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Offline murrayatuptowngallery

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Hello:

I have spent many hours monkeying with a variety of including image gallery 'features' in Cpanel, but found that most of them acted like they were designed for photographers to show their clients proofs.

I may have to update this with specific problems I encountered if this doesn't resonate with someone immediately.

Meanwhile, can anyone recommend an installation that offers independent gallery organization for multiple artists' images (only the site owner will be managing the content).

I think my problems were related to things being not isolated enough.

If I sound too vague, I'll have to come up with something specific.

I also attempted getting more sophisticated CMS structure running like Joomla, Wordpress, etc., but found the learning curve steeper than my current knowledge level.

Thanks

Murray

Offline MrPhil

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Is the ultimate purpose of this gallery to sell artists' works? If so, you might want to look at various eCommerce packages. For each, see if there are plug-ins/add-ons specifically tailored to galleries. Also, if these images are for electronic delivery (rather than physical product, e.g., oil on canvas), look into whether easy "watermarking" is built in (or addable to) the gallery so that images aren't easily stolen. If you do not want to make actual sales through the gallery, any eCommerce package should allow you to disable the cart and checkout.

Most eCommerce packages can have their "product" displays tweaked to de-emphasize the product price and other such crass commercialism, if that's what you seek. The descriptive text can be small and the image large. Also, most can display by "manufacturer", which in your case would be the artist (rename the display category). Good luck in your search!
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Offline murrayatuptowngallery

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Just a web presence to show what's in the 'brick& stucco' building.

We accommodate the occasional remote purchase over the phone; not intent on eCommerce.

I have a template-based web page that works, with Image #1, 2, 3, type indexing, but is incredibly tedious to update because as current work for an artist changes, the images must be manually reworked as both 'normal' and 'thumbnail' entities.

This indexing is accessed throughout the template with JavaScript, so using the actual titles would be even more apt to 'break' the template.

It's very tempting to go to a system that just grabs items from a folder and formats them to fit.

I think I need to possibly identify difficulties I have with the more modern methods I've tried & maybe learn how to modify them to solve the problems.

Right now I guess I sound like "I've tried everything, and nothing works", but that's not what I'm saying.

Or refine my question.

Thank you

Offline MrPhil

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Well, from a gallery visitor's point of view, what kind of function would you like to have? Would a visitor like to take a random stroll? Would they like to view everything by one artist? Would they like to see the newest works in the gallery? Would they like to search by one or more keywords (e.g., landscape, still life, portrait, media, style, etc.)? All of these can be done, but will take a database to hold references to works along with date, keywords, artist, title, price, etc. and be sorted accordingly. Do you want a visitor to be able to zoom in on an image to see a detail?

From the gallery owner/manager's point of view, how often do works come in and others get sold or returned to the artist? Do you want separate thumbnail and "full size" images? I'm guessing that you want to be able to quickly make changes, without manual editing and uploading. Even if you disable the shopping cart and checkout, and act just as a catalog, many eCommerce solutions can handle all this for you, so don't rule that out simply because you don't plan to sell online. You will need to do some minor modifications to change "manufacturer" to "artist", "product" to "work", etc., and hide the shopping cart and checkout.

Hopefully this discussion will get some others to chime in with their thoughts.
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Offline murrayatuptowngallery

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I detoured from this but may return.

I had a PHP configuration problem that disabled my site and Tech Support figured it out.

I posted a separate question for a separate pursuit as I determine the direction I'm headed & may be back with an update.

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