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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!

Click Here to view the FYREBEAR.com Photos section.

Just recently the Bear has installed a couple of open source projects.

The first of which is MediaWiki, which is the wiki application that Wikipedia uses. For the moment, we are using this to catalog items the Bear has for dinner. The Bear likes to eat.

The second item is Simple Machines Forums (SMF). The Bear installed this software and formatted it to include the FYREBEAR website theme. Additionally, the theme includes a right column which contains a javascript code that uses Google’s API to import a Flickr RSS feed to output photo images as well as RSS-to-Javascript’s RSS parser to include a RSS feed.

Both of the open source applications run on PHP and are backended by a MySQL database.

• Check them out here at FYREBEAR.com! Wiki | Forums


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