After the plugin is installed and activated you will have a Top-level menu for Gallery in wp-admin near the bottom.
First create a gallery. This is a MUST! Then add images to it, and if desired add the gallery to an album. Then you’re ready to display them on your site. Of course, you don’t have to go through all those steps just to display images as there are several ways to display them.
The plugin uses shortcodes – also known as keywords or tags – in pages and posts to display images. NextGEN Gallery shortcodes are specified as a word enclosed in square brackets – [ and ] – followed by parameters describing what and how to display the images.
Inside a Page/Post within the content area, you place the desired shotcode such as
The documentation on Alex’s web site is pretty good, but there are a few things that aren’t described in full detail. I’ll try to include the tidbits I’ve learned here, and the title for each section is also a link to Alex’s page on that particular shortcode.
These shortcodes are built in to the NextGEN Gallery plugin:
•singlepic – Display a single image with options for displaying a reflection, a watermark, and for placing the image horizontally on the post/page.
•gallery – Display the images in a gallery.
•imagebrowser – Display the images in a gallery one at a time.
•slideshow – Display the images in a gallery one at a time with automatic advance.
•album – Display multiple galleries in a list.
•tags – Display images which have been tagged with specific tag values.
•albumtags – Display images in album format which have been tagged with specific tag values.
A number of others have provided additional shortcodes for viewing images.
•polaroid – Display images from a gallery as a stack of polaroid images.
•simpleviewer – Displays images from a gallery in a viewer from Airtight Interactive that shows thumbnails of the other images in the gallery below the image being displayed.
•tiltviewer – Displays images from a gallery in a viewer from Airtight Interactive that displays thumbnails tilted allowing zooming and flipping.
You will find more details on each shortcode in a separate article for each one