My latest and hopefully greatest plugin for WordPress is a new Gallery plugin called NextGEN Gallery . It’s named “NextGeneration” to echo the development of games consoles . Hopefully you can see how it exploits some of the tremendous possibilities of jQuery and AJAX/Web 2.0 technologies. Before I started writing the plugin I studied all the existing image and gallery plugins for WordPress. Some of them are really good and well designed, but the gap I filled was a simple administration system at the back-end which can also handle multiple galleries.
Not all of my ideas have yet made it to the product release, but it’s been great fun developing so far. It’s fantastic how the jQuery and WordPress communities are creating new plugins and ideas almost every day, so I hope to integrate more of their work in the future.
Demonstration / Example pages
Here are some examples of an integration into a running WordPress blog. I’m not responsible for the content, but you can see the NextGEN Gallery plugin live in action. Send me your link if you would like to show your integration of the plugin.
Example of an integration into the header :
Installation of this plugin
Unpack the zip file and upload the content into the folder wp-content/plugins/nggallery (the WordPress plugins folder). Note : Do not change the folder names.
For the slideshow you need also the free (for personal use) JW Image Rotator from Jeroen Wijering. Download the player from the website and upload it (only imagerotator.swf) also into the NextGEN gallery folder. Now you can activate the plugin.
How it works / First steps
I apologize that during the running development the documentation is missing for now. Please have a look at the following description for your first steps :
David’s Technical Musings (English)
Le Blog de Lise (French)
Gaspard Tseng (Traditional Chinese)
Alejandro D. Fernandez (Spanish)
David Suarez (Spanish)
Kasia Nocek (Polish)
Alexander Dichev (Bulgarian)
Screenshots of the admin menu
Live Preview of the image gallery
Overview / Functions
- Sortable Albums : Create your own sets of images
- Upload a Zip-File with pictures : Upload pictures in a zip-file (Not in Safe-mode)
- Watermark function : You can add a watermark image or text
- Multiple CSS Stylesheet : Use a nice shadow effect for your thumbnails with your own CSS file
- Slideshow: Full integrated flash slideshow
- Sidebar Widget : Show a random picture at your sidebar
- WordPress 3.1.x or above
- PHP 5.2 or higher
- GD 2 Library
- Freetype Support (for Watermark)
- Safe-Mode Off
- Memory limit should 64MB or more
NextGEN Gallery is prepared for the translation in other languages, to support the plugin in your language , see here.
The actual list of all available languages you can find here :
Download your NextGEN Gallery language
Just upload the .mo file in the nggallery/langs folder. WordPress will automatically load the language file from this directory, where ‘locale’ is the value you defined in your wp-config.php file in the root of your WordPress installation.
For older version look here.
Support & Feature request
I integrated a forum for all question around this plugin. Please request your wishes and problems there.
History list / Changelog
Here you find the : Changelog
License / Last note
This program is free software. You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. I take care and respect all copyrights for other code or programs. If you find code in this free plugin which is didn’t marked with the original copyright note , please contact me. Some code of this plugin is not released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (like the Imagerotator Flash Player), these code must be separated downloaded and you must check by your self if you agree with the license terms.
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