Photo website software

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Paul Giverin, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. Paul Giverin

    Paul Giverin Guest

    About six months ago I decided that I'd do my own site to display my
    photos. I get free web space with my ISP and I thought that it would be
    better to use that for my stuff that using my Pbase account that I pay
    for annually.

    I'm not a web design expert but I have designed a few sites over the
    past 15 years. I use Adobe GoLive to create my sites.

    It wasn't too much work to create my site and I was quite pleased with
    the way it looked ( www.giverin.co.uk ) but its a pain to use. If I want
    to upload a new photo, I have to open up GoLive, create a new page, set
    the colours, dimensions etc, add the photo, create a thumbnail, add the
    thumbnail to the index page, link the photo to the thumbnail, create
    rollovers for the thumbnail then upload all the changes to the server.
    It takes about 45 minutes per photo.

    Is there any software out there that allows you the freedom to be
    creative with the design of the site but allows easy uploading of new
    material?

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    Paul Giverin

    My Photos:- www.pbase.com/vendee
     
    Paul Giverin, Oct 9, 2010
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  2. "Paul Giverin" <> wrote in message
    news:24.co.uk...
    > About six months ago I decided that I'd do my own site to display my
    > photos. I get free web space with my ISP and I thought that it would be
    > better to use that for my stuff that using my Pbase account that I pay for
    > annually.
    >
    > I'm not a web design expert but I have designed a few sites over the past
    > 15 years. I use Adobe GoLive to create my sites.
    >
    > It wasn't too much work to create my site and I was quite pleased with the
    > way it looked ( www.giverin.co.uk ) but its a pain to use. If I want to
    > upload a new photo, I have to open up GoLive, create a new page, set the
    > colours, dimensions etc, add the photo, create a thumbnail, add the
    > thumbnail to the index page, link the photo to the thumbnail, create
    > rollovers for the thumbnail then upload all the changes to the server. It
    > takes about 45 minutes per photo.
    >
    > Is there any software out there that allows you the freedom to be creative
    > with the design of the site but allows easy uploading of new material?


    If you're using a static site you could look into hosting Wordpress locally
    with a static pages plugin and FTP the pages over. Movable Type has static
    page display built in. That could get a bit involved but the advantage is
    you could transfer it to a smarter host down the line.

    Lightroom comes with a static site uploader but there's also standalone apps
    which deliver similar functionality. I've had a quick look at a list of them
    and there's a couple in there that may be adequate. Some of them don't look
    too fancy but if they allow custom templates that's not an issue.

    Links:

    http://ocaoimh.ie/wp-super-cache/
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/really-static/

    http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/webgalleryfreepc/Web_Photo_Galleries_Windows_Freeware.htm

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    Charles E Hardwidge
     
    Charles E Hardwidge, Oct 9, 2010
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  3. Paul Giverin

    tony cooper Guest

    On Sat, 9 Oct 2010 17:46:30 +0100, Paul Giverin <>
    wrote:

    >About six months ago I decided that I'd do my own site to display my
    >photos. I get free web space with my ISP and I thought that it would be
    >better to use that for my stuff that using my Pbase account that I pay
    >for annually.
    >
    >I'm not a web design expert but I have designed a few sites over the
    >past 15 years. I use Adobe GoLive to create my sites.
    >
    >It wasn't too much work to create my site and I was quite pleased with
    >the way it looked ( www.giverin.co.uk ) but its a pain to use. If I want
    >to upload a new photo, I have to open up GoLive, create a new page, set
    >the colours, dimensions etc, add the photo, create a thumbnail, add the
    >thumbnail to the index page, link the photo to the thumbnail, create
    >rollovers for the thumbnail then upload all the changes to the server.
    >It takes about 45 minutes per photo.
    >
    >Is there any software out there that allows you the freedom to be
    >creative with the design of the site but allows easy uploading of new
    >material?


    This is not an answer to your question. It's comments on your site.

    You have some very good photographs, but I didn't look at many of
    them. The site is not user-friendly. First there's a introductory
    splash page, then a gallery splash page, and then clicks to individual
    photos. There's no continuing clicks to the next photo. The viewer
    has to go back and open the next photo.

    That's five clicks to see two photos.

    It's nice that you like the looks of the page, but you aren't making
    it easy for the viewer to navigate to your photos. When it's a lot of
    effort to view the photos, the viewer tends to lose interest.





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    Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
     
    tony cooper, Oct 9, 2010
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  4. Paul Giverin

    Paul Giverin Guest

    In message <>,
    Alan Clifford <> writes
    >
    >By the way, if I may criticise your current site purely from just
    >having a quick look. You don't appear to have created actual thumbnail
    >size photos for your thumbnails but use the full size photos resized on
    >the fly by the website. This is a pain to watch from the wrong side of
    >my rather slow adsl line as just three thumbnails slowly, slowly download.
    >

    You are spot on Alan. The "resized-full sized" thumbnails were a quick
    fix to get the site up and running. I was intending to load genuine
    "small" thumbnails when I had got all my images uploaded but as I
    realized how unworkable my site would be, I stopped work on it. The only
    plus point was that once all the thumbs had loaded, the full sized image
    was instantly available.

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    Paul Giverin

    My Photos:- www.pbase.com/vendee
     
    Paul Giverin, Oct 9, 2010
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  5. Paul Giverin

    Paul Giverin Guest

    In message <i8q8vs$pkg$-september.org>, Charles E
    Hardwidge <> writes
    >
    >If you're using a static site you could look into hosting Wordpress locally
    >with a static pages plugin and FTP the pages over. Movable Type has static
    >page display built in. That could get a bit involved but the advantage is
    >you could transfer it to a smarter host down the line.
    >
    >Lightroom comes with a static site uploader but there's also standalone apps
    >which deliver similar functionality. I've had a quick look at a list of them
    >and there's a couple in there that may be adequate. Some of them don't look
    >too fancy but if they allow custom templates that's not an issue.
    >
    >Links:
    >
    >http://ocaoimh.ie/wp-super-cache/
    >http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/really-static/
    >
    >http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/webgalleryfreepc/Web_Photo_Galleries_Wi
    >ndows_Freeware.htm
    >

    Thanks for the links Charles. I'll check them out and see if there is
    anything there to suit my requirements.

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    Paul Giverin

    My Photos:- www.pbase.com/vendee
     
    Paul Giverin, Oct 9, 2010
    #5
  6. Paul Giverin

    Paul Giverin Guest

    In message <>, tony cooper
    <> writes
    >
    >This is not an answer to your question. It's comments on your site.
    >
    >You have some very good photographs, but I didn't look at many of
    >them. The site is not user-friendly. First there's a introductory
    >splash page, then a gallery splash page, and then clicks to individual
    >photos. There's no continuing clicks to the next photo. The viewer
    >has to go back and open the next photo.
    >
    >That's five clicks to see two photos.
    >
    >It's nice that you like the looks of the page, but you aren't making
    >it easy for the viewer to navigate to your photos. When it's a lot of
    >effort to view the photos, the viewer tends to lose interest.
    >

    Thanks for your comments Tony. I agree that they are all relevant but as
    I explained to Alan, I stopped work on the site when I realised it
    didn't meet my needs. Putting clickable links to the next image does
    make sense and is the norm but with the site in its current form, it
    would be part of the problem rather than the solution. It would mean
    that it would take even longer to publish a new photograph.

    --
    Paul Giverin

    My Photos:- www.pbase.com/vendee
     
    Paul Giverin, Oct 9, 2010
    #6
  7. Paul Giverin

    ray Guest

    On Sat, 09 Oct 2010 17:46:30 +0100, Paul Giverin wrote:

    > About six months ago I decided that I'd do my own site to display my
    > photos. I get free web space with my ISP and I thought that it would be
    > better to use that for my stuff that using my Pbase account that I pay
    > for annually.
    >
    > I'm not a web design expert but I have designed a few sites over the
    > past 15 years. I use Adobe GoLive to create my sites.
    >
    > It wasn't too much work to create my site and I was quite pleased with
    > the way it looked ( www.giverin.co.uk ) but its a pain to use. If I want
    > to upload a new photo, I have to open up GoLive, create a new page, set
    > the colours, dimensions etc, add the photo, create a thumbnail, add the
    > thumbnail to the index page, link the photo to the thumbnail, create
    > rollovers for the thumbnail then upload all the changes to the server.
    > It takes about 45 minutes per photo.
    >
    > Is there any software out there that allows you the freedom to be
    > creative with the design of the site but allows easy uploading of new
    > material?


    FWIW - I use imageindex. You would reindex the entire collection each
    time, but it is fairly fast and generates properly sized thumbnails for
    each gallery - along with midsized and full sized photos.
     
    ray, Oct 9, 2010
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  8. "Paul Giverin" <> wrote in message
    news:24.co.uk...
    > In message <i8q8vs$pkg$-september.org>, Charles E Hardwidge
    > <> writes
    >>


    >>http://ocaoimh.ie/wp-super-cache/
    >>http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/really-static/
    >>
    >>http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/webgalleryfreepc/Web_Photo_Galleries_Wi
    >>ndows_Freeware.htm
    >>

    > Thanks for the links Charles. I'll check them out and see if there is
    > anything there to suit my requirements.


    One of the first ones I picked out was HTTPhotos. It seems to have all the
    basic functionality of browsing a collection, selecting, and applying a
    template. Some folks might not like Flash galleries but the Classical HTML
    Gallery and SimpleViewer Gallery examples look cool.

    http://www.digicamsoft.com/softhttphotos.html
    http://www.digicamsoft.com/demo/Classic_20HTML_20Gallery/
    http://www.digicamsoft.com/demo/SimpleViewer_20Gallery/

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    Charles E Hardwidge
     
    Charles E Hardwidge, Oct 10, 2010
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