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Thanks for an interesting read. I like your writing style even though it wasn’t directly related to my problem. I came across this post while searching for more information about NextGEN. (I’m trying to figure out why my archive pages (ngg_tag) are still showing in search results but now have gone soft 404.)

An example here is one URL I can find one page one when searching on Google for ‘cedar man cave signs’
But when I click through it says nothing found.

I’m pretty sure it used to work years ago when I first started using NextGEN but maybe something I did with Yoast recently has caused issues. All this stuff does my head in, I’m not sure how to use NextGEN properly and be able to search tags to find photos on my website, time for another coffee I think. Maybe I should just look for an alternative. Or redirect these URLS to the actual .jpg image instead? So that they don’t go 404.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated if you have any.
Thanks again for a great read.

The exclude/include feature in the NextGen plugin is a long time frustration. A few years ago Ulrich Mertin’s Image Chooser plugin came to the rescue. I run a travel blog and include several images from a trip in an article. Usually all my images are kept in a NGG gallery, not the WP Media Gallery, and I pick single or multiple images from the NGG gallery to illustrate the articles. The exclude default function in NGG is useless, as you point out. As soon as the gallery changes, in terms of more images added, any articles deriving images from that gallery is basically corrupted. Therefore the Image Chooser is superb: It has offered a great way to pick just the right images you want to include, not mentioning all the rest. Moreover, you can insert them in any way you want – be it thumbnails, links or full size. Unfortunately that Image Chooser seems to be dead. And I don’t know what to do.