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Photocrati Media Acquires NextGEN Gallery
[June 19, 2012]

Photocrati Media Acquires NextGEN Gallery

Boulder, CO, Jun 19, 2012 ( via COMTEX) -- Photocrati Media is about to get even better. As part of Photocrati's ongoing effort to seamlessly provide the best integrated WordPress solutions for photographers all under one roof, we are excited to announce Photocrati's recent acquisition of the highly popular NextGEN Gallery WordPress plugin.

Developed by Alex Rabe in 2007, the NextGEN gallery plugin is now the dominant image gallery plugin for WordPress. With more than 5 million downloads, NextGEN Gallery is also one of the most popular WordPress plugins of all time.

"We are very excited about bringing NextGEN to Photocrati," says Erick Danzer, founder and CEO of Photocrati Media. "It means that we can really create the advanced functionality that photographers are looking for with our WordPress themes." Blending Photocrati and NextGEN also means that Photocrati's team of experts is available to improve and advance NextGEN's core functionality and interface. "We are very committed to continuing the development of NextGEN Gallery as a free GPL plugin, and we're dedicated to maintaining NextGEN as the most popular gallery plugin for WordPress," says Danzer.

The Photocrati Team is also looking forward to interacting with the NextGEN community. "There are many talented developers who have contributed to and launched extension plugins for NextGEN. We hope to build an even stronger sense of community and interaction around the plugin, both with users and with the developer community," says Danzer. In fact, Photocrati is currently seeking beta testers and contributors.

NextGEN Updates by Photocrati NextGEN users can expect some exciting updates throughout the year. The Photocrati team plans to: improve and streamline the existing back-end interface; add an interface to create and manage galleries directly from posts and pages; work with Automattic to make NextGEN's architecture compatible with the WordPress VIP environment; and to make a range of smaller fixes and security patches.

Coming soon, a Pro version! Later this year, Photocrati will also launch a premium upgrade for NextGEN, called NextGEN Pro. NextGEN Pro will offer a range of beautiful new gallery display styles as well as fully-featured ecommerce functionality. Some of the plans for NextGEN Pro include: alternative slideshow displays; alternative filmstrip displays; alternative thumbnail displays; caption and filmstrip skins to adjust styling; fully-featured ecommerce for all gallery types and including print and price options; digital downloads; and shopping cart and PayPal integration.

NextGEN + Photocrati WordPress Theme = One amazing package The Photocrati Team is already hard at work merging NextGEN and NextGEN Pro into the popular Photocrati WordPress theme. Soon, Photocrati users will have all the functionality of these plugins seamlessly available in the Photocrati theme, without losing any of the options or gallery displays currently available.

Photocrati will have more big news soon. Follow Photocrati on Twitter or sign up for NextGEN updates via email.

About Photocrati Media is a digital media company that specializes in WordPress themes for photographers, SEO for photographers, and other resources for photographers. Photocrati Media also runs Best of Wedding Photography an elite, invitation-only association of the best wedding photographers in the world. Photocrati Media proudly sponsors the Photocrati Fund - a $5,000 grant for photographers working on important environmental and humanitarian projects.

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