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Archive for June, 2008

After experimenting with a blogging CMS in WordPress, a forums CMS in SimpleMachines Forums and MediaWiki for our wiki, the Bear wanted to see what tools were available on the web for displaying photos.

There seem to be a number of open source photo gallery options out there but the one that seemed the most stable with the largest community of developers and contributors was, Gallery.

Like many of the open source CMS tools, Gallery combines PHP, javascript, css, and a MySQL backend to drive the application. There are a lot of modules/plugins and files in Gallery so it took some time to get it all set up but once they all got uploaded things moved quickly thereafter. Skinning the Gallery CMS wasn’t too difficult as the main template is pretty basic, many consisting of Gallery’s “smarty tags” that work within their framework.

Gallery offers a lot of nice features like batch photo uploads, rss feeds, photo commenting and ratings, album slideshows, thumbnail auto creation using ImageMagik, and the ability to rearrage the order of your photos and albums. Shortly, the Bear is going to investigate integrations between Gallery and WordPress. Maybe the Bear should look here. But, for now, enjoy the Photos!

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