Mastering NextGEN Gallery: A Comprehensive Tutorial

30 giu 2023 3 min di lettura
Mastering NextGEN Gallery: A Comprehensive Tutorial
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Welcome to this comprehensive tutorial on mastering NextGEN Gallery! NextGEN Gallery is a popular WordPress plugin that provides powerful image gallery management capabilities. In this tutorial, we will cover everything you need to know to become an expert in using NextGEN Gallery.


To get started with NextGEN Gallery, you need to have a WordPress website. If you don't have one, you can sign up for a free account at or set up a self-hosted WordPress site.

Once you have WordPress installed, follow these steps to install NextGEN Gallery:

  1. Login to your WordPress admin dashboard.
  2. Go to "Plugins" -> "Add New".
  3. Search for "NextGEN Gallery" using the search bar.
  4. Click on the "Install Now" button next to the NextGEN Gallery plugin.
  5. After the installation is complete, click on the "Activate" button to activate the plugin.

Once NextGEN Gallery is activated, you can start creating your first gallery. Here's how:

  1. Login to your WordPress admin dashboard.
  2. Go to "Gallery" -> "Add Gallery/Images".
  3. Click on the "Add Files" button to select the images you want to add to the gallery.
  4. After selecting the images, click on the "Upload" button to upload them to your WordPress media library.
  5. Once the images are uploaded, you can add titles, descriptions, and other details to each image if desired.
  6. Click on the "Save Changes" button to create the gallery.

After creating a gallery, you can display it on your WordPress site using various methods provided by NextGEN Gallery. Here are a few examples:

Using the Gutenberg Block

If you are using the Gutenberg editor, you can easily add a gallery block to your page or post. Here's how:

  1. Edit the page or post where you want to display the gallery using the Gutenberg editor.
  2. Add a new block by clicking on the "+" icon.
  3. Search for "NextGEN Gallery" in the block search bar.
  4. Select the "NextGEN Gallery" block from the search results.
  5. Choose the gallery you want to display from the dropdown list.
  6. Click on the "Publish" or "Update" button to save the changes.

Using a Shortcode

If you prefer using shortcodes, you can use the following shortcode to display a gallery:

[ngg src="galleries" ids="1" display="basic_thumbnail"]

Replace "ids" with the ID of your gallery. You can find the ID by going to "Gallery" -> "Manage Galleries" and hovering over the gallery name.

Using PHP Code

If you are comfortable with PHP coding, you can use the following code snippet to display a gallery:

<?php echo do_shortcode('[ngg src="galleries" ids="1" display="basic_thumbnail"]'); ?>

Replace "ids" with the ID of your gallery.

NextGEN Gallery provides a wide range of options to customize the appearance and behavior of your galleries. Here are a few examples:

You can configure global gallery settings by going to "Gallery" -> "Options". Here, you can customize settings like gallery thumbnail size, slideshow settings, lightbox options, and more.

NextGEN Gallery comes with a variety of gallery templates that you can choose from. These templates control the look and feel of your galleries. You can find the templates under "Gallery" -> "Manage Galleries".

When using shortcodes to display galleries, you can customize the gallery's appearance and behavior using shortcode attributes. For example:

[ngg src="galleries" ids="1" display="basic_thumbnail" slideshow="true"]

In this example, the "slideshow" attribute is set to "true" to enable the slideshow feature for the gallery.


In this tutorial, we have covered the basics of using NextGEN Gallery to create and display image galleries on your WordPress site. We have also explored some customization options to make your galleries unique. With NextGEN Gallery, you have a powerful tool at your disposal to showcase your images in a beautiful and engaging way. Happy gallery building!

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