7 WordPress Portfolio Themes With NextGEN Gallery Integration

wordpress portfolio themes

Creatives are using WordPress more than ever, and there are many WordPress portfolio themes out there.  In fact, NextGEN Gallery is often categorized as a photography plugin, but in reality it can be used for anyone needing gallery functionality.

As I write this, NextGEN Gallery is about to hit the 5.5 million download mark.  It's obvious that this makes the plugin one of the most popular gallery tools for WordPress driven websites.

So knowing that, I thought it would be fun to share some of the WordPess themes taking advantage of the NextGEN Gallery popularity by integration.

Since NextGEN Gallery is for any type of creative, we are going to share more than just WordPress themes for photographers.  So below you will see a list of beautiful WordPress portfolio themes either building deep NextGEN Gallery functionality into the theme or styling adjustments.

The WordPress Portfolio Themes


WordPress Portfolio Themes

We might be biased here, because we did create this theme.  But the integration with the Photocrati WordPress theme is very intricate.  Not only is there integration, but the Photocrati built-in gallery management tool can utilize NextGEN Galleries.

  • All-in-one photography website template
  • Galleries management system
  • Sell images with ecommerce galleries!
  • Dozens of styles, customize everything.
  • Great SEO and social media so you’ll be found!



Shutter is a responsive fullscreen photography WordPress theme that built in NextGEN Gallery styling.  The developer even made the NextGEN Galleries responsive.

  • Responsive
  • Fullscreen
  • Low res conversion for mobile
  • Ajax powered
  • Full NextGen Gallery plugin integration



Watercolor is not only very colorful, but uses stunning CSS styling to make a NextGEN Gallery seamlessly flow with the rest of the theme.

  • Image and video gallery ready
  • Shortcodes
  • Nivo slider
  • NextGEN Gallery integration



Not only does Mazine provide built-in NextGEN Gallery styling, but it also includes built-in eCommcerve functionality.  This differs greatly from the Photocrati theme because the eCommerce system is designed for physical products, like furniture and gadgets whereas Photocrati is designed for artwork.

  1. Sliders
  2. NextGEN Gallery integration
  3. WP e-Commerce Ready



The BikeIT theme is designed, well for Bicycle bloggers.  The developer also styled some custom NextGEN CSS to make the cycling galleries glow with greatness.


  • Gantry Framework
  • Built-in mobile theme
  • 960 Grid System
  • NextGEN Gallery integration



The Efinity theme is responsive and has e-Commerce capabilities with its WooCommerce integration.  If you're looking to combine WooCommerce with NextGEN Gallery, then this is a great choice.

  • Responsive
  • Fullscreen
  • Sortable portfolios
  • WooCommerce ready
  • NextGEN Gallery ready



Pissmo is responsive and boasts multiple styles.  It uses NextGEN Gallery for it's drag and drop functionality.

  • Responsive
  • Gallery Drag and Drop
  • Shortcodes
  • NextGEN Gallery ready

Innovation+Science 2

  • 3 Skins
  • Sliders
  • Shortcodes
  • NextGEN Gallery ready

Your Turn

Now it's your turn.  If you are using a WordPress theme, or developed one, that has some form of NextGEN Gallery integration like you see above then please comment below with a link for us to see.  Ideally, we'd like to grow this list to be the ultimate source for WordPress portfolio themes with NextGEN Gallery integration.

Thanks for reading,



  1. says

    You asked for sites that use NextGEN, check out my website – I am a wildlife photographer and website designer and LOVE nextgen, use it for all the sites I develop.

    • Scott says

      Nice integration Anita. You added the NextGEN Gallery styling to Flexsqueeze yourself or was it built into the theme already?

  2. Giulio says

    why there are no photography template that allow to use vertical image and a vertical menu?
    that’s quite a shame, thousand of cool template and none of them have a vertical menu!!

  3. says

    The Innovation+Science 2 theme from Digital Cavalry has extensive support for NextGen Gallery. You can use NextGen galleries in portfolio pages, their own custom post type called Photo News , and in the Chain Slider for home pages, posts, pages, pr anywhere using shortcodes. In addition, choosing Featured Images for any of the post types and pages can be done by entering a photo ID from NextGen.

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