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WordPress Portfolios and Gallery Plugin Options (Podcast 677)

I've recently replaced NextGEN Gallery with the Meow Gallery and Meow Lightbox plugins, alongside Essential Grid, and in this post I explain why.

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4 Comments
  • Eduard Boiger
    Posted at 22:50h, 20 September Reply

    Thanks so much for giving real background-information, thus helping to avoid experiences of that kind.

    E.Boiger, Munich

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:02h, 21 September Reply

      Thanks, Eduard! I’m pleased this helps.

  • Dee Zunker
    Posted at 07:35h, 16 August Reply

    Your experience was very similar to mine with NextGen gallery. Sevceral years ago, I wanted to move away from Smugmug to a full WordPress site for my photos for a number of issues…primarily – SSL, blogging, and hot-linking. I researched and found NextGen the best alternative, and used it for over 2 years until… A NextGen update caused the caching of the plugin to go crazy. It duplicated every single version of all of my images, filled up my server space, and crashed my website.
    I had to upgrade my server to even be able to log in via FTP.
    I went on a hunt as well for a gallery system which uses the WP Core, and went with Meow Gallery / Lightbox, and the WP/LR Sync system. After recreating all the NG galleries, I swore I would never go that route again.

    My Fine Art Store has been down since moving away from SmugMug and NextGen for over a year. It is time to get my FA site going again, so I am looking for an eCommerce option for my photos on WordPress, and came across your podcast.
    The quest continues…

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:37h, 16 August Reply

      I’m with you Dee. I honestly don’t know how NextGen maintains the number of users that they do. Good luck in your continued search!

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