WordPress NextGen Gallery Plugin [Video Tutorial]

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Hi my name’s Theo and welcome to this tutorial where I’m going to be taking you step by step through setting up the most popular gallery plugin for WordPress. It’s being used by over 1 million people! It’s called NextGen Gallery Plugin and it comes in both a FREE and premium version. I’ll be covering the free version in this tutorial because that is where most users are and should be all you need at the moment! Perhaps, when you’re more familiar with the free version, you may want to download the premium. Yet, the free version, by itself, is still very versatile and powerful. Most users would be plenty happy with this version.

So lets dive right in and start discovering why you should be using this plugin on your website!

1. Download and Install

First thing to do so you can follow along with me is to download the plugin. To do this just go to Plugins and Add New then search for Next Gen Gallery Plugin and Install, then Activate! You’ll then find the plugin called Gallery. The submenu is Overview. This is just like your primary Dashboard screen functionality. It’s a quick overview of all the things to do with the plugin.

The following tabs are where this plugin can be customized and where it gets exciting!

Sometimes it does get intricate. If you like this then great! And, if not, don’t worry just follow along with me. With my help you’ll find that it isn’t complicated at all!

2. Adding Images

The next tab is Add Gallery / Images and this is, of course, where you can add new images and galleries to use on your website! As you can see, the middle of the panel there is a large grey space. This is where you can drag and drop images to use in your gallery. Or if you’d like to search for images, click on Add Files. Once the images are added, you give your Gallery a name and click on Start Upload!

The plugin then uploads all of your images so they’re ready to be used! There is also another way to upload images to the NextGen Plugin. This is optional of course, but I’ll quickly show you how it works.

Where it says Import Folder, the plugin scans your entire WordPress server for any images. For example, images you have uploaded before using the default image uploader and makes them available for you to import for your gallery. Just a quick note: If you use this method, it’s best to copy the images instead of leaving them in place, because if you deleted the images from your WordPress, they may not be available later on in the plugin.

3. Managing Galleries

Okay, on to the next tab which is Managing Galleries! This looks a bit like how the Add Post or Add Page tabs look. When you click on a gallery name, you’re taken to that gallery’s collection of images, and a series of settings, such as the gallery’s title, description, preview image, etc. Below you can edit the names of individual images, add tags to them, rotate them, view the meta data for them, exclude any of them and so on. By the way, if you don’t know what meta data is then it’s something very worth while for you to learn. It’s too large of a subject to cover in this video, so have a look at our tutorials all about it on our website.

4. Bulk Actions

You can also implement bulk actions to your images. So, for example, if you selected a few images and clicked on Bulk Actions, you have options to set a watermark, resize the images, import meta data, rotate them clockwise or anti clockwise, add tags, etc. So, if you were a photographer and wanted to sell your photos online, you could add a watermark to your images, so no one else is able to use them. All these options are very useful and easy to do!

5. Managing Albums

Next is the Managing Albums tab, but first what is an album and how is it different from a gallery? It’s simple. An album is a collection of galleries! See, I told you it was simple! Creating one is simple to, lets have a look.

To add a new album, you add the title of the album, click add, then select it from the dropdown menu where it says Select Album, and your album will be opened. You can then drag galleries from the Select Gallery section into your new album. Lastly, click update to save it. Easy! Do this a couple of times and it becomes a simple process! Your new album will now have all the galleries you put in it.

6. Manage Tags

The next submenu is Manage Tags, which is very simple. The tags you have created appear on the lefthand side of your screen. Then in the main body of the page, you are able to either bulk rename tags, delete them, or edit their slugs. Straightforward and very useful!

7. Settings

Lets have a look at some settings for the NextGen Gallery plugin. Click on Gallery Settings. Here you can see the different views/formats or style of albums and the settings for each one. You have options such as number of columns and how many images per page. You can choose an effect to use to transition between images and the interval for each image. There are lots of different options! Play around with these different styles and see which one you like and which one works best for your website and images.

Underneath you have Other Options which has eight drop downs with various settings for configuring images, thumbnails, lightbox effects, watermarks, CSS Styles and more! Again, explore these settings and see how they affect your galleries and images. The last tab, Reset Options, can be used to reset all settings to default.

As you can see even the free version of this plugin offers an impressive level of control and flexibility in how your galleries can be displayed!

So now you have made a gallery and inserted the images you want to use, but how do you actually display it on your website? You just insert a gallery in a post or on a page!

8. Inserting your Gallery

There are two ways to get a gallery or album into a post or page. The first is using the shiny new green button that now appears in your post or page editor. The second is using Shortcode. You can find all the NextGen Gallery shortcodes over at www.nextgen-gallery.com/nextgen-gallery-shortcodes.

I’m going to show you the easy and quick way of doing it! Lets click on the NextGen green button in a new post or page. Here, you’re presented with a choice of different styled albums to use, such as thumbnails, image slideshows, an image browser, and compact album. Underneath you choose what you would like to display. This is where you choose the Gallery you previously created.

Here you can customize some display settings such as how many images you want to display per page and how many columns you want to use. You can sort your images and exclude any images you don’t want to use. Make sure to click save, add anything else you want to your post or page, and click publish! You now have a working gallery on your website!

Any questions?

NextGen is the most popular gallery plugin on WordPress. It’s so easy once you have done it. The free version is very flexible and has so many options and once you’re experienced with the plugin, you can do some great things very easily!

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