How to create beautiful, interactive image galleries with Managed WordPress

With Managed WordPress and NextGEN Gallery, you can present photos in interactive image galleries with responsive design on your website.

The plugin optimizes the size of your images automatically, shows a watermark as necessary and offers various layouts, slideshows and lightbox effects for your galleries. NextGEN Gallery is already activated for many types of websites. If it is not activated, you can activate NextGEN Gallery in the WordPress menu under Plugins.

As soon as you have activated the NextGEN Gallery plugin, a new Gallery item will appear in the WordPress menu. Under “Gallery,” you can create galleries, manage existing galleries and compile them in albums. In addition to the basic settings, you can also manage tags and how galleries and slideshows are displayed, and adjust other options.

Customize your WordPress theme with image galleries

You insert these galleries in your posts and use them right in your theme. Many Managed WordPress themes such as Argent, Lens or Dispatch offer you various options for displaying these galleries right in the header or footer.


(With pictures by Martin Wolfert)

Click Add Gallery / Images and select individual images or a ZIP file with multiple photos you want to appear in your gallery.

Selecting the right resolution for your images

Most of the images you want to use for your website have an original size whose resolution is too high and would cause very slow loading. You can have them automatically reduced when they are imported to a gallery. With the default setting, NextGEN Gallery reduces your images to 800×600 pixels. We recommend that you increase the resolution of images for your gallery to make them Retina-ready. With a resolution of 2048×2048 pixels, you will have optimal results even on Retina Macs and tablets with a high resolution.

NextGen Englisch Other Options Managed WordPress WordPressManaging your galleries

Under Manage Galleries, you have an overview of all the galleries on your website. If you select a gallery you created now, you can change its title, add a description, edit keywords for individual images and have an overview of all the images in the gallery.

Managing tags for your images

With the keyword editing function, you can rename the tags for multiple images with a single click. This practical function saves you the effort of manually searching for and renaming images with this keyword. You can also use this option to remove strings of keywords completely or combine them with other keywords.

You can select the arrangement of your image gallery under Gallery Settings. Depending on what you use your photo gallery for, you can create a slideshow, thumbnails or a tagcloud.

Slideshow in Lens

Thumbnails in Lens

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ImageBrowser in Lens

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Adjusting image settings, thumbnails, lightbox effects, watermarks and more

In the Other Options section, you can define other settings for your galleries. Here are the most important settings at a glance:

Image Options

You can adjust or activate these settings and options:

  • Adjust the location of your galleries and images
  • Delete image files if a gallery is deleted
  • Automatically resize images after upload
  • Adjust image size and quality
  • Create backups of original images
  • Adjust default sorting

Thumbnail Options

  • Define default size for thumbnails
  • Use fixed image size or ignore aspect ratio

Adjust the effect for your galleries’ lightbox.


Automatically create a watermark. You can easily define the position and spacing in the real-time preview.

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