Building an online gallery website

Discussion in 'Graphics Programs and Photo Gallery' started by Mishel, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. Mishel

    Mishel TPF Noob!

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    I need your help. I want to create a new website and present my photos and videos. I have decided to use Wordpress blog platform as the base of my website, but I need to know what plugins/software are available for batch uploading a bunch of picture, watermark them, resize them and rearange them in a specific post with Lightbox gallery and description that I will write for every picture (not a must). Is there any other recommended gallery platform for online sharing websites. I have my own server so I can install everything. Also very good wordpress premium websites will help. thanks.
     
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    Simpleviewer is good.
     
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    A few thoughts:
    1. If you are going to host videos on your site, strongly consider hosting the vidoes themselves on youtube, and then embedding them in your page/post. If you host the videos on your own server, and you have any decent amount of traffic, your bandwidth costs will be tremendous.

    2. You should consider doing as much production work as possible offline -- e.g .watermarking, resizing and the like. Ideally you would upload only finished images so you minimize the work and time involved (it's generally MUCH faster to process images on your desktop/laptop vs doing it online).

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    Are you looking to host one large gallery with videos and photos, or are you looking to have individual posts, where each post has a gallery in it?
     
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    Hands down the best platform for galleries is Flashmoto CMS (Content Managment System). It's a flash based (though search engine friendly) website design, but without all the Dreamweaver work (yikes!). A little pricey for a template at around $250, but it's just so incredibly EASY to use, and looks absolutely fantastic. You don't even need an offline flash/html editor to change content (pictures text videos etc) you just do it in browser.

    Check out the templates (there is also a trial feature that lets you get a feel for editing content.) Flash CMS Templates | FlashMoto
     
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    In fact, a lot of gallery software can do so. Below are two handy I knew.

    Flash Slideshow Maker
    Ultraslideshow

    They can also generate code for embeding and offer free gallery hosting service.
     
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    Check out BluDomain -- sites for $100 (mine is a $100 template) and they host for $100/year. You can link to two other sites in addition to your galleries (blog and proofing, for example).

    The interface is really intuitive.

    One downside: a LOT of people have Blu sites so you'll look standard issue.

    Upside: low costs (great for startup businesses and hobbies) and a professional look.
     
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    Will LR3 gallery work? All of photo albums were created with LR3. The only bad thing is that it is hard to update. You have to reload the whole album even if you only added 1 photo.
     
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    You will eventually discover Lightroom has many other notable limitations.
     
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    @ Keith, yeah I am sure there are a lot. If it is just making a photo album for clients to see, I think it is plenty good enough (html or flash). The slideshow is nice too. What are the other notable limitations that you absolutely hate?
     
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    Do a google search on Jquery. They have a bunch of different galleries and are great. Jquery can do a lot for you and it is all free. Galleria is a cool jquery plugin.
     
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    I have used the Gallery2 software (free). (www.[B]gallery2[/B].org/)

    Also, Joomla is a good CMS with many free and low priced addons for pic. galleries.
     

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