Nextgen Gallery for Real Estate

I’m  a big fan of Nextgen Gallery.  I know it has it’s detractors in the RE community.  It actually requires you to read the instructions and set up the plugin for maximum use of the many features it offers.

One of those “features” that RE agents seem to love is SLIDESHOW.

NEVER USE NEXTGEN GALLERY SLIDESHOW

Dave, are you kidding?  No, I’m not kidding.  Please get over it and move on to the best thing for listing images,  Thumbnail Galleries.  I say this for a couple of reasons.

First, as a web guy.  You don’t want to create an unpleasant and frustrating experience for your visitor.  Nextgen slideshows can do this in two ways:

1.  If you didn’t configure the slideshow, or you have a plugin conflict all your view will ever see is this:

2.  When I’m looking at listing photos, I don’t want to see a slideshow.  I didn’t come for a movie.  I came to quickly see if this place has what I’m looking for in a home.  I want those thumbnails to scan quickly and enlarge when I want more detail.  I don’t want a slideshow to sit through.

I want to know there are 15 or 20 or 40 images I can tell that with thumbnails.  I can tell if a Youtube video is going to be long, but a slideshow, I have no idea how long it is going to take to see it; that is if it ever loads.

So please, do your views a favor.  Show the listing photos in a gallery, not a slideshow.


Now is it just me? How do you feel about listing photos? Gallery or Slideshow?

Comments

  1. Gallery. Not only because of the frustration of the slideshow, the gallery shows 4 pictures at a time. That works to draw people in to see more.

  2. I definitely prefer photo galleries to slideshows. I click off immediately if I run into a slide show. But there are so many wordpress gallery plugins. Which one is best?

  3. I received so many complaints from visitors to my site about the slideshow I had that I disabled it and replaced it with a photo gallery. Use experience improved and so did my bounce rate.

  4. Carla Martin says:

    I love gallery to as compared to slide show, it it more eye catching than that. thanks for sharingcanada home improvement

  5. We’ve used slideshow on a couple community websites in the past, and have had the same issue you’ve outlined above. Additionally, I think you’re right in that buyers want to be able to “pick” the image they’re interested in. A slideshow will keep them waiting and they may eventually lose interest.

  6. I agree with gallery, slideshows sometimes too slow and person looses interest in property.