Gallery is an open source web based photo album organizer. It’s an effective way to manage photos and seamlessly integrate it into your own website, whether for personal or large community purpose. You can manage as many galleries as you want on your web server, where-in each gallery contains as many photo albums as you desire.
Gallery works with several different image processing tool kits and is available in over 30 languages.
- Platform – UNIX (BSD, Linux, …) or Windows.
- Webserver – Apache, Microsoft IIS, Zeus etc.,
- PHP – PHP version 4.3.0 or greater (Gallery 1.x requires PHP 4.1.0 or greater), PHP safe_mode must be turned off.
- Image Processing Library – In order to automatically generate thumbnails and re-sized versions of your photos, Gallery requires either ImageMagick or NetPBM.
- Database (Gallery 2 only) – MySQL 3.x, 4.x or 5.x, PostgreSQL 7.x or 8.x, Oracle 9i or 10g, DB2 8.2, MS SQL Server 2005.
Step-by-Step Installation Guide
Here, I’m test installing Gallery on localhost using XAMPP (an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start). Before proceeding, you need to create a new MySQL database for Gallery using your preferred database administration tool like phpMyAdmin.
Coppermine Photo Gallery is a perfect solution for creating image / photo galleries whether your creating a gallery to share pictures with friends and family, creating a portfolio for your photography business, or creating a community for photography enthusiasts.Coppermine Photo Gallery www.coppermine-gallery.net began as the brainchild of Gregory Demar, although it’s current incarnations the results of a collaboration of 38 developers located around the globe. These developers donate their time working on one of the most feature rich Photo Gallery programs currently available on the Internet licensed under the GNU General Public License.
Directly out of the “box” Coppermine allows you to post photos in categorized galleries, comment upon and rate the photos, merge your photo gallery with a variety of Web bulletin board systems, as well as allow your visitors to send selected photos to others as eCards. As you can see, Coppermine gives you a powerful image gallery for no more cost than the installation time.
Its Free.. But Will My Server Run It?
Coppermine has very minimal server requirements. The latest Coppermine release (version 1.4.16) has tested OK on Apache (vs. 1.3.24 and higher) or IIS server that has MySQL (vs. 3.23.23), PHP (vs. 4.1.0), and GD Library or ImageMagick installed.
Although most servers have these features, you may need to check with your hosting administrator specifically about the GD Library or ImageMagick. These libraries are used to create the image thumbnails which are displayed on the category pages within the gallery.
Don’t worry about your gallery visitors; they can visit your gallery using any of the main stream browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Opera.