moving to wordpress

okay, i’ve decided to move from typepad to wordpress (hosted at dreamhost, which seems fantastic so far), and am making a few decisions. my experimental blog is here for the moment, but it’ll change. (the hardest part so far seems to be finding a domain name. yikes.)

anyhoo, the thing i’m wrestling with now is where to store pictures. kathy’s put a ton of sam’s pictures on sam’s typepad-hosted blog, but that’s part of the reason we’re moving — their options are super-limited for how you display photos. part of me thinks we should just put everything on flickr or photobucket and link from the new dreamhost site — but part of me thinks we should host all our own stuff, as there’s really no practical size limitation on dreamhost’s plans, and then use gallery or some other photo sharing server software.

anyone have thoughts?

(incidentally, i’m thinking that getting all our photo links moved over from typepad, and the photos as well, is going to be a big pain.)

14 Replies to “moving to wordpress”

  1. Gallery would be my choice if it was easier to use. Makes much more sense to store photos on your own server. Flickr and the FAlbum plug-in is my set-up. Easy to upload photos and I’m not sure about integrating into your blog. May have spent way too much time figuring it out. Anyway you go it’s going to be aggravating. Picasa is interesting and so is SmugMug. Write up what you decide if you end up evaluating the other ones. I migrated from MovableType a while back. They’re good about letting you import/export your data.

  2. Gallery would be my choice if it was easier to use. Makes much more sense to store photos on your own server. Flickr and the FAlbum plug-in is my set-up. Easy to upload photos and I’m not sure about integrating into your blog. May have spent way too much time figuring it out.

    Anyway you go it’s going to be aggravating.

    Picasa is interesting and so is SmugMug. Write up what you decide if you end up evaluating the other ones.

    I migrated from MovableType a while back. They’re good about letting you import/export your data.

  3. Dude, Gallery is a serious PITA. I just installed it this morning. Wow. Way too much overhead in terms of configuration and a truly sucky upload experience. Maybe it’s just the learning curve. I don’t know, I spent about an hour with it this a.m. and have no desire to try it again.Flickr is like butter compared to this. Way easier to configure albums and batch upload. The pro account there gets you unlimited uploads and storage. Downsides: it’s $24.95/yr. You’re locked into the look and feel of their galleries. No easy way to export your high res photos if you decide to leave the service.

  4. yeah, i came to the same conclusion yesterday — the gallery experience really, really sucks. how is it possible that nobody has done a “wordpress for pictures?”the flickr galleries are a little limiting, i’m finding — i like the FAlbum stuff that rafael has done at rebron.org, but think i want something a little shinier.maybe i’ll have kathy just use iweb to publish to dreamhost, but that sorta sucks, too. i’m starting to think that it’ll make sense to use flickr for day-to-day photo posting, and then use something like i just put up here (http://www.chortling.org/china3/) for special albums (instead of what we have now, which is this: http://johnolilly.typepad.com/photos/17_months/index.html).it’s all a little more manual than i really want it to be, though.

  5. Ah, you just reminded me of another solution. There’s a pretty easy Web gallery export function in Photoshop. This took me about five minutes to build. Here’s what I did: 1) Select photos in iPhoto, copy and paste into a new folder; 2) Start Bridge (comes with PS) and run Web Gallery tool; 3) Pick a theme etc. and destination folder; 4) Transfer the destination folder as is via Fetch. Output gallery is here: http://www.numenity.org/kiddyland/.

  6. Dude, Gallery is a serious PITA. I just installed it this morning. Wow. Way too much overhead in terms of configuration and a truly sucky upload experience. Maybe it’s just the learning curve. I don’t know, I spent about an hour with it this a.m. and have no desire to try it again.

    Flickr is like butter compared to this. Way easier to configure albums and batch upload. The pro account there gets you unlimited uploads and storage. Downsides: it’s $24.95/yr. You’re locked into the look and feel of their galleries. No easy way to export your high res photos if you decide to leave the service.

  7. yeah, i came to the same conclusion yesterday — the gallery experience really, really sucks. how is it possible that nobody has done a “wordpress for pictures?”

    the flickr galleries are a little limiting, i’m finding — i like the FAlbum stuff that rafael has done at rebron.org, but think i want something a little shinier.

    maybe i’ll have kathy just use iweb to publish to dreamhost, but that sorta sucks, too.

    i’m starting to think that it’ll make sense to use flickr for day-to-day photo posting, and then use something like i just put up here (http://www.chortling.org/china3/) for special albums (instead of what we have now, which is this: http://johnolilly.typepad.com/photos/17_months/index.html).

    it’s all a little more manual than i really want it to be, though.

  8. Ah, you just reminded me of another solution. There’s a pretty easy Web gallery export function in Photoshop. This took me about five minutes to build. Here’s what I did: 1) Select photos in iPhoto, copy and paste into a new folder; 2) Start Bridge (comes with PS) and run Web Gallery tool; 3) Pick a theme etc. and destination folder; 4) Transfer the destination folder as is via Fetch. Output gallery is here: http://www.numenity.org/kiddyland/.

  9. Eric seems to have a pretty good solution going with his photos. Not sure how difficult it was to set up, but he regularly posts pictures, and then links to a site where you can order them developed.- Adam

  10. Eric seems to have a pretty good solution going with his photos. Not sure how difficult it was to set up, but he regularly posts pictures, and then links to a site where you can order them developed.

    – Adam

  11. I’ve had a Gallery installation go bad on me. Lots of work wasted. Big PITA. That was before Gallery 2 but still…I haven’t found a solution I like. Paul’s gallery exported from Photoshop looks nice, but how do you permalink to one image in that group of images?

  12. I’ve had a Gallery installation go bad on me. Lots of work wasted. Big PITA. That was before Gallery 2 but still…

    I haven’t found a solution I like. Paul’s gallery exported from Photoshop looks nice, but how do you permalink to one image in that group of images?

  13. I prefer gallery one actually. My pictures get 3 million hits a month. The only thing is that Gallery 2 keeps crashing. It might be the size too, I have over 5,000 pictures of Sahnghai. The next thing is the bandwidth, when you get that much traffic it gets very expensive every month. Everyone like to see a what happens in Shanghai.

  14. I prefer gallery one actually. My pictures get 3 million hits a month. The only thing is that Gallery 2 keeps crashing. It might be the size too, I have over 5,000 pictures of Sahnghai. The next thing is the bandwidth, when you get that much traffic it gets very expensive every month. Everyone like to see a what happens in Shanghai.

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