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DarkPenguin
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« on: June 13, 2006, 11:14:12 AM »
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I want a new photo blog.

I currently use Gallery (version 1.5.x), Joomla and a dicuss bot attached forum.  This is way too cumbersome.  Especially since it didn't quite break (it sort of bent) with the last update.

What do people use for their sites?  Something like WordPress with a simple gallery component of some sort would be great.

I also need to figure out how to get all the old content out of Joomla.

Bah.  Seems more like a winter project.
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2006, 11:14:01 PM »
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I'm using Movable Type to run my photography site. It's not in a blog format, but the template system is flexible enough that it easily could be.
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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2006, 11:19:03 PM »
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If I can find a decent template (or make one) I think I'll run with wordpress.  (Very similar to MT from what I can tell.)  My preliminary tests look pretty good.

Now to find a light weight gallery component for it.

Thanks for the feedback.
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2006, 07:19:15 PM »
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I've used a bunch of different programs so far.

 - Home-rolled pages
 - MoinMoin wiki
 - Flickr gallery
 - Gallery 2

Home-rolling gives the greatest control, but also requires the greatest technical and artistic effort.  I rate this as too time consuming, and have generally abandoned the effort.

MoinMoin is extremely flexible, and I have a fondness for wikis. But setting it up is not for the non-technical, and I went through a bunch of various plugins before I decided on the current setup.  Personalized design is a bit more tricky than with Gallery 2, but entirely possible.

Flickr is easy to use in many ways, but I don't generally feel comfortable with leaving my pictures in a space I don't actually control myself.

Gallery 2 is okay-ish, but I think there's something lacking.  But pushing new images onto the web is easy, and I can add comments/descriptions on many levels.  Presentation control is decent, and can be augmented by personalized design.
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2006, 09:19:03 PM »
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I went with WordPress and JAlbum.  I need to create templates for both but I found a couple I like well enough to not have to rush that.

Jalbum creates it locally and then you have to upload the whole thing.  There are plenty of programs that do this but it seems pretty painless.  I should check out idImager's web creation tools.

The problem with using shared hosting is that you never know how much CPU you'll have.  So I really like things that simplify that.  Word press was shockingly slow, however, until I enabled the cache plugin.  (Or maybe Dreamhost just fixed whatever was broken.)
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2006, 09:22:35 PM »
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I'd been using gallery 1.5.  It was okay if frumpy.  At least when you integrated it into Joomla it would use the Joomla template.  So it was wasn't so frumpy.  (Or at least no more frumpy than the rest of the site.)

But Gallery 2 is slow.  Way too many features and way too slow.
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2006, 01:05:38 AM »
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I use the excellent and free PixelPost.  You'll need web hosting that supports PHP and MySQL to run it, and the installation is fairly simple.

http://pixelpost.org/

Besides being easy to install, it has an active and supportive community of users.  Modifying a template is fairly easy, and there are more than the standard black on white themes if you need something a little flashier.

I'm running PIxelPost for my photoblog, Manual Exposure: http://www.manualexposure.com

The template I am using is included in the installation.  It is called Simple.

Good luck!
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2006, 09:33:35 AM »
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Hi tgphoto,

You have some very interesting stuff in your photo blog. Thanks for sharing it.

Eric
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2006, 10:26:57 AM »
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PixelPost is pretty interesting.  I ended up going the word press route.  And since more of my posts have been complaining about the NBA than pictures I guess that was probably best.
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2006, 10:29:58 AM »
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I use Blogger and the best way to easily add to it is by using ZOTO. It's robust and easy to use.

zoto.com
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2007, 03:47:39 AM »
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Pixlepost is a good photoblog software, there is a new kid on the block Cheesecake-Photoblog http://cheesecake-photoblog.org

If you want a Photo Gallery but are not wanting Gallery 2 try Coppermine Picture Gallery http://coppermine.sf.net/
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2007, 08:23:34 AM »
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For some time I have been working on getting a blog (I'm not calling it a blog however) going - and have tried out many of the different blogging softwares. I found most to be too complicated to set up and so gave up. I stayed away from trying Wordpress - simply because it is the grand daddy and is toted as more of a publishing software - - - so I figured it would be the most involved and complicated to get going.

I finally broke down and gave Wordpress a try early this month and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was far easier to set up and customize than expected. I too prefer to host my own blog - instead of using one of the free blogging services that tie you in with other  blogging websites. I'm not sure whether Wordpress is the best for a picture gallery type blog as I haven't tried that...

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DarkPenguin
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« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2007, 12:30:30 PM »
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I'm using wordpress.  (I need a new template.)  Wordpress works fine for my combination of photos and rants.
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