Today I am working on a simple WordPress based website for a small school. On this particular site, a slideshow will be required. If you Google for “WordPress slideshow” you will find a few links on the various WordPress websites and user forums regarding the built-in slide show tools.
Well, that’s misleading.
It took far too long for me to figure out that self-hosted WordPress does NOT include a slideshow option for image galleries. Slideshows are available to those who use a WordPress hosted site. So, for those of us who host on 3rd party web hosts (or on your own VPS, perhaps), you need to use a plugin (still).
I have used NextGen Gallery in the past, and it still is one of the most popular image gallery managers for WordPress, so it looks like I will be using it again.
And for your reference, here, is a list of features that are different between the “.com” and “.org” WordPress systems.