lines that add new pictures to the database as follows…

    foreach($imageslist as $picture) {
    //echo WINABSPATH.$gallerypath.”/”.$picture . “:n”;
    // Retrieve the header information
    $jpeg_header_data = get_jpeg_header_data( WINABSPATH.$gallerypath.”/”.$picture );
    //Output the JPEG Comment
    //$picture_description = Interpret_Comment_to_HTML( $jpeg_header_data );
    $picture_description = get_jpeg_Comment( $jpeg_header_data );

    $result = $wpdb->query(“INSERT INTO $wpdb->nggpictures (galleryid, filename, alttext, description, exclude) VALUES (‘$act_gid’, ‘$picture’, ‘$picture’, ‘$picture_description’, 0) “);

    that’s it 🙂

    now exif comment are read when new jpeg files are inserted into the database.

    thanks again for this beautiful plug in 🙂

  7. Hi!

    I just migrated from a stinky e107 with a bad gallery2 bridge to a nice wordpress instalation. I thought that I was hoplessly doomed with that bloat-ware of Gallery 2 when I found your plugin.

    It’s abit quirky when you run it with php_SafeMode:ON and have to upload all the photos via ftp, but it is still the fastest, leanest and easiest to use gallery system. Thanks to it my photo portfolio was up and running within an hour =)

    Keep up the good work!


  8. James says:

    Hey Alex,

    Just a thank you for producing this. I’m not exagerating when I say I’ve been looking for something like this for years. I’ve tried so many different gallery versions but this is by far the best. Keep up the good work.



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