Photo Gallerys - CMS advice

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by eddx, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. eddx macrumors regular


    May 12, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    OK so I am a design student and have hundreds of photos that I want to put into a web based gallery system on my website.

    I have used coopermine (I think its called that) but it was too complex.

    I currently use php cms system called "gallery" but it seems a little too difficult to edit and change to the configuration I want.

    I would ideally like to start to sell my images, so putting links for pricing of high res image downloads or prints. As well as putting google ads and easy to embed into my wordpress blog cms.

    Flash isnt really an opinion but I have looked a Lightrooms new "web" opinion which could work, for me. I have dreamweaver, golive, flash etc. but never used them much. I can edit CSS and PHP but only know HTML confidently.

    Which photo gallery system do you guys use? What would you recommend to me? (This is a big project for me, I am willing to put in 4 or 6 weeks worth of time to get this right, I have been playing around with different systems for years, but its time to make this look professional and start making money from my images).

  2. desenso macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2005
    #2 is neat and elegant. In my opinion, it's one of the best out there at the moment.

    As for selling these images - I don't know of any system that incorporates this. Perhaps you could combine zenphoto with some kind of PayPal store without having to know too much PHP? Who knows.
  3. eddx thread starter macrumors regular


    May 12, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    Zen Photo does look very nice in terms of usability and looks. I wonder if there is anything else out there similar.

    Or if anybody knows a way that I could use a system similar to this but possibly adding a section where they can click a link to a php page where I can give my price lists and maybe a paypal section or a contact form, which all relate to that one image which they originally came from.

    I know this is possible, but dont know how. I guess that this isnt the best forum to ask on but I thought I would try.

    Any ideas?
  4. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Even though you poo-pooed Flash, look at Simple Viewer just for the heck of it. :)
  5. Chacala_Nayarit macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2005
    Lakewood, Washington
    You can use CSS to layout photogalleries:

    #albumlist {
    	list-style-type: none;
    #albumlist img {
    	display: block;
    	border: 1px solid #003300;
    	background-color: #666;
    	color: inherit;
    #albumlist li {
    	float: left;
    	margin-right: 6px;
    	margin-bottom: 10px;
    	font: bold 0.8em Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    	color: #333333;
  6. desenso macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2005
    Zen Photo uses an intuitive templating system. I'm not familiar with PayPal stores, or stores of any kind for that matter. However, I don't think it would be an insurmountable challenge to build an online store using Zen Photo's built in templating. Have a poke around... I don't think there's a system that does what you need (though it seems like it could be quite popular)
  7. JGruber macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2006
  8. florencevassy macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2004
    Princeton, NJ
    Zenphoto - newbie advice?

    This is a good thread, I am looking for a good program to show off some photos which are just sitting in my iPhoto program now.

    Zenphoto looks like a good program – can anyone give an ignorant newbie some advice… It says that the requirements are PHP 4.10+ with GD support, and MySQL 4+

    I guess that I would need to download PHP and MySQL…I don’t know anything about these programs/languages, do I need to learn or do anything specific?

    Thanks a mil for your input! :)
  9. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    Anybody use Gallery2? I just got that installed, but it looks hard to use.

    Searching, I found this thread and saw the simplicity of design of Zenphoto, which is exactly what I'm looking for. :)
  10. werther macrumors regular

    May 15, 2006
    the link to your site isn't working for me.
  11. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030


    Jun 25, 2001
    Moneyapolis, Minnesota
    spicyapple: Gallery2 is a very powerful tool, much more than most people need. It should really only take very little time to figure out the robust admin interface.

    As for designing templates for it... now that's complicated.
  12. Butters macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2006
    I made this with gallery 2. quite complex yes but once u uninstall/deactivate all the crap you dont need its a nice system to work with.

    There are modules in gallery2 for example "order on" and a few other services that let you print selected photos using sites like that. The problem is obviously this has nothing to do with you and you don't get any revenue for it (that I know of)

    however it's apparently not too hard to write your modules for gallery2 and there might even already be one available for d/l that lets visitors order prints though you.

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