My friend Manshu also brought it to my attention that the screenshots on my portfolio were outdated. For example, we had installed Thesis on his site but my screenshot still showed his old theme. I decided to redesign the layout of the portfolio using NextGen Gallery. This gave the portfolio a new look and gave me more experience with the plugin.
Steps to a New Portfolio
- Install Next Gen Gallery and activate it.
- Please note that NextGen Gallery only works with WordPress 2.7 +
- Visited the sites that I worked on and took screenshots. (I use the print screen button on my keyboard and do basic edits with Irfanview – nothing fancy here.
- Gallery will be added as it’s own menu item in the WordPress navigation menu.
- Click on Gallery > Add Gallery / Images. Before you can add images, you need to to create a gallery and give it a name.
- You are then ready to upload your images. Add Gallery / Images gives you 4 tabs; Add New Gallery, Upload a Zip File, Import Image Folder, and Upload Images. I usually use Upload Images – what’s cool is that you can select multiple ones from you computer at one time. You will be select the gallery that the images will be uploaded to.
- The plugin does it’s thing, uploads the images and creates thumbnails of them. If you are uploading a bunch at once the processing can take some time but it isn’t too long.
- If you haven’t already created a new page for your photos, gallery, portfolio make one now. You can put some text on if you want or you can leave it blank. We will be adding a simple piece of code to the page.
- Each gallery will have an id number. You will want this for the code that you will using for your gallery page.
- If you are using the visual editor, you can click on the button “Add New NextGen Gallery”.
And then select the Gallery and click on Insert. The code will be added to your page. Save, Publish and you’ve got your new image gallery.
- If you are using the html editor, you can insert the following code on the page and you’re done.
nggallery id=x surround this in brackets  x=the id number for the gallery
- I recommend changing the pop-up lightbox setting to Thickbox under Options >Effects. Maybe it’s just my preference but I think this one looks the best.
This is just a teeny amount of what you can do with NextGen Gallery. You can create slideshows, adjust the image and thumbnail sizes, create and display multiple galleries, create albums, use single images from your galleries in blog posts, and much more.
My new portfolio page still links through to the old one through the link of the site name under each image. I’m not going to keep it this way but still wanted information about what I did on each site and the testimonial. I just haven’t decided yet how I want to manage this page – I might want a separate one for each site …
Do you think this plugin would be useful for your site? Do you think it’s a good way to manage a portfolio? If not, how would you do it differently?