NextGEN Gallery: The Next Chapter
The grassroots project, NextGEN Gallery – one of the best and most complete gallery plugins for WordPress – has turned to a commercial success story. Just announced earlier this morning, the plugin has been acquired by Photocrati, who happens to be among the best designers and developers of WordPress templates for photographers. This is a win-win solution for everyone, including you. And Photocrati has some great features and upgrades planned, including back-end improvements, integration into Photocrati's themes and the NextGEN Gallery Pro version with more enhancements for power users. And that's just scratching the surface. If you really want to know all of the details, you should read the official announcement.
The official news can be found at NextGEN Gallery’s official site.
Why Should You Care?
Long time readers of Shutter Photo will know that we don't typically jump on news releases, nor do we jump into the media hype. But we will make an exception with products that we believe in. For that matter, I'm going far astray of the official press release (I'm sure neither NextGEN nor Photocrati would mind), because I have used and I believe in NextGEN Gallery. In fact, we've used it for some of our larger galleries here at Shutter Photo, including our Anniversary Competition Gallery. On a personal level, I used it for my personal portfolio for a great long while. Just last year, I had my site redesigned and a different gallery solution is now 100% integrated into my theme, but that doesn't mean I love or respect NextGEN any less. In truth, it's a great plugin that can be incorporated into any WordPress theme – it can turn any theme into a portfolio. And it would be a great tool for any aspiring photographer.
Now to be blunt (because that's what you all like about me): I will admit that the development of NextGEN Gallery has stagnated as of late. There were a great number of features and bug fixes and improvements that were waiting to be implemented, some of which were on the wishlist for a very long time. In its current state, it was still among the best (and by far my favorite) gallery plugins available for WordPress. But it had so many opportunities to be better. With the Photocrati acquisition, I'm confident that the gallery will only get better. And I think that is something that we can all get behind.
If you would like to learn more about this acquisition or about NextGEN Gallery or Photocrati, I would encourage you to check out the following: