Some time ago, I switched my site over to using the Next Gen Gallery, and at first, it was a great tool. The only limitation it has, in my view, is that it doesn’t really handle needing to insert a single image at a time. The NG Gallery infrastructure is designed around galleries, not surprisingly, and it wants very much for you to insert a gallery, not a single image. If people want to insert a single image, they should use the media library, or at least that’s the natural logic.
But I have about 15000 photos in my short-term photo collection (I haven’t processed everything yet) and when I’m done, it will likely be around 35-45,000.… Read the rest
As part of my #50by50 posts, I repatriated all my videos and pictures from SmugMug, threw them into Piwigo, and (mostly) completed a good layout and design for my online photo gallery. I had tried integrating directly into WordPress, but the biggest and best (relatively speaking) gallery called Next Gen Gallery just didn’t play well with some of my other plugins, and I couldn’t get it to work right. I tried various other WP tools, but nothing was jiving for me. Piwigo worked, I found some themes I liked, I tweaked some stuff, called it a day. Then proceeded to put a LOT of time and effort into uploading 12755 photos and videos of various types and sizes.… Read the rest
My annual renewal date for my SmugMug account is in May, and I wanted everything done by then.
I did all the uploading. I added the captions. I tested the videos and replaced the ones that didn’t work with converted formats. I sorted and organized the order in each album. And then I re-linked everything to the blog articles that had photos in them. I also found some time in there to tweak the organization as I went, like moving cooking ones into a separate folder and doing virtual links back to the regular folders, adding in a lot of my humour and TV review photos even if they don’t need captions, etc.… Read the rest
Phase III: Fixing an embedding problem in WordPress
One of the things I do with my photos, besides having them in a gallery, is embed them in various posts in my WordPress blog. For example, I have a section on the site dealing with an HR student conference from back in 2002, and I have a small album of photos with the conference docs. Those photos are stored with my Piwigo gallery, and embedded as a hot link in the WordPress pages. Simple, right?. But here’s the problem. The link to each photo currently says:
http://thepandafamily.smugmug.com/yada yada yada
Now that I have the new gallery up and running, if I simply delete the old one, those links won’t work.… Read the rest
I was right, uploading took a whack of time. I also don’t much like one aspect of the upload window — if something “fails”, it gives you an error while the screen is still uploading so you can see it, but once the rest of the uploads are done, it just rolls over to a new screen showing the successful uploads. No continued error message to say “64 uploaded, 2 didn’t”. So I wasn’t monitoring as I went, and later in the subsequent phases, I’ve discovered “missing” photos and videos i.e. ones that for some reason didn’t upload successfully the first time.… Read the rest