old_postcard_albumThe NextGen Gallery by Photocrati is a 3rd party image gallery plugin that we use quite a bit to display images that a customer wants to show on their website.   What makes NGG so unique and popular is its ease of use when it comes to organizing your images.

NGG works with a hierarchy of albums, galleries & images.  Images are categorized into galleries and those galleries can stand alone or be organized into albums.

Here’s an analogy:  You have a several photo albums sitting on your coffee table.  One photo album is labeled “Kids Early Years”, another is “Vacations – 2000-2010”.  Assuming you don’t just throw pictures randomly on a page, you would organize the photos into sections or galleries:

  • pre-school
  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • Hawaii 2000
  • Grand Canyon 2003
  • Mexico 2006
  • Caribbean Cruise 2008
  • California 2010

You might even pick out your favorite descriptive picture of that section and feature it at the beginning of that section.

To begin adding images and galleries, checkout the next tutorial on Adding Galleries and Images.