WordPress NextGEN Gallery: Quick Start Guide

August 6, 2009 / Updated: August 6, 2009 / Lena Shore

If you are using WordPress and need a gallery program, NextGEN might be a great choice for you. You can have multiple galleries and albums and it is pretty easy to use.

Where is the gallery?

After you login to your WordPress admin area, you should find a new item on the left side named “Gallery”.Wordpress Plug in NextGEN Gallery

What is the difference between galleries and albums?

Galleries are a collection of pictures. You can have multiple galleries.

Albums hold one or more galleries.

How to add a new gallery

  1. Under the main Gallery heading, choose “Add Gallery/Images”
  2. From the “Add new gallery” tab, choose a name for your gallery and click “Add gallery”

How to add a new album

  1. Under the main Gallery heading, choose “Album”
  2. From the “Add new album” area, choose the name of your new album and click “Add”

How to add photos to a gallery

  1. Under the main Gallery heading, choose “Add Gallery/Images”.
  2. You will see you have some choices in tabs:
    • Upload a Zip-file (this is a way to upload a zip of folders from your computer)
    • Import image folder (this is a way to upload a folder of images from your server)
    • Upload Images (this is uploading single images from your computer)
  3. Choose the right gallery you want the images uploaded to.
  4. Select “Start Upload”

How to add gallery of images to an album

Drag items from middle column to first column

Drag items from middle column to first column

  1. Under the main Gallery heading, choose “Album”
  2. Select the album you want to add galleries to.
  3. Drag any or all of the existing galleries from the second column to the first column
  4. Select “Update” to save your changes.

How to put descriptions under my photos

  1. Under the main Gallery heading, choose “Manage Gallery”
  2. Choose from the list of galleries you want to edit.
  3. From here you can change your gallery title, image captions, etc.
  4. When you are done, click “Save Changes”

How to display my photos on a page

There are many ways to post your albums or galleries on a page. The basic idea is to create a page and insert a snippet of code that will pull the gallery in and display it. If I set this up for you, the code may be there already.

  1. Go to the page you want a gallery or album inserted
  2. Insert the desired code
  3. Update your page
Adding the code to your posts and pages

Adding the code to your posts and pages

What are some of the codes?

In the first example,, means that it is going to display an entire album with the ID 2, in a compact form. The extended form lists the galleries with some description next to them. If you wanted it extended you would write If you wanted to display an album with and ID of 3, you would write 

The second example,, is going to display a gallery with the ID of 31.

The album and gallery IDs are listed next to the galleries and albums when you go to edit them.

Where can I find more tags?

You can find lots and lots of tag options and examples on the NextGEN Gallery website.

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Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.


  1. mitesh on February 28, 2012 at 1:25 am

    thnks buddy really it helps me a lot.

  2. Morgan on December 4, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I just wanted to thank you for this article. I keep checking in with it as I construct my galleries and albums. Thank you!

  3. ZAREMA on March 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks the author for article. The main thing do not forget about users, and continue in the same spirit.

  4. Priya on January 20, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Thanks a ton for this tutorial. For a long time, I had been trying to get to display all my galleries on to a single page without success. Now this tutorial is just what I wanted. Thanks.

    • Lena on January 20, 2010 at 11:08 am

      Glad to be of help. I love this gallery system, but it is a little tricky.

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