We’ve been looking for a great image manager to replace the current gallery solution provided by our host, so I checked out Christophe’s travel blog. Chris informed me that the NextGEN photo gallery plugin has improved since I last gave it a try. Indeed it has.
Let’s take it for a test run here. If it works out to everyone’s delight, you may be seeing some major changes to our roadtripping fulltimer photo gallery. Hopefully the NextGEN photo gallery, albums, and slideshow integration will help us save time and improve this blog. Please let us know what you think.
- I was excited to hear that NextGEN allows for bulk image uploads as zipped archives. I was disappointed to discover that doesn’t work. At least not for me on my Mac. But I even had René create a .zip on her PC.
- Gallery creation is simple … once I created a master Gallery folder (…/wp-content/gallery) and set its permissions to 777.
- Upload of multiple individual images at one time was easy, quick, and done without leaving the WordPress interface.
That first image, as ugly as it is, was inserted directly from the Write Post page. NextGEN adds a convenient tab to the upload section that lets you browse all gallery images. If you click on the image above, you can view it larger without leaving this page like all our previous posts. 🙁 So now, let’s see how the Gallery function functions …
Here’s a gallery of images from our trip to New Bern, NC. You can browse all the images by clicking on one to view them larger. Or, choose to view them as a slideshow
Here’s the same gallery displayed in the Image Browser format, which is different than the slideshow.
At first glance, it looks like the plugin has comprehensive capabilities and management options within its own array of tabs available to the admin. It seems one will get the most out of NextGEN if they understand the full functionality of the tags used to display galleries, albums and images. Here is a good place to start.
At the risk of getting to geeky, I once again digress. Hopefully this works. I believe it at least deserves a deeper look. We may just have our work cut out for us. Please report any technical difficulties you encounter.